I love the sound of that doppler! I had a quick 2 minute listen this morning and the heartbeat was there strong as ever still at 152bpm! Will prob limit myself to a couple of minutes twice a week, less once i start feeling baby move which is hopefully not long now!!
Went back to the doctors this morning, the urine test was negative so good to know i dont have an infection. Im still getting the headches, although yesterday was the first time i didnt. Back again this morning though. He said he is very sure its nothing to worry about but i am to get my eyes re-tested as they can change alot during pregnancy and i have to have a couple of blood tests - full blood count and ESR:
"A physician usually requests an ESR test (along with others) to evaluate a patient who has symptoms that suggest polymyalgia rheumatica or temporal arteritis, such as headaches, neck or shoulder pain, pelvic pain, anaemia, unexplained weight loss, and joint stiffness. There are many other conditions that can result in a temporary or sustained elevation in the ESR and some that will cause a decrease.
ESR is a non-specific marker of inflammation."
Nice to see they are being on the safe side.
I have my own theory, im sure im getting dehydrated over night as im going to the toilet so much, im trying to make an effort to drink more water during the night.
We have booked a private 2d u/s for next wednesday (3 June, 10.15am) as we are unlikely to be having a 3d/4d one so this is instead. I am secretly hoping bf will change his mind about wanting to know the sex!! Im not too worried if he doesnt want to though as i still think the surprise will be nice!
Im so happy, when i got to work this afternoon, i was sitting upstairs at about 4pm ish when my friend E popped up. She is pregnant!!!!! Yay!! Im so pleased for her, she had a hard time convincing her dh to have a second child. Its only taken her 2 or 3 months or so! She will be 5 weeks friday so that makes her 4 weeks 5 days today. She only told me and my other friend A so big secret. Im so happy for her though she is such a lovely person and really deserves it.
Oh, and my other friend S has her big 21 week scan tomo at 2.20pm so will be looking forward to her update!!
Just a very quick update, I just spoke to S on the phone, her 21 week scan went great! All looks good with the baby and is measuring spot on, she thought it said at around 19cm.
She is definaltely feeling lots of movement now!
I feel i have so much to update on!
Had a very productive but busy day on Sunday and Monday, i managed to get the fish tank completely drained down and rehomed the fish. Emptied it all out and cleaned it all up inc the filter etc etc, that was a huge job!! Taking that over to one of mum and dads neighbours tomo and hey are having it.
And as the tank was out of the was i was able to have the sofa removed from the spare room and got that sold and collected by someone!
I now just need to empty out the remaining bits from the spare room and buy the paint so we can make a start on decorating it this weekend.
I ordered all the furniture on Monday too so thats being delivered this friday afternoon!! Dad bought all of that for us!
Oh, and i found out on Monday that my old college friend A is also pregnant! Due on 5th December so i guess that makes her at 13w 4d ish!! So pleased for her!! Thats another friend i can go through this with! So we have E at 5w4d, A at 13w4d, me at 16w, S at 22w and J at 24w5d! I must admit, its nice not being the 'newly pg one' anymore, im so happy i have come this far!
And so so happy today, i had my private 16 week u/s!
Baby was hiding the whole time, wouldnt let us see his/her face!! The lady sent me for a 15 minute walk but it didnt do any good lol, baby was being very stubborn!! HR was 142bpm, she showed us the colour flow of the umbilical cord and she pointed out some little movements on my uterus which she said are mini braxton hicks that the uterus starts off doing from a very early stage! I didnt know that!
It was originally a regular 2d u/s but the lady done some in 3d/4d for us!!
Im so relieved all is looking good!
She took some measurements, some of which she said may not be 100% accurate due to the position of baby:
Abdominal circumference - 10.85cm (16w 5d)
Biparetial Diameter - 3.49cm (16w 5d)
Head curcumference - 13.01cm (16w 5d)
Femur length - 1.93cm (15w 5d)
Back of baby, can see little ears!
Bottom/backs of legs/feet
Side view 3
Im sitting at home feeling rather bored and sleepy!! I got in from work about 40mins ago, now just waiting around for the nursery furniture delivery, they said any time betwee 12-6pm. Will prob end up being at 5mins to 6 or something stupid like that! Hopefully if they get here at a reasonable time i may be able to get the paint for the room, want to start that tomorrow. Going to clear out the rest of the stuff out the room today.
I felt very teary and out of sorts last night, bf left to go on the rock festival him and his brother are going to in Germany. He is back Monday so only 4 nights, not much but the house felt empty knowing he wasnt going to be back til then.
I may see if i can have a little sleep on the settee, dont want to miss the delivery though!!
The furniture arrived at about 3.45pm yesterday - all 6 heavy boxes of it which are now stacked in my living room and hall!! There are 2 more pieces to the set (a toy chest and under-cot drawer) to arrive on Tuesday (my bday!!) between 10am - 2pm to add to the collection!
I bought the paint yesterday, spent much more than i intended and it looks like i may need another tin! I painted one wall yesterday and managed to get another done today. It takes ages!!! I want to finish the last 2 walls tomo so will start fairly early. Im not looking forward to doing the second coat, infact im going to see if i can get someone else to do it ha ha!!! Silly dogs kept o trying to eat the paint out of the tray!
I have had a very busy day, apart from painting, i had to go shopping this morn for mums bday pressie (bday today, yes im unorganised!), then i emptied out yet another junk cupboard. Cleared that out and it left room for the chest of drawers and other bits from the spare room. There is still some stuff in there but getting there slowly, i will just have to move it around as i paint!!!
After i finished painting i cleaned up, had a shower, done the HUGE pile of washing up, fed the animals and then cooked my dinner. Im knackered now, bedtime very soon!!
Another busy day! I cleared out the final junk cupboard by the bedrooms and put the little drawer chest in there. Then i managed to get the rest of the room painted, i dont fancy doing the second coat!!! Think im going to drag bf to do that ha ha! Then i moved out the desktop computer into the hall, not sure what bf will think of where i have put it but thats the only place it can go for now. So thats virtually everything out!!
Not much else to update on, bf will be home tomo eve which will be nice!
Im pretty sure i may be feeling suspisions of movements now, it is like bubbles.......not convincing enough yet though to say for sure!! I can wait until i know for a 100% that its baby!!
My friend S popped into work today, she is looking really good, 23 weeks now....going to tr and get to hers one evening next week for take away and proper catch up.
Wont be too long now until my 20 odd week scan, am looking forward to that, especially as it may be the last time we see baby, unless i change my mind and have a 3d later on in the pregnancy which i can start to see myself doing lol. I must admit, im getting more suspisions its a girl, my sisters friend at the hosp (who is exactly the same weeks pg as me through IVF!) looked at my scan pics and thought it looked like a girl, and im sure thats what it looks like when i glanced at our dvd again.....then again im no expert either!!
Havent really done much more to the room as me and bf have been working this week. He was very pleased with what i had done when he came home monday! It was so good to have him back too. He has his 5 days off from Monday so is going to do the 2nd coat of paint and the ceiling, i will prob get the fiddley bits done like around the window.
It was my bday on Tuesday, bf took me out to lunch which was nice, and he gave me some money as i want to buy a nursing chair/glider....i only want things for baby now lol. We looked around the shopping centre but they were way more than i wanted to spend, so i have ordered a nice one online:
We also popped into mothercare as i wanted to look at the 2 prams i have narrowed it down to and i wasnt sure what one we shall get (or mum will, as she is buying for us!). Strainght away, bf was taking them down off the display stands and taking bits off and looking at what one was best.....really nice to see him so interested in this!! So he has made the deciding choice for us!!
All exciting stuff!!
First of all im going to mention this before i forget, on Mon 15th June im pretty sure that was a definate baby movement i felt. I was sitting in the upstairs office at work talking to one of my colleagues when i felt like a flick on the inside of my belly. It was just that once. Then last night i felt something very similar but fainter. So, im guessing those bubbly movements i felt before was just gas as this was quite different. I cant wait until its more regular and i know for sure.
I feel like i havent had much time to just relax on the computer and update here lately, so much to do all the time!!
Bf finished his night shifts on Monday and painted the the second coat in the nursery, he done it much quicker than me, only took him half hour!! Then Tuesday we started putting all the furniture together and finished it Wednesday morning and evening. Thursday evening we put the border up although we ran out so until the last roll i have ordered arrives we cant finish that. I have just had a final tidy/polish/move around in there as to how i think i want things. Its still not finished yet as there are bits we arent putting up til last minute like the new curtains/light shade/bedding/rug/cot mobile etc. Im also going to get a few shelves put up and some co-ordinating pictures.
Here is what it looks like so far:
Looking lovely compared to the dingy junk room it used to be! Still a little sparse but as i said, not yet finished. Im glad the bulk of it is done now though.
The rest of the house is a complete mess, cardboard boxes everywhere, rolls of loft insulating filling up our bedroom (another job we must get done) and generally just untidy!!!!
I approached my boss this week about returning to work part time and i got quite a positive response. My only worry is there are some major changes in Feb as one of the bosses are retiring at a couple of my senior colleagues are going to be buying in - they may not want me part time. Im which case i shall be looking for a new job!!
Oh! And the big scan is all booked for 10th July at 2pm - i will be 21 weeks 2 days.
Only a small entry as not much to update on but wanted to mention i think there was more movement this evening. I was sitting at the computer about 30mins ago and felt those flicks again - 3 seperate ones! Fingers crossed this is it......im pretty sure on this one as its definately not gas. I guess time will tell!
Nearly half way there, cant believe that ill be 5 months next week!! I am loving pregnancy! I had a dream last night we had a baby girl and i was feeding her and settling her in her cot, i woke with such a warm feeling!!
Finished the rest of the border off last night, so thats all the major stuff done now, just little bits to do.
I bought 2 very expensive maternity tops off the internet the other night and they arrived today, one i dont like as its no where as nice as the pic makes out and the other is slightly too big so i am sending them back and have ordered 2 replacements and one more as they have a sale on lol. They arent hugely dressy but are very smart and will last throughout the rest of my pregnancy.
Im still feeling more of those flicks.....not so much last night but the other night there were quite a few when i went on the computer and when i went to bed. Not noticed any this evening but im at work so not really sitiing quietly to notice. I cant wait til this shift has finished.
Went shopping today with mum to order the pram but the silly shop assistants spent ages looking on their system unable to find the colour we wanted. So we gave up and im going to try and order tomorrow from somewhere else. This is the one we are having:
Hopefully the place im going to ring will have that colour in stock (bf chose it!) or will will have to have the black.
My nursing chair arrived on Friday, put that together and put it in the room, its really finished it off nicely!
Didnt feel many of those flicks for a couple of days but they were definately there today when i was reading my pg magazine, one prod was particularly obvious so im now 98% sure its baby!
Oh, and bf couldnt get the time off for the anomaly scan so we rearranged it, a day earlier - 9th July 3.30pm.
IM DEFINATELY 110% FEELING MOVEMENT!!!! And it has been the same as that very first prod i suspected at 17w 5d. It started getting very obvious a couple of days ago, 2 july. Its more noticeable when im sitting down quietly, its very constant in the evening (but that is when im relaxing so i guess i will notice it more then). Baby has been going all night tonight too lol. There was one point when i even felt a kick from the outside when i put my hand on my belly!!! So hopefully if we can catch baby at the right time, bf will also be able to feel it! Its soooo reassuring now i have that movement going on.
Our pram/travel system arrived a couple of days after ordering, the company i rang did have the colour in stock bf chose so i was very pleased about that!
We had a lovely day today sitting in the garden in the sun with a bbq! And the dogs loved it too, especially when they got their barbequed chicken!!!!!
My sister is buying us the baby monitor so i have done alot of research and have chosen either the tommee tippee or angel care movement moitors, also been looking at various breast pumps for when i return to work and so bf can get involved and do some feeds.
My 21 week scan on Thurs, oly 5 days to go! Im excited but a little nervous at the same time, i hope everything is ok, am going to get the sonographer to particularly check the face as i was born with a hair lip, although im very lucky as its hardly noticeable, most ppl dont realise i have it until i point it out. Oh and i have my 22 midwife appointment booked for 14th July!
yay for 21 weeks!
Those movements are more frequent which i love! Its so comforting feeling them!
My Scan is tomorrow, going in at 3pm, a little earlier than planned as my sister has asked her colleage who scanned me before to do me as the others arent so good, plus this lady has been with me from day one so its reassuring to know im going to have her.
Went to the shops the other day and bought some nappies, decided they are so expensive we are going to start stocking up now!
I only have 3 months left at work now, im so pleased i feel like i need to get away from all the rubbish going on there at the moment. Not sure how i stand when i return as i want to go part time. My current boss is fine with that but there is a takeover in feb so it depends on what the new boss says. If they say no they i will leave and find work elsewhere, perhaps locum - good money and choose my own hours. Either way when i return from my maternity leave i am going to work part time hours. Wish i didnt have to work at all lol!
Lol, i cant believe i forgot to update on here yesterday after my scan!!!
Im so happy, all looked great, everything normal!! Yippeee!!
A little sad as we didnt get any pics that were very good as baby was head down and hiding face again :-(. But very very happy and relieved there were no obvious problems!
All organs looked normal, and the face/lip looked normal! We eve saw baby opening the mouth!! The weight was estimated at 446g!
I think if i can afford it, we will get a 3d u/s done in the hope to get some good pics! Plus i feel a little sad that i wont get anymore ultrasounds lol.
I spoke to S yesterday, she is going well, is just over 27weeks now! She said she can actually see her belly moving now when baby moves lol. I like it when she tells me something new, its then a 'marker' for me to know when i can roughly expect the same!!
My friend E hit 11 weeks on Friday, time is going quick now! Think she is very anxious, i guess wih knowing mine and S's history or past m/c it makes her nervous. Although she hasnt had any m/c herself so im sure she will be fine. The silly hosp cant fit her in for her 1st scan until she is 13w 6d, so the waiting isnt helping her. Plus if her dates are slightly out she may miss the timing for the NT scan which is rediculous.
Im feeling so much movement now, throughout the day when baby wakes up, and have felt it a few times when i put my hand on my belly too. Still trying to catch the right moment so bf can feel that.
I had my midwife appointment yesterday, all went well! Blood pressure was normal and urine was clear, fundal height measuring on target at 23cm, wow didnt realise my uterus was above my belly button already, thats mad!!!! She listened to the hb with the doppler and baby kicked it twice lol!!
Bf *may* have felt a couple of small kicks the other night but they werent particiularly strong to me so i cant really say for definate yet!!
Not much else going on, lots of rubbish at work still, i cant wait til my maternity leave starts!!
Yay for 24 weeks!! Its been my next milestone i have been aiming for. Mainly because a baby is legally defined as being born with a chance of survival after 24 weeks. Obviously there is no way i want my baby born early but there is some comfort to know that i have reached this stage and every week after this gets better and better!
I have been seeing lots of kicks through my belly which is great, poor bf still hasnt felt them, baby stops every time he puts his hand on!! My friend T at work felt baby yesterday, she was at the right place at the right time lol.
Going to pop round my sisters house at the weekend to start making plans for the baby shower. Looked at some invitations last night and there are so many to choose from!!
My work colleague E is 13w 6d tomo and goes for her 1st scan at 11.40am, she is nervous, im sure all will be great though and am keeping all crossed for her!! S doing good, she is now 30 weeks!!
I have worked out i only have 10 weeks left at work (am on hol for one week inbetween so 9 weeks left i guess!) wahey!!!
I did intend to write on here yesterday but forgot!
Bf finally got to feel baby kicking the other night!! We were laying in bed and i felt a very small kick so he put his hand on my belly, i fully expected baby to stop like normal but instead it gave 4 or 5 really big kicks!!! Bf was really shocked at how hard those kicks were lol. And i must admit, theyt were prob some of the biggest kicks i have felt! He also got to feel some more last night so baby is finally playing ball!!!
E had her scan and all was looking good, her NT measurement was good at 1.5mm and baby was wiggling around and measuring bang on target, im so relieved for her!
Me and my sister have sorted some of the details for the baby shower, we are going to hold it at one of our local pubs and have hired the restaurant. They will lay on the buffet and will put up all the decorations we want too, although it might be fun if we do the decs ourselves! Think we have chosen the invitations:
They arent too costly and they look really nice, have a ribbon in the middle which ties to close the card.
So far we counted about 55-60 invites sent out via facebook (eek!) but im counting prob at least 25 that i dont think can make it (lol i hope so or it will be a bit too crammed!). Will order the card invites this weekend and get them sent out at the beginning of the week.
Im so excited!!!
Lol baby is very active tonight, been getting some very big kicks......lots of belly movement going on i love it!!!
Baby shower invites went out, i decided against the ones below as found an even cheper alternative....in fact they were free!! Printed them off the internet, typed them up and photocopied them at work! Got to work really hard at cutting back the spending now and get ready for maternity leave.
Had my routine midwife appointment today, all went well and normal :-).
I decided i would like a 3d/4d scan after all. Lol i knew i would!! I know if i dont i will regret it! Bf doesnt want to come, he isnt keen on these 4d scans which is fine, i dont want him to do anything he isnt comfortable with. He is very happy for me to get it done so im going to take my mum and sister as i know they will love it! Its all booked for 29th Aug at 2.50pm.
Then we have the baby shower in September, and our holiday, and then im hoping to drag bf along to the baby show in October!!
Next week i am classing it as the thirds trimester - i feel like we have got so much to look forward to during this, all the fun stuff really starts!!!
I'll start with the eventful evening i had last night!!
I went to bed last night at around 12.30am and i had mild stitch-like pain just under the centre of my ribs, probably over where the top of where my uterus is measuring. It was bearable though and i thought its probably just from where my dinner was still stuck there.
I then woke up at 1.39am and the pain was worse, like my skin and muscle was going to split open if i stretched out. Also very tender to palpate. I got up to try and have a walk around, it didnt really help and it hurt when i breathed from where my lungs were expanding.
I was real paranoid so checked baby witht the doppler, good hb. I then went back to bed and managed to sleep again (albeit very reslessly!).
I woke up again at 4.20am to find the pain was still there, i got up but it actually had me i tears this time so i woke bf.
To start off with the pain was like a constant pain, but it worried the hell out of me even more as at this point whilst it was still constant it was also intensifying in waves then easing off every few mins. I was pretty sure it wasnt contractions as the pain was still too high up, over where my diaphragm is. I rang the emergency midwife and she said to come straight down.
Me and bf left the house at around 5.30am. They were so lovely when we got there, the midwife who greeted us and looked after me was so so nice, i hope she will be my midwife!
She strapped me up to the fetal hr monitor and some other thingy that measures to see if it was contractions. Baby's hr was good, at around 150's. Dont think it liked that monitor though as at one point it went mad, really kicking at it and hr went up to 180's!!! No contractions were picked up so that was very reassuring.
The doctor turned up after finishing a c-section and and had a feel of my belly (that really hurt!) and then done an internal. My cervix was closed and she took a swab to check for group B strep whilst she was there.
Think it got to around 7am and whilst the pain was still there the midwife and doctor decided there was no cause for concern and i could go home on pain relief and antacids (although i KNEW this wasnt acid!), which i was VERY pleased about as i was so uncomfortable there.
So still not too clear as to what may have caused it, they suspect it may be where i have a really fibrous thickened scar over where the pain was (i had a pyloric stenosis when i was born prematurely) and that baby was wedged under there causing the pain. Although i have my doubts about this theory, baby was breech yesterday when i had my routine midwife check and there was no pain then. Also, i cant see how a baby's position could cause such an intense pain, discomfort perhaps but not like what i was feeling!
Perhaps it was just where i had eaten too much and the food couldnt move through and gave me real bad stitch!?!
Either way, i am just so relieved baby is ok, that would have been my worst nightmare.
And the pain is much much eased, just a little tender now!!!
Apart from that, everything else had been going very smoothly. Only 2 days to go til my 3d/4d scan, i cant wait!!
Oh and good news about my job, its safe and i can return part time after baby is born yay!!
Baby's movements are very strong and constant, you can see my belly moving all over sometimes, and baby has regular hiccups lol!
So i had my 3d/4d scan today and it went rather disappointingly :-(.
Baby was head down (in the same position at my 16 and 21 week scans) with its head buried real deep into my pelvis/right hip area, its face/nose buried in the placenta and its hands covering the face!!!!!
So, all in all we couldnt get any clear pictures or a dvd :-(.
The good news is (which i am very grateful for) growth was good (actually measuring ahead by a week) and the weight estimate was at 3lbs.
The other very good part is they will rescan me again in a few days in the hope baby may have moved at no extra charge. If we cant get any good pictures this time they will attempt another scan a further week later and if still no luck they will give me a refund and i only pay £50 to cover their scanning time (very very good considering the scan has cost £199!).
Im not holding out much hope though, it makes me wonder if its likely baby will move from this position after being like it for so long.
When i had my midwife appointment a few days ago she said baby was breech but im not so sure.........i have never felt what i would describe as a full turn, only kicks here and there so perhaps she was wrong.
Anyway, here is the one blurry pic we did get today:
Im pleased i have something albeit its nowhere near like it should be but better than leaving empty handed. We also got some regular 2d head pics.
Mum and sister came with me to the scan so it was nice they got to see what we could. They will hopefully come for the rescan too.
So on a happy note i am very pleased i have a healthy little (or not so little!) baby :-).
This time next week ill be at 30 weeks, that has been my latest milestone!! Cant wait, 30 weeks feels so much more that twenty something!!
I saw S today, she is 35 weeks now! She is looking really good. Her only complaint at the moment is really really bad swelling on her legs, it goes from her feet right up to her knees and looks so uncomfortable.
I have started getting my hospital bag organised, so much fun! I want it all prepared ready - will feel much happier knowing its done. Plus i have been scouring the shops trying to choose baby's coming home outfit, no firm decisions on that one yet!!
3d/4d scan all rescheduled - weds 9th sept, 7.10pm. Hoping we get some better pics and a dvd this time!!
I was so tired yesterday i didnt get a chance to update! It seems like that tiredness from the first trimester is starting to creep back in now.
So the 3d/4d rescan went the same as before, if not worse!! Baby was in the same position, head down with face in placenta and even more hands and feet in the way!!! One hand was resting on the head (i have a blurry pic of this which i'll upload later) and the other hand was holding its foot up to its face (which was very cute!).
So whilst again it was dissapointing not to see baby it was out of my control and at least we tried. Plus i get my money back so will buy something nice with that or put it towards my maternity leave money, may mean another month i can have off!!
My midwife appointment on tues went well, everything routine. It feels great to be at 30 weeks!!
Got to get very organised over the weekend for our holiday, i have so much washing to do and need to sort the car out. Plus its my baby shower this saturday, looking forward to that! I have ordered the decorations so im hoping they arrive in time!
I had my baby shower yesterday!!
It was a very tiring day and i must admit almost too much for me but very enjoyable!
I got some lovely gifts, lots of essential baby toiletries which i needed (havent bought any yet!), a few baby clothes (things i havent got loads of so great), some treats for me, toys for baby, and my work colleagues done a collection for me and got a really nice highchair and baby walker!
Here are a few pics!!
Me and mum
Me and bf's family
My friend Jo at 40 weeks (who gave birth this morning!!!!), me, and my friend Emma at 20 weeks
Me and my sister!
Me and a friend Kelly!
Im on my hols at the mo!!
Really really annoying, they have no wireless internet access accross the whole park so i cant get online in the caravan, i have to walk over the the reception. I spend most of my time online so im at a real loss without it on tap lol!
Bf and the dogs are back at the caravan relaxing. The dogs seem to be having a good time, lots of walks and a nice beach walk today! They love tearing up and down the caravan chasing each other too!
Baby has been giving me lots of rib pokes ans hip pokes so i think he/she is having a good time too ha ha! Cant believe im 31 weeks, last week really flew by, think that was because i had the baby shower then was gearing up for the holiday. I think this next week will go very quick too, what with being away til friday then i have a long weekend as dont go back to work til tues.
I have been trying to work out whats left to buy for baby, this is what i can think of:
-Few more toys
-4 fitted sheets
-1 mattress protector
-Baby monitor (sister getting)
Not much at all!!!! Want to start finishing off the bedroom when we get home too. Bf is going to put the shelves up, think i may put the curtains and lampshade up too, wont make the cot up til last thing. Ant there are alot of boxes to get rid of.
Oh and i forgot to mention properly that my friend J gave birth to her baby the morning after my baby shower!!!
I had my hospital tour today, brought it home how real this is lol!! Kind of got me worried too, not as such about the birth but more about what if i want an epidural and there isnt one available, that kind of thing.
Im hoping to be able to give birth in the midwifery led unit. This is all being my pregnancy remains straight forward and i carry to at least 37 weeks and dont go too far overdue. Im definately going to start of as natural as i can, tens then hopefully a waterbirth with gas and air. BUT im definately open to an epidural if i need one, anything can happen so am prepared to accept what may come my way. I do really want to avoid pethidine as it crosses to the baby.
The midwives i saw today were all very nice, all delivery suites/wards etc looked very clean and welcoming so am happy i have a decent hopital!
Washed all my newborn clothes today, going to do the other sizes and sheets/bedding etc in the week.
My colleague and his wife popped in today with their baby who is now 11 days old, omg he is so so cute, i held him for ages!! Such a good baby too!!! Its making me so excited for when our baby arrives!
Im still going with all the bedding/clothing washing, still lots to do though!
Bf cleared out the shed at the weekend and we managed to get more clutter out the house so thats great.
I sat down last night and worked out the finances once i go onto maternity pay, it has been really worrying me how we will manage but we should just about cope as long as we remain careful. I feel a little better about this now.
Aside from this not much else to report on!
Only 7 weeks to go!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Omg im so excited!!!!!!!!
More bits done! I have done virtually all the washing now, and have bought just about everything! Should have enough bedding and baby clothes. What can i think of i need to get still?
-1 baby towel
-maybe nursing pyjamas?
-2 nursing bras
-more maternity pads
Think thats all!! I bought a really cute alternative to a door bouncer at the weekend as i had some vouchers to put towards it. We took the remaining box's/rubbish etc to the tip, and put all swing/walker/bouncer/highchair together to make sure no parts were missing before we chucked the box's. Trouble is storing everything now lol!
Bf put up the shelf, we just need to fix the ceiling light that i blew whilst trying to change the lightshade (oops).
Im starting to find some things really quite difficult now, like bending and putting shoes/socks on that kind of thing, and i have definately noticed i move alot slower, not so able to dash around! Last day of work next Friday - only 7 working days left yaayyyyy!!!
Just finished working the finances down to the last penny!! That was hard work, but like i said before hopefully we will just about manage.
I have a horrid pre-cold sore throat feeling, bet its going to be full blown cold by tomo. Grrrr then there is the worry of swine flu.......although no one i have been in contact with has had the high temp so hopefully will be ok.
And i have had the most uncomfortable day today. Braxton hicks all day and need-the-loo cramps, think things hadnt 'moved through' so to speak lol sorry if tmi!! Only 6 working days left!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Oh, and it sounds like S went into hospital today as her baby is on the way, cant wait for updates!!!!!
**2 Oct 09 - UPDATE**
Just wanted to quickly update here, S had her baby yesterday evening, a girl weighing 7 and a half pounds by c-section!! All is well, yay!!!
Not long got home from our first antenatal class!! It was quite good. To be honest, i have read so much info that i dont think there will be a huge amount of things i havent heard already, but its a good opportunity to meet other pg ladies at the same stage as me going through this while thing together......may even make some friends out of it!!
There are 6 other couples, I am the soonest due, with another the 19th Nov, another the 23rd Nov and 26th Nov and i think the rest in Dec (the last being the 22nd. Bf came which im very glad for as everyone had their partners!!! The main bit we didnt like was being put into pairs and group work - everyone seemed ucomfortable, but hey i guess thats the way of making us all interact!!!
Went shopping on Monday, i bought the baby monitor my sister gave us the money for - got the angelcare sound and movement monitor. Plus i found a real bargain, i spotted a video monitor on sale, it was at £20 - when i checked, it was originally priced at £90 at the other store!!!!! So i bought that too lol!
Done a few other bits to the room, hung the curtains up today too.
Starting to really notice the uncomfortableness now.......not that im complaining, even now im still so so grateful for any symptom thrown my way. The main things im struggling with is the lack of sleep due to A. needing to wee every hour, B. horrendous acid, C. having to sleep mainly on my left side and then my hips hurt or i get pins and needles, D the lack of lung space/difficulty breathing and E. this nasty cold/coughing on top of the already struggling to breath business!!! Thats alot actually. Lol but, it wont be so bad when i dont have to get up for work too......last day Friday - 2 working days left yipppeeeee!!!!!!
Oh, and another interesting thing i noticed happening (mainly starting today) is a strange 'pulled' or 'strained' feeling on my inner thigh/groin ligament........baby laying on it or hormones loosening everything i guess!!
Omg 34 days til my due date!!!! I cant wait to meet our baby!!!!!!!!
I had my last day of work on Friday, it feels good now knowing i have some chill out time and time to get final bits done. One of the things im most grateful for is knowing i dont have to get up early and be fully functional for work, my sleeping pattern is literally wake every hour now - and in between waking i cant even call it proper sleep!!
I went shopping for a few bits and bobs today for the bathroom and caught sight of myself in the mirror - i have suddenly popped and look what i consider to be 'properly pregnant' lol. I can really feel my joints/ligaments loosening up too......lots of backache/hip ache. Im also wondering if my bump looks like its dropped or if im imagining it!!!
The main job i have been working on it giving the house a good clean. I borrowed the steam cleaner from work and everything is getting a good going over. All the finishing touches are being done to the nursery too.
We had our third antenatal class tonight, i think bf is finding alot of it a bit of a struggle (the whole group interaction thing mainly) which, i must admit, thats the bit im not overly keen on - probably because we are both keep yourself to yourself kind of people - but on the whole i think its really going to prepare him for the whole labour process.
And another eventful night last night!!
For a couple of days i have had those tummy cramps like i had before. Baby was oving well and in the end they wore off.
Then last night, me and bf went to bd and no sooner than we started there was blood. Alot of blood, bright red like a period. I rang L&D and they said come down. The monitor picked up some contractions (which i was not feeling) and babys hb was good. Then i had the internal exam to which there was more blood and then i felt it all trickle out. The doctor said i was 2cm dilated and nearly fully effaced (my notes said cervix measured 0.5cm) and baby's head was engaged. Because of the bleeding they decided to keep me in overnight as they said it looked like i was in early labour.
So for the rest of the night it was a waiting game. An it dragged, i didnt sleep properly at all and i was starting to think i wasnt in labour as i still couldnt feel much going on.
The bleeding stopped, all that was left was old brown blood, no more new. I still didnt feel any contractions for the rest of this morning and they decided to send me home as there was no change, i dont think the machine was picking any either.
They didnt examine me again to see if i had further dilated incase of starting the bleeding again. Baby is still moving good and has a good heartbeat! They said the head is engaged so who knows when true labour will occur??
I felt very jealous at all the women around me on the ward with their babies, i had really geared myself up and prepared to be holding my LO by now. Obviously i am so so so relieved baby is ok as that is the main thing, and if baby needs to cook a little longer then fine. But i couldnt help feeling very disappointent and deflated when they said i should go home. I know its not long though and i feel bad thinking that as at least my baby is healthy.
I am so so tired now as i didnt sleep at all so am going to have a sleep for a while!
Omg i so want this baby out now.
I can deal with the frequent weeing, the horrendous acid, the painful swelling of the hands and ankles (started last week!), the backache, the hipache, the numbness....etc etc all of that. I can even deal with those painful gripe-like tummy pains i keep getting (which are happening now!) but what i cant deal with is the constant stress and worry about something being wrong because of the pain!!!!!!
The hosp have thoroughly checked me out, everything looks good, baby is moving really well but i just want it out now so i know its safe and sound in my arms!!!
Yes, i am going to miss being pg, but i would rather be holding my baby.
Please labour, hurry up and arrive!!!!!!
So after i finished my above entry the pain got worse and i thought im not just waiting it out, it was worrying me way too much and i especially didnt want to be feeling like that overnight. Rang L&D and as ususal they were very nice and told me to come down. The midwife i saw was lovely, hooked me up to the CTG as normal, again good hb and no contractions. Hr was in the 120's whilst i was laying down, so she sat me up and boy did it wake baby up!! Lots of kicks and hr went up in the 170's!! She palpated my tummy, and thinks the reason for my pain is im simply overstretched - its real tight in there now. She done an internal and im still 2cm dilated. I asked her how soon am i likely to go into labour. She said obviously as i know i can be like this for ages, even past my due date, but she also said she would be surprised if that happened. For a 37 week cervix, its a good cervix!! Here's hoping!!
So she reassured me all is ok and baby is fine, i feel better for that, and also the if i keep getting this pain i wont worry so much. Its still killing me now!!!!
Bf not long left for work, wish he didnt have to go in, when you feel like this its not so bad when you have people around you. Oh well, i'll just have to keep my mind of it, he has already had lots of time off work because of the last few days!!
So after my previous post i had a sleep for a few hours. By about 10pm the pain hadnt eased at all so i went back up to L&D. They done exactly the same as earlier that day, nothing new was picked up except my BP had gone up (prob due to the pain!!!). They decided to admit me for an overnight stay.
Omg that was the longest night of my life, despite the paracetamol and codine they gave me, the pain did not ease at all. By about 5.30am i was so fed up, i asked them if i could get a warm bath......that helped a little. Went bacl to bed at about 6.30am and dozed for about half an hour, when i woke the pain had very much eased.
On the morning checks, they decided i could go home. By the time i was home the pain was virtually gone, just slight remnants of tender feeling. I felt so so sick from tiredness though!! So i made a bed up in the baby's room (bf just came off nights so didnt want to disturb him) and took the dogs in with me a slept so easy!! When i woke up there was no pain still thankfully!!
I had a private scan today to check everything out (the hosp should have done this as one of their first checks).
Everything looked great! The placenta is high, and the cord inserts up real high so thats good. No evidence of placental abruption and she couldnt see anything laying over my cervix!! I feel so much happier now i know all is fine.
The thing is if i was have another bleeding or tenderness episode i would be so so worried even more not knowing the above so for even that reason alone im glad this was brought to my attention by one of the wonderful ladies on here, and i was urged to go.
Baby measured slightly small but the tech wasnt worried and as it was laying akwardly the measurments werent overly accurate. Approx 6lbs 6oz.
And she done a quick face shot in 3d!!
Fat squished up little face lol how cute!!!!!
Im having lots of what i think are braxton hicks tonight and feeling like i constantly need to wee!! Oh and my poor ankles and feet feel like they are burning from the swelling.
I hope its not too much longer til meet baby!! I have a feeling its going to be soon. Or it may just be because i want that, that im thinking it lol!
Still lots of unconfortable BH all the time!! Last night was another awful night of sleeping, mainly due to hip ache and acid.
So im at 38 weeks, the date i had it in my head i would have baby, wishful thinking lol! Went to a work meeting tonight, i keep hoping by planning these things it will make baby arrive lol.
Went and visited S and her baby today, omg so so so cute and so tiny!! I cant wait for mine!!! Such a quiet well behaved baby too! She has recieved so many clothes and gifts from people, and the amount of cards is amazing.
Oh, and poor E ended up in hosp yesterday having contractions, she is only 27w 5d today. They gave her steroids and also managed to stop the contractions so they sent her home today which is good news. I hope they stay away for a while longer!!
As im sitting here i keep getting what im sure is a little foot poking out on my right side, just below my rib cage! Baby is very busy in there today!
With every twinge now and every ache i presume its labour starting, i can see how women get impatient waiting!!
I so didnt expect to get to 39 weeks, i really really had it in my head that baby would be here by 38 weeks. These past 2 weeks have dragged so bad!!!
I just got back from popping into work for tea break and a catch up, that was really nice to break the day up from just moping around the house. If i can keep busy like that then ill be ok. Going out shopping tonight with my sister, she got engaged a few weeks back and wants to pick out bridesmaid dressed (obviously i wont be trying any on lol). That will breal the evening up too, they have been just as bad.
Bf is on early shifts so i try not to go to bed too early as i end up getting up more and keeping him awake. I tried to go to bed last night at 11pm but couldnt sleep, when i finally dozed off he started snoring and woke me, then i got hipache and restless legs so couldnt go back to sleep. I got up in the end and watched some tv, think i went back to bed at 2am. Now i feel like i could sleep but if i do i wont tonight!!!
Oh yes, and thats a new symptom to add to the list, restless leg syndrome, horrible lol!
Aside from all the i am loving finally looking pregnant and being heavily pregnant, its just my impatientness thats no helping...........i need to try and just chill over the next potential 2 weeks and enjoy whats left!! Ohhhhhh but i so cant wait to meet our little baby!!!
The midwife just left, the appointment started off pretty routine. BP normal, good heartbeat etc.
She said at next weeks appointment (my edd!) they will schedule my induction.
Then i asked her when do they routinely start doing sweeps, she said when i get to my due date but she can do one now if i want. YES PLEASE!!
She said the head is right down engaged and im 2-3cm dilated, she could feel the baby's head through my cervix! Im just about fully effaced too! By her estimation she thinks labour will start within the next 48 hours!! Im definately getting lots of BH, nothing painful but slightly crampy.
There was lots of blood again, but she assured me 100% its my cervix where it is so delicate, i reiterated my fear of vasa previa and she said she can definately only feel head right on my cervix, no vessels. I had changed all my bed covers yesterday and when i got up from the sweep there was blood all over them, how annoying so i have just had to change them all again - very akward with a king size bed on your own!!!!
I so hope im not getting my hopes up again but the midwife seemed very very sure of this!! She said i should go for a long walk this afternoon!!!
So now im doing all my last minute panicky jobs lol, going to make the cot up next!!
The midwife just left, the appointment started off pretty routine. BP normal, good heartbeat etc.
By her estimation she thinks labour will start within the next 48 hours!!
By her estimation she thinks labour will start within the next 48 hours!!
Ugh! Yeah right!!!!
56 hours later and no change!!! Im getting lots of strong BH and period type cramps on and off - more so at night, and started loosing what may be mucous plug, it looks like EWCM. But thats all, nothing new to report. She was sooooo convincing i would have put money on what she said. Seriously.
I honestly dont feel like its going to start any time soon now. I went for a long walk around the shopping centre yesterday evening, and i even had a reflexology session whilst i was there. I have been bouncing on my ball non-stop.
So now im going to just chill and try and forget about what the midwife said. baby clearly isnt ready lol!!
Ahhhhh it makes me kind of sad looking at my pregnant entries, i do kind of miss my bump and really did enjoy the whole pregnancy thing (well, aside from the worries and pains/bleeding towards the end!).
This will probably be my last entry on here, im going to move over to the general journals, i will post the link here once i have started it!
Aaron Kriss’s birth story
Born 18th November 2009 at 5.49pm
Weight - 7lbs 13oz
Length - 21.5”
I woke up at approx 7.20am on 18 Nov 09 with very mild cramps, needing the toilet. When I went to wee, I felt a small amount of water leak out but I couldn’t really tell if it was my waters or if I was just bursting to go to the loo!!
I got back into bed and noticed the cramps were slightly more painful than before, probably coming every 7-8 minutes or so. At this point I wasn’t sure if it was labour starting as I had had cramps like this on and off for several days prior to this.
I laid in bed dozing (in between Kriss’s snores!) for the next half an hour or so. At about 8.20am I felt an intense pressure, like a huge baby kick, and a pop, my waters broke! And there was A LOT!! I woke Kriss up, he grabbed me a towel and I rang the hospital. It sounded like they were going to tell me to wait it out at home for a bit longer. I explained to them that on my midwife check up the previous Thursday I was already at 3cm dilated then. The midwife put me on hold for a couple of minutes and when she came back told me to come straight down to the hospital.
At this point the contractions weren’t still particularly painful, more like strong period pains. I shuffled to the bathroom and got myself sorted and dressed, then got Kriss to Attach my TENS machine. That really helped!
By the time we were ready to leave (9.05am approx) the contractions were getting stronger but still very bearable.
We arrived at the hospital at about 9.20am and was admitted. They put me in one of the labour and delivery rooms and checked my blood pressure and hooked me up to the CTG machine, which showed baby had a good heartbeat and I was having regular contractions every 5 mins or so. They kept me on the machine until about 10.35am, the midwife then done an internal to see how dilated I was - 5-6cm!! At this point I started loosing my willpower for a natural birth and asked the midwife about an epidural. She said I was very welcome to have one but it would be a shame as I was doing so well and she didn’t think it would be much longer. So, with encouragement from her and Kriss, I agreed to go with my original plan and get transferred to the midwifery led unit (MLU) where I could get in the birthing pool. The midwife also got me some gas and air to get going on. Kriss tried some once she was out the room and he said it tasted horrible and made him feel sick ha ha! At this point the contractions were quite painful, they had me gripping onto Kriss for dear life and burying my head in his chest!!
They were ready to transfer me to the MLU at approx 11.10am. The midwife asked if I wanted a wheelchair to be taken there or did I want to walk, I wanted to walk there!! This was a case of power walking between contractions and stopping to lean on the walls when one came!
Once I got into my room on the MLU I met my new midwife who was very nice. She checked my blood pressure, temperature and baby’s heartbeat. She then got me a birthing ball to sit on and we talked through my birth plan whilst we waited for the pool to fill up (she said it usually takes 20mins or so). She also got Kriss a cup of coffee which he wasn’t impressed with lol it was like a cup of dishwater!!!
I’m not sure what time the pool was ready for me to get in, it must have been about 12pm. That was so nice getting into that warm water, and the bottom of the pool was nice and padded!! She also dimmed the lights and got a selection of CD’s for us to choose some music from. Kriss picked out the birthing CD which was a nice mix of calming music and sounds such as crashing waves etc.
The contractions were coming on nice and regularly, although I couldn’t say how often, I was just concentrating on getting through them one at a time. They were very intense at this point, part of me was surprised at how well I was coping, and part of me was thinking I cant do this anymore!!! I kept taking drinks of water in between and also ate a rich tea biscuit the midwife brought me in as I felt sick and hadn’t eaten anything that day. I was starting to get very tired at this point too.
I found the best positions were kneeling up and rocking, kneeling on all fours and kneeling whilst leaning over the side of the pool.
The midwife was monitoring the baby’s heartbeat with a handheld Doppler about every half hour or so along with my pulse.
By about 1.50pm the midwife asked me to get out the pool so she could examine me and see how I was progressing. That was horrible getting out the water, very very difficult! She and Kriss towelled me down to dry and got me to lay on the bed. Initially, laying on that bed felt a relief after all, even to the point I said I didn’t want to get back in the water! She said to me “of course you want to get back In the pool, its lovely giving birth in the water!” so I thought yes she is right!
When she checked me she said I was just about fully dilated, there was just a small edge of my cervix tucked over the baby’s head. She asked me to push whilst she ‘folded’ it back out of the way. That hurt - a lot! It worked though, fully dilated and ready to start pushing.
She asked me to see if I needed to wee first, I tried but couldn’t go, the contractions were too painful to think about it!
Getting back in the water was lovely, particularly as the midwife had topped it up with some hot water.
The midwife then told me it was time to start pushing with the contractions.
That was definitely a worse feeling than just having the contractions alone, as pushing seemed to intensify them. This was the point where I cut down on my use of gas and air as I found the loss of control made me feel worse and almost sicky. On some of the pushes I didn’t use any!
The midwife started checking the baby’s heartbeat more regularly now, about every 5-10 minutes.
It must have been about 1.5 hours of pushing, my contractions started becoming irregular and not to productive. The midwife warned me if things didn’t pick up I may have to go back over to labour and delivery suite for an iv of Sintocinon to speed them up again. I continued pushing for approx another 1.5 hours when she decided it was time to examine me again. Getting out of the water was awful, trying to even just stand up was so difficult. She checked me internally again and that really hurt. She asked me to push at the same time which I did but she couldn’t feel the baby coming down a huge amount.
Another midwife then appeared with a wheelchair and took me over to labour and delivery. This is where things start to get a bit fuzzy!
It must have been approx 5pm at this point. I was hooked back up to the CTG which showed baby’s heart rate was good and my contractions had picked up. The midwife then put me in stirrups and asked me to hold the bars with my hands and grip with every push. The pushes didn’t seem as painful for the first few, they actually felt more productive than before and she said I was doing great.
She also decided it was time to catheterise me as I had drunk over 2 litres of water so far and not used the toilet at all and it may be my bladder which was hindering the baby moving down. This I really really didn’t want, but obviously wanted to make sure everything possible was done to help baby. I remember really screaming my first obscenities as she put the catheter in, that was so so so horrible. Kriss stayed by my side the whole time and reassured me. Not much drained from the catheter so it wasn’t my bladder causing the problem.
An iv was then placed in my left hand, I’m not sure whether they gave me the Sintocinon at this point.
By this time the contractions were really hurting again and I was starting to get real bad backache.
The surgeon then arrived to check me, yet another internal which hurt like hell! I’m not sure what he felt but he then reappeared with the ultrasound machine and done a quick scan. This showed baby was lying back to back. He explained that when he checked me, the baby’s shoulders appeared to be stuck, explaining why my pushing wasn’t getting us anywhere! He said unfortunately it was time for me to go to theatre where they would try an instrumental delivery and if this wasn’t successful I would need a caesarean section. All I kept saying was get me an epidural please, now!!! The anaesthetist appeared pretty quickly and I signed the consent forms. Kriss was taken away to change into his theatre scrubs at this point. That was horrible when he went, especially as one of the worst contractions started! The midwife was really nice though and she held my hand through it.
I was then wheeled round to theatre where I think there was a team of about 6-8 people to start with. They transferred me onto the operating table (which was really narrow!) and rolled me over onto my Left side. The anaesthetist explained to me how important it was I remained completely still whilst she done the epidural. This was really difficult to try and do when those contractions kicked in!! She got me to roll in a ball, bringing my knees right up to my chest and my chin down to my chest. It was also at this point I got the horrendous shakes from the pain and shock of it all. One of the theatre staff then sprayed some ice cold spray all down my back to check if I could keep still. The anaesthetist then pressed into my spine with her fingers and started injecting the local anaesthetic, that stung! For some reason she wasn’t happy in the place she was in and repeated this again slightly higher up. I felt the spinal catheter go in, it didn’t particularly hurt, just a bit of an odd uncomfy feeling, It was like a scraping. Once that epidural kicked in, it was heaven!! It only took about 5 mins or so, started off cold then went numb. I was numb from my chest down. They sprayed the cold spray all down me again to check I couldn’t feel anything. I was then re-catheterised which was fine, I couldn’t care less what they done to me now I was numb!
The midwife then told us, the surgeon was going to attempt to deliver the baby by forceps. She also told Kriss not to look down there, he didn’t want to see this loll! I didn’t want to even think about what was going on down there so I made sure I didn’t look. I kept saying nothing is happening down there! The midwife then said I have had to had an episiotomy which never occurred to me would happen. I know it was needed because of the forceps but this was something I really dreaded.
As they were pulling to get the baby out, they told me to push when they told me to. This was really odd as I couldn’t feel anything., to me it felt like I wasn’t doing a thing but I apparently was! As the baby was being pulled out, I was being pulled off the table so the midwife and Kriss had to hold me down!
Baby Aaron Kriss was born at 5.49pm, after approximately 10.5 hours of labour! He came out crying as he was placed on my chest briefly. He was quite purple but I knew he was ok because of his loud cries and his face and head were so bruised and mis-shaped where he had been stuck and pulled. They took him away to the corner where there was a team of paediatricians to do his checks, at this point me and Kriss still didn’t know if it was a boy or girl so I asked the surgeon!
Aaron was then placed back on my chest whilst the surgeon delivered the placenta and repaired my episiotomy cut. They also showed me his left ear was misshapen, folded inwards slightly. They said it may be where he was stuck and squished for so long or he may need a little op to fix it later on in life. I didn’t really pay much attention at this point as I had this real sudden sickness come over me. I apparently had a bleed which they couldn’t stop (not sure where from) so they gave me a combination of drugs to help, this is what brought the sickness on so quick! I said to kriss please take baby, I’m going to be sick, and there it was!! That was horrible. About 2 mins after that, my head suddenly started pounding intensely, I couldn’t hardly open my eyes. This really worried me as I thought I was having some sort of reaction to the epidural. I think they gave me another combination of drugs.
I then remember being hooked up to more drips and noticing Kriss had gone, think they sent him out with Aaron whilst they cleaned me up and wheeled me out of theatre.
Kriss was in the recovery area waiting for me, admiring his son! It must have been about 7pm.
I still had an awful headache and my blood pressure was through the roof so they gave me some medications for this.
Me and Kriss started taking crafty photos and sending texts out on our phones, we were being sneaky as we weren’t meant to be using them!
Kriss was shortly shown where to go so he could change back into his clothes, and I was shown how to attach Aaron to the breast for his first feed which he seemed to take well to. Then it was my turn for food, one of the midwives brought me some tea and toast, the tea was lovely but the toast was cold with nasty margarine!! Kriss buttered and jammed it up for me though and made me eat some, although I preferred our mini cheddars and cereal bars we had taken with us!
Shortly after, a couple of the staff come in to give me a wash, it wasn’t the most thorough of washes though, I would have loved a shower at that point but obviously that wasn’t possible due to the epidural.
I sent Kriss home at about 9.45pm as it had been a long day for him and he would be back early the next morning. They wheeled me round to the ward at 10pm, I was still knackered but couldn’t sleep, I think it was a mixture of being over tired and in my own happy bubble keep looking at Aaron! When I first got in there, it was empty which was lovely as I’m quite a private person but they wheeled another woman in about 45mins later. Now this I wouldn’t have minded too much, you expect this when your in hospital, but what was so irritating was she wouldn’t shut up!! She could talk for England, she didn’t take a breath! Aaron started screaming his head off so I couldn’t hear what she was saying, I didn’t have my glasses on so I couldn’t see her properly and I just wanted to rest peacefully and gaze at my baby! About 15mins later another lady was brought in with her baby and the poor woman was put opposite Miss talkative, you could tell she also was irritated by this, she kept yawning and saying how tired she was and was going to sleep but the other woman wouldn’t take the hint! She even resorted to putting her light out in the end (I had done mine as soon as she had left me alone) and Miss talkative kind of got it! One of the midwives came over and kindly let me plug my mobile in to charge, and I asked her if I could shut my curtain which she said was fine, I wasn’t comfortable trying my first breastfeeds with other people watching as I was still learning. What annoyed me was the post op nurse from the recovery area then popped in for something for the other lady and opened my curtain! I asked her to shut it but she said no I wasn’t allowed as I was still recovering and they needed to be able to see me…….that didn’t make any sense as it was not possible I could be directly seen from where I was anyway.
I think it must have been very shortly after this I heard Aaron use his nappy, the midwife came and checked and he had done a huge poo! She took him away and changed him for me as I was still numb.
About half an hour later another lady was brought in and put opposite me, she didn’t have a baby on her she was still pregnant. From what I could make out she had had a fall and they were monitoring her. I think they should have put her in her own room though, she had an awful awful cold, all you could hear was her sniffing, coughing and (this is the loveliest part) snorting up phlegm, yuk! Surely all those germs floating around aren’t good for the 2 newborn babies in the room! Thankfully the midwife shut her curtain.
By about midnight I decided I would try and sleep, I think I laid there for a couple of hours and finally must have dozed off at 2am. Unbelievably, Miss talkative started chatting away on her mobile phone and woke me up half an hour later!!
Then, I got really panicked as Aaron started vomiting. I managed to reach into his cot to turn him on his side and I frantically scrambled for the buzzer to call the midwife. She said it looked like mucous he had swallowed during the birth and took him away to suction it off. She brought him back about 10 mins later and it happened again twice. I was worried I wouldn’t be able to reach him in time to turn him and he would choke so the midwife said she would take him for monitoring a let me get some sleep.
By this time my epidural had worn off and I was feeling the pain, I put my hand down there and couldn’t believe the amount of swelling! Probably not a good idea to have done this as it made me think about the pain even more. I buzzed the midwife who said I cant have anymore paracetamol and codine yet as it was too soon, she said I was down for morphine if I wanted though. She said the only downside was it would send me to sleep and Aaron wouldn’t be able to breastfeed (because of me sleeping, not the effect of the drug). After giving it some thought I decided to leave it and see how I coped as the night wore on. It got to about 3am and the pain was starting to get unbearable, I felt like I had been kicked real hard underneath so I gave in and asked for it after all. That was given alongside anti-sickness drugs by injection into my thigh, ouch it bloody stung!! By 30mins later I was out for the count, lovely!
I think I must have woken up at 6.30am, by 7am the midwives started doing the rounds. They checked my bp, bleeding and wound and changed my pads, then removed my catheter, ugh nasty feeling!
Aaron was also brought back to me as he had stopped vomiting, he then done another lovely poo!! My curtain was finally shut which I was most thankful for, and breakfast arrived just as I was feeding Aaron so I ended up with cold tea and soggy cornflakes, a sign of things to come!!
My mum and sister arrived to visit me at about 9.30am with flowers and presents, it was their first time meeting Aaron. I made use of my sister and got her to change his nappy and dress him! They only stayed for 30mins or so as it wasn’t visiting hours.
By about 11.30am they asked me to get up and try to have a wee. I was very unsteady on my feet to start with but once I got going it wasn’t too bad. I couldn’t go to the toilet, the midwife explained I needed to do at least 3 large wee’s before I’m allowed my iv out and I can go home.
Kriss arrived at about 12.30 just as I was finishing of my manky dinner which they called ‘chicken casserole’, luckily he brought food supplies with him. The next few hours were just a case if waiting for me to use the toilet. Several attempts later I still had the feeling that I needed t go but couldn’t, that was horrible. By late afternoon I managed a very small wee but they said it was too small amount to count! After a while we were taken to be shown how to bathe Aaron. First off the nurse wrapped him up and got Kriss to wash his head, Aaron loved it! I was really uncomfortable as I couldn’t sit down because of my wound and because I felt like I still needed a wee, so unfortunately I had to excuse myself from the bathing bit. He apparently hated it and screamed the whole time poor, thing!
I done another ‘non-counting’ wee! It felt good to finally be producing something though!
By about 8pm I had produced my 3 large wee’s, that was the best thing ever, and was allowed home!!
We finally arrived home at 9.15pm, I was so glad to see my own bed and surroundings!
I have finally started that new journal!!
Its under general journals, here is the link: