Lolly - I know how you're feeling, I'm so sick of the braxton hicks and cramping as i keep thinking it's things starting and it's so disappointing when it comes to nothing. Coupled with that I am well and truly fed carrying this baby inside, I just want my body back! Been so over emotional today, either lividly angry about nothing or crying over nothing.
MW calling me on Monday to book in a sweep (hopefully for the Tues cos that will make me 8 days over already) and to book appt for induction. Last pregnancy I was really anti-induction but this time round I'm feeling so done in by the pregnancy I just need it to be over
B - hope you are making a good recovery from the infection, sounds like your oh is making sure you're getting some rest at least. How's motherhood treating you??
Congratualtions Bianca! Wonderful news and gorgeous name!
I was due on Wed 23rd March, started having 'strange' uncomfortable period-like pains and subtle lower back pain last Saturday night and just put it down to early signs - which I'm told can last up to a week, so just ignored it. Woke up Sunday afternoon feeling the same so used a hot water bottle all day, as the 'period-like' pains were still quite uncomfortable...as the day went by my boyfriend and I were just having a relaxing Sunday watching tv...come 11pm on Sunday night i found myself having to concentrate and almost breathe through the uncomfortable feelings.
They got stronger and i thought they were just Braxton Hicks as I'd had no show...I figured it probably wasn't actual labour yet, i decided to relax in the bath for a bit but couldn't get comfy.....they got STRONGER...come midnight we decided to start timing these 'pains' and by 1am they appeared to be 4 minutes apart and approx 30-45 sec long so i called the hospital and they said to come in just to check me out. Hooked me up to the machine to monitor the baby's heart beat and me...the midwife done an examination "ah yes dear...we're almost 3cm dialated, you may aswell stay in!" YAOWZERS!
6am I was on gas and air after trying to just breathe through the contractions, followed by diamorphine at 8am which lasted until midday when it wore off, so the rest of the labour i used gas and air and delivered a baby boy at 14:01 Monday (21st) afternoon, weighing 7lb 1oz!!
Baby had no name for two days til we finally decided on Benjamin What an experience labour was!!...He's absolutley gorgeous, we're totally smitten with him!
Hang in there ladies-in-waiting (and enjoy your sleep NOW!) ....I look forward to hearing about your arrivals!!
Much love to you all!
Lisa & Baby Benjamin x x x x
Awe congrats Lisa! : )
I'm guessing as Lolly hasnt been on for a couple of days that she'll be on here with news soon....
I'm still here, fed up with the on / off cramping and braxton hicks....always ending in disappointment! Meant to be getting a phone call form the MW today to arrange a sweep. Reckon I'll be booked in for induction at the weekend. Not really what I would like but that's birthing for you - completely out of your control!!!!
It is an experience Lisa! Not one you can ever explain to someone until they've been through it.....welcome to the club! Bejamin is a lovely name. How are you getting to grips with everything? Lots of love to you
Hi all, i'm a proud mummy of 2 lovely boys now.
Dylan was born on Friday 25th at 7.55pm weighing 8lbs 4.5 ounces, 51cm in length.
Had a short labour after having the sweep at 3.15pm Friday, contractions came thick and fast, straight away.
So pleased to have my new baby here at last and the birth all be it very painful, a good experience. I got to deliver as i wanted in the birth suite with soft lighting on mats on the floor with lots of cushions to support me. Midwifes were lovely and present the whole time. Managed to get through only having gas and air just as i approached the pushing stage. Wouldn't have changed a thing.
Good luck to all yet to deliver.xxx
Congrats Lolly! Sounds lovely : ) Thought you must have had your baby as you hadn't been on for a few days....
Am I the last pregnant woman standing then????
Well I'm still here ladies!
Feeling absolutley gutted as plans for my homebirth and pool are shrinking drastically! had a sweep on Monday - nothing. Had acupuncture yesterday - nothing. Was meant to have a follow up appt with acupuncturist today to stimulate cervix (this worked with my last pregnancy - baby born next day) but she's just rang to cancel as she's ill. Have spent the last hour in tears!! Looks like I'll be going to hospital on Saturday (if they have beds available) for a chemical induction. It's so the opposite of what i want but it's getting close to my little boys 3rd birthday pary (next week) and I dont want to miss it so I dont feel like I can put off induction this time round. Last time I was quite willing to wait it out. This has been a horrible week for me.....it's emotionally exhausting thinking every braxton hicks or cramping (and i get a lot throughout the day) could result in labour, just to find it fizzling out time and time again. I feel done in and the baby hasnt even arrived yet!
Hope you're all adjusting welll to the demands of new motherhood.....xxxxxx
Well she finally came! Eve Violet Early was born at 7.11pm on the 2nd April weighing in at 9lb 6oz
I went to hospital for the induction. Fortunately because everything was so favourable I only needed a little nudge. Hormone ring was inserted at 2.30pm, tightenings grew stronger and closer together. At 5 I strapped on the TENS machine, had a bite to eat, then things got more intense. My waters broke at 6.....I was taken to delivery suite....wanted to push quite quiclky after that and with a few pushes she was born! OH had a bit of a scare as she got her shoulders stuck and the MW's started to panic and called for docs but she managed to get out in the end! She scored 10/10 on her apgar and latched on within the hour so all in all I was really happy! Plus no rips or tears which makes it soooo much easier now in recovery! Thank god for perineal massage!!!!
It's such a crazy experience isn't it? I can't believe how quickly things happened...at 5.30 I was eating some dinner and facing up to the prospect of a long night hospital, 2hrs later I'm holing her in my arms! Can't rave enough about the TENS machine....it worked so well I didnt even have any gas and air!
I have to say I'm not loving having to be nocturnal. Eve just will not settle at night and is really really windy. I'm hoping that'll settle once my milk comes and we can establish feeding. I'm finding breast feeding a lot harder this time. I'm not convinced she's latching on properly......Caelan was such a natural sucker I never had any issues..I guess this is just my first reminder of how different they will be!
So she never made it as a March baby afterall and i've got 5 days to try to recover for Caelan's 3rd birthday on Sunday....just in the nick of time.
Have we all had our babies now? Would love to hear how you are all doing....the support from this forum was vital for me with Caelan....it's good to hear people going through simmilar things to yourself...especially as the sleep deprivation starts to really kick in
Hope all mums and babies are ok xxxxxxxxx
Congratulations Ladies! Lots of lovely names! I hope you are settling in nicely with your new additions.
Charlotte is doing really well - she's 6 weeks today! No idea what she weighs as HV not doing second visit until thursday - its all changed since Hattie was born! I do think she is bigger than her sister as her legs are already at the end of her 0-3 sleepsuits! Need to get up into the loft to get the 3-6's out ready
I know what you mean about being nocturnal. *fingers crossed* Charlotte has got the hang of the day/night thing now. She's starting to get nearly 3 hours between feeds at night so I'm feeling almost normal! It does help to feed in the dark (well, by the light of our groegg), she goes off much better. I think she's just had her 6 week growth spurt as at the end of last week all she wanted to do was either cry or feed with not much sleep(!).
Laura, I know what you mean about BF being different this time. Had so much trouble with C not latching properly to start with and got very cracked nipples (OUCH!). Seemed to take her longer to get the hang of it than H. She does seem to be a faster feeder though and my milk seems to flow quicker this time. Having to change my breastpads much more often.
And good luck with the party! Make sure your OH does all the work!
Hi everyone, baby Dylan is 2 weeks old 2moro and i can't beleive how fast the time has gone. Yesterday went for a little walk to try out the Phil and Teds and have to say was very pleased with it. My 2.5 yr old loved it too.
Sleep deprivation is by far the hardest thing. Had 4 hrs sleep in total last night and 3 the night b4 so feel a bit zombie-ish. Dunno how i'm gonna mannage when OH goes back to work on Saturday. He's helped loads with chores and getting up to make up feeds in the night. Felt a little down about him going back cuz i know how hard it's gonna be with 2 to look after, still i'm sure i'll find ways of doing things.
Things down below not quite back to normal according to the Midwife, seem to get no bleeding for most of the day and then a sudden little gush of bright red. After 2 weeks thought it should be settling? Had lots of trouble after first son was born too. Anyone else having similar?
Hi Lolly - could it be that you're doing too much during the day and thats whats causing the blood loss later on? Only day 5 for me so still bleeding but I notice the less I move around the less I bleed and I remember this from last time....
I'm dreading the tiredness setting in....it was a killer last time and sleep deprivation just makes everything so much harder. I'm ok just now....think I'm still in the first week euphoria stage....but whenever I think that this is it in terms of broken sleep for the next however knows how long I get a bit panicky! I just plan on taking as much support as possible this time and trying to put my needs higher up the list....Do you have friends and family around that can help out, Lolly?
Can't believe Charlotte is 6 weeks already Claire! Glad to hear she's getting into a managable routine. I'm still a little concerned about Eve's feeding. She just doesnt seem to be that hungry.....seeing the breast feeding support nurse on Monday and getting her weighed again to check she's not still losing. Have to remind myself she's only 5 days old, though, and is still coming to terms with her new world!
Laura E- Know what u mean about being worried that you'll never catch up on sleep.Yeah i do have a lot of family to support me, but i'm the sort that likes to do everything myself(not good for me i know).
I don't think the bleeding is related to me over doing things cuz it seems to happen randomly and not when i've been walking around and doing stuff. Going to see the GP today, have to see what they say. Had 3 months of bleeding after the birth of my first son and dreading it happening again. They never gave me a reason for it and it felt like i was never gonna get back to normal again which really got me depressed. Feel like i can't go out far incase it starts up again and i'm getting a bit agraphobic because of it.
Dylan doing really well now though and Evan has really reacted well to his new brother.
Hope everyone is doing ok.x
anyone else had problems logging in? havent been able to log on the last few times I've tried...
how's everyone doing? Eve is nearly 3 weeks old now...time's flying in some sense but in another it feels like she's always been here! I'm sure you all know what I mean. Sleep deprivation is starting to kick in a little now. Luckily OH is on 2 weeks easter hols so i'm trying to catch up when I can...but it's hard when you're breastfeeding. Going to start expressing next week and see if Eve will take to a bottle too so OH can help out a bit more. what's everyone else doing? Breast? Bottle? or combining?
How are all mums and babies? Anyone settled into a routine yet? Many sleepless nights or are some of you lucky enough to have sleepy babies at night? Eve is showing no real routine at the moment...although she does tend to cluster feed all evening...which I'm hoping will develop into her sleeping better at night...but it might just be that she is a hungry big girl! She wieghed in at 10lb 2oz on Wednesday....she'd put on a pound in a week! She's a sturdy lass : )
How's everyone feeling in themselves? I'm still bleeding a bit and cant really bear to look at my saggy tummy, but other than that I'm feeling pretty good. I thinkthe ridiculous amount of sunshine has a lot to do with that though, and the fact that I'm still in baby honeymoon period! From what I remember it's set to get harder from here.....
Hope everyone is ok and enjoying the lovely weather : ) xxx
Hi B, sounds like both you and Eva are getting on really well! I think I may have jinxed myself a little as since my last post Eve has been much harder work...I did say the 3 week babymoon was due to be over soon!! Didnt really get any sleep at all last night as she was really disturbed and I'm so worried her crying wakes Caelan - double trouble. I'm hoping she starts to fall into a routine but so far every day is totally unpredictable except for the 5.30 am crying spell that seems to happen regardless of when she feeds/wakes/settles during the night...not sure what all thats about. I'd give anything for a 10.30 - 5.30 stint...it's all so much easier when you're not feeling so sleep deprived!
How's everyone elses baby's doing? I've forgotten what to expect at thie early stage really.....
I'll bet it'll feel great to get back to work, B, it's nice to still keep a part of your self thriving...really inportant in fact. I made the effort to do some yoga practice today and it felt s good to do something for myslef for the first time in ages...and great to be able t move properly wthout a cumbersome huge bump!
best go as Eve is exercising her lungs again!! xxxxxxxxxxx
Dancing is sure to help your baby weight drop off, B! You're right to be mindful of the time it takes to heal properly after your section, though, best not to do anything too strenuous until it's had proper time to heal. I'm sure a postnatal class would be able to offer you the best support regarding what is ok for you to be doing...
How's Eva doing now? Hopefully that was just a one off above and she's back to sleeping well. Eve has been hard work at night. She seems to be really struggling with her digestive system, bless her, and doesnt go more than an hour without waking up in what seems like real discomfort. The constant broken sleep is getting to me. I can manage on very little sleep but not so well when I dont ever get more than an hour stretch at a time. I'm hoping and praying this passes....Caelan was a bit like this and just got progressively worse with time. I could really do without that this time round!!
It's very quiet on this forum now....hope everyone else is doing ok. How old are everyone's babies now?? Eve will be 5 wks on Saturday and I dont know where the time has gone!! Been getting real smiles this week, which almost makes the sleepless nights worth it!!
Thought I'd pop by and see how everyone is doing. Little Charlotte was 10 weeks on tuesday, I've no idea where the time is going? We've had lots of smiles and yesterday had our first little laugh!
She's doing well at night. I feed her when we go to bed and then she wakes again around 4 and goes straight back off again. HOWEVER, Hattie is teething and being hard work at night so I'm still not getting a lot of sleep. Especially when she will only settle inour bed and takes over my half
Not had Charlotte weighed for a month, but she's due to have her first lot of injections tomorrow (A bit late as the doctors weren't very organised). Hoping she will be okay with them. Poor love. I have calpol and cuddles at the ready.
Struggling to loose any weight at the mo. I find with breast feeding I get really hungry in the afternoons and eat a load of rubbish. Hoping that having Hattie home an extra day (she only does 2 at nursery now) will keep me out of the biscuits! I need to fit back into my old clothes as I've only got 3 things for my bottom half that fit.
Anyone else finding it really hard having 2. Charlotte is sometimes a fussy feeder and Hattie uses these longer feeds as a good excuse to test her boundries and be incredibly naughty. Hoping both will settle into a new routine soon. 2 under 2 is defintely hard work!!!
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