I hope it's ok with everyone if I post this here.....just wanted to let you know that our new baby girl, Emily Louise, arrived last Friday 26 June at 3.26pm. I ended up having another waterbirth and the whole thing went really well and very similarly to Josie's birth - less than 7 hours from OB breaking my waters and only about 1.5 hours from painful contractions starting till she was born!
Emily is going really well so far and we are sort of, slowly, settling into life as 5 hahaha! Big sis Lily has been great, really really proud and excited about her new little sis and is constantly asking if she can hold/cuddle her. It is very cute how proud and happy she looks when she's holding her little sis and Emily seems to really enjoy her Lily cuddles too. Transition with Josie has been a bit harder....the poor little chicken is rather confused about it all I think and has been not her normal self. I think it's been a lot for her to take on and she's a bit of a mummy's girl and has really noticed me being more preoccupied with the baby. I'm trying to make more time to hang with her just the two of us while DH is off work as it makes me sad to think that she's feeling a bit displaced. She's been acting up too, which is not normally like her, but i'm really hoping that it's just a phase and she'll settle down soon as she gets used to it all. After a rough few nights in the hospital when Miss Emily would not sleep in the crib and had to be held/cuddled constantly to sleep, she has finally come good and has been napping in her cot and slept in her bed all night last night...hooray! She's a bit jaundice I think, so I'm guessing that's making her extra sleepy so hopefully when she goes back to "normal" her sleeping habits stick!
And here are a few snaps from the last 6 days....(sorry there's lots but DH has been pretty snap happy!)
Here's me in labour exactly 1 hour before she was born and about 20 mins before I got in the birthing pool (yes I know I look too smiley to be in labour, but DH was being like the bloody papparazzi snapping pics left right and centre and snapped this one in between a contraction!)
Me and Emily in the birthing pool - about 30 seconds after she was born (looking like a little purple alien!)
About 20 mins after she was born (the hospital I go to does min 1hr skin to skin contact and first BFing straight after birth)
All 5 of us
Cuddles with my Dad (3 hours old)
Cuddles with big sis Lily (look how proud she is!)
Hanging out with big sis Josie
Sleeping beauty (5 days old)