I am Claire, 34 & am a first time mum. Cara came along on the 22nd Dec weighing a rather too healthy 9lbs 11oz. Had to be induced as my waters had broken 48 hours previously but my contractions kept starting & stopping so was put on the drip & I had an epidural which was great & I had no pain after that at all. Gave birth at 1.23 am & was home by 3pm the same day which was fantastic.
I am breast feeding Cara & she is doing really well - the health v came yesterday & she is now 11lbs 5oz! Me & my partner have now taken to calling her biffa baby! Poor thing! Have been fairly lucky with the whole BF thing. Really sore nipples for about a week but no pain since then. She latches on really well which is a huge bonus.
I am kind of doing a loose Gina Ford routine with Cara - we kind of follow her guidelines for night-times but I pretty much let her feed & sleep when she wants duing the day. Cara gets fed at about 5pm then has her bath, gets another feed & goes down at 7pm. I wake her to feed her at 10pm & she goes back down anytime before 11pm. She gets up about 2 or 3am for another feed - then sleeps through until about 7am. She has been doing this since she was about 7 days old - more luck than anything really. The Gina Ford routines do not work for us at all during the day, I got really stressed about this at first that we couldnt follow them but after beating myself up for a couple of days I got a bit more realistic & so we just go with the flow during the day. My best friend raves about Gina Ford (she got me the book & keeps on at me about the routines - I gently ignore her!) whilst other friends think she is too strict. God - its all a minefield with all the info/books etc out there.
My partner goes back to work tomorrow so am getting nervous about how I will cope so fingers crossed!
Thought I would say hello & introduce myself.This is my 1st, & a bit unexpected(!), pregnancy. I think I am due on about the 12th of Dec but am having my scan this Thurs so should find out more then. I reckon I am about 13/14 weeks just now.
I have been having terrible terrible sickness all day long & am now taking avomine, prescribed by doc, to try & help me.
Really struggling to get excited about this baby & as feel so ill but then I feel really guilty that I am resenting the baby - bit of a vicious circle really! My mother in law is also very ill with cancer - she does not have long left to live so my partner is already totally stressed out with that then I cant cook, clean or even do a shop due to my sickness so he is stressed to the max. I also have not been to visit her recently as I feel so ill & think my partner is getting a bit resentful of that but he is trying not to be as he knows it is not my fault. All a bit of a mess really & it does not seem like an ideal time to be pregnant. Hopefully I will start feeling better soon as I am beginning to find it hard to cope. Anyway sorry to be all doom & gloom so please tell me all your happy stories so that I can start feeling positive & have things to look forward to.