My Birth Story | Baby #2

Now that ‘Baby Sister‘ is over a week old I thought it was about time to get my birth story written down before it all becomes a bit of a blur! You may have read my 41 week pregnancy update so you’ll know I went overdue – 12 days in the end!

Friday 16th September 2016

We had my 41 week midwife appointment at the hospital where I requested a sweep! I don’t remember it being so uncomfortable and hurting that much last time. According to my notes I was only 1cm dilated but my cervix was soft but unaffected! My induction was booked for Sunday the 18th but I knew she wouldn’t make an appearance before then!

Saturday 17th September 2016

Possibly our last day as a family of three so we took a trip to Smyth’s toy shop to look for a* (*secretly buy) ‘sooter’ from Baby Sister. At 2:25pm (TMI) I had my bloody show! I hoped the pains would start too but all I got was period type pains in my lower back! We then watched Toy Story 3 together whilst eating chicken and rice before packing Little off to her Nana’s house. Everytime I looked at Little I felt so sad – I knew she wouldn’t be the baby anymore and I just felt so proud of how she had coped with my pregnancy and all the changes that were happening!

Sunday 18th September 2016

I woke up at 6:45am to ring the hospital at 7am. 9am was the time I was given to go in for induction! I felt so uneasy! I kept crying and I just wanted my Little to be home and in my arms. But I knew she was going to the zoo for the day so she probably didn’t even notice I was gone!


At 10:54am I was sent home without the pessary because the ward was busy and they said they would be able to break my waters so I was due to come back at 5pm. James and I decided to go for brunch which made me feel so sick with all the nerves. I spent the rest of the day tidying the house and bouncing on my ball.

At 5pm we were back in the hospital and waiting for a room on the ABC to become available. At 6:50pm I was moved across to the ABC where the midwife went to break my waters but she could feel a hand by her head so needed to get a Doctor to come and scan me. Caesareans and other options were discussed but by this time I just wanted to get my baby out safely. The scan showed that baby was definitely head down and the Doctor couldn’t see a hand so by 7:30pm my waters were broken and I was told I had 2 hours to get labour started before being moved to the Consultant Led Unit for the drip. James and I spent the next 2 hours walking around the hospital where I was having contractions but they were manageable and didn’t have much pattern.

By 9:30pm contractions were picking up so they were happy to give me 2 more hours so I had until 11:30pm to be in established labour!

I was examined about 11:40pm and I had made it to 4cm!!!! I wasn’t so happy hearing I was only 4cm but it meant I had dodged the drip! Wooooooppaaaa!!

From this moment the contractions really started to pick up and they were becoming very hard to cope with. I had positive attributions playing in my ear and I was trying my hardest to breath through them but the pressure was unreal! I didn’t feel the need to push but I was sure I couldn’t do it! At this point the midwife suggested going into the pool which I was happy about but even the pool didn’t really help the pain this time. My contractions were so intense and it felt like there was no break! I was panicking incase I wasn’t even fully dilated because I couldn’t cope with this pain much more. The midwife asked if I wanted some gas and air and at this point I would have tried everything. She sent another midwife to get it but by the time she had come back, and only about 3 pushes later, my beautiful baby girl was born!! The relief I felt when she was out and in my arms was indescribable. She was just like her sister and I just could not believe she was here!!

After 1 hour and 59 minutes of established labour – Baby girl was born at 1:34am, weighing 8lb 40z and she was just perfect!

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41 Weeks Pregnant | Baby #2

How far along: 41 weeks 🙁 boooooo! I’m overdue..

Symptoms: Terrible acid reflux type thing. Even water burns at the moment! I am sleeping a lot better as I’m so exhausted but it isn’t the most comfortable of things to do aha!

Food Cravings: Still no cravings although I am loving a very cold water at the moment despite it giving me reflux haha!

Movement: She is still very active if only she’d use these movements to make her way out! I can’t imagine she has much room left in there now.

Gender: Our baby girl 🙂


Sleep: It has got a lot better as I am just so tired.

Stretch Marks: Still quite angry looking but moisturising seems to be helping a little bit 🙂

Miss Anything: Enjoying my days instead of sitting around waiting for something to happen!

Best Moment: Having Little ask me if baby has been moving today as this is what she hears James say a lot.

Worst Moment: Being overdue haha!

So here I am at 41 weeks. At least I am one step closer to meeting my little girl 🙂

 

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Being Overdue AGAIN..

Yep I’m still pregnant! Something I never thought I’d say. I was convinced that this little Miss would be early or at least on time. How wrong was I? I’m currently 40+6 and she is showing no sign of making an appearance! 

With Little I went 12 days over and I don’t remember the wait being as tormenting. Maybe it’s because I was able to leisurely sit around but this time I’m having to try and keep a toddler entertained when really I just want to wollow in self pity!

I feel so on edge everyday wondering whether today will be the day. I keep picking a date out of thin air and believing that date will be the one. First it was the 6th, then the 8th, 10th, 12th – you get the picture! Now I think I like the sound of the 15th aha..

I know she will come when she is ready but I find myself worrying that she may no longer be engaged or that she might have stopped growing. It’s been nearly 3 weeks since I last saw the Midwife and I’m not seeing her until Friday where I’m hoping to be offered a sweep, if Tiny hasn’t had other ideas of course. 

I’m not wishing time away but I just feel so useless to Little at the moment as I sense that she too is getting bored of waiting and I’m just so irritable! The days feel so long and I just want to meet my second little girl!! 


Did you go overdue and how did you cope with the wait? Any ideas to keep me sane will be greatly recieved!! 

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Dear Little..

Everything seems to be about “baby sister” at the moment so I thought I would take this opportunity to write an open letter to my first born, once very small and very red baby!

I can remember the day you entered this world like it was yesterday. You had quite the set of lungs on you and from that moment I knew you would make your mark on the world. When you were placed in my arms it was the most magical feeling and I could not believe that you were actually mine!


I have thoroughly enjoyed having you all to myself for the past 2 and a half years, my little side kick! You make me laugh, you frustrate me, you make me burst with pride but most of all you have shown me how to love. When I sit back and watch you I still find it hard to believe that I made you. You are by far the best mini human I have ever laid my eyes on.

Now the time is approaching for you to become a big sister and I just know that you will be the best. I feel so proud that I am giving you a best friend for life and I cannot wait to watch you grow up together.


But I just want you to know that whatever happens you will always be my first born baby and I will always love you with everything I have!!

I am excited for our new journey together. Our very own girl gang!

I love you to the moon and…. BACK!! xxxxxxxxxx

 

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