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BROOKING NO ARGUMENT! we will be full to bursting with Springtime graduates all preparing for their sneeze births (part 15)(999 Posts)
Thought I would do us a new thread, I have gone seasonal again, but we will be so busy welcoming our new gradustes it will soon fill up, I am Brooking No Argument
ignoring the fact I could be sneezing on this thread
sparks, make sure that you do your hair and your make-up before he gets back so you are all pretty and housewifely!
We conform to gender stereotypes very happily in the Bartlet household. It is definitely DH's job to put out the bins!
Bartlet I was dressed when he got home, that's surely more than he should expect?
Right, the milk monster is sleeping so I'll try and get my birth story written!
So Monday morning I had stretch and sweep number 3 at 40+1 - midwife wasn't very hopeful as cervix still "unfavourable" but she gave it her best shot. I had a tiny amount of spotting just afterwards but nothing else. Picked DS up from school in the afternoon and had just got home and go to the loo for a wee when I heard and felt a "popping" and waters broke on the loo. Kept trying to get up but was loads more waters kept coming so DS brought me the phone so I could ring DH and my mum. Eventually was able to get up and get a pad on and gave labour ward a ring. They advised to watch for signs of infection and ring them back once contractions started and became regular.
I decided I needed to fuel up so was making a hearty dinner when I had a call back from a midwife on labour ward. They had looked at my notes from DS's birth and decided they wanted to check me over at AAU so DH and I headed down there after I'd had my dinner Had started to have some irregular contractions at that point and they just checked me over, listened to baby and advised me to go home and try and rest.
I did attempt to sleep when I got home but contractions were too painful so I spent the evening bouncing on my ball with my Tens machine on (really rate the Tens machine!) By midnight the contractions were quite regular and painful so we headed back down to labour ward. Once there I was devastated to be told that the contractions were doing bugger all, as I was only 2cm dilated (same as when I'd had my sweep that morning!) And to top it all a waterbirth would be out of the question as the birth pool had been condemned by infection control due to rust on the taps!! I felt really despondent and thought that it was going to be a repeat of DS1's mammoth labour!
We went back home and back to the bouncing - it was a long painful night and it was difficult to relax as my mum and stepdad were in the spare room as DS really didn't want to go to theirs so I couldn't go in the bath as it is right next to their room. I was really glad when they took DS off to school Tues morning so that it was just DH and I and I jumped straight in the bath!
By 11.30 I felt I couldn't cope with the pain much longer and was contracting every 3 mins so back to the hospital we went. I was examined at 12.20 and was still only 4cms - again I felt so despondent that everything was so slow and I was saying to DH that I felt I would need an epidural if there was still hours to go!
Anyhow - it all changed very quickly after that! Baby's heart rate had dropped massively during the examination (I'd had a really big contraction at the same time) so they wanted to keep the monitor on. I walked from the assessment room to the labour room they allocated for me and the contractions began coming almost continuously. Baby was very distressed during contractions and heart rate kept dropping, ended up with lots of panic and people in the room and talk of theatres being prepared. Then they put a scalp probe on DS and realised that all the distress was because things had progressed so quickly and I was 8-9cms I was away with the fairies using gas and air at that point and before I knew it I was ready to push. 20 minutes later and my beautiful big boy had arrived! I did need an episiotomy to get his head out which did tear slightly more too but they were very afraid I would have ended up with a much worse tear had they not intervened. I still can't quite believe that there was no shoulder dystocia this time as he is even bigger than DS1 but he was apparently in textbook position - clever boy! Can't remember if I said on here but they initially converted his weight slightly wrong so rather than 10lb 14oz he was in fact 10lb 15oz! (4.97kg) My midwife was really chuffed as it's the biggest baby she's ever delivered!
I am definitely experiencing the elation that you other ladies have talked about - he is absolutely perfect and I feel so blessed to have 2 fabulous boys and a wonderful DH (who was an absolute star during labour!) It's making me all teary now just writing it down! I am still knackered as T is definitely a night owl at the mo and my lady bits are VERY sore but it is sooo worth it for the end result! I have told DH that we are sticking to 2 though, I dread to think what size a 3rd might be!
Wow, what a mammoth post, hope you're all still awake by the end of it!
Wow Olives he was a bit of a slow starter but was certainly in a rush by the end. I am so pleased to hear a positive birth story of a larger baby, it gives me hope hope you and your boys are all settling in
and hope your lady bits feel better soon well done.
Fab birth story Olives! Well done again! Did I say that DS weighs 10lb 14oz at 9 weeks! you're a superstar. Enjoy these early weeks, they go so fast
Great story olives. I was just chatting with a friend about how great it was being a mother of boys (the conversation started off being about eating lots of pudding...) and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
<<wanders off feeling a bit teary herself>>
P.s Almost forgot to say that because I had a "normal" birth this time we were allowed a 6 hour discharge so we were all back at home by 9.30pm! (with a McD's for sustenance!)
Great birth story Green, you did an amazing job. How are you getting on now?
(And aren't 6 hour discharges great!)
I'm not sure I've actually said congratulations yet olives or maybe I should be saying ouch. Ddi you know he wa going to be big?
boo Your birth will be a breeze, you've delivered a big un before with no prob so Im certain you can do it again!
gen I know that time is going to fly past so quick, it would be lovely to have a pause button to make these precious moments last a while longer.
whims Boys are great - FACT!
little Things are going great so far. T is feeding well and seems very content. He is nosier at night and more difficult to settle but I think that's maybe because its so quiet compared to daytime. We are going to try using white noise tonight to see if that helps as DH and I could do with some more sleep!! DS1 is being really great with him and he's loving being mummys little helper so long may that last! Midwife came today for 5 day check, all good with me, uterus almost back to normal Shame the rest of my stomach isn't! And lady bits healing ok
although bloody sore still! Thomas has lost 6% of his birth weight but apparently 8-10% is acceptable so that's fine. How are things going with you?
beedle Thanks for congrats. We did know that it was likely to be a big baby as DS1 was 10lbs and growth scan showed a fairly big baby but he was still bigger than their predictions!
Hi ladies, quick fyi, lanisoh nip cream is £6.65 in the boots baby event
We had a voucher to use up (old birthday present I forgot about) so we now have all sorts of disposable nasties for me and some bits for booby
just seen an advert for an album to buy for mothers day titled Music for Cooking, comes complete with 8 new recipes. Next advert was a 'perfect mother's day gift' of a rotating hard skin buffer for feet I told DH not to even think about it!
gift wrapped David Tennant is all I need
HELLLOOOOOOOOOOO <echos> I feel so lonely over here I will just have to update myself then
I had a growth scan and chat with my consultant today. Booby is looking big, over the top line of the growth chart on my notes. My consultant has agreed that if it is still on the same line (or has gone up ) at my next scan in 3 weeks then I can start to have sweep and stretch done at 37 weeks to prepare my cervix for a medical induction (unless I sneeze from the sweeps of course) She also agreed with me that if the baby is looking that big, I definitely will not be left to 40 weeks. So that is my news, 6 weeks left and we start to encourage this
bloody massive little one out
Boo looks like a big baby is on the cards then? 6 weeks will actually fly by!!!
Boo, my big baby left me with only a graze and has been fantastic at BFing. Unfortunately last night, she didn't really settle at all and DH and DS both have high temperatures and are miserable so it has been a bit of a struggle today. Tomorrow can only be better...
Rationally I know I can part with a lovely chunky monkey, and 6 weeks until we get to be proactive and make a start at it ain't long I have been frantically making lists today of what is left to get and what db has in storage that I need to bring over and wash, also my bag list has started. If I don't report back in 5 weeks that I have done everything on my lists please feel free to kick my arse
Oh Bartlet I posted too soon, I meant to add I really hope DH and DS feel better tomorrow, also that they keep what ever it is to them selves and don't pass it on to you and DD! Hope you get to have some sleep
Olives fantastic birth story. And what a lovely picture of bedtime story telling with your boys you have posted on fb. Love it, you must be very proud.
<waves to everyone else>
Aww thanks sweetie, I am indeed one very proud mummy!
boo We brookers are definitely churning out some larger babies aren't we?! Although I needed the episiotomy I didn't even notice it at the time and its healing really well at only 6 days post partum And you never know, maybe booby won't be measuring quite so big at the next scan!
bartlet Hope DS and DH get better soon.
DS1 was up in the night with a temp and now he's all snotty and coughing bless him and Im so worried about DS2 catching it as DS1 loves kissing and hugging him and I don't want to tell him not to do that DS2 did great last night, just woke twice for feeds at 12.30 and 3.30 but we were up with DS1 being poorly! Fingers crossed for well children and husbands!
Hmmmmm to spend more money on maternity clothes or not? New look have a sale and I'm rather obsessed/in love with my maternity wardrobe!!!
I would Sparks I wish I had a few more bits to wear, but at this stage I'm reluctant to buy anything new
could be tempted by a sale though!
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Hi Froot lovely to hear from you. Only 4 weeks, wow!! I have been
putting off wondering about my birth plan, I have time to put it off some more to wait
I have been having really big problems with my hips too, the mw has referred me for physio, hope you carry on enjoying your mat leave.
sparks I vote treat yourself too!
Nice to see you froot Glad you are making the most of relaxing on your mat leave. I did bullet points for my birth plan - it was more like a list of things I would like and things Id like to avoid. And I didn't get round to doing mine until 39 weeks so you've got plenty of time
to put it off to crack on with it boo!
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