First time i've checked this thread for nearly a year! Guess i'm thinking a lot about this time last year (and wishing it had been this cold and rainy then and not now!) Can't believe how fast the last year has flown by. Jamie is doing really well. Not walking yet but crawling and into everything - little monkey! Hope everyone is doing well. E x
Katy - Pheobe is absolutely gorgeous. Sounds like a dramatic birth - glad you're both ok now! You're so right - the gas and air is a god send - best bit of labour!!
Things are ok here. Jamie is gorgeous but is a nightmare when it comes to going to bed - it's taking on average about 3 hours to get him off every night. Unfortunately the only thing that seems to work is a mega feed of formula... which makes me feel like a bit of a bad mum because there's so much publicity about how bad formula is for newborns etc etc.... He was 6lb 10 at his last weigh in ( after loosing 9oz of his original birth weight) The HV is coming on monday so we're hoping he will have cracked 7lbs!
Congratulations to Rani and Katy on the births of Pheobe and Taran - Rani the photos of Taran are gorgeous!!! I love all his hair!
Well my birth story....
Went to bed on the Sunday night and woke up at about 1.15am thinking I needed the loo - so I got up and as soon as I got out of the bed all this liquid started leaking out... i'm thinking 'this could be embarrassing!' I went and stood in the bath and it just kept on coming so I figured I hadn't wet myself but my waters had gone. So I called the birthing centre and they recommended I get some sleep and call when my contractions were more regular. Well I went back to bed but the contractions were soon coming every 2 or 3 minutes and were far too painful lying down, so I prowled around the bedroom until about 5am when I rang the birthing centre back and they said to go in. So off we trekked... when I got to the birthing centre the mw checked my blood pressure she said it was sky high. She ran me an aromatherapy bath which really helped the contractions but after 2 hours my blood pressure was no better so an ambulance was called and I was whisked through the rush hour traffic with the blue lights on to the hospital.. all very dramatic and quite painful.... I never appreciated how bumpy the back of an ambulance could be.
At the hospital it took about 12 attempts to get canula in because my body was shutting down and even though I was only 2 cm dialated I was rushed straight through to the labour ward so I could have an epidural to try and get my blood pressure down. I was also given syntocinon to speed everything up as they were keen to get baby out as soon as possible. After 3 hours the mw examined me and I was already 10 cm! So after just under an hour of pushing out popped my gorgeous son - all pink and crying. Fortunately I didn't tear too badly and the midwife just managed to sew me up with 1 stitch. So not too bad a birth all in all. I was very lucky to have a fantastic midwife who stayed with me through the whole of the labour - even after her shift had finished. In fact I was really really impressed with everything at Hull Women's and Children's Hospital- I even had my own ensuite room when I was transferred to the postnatal ward - where they spent the next week trying to stablise my very high blood pressure. Apparently pre eclampsia is often worse post natally and it could take another 6 weeks to settle properly. In the meantime I have to take so many pills I rattle!!
There's a second part to this story where Jamie wouldn't eat anything but to save this becoming a very long essay I will save that for another day!
Just a very quick post to let you all know that I had a gorgeous little boy - Jamie on 28th June weighing 6lb 14oz. I was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia when i went into labour so have only just been released from the hospital on strict bed rest but hopefully everything will be on the up from now. Will post my birth story when I get a chance!
Huge congratulations to Paula and Claire - your little ones are absolutely GORGEOUS!!
Not much to report here - woke up on Sunday morning thinking 'this is it!' but then it turned out to be a stomach bug.... I spoke to the midwife who said all the throwing up might kick start labour, but nothing...! (so I don't recommend that as I way to start labour!)
My friend is coming up to stay for a few days tonight. I'm looking forward to it as it will hopefully take my mind off things - last chance for a few girlie days for a while I think! However she rang me this morning to say she has a sore pelvis.... ha ha - don't think i'm feeling very sympathetic about that one!
Hope you're all doing well. Can't wait to hear from Rani! xxx