39weeks and 2days - only 5 days to go if I'm lucky!
I'm feeling a bit down today. My stomach really hurts from all the cramps and contractions yesterday, but for the main part they seem to have eased off again. I had a few nasty contractions during the night that woke me up but nothing else really. Maybe a bit more of the mucous plug came away this morning as well but I don't pay much attention to that as it doesn't mean anything really - could still be weeks before I have a baby.
I didn't sleep well last night either... For some reason I just couldn't. Constantly needed the toilet, felt a bit sick, heartburn was killing me, my back aches really badly, I felt a bit too hot. In the end I got up around 2am and came downstairs and been here ever since. Looking at my empty birth pool, wishing it was full so I could get in and float around for a bit. *sigh*
My ankles and feet have been swelling really badly the last couple of days too and last night my fingers started up too. I've never really had that much swelling before so it was a shock when I looked down at my feet yesterday during dinner and couldn't even see where my ankles should have been - my feet were twice their normal size! Scary!
God my stomach hurts...
Yep, I'm miserable today... :P
Still heard nothing from the woman we hired the pool from. I'm majorely pissed off about that whole situation - I'd better get my money back, although my guess is I won't see a penny of it seeing as she cashed my cheque straight away, buggered off on holiday a day later and seems to have disappeared off the face of the planet since then and hasn't responded in any way, shape or form. Joy.
Come on Lacey Rose... Make today, the day you decide to come. I've well and truely had enough and I'm already in pain so you might as well get it over and done with now!!!!!!!
39weeks and 3days - only 4 more days to go.
I am so ****ing pissed off right now... Since Sunday I have had stop/start contractions every 10 minutes apart. Last night they actually got as close as 8-9minutes apart and looked like they might continue, but nope - my stupid body was mocking me and just thought it would give me another sleepless, pain ridden night instead.
Today, nothing so far. I am pissed.
I need a serious pick-me-up and as per normal these days, no cash to do anything at all and no petrol in the cars at all, and no news or sign of when the next lot will be in. Great. Just great. I really would have liked to have my hair done and maybe something like a manicure or back massage before I have this baby. Oh well.
And Martin's main point of interest at the moment is self-building a house cos he's seen a plot of land he likes. So he doesn't talk about anything but that right now. Which is probably a good thing cos the minute I mention anything to do with baby, labour or money he starts huffing at me until he makes me cry.
Ho-hum... Baby can only stay in there for 2-3 more weeks I suppose.... Although at this rate I swear she's going to come out a fully grown 20-something year old adult.
~Posted yesterday - 15th August!~
39weeks and 4days;
I am feeling a bit off today. My head is thumping, and has been all day. I got so desperate cos the pain is all down one side of my head that I ended up actually taking painkillers for it - naturally they did absolutely nothing. Should have known they'd be a waste of time!
I had Martin fill the birth pool as well so I could float in it for awhile, but that didn't really help either. I tried going into a dark room (the nursery) by myself and rocking in my chair but that didn't help and I tried to get some sleep but the pain was just so bad.
I'm feeling a lot of pain low down as well at the moment... I am now determined this kid is going to be evicted in the next day or two!!!!
She will be out by my birthday or else!
39weeks and 5days - in theory only 2 more days to go.
Well yesterdays headache lasted all through the night so I barely slept AGAIN. It's now close to a week that I haven't had a proper nights sleep... And then just as I'd got to sleep Martin woke me up around 6am getting up and then just as I'd dozed back off the boys woke me up at 7am. I tried going back to sleep but my head was banging so much in the end I got up.
Today is action packed as well. We have to go down to London about 45miles drive either way to return that birth pool we hired. The women we hired from said apparently she never got our message saying it was broken, then said that basically we had to return it and she would check it to see if it was acually broken before refunding us some of the cost. My thinking is she's going to miraculously find it works and refuse to refund anything at all.
I think stress is holding this baby in at the moment. My body feels like it's trying to do what it should be doing but everytime it starts up something happens to stress me out or make me worry or piss me off and then everything stops again. I had the same thing with Ashton. Two days before my EDD with him I went into labour, spent an hour fighting over the phone to get my local hospital to send a midwife out to me and by the time she turned up everything had stalled and didn't start up until a couple of days later.
Everyone is getting impatient now... The boys keep asking me how much longer, Martin basicall doesn't talk to me except to ask if I'm having any contractions and Ashton still refuses to accept there will be a new baby here soon. Oh, and Rachell, who's been staying with us all week, has stolen my kittens affections. My kitten now refuses to come near me and spends all day and night following Rach around and playing with her.
My midwife is coming to see me tomorrow and I've got to pay her... Thankfully Phils loan came through today so that's good, he can finally pay us some rent.
I used to have a passage I used to quote occasionally, which always made me feel better. It was about tribal women who had no clocks or time limits... And now the one time I could really do with reading it I can't find it anywhere.
These were all posted in the early hours of the 17th August (yesterday!);
Well, it's gone 3am here and I'm awake because I was having stomach pains and needed to use the bathroom... Was having regular pains all afternoon between 7-12 minutes apart and now they're back but far more painful then before. I actually have to breath through them and find a way of focussing on something other then pain!
DH and I DTD last night, and I'm pretty sure I had some more of my plug come away, although again it wasn't bloody or anything...
I have my midwife coming to visit me for my 40week appointment today and really just hoping my prediction comes true! I've said all through this pregnancy that I would go into labour on the 17th and give birth on the 18th - think I'll be gobsmacked if this really is it!
Oh blimey... Here comes another one am going to go and start timing them as I'm pretty sure they're less then 10mins apart now....
I'll update shortly as to whether it's all kicking off or whether I stall again...
I'm going to go jump in the bath now girls... I'm still not sure this is it, so haven't woken DH up yet but I've been trying to time them as best as possible on Contraction Master which said;
04:05:05 am 04:06:01 am 55 secs 4 mins, 10 secs
04:00:54 am 04:02:06 am 1 mins, 11 secs 6 mins, 3 secs
03:54:51 am 03:55:38 am 46 secs 4 mins, 31 secs
03:50:20 am 03:51:18 am 58 secs 9 mins, 39 secs
03:40:40 am 03:41:16 am 35 secs 5 mins, 52 secs
03:34:47 am 03:35:55 am 1 mins, 7 secs
I missed one because I went to the loo (again!) and I'm not too great at telling when they're starting up until they're full blown so they seem shorter then they are... If they carry on though for another half hour I might wake DH up and see what he thinks. I have a vast history of false labour like this in my previous pregnancies, so I don't really believe this is it but I guess we'll find out one way or another!
Thanks for all your well wishes though - will come back and update if things seem to be moving along!
Well, I am currently lying on my sofa recovering from my home water birth! So just a quick update and I will post birth story and pics later or tomorrow, depending on how things go!
Lacey Rose was born at 8:39am this morning, after 5hours and 20minutes of labour - my second longest! She weighs a whopping 10lbs 2oz ... Nobody guessed she'd be that big so that was a bit of a shock when I consider that my heaviest child up until her was 8lbs 20z!
She was born in the birth pool in our living room, and her three oldest brothers (aged 6, 5 and 3) were there when it happened and loved seeing it all! Her other brother (1) was asleep so unfortunately he missed it.
She feeds like a trooper and whilst I'm sure I'm supposed to think she's absolutely the cutest thing in the world - she's very different from my other children (all blond haired and blue eyed and thin) in that she's chubby with loads and loads of dark hair!
Anyway, I really need to sleep now as I'm shattered... Will update with full story later!
Lacey Rose is 1 day old!!!!
So I thought I'd better write out my birth story before it becomes anymore hazy then it already is.
On the 16th, we went on the long drive down to Middlesex to drop back the broken birth pool we hired and all the way there in the car I was having what felt like painful braxton hicks. I didn't say anything at the time, as I was just pleading with my body not to go into labour on the M1 as they were about 10minutes apart. By the time we'd dropped the birth pool off and started heading home they were getting really uncomfortable and I had to breath through them, they were coming about every 7-12minutes apart and Martin was timing them.
Unfortunately by the time we got home and got the boys fed and settled in bed, they'd stopped again. I was really pissed off I've got to admit, and so Martin bought me a chinese take-away (my favourite!) and a bottle of rose wine to cheer me up. Don't know how but he also managed to talk me into giving his preferred method of natural induction a go, so we DTD as well. Fell asleep, nothing seemed to be happening although when I went to the loo before bed there was more of the mucous plug there but I'd been loosing bits for weeks so thought nothing of it.
At around 3am (17th August), I woke up feeling really uncomfortable and restless. Don't really know what woke me up, but I went to the loo and then got into bed and by this time felt a bit crampy so gave up and went downstairs to come online and post on the boards I visit! Just for "fun" I decided to start up contraction master and time my cramps and was somewhat surprised when I realised they were coming every 5 minutes or so. They were painful by this time and I was having to breath through them, but didn't seem bad enough to be "real" labour so I posted about them but figured it was nothing and carried on playing minesweeper!
After about another half hour I was really quite uncomfortable and decided maybe I'd have a bath. I know they say not to in early labour but I figured IF it REALLY was labour then nothing would stall it, and if it wasn't really labour then it might help ease the pain. I did think about not waking Martin, but in the end I went up and poked him to tell him I was having a bath, at which point he jumped out of bed and followed me downstairs to the bathroom on the boys floor. The bath eased the pain for about 10 minutes before they started coming back again every 4-6 minutes apart. By this time I knew it was the real deal as I could see the visible signs of contractions on my stomach, but I still didnt want to fully believe it incase it all stopped and I was disappointed again. Martin started bustling around, filling my birth pool and tidying things away whilst boasting about his amazing baby induction abilities and how he couldn't believe he'd managed to induce 3 of my labours now. Hmmm.
At somewhere around 5am, I asked Martin to call my midwife as I was in a lot of pain and also asked him to call my Mum and Rachell to come over. I was worried that they'd all arrive and everything would stop, but I didn't want to have the rush we had with Ashton were I pu off calling anyone until the last minute! I got out the bath at this point and got a nightie on although for some reason I really wanted to be naked, and went downstairs and sat at the dining table miserable because the contractions seemed to have stopped again!
My midwife arrived somewhere around 6am and unloaded all her gear into the house. She took my BP and listened to baby and everything seemed fine. My contractions were now really irregular and I was doubtful that I was actually in labour but she watched me have a couple (by which time I needed Martin to rub my back through them to ease the pain) and told me I could get in the birth pool and what would happen would happen. I didn't really feel like getting in the pool yet as I was really upset that everything seemed to have stalled even though I was still having contractions, they didn't seem that regular to me.
Somewhere around 6:30am my Mum and Rachell arrived and I got in the pool around this time as when I was having contractions they were painful and my midwife seemed to think I'd be better off in there. My contractions slowed right down to the point of feeling like they'd stopped once I got in the pool and I was now really worried and embarrassed that I'd dragged everyone out of their beds for nothing and was cursing myself for not waiting longer before calling people. Around 7am I think my contractions were around every 8-10 minutes apart and I remember they were really strong and the only way I could get through them was to lean my head on the side of the pool and have Martin rub my back. I do remember saying at one point "This is not fun anymore!". By about 7:30am they felt to me like they were back up to maybe once every 5 minutes or so and I was really having trouble getting through them.
My midwife had to make a couple of calls at some point around 7:45am and at this point Martin rubbing my back wasn't helping much and all I could think through the contractions was "I need drugs! I need drugs!" and then the minute it was over I was fine again but then I had quite a big contraction and at that point I said to Martin I wanted entonox and he went and told my midwife and she got me some. Although I didn't use it much as I wasn't having many contractions anyway it didn't seem.
During this time Raistlin had been in the room and hanging out with us, and at around 8am I remember saying how "these really hurt now" and my midwife suggested that if I wanted any of the other kids present maybe we should get them down, so we called Tristan and JJ down (Ashton was asleep upstairs with Rachell) and put some cartoons on for them.
At around 8:35am I couldn't help myself any longer. I'd been having pressure and feeling like I needed the toilet with every contraction I'd had since they'd started, but by this time I couldn't fight them any longer and started pushing. It hurt but not as much as I remembered it hurting, the main overwhelming feeling I had was that she was too big and I couldn't get her out and I couldn't do it. I remember telling my midwife that I couldn't do it and her looking me straight in the eyes and telling me of course I could! At 8:38am Lacey Rose's head was born which was a major relief and at that point my waters broke! All through the pushing I'd had my hand down there to guide her out slowly and it was quite a surreal feeling, feeling myself stretching and I remember thinking that if I felt myself tear I was going to puke my guts up all over the place or faint! Once her head was out though I couldn't seem to push her body out even though I was trying really hard and then at 8:39am she suddenly just kind of "popped" out and floated to the bottom of the pool. I was a bit shocked as I wasn't expecting her to just "pop" out and so I didn't immediately catch her, but I did grab her pretty quickly and pull her up out the water!
She was spluttering quite a bit and her breathing was a bit laboured, but that stopped after a couple of minutes and she seemed OK. I held her whilst we waited for my placenta to come naturally. I have heard that it can take a long time for that to happen but actually it only took about 10minutes although I was having trouble pushing by this stage and so had to stand up and use gravity a bit, but thankfully I didn't have to leave the pool!
At about 9am we decided we should cut the cord and so I handed Lacey Rose over to Martin, with the placenta and they wrapped her in a towel and Martin cut her cord and my midwife tied it with an umbilical tie (not the clamp!). I stayed in the pool for quite awhile after this as I didn't feel that great, I was a little shocked and didn't want to move much. They weighed her and got her dry and took photo's and had cuddles and around 9:20am I got out the pool and sat on the sofa. I was bleeding quite heavily, in a lot of pain and felt really sick, exhausted and flaky but was otherwise OK so they passed her to me and I gave her her first feed.
After that my Mum and Rachell left us to it and my midwife helped me to the other sofa so I could lie down. They seemed a bit worried as I was loosing a lot of blood and very pale and not really with it, but it wasn't enough to think I was bleeding out so we just left it to slow down of it's own accord. The midwife helped clean me up a little bit and discovered I had retained a large amount of the membranes - she got as much as she could out but we know there's still some left so we're keeping a very close eye on me for infection.
So, stats wise!
Latent labour was 30minutes (between the time I woke up and the time I realised the cramps were probably contractions!)
1st stage was 5hours and 5minutes
2nd stage was 4minutes
3rd stage was 11minutes
Martin, Mum, Tristan, Jaeven, Raistlin and my midwife all witnessed the birth.
Lacey Rose was born at 39weeks and 6days.
7 @ 1min
9 @ 5min
10 @ 10min
She weighed in at 10lbs 2oz, and her head circumference was 36cm.
Her skin is peeling quite a bit, which normally would suggest she'd been overcooked, but we know that's not the case so probably just her size! She doesn't look anything like any of the boys - she's got long dark hard and is really chubby and fat!
So there you go! It's all over and it's just beginning! Wow!
Pics to follow in next post cos this is VERY long!
And here are some photo's...
Some of them are a little bit graphic with either partial nudity or placenta so if you don't want to see then please don't look further!
Me, just after I climbed into the birth pool!
Comparing her 3D ultrasound with the real deal!
Martin, just before he cut the cord!
My Midwife and Lacey Rose!
Me, after the birth!
My Mum having her first cuddle!
Lacey Rose - porky baby!
Me and my tribe - Ashton, Tristan, Jaeven holding Lacey Rose, Me and Raistlin!
Me and Jaeven... It was really important to JJ that he was involved and there for the birth. He's very proud of his little sister and fiercely protective!
Lacey Rose today at 1day old!