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May 2010: Final call for May babies - please exit the waiting lounge & head for the arrivals desk!

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cupcakefairy Fri 21-May-10 09:44:27

New thread to welcome some more new babies! Let's have a flurry this weekend please!

AnAngelWithin Fri 21-May-10 09:54:09

woop woop!!! yes all babies ASAP please!!! smile

cupcakefairy Fri 21-May-10 10:02:46

THE NEW ARRIVALS

11 April LuckyC, GIRL MATILDA, 14.47
15 April ForcesSweetheart, GIRL, MOLLY, 10.27, 7lbs 6ozs
16 April Littleowls, BOY JOEL, 14.40, 4lb 8oz
16 April Memorylapse, GIRL, OLIVIA GRACE, 6.17pm, 6lbs 11.5ozs
27 April Brightredballoon, GIRL, ?, 10am, 7lb 12oz
27 April Pagen, BOY, JACK JOHN, 7.30am, 9lbs 2ozs
29 April littleonemum, GIRL, LUX EMILIE, 9.40pm, 7lbs 7 ozs
04 May fiveisanawfullybignumber, GIRL, FLORENCE MARGARET GRACE, 6.14pm,
04 May hormonalmum, GIRL
05 May sweetkitty, BOY, JACOB DAVID JOHN, 4.52am, 8lbs 5ozs
05 May Mustbemadno3 GIRL, LILLIA VICTORIA SOFIA, 05.05am 6lbs 8ozs
06 May Alle, BOY, OSCAR, 12.20pm 6lbs 8ozs
06 May alexw, GIRL, JULIA MAUD, 7lbs2oz
07 May TwentiethCenturyHeffa, BOY, CORIN, 7lbs1oz
08 May Lizzie9442, GIRL, LOUISE, 9.01pm, 10lbs
10 May Hobnobfanatic, GIRL
11 May 30ish, BOY, OLIVER JAMES, 10:05am, 9lbs 7oz.
12 May kateyjane, BOY, THOMAS EDWARD, 11.29am, 7lbs 12ozs
13 May MarquiseDeMerteuil, BOY, FELIX BENJAMIN, 5lbs 15oz
14 May itshappenedagain, GIRL, FLORENCE ELEANOR, 5.22am, 8lb 6oz
14 May TomlinTowers, GIRL, SOPHIE MAE, 8.43am, 9lbs 7oz
15 May pigleychez, GIRL, LUCY OLIVIA, 9.30am 7lbs 12oz
16 May Wibblela, GIRL, 12.22pm
17 May pamelat, BOY, ALEXANDER, 12.14pm, 7lbs 8oz
18 May squirtsmum, GIRL, REBECCA LOUISE, 1.37am, 9lbs 14.5oz
18 May MinnieMummy, GIRL, 8.31am, 10lbs 11oz
18 May KatnKankles, GIRL, AVA ROSE, 8lbs 14oz
19 May Sweetpeasmum, GIRL, SOPHIE ELIZABETH, 6.38am
20 May Sassles, BOY, SAMUEL?, 9lbs 4oz

THE WAITING LOUNGE

06 May - DorotheaPlenticlew, 35, #2, GIRL, Edinburgh
08 May - Asparagusaddict, ? , #1
10 May - Sophie2008, 28 #2 & #3 (TWINS!) BOY & GIRL
10 May - Gils, 28, #2, ?, Falkirk (Central Scotland)
12 May - Haribolicious 36, #2, BOY
12 May - LivsHannah 27, #2, BOY
12 May - slipperthief 34, #2, BOY, Cambs
13 May - Cith, 30, #1
13 May - TinyVeins, 29, #1
13 May - Mummymunchkins, 40, #3, BOY
14 May - Carikube, 36 #2 ?, Southampton
14 May - JamesAndTheGiantBanana, 28, #2 GIRL
14 May - CornishSAMum, 33, #1, ?, Cornwall
15 May - LuckyMiller, 33, #1
16 May - MoggMum, 38, #1
16 May - schipo 40, #1, BOY
16 May - Vicky204, 34, #1
16 May - Rachelfruitloop 35, #2 BOY, Chilterns Bucks (NW London area)
17 May - newmomma, 31, #2 GIRL Reading, Berks
17 May - Morph2 36 #1
17 May - KaffaCakes, ? , #1
19 May - cupcakefairy, 25, #1
20 May - LolaAnn, 22, #1, BOY
20 May - Aim, ?, #2, BOY
21 May - Suey2, 39, no2, GIRL
21 May - Mumofeag, 34, #3 BOY
22 May - Mollybob, 37 #3, Gender unknown, Bangor, Northern Ireland
23 May - RacquelWelsh, 38,#1 BOY
23 May - Nimk, 30, #1
23 May - myfirstbump, 26, #1, Shrewsbury
24 May - AnAngelWithin #5
24 May - Yorky, 31, #3
24 May - peakyispreggers, 27, #1 BOY
25 May - Den26, 26, #1 BOY Inverness, Scottish Highlands
26 May - booboomonster, 35, #2 GIRL, SW London
26 May - AliMouse, 40, #3 BOY
26 May - Glastocchick, 34, #1
31 May - Hollyoaks, 28, #2
31 May - ande, #4

Hope I got everyone right! ande I have added you to the waiting lounge too

Massive congrats to kat and sassles, lovely news! Gorgeous names too. Sassles hope you are recovering ok sounds like it was a bit traumatic

rachel EEP! I'm so excited for you! If I make it to my midwife appointment on Tues I might ask for a sweep. But I'm so hoping baby comes this weekend!

booboo how was the leg wax?? It's been a week since my bikini wax now; if baby doesn't appear soon it will start growing out again! grin

pigley fantastic news about getting some sleep, go Lucy!!

molly and angel sorry you've been feeling rough drink lots of orange juice, flush everything out of your system!

katey sorry you've been stressed by the weight issues hate that it makes mothers feel so guilty as it sounds like you've been doing so well with feeding. At least they're keeping an eye on him, better safe than sorry and all that but stick at it!

hollyoaks that was a post to rival rachel grin I know what you mean about names- some friends of dh's chose our favourite boys' name a couple of months back. We're still going to use it if it's a boy but don't want all dh's family etc thinking we copied hmm oh well.

Not a thing from me during the night or this morning...baby still happily squirming away and seems to have forgotten the way out. 40+2 today.

Yay, new thread! I like the title

Congratulations Sassles, hope you're resting and recovering well.

Rachel, how dramatic and exciting! Best of luck, going to miss your epic posts. grin

Carikube, how was the sweep?

Naff all happening here, had a big cry at dp last night because I'm so scared and tense about going into labour. I feel like it's never going to happen naturally while I'm this anxious! Perhaps I just need to get drunk. lol

AliMouse Fri 21-May-10 10:38:20

Hello All,

Congrats to Kat and Sassles!

I thought I was in labour last night for about 90 mins - regular pains as well and tightening, then it just disappeared. Tried not to be disappointed as I'm not due yet.

Woke up at 3am thinking about how I will do everything once DH goes back to work and ended up coming downstairs and writing a colour coded schedule for everyone. It's so anal it's frightening! But I slept really soundly once I'd done it. Now, if the men go hungry, there are no clean clothes, packed lunches or people aren't where they ought to be, it's their fault not mine!

My 10 year old has really got his head round what life with a newborn will be like, despite not really remembering his younger brother. He said, 'it's basically like you are working on a nightshift mum'. I thought that summed it up very well!

Have also just cleaned the inside of my washing machine. I really need to get this baby out and start behaving a bit more normally. That's not right.

Looking forward to a day in the sun with my 3 year old in the paddling pool. Happy days!

Good luck all of you having sweeps/feeling pains.

brightredballoon Fri 21-May-10 10:50:06

thanks for the new thread cupcake!

how exciting Rachel cant wait for news

pamelat you are a great mum, don't feel bad for any decision you make. Not sure if it helps but my DD was like that with feeding patterns at your DS's age, I had 4 days in hospital so I was able to sit and feed day and night but was told its normal and their tummies are so small. Now (3wks) DD2 goes varying amounts of time between feeds (just woken up from 3 hr nap) and then sometimes goes 1hr and wants more!

DD is outgrowing her "upto 1 month" clothes, awww its started already - she'aa growing up shock

brightredballoon Fri 21-May-10 10:52:58

congratulations Sassles Samuel is a lovely name

schipo Fri 21-May-10 11:02:19

Yay, new thread - excellent title cupcake.

Exciting times - great to hear sassles and kat have had arrivals

Rachel - fingers crossed for you, only slightly jealous wink

Saw a full display of newborns yesterday at NCT group meet up - they were so sweet - ranging in age between 6 to 1 week. Can't believe we'll really have one of our own soon. Their birth stories are all very diverse - and nothing like anyone's birth plan. It doesn't seem to matter at all in the end.

Still definitely waiting here - absolutely nothing happening if I lie down, but if I sit I get constant mild to slightly intense period pain, like yesterday and day before. Don't think yesterday's acupuncture did anything.

Best wishes to all with new borns and breast feeding and weight issues, and toddlers with potty training issues.

Good luck to everyone else waiting x

hi ladies, pleased to announce the arrival of Eric David this morning at 3.48, wait for it ... 11 lbs 2 oz! He's great, breast fed for 2 hours straight after! His head was delivered in the birthing pool, gas and air had run out, so no pain relief! Shoulders got a bit stuck so was whisked out of the pool to deliver the rest of him! Just a 2nd degree tear, i'm feeling good!

Blimey Rachel, 11lb 2oz? NO PAIN RELIEF? shock <faints clean away> that's got to be a thread record. He's a full 4lb more than my ds was, bloody well done you! grin

AnAngelWithin Fri 21-May-10 11:23:53

omg rachel....OUCH!!!!..... <<<bows down in awe!>>> CONGRATULATIONS though!!!!

alle01 Fri 21-May-10 11:32:34

hi all,
wow, mew thread already, and lots of babies, congrats!!!! to you all, and good luck for those still waiting, can't be long now...

i haven't read anything yet, just a quick post to say oscar and i are doing well, breastfeeding is improving, not perfect yet, but we have a lot of support from the local peers group, much better than than the midwifes... only we are not sleeping too much and can't concentrate on anything, but we are making it out of the house, a tiny bit,...
i'll keep popping up when i get the energy to turn the computer onsmile

ande Fri 21-May-10 11:38:49

Wow Rachel, congratulations on the arrival of Eric David! No pain relief shock

Big congratulations to sassles and kat too!

Thanks for adding me to the waiting lounge cupcakefairy and all the "welcomes" from everybody else!

Love the threads new name!

schipo Fri 21-May-10 11:40:51

Rachel! wow! well done!

memorylapse Fri 21-May-10 12:03:18

Rachel..much respectshock..what a big boy!

Morph2 Fri 21-May-10 12:16:36

Hi all
Just a quick update as i've been following the thread since last year but haven't posted that much.
Jacob Anthony was born 17 May at 7.50pm 6 lb 11 oz after what seemed like a never ending labour. waters broke 3am in the early hours of Saturday morning and then ended up being induced as contractions weren't progressing. First stage 15 hours, 2nd stage about 2 hours. Had epidural towards end of first stage but it didn't work and anetheatist (sorry don't know how to spell!) was in theatre so couldn't come back to sort it so just ended up with gas and air in end

sweetkitty Fri 21-May-10 13:10:15

Just marking this thread be back later

congratulations Rachel think you win hands down grin

AliMouse Fri 21-May-10 13:33:34

Congrats to rachelfruitloop - I am in awe. Well done that girl!

Big congrats morph! Sorry your epidural failed, you sound like you did really well without it though. Welcome to little Jacob, love the names.

first1 Fri 21-May-10 14:20:27

Congrats rachel you deserve a medal!
and Big congrats to morph too. Getting very jealous of all you ladies on "the other side" now! I'm 40+4 today Just realised I better add myself to the waiting lounge - great title to the new thread by the way!

Tmi - have any of you ladies delivered with thrush? blush I'm too scared to treat it at this late stage.

THE NEW ARRIVALS

11 April LuckyC, GIRL MATILDA, 14.47
15 April ForcesSweetheart, GIRL, MOLLY, 10.27, 7lbs 6ozs
16 April Littleowls, BOY JOEL, 14.40, 4lb 8oz
16 April Memorylapse, GIRL, OLIVIA GRACE, 6.17pm, 6lbs 11.5ozs
27 April Brightredballoon, GIRL, ?, 10am, 7lb 12oz
27 April Pagen, BOY, JACK JOHN, 7.30am, 9lbs 2ozs
29 April littleonemum, GIRL, LUX EMILIE, 9.40pm, 7lbs 7 ozs
04 May fiveisanawfullybignumber, GIRL, FLORENCE MARGARET GRACE, 6.14pm,
04 May hormonalmum, GIRL
05 May sweetkitty, BOY, JACOB DAVID JOHN, 4.52am, 8lbs 5ozs
05 May Mustbemadno3 GIRL, LILLIA VICTORIA SOFIA, 05.05am 6lbs 8ozs
06 May Alle, BOY, OSCAR, 12.20pm 6lbs 8ozs
06 May alexw, GIRL, JULIA MAUD, 7lbs2oz
07 May TwentiethCenturyHeffa, BOY, CORIN, 7lbs1oz
08 May Lizzie9442, GIRL, LOUISE, 9.01pm, 10lbs
10 May Hobnobfanatic, GIRL
11 May 30ish, BOY, OLIVER JAMES, 10:05am, 9lbs 7oz.
12 May kateyjane, BOY, THOMAS EDWARD, 11.29am, 7lbs 12ozs
13 May MarquiseDeMerteuil, BOY, FELIX BENJAMIN, 5lbs 15oz
14 May itshappenedagain, GIRL, FLORENCE ELEANOR, 5.22am, 8lb 6oz
14 May TomlinTowers, GIRL, SOPHIE MAE, 8.43am, 9lbs 7oz
15 May pigleychez, GIRL, LUCY OLIVIA, 9.30am 7lbs 12oz
16 May Wibblela, GIRL, 12.22pm
17 May pamelat, BOY, ALEXANDER, 12.14pm, 7lbs 8oz
18 May squirtsmum, GIRL, REBECCA LOUISE, 1.37am, 9lbs 14.5oz
18 May MinnieMummy, GIRL, 8.31am, 10lbs 11oz
18 May KatnKankles, GIRL, AVA ROSE, 8lbs 14oz
19 May Sweetpeasmum, GIRL, SOPHIE ELIZABETH, 6.38am
20 May Sassles, BOY, SAMUEL?, 9lbs 4oz

THE WAITING LOUNGE

06 May - DorotheaPlenticlew, 35, #2, GIRL, Edinburgh
08 May - Asparagusaddict, ? , #1
10 May - Sophie2008, 28 #2 & #3 (TWINS!) BOY & GIRL
10 May - Gils, 28, #2, ?, Falkirk (Central Scotland)
12 May - Haribolicious 36, #2, BOY
12 May - LivsHannah 27, #2, BOY
12 May - slipperthief 34, #2, BOY, Cambs
13 May - Cith, 30, #1
13 May - TinyVeins, 29, #1
13 May - Mummymunchkins, 40, #3, BOY
14 May - Carikube, 36 #2 ?, Southampton
14 May - JamesAndTheGiantBanana, 28, #2 GIRL
14 May - CornishSAMum, 33, #1, ?, Cornwall
15 May - LuckyMiller, 33, #1
16 May - MoggMum, 38, #1
16 May - schipo 40, #1, BOY
16 May - Vicky204, 34, #1
16 May - Rachelfruitloop 35, #2 BOY, Chilterns Bucks (NW London area)
17 May - first1, 22, #1, GIRL, Surrey
17 May - newmomma, 31, #2 GIRL Reading, Berks
17 May - Morph2 36 #1
17 May - KaffaCakes, ? , #1
19 May - cupcakefairy, 25, #1
20 May - LolaAnn, 22, #1, BOY
20 May - Aim, ?, #2, BOY
21 May - Suey2, 39, no2, GIRL
21 May - Mumofeag, 34, #3 BOY
22 May - Mollybob, 37 #3, Gender unknown, Bangor, Northern Ireland
23 May - RacquelWelsh, 38,#1 BOY
23 May - Nimk, 30, #1
23 May - myfirstbump, 26, #1, Shrewsbury
24 May - AnAngelWithin #5
24 May - Yorky, 31, #3
24 May - peakyispreggers, 27, #1 BOY
25 May - Den26, 26, #1 BOY Inverness, Scottish Highlands
26 May - booboomonster, 35, #2 GIRL, SW London
26 May - AliMouse, 40, #3 BOY
26 May - Glastocchick, 34, #1
31 May - Hollyoaks, 28, #2
31 May - ande, #4

Hobnobfanatic Fri 21-May-10 15:51:03

OMG, Rachel - incredible!
Well done, you!

Baby wants burping... back later!

booboomonster Fri 21-May-10 17:30:03

Just a quick post on the new thread. No news here.

sassles congratulations, great news!

rachel congratulations! Great weight!  Sounds like it was quick too!?

Well done both of you - hope to hear your birth stories when you get time! 

And - Morph, congratulations too ! Wow can't keep up with the births now! 

James try not to stress about the birth - your body will take control and I am sure you will be able to get epidural if you need it - they shouldn't gave told you otherwise. Try to rest and relax as much as poss, and think positively!  It is nervewracking but the baby will come out and you will be ok!  

hollyoaks leg waxing was surprisingly painful... But at least it didn't last for long - unlike labour!

sweetkitty Fri 21-May-10 17:32:13

congratulations morph that's a great name one of the best in fact, you have fantastic taste. Sounded like you had a tough time of it though still they are worth it

I am utterly shattered again today, was up from about 3 ish to 5ish, full change again (must research new nappies these Pampers are rubbish don't know if it is the news ones or size 1s or having a boy) and the new low of him being sick in my hair! He's just so hard to settle back donw again.

who was asking what I was doing, he gets up and has a good feed from one boob, gets winded and changed, then a feed from the other side, he usually falls off himself and possets up some milk. He either goes back to sleep or gets up and stares around then gets really unsettled fussing on and off any offered boobs or just whinging. Load of sshing and patting and eventually he will sleep.

cupcakefairy Fri 21-May-10 17:49:06

rachel!! shock I can't believe that weight, no wonder the bump was so big grin massive respect and welcome Eric! Fab name! Another quick labour too.

morph congrats to you too! Born on due date, prompt baby

James bless you having a bit of a meltdown I'm starting to realise how stressful being overdue is so really feel for you. So hoping this lovely sunny weekend will bring lots of babies with it

My RL friend with same due date has had a little girl today. I am so envy...I'm definitely losing this race!

cupcakefairy Fri 21-May-10 17:53:05

Little list update. Hopefully we'll hear from Den soon too after her section today

THE NEW ARRIVALS

11 April LuckyC, GIRL MATILDA, 14.47
15 April ForcesSweetheart, GIRL, MOLLY, 10.27, 7lbs 6ozs
16 April Littleowls, BOY JOEL, 14.40, 4lb 8oz
16 April Memorylapse, GIRL, OLIVIA GRACE, 6.17pm, 6lbs 11.5ozs
27 April Brightredballoon, GIRL, ?, 10am, 7lb 12oz
27 April Pagen, BOY, JACK JOHN, 7.30am, 9lbs 2ozs
29 April littleonemum, GIRL, LUX EMILIE, 9.40pm, 7lbs 7 ozs
04 May fiveisanawfullybignumber, GIRL, FLORENCE MARGARET GRACE, 6.14pm,
04 May hormonalmum, GIRL
05 May sweetkitty, BOY, JACOB DAVID JOHN, 4.52am, 8lbs 5ozs
05 May Mustbemadno3 GIRL, LILLIA VICTORIA SOFIA, 05.05am 6lbs 8ozs
06 May Alle, BOY, OSCAR, 12.20pm 6lbs 8ozs
06 May alexw, GIRL, JULIA MAUD, 7lbs2oz
07 May TwentiethCenturyHeffa, BOY, CORIN, 7lbs1oz
08 May Lizzie9442, GIRL, LOUISE, 9.01pm, 10lbs
10 May Hobnobfanatic, GIRL
11 May 30ish, BOY, OLIVER JAMES, 10:05am, 9lbs 7oz.
12 May kateyjane, BOY, THOMAS EDWARD, 11.29am, 7lbs 12ozs
13 May MarquiseDeMerteuil, BOY, FELIX BENJAMIN, 5lbs 15oz
14 May itshappenedagain, GIRL, FLORENCE ELEANOR, 5.22am, 8lb 6oz
14 May TomlinTowers, GIRL, SOPHIE MAE, 8.43am, 9lbs 7oz
15 May pigleychez, GIRL, LUCY OLIVIA, 9.30am 7lbs 12oz
16 May Wibblela, GIRL, 12.22pm
17 May pamelat, BOY, ALEXANDER, 12.14pm, 7lbs 8oz
17 May Morph2, BOY, JACOB ANTHONY, 7.50pm, 6lbs 11ozs
18 May squirtsmum, GIRL, REBECCA LOUISE, 1.37am, 9lbs 14.5oz
18 May MinnieMummy, GIRL, 8.31am, 10lbs 11oz
18 May KatnKankles, GIRL, AVA ROSE, 8lbs 14oz
19 May Sweetpeasmum, GIRL, SOPHIE ELIZABETH, 6.38am
20 May Sassles, BOY, SAMUEL?, 9lbs 4oz
21 May Rachelfruitloop, BOY, ERIC DAVID, 3.48am, 11lbs 2oz

THE WAITING LOUNGE

06 May - DorotheaPlenticlew, 35, #2, GIRL, Edinburgh
08 May - Asparagusaddict, ? , #1
10 May - Sophie2008, 28 #2 & #3 (TWINS!) BOY & GIRL
10 May - Gils, 28, #2, ?, Falkirk (Central Scotland)
12 May - Haribolicious 36, #2, BOY
12 May - LivsHannah 27, #2, BOY
12 May - slipperthief 34, #2, BOY, Cambs
13 May - Cith, 30, #1
13 May - TinyVeins, 29, #1
13 May - Mummymunchkins, 40, #3, BOY
14 May - Carikube, 36 #2 ?, Southampton
14 May - JamesAndTheGiantBanana, 28, #2 GIRL
14 May - CornishSAMum, 33, #1, ?, Cornwall
15 May - LuckyMiller, 33, #1
16 May - MoggMum, 38, #1
16 May - schipo 40, #1, BOY
16 May - Vicky204, 34, #1
17 May - first1, 22, #1, GIRL, Surrey
17 May - newmomma, 31, #2 GIRL Reading, Berks
17 May - KaffaCakes, ? , #1
19 May - cupcakefairy, 25, #1
20 May - LolaAnn, 22, #1, BOY
20 May - Aim, ?, #2, BOY
21 May - Suey2, 39, no2, GIRL
21 May - Mumofeag, 34, #3 BOY
22 May - Mollybob, 37 #3, Gender unknown, Bangor, Northern Ireland
23 May - RacquelWelsh, 38,#1 BOY
23 May - Nimk, 30, #1
23 May - myfirstbump, 26, #1, Shrewsbury
24 May - AnAngelWithin #5
24 May - Yorky, 31, #3
24 May - peakyispreggers, 27, #1 BOY
25 May - Den26, 26, #1 BOY Inverness, Scottish Highlands
26 May - booboomonster, 35, #2 GIRL, SW London
26 May - AliMouse, 40, #3 BOY
26 May - Glastocchick, 34, #1
31 May - Hollyoaks, 28, #2
31 May - ande, #4

pamelat Fri 21-May-10 20:15:07

Congrats to rachel and morph too smile blimey rachel am very impressed!!!

Makes my 7lbs 8oz sound a doddle, which I know it was not!! Very impressed.

Alex is 4 days old today smile and all day I have felt hormonal/low truth be told. He didnt like the heat so was fretful all afernoon (after only 3 hours sleep last night) and fed literally all afternoon. DD was not impressed so played DH up and has been fractious (but really good with Alex still smile) all afternoon. I got tearful and felt completely over whelmed. I cried in front of DD for the second time in a few weeks blush

And then suddenly DD in bed fast asleep and looking angelic and Alex has slept for 2 solid hours without a feed and life feels ok again smile. Know its all a bit silly, and have googled it and sounds like typical baby blues. It even says day 4 or 5 is the worst but you then feel guilty as feel should be so happy with a perfect healthy little boy and a lovely family.

Anyway, cant believe the change in the list! The waiting lounge is shrinking.

KaffaCakes Fri 21-May-10 20:27:05

Hi all,

Just a quick one will catch up on the thread in the next couple of days.

I had a little boy, Albert Stanley yesterday morning at 1.09am, weighing in at 7lb, 8.5oz. He was a forceps delivery after pooing inside me blush and heart rate kept dipping dramatically, 18 hour labour so not oo shabby at all! Very sore and swollen but Albie is feeding very well and I am healing quickly. Will update with the birth story fully later.

xxx

Hollyoaks Fri 21-May-10 20:31:14

Wow, new thread and already onto page 2!

Rachel - congratulations, what a weight. Gas and air ran out hmm, glad its piped in at the hospital, I would have lost it at that point. Well done

Morph - nice to hear from you too, congratulations.

Pamelat - sounds like the baby blues to me, I'm sure it will get better once you settle into a routine and start to get a bit more sleep.

Hope all the newborns and pg ladies are coping in this heat. I had a walk to the shops with dd today and have burnt my neck, chest and arms. On the plus side at least I know dd can make the 2 mile round trip to the weighing clinic we'll be attending when lo arrives without her buggy. Just have to leave at least half an hour in advance . Fingers crossed all the exercise brings on labour tonight.

sweetkitty Fri 21-May-10 20:34:55

kaffacakes - wow congratulations lovely names too cannot believe how thick and fast the babies are coming now and mine is now a whopping 16 days old already grin

Had a rotten afternoon with him he was up for 4 hours gurning and crying, like pamelat though he is now sleeping and the world seems better.

brightredballoon Fri 21-May-10 22:37:02

Pamelat I have also read about 4/5/6 days postnatally being some of the toughest - hormones reaching a peak, tiredness really settling in, stitches beginning to tighten etc. Vent as much as you like on here, I am sure we are/were all going through similar and it will be great to have the support for one another.

Hows everyone bearing up in this heat? It took us by surprise, although touch wood wee DD2 is the only one who hasn't been bothered by it - DD1 (4) and DS (2) were up and down for over an hour before they went to sleep tonight.

I've been having a few slight problems with my healing - had some swabs taken to check for infection but all was clear so it confirms there are some internal stitches that are taking a bit longer to dissolve than the others causing some pulling and soreness and the occasion gush of (old) blood. Sorry if that was all too much information, the only reason I mention it is incase anyone else who had/has a section has similar if it helps them to know it happened to someone else. I am still feeling really good though and now am lifting DS (he weighs a tonne) as i have no choice really but I am not walking round carrying him on my hip or anything.

So, its the weekend ladies, more new arrivals I hope grin

Hobnobfanatic Sat 22-May-10 11:51:03

Pamelat - I know what you mean, I haven't slept for weeks and am trying to juggle everything. This morning I just burst into tears, trying to get everything done at once and haven't been able to stop! Feel so stupid and guilty...

The heat has thrown me. Don't know what to dress LO in. I'm used to winter babies - not summer ones. What is everyone else putting on their newborns?

itshappenedagain Sat 22-May-10 12:34:22

hello ladies! glad to see that we have sucessfully managed to fill yet another thread!

just had a quick flick through, as have had a stream of visitors, i think i may hold the world record for the largest amount of people to visit a newborn in a week. im very blessed.

pamelat i hope you feel better today, i had the crying fit on day 4 after feeling fab, luckly managed to last until the end of the day when DS was in bed, but remember being the same with him as i looked at a toy i had bought for him and cried for over an hour...no idea why, at least this time it was because i had spoken to LOs dad...he got crying and profanities! hopefully sleep will make things better for you.

hobnob- i was the same...as house is nice and cool, then did school run, and was sweltering, so i have just been putting her in a vest and when it goes cooler in a sleepsuit...im also used to an october baby.

hollyoaks hope the walk starts thigs off...im sure that is why i went so suddenly, dispite midwifes prediction.

well florence is 8 days old, the sun is shining and we have been going to the park with Ds after school for a few days now. feel much better than i did after having Ds long may it last, and she has gained 10oz in 4 days, so feeding going well thankfully after a 3oz drop on day 3.

anyway im off to put out yet more washing...forgot just how much they produce. and go out and buy some clothes i can fit in to enjoy the sun!

take care all and hope to see more anouncements soon.

sweetkitty Sat 22-May-10 13:33:29

Oh yes I remember the 4-5 day low as well, I didn't actually want to leave the house ever again, just wanted to stay indoors with DP and the DC. Was terrified of DP going back to work.

I have Jacob in a romper suit today short sleeves and no feet and no vest. He slept in a vest only last night as well. He did his usual wake up at 4am and not go back to sleep again thing so DP took him downstairs at 6am to give me an hour in bed, so so tired though.

Will be back later with personals must eat whilst he is asleep x

newmomma Sat 22-May-10 16:06:18

Anyone heard from madcatsazz today??

newmomma, madcatsazz posted on the overdue thread last night at nearly 1am, nothing happening at that point, poor thing must be incredibly fed up.

Sorry to hear about all the baby blues, it will pass in a day or two, just treat it like PMT and let your other halves know what's going on as most of them have never heard of hormone dips etc

Feeling really sad today that I'm 40+8 and nothing's happening. It's a beautiful day outside but I just want to cry and sleep and eat lots of chocolate. I've lost faith that my body will do this alone. Don't want induction so it looks like I'm set for a lot of arguing with the hospital next week, and I'm just too tired and miserable for it.

slipperthief Sat 22-May-10 16:36:33

Just a week after the event but I'll add us on too... Daniel Henry, born last Saturday three days overdue, 8lbs 4oz. He's lovely!

Congratulations everyone so far and hope it all goes well for everyone else, and soon for anyone overdue, three days was quite enough for me, let alone 40+8.

11 April LuckyC, GIRL MATILDA, 14.47
15 April ForcesSweetheart, GIRL, MOLLY, 10.27, 7lbs 6ozs
16 April Littleowls, BOY JOEL, 14.40, 4lb 8oz
16 April Memorylapse, GIRL, OLIVIA GRACE, 6.17pm, 6lbs 11.5ozs
27 April Brightredballoon, GIRL, ?, 10am, 7lb 12oz
27 April Pagen, BOY, JACK JOHN, 7.30am, 9lbs 2ozs
29 April littleonemum, GIRL, LUX EMILIE, 9.40pm, 7lbs 7 ozs
04 May fiveisanawfullybignumber, GIRL, FLORENCE MARGARET GRACE, 6.14pm,
04 May hormonalmum, GIRL
05 May sweetkitty, BOY, JACOB DAVID JOHN, 4.52am, 8lbs 5ozs
05 May Mustbemadno3 GIRL, LILLIA VICTORIA SOFIA, 05.05am 6lbs 8ozs
06 May Alle, BOY, OSCAR, 12.20pm 6lbs 8ozs
06 May alexw, GIRL, JULIA MAUD, 7lbs2oz
07 May TwentiethCenturyHeffa, BOY, CORIN, 7lbs1oz
08 May Lizzie9442, GIRL, LOUISE, 9.01pm, 10lbs
10 May Hobnobfanatic, GIRL
11 May 30ish, BOY, OLIVER JAMES, 10:05am, 9lbs 7oz.
12 May kateyjane, BOY, THOMAS EDWARD, 11.29am, 7lbs 12ozs
13 May MarquiseDeMerteuil, BOY, FELIX BENJAMIN, 5lbs 15oz
14 May itshappenedagain, GIRL, FLORENCE ELEANOR, 5.22am, 8lb 6oz
14 May TomlinTowers, GIRL, SOPHIE MAE, 8.43am, 9lbs 7oz
15 May pigleychez, GIRL, LUCY OLIVIA, 9.30am 7lbs 12oz
15 May slipperthief, BOY, DANIEL HENRY, 7.28pm, 8lbs 4oz
16 May Wibblela, GIRL, 12.22pm
17 May pamelat, BOY, ALEXANDER, 12.14pm, 7lbs 8oz
17 May Morph2, BOY, JACOB ANTHONY, 7.50pm, 6lbs 11ozs
18 May squirtsmum, GIRL, REBECCA LOUISE, 1.37am, 9lbs 14.5oz
18 May MinnieMummy, GIRL, 8.31am, 10lbs 11oz
18 May KatnKankles, GIRL, AVA ROSE, 8lbs 14oz
19 May Sweetpeasmum, GIRL, SOPHIE ELIZABETH, 6.38am
20 May Sassles, BOY, SAMUEL?, 9lbs 4oz
21 May Rachelfruitloop, BOY, ERIC DAVID, 3.48am, 11lbs 2oz

THE WAITING LOUNGE

06 May - DorotheaPlenticlew, 35, #2, GIRL, Edinburgh
08 May - Asparagusaddict, ? , #1
10 May - Sophie2008, 28 #2 & #3 (TWINS!) BOY & GIRL
10 May - Gils, 28, #2, ?, Falkirk (Central Scotland)
12 May - Haribolicious 36, #2, BOY
12 May - LivsHannah 27, #2, BOY
13 May - Cith, 30, #1
13 May - TinyVeins, 29, #1
13 May - Mummymunchkins, 40, #3, BOY
14 May - Carikube, 36 #2 ?, Southampton
14 May - JamesAndTheGiantBanana, 28, #2 GIRL
14 May - CornishSAMum, 33, #1, ?, Cornwall
15 May - LuckyMiller, 33, #1
16 May - MoggMum, 38, #1
16 May - schipo 40, #1, BOY
16 May - Vicky204, 34, #1
17 May - first1, 22, #1, GIRL, Surrey
17 May - newmomma, 31, #2 GIRL Reading, Berks
17 May - KaffaCakes, ? , #1
19 May - cupcakefairy, 25, #1
20 May - LolaAnn, 22, #1, BOY
20 May - Aim, ?, #2, BOY
21 May - Suey2, 39, no2, GIRL
21 May - Mumofeag, 34, #3 BOY
22 May - Mollybob, 37 #3, Gender unknown, Bangor, Northern Ireland
23 May - RacquelWelsh, 38,#1 BOY
23 May - Nimk, 30, #1
23 May - myfirstbump, 26, #1, Shrewsbury
24 May - AnAngelWithin #5
24 May - Yorky, 31, #3
24 May - peakyispreggers, 27, #1 BOY
25 May - Den26, 26, #1 BOY Inverness, Scottish Highlands
26 May - booboomonster, 35, #2 GIRL, SW London
26 May - AliMouse, 40, #3 BOY
26 May - Glastocchick, 34, #1
31 May - Hollyoaks, 28, #2
31 May - ande, #4

AliMouse Sat 22-May-10 16:57:09

JamesAndTheGiantBanana you poor thing. I feel the same and I'm not even due yet. I felt very despodant when the sun came out yesterday and I just couldn't get comfortable sitting in the garden. Felt really trapped in my own body - horrible.

I had my first boy as overdue as you in a heat wave in mid august, which was hell. the day I went into labour an old man overtook me walking up the hill with a zimmer frame...I wanted to beat him to death with it wink

I'm going to refuse an induction if it comes to it too. I just think mine come along when they are good and ready - had DS1 really late and DS2 early but went into labour naturally both times. I'm a VBAC (c section 11 years ago) so I just want to limit any intervention as I know it'll reduce my chances of doing it naturally again.

Please do post any news of how the hospital take your not wanting an induction, I'd like to know how it goes. Best of luck and stand firm! Don't let the heat and the exhaustion wear you down if you know it's what you want.

mollybob Sat 22-May-10 18:33:13

Hi all - happy due date to me. No sign of babe but knew there wouldn't be. So sorry you're struggling James. Some of us just make it so comfy inside our babes don't want to leave. I've had two late ones before so have resigned myself to a different due date of June 5th. For you - you will be definitely not still be pregnant next weekend. And an induction is ok really. Had one for DS and it's an easier process once your body has done it before and if you are induced you'll definitely be in the right place to get your epidural. Some studies of women of Celtic extraction with no complications show an average pregnancy length of 40+8 so there clearly is nothing wrong with us! Xxx

Congrats to more new babies. I'm feeling better but not completely well after diarrhoea bug. And am officially the grumpiest woman in Ireland today

MoggMum Sat 22-May-10 18:34:46

Congrats Kaffa & slipper grin

James I empathise with you as I'm 40+6 today & really don't want an induction either. Going to Hosp tomorrow morning for sweep which i'm not sure about - have you had one ??

Ali will let you know what they say too re refusing induction. How late were you with DS1?

Hands & feet are swollen today & generally feeling fed up despite the lovely sunshine sad

Hope all the new Mums are getting through the hormonal ups & downs, managing to snatch some sleep and healing well smile

wibblela Sat 22-May-10 18:43:08

Hi all,

Sorry I haven't done any more posts and that this is a quick one, but kind of have my hands full - DH is only just recovering from complete exhaustion. Friends have rallied around us (no family nearby) and God has been really good. A friend from church has organised food drops, another friend has been doing errands for us, someone else came in to do the housework and someone else has been coming in of an evening to let DH and I sleep - it has been such a blessing (c:

Have realised that didn't put DD's name on my last post - she's called Refaella. It means "God Heals". I was told at 19 that I would never be able to have children and then in 2008 was told that for there even to be medical intervention in conception I would have to have a gastric bypass. Last year I told my Prof that I had decided not to have a gastric bypass, and I would let God do his stuff - kind of put God on the spot!!! However, the arrival of DD has proved that He was worthy of the challenge grin

I hope I haven't offended anyone with this tale - I guess my beliefs are quite important to me, and I am even more aware of God's goodness everytime I look at DD.

I'll update the list -

11 April LuckyC, GIRL MATILDA, 14.47
15 April ForcesSweetheart, GIRL, MOLLY, 10.27, 7lbs 6ozs
16 April Littleowls, BOY JOEL, 14.40, 4lb 8oz
16 April Memorylapse, GIRL, OLIVIA GRACE, 6.17pm, 6lbs 11.5ozs
27 April Brightredballoon, GIRL, ?, 10am, 7lb 12oz
27 April Pagen, BOY, JACK JOHN, 7.30am, 9lbs 2ozs
29 April littleonemum, GIRL, LUX EMILIE, 9.40pm, 7lbs 7 ozs
04 May fiveisanawfullybignumber, GIRL, FLORENCE MARGARET GRACE, 6.14pm,
04 May hormonalmum, GIRL
05 May sweetkitty, BOY, JACOB DAVID JOHN, 4.52am, 8lbs 5ozs
05 May Mustbemadno3 GIRL, LILLIA VICTORIA SOFIA, 05.05am 6lbs 8ozs
06 May Alle, BOY, OSCAR, 12.20pm 6lbs 8ozs
06 May alexw, GIRL, JULIA MAUD, 7lbs2oz
07 May TwentiethCenturyHeffa, BOY, CORIN, 7lbs1oz
08 May Lizzie9442, GIRL, LOUISE, 9.01pm, 10lbs
10 May Hobnobfanatic, GIRL
11 May 30ish, BOY, OLIVER JAMES, 10:05am, 9lbs 7oz.
12 May kateyjane, BOY, THOMAS EDWARD, 11.29am, 7lbs 12ozs
13 May MarquiseDeMerteuil, BOY, FELIX BENJAMIN, 5lbs 15oz
14 May itshappenedagain, GIRL, FLORENCE ELEANOR, 5.22am, 8lb 6oz
14 May TomlinTowers, GIRL, SOPHIE MAE, 8.43am, 9lbs 7oz
15 May pigleychez, GIRL, LUCY OLIVIA, 9.30am 7lbs 12oz
15 May slipperthief, BOY, DANIEL HENRY, 7.28pm, 8lbs 4oz
16 May Wibblela, GIRL, REFAELLA, 12.22am, 8lbs 4oz
17 May pamelat, BOY, ALEXANDER, 12.14pm, 7lbs 8oz
17 May Morph2, BOY, JACOB ANTHONY, 7.50pm, 6lbs 11ozs
18 May squirtsmum, GIRL, REBECCA LOUISE, 1.37am, 9lbs 14.5oz
18 May MinnieMummy, GIRL, 8.31am, 10lbs 11oz
18 May KatnKankles, GIRL, AVA ROSE, 8lbs 14oz
19 May Sweetpeasmum, GIRL, SOPHIE ELIZABETH, 6.38am
20 May Sassles, BOY, SAMUEL?, 9lbs 4oz
21 May Rachelfruitloop, BOY, ERIC DAVID, 3.48am, 11lbs 2oz

THE WAITING LOUNGE

06 May - DorotheaPlenticlew, 35, #2, GIRL, Edinburgh
08 May - Asparagusaddict, ? , #1
10 May - Sophie2008, 28 #2 & #3 (TWINS!) BOY & GIRL
10 May - Gils, 28, #2, ?, Falkirk (Central Scotland)
12 May - Haribolicious 36, #2, BOY
12 May - LivsHannah 27, #2, BOY
13 May - Cith, 30, #1
13 May - TinyVeins, 29, #1
13 May - Mummymunchkins, 40, #3, BOY
14 May - Carikube, 36 #2 ?, Southampton
14 May - JamesAndTheGiantBanana, 28, #2 GIRL
14 May - CornishSAMum, 33, #1, ?, Cornwall
15 May - LuckyMiller, 33, #1
16 May - MoggMum, 38, #1
16 May - schipo 40, #1, BOY
16 May - Vicky204, 34, #1
17 May - first1, 22, #1, GIRL, Surrey
17 May - newmomma, 31, #2 GIRL Reading, Berks
17 May - KaffaCakes, ? , #1
19 May - cupcakefairy, 25, #1
20 May - LolaAnn, 22, #1, BOY
20 May - Aim, ?, #2, BOY
21 May - Suey2, 39, no2, GIRL
21 May - Mumofeag, 34, #3 BOY
22 May - Mollybob, 37 #3, Gender unknown, Bangor, Northern Ireland
23 May - RacquelWelsh, 38,#1 BOY
23 May - Nimk, 30, #1
23 May - myfirstbump, 26, #1, Shrewsbury
24 May - AnAngelWithin #5
24 May - Yorky, 31, #3
24 May - peakyispreggers, 27, #1 BOY
25 May - Den26, 26, #1 BOY Inverness, Scottish Highlands
26 May - booboomonster, 35, #2 GIRL, SW London
26 May - AliMouse, 40, #3 BOY
26 May - Glastocchick, 34, #1
31 May - Hollyoaks, 28, #2
31 May - ande, #4

Haven't read all the entries yet - just noticed 11lbs 4oz with no real pain relief!!! Well done rachel!!!

Congrats to all new mummies, and come on all the other babies in waiting! We are waiting to hear about you all smile

No, I haven't had a sweep (yet) I hate the thought of it, seems a bit like someone else picking your nose for you grin However I've been told that it's a lot nicer than induction so I'm trying to talk myself round.

I even looked up whether you could perform your own sweep (working on the premise than given the choice surely it's more pleasant to pick your own nose than let someone else do it) - these may be the ramblings of an overdue crazy woman! lol confused grin

AnAngelWithin Sat 22-May-10 20:25:44

i know what you mean james. I've never had to have a sweep but I have the feeling that this time I will need one!! I asked about it last week and the midwife said they don't do a sweeo til you are 41 weeks...which means half term week with all 4 kids in tow....groan...nightmare.... wonder if i can convince her to try this monday (my due date) I don't think baby is planning on coming any time soon. Probably decided its too warm to put in an appearance haha.

Have really struggled today with 4 hot and grumpy kids stuck in the house sad DH is working til 10.30. I have just finished hoovering and tidying up though, the kids are in bed, sat down AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAND............ MIL just text to say shes coming round to keep me company...honestly, you would think I was totally bloody useless. Groan.

Congrats to all who've popped, I better go get the lettle on now I suppose. Sigh. hmm

Carikube Sat 22-May-10 21:10:31

Quick me post - Alice Jane born Fri May 21st 2.17am weighing 8lbs 5oz. Will post birth story later; retained placenta meant gen anaesthetic and blood transfusion but we're home now...

pamelat Sat 22-May-10 21:23:01

Congrats Carikube, saw your facebook entry. I don't know much about retained placentas but it sounds unpleasant and scary, glad you are ok.

Hope the pregnant ones are ok in this heat.

Alex is really struggling in it. He has fed hourly but been agitated and hardly slept all day, until about 630pm when he submitted to sleep (and it had cooled down a little).

Also he has done about 8 poos today, is this normal?! I have no idea but it seems a lot, will google it wink

Midwife "forgot" to come for 5 day check so I eventually called her and she came over early evening. She has advised me to give him a dummy BRB she says he is very sucky and has only lost 3 ounces so its either dummy or complete exhaustion for me.

memorylapse Sat 22-May-10 21:38:29

Just seen on facebook Gils had her little girl yesterdaysmile

weve had a bit of a crap day today...very tired and dd very fretful due to the heat..so feeding every half hoyr as shes obviously thirsty..so feel a bit hammered..plus DD2 needed taking to parties today which was stressful with upset DD3 etc...she has finally fallen asleep on my chest...

Congrats Carikube and slipperthiefsmile

ande Sat 22-May-10 21:52:14

Congratulations on your new arrivals wibblela and Carikube!

I had a couple of hours of cx about 8mins apart yesturday evening, then tailed off... The odd twinge or five this evening... Never had all this pre labour melarky before.confused

Take good care everybody and have a peaceful (if possible!) night.

Gils Sat 22-May-10 21:59:02

Hi all, not read through posts yet but congrats for all new arrivals.

11lb wow!!!!

As ML has said Melissa Anne was born yesterday at 0338 weighing 8lb10.5.

Went in to be induced on 20th, no beds then went in at lunchtime and was taken downstairs at 1am to be induced.

Was already 6cm so decided to break my waters and hook me up to hormone drip. When they broke waters went back to 4cm. Contractions kicked in none stop but when I was examined baby was coming out with hand at head so possibility would need section. Hated being induced. Between being hooked up to drip and attached to heart monitor throughout I was never able to get into a position I felt comfortable. Was offered gas and air but it made me very faint. Was examined and was only at 6cm but very thin cervix. Was very demorilised because felt I couldn't go any further without other pain relief wish didn't want. Felt sudden urges to push which shocked midwife and within 15 mins she was born. Body was in complete shock from rapid birth.

Got out later that day once they found our blood results! Couldn't get Melissa to latch on properly but feeding well now.

Actually feeding is none stop. When I was in hospital it was every 3-4 hours for half hour now its 2hour stints non stop. She feed for 2 and half during night and two 2 hour sessins today!! When babies root and chomp at this age is it always for food or can she just be looking for a suckle?? She certainly hasn't been sick from over feeding. Looking forward to milk coming in!!!

Hollyoaks Sat 22-May-10 22:28:01

Congratulations Gils, Slipper and Carikube Lovely names Well done.

James - really feel for you, it's awful in this heat anyway without being overdue. No words of wisdom unfortunately as I'm pretty fed up too and nothing happening here. Looks like I'll be here at least until my edd which is still a week on Monday.

Feel for the newborns too, must be hard for them to get comfortable.

Well, I took inspiration from Pigley and took advantage of the 15% discount on at B&Q at the moment and bought dd a small playhouse for the garden. It's not as big as Pigley's but very cute and great storage for her garden toys. So, hopefully a day of painting in the garden will kick things off tonight.

Hope everyone enjoys the rest of the weekend.

brightredballoon Sat 22-May-10 22:59:37

Caribuke, Gils, Wibblela congratulations on your new arrivals. Hope you are all recovering well.

Gils at this stage I would let your DD suckle for as long as she wants, the more she does it the sooner your milk will come in and that will satisfy her more and she is also still learning this new skill so all this practice should make her a pro really quickly! Have you tried feeding her lying down? I find this really relaxing - you can do it in bed or on the sofa and is great for helping engorged boobs when your milk does come in as it help drain the boob from a different angle.

pamelat interesting what your MW said, just shows your little one is really suckly. Hope you are getting a bit of rest now.

SK how are you doing? Finally the ducks returned to our local pond so haven't ventured to Strathaclyde park yet, however once all settled down yes would be great to venture over and perhaps meet for a cuppa? (if they have a cafe?!).

Hobnob I feel the same as my two other children are winter births, today DD2 was was in a babygro and a summer hat but she was in the pram which is really open. She seemed happy enough. I have one of those Bowron sheepskins and am finding it really useful for using in her car seat and then in the pram (ours is a double pram so not as comfy as the posh ones with mattress etc).

Ali hope you get another VBAC, is that just 1 cs you have had then?

James, they do say try and take your mind off it and then you will ping into action naturally, easier said than done obviously and I hope you go soon. I have heard of people getting their other halves to do a home sweep , nothing ventured, nothing gained I spose!

Exhausted today running errands this morning and then spending all afternoon at the park/swings with the 3 DCs, thankfully DH was with us - I am a bit daunted by the idea of doing it alone (DD1 is 4yrs, DS2 yrs and DD2 newborn!) think thats when the sling will come in useful.

Talking of slings, I have breastfed DD2 in the coorie sling a few times now which has been brilliant as means I have been able to do it on the go when we have been in the shops, will be interesting to see if I can feed in my Mei Tei too (havent got it yet).

schipo Sat 22-May-10 23:02:29

Want to quickly add my congratulations to Morph2 for Jacob Anthony, Kaffacakes on Albert Stanley, and Slipperthief for Daniel Henry - boys are catching up a bit - and to Carikube and Gils on their girls. Great to hear all these happy announcements. Hope you enjoy the early days as much as possible.

Wibblela - lovely story about Rafaella (and lovely name). It's always nice when people prove medical science wrong.

James, I'm feeling your frustration. After another false alarm last night (odd stitch-like cramps below bump) I've been gardening all day. Digging and planting about 50 seedlings... You had me googling diy sweeps too - but it doesn't look good to me.

Worries me to hear that these newborns aren't happy in the heat. I thought summer babies would enjoy it.

Also meant to say hello to Ande - it's good to see you on this thread smile

Congratulations on the new arrivals, Gils and Slipperthief - love both the names Melissa and Daniel, very sweet. Very jealous of carikube as my due date buddy wink Welcome to little Alice Jane, sorry things went a bit tit shaped after the delivery, hope you're recovering well.

Wibblela, the doctors love to think being overweight stops you from doing everything, I would be prime material for gastric band surgery but we conceived this baby on literally the first attempt, had bfp exactly 14 days after dtd. Some things - and babies - are just meant to be!

Schipo, yeah diy sweeps don't sound like a very good idea, nor does letting dp fumble around down there, not that he'd want to obviously! but (tmi!) I did scrub my hands and have a feel around up there to see if I could just tell what was going on, and it has cheered me up a bit because I remember the mw the other day saying my cervix was completely closed and fairly high up. Yesterday when I felt it it was still a bit hard to reach, and closed. Today it was a bit easier to reach, and if I'm not mistaken felt about 1cm dilated. Obviously this doesn't mean labour is imminent or anything but it suggests maybe things are slowly progressing, so it has made me a bit more hopeful that she'll be here in a few days without needing induction. Fingers crossed anyway!

AliMouse Sun 23-May-10 09:57:36

Hi Ladies,

Another scorcher today. I envisage much ice cream being consumed!

I had a C-section 11 years ago. I was nearly two weeks overdue (perhaps they got my dates wrong?) I was ENORMOUS - 52inches of bump. It was the classic tale of a scared first time mum, too much early intervention and a hugely rude unsympathetic overworked midwife that encouraged me to get an epidural very early when I probably didn't need one. All went downhill after that until he was in distress and had to have emergency c section with morphine (was the best thing about it - seriously girls, if you ever get the chance...). It wasn't that bad. I stayed in 5 days as was the norm then and really benefitted from all the midwife help with BF and general newborn care. He was and is the most chilled boy on the planet and is so laid back he's horizontal - I understand this is common with Csection babies, so there is one huge advantage!

DS2 I had VBAC - had to really fight for it though! I'd say only about 50% of the midwives I met before or during the birth (I had 4 changes of midwife that night) were supportive. I wrote that I didn't want pethadine or to be offered it on my birth plan and one particularly objectionable midwife whispered 'have some pethadine' in my ear 12 hours into labour at 8cm dilated - I took it and instantly regretted it. My lovely DH got me up out of my comatose slump and moving and Jacob was born not long after. It's so so bloody unhelpful having unsupportive staff there - it's hard enough physically and pychologically to have a successful VBAC without a professional telling you you will fail. I went into labour 3 days early with DS2.

So this time - no birth plan, no continuous monitoring (they'll love that but I'm adamant, I want to be mobile) and a swift request for a change of midwife I DH deems them to be unsupportive. He's really confident this time and is feeling very assertive - I feel like I can just concentrate on the the job of labouring and leave him to the communications! I want to go into labour naturally and i'm prepared to wait. This wasn't a planned pregnancy and I have no idea when I got pregnant (on holiday in portugal I think) and I've had 3 different due dates ranging over 2 weeks since my early scans so I'm being very open minded. I'm planning on refusing a sweep or an induction but I might change my mind depending how desperate I get.

There is no allowance for a pregnancy after a successful VBAC - they treat you just like your last birth was a section even if you had a simple virginal birth before. I can undestand but it's a barrier psychologically and has made me feel on my less confident days like my body might not be able to do it again. I can understand why women choose an elective after an emergency section - it cuts out a lot of aggro!

Anyhoo, sorry for the life story! Best of luck to all you duey's and labouring ladies! Looking forward to seeing who has had the next one!

I'm off for a walk along the beach and an icecream.

AliMouse Sun 23-May-10 10:03:43

JamesAndTheGiantBanana I just told DH you are doing a DIY sweep and told him what you said about picking your nose.

His response was 'god, if I could get someone to pick my nose for me I'd be really happy'.

There you have the difference between men and women! They are aliens.

Best of luck! grin

Bleurgh! men are 'orrible! grin

Good luck with your 2nd vbac, ali. I have a deep mistrust of midwives (wish I didn't but to be truthful, I have) I know there are good uns out there and overall the NHS do a blinding job, but it seems that for the most part the maternity staff are concerned with adhering to policies even when they do not benefit the patient, and making things easier for themselves. I don't know how many threads I've read on here about the crap birth experiences women have had because they were forced to labour lying on their backs with fetal monitors attached, for no other reason apart from that it's easier for the midwife to see what's going on. hmm

MarquiseDeMerteuil Sun 23-May-10 11:04:35

OOh, new thread!
I am feeling a bit daunted at all the catching up I've had to do! Can't believe I haven't been on here for a week and have missed out on so much chat.

First, a massive Congratulations to ithappened, tomlin, pigley, Slipperthief, wibbela, Pamelat, morph2, Squirt, Minniemummy, kat, Sweetpea, Sassles Kaffa and Rachel on the arrival of your babies in the last week. What a lovely collection of names, and a fantastic array of different birth stories.

Schipo - I agree with what you say - it goes to show that you can't really predict what type of birth you'll get, and that once you're holding your baby in your arms, it doesn't matter at all what the birth was like anyway!

I can't possibly hope to comment on everything from the last few days of the previous thread. I have read it, but am having to draw the line and start afresh with this one, otherwise I'll be here all day!

James - lol at sweep being like getting someone to pick your nose for you, and at your DH's reaction to it alimouse*!

*rachel
- 11lb2oz shock !!! And a natural birth too, you are truly superwoman! So pleased you got to use the birth pool, and escaped with 'just' a second degree tear. Huge congratulations.

wibbela - a beautiful name and a wonderfully uplifting story to go with it! It sounds like you are blessed to have such supportive friends around too. Hope it's all going well with Refaella (one of our alternative options to Felix's name was Raphael).

It's really good to read the discussion about what everyone's LOs are wearing. We were unsure what to dress Felix in yesterday in the warm weather, and he seemed a bit restless all day (very similar to your experience Pamelat) - constantly grazing on boob and not sleeping much. In retrospect I think he was a bit too warm. Will try him in just a vest today I think. He slept really well last night though. Fed for half an hour at 11.30 then slept until 3.30 when he woke up for a nappy change and DH gave him a bottle of expressed milk (first time for that!), then he slept again until 7.30. He fed on both sides and then went back to sleep. He looks like he might be waking up now though!

Fortunately he has been feeding really well. When we went to the midwife on Friday, he had gone from a birthweight of 5lb15oz up to 6lb5oz in the space of 9 days. The midwife was really pleased with him, and has signed us off! We celebrated by going out for lunch, where he attracted lots of attention!

Felix has woken up and is lying in his basket smacking his lips - a sure sign that he wants a feed!

Looking forward to some more birth announcements. Am going to try to check in more regularly now that I'm back up to date, can't bear to get so behind again!

Hope everyone has a lovely day.

myfirstbump Sun 23-May-10 11:04:51

ROFL Ali Men have a great view of the world!

James - I'm booked in for a sweep next Sunday if this one hasn't put in an appearance yet. I just want to meet the baby, and I think I'd rather someone 'pick my nose' (wink) than be jabbed and poked with more needles and hooked up to monitors.

Been distracting myself this week keeping out and about. Went for mega walk round the river yesterday to try and steam the baby out grin and went for curry last night (last night out in a while probably...)

I think I got my first BH last night while we were out - never noticed my tummy go hard all over like that before... Today I'm getting twinges - like something between period pain and (tmi) diarrhea cramp. Is that promising? Happened about four times since 9am. I don't want to get my hopes up, but I suddenly realised, talking to DH about them, that I have absolutely NO IDEA what early contractions are supposed to feel like confused. Am I reading too much into it? Is it too much to hope that this might happen on the day???

Congrats to all the new arrivals. Good to see the lists getting more even! Some fabulous names too! Can't wait to see who's next!

PS Rachel - 11lb with little pain relief? I'm slightly in love with you grin

PPS James - I've always been curious to have a feel up there too, but I'm too squeamish not brave enough. Am slightly in love with you too grin

MarquiseDeMerteuil Sun 23-May-10 11:15:16

mfb - the pains you're describing sound very much like the pains I was getting that turned out to be contractions! Mine started out at about 4 per hour too, but escalated quite quickly. Keeping fingers crossed for you!

pamelat Sun 23-May-10 11:15:58

MDM we had a night very similar to yours after our difficult afternoon. Fed him 1030pm, he slept until 230 am (brilliant!!), fed him, he woke at 330am and I thought "here we go", fed for 15 mins and slept until 630am! Then back to sleep until 8am after another feed.

I seriously do not remember my DD ever sleeping like that until about 3 months old. I am so excited about the prospect of a good sleeper but am quite anxious about colic as DD was terrible with it and know we are a week or so away from knowing about it.

Still, we'll cope .... smile

Carikube Sun 23-May-10 11:33:37

James a bit late to reply to your message the other day, but I can say that the sweep on Thursday was pretty unpleasant, but it seemed to have an instant effect. I was in pain afterwards and it just kept getting worse.

The sweep was at 1pm, by 3.30pm I had started timing contractions as it felt like things were kicking off. They were fairly erratic but still coming every 3-6 mins so DH took me in to the MLU that I wanted to use. Unfortunately the MW there told me I was only 2-3cms (no progress from when the sweep was done) and that she thought the pain was more the cervix complaining about the sweep. She told me to have a warm bath, get a hot water bottle and lie down as the pain would go if I was lying.

Went home demoralised as I had been so hopeful things were kicking off. Had bath, went to bed about 9.30 hoping for nice restful night but each time a pain came I was on all fours howling - so much for the pain going when lying down! As MW had told me that it wasn't labour, I got myself quite worked up about how I was going to cope when real labour kicked in and by the time DH came to bed we decided to call the labour ward at the hospital to see if there was anything else I could take to ease the pain. They told me to come in, though sent me to the MLU at the hospital whilst I was howling about an epidural; when examined though I was told I was already 7-8cms so the pains I had been having really had been contractions and I wasn't going mad (very relieved to hear that!!). It did mean I was too late for an epi but having arrived at hospital at midnight, DD2 was born just over 2 hours later. She was doing the superman impression with one arm by her head so I had a tear. Had immediate skin to skin which was lovely as I missed out on that with DD1.

However the placenta wouldn't deliver and whilst the MWs were trying to get it out I'd hear regular sploshes as more blood would come out. They took me downstairs to the labour ward to get a doctor to try and get it out and when that failed, they had to take me to theatre. As I'd lost too much blood at that stage they had to give me a general anaesthetic and transfuse blood. I was on the high dependency unit for a few hours afterwards whilst they monitored me as apparently my BP crashed spectacularly due to lack of blood but finally convinced them to let me out yesterday.

Now at home and feel a bit faint but am not doing anything apart from trying to feed DD2. She's suckling lots (particularly in the night...) so hopefully milk will come in soon though nipples are already v sore so will need MW to check latch tomorrow.

Congrats to everyone else and sending good labour vibes to those still waiting....

sheepgomeep Sun 23-May-10 11:50:58

can I just add my little arrival

Although not so little! Jessica was born on the 7 may and weighed 9 lb 12.5 oz. I had an elective section and we are both doing ok.

Congrats to everyone else and good luck to those still waiting smile

cupcakefairy Sun 23-May-10 12:59:18

Wow, think we need a mammoth list update don't we! I am off to do the honours...

cupcakefairy Sun 23-May-10 13:19:12

Hope I got everyone right!

THE NEW ARRIVALS

11 April LuckyC, GIRL MATILDA, 14.47
15 April ForcesSweetheart, GIRL, MOLLY, 10.27, 7lbs 6ozs
16 April Littleowls, BOY JOEL, 14.40, 4lb 8oz
16 April Memorylapse, GIRL, OLIVIA GRACE, 6.17pm, 6lbs 11.5ozs
27 April Brightredballoon, GIRL, ?, 10am, 7lb 12oz
27 April Pagen, BOY, JACK JOHN, 7.30am, 9lbs 2ozs
29 April littleonemum, GIRL, LUX EMILIE, 9.40pm, 7lbs 7 ozs
04 May fiveisanawfullybignumber, GIRL, FLORENCE MARGARET GRACE, 6.14pm,
04 May hormonalmum, GIRL
05 May sweetkitty, BOY, JACOB DAVID JOHN, 4.52am, 8lbs 5ozs
05 May Mustbemadno3 GIRL, LILLIA VICTORIA SOFIA, 05.05am 6lbs 8ozs
06 May Alle, BOY, OSCAR, 12.20pm 6lbs 8ozs
06 May alexw, GIRL, JULIA MAUD, 7lbs2oz
07 May TwentiethCenturyHeffa, BOY, CORIN, 7lbs1oz
07 May sheepgomeep, GIRL, JESSICA, 9lbs 12.5oz
08 May Lizzie9442, GIRL, LOUISE, 9.01pm, 10lbs
10 May Hobnobfanatic, GIRL
11 May 30ish, BOY, OLIVER JAMES, 10:05am, 9lbs 7oz.
12 May kateyjane, BOY, THOMAS EDWARD, 11.29am, 7lbs 12ozs
13 May MarquiseDeMerteuil, BOY, FELIX BENJAMIN, 5lbs 15oz
14 May itshappenedagain, GIRL, FLORENCE ELEANOR, 5.22am, 8lb 6oz
14 May TomlinTowers, GIRL, SOPHIE MAE, 8.43am, 9lbs 7oz
15 May pigleychez, GIRL, LUCY OLIVIA, 9.30am 7lbs 12oz
15 May slipperthief, BOY, DANIEL HENRY, 7.28pm, 8lbs 4oz
16 May Wibblela, GIRL, REFAELLA, 12.22am, 8lbs 4oz
17 May pamelat, BOY, ALEXANDER, 12.14pm, 7lbs 8oz
17 May Morph2, BOY, JACOB ANTHONY, 7.50pm, 6lbs 11ozs
18 May squirtsmum, GIRL, REBECCA LOUISE, 1.37am, 9lbs 14.5oz
18 May MinnieMummy, GIRL, 8.31am, 10lbs 11oz
18 May KatnKankles, GIRL, AVA ROSE, 8lbs 14oz
19 May Sweetpeasmum, GIRL, SOPHIE ELIZABETH, 6.38am
20 May Sassles, BOY, SAMUEL?, 9lbs 4oz
20 May KaffaCakes, BOY, ALBERT STANLEY, 1.09am, 7lbs 8.5oz
21 May Carikube, GIRL, ALICE JANE, 2.17am, 8lbs 5oz
21 May Gils, GIRL, MELISSA ANNE, 3.38am, 8lbs 10oz
21 May Rachelfruitloop, BOY, ERIC DAVID, 3.48am, 11lbs 2oz

THE WAITING LOUNGE

06 May - DorotheaPlenticlew, 35, #2, GIRL, Edinburgh
08 May - Asparagusaddict, ? , #1
10 May - Sophie2008, 28 #2 & #3 (TWINS!) BOY & GIRL
12 May - Haribolicious 36, #2, BOY
12 May - LivsHannah 27, #2, BOY
13 May - Cith, 30, #1
13 May - TinyVeins, 29, #1
13 May - Mummymunchkins, 40, #3, BOY
14 May - JamesAndTheGiantBanana, 28, #2 GIRL
14 May - CornishSAMum, 33, #1, ?, Cornwall
15 May - LuckyMiller, 33, #1
16 May - MoggMum, 38, #1
16 May - schipo 40, #1, BOY
16 May - Vicky204, 34, #1
17 May - first1, 22, #1, GIRL, Surrey
17 May - newmomma, 31, #2 GIRL Reading, Berks
19 May - cupcakefairy, 25, #1
20 May - LolaAnn, 22, #1, BOY
20 May - Aim, ?, #2, BOY
21 May - Suey2, 39, no2, GIRL
21 May - Mumofeag, 34, #3 BOY
22 May - Mollybob, 37 #3, Gender unknown, Bangor, Northern Ireland
23 May - RacquelWelsh, 38,#1 BOY
23 May - Nimk, 30, #1
23 May - myfirstbump, 26, #1, Shrewsbury
24 May - AnAngelWithin #5
24 May - Yorky, 31, #3
24 May - peakyispreggers, 27, #1 BOY
25 May - Den26, 26, #1 BOY Inverness, Scottish Highlands
26 May - booboomonster, 35, #2 GIRL, SW London
26 May - AliMouse, 40, #3 BOY
26 May - Glastocchick, 34, #1
31 May - Hollyoaks, 28, #2
31 May - ande, #4

Huge congrats to Gils, kaffa, slipper, sheep, carikube and anyone else I missed blush fab to see you all moving to the arrivals list and some great names (particularly love Albert kaffa - fantastic!)

grin james and ali to the nose picking thing; that cracked me up.
Ali I told your story to dh too and said he has to be assertive about midwives!I have a deep distrust of medical professionals (for various reasons including my mc experience last year) and am so worried about being bullied/not listened to in the birth. Hoping dh will stand up for me! angry to that mw who tempted you to have pethidine! Hope you get your vbac.

james I sympathise and I'm only 40+4..it feels like it will never happen doesn't it! I just lay on our bed moaning this morning that I wanted to have a baby. I don't think dh quite knows what to do with me hmm Hoping it will be really soon for you.
Re refusing induction, I want to too. I have a friend who got to 40+14, refused induction & they made her go into the hospital every day to scan and check placenta was still functioning ok. She went naturally a few days later so stand firm! Though I obviously hope you won't get to that stage!

MDM great to hear from you and well done Felix on the weight gain

wibbela fab story about your dd. I'm a Christian too sounds like your little one is a real miracle and how fab that your church are really helping you out. Beautiful name btw.

Still no change here. Bit of backache, a few tightenings under bump but nothing at all significant hmm so bored now.

first1 Sun 23-May-10 15:01:10

Just a quick check in to say congrats to all the new mummies and welcome to all the new babies!

I'm 40+6 today Feeling soo sorry for myself. Got induction booked for Friday but like James I really dont want it. I've tried the raspberry leaf, pineapple, orange juice, walking, reflexology, 2 failed sweeps, cant get DH to dtd though! Guess she's just made her mind up she wants to stay put. <<Sigh>>

mollybob Sun 23-May-10 18:25:13

Have had a wee show today - cue lots of excitement. Funny how for ages blood would be a disaster and now in small quantities it feels like a victory. Few braxton hicks this evening. About to get stuck into a BBQ with dh, ds and dd. Parents visiting later. Half tidied dd's room today - will do more later if I can move after the food.

sweetkitty Sun 23-May-10 21:28:03

Oh I so cannot keep up with this thread, am now typing one handed too, to be honest we are finding Jacob hard work just now, he has 3 modes, crying, sleeping or eating in that order. So he wakes, he has a feed from one side, nappy change, feed from the other then he unlatches and cries. And cries. Nothing comforts him even walking being held, yesterday was hard he woke up at 3pm and was awake crying until 9.30pm. Doesn't like his pram, moses basket or swing. Likes the car and will sleep if he falls off the boob and on me but you can imagine how practical that is with 3 others. I know it's only a short phase and it will pass but cannot remember the girls being as tough as this. Anyway thats my rant over with.

Right who have I not congratulated???

wibblela - beautiful name with a lovely meaning

carikube - congrats on the birth of Alice, what a horrid time you had with the blood loss etc so glad you are on the mend

Angel - aww your bound to go soon, better in a few days once it's cooler those hospitals far too hot

Gils - congrat on the birth of Melissa, she's probably sucking so much to bring your milk in, won't be long

BRB - yes would be up for that, I couldn't get on with my coorie sling am now thinking about something like a Mei Tai or Kari Me or Moby as it's got to be better than lugging that car seat everywhere and gives me more hands for DD3

Alimouse - well done on one VBAC and hopefully another and well done standing up for yourself. I did find the MW who delivered me was very mindful of my birth plan even though I changed my mind and begged her to examine me and break my waters. I have foubd a good MW makes all the difference.

MDM - so glad Felix is gaining weight and doing well

sheepgomeep - congtats to you too

first1/james anyone else who is suffering the living hell of being overdue you have my complete sympathy

peakyispreggers Sun 23-May-10 21:33:17

Congratulations to all the new mums - rachel you are some kind of hero!
Finn was born on 21st at 2.47am weighing 7lb 12oz, a fast and furious labour, the details of which i will post later, when i can catch up.
Have been finding breastfeeding agonizing, which has been really demoralising and upsetting, but hopefully things will improve, fingers crossed x

pigleychez Sun 23-May-10 21:54:34

Goodness! So much to catch up on after my weekend away.

We have spent the weekend at my parents house. Saturday night we went to the second half of our friends wedding. The evening reception party as they were only allowed limited numbers at the ceremony. Lucy had her first party at 7 days old and got just as much attention as the bride and groom!
I took the girls home after a few hours and DH stayed on as he was the best man. Thankfully my parents live within walking distance so DH strolled home at midnight carrying a helium balloon bouquet in his suit grin The things you do for kids!
Today went to the Inlaws for dinner and enjoyed playing in the garden.

Hobnob- Lucy has just been in a little short sleeved, short legged romper suit too.

Slipper- Congrats on the birth of Daniel... Him and Lucy share a birthday

Wibblela- How lovely that you have so much support from your friends Lovely name with a beauitful meaning

Carikube- Congratulations on the birth of Alice. Hows your little DD finding the new arrival?

Gills- Congratulations on the birth of Melissa

Hollyoaks- Yay on the payhouse Im sure DD will love it. The day we planned to put it up was the day Lucy arrived!

James- shock at the idea of a DIY sweep!

MDM- Glad that felix is doing well.

Sheepgomeep- Congrats on the birth of Jessica

Peaky- Congrats on the birth of Finn Looking forward to reading your birth plan.

Hope everyone waiting isnt too uncomfortable in this heat! Sympathy to all those overdue. Looking forward to some more announcements soon

Lucy is doing well.. Such a good sleeper. Last night was feed at 10 then 12 then 4.30 then 8 and she goes straight back off between feeds.
The weather hasnt seemed to bother her too much today... She spent most of the day asleep!

pigleychez Sun 23-May-10 21:56:49

SK- Sorry you are finding it hard going at the mo. Maybe its a boy thing...My friend insisted her 2 boys were much harder work than her girl.

memorylapse Sun 23-May-10 22:07:45

sorry my posts seem so short and sweet these days..life is hectic!

apologies so any new mums I havent congratulated.its had to keep up now!..carikube..the retained placenta sounds scary..take things easy ...

Olivia was weighed on friday and is now 8lb 9smile

SK...DS2 used to do the same as Jacob..it seemed he had colic..any chance that could be it?

memorylapse Sun 23-May-10 22:13:18

p.s congrats sheepgomeep..good sized baby girl!

Slipper..Daniel is a fab name..my DS1 is called Daniel

Wibbela..the name youve chosen is beautiful..so pleased that youve defied the doctorssmile

Mollybob, first1, myfirstbump,Angel,Hollyoaks et al..heres hoping that you dont have to wait much longer

booboomonster Sun 23-May-10 22:25:43

Many many congratulations to gils, slipperthief ,wibbela, Sheepgomeep, kaffa, carikube and any one else I have missed out.

Good luck with your show Molly - last time I had a show and went into labour next day.

It’s blimmin hot isn’t it? I’ve been so bad tempered today. slightly dreading a terrible hot night’s sleep. Hope everyone still preg manages to sleep, and that the newborns aren’t too disturbed - looks like it’s going to be a hot night!

brightredballoon Sun 23-May-10 22:37:43

SK meant to say I found DS's nappies hard to contain but we thought Tesco own brand or Huggies better and keeping it in, his used to shoot right up the back of it and onto his vest and his wet used to go up the front of the vest (even after positioning his wotsit facing downwards)

booboomonster Sun 23-May-10 23:31:00

Sorry I missed peaky - congratulations on arrival of Finn!

Ooh molly, last time I had a bloody show and ds was here 11 hours later, best of luck!

myfirstbump, how are you getting on? did they turn out to be real contractions?

Carikube thanks for giving us your birth story, glad the sweep worked for you even if it wasn't pleasant.

Congrats to peaky and sheepgomeep on your new arrivals, they're coming thick and fast now aren't they? It's lovely hearing about all the newborns, hopefully I'll join you in all the postnatal stuff soon!

Am sat here contracting painfully away, been off and on all bloody day, as soon as I start to think "is this it?" they stop. Fucking braxton hicks. angry

By the way, I'm not really going to do a diy sweep, I just looked at if they were possible. Apparently they are, if you can reach! I can't, and it's probably for the best. wink I am going in for monitoring tomorrow and they may offer me a sweep then so I've said if things look favourable I will go for it. eek!

mollybob Mon 24-May-10 05:24:24

Well the show WAS a sign. Niggles from 5 and got worse so went in and despite 30s to 45s every 3 mins only 2cm... hmm
Wanted me to go home but contractions were awful - bit demoralising. Then more show, waters went and suddenly I was 4cm and allowed the gas and air. She was back to back but despite this we progressed and she was born at 2.24am weighing 8lb 3oz. Named Molly Letitia Rose and she's so like DS! Managed to vomit all over DH the bed,myself and the floor at transition. No surprise really - all I've done since September is vomit but she's been so worth it. Will be back with more personals later x

mollybob Mon 24-May-10 06:36:44

Oh another thing - how do I name change as "mollybob" was a combo of names chosen for babe if girl/boy.

AliMouse Mon 24-May-10 07:12:14

Congratulations to all the new mums! There seems to be a few overdue ladies gone off the radar, so I'm hoping that is good news for them.

SK my first boy had colic (which is what it sounds like your little one has). We could do nothing for him except vigorous bouncing (good for the thighs) and he rather enjoyed Dean Martin (which now reminds me of vigorous bouncing and sore thighs). It will pass, but I do sympathise - every hour feels like forever when they cry, especially when you are so tired. Baby massage might help too. And earplugs wink.

Looks like another scorcher today. My big boy has gone off to a PGL (parents get lost!) action holiday in Dorset with his school this week so I'm a bit bereft, but excited for him and it's cleared the decks a little for the birth. DS2 at nursery all day, so I'm going for a brisk walk to see if i can't encourage some movement.

Look forward to all your updates later!

thegauntlet Mon 24-May-10 07:29:42

am i too late to join this? Im due with my first on the 31st, so sort of fit in with the may babies theme.... lets hope i dont go overdue. i am feeling very nauseous this morning. As with everying; im hoping that it is a sign of pre-labour...

Hollyoaks Mon 24-May-10 07:31:52

Morning all, been up since 5am watching Lost and I'm still none the wiser.

Congratulations Sheep and Peaky

Congratulations Mollybob, very impressive to post the birth announcement a couple of hours after the birth.

SK - sorry your having a tough time, no advice unfortunately but hope things improve.

Well, I've been having painful contractions every 15-20 mins since I woke this morning. Not getting too excited and dh off too work, but fingers crossed something is starting to happen.

Hope everyone has a good day.

TwentiethCenturyHeffa Mon 24-May-10 08:50:47

Wow, so many new babies now! Congratulations to all new mums.

SK - sorry you're struggling, I hope things improve for you.

Hollyoaks - hope today is the day for you

Thegauntlet - welcome to the thread!

Rachel - so glad you had a good birth! shock at the weight!

Corin is feeding like mad here, seems to be attached almost all the time. I think he might be wanting more because of the heat? DH is back at work today so will see how it all goes.

please can i be added to the still waiting list, 4 days overdue with baby no 4.

Well done mollybob! I just love the name you've chosen, it's really pretty. Sometimes contractions don't follow the textbooks do they, they may never get longer or more regular, doesn't mean they aren't doing their job necessarily!

Hollyoaks fingers crossed this is it for you.

Welcome to the thread thegauntlet, it's never too late to join! Although I'm 40+10 and if you pop before me, I will cry. wink

So for all you ladies with stop start contractions like me, I was reading about it in a Sheila Kitzinger book last night and apparently it's called prodromal labour or pre-labour - it's sometimes called false labour but that's not right because even though the contractions disappear after a bit while they're there they are doing work to efface, soften and maybe even dilate the cervix. I had this for several days with my first, it was very frustrating but when things kicked off properly it was a reasonably fast textbook labour, so I'm hoping the same will happen this time.

Just thought this might give some of you hope if you're fed up of all the stop start business and starting to doubt your body!

Also welcome to homebirthmummy4, we seem to have quite a few mums on here having their fourth or even fifth babies, I've got nothing but admiration for you mad women wink I have no energy for the one child I have right now, really don't know how you do it!

MarquiseDeMerteuil Mon 24-May-10 09:59:27

Morning all!

Congratulations mollybob and peaky - more good names! Mollybob - it's quite easy to name-change - instructions are here. Don't forget to tell us what you've changed to so we know it's still you!

Welcome thegauntlet, never too late to join in!

Pigley - sounds like you have a fantastic weekend. We're off to a wedding next Saturday with Felix - one of our uni friends is marrying one of my law school friends, so we'll know loads of people at the wedding. As a bonus it's fairly local too, so we're really looking forward to it. No idea what I'm going to wear though. I have some clothes I saved from a few years ago when I was 1 dress size bigger than my pre-pregnancy size, so will have to dig those out and see if there's anything suitable. I don't dare to try on my immediately pre-pregnancy stuff yet, although my bump has almost completely disappeared. (Can't believe I thought I was going to miss it!!!).

SK - Jacob sounds a bit like Felix in his eating and nappy changing patterns. Felix always falls asleep on the boob (he unlatches himself then rests his head on the boob), but he also tends to do a poo mid-feed (he does about 6 poos a day!), so needs a change after feeding, which wakes him up, and then he wants to feed a bit more. He doesn't cry much, fortunately (just when he's having his nappy changed at the moment, but I'm not counting my chickens yet...). In the daytime if DH is around and can bring me food, drink, laptop, mobile etc., then I'm happy to let Felix doze on the boob (he always makes me think of that Cornershop song with the lyric "everybody needs a bosom for a pillow"). But at night, when I want to sleep, it's a bit frustrating as he wakes up and wants more food when you try to put him back in his basket! We have found the pampers nappies fine though, to be honest, although he has been in the micro newborn size, which are quite a snug fit.

Yesterday my breast pump melted in the microwave steriliser shock!!! I've no idea how that happened. DH has gone out this morning to get me a new one, and we're going to get a new microwave too, to be on the safe side, as ours is a bit temperamental and old.

Ali - enjoy your day of peace!

Hollyoaks - fingers crossed that your contractions are the start of labour proper!

Heffa - Felix has been feeding like mad the last two days as well, I think it must be the hot weather - they must be feeding to keep hydrated as much as for the food aspect I guess.

Hope everyone has a good day. It sounds like it's the last hot one - cooling down from tomorrow.

alle01 Mon 24-May-10 10:26:25

hi all,
can't keep with this thread, great to hear about all the new births,...well done, everyone!, everybody waiting: don't dispair, i know going overdue is horrible, and i didn't have this heat...no tips from me, i'm afraid, i just suffered, only good thing, two weeks after the birth, i can hardly remember that now...
oscar is getting a bit better with breastfeeding, less formula now, but getting colics, i think, he can't settle, i am changing to anticolic formula, any tips any one? also how you sleep a baby who won't? maybe the health visitor will know...grin

AnAngelWithin Mon 24-May-10 10:33:40

welcome to the newbies!!! Never too late to join in the chatter!!!

Well, due date is today. Got the midwife later. Might try and beg for a sweep, otherwise next week I will have all 4 kids with me (as its half term week!) and thats NOT the time I want it doing!!! I actually slept last night. ALL NIGHT!!! shock Couldn't believe it! DH commented on how much better I look this morning for it!!! haha. Maybe baby will put in an appearance now I am refreshed?! hmm Was nice to be able to breeze round school this morning not looking shattered and people commenting on how well I look considering I am due today haha.

Yes MDM, cooling down this week. Thank goodness! I have been a hermit all weekend!!Useless with the heat at the best of times let alone when I am the size of a whale.

TomlinTowers Mon 24-May-10 11:19:52

Hi all

Firstly, many congrats to all the new mummies - there are so many now! I love reading all the different birth stories, the variety of experiences are just amazing.

Carikube - the retained placenta sounds scary but it seems like you are taking it in your stride - make sure you take it easy for a few days!

Rachel - 11lb 2 - I bet that stung a bit! Much respect to you! Was this your first?? You do know the old wives' tale about second babies being approx 10% bigger than your first....?!

Alle - good news on the breastfeeding

Good luck to all those with contractions/shows/etc - hope something happens soon. Much sympathy to you all in the heat!

Lovely to read about everyone's weekends - pigley, sounds like a good party! MDM - I've never heard of a breast pump actually melting!! Enjoy the wedding at the weekend.

We aren't planning much at the moment, just soooo hot! DS1 has spent all weekend in the paddling pool with DH. He is at softplay at the moment with DH which at least has air con so hopefully will not come home boiling hot! Sophie is still doing well, starting to be a bit more awake in the afternoons now, but still sleeping really well (touching wood furiously as I type!) and feeding like a dream. We have different favourite boobs though - she loves suckling on the right, which is the one that is still quite sore when she latches, whereas I feel she has a better latch on the left, so we are having a battle of wills to make sure she is getting even amounts of milk from both, otherwise I end up looking lopsided!

Also, I don't want to brag or anything, but I have actually managed to do up a pair of pre-preg linen trousers today. Woop woop! It took me weeks to get back into pre-preg clothes after DS1, so am feeling very pleased with myself! Just need to lose a stone and then can buy some new clothes - I have promised myself that I am not buying anything new for myself until I am back at pre-DS1 weight/size, and as I love shopping, that is a big incentive for me!

Hope everyone has a good day and will try and keep up with all the posts! Love the new thread title, cupcake!

TwentiethCenturyHeffa Mon 24-May-10 12:37:26

MDM - glad Corin's not the only one feeding lots with the hot weather! It's a bit cooler today and he's been asleep most of the morning hmm Probably doesn't bode well for tonight!

Tomlin - congratulations on being back into pre-preg clothes!

Angel - glad you had a good night's sleep!

Alle01 - glad the breastfeeding's getting a bit better

Homebirthmummy4 - welcome to the thread!

booboomonster Mon 24-May-10 12:50:08

Just a quickie to say congratulations mollybob! And welcome to the newbies. I am happy to wait til hot weather goes... Labour is tiring enough! But good luck to those on the cusp - James , hollyoaks etc

cupcakefairy Mon 24-May-10 12:51:11

Hello ladies..hooray for more births! Big congrats to peaky and molly! Fantastic

hollyoaks I am envy of things starting for you...but happy for you too obviously grin

ali hope the walking gets things going! My feet are really swollen & the right one hurts so much when I put weight on it otherwise I'd be out power walking too to get this baby out!!

angel also envy of a full night's sleep! I'm up 3 times for loo trips now but suppose it's nothing compared to what life with a newborn will be like!

james so sorry you're still here but glad those contractions are actually doing something! I really desperately want some contractions...40+5 today hmm ho hum. Hows your mil holding up?? grin My sister has this week off & is poised ready to visit when baby comes so I reeeeally hope it does soon

MDM enjoy the wedding we have one when lo will be around 4 or 5 weeks old I'm excited about showing baby off

Carikube hope you're recovering ok. A friend had a similar experience to you recently except part of her placenta was retained & they didn't know..2 weeks after birth she started hemorrhaging all over the place in a restaurant toilet absolutely horrible & she was rushed to hosp etc so really hope you're ok as it's v traumatic.

pigley you're another one I'm envy of grin my due date buddy who has a lovely dream baby & I am still waiting, sob! (I know you were overdue with dd1 though so won't begrudge you too much grin)

Welcome to the newbies too...I will add you to the list

cupcakefairy Mon 24-May-10 12:57:50

THE NEW ARRIVALS

11 April LuckyC, GIRL MATILDA, 14.47
15 April ForcesSweetheart, GIRL, MOLLY, 10.27, 7lbs 6ozs
16 April Littleowls, BOY JOEL, 14.40, 4lb 8oz
16 April Memorylapse, GIRL, OLIVIA GRACE, 6.17pm, 6lbs 11.5ozs
27 April Brightredballoon, GIRL, ?, 10am, 7lb 12oz
27 April Pagen, BOY, JACK JOHN, 7.30am, 9lbs 2ozs
29 April littleonemum, GIRL, LUX EMILIE, 9.40pm, 7lbs 7 ozs
04 May fiveisanawfullybignumber, GIRL, FLORENCE MARGARET GRACE, 6.14pm,
04 May hormonalmum, GIRL
05 May sweetkitty, BOY, JACOB DAVID JOHN, 4.52am, 8lbs 5ozs
05 May Mustbemadno3 GIRL, LILLIA VICTORIA SOFIA, 05.05am 6lbs 8ozs
06 May Alle, BOY, OSCAR, 12.20pm 6lbs 8ozs
06 May alexw, GIRL, JULIA MAUD, 7lbs2oz
07 May TwentiethCenturyHeffa, BOY, CORIN, 7lbs1oz
07 May sheepgomeep, GIRL, JESSICA, 9lbs 12.5oz
08 May Lizzie9442, GIRL, LOUISE, 9.01pm, 10lbs
10 May Hobnobfanatic, GIRL
11 May 30ish, BOY, OLIVER JAMES, 10:05am, 9lbs 7oz.
12 May kateyjane, BOY, THOMAS EDWARD, 11.29am, 7lbs 12ozs
13 May MarquiseDeMerteuil, BOY, FELIX BENJAMIN, 5lbs 15oz
14 May itshappenedagain, GIRL, FLORENCE ELEANOR, 5.22am, 8lb 6oz
14 May TomlinTowers, GIRL, SOPHIE MAE, 8.43am, 9lbs 7oz
15 May pigleychez, GIRL, LUCY OLIVIA, 9.30am 7lbs 12oz
15 May slipperthief, BOY, DANIEL HENRY, 7.28pm, 8lbs 4oz
16 May Wibblela, GIRL, REFAELLA, 12.22am, 8lbs 4oz
17 May pamelat, BOY, ALEXANDER, 12.14pm, 7lbs 8oz
17 May Morph2, BOY, JACOB ANTHONY, 7.50pm, 6lbs 11ozs
18 May squirtsmum, GIRL, REBECCA LOUISE, 1.37am, 9lbs 14.5oz
18 May MinnieMummy, GIRL, 8.31am, 10lbs 11oz
18 May KatnKankles, GIRL, AVA ROSE, 8lbs 14oz
19 May Sweetpeasmum, GIRL, SOPHIE ELIZABETH, 6.38am
20 May Sassles, BOY, SAMUEL?, 9lbs 4oz
20 May KaffaCakes, BOY, ALBERT STANLEY, 1.09am, 7lbs 8.5oz
21 May Carikube, GIRL, ALICE JANE, 2.17am, 8lbs 5oz
21 May peakyispreggers, BOY, FINN, 2.47am, 7lbs 12oz
21 May Gils, GIRL, MELISSA ANNE, 3.38am, 8lbs 10oz
21 May Rachelfruitloop, BOY, ERIC DAVID, 3.48am, 11lbs 2oz
24 May Mollybob, GIRL, MOLLY LETITIA ROSE, 2.24am, 8lbs 3oz

THE WAITING LOUNGE

06 May - DorotheaPlenticlew, 35, #2, GIRL, Edinburgh
08 May - Asparagusaddict, ? , #1
10 May - Sophie2008, 28 #2 & #3 (TWINS!) BOY & GIRL
12 May - Haribolicious 36, #2, BOY
12 May - LivsHannah 27, #2, BOY
13 May - Cith, 30, #1
13 May - TinyVeins, 29, #1
13 May - Mummymunchkins, 40, #3, BOY
14 May - JamesAndTheGiantBanana, 28, #2 GIRL
14 May - CornishSAMum, 33, #1, ?, Cornwall
15 May - LuckyMiller, 33, #1
16 May - MoggMum, 38, #1
16 May - schipo 40, #1, BOY
16 May - Vicky204, 34, #1
17 May - first1, 22, #1, GIRL, Surrey
17 May - newmomma, 31, #2 GIRL Reading, Berks
19 May - cupcakefairy, 25, #1
20 May - LolaAnn, 22, #1, BOY
20 May - Aim, ?, #2, BOY
20 May - homebirthmummy4, #4
21 May - Suey2, 39, no2, GIRL
21 May - Mumofeag, 34, #3 BOY
23 May - RacquelWelsh, 38,#1 BOY
23 May - Nimk, 30, #1
23 May - myfirstbump, 26, #1, Shrewsbury
24 May - AnAngelWithin #5
24 May - Yorky, 31, #3
25 May - Den26, 26, #1 BOY Inverness, Scottish Highlands
26 May - booboomonster, 35, #2 GIRL, SW London
26 May - AliMouse, 40, #3 BOY
26 May - Glastocchick, 34, #1
31 May - Hollyoaks, 28, #2
31 May - ande, #4
31 May - thegauntlet, #1

hollyoaks Mon 24-May-10 13:09:15

Welcome to the newbies

James - i read your link and that sounds like what I'm having. Still having painful contractions but not regular. It's very frustrating as my last labour started with regular contractions every 5 mins apart from the beginning. None of this faffing around. Just hope the link was right and all of these niggles are doing something so when labour hits its short.

MDM - good to hear from you, glad everything is going well.

Alle - good to hear bf is going well.

Angel - funnily enough I have now had three full nights sleep in a row!!!!! Didn't want to put it on here for all those up with newborns but despite the cold and earache I've got I feel more energetic than I have in weeks. Good luck for getting your sweep.

Tomlin - well done on the weight loss, I'm sure the bf will help you get the next stone off and then happy shopping

Cupcake - thanks for updating the list again, sending positive labour vibes your way. You may still beat me yet, contractions are still coming but very irregular and really spaced out. It will probably all amount to nothing.

Weather is very overcast here but still very hot. DD in nappy only but looks like its going to chuck it down so keeping her inside today. A good old thunder storm would do wonders for clearing the air and my headache.

memorylapse Mon 24-May-10 14:21:44

glad to hear that some of you ladies in waitocing have managed a decent nights sleep..stock up while you can!

I am now a milk donor to the local hospitals via the milk bank..I wanted to give something back so its lovely knowing that my breast milk will be helping sick and prem babies at the hospital where Olivia was bornsmile

AliMouse Mon 24-May-10 16:01:59

memorylapse that's such a nice thing to do!

I just did a bit of garden pottering and nearly fainted in the heat. Then had the idea of positioning the sprinkler so it hits my legs when it swings around as I read the paper. Genius! Glad cooler weather is on the way though.

Just saw the midwife and have been booked in for my 41 week visit on DS2's 4th birthday. I dearly hope the baby comes before that! Can you imagine - 'here you are darling, we got you something for your birthday - a brother!' Anyone else got two children with the same birthday? I'm imagining a rivalry of biblical proportions...

myfirstbump Mon 24-May-10 16:28:18

James & MDM - still no more signs... Still getting the same twinges. Can't call them pains - they're way more bearable than period pains. I've basically been getting them every half an hour or so today. James, thanks for that link. It's very reassuring. Hope you're feeling ok too and things start to get moving for you soon.

ML - I've gone all teary reading that. What a lovely idea!

Angel - thinking of you today. Hope you get on ok with the MW. Maybe we will run into each other at the hospital after all??

Congrats Mollybob and peaky*

*Hollyoaks
I got up at 5 to watch Lost too! ALthough I wish I hadn't - I feel so let down! So after all these years and intriguing and tangled up storylines, it's the theory everyone had at the end of episode 1... <disappointed smiley>

I've had four phonecalls today to see how I'm doing. Don't get me wrong, it's great that people are thinking of me, but it almost feels like I'm letting people down. I know I'm not, and they're only being kind, but it's more frustrating knowing that I'm waiting for this to happen to my body, and for everyone else they just get to see the cute little baby without all the effort of getting it here. Whinge over. I'm don't even think you could call me overdue yet - it's only been a day!! smile

first1 Mon 24-May-10 16:47:13

ML - thats such a nice gesture!

Mollybob/ peaky - congrats!

alimouse - genius discovery re the sprinkler! I managed to sit outside for all of 10mins with Closer before Id had enough.

Am I the only Brit excited by the cooler weather from tomorrow? 41 weeks today <sigh>. Induction booked for Friday and so desperate for baby to arrive by herself, but really not hopeful.

cupcakefairy Mon 24-May-10 17:05:41

mfb I'm totally with you on the people checking up thing! You feel like you're letting them down because they've made plans to visit or whatever ...and so so true that they just get to see the cute baby! I wish I could be someone who just gets to hear my news & see a cute pic rather than having to go through what I need to to get there confused

first1 lol, I am glad it'll be cooler by tomorrow but am also rather enjoying getting a bit more colour to me...have been bronzing the bump slightly in the hope that if it ever when it shrinks down it will be doubly tanned grin (not that anyone will even get to see it thanks to hideous stretch marks!)

ali hope baby does arrive before your ds2's birthday! Don't know anyone with siblings born on same day but I do know a Mum who gave birth on her own birthday! Not sure if that's a good present or not!! grin

AnAngelWithin Mon 24-May-10 17:35:34

hi all. feeling sore from being poked and prodded at MW sad Sweep booked for next monday afternoon at home. Bank holiday monday. DH will be working if baby isn't here by then. Had some strong BH this evening, they actually brought some tears to my eyes!!

MyFirstBump, yes we may! You never know!! are you going on the MW unit ?

Morph2 Mon 24-May-10 17:52:51

MDM- my DS wouldn't settle in moses basket either and only wanted to sleep on me. One of mums friends gave me a tip which seems to have worked so far (fingers crossed). Roll up a little blanket and put it next to them in the Moses basket so it makes the edges of the moses basket narrower. Apparently it makes them feel more secure and closed in like they were in the womb, as the moses basket can feel quite wide for a little one likes yours.

Carikube Mon 24-May-10 18:54:08

I'm just catching up with posts that I missed whilst I was away...I really feel for all of you still waiting in this heat and I hope that the promised cooler weather arrives and makes life more comfortable.

pigley I remember you saying you had similar problems to me with regards to nipple shape and feeding. I've been getting in to difficulty again this time round and was worried that it would go the same way as it did with DD1. I started using nipple shields this morning but then the MW came round this afternoon she convinced me that it is entirely due to latch and showed me how to get it right. To be honest the results so far have been great and I only wish I'd had someone this helpful first time round with DD1 - obviously we'll have to see if I manage to keep it up, but here's hoping smile

Den26 Mon 24-May-10 19:29:41

Evening all, sorry no personals.

Rian (Ree-an) Alexander born 20.05.10 weighing 7lb 13 oz.

Planned for a CS on 21.05.10 but Rian decided to come a day early on his own!! ALl happened very quickly. Waters broke at 8am, contractions started straight after, having continuous contractions by 11am, cervix dilated and whisked in for an Em CS as he was breech. Feeling very shocked by thursday evening!!!

Got home yesterday, feeling sore and very sore boobs! Dreading feedng at the minute Can sympathise with those with baby blues, feeling very over whelmed and close to tears completly petrified something might happen to my little treasure!

He has an odd shaped head as he was stuck right under my ribs - MW thinks he has been breech all along.

Need to go for now - visitors!!

Be back later

kateyjane Mon 24-May-10 20:55:56

hello everyone

Massive congratulations to Tomlin, slipperthief, pamelat, morph2, squirtsmum, minniemummy, katnkankles, sweetpeasmum, sassles, kaffacakes, carikube, peaky, Gils, Rachel and Mollybob - some absolutely beautiful names and well done Rachel (it made my eyes water!smile)All the FB photos are gorgeous!

Just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone for your help and advice over Thomas' weight loss. Unfortunately I have had to make the decision to give up breast feeding. I feel absolutely devastated and am a complete emotional wreck at the moment. Have literally spent the last 48 hours feeding non stop and today he had put on an ounce, which he then lost when he did a poo! My DH goes back to work tomorrow, so cannot spend all day feeding and today the midwife told me to put Thomas on formula.
I went out on Friday night and bought a breast pump and attempted to do that whilst I wasn't feeding, After 4 hours I got an ounce. My breasts don't even seem to fill up anymore sadSo sadly my last attempt at breast feeding has failed (just like the last 3 times) So feeling pretty gutted, but at least I think I'm doing the best thing for Thomas.

On the same note - does anyone want to buy a breast pump? On Friday night I bought the Medela swing electric breast pump (89.99 - from Boots), then a set of 3 medela storage bottles and medela milk storage bags (unopened) The 3 things together cost £105 but I would be prepared to accept any offers. I have used the breast pump 3 times, but have the box, receipt+ spare parts. Obviously it has all been washed and thoroughly sterilised. I know I shouldn't really put this on our thread, but hoped that someone might be interested. Let me know if you are either on here or FB (Cathy Devney) and I'll give you my contact details.

Sk - Sorry you are having a rough time. Hope Jacob is okay and settling a little bit more. My DH goes back to work tomorrow and I'm dreading it!confused

To everyone still waiting - I am thinking about you, hopefully the weather will be a bit cooler tomorrow.smile

Sorry for yet another me post - am not really quite myself at the moment sad

kateyjane Mon 24-May-10 20:59:31

Sorry missed you off Den26, congratulations smile Beautiful name and well done. It sounds like you had a very hard time of it. I can completely relate to the baby blues. Hope you are feeling happier tomorrow smile

myfirstbump Mon 24-May-10 21:10:25

Angel - yes I am. Maybe tonight even.

After tea my twinges have ramped up a gear. Now every 7-10 mins. Rang the hospital, they said it definitely sounds like contractions. Just need to wait until they're every 4 mins for an hour. So a while to go yet. And my waters haven't gone yet either.

Congrats Den. Enjoy your visitors. Hope they don't stay too long and wear you out!

KateyJane - sorry to hear the bf hasn't worked. I might be interested in the pump, but I don't want to commit now (without a baby...) if there are others who want to get in first!

AnAngelWithin Mon 24-May-10 21:14:19

oooooh myfirstbump good luck.... doubt i will catch you there then....no signs here! sad Good luck x

Katey dont feel bad about not BF, i know you are gutted but it sounds like you have made the right decision. I am in two minds really and this is with number 5. I have failed the other times.

memorylapse Mon 24-May-10 21:18:41

Congratulations Densmile....Im not surprised you feel a little anxious..it sounds a bit traumatic..but LO is fine...make sure you get lots of rest and TLC and concentrate on your new baby
..
Kateyjane..please do not beat yourself up about giving up breast feeding..yes breast feeding is the optimun milk..but if its not working..then that is not good for your baby or you.to be miserable and stressed..a happy mum = a happy baby..simplesgrin...Im sure your little one will be happier and when you are feeling less exhausted from round the clock feeding, you will feel so much happier too......he had the colustrum which is the best milk you could give himsmile

pigleychez Mon 24-May-10 21:41:35

James- Hope the Braxton hicks turn into something soon for you. Interesting link... I had pains the sunday before Lucy was born... every 10mins, going down to every 6 minutes but then suddenly stopped. My MW put that down to false labour.

Mollybob- Congratulations on the birth of Molly.

Thegauntlet- Never too late to join us

Hollyoaks- Hope the pains are the start of something for you!

Heffa- How was your first day alone with 2 ?
Lucy is another one drinking lots in this heat.

Homebirthmummy- Welcome

MDM- Enjoy the wedding. Im sure felix will be get just as much attention as the bride and groom!
shock at the melted pump!

Angel- Glad you got some sleep... Bank it quick grin

Tomlin- I too am almost back into my pre pregnancy clothes, Its just the top bottom on some that arent quite reaching! Weighed myself this morning and already back to pre pregnancy weight. Just need to work on toning it up abit now.

Cupcake- Thanks for keeping the list updated

ML- Thats great being a milk donor now.. Im sure many people will be very grateful.

Ali- grin loving the sprinkler idea
My sister had a classmate who had the same birthday as her brother but 3 yrs apart and My Dad and Aunty are a day apart but 4yrs difference.

Morph- We did that with DD1 too as she seemed lost in there and it did help. Also sleep with a muslin and put that in there so they get your smell, knowing your close.- or alternatively the top youve been wearing that day.

Carikube- Glad the BF is working out well for you. I had read about the nipple shields and have been meaning to buy some but been so busy this weekend we never got round to it. Job for tomorrow I feel!
My worry now is that Lucy has got too used to having my expressed milk. Oh well at least shes getting it one way or the other i suppose.

Den- Congratulations Another speedy one.
Hope you feel better soon.

KateyJane- I felt exactly the same with DD1 when the BF didnt work out. But looking back it was the best thing for her at the time. Hope you feel happier about it soon.

First bump- Ohh fingers crossed for you

Lovely sunny day here today. Spent today in the garden with DD in the paddling pool and Lucy and I chilling in the shade ( when she wasnt feeding that is!) Had a fab little water fight with DH and DD this afternoon too whilst Lucy napped. Was nice to spent quality time with just her again if you know what i mean- even though she has taken her new sister in her stride.

Recieved a Huge parcel today for Lucy from my Aunty and Uncle. About 10 outfits, packs of vests, socks, tiny shoes, hats, hand knitted cardigans, blankets and a cheque for £250!
Also got a knitted dress and cardigan from DH's Nans friend who is 90! Bless her!
Lucy is a very spoilt little girl

myfirstbump Mon 24-May-10 21:58:33

I'll save a bed for you Angel just in case! I have green glasses, in case you're there in the next couple of days.

Ok, so they're every 5 mins now. DH is more fidgety than I am! He can't keep still, and has just returned from getting supplies from up the road... Jelly Tots, crisps and water. And he's made jam sarnies!

Right, ringing hospital now. See you all on the other side! grin x

PS Pigley - Love your Aunty and Uncle!

AnAngelWithin Mon 24-May-10 22:06:43

good luck myfirstbump! x

memorylapse Mon 24-May-10 22:09:34

firstbump..how exciting!! fingers crossed

Pigley..Im very envious of your pressies for Lucy..weve received next to nothing for DD..sad drawback of 5th baby I guess..novelty has worn off..the only people in my family that bothered was my step granny.and my aunt.my own mum hasnt even bought her grandaughter anythinghmm

kateyjane Mon 24-May-10 22:12:12

Good luck Myfirstbump - look forward to hearing your news!

Thank you Angel, Memory, Myfirstbump and Pigley - Don't know what I'd do without everyones support from MN. Wish I'd found it years ago.

Pigley - what a lovely gift!

Good luck myfirstbump! Hope it all goes smoothly.

Been in hospital all blardy afternoon, monitoring was fine, baby fully engaged, cervix soft and facing right way, just not dilated (she tried to do a sweep but couldn't) blood pressure and urine both fine. They've started moaning about having a date booked for induction and how it should have been today.

I said I was happy to continue a few more days as long as the monitoring kept showing baby was healthy and I had lots of movements. Hopefully she will come soon though because I'm starting to feel a bit ganged up on. Is it too much to ask that they have an actual medical reason why I should be induced before I agree to it? After all it's all based on an estimated due date, it's not an exact science! confused

SquirtsMum Mon 24-May-10 23:40:36

Hello all and congrats on all the new arrivals since i last managed to get online

Rebecca is doing amazingly well considering her entry to the world lol

Finally a birth story as i'm able to piece together what happened with the help of DP and my lovely MW -
Was induced sunday night at 10pm and contractions hit pretty much straight away, every 15 mins but some co-codamol sorted out them as they weren't that hurty. Was on what could only be described as the loudest ward ever, no crying screaming full blown labour noise - just women arguing with MW's and amongst themselves so only managed 45 mins sleep Sunday night. Monday morning 9am and i'm 3cms dilated and getting my waters broken (kinda hurt but in the grand scheme of things it was nothing!!), contractions step up when DP comes in and have some Pethadine... bloody pointless, made me feel sick and did nothing to take the edge off contractions, every 10mins at that point. Sat on birthing ball, waters running everywhere and my show just plops out, i actually laughed at DP at that point as he had no idea what it was and got a little freaked lol. Moved to delivery suite at 12pm and DP was ushered off to let me get some sleep for an hour, couldn't sleep as i'd just been introduced to my new friend - Gas and Air, amazing stuff, highly recommended!! Get to 6pm and 8cms and needed an Epidural as all labour pains were in my back and coming every 90secs so was having very little rest inbetween, epi sited and synotocin (i think but sp deffo) drip attached. Hit the magic 10cms at 10pm and push like a mother-hubbard for an hour until MW realises head ain't moving at all and the epi isn't working - cue the worst 2.5hrs of my life and DP's too to be fair.
Thinking it'll only be a couple of minutes till i'm theatre i just wait... and wait... and wait... until the surgical team is called in from home to deal with me!!! The current team was dealing with a real proper life or death situation so calling in people was the only option to help deliver Rebecca.
No pain relief till i'm getting a spinal block in theatre at 1.15am and surgical team decide that a forceps delivery is impossible - oddily place and large of head baby and small pelvis don't mix, so section it is - Rebecca Louise made her way into the world pushed, pulled and ripped from inside me and tbh i don't care, she's here... practically perfect in every way as Mary Poppins would say

Managed to wangle my way out of hospital wednesday afternoon and came home to my mum, DP, half of Next baby and a lovely clean house. Everything has been an utter blur since then but am slowly getting my head around this mummy business!!

I know he won't be reading this but i'd like to say thank you to me DP for being bloody amazing, not showing me how worried he was when all he wanted to be was run away, for helping me through the painful last 2.5hrs - so bad i've considered that my daughter will probably be an only child, for letting me bruise his hand squeezing it, for putting Vasaline on my lips after toking the G&A, for making me laugh, keeping me sane and for giving me the most beautiful little girl in the world as a daughter grin

Hope i didn't bore you too much there Good luck to all those still expecting and hopefully when i've got a bit more of a routine going i'll be able to catch up with you all

xxxx

AliMouse Tue 25-May-10 06:44:09

Hello all,

Woke up with a stinking headache - I'm hoping it's the weather. It's just started really raining here. All my veins in my arms are bulging and I look like Madonna after a workout! Not a good look.

Morph2 that is a great tip - we had to swaddle our DS2 - he liked to be in contact with something (or someone) all the time. I had fed him in bed one early morning and left him on my side to visit the loo. By the time I got back he had moved right across the bed and was snuggled up against DH's back. I watched him do it again later (he was only a few weeks old) by throwing his head across and then wiggling his body to find the heat source (and follow the snoring!), it was very cute.

MDM this is a bit gross, but you could try putting a slightly milky breast pad in his moses basket near him too, so he can smell you.

Looking forward to some birth stories today - this thread is giving me so much encouragement when otherwise I think I'd be pretty fed up! smile

AliMouse Tue 25-May-10 07:16:12

JamesAndTheGiantBanana they don't need a medical reason as long as there is a remote statistical indication that a baby is more likely to be stillborn after 42 weeks and they therefore are risking being sued if it happens to you and they haven't insisted on an induction! I feel exactly the same as you. Even my MW doesn't want to give me a sweep or an induction as long as I am fit, have low blood pressure and the baby is all set to go, moving regularly and has a strong heart beat.
I think they just have to follow protocols.

AliMouse Tue 25-May-10 07:25:57

SquirtsMum well done you and congratulations. Sounds very similar to my emergency CS 11 years ago (although I wasn't induced). Very traumatic but forgotton the moment my son was put on my (completely numb) breast.

It did really help me to talk through it all with the VBAC midwife when I did decide I could face having another baby - it was and is one of the most traumatic experiences of my life and I do think they should offer some counselling to women who have an ECS when they have healed a bit and are ready.

Good luck with your beautiful newborn and I hope you heal quickly too. And I hope whoever cleaned your house will continue to do so! smile

MoggMum Tue 25-May-10 08:44:46

Congrats to all the new Mums, esp SquirtsMum sounds like you've had a traumatic time. Your tribute to your DP almost made me cry blush

James don't let them pressure you in to having an induction. When they did my (attempted) sweep on Sunday they said I could choose NOT to be induced at 42 weeks but would have to be monitored on a daily basis to ensure the baby & placenta are healthy. I've chosen this option for now as I want to give my body chance to do things naturally. Just wish it would bloody hurry up angry

Could be having a June baby at this rate, which I never thought possible with a due date in mid May! Think this baby just wants to be born in half term so future birthdays are school free grin

pamelat Tue 25-May-10 09:37:13

Squirtsmum have just cried reading the bit to to your DP. Bless you both, sounds horrific. But congratulations!!

myfirstbump good luck! Looking forward to hearing your news.

Sorry if have missed off congrats to anyone, its harder to keep up now.

Alex is 8 days old today and I am terrified that he will develop colic in a week or so. DD had terrible colic and in hindsight I think it caused me some anxiety/depression issues. I can only say this now that I compare Alex to her, he is so much easier and I am so much more comfortable about it all. Last night he went from 10pm until 330am until 6am!! Seriously with my daughter we didnt really sleep for 4 months or so, we took it in turns to hold/jiggle her downstairs for an hour at a time whilst she cried. Alex lies on his back by himself in his basket!!! smile I know it doesnt sound much but its incredible and am just worried it may all change?

LuckyMiller Tue 25-May-10 10:00:52

Just popping past to let you know that Ira Jacob Miller arrived on the 24th May weighing 8lb 2oz. Planned homebirth ended at hospital with an epidural but I don't really care now as he's perfect IMHO!

Hang in there everyone who's still waiting, it may be clichetastic but they're worth it in the end.

Thanks again for all your support

Sarah

cupcakefairy Tue 25-May-10 10:08:50

Morning girls, still no news from me either angry 40+6 and seeing midwife later today.

Huge congatulations Den! And lovely name Although bit crazy that Rian decided to appear a day before your booked section shock no wonder you were shocked!

james good for you sticking it out; don't let them bully you.

squirt sounds like dp was a tower of strength! Sorry it was all a bit traumatic but so glad R is worth it

Ali oh my word, massive <melt> at your ds snuggling up to dh that is the cutest thing ever!

pamela you sound really strong so try not to get too anxious about the possibility of colic. Not that I have any experience yet hmm but seems to me you need to take every victory while you can with a newborn. If he is sleeping a lot better than your dd did, just revel in it. Even if it doesn't last (and I don't see why it shouldn't, all babies are different after all) that will be a different bridge to cross and you will be equipped for it.

Right, I'm off to shower and get dressed... and carry on willing my body to DO SOMETHING!

cupcakefairy Tue 25-May-10 10:10:17

Ooh x-post luckymiller- congratulations! Another fab name too! Welcome Ira!

cupcakefairy Tue 25-May-10 10:14:50

And the Monica in me can't resist another list update grin

THE NEW ARRIVALS

11 April LuckyC, GIRL MATILDA, 14.47
15 April ForcesSweetheart, GIRL, MOLLY, 10.27, 7lbs 6ozs
16 April Littleowls, BOY JOEL, 14.40, 4lb 8oz
16 April Memorylapse, GIRL, OLIVIA GRACE, 6.17pm, 6lbs 11.5ozs
27 April Brightredballoon, GIRL, ?, 10am, 7lb 12oz
27 April Pagen, BOY, JACK JOHN, 7.30am, 9lbs 2ozs
29 April littleonemum, GIRL, LUX EMILIE, 9.40pm, 7lbs 7 ozs
04 May fiveisanawfullybignumber, GIRL, FLORENCE MARGARET GRACE, 6.14pm,
04 May hormonalmum, GIRL
05 May sweetkitty, BOY, JACOB DAVID JOHN, 4.52am, 8lbs 5ozs
05 May Mustbemadno3 GIRL, LILLIA VICTORIA SOFIA, 05.05am 6lbs 8ozs
06 May Alle, BOY, OSCAR, 12.20pm 6lbs 8ozs
06 May alexw, GIRL, JULIA MAUD, 7lbs2oz
07 May TwentiethCenturyHeffa, BOY, CORIN, 7lbs1oz
07 May sheepgomeep, GIRL, JESSICA, 9lbs 12.5oz
08 May Lizzie9442, GIRL, LOUISE, 9.01pm, 10lbs
10 May Hobnobfanatic, GIRL
11 May 30ish, BOY, OLIVER JAMES, 10:05am, 9lbs 7oz.
12 May kateyjane, BOY, THOMAS EDWARD, 11.29am, 7lbs 12ozs
13 May MarquiseDeMerteuil, BOY, FELIX BENJAMIN, 5lbs 15oz
14 May itshappenedagain, GIRL, FLORENCE ELEANOR, 5.22am, 8lb 6oz
14 May TomlinTowers, GIRL, SOPHIE MAE, 8.43am, 9lbs 7oz
15 May pigleychez, GIRL, LUCY OLIVIA, 9.30am 7lbs 12oz
15 May slipperthief, BOY, DANIEL HENRY, 7.28pm, 8lbs 4oz
16 May Wibblela, GIRL, REFAELLA, 12.22am, 8lbs 4oz
17 May pamelat, BOY, ALEXANDER, 12.14pm, 7lbs 8oz
17 May Morph2, BOY, JACOB ANTHONY, 7.50pm, 6lbs 11ozs
18 May squirtsmum, GIRL, REBECCA LOUISE, 1.37am, 9lbs 14.5oz
18 May MinnieMummy, GIRL, 8.31am, 10lbs 11oz
18 May KatnKankles, GIRL, AVA ROSE, 8lbs 14oz
19 May Sweetpeasmum, GIRL, SOPHIE ELIZABETH, 6.38am
20 May Sassles, BOY, SAMUEL?, 9lbs 4oz
20 May KaffaCakes, BOY, ALBERT STANLEY, 1.09am, 7lbs 8.5oz
20 May Den26, BOY, RIAN ALEXANDER, 7lbs 13oz
21 May Carikube, GIRL, ALICE JANE, 2.17am, 8lbs 5oz
21 May peakyispreggers, BOY, FINN, 2.47am, 7lbs 12oz
21 May Gils, GIRL, MELISSA ANNE, 3.38am, 8lbs 10oz
21 May Rachelfruitloop, BOY, ERIC DAVID, 3.48am, 11lbs 2oz
24 May Mollybob, GIRL, MOLLY LETITIA ROSE, 2.24am, 8lbs 3oz
24 May LuckyMiller, BOY, IRA JACOB, 8lbs 2oz

THE WAITING LOUNGE

06 May - DorotheaPlenticlew, 35, #2, GIRL, Edinburgh
08 May - Asparagusaddict, ? , #1
10 May - Sophie2008, 28 #2 & #3 (TWINS!) BOY & GIRL
12 May - Haribolicious 36, #2, BOY
12 May - LivsHannah 27, #2, BOY
13 May - Cith, 30, #1
13 May - TinyVeins, 29, #1
13 May - Mummymunchkins, 40, #3, BOY
14 May - JamesAndTheGiantBanana, 28, #2 GIRL
14 May - CornishSAMum, 33, #1, ?, Cornwall
16 May - MoggMum, 38, #1
16 May - schipo 40, #1, BOY
16 May - Vicky204, 34, #1
17 May - first1, 22, #1, GIRL, Surrey
17 May - newmomma, 31, #2 GIRL Reading, Berks
19 May - cupcakefairy, 25, #1
20 May - LolaAnn, 22, #1, BOY
20 May - Aim, ?, #2, BOY
20 May - homebirthmummy4, #4
21 May - Suey2, 39, no2, GIRL
21 May - Mumofeag, 34, #3 BOY
23 May - RacquelWelsh, 38,#1 BOY
23 May - Nimk, 30, #1
23 May - myfirstbump, 26, #1, Shrewsbury
24 May - AnAngelWithin #5
24 May - Yorky, 31, #3
26 May - booboomonster, 35, #2 GIRL, SW London
26 May - AliMouse, 40, #3 BOY
26 May - Glastocchick, 34, #1
31 May - Hollyoaks, 28, #2
31 May - ande, #4
31 May - thegauntlet, #1

AliMouse Tue 25-May-10 11:48:19

Gosh that list of those of you Over There On the Other Side keeps on getting longer!

Just did our usual Tues visit with my DS2 to local library and all the ladies were arguing about when I would 'pop'. I really hope I don't see them next Tuesday. Met a dear old chap in there with a bump bigger than mine - they told him he'd need at least forcepts!

Jacob lied at nursery yesterday when he was asked if I'd had the baby and told them I'd had it, because 'it's getting a bit boring now'. Out of the mouths of babes eh?

Off for a long walk on the beach then a Zizzis pizza with MIL and DS2. Just such a shame we can't have a nice bottle of wine with it! Ho hum...

myfirstbump Tue 25-May-10 12:07:00

Thanks for good luck ladies! I'm still here. Went to the hospital at 1am - 2cm dilated, and they were happy with progress of everything else. Sent me home to rest with a couple of cocodemols (sp?). Had a really good night's sleep grin and now getting more, and now quite painful, contractions. Just going to finish my cuppa and see if I can go back to hospital.

Just saw on FB that James is at the hospital having contractions too. Hopefully a run of new babies today!

Congrats LuckyMiller! What a lovely name! x

Sending labour vibes your way cupcake x

booboomonster Tue 25-May-10 12:52:38

Den and Lucky - congratulations, and great to hear your story Squirt, sorry you had such a tough time but I'm so glad it ended well!

I have just had a bit of a melt down following crap midwife apt. Upshot is that she thinks the baby is breech because heartbeat is so high up. And now I have to go for a scan this afternoon at the hospital to check. I am 39+6 so due date is tomorrow. I am totally gutted at the thought of a c section, having done it naturally first time around I confess I hadn't even considered that this might happen. Does anyone have any experience of this? The midwife (who I've not seen before and who seemed a bit vacant) couldn't tell me what options there might be if it is breech - said that the hospital would advise. The baby has apparently been cephalic all the way through so not sure what has happened... Just feel totally deflated and miserable. I know it's best to find this out before going into birth (if it is breech) so I avoid a situation like Squirts, but I am just so miserable at the thought of it!

Also meant to say Memory - well done on the milk bank front - that's fantastic.

Hope everyone else is ok - sorry for the me post! Off to read up on c sections sad

Hello Ladies,

I have to say CONGRATULATIONS to the many ladies who have had babies since my last post - too many to keep up with I think! And good luck to MyFirst and James!!!

I'd like to share my birth story, especially in light of those who have had a hard time with the first one. Squirtsmum it sounded horrific, I also would highly recommend a debrief with a consultant midwife. I wish I had done that after the traumatic experience I'd had with DS1, as I carried around a lot of bad feelings I didn't even realise I'd had for over 2 years. My second time was SO MUCH EASIER than the first!

Here's my story. On Thursday I was scheduled for a consultation and to have a sweep. The MW looked at me when I walked in and couldn't hide her reaction to my big bump, and she said that I just looked like I was going to go into labour imminently, she could see it in my face. But as I had heard similar things from my MW with DS1 and he ended up being 2 weeks late, I took the comment with a grain of salt. BTW my DS1 was due 21 May and he was born 3 June, so those of you who end up having June babies, I can relate - it was hard to get my head round it at first because I hadn't considered the possibility! smile

So, MW did the sweep and said that my cervix was soft and stretchy and that she could feel the bag of waters and the baby's head, but that I wasn't quite a centimeter dilated yet. I was expecting it to be quite uncomfortable but it wasn't at all for me, I was pleasantly surprised. DH and I then went shopping and headed home for some lovely curry and we also DTD!!! blush

Went to bed a bit earlier than usual in case anything kicked off (10 pm) and at 12:50 am I woke feeling myself wetting and quickly realised it was my waters going so stood up next to the bed (when my waters broke with DS1, which is also how labour started with him, they stopped gushing when I stood up) but the water was just gushing and gushing out onto the floor, luckily I had this ugly rug down that I wanted to get rid of anyway. I woke DH saying "Honey my waters broke, get me a towel!!!" and he was completely disoriented! He went downstairs to tell MIL and I phoned my friend across the road who would be driving us to hospital and also be in with us during labour. Then phoned the hospital and said I was coming right in as my first labour progressed quickly after waters went. They said that was fine and they'd check me. Then I posted here to let you ladies know things had started grin

In the car, my contractions were about 6 to 8 minutes apart and steadily building in intensity. We arrived at the hospital just before 2 am and when the MW checked me I was 3 cms. The MW looked at my notes and saw that I wanted a water birth and said that with my history they normally wouldn't agree to it, but that as long as I would get out of the pool when she said so and we delivered the placenta out of the pool then that would be fine. I told her of course and explained that I had discussed the water birth with the consultant MW and that she actually recommended it to me, so I was a bit confused. The MW started filling the pool and said that I couldn't get in until I was 5 cms dilated so she would come back and check me in 2 hours. I asked for gas and air and she brought it in for me.

Meanwhile, my friend and DH were being very supportive, my contractions were very strong and frequent, to the point that I couldn't tell when one would end and another began. I was sick, couldn't tell if it was the gas and air or just transition, looking back it was probably transition. 45 mins later when the MW popped back in I asked her to please check me again as I either needed to get in the pool or have an epidural. She checked and to her surprise I was 7, nearly 8 cms dilated and that I could get in the pool. I got into the pool and within 5 minutes the urge to push was uncontrollable. I flashed back to my labour with DS1 as I was about 7 cms when I couldn't stop pushing and that was when the MW suggested I have an epidural. This time, the MW checked and I was already dilated to 10 and she said if I felt like pushing that I should. That's when the gas and air ran out!!!!!!! They brought another smaller canister of gas and air in, but the mouthpiece didn't fit on the hose!!!shock shock shock

The MW said nevermind as it was coming and that I should just push! I was in a total blind panic with the pain and was saying "I need an epidural!!!!!" (LOL looking back, as if that was an option!) and my friend was at the side of the pool yelling in my face "Breathe!!! Breathe with me!!!!" whilst my DH was trying to work out the gas and air! I then embarrassingly had a poo and then the head was pushed partially out. Oddly, the next contraction didn't give me that same sensation like I had to push but it was bloody painful and I figured I had just better keep pushing so this can end and I pushed his head out. With the next one not much happened when I pushed and then soon I heard an alarm going off! MW had pressed the panic button, 4 people rushed in and MW said "I need you to get out of the pool NOW" and I thought dear Lord, is this forceps time or what?! I stood and a couple of people helped lift me to my feet and I just thought "Don't bang his head on the side of the pool!!!" and very quickly I was reclining on the sofa next to the pool, MW helped shift baby and I pushed and then he came sliding out. It was shoulder dystocia, he had gotten his shoulders stuck and so that's why he wasn't coming out, but seemed to come out easily enough once we were out of the pool.

Baby Eric was born at 3:48 am - 2 hours and 58 minutes after my waters broke! (I'm A positive blood type, maybe there is something in that theory about quick labours!) MW put on my chest and I immediately put him to the breast. His face was quite blue but apgar scores were good. Everyone speculated that he was a big baby, probably over 10 lbs. I had the injection to deliver the placenta as I had a PPH last time and wanted to minimise the possibility of having another haemmorage. They managed to sort out the gas and air for me whilst I delivered the placenta and that was all normal. I had a second degree tear and not in the same place as the third degree tear I had with DS1. As the MW stitched up my tear, another came in with the scales and weighed Eric. We were all shocked to hear that he was 5.05 kilos, or 11 lbs 2 oz!

The MW definitely had panicked in the midst of all of this and she said to me if I have another baby, don't ever do that again!! "You scared me!" she said. I said no worries as I wouldn't be having any more! I am a bit irritated to be told off by the MW as I did warn her that my labour progressed quickly with DS1 and that he was big (my copies of the notes from his birth were in there whick she had a brief look at), and I didn't insist on the water birth, I was relying on the professionals to advise me. A couple of the MWs that saw me on the maternity ward also had a word with me about it. "I hear you had a hard time with the birth" which really surprised me as I thought I'd had a really easy time, and then figured out that something bad could have happened and we were lucky it didn't! confused I told them that I had no idea that it was risky. I'll definitely be wanting to have a debrief after this as I think it's pretty crappy that I think I did a great job and they are trying to make it seem like I was insistent on having a "risky" birth when I was taking all the advice I could get! I think the MW that delivered just doesn't want to get blamed for taking the risk, she could have easily just said it's too risky and I would have listened to her! Anyway it's day 4 and I am feeling veeeery hormonal!

We stayed in hospital over Friday night as they said I'd lost a lot of blood and wanted to wait for test results to see if I needed a transfusion and if my bleeding was ok. I could tell I didn't need one, as with DS1 I felt and looked horrible after the birth, really pale and weak and disoriented for days, and it was obvious I needed a transfusion. My iron levels actually came back higher than they were when my GP prescribed the iron tablets so I was very pleased! DS1, MIL and DH came to visit on Friday afternoon and Eric gave his big brother several much appreciated gifts! James (my DS1) is so enamored with the baby, it's just great! Eric breast fed like a champ, but during the night feeds was being lazy and pulling off the breast and just sucking the tip of my nipple, so now my nipples are still really sore. We went home Saturday afternoon and have had a parade of visitors ever since! My milk is well and truly in now so feeding is going well with the exception of the soreness. Everyone else is out right now, Eric is sleeping and this is the first chance I've had to actually sit and write it all without interruption! grin sorry it's so typically epic! I am still reading with interest and will do my best to keep up!

P.S. if your partner is bringing a digital camera to hospital, be sure he doesn't leave the memory card in the computer at home! hmm

lizzie9442 Tue 25-May-10 13:42:45

hi everyone and congrats on all the new arrivals!

Just after some advice really. With all 3 of my previous pregnancies I have not bled for longer than a week after giving birth and the heavy bit only lasted a few days. This time however 17 days after having my baby I'm still bleeding quite heavily. Today I find I am in quite a bit of pain with it and feels really heavy down there. I wondered if this is normal or if i should ring the doctor? thanks for any advice xx

rachel thanks for the birth story. i am sorry the midwives were a little less than positive after the event. it sounds to me you were amazing (my second baby was an 11lb homebirth and i got some negative comments too) its not as though you knew eric was going to be that size! i know you said you probably wont have another in your story but it doesnt necessarily follow that your next will be large, my no 3 was smallest so far and this one (now 5 days over grr) well, we are all guessing, dd2 is adamant it is not allowed to be big as it is her claim to fame lol. anyway, enjoy your precious little one, just as a little tip, my 11lber got chafed 'kneepits' if you know what i mean from being so big and in heat, if this happens lie him over your knees on his tummy to allow as much air as possible to get at the area. best wishes x

pigleychez Tue 25-May-10 13:55:48

Squirtsmum- Glad you are both ok after all that. Your DP sounds lovely.

Pamlet- Enjoy it! grin Lucy is currently the same and we too are wondering if its too good to last! She settles herself perfectly and nigthtime feeds are a breeze... lay her back down and shes back in the land of nod! I remember being downstairs, rocking DD in her bouncer or swing trying to get her back off.
Long may it continue and we just have very relaxed babies

Lucky- Congratulations No matter how he came hes here now

Ali- grin at DS... it must seem forever for them.- Let alone us!

Firstbump- fingers crossed its kicking off for you

Booboo- Sorry to hear you had a bad appointment. See what the scan says later before worrying too much.. she may be wrong.
My friend was told her baby was breech but the scan revealed otherwise!

Rachel- Fab story, sound like you did really well Cant belive the size though! Super speedy!

Lizzie- Certainly do call the MW if your worried. Cant help personally as mine is dying off now at 10 days.

Ventured to Toddlers today. DH came too which DD loved. Lucy had lots of cuddles with the other mummies.
Shes been a little piggy today and scoffing non stop! Christened Daddys leg too by projectile pooing and weeing over him during a change last night grin

Bit cooler today so hope you ladies in waiting are feeling a tad more comfortable.

FB update from Hollyoaks- Had a little girl Grace Annabel

Gils Tue 25-May-10 15:25:42

Hi all

Congrats to all the new arrivals. Amazed at some of the birth stories on here.

All of you who are overdue, you have my sympathies. Thats both my DD's born in early hours of my 11th day overdue.

Melissa is settling in well. My right boob has taken a battering and is absolute agony. Had 2 very trying nights with her. She feeds well during day and settles brilliantly but night time is different story.

Sunday night she was feeding from 11 to 4 and last night I feed her at 8, hour on boob, then went for half hour sleep then back up again and that was her until 5 this morning. I m obviously shattered and boobs are agony. She nodded of a couple of times on the boob but as soon as nipple came out mouth or put her in her crib she would be awake screaming again. Surely there is no way a baby can need that much milk! Sent DH out to tesco this morning to get a dummy. DD never had one but needed to do something. Boobs couldn't take anymore. Hoping not to have many more nights like this. Right boob has went from toe curling pain to "I want to scream" and left now becoming very painful with all the feeding.

I'd welcome any advice from our bf gurus! Only manged couple days with DD and really want to be able to do it this time but if I am still having nights like this once DH is back working away I am worried it won't last

pamelat Tue 25-May-10 15:44:26

Gils I am a bit confused by contradictory advise.

Alex will feed and feed in the day (and the first couple of nights but fortunately ok now) and MW said to get a dummy. However on the feeding forum on mumsnet, advice is to with it and that the dummy will reduce milk supply etc.

Instinct tells me the dummy is ok for Alex thought confused

pamelat Tue 25-May-10 15:45:53

oops "advice"

Nimk Tue 25-May-10 15:57:53

Hi this is NimKs DH. We just had a Baby Girl 6.89lbs. Both are doing Great. They whole experience was wonderful.

Born on 25 May 2010 in Melbourne Australia..

When she's upto it, she will post her story.

cupcakefairy Tue 25-May-10 16:16:33

Hello ladies

booboo so sorry to hear about the possible breech baby I know another lovely lady on MN who had the exact same situation a couple of weeks ago after 2 natural births; I'll see if she has a minute to pop on here with some advice for you try not to be too disheartened.. your baby getting here safely (for both of you) is the most important thing.

rachel amazing birth story!! So interesting. And I think you are very justified in being miffed at the MWs; it wasn't your fault at all that it ended up being risky! Massive congrats on getting through that you should totally be proud of yourself and not being made to feel bad!

Thanks for the update on hollyoaks, pigley, though I am muchly envy that she has had hers early!

Gils does your local hospital have an infant feeding counsellor? Ours has an amazing one (who also happens to be a personal friend of ours grin) who would spend time working on latch etc...might be worth asking if there's anyone who can come out to your house. Really hope you can stick out the feeding and get through the pain barrier.

james and myfirst- yaaay, really hope this is the day for you both!

My midwife appointment went ok. Baby now 1/5th engaged, no wonder my pelvis feels so pressured! She's booked me for a sweep on Saturday morning, eek. Really hope I don't get to then!

booboomonster Tue 25-May-10 16:45:58

Rachel wow great story - how annoying that the midwives were so negative after the event - I would say you were a total hero! It definately sounds as though the midwife who attended the birth was trying to cover her back. Irritating though - but apart from having your chat/ debrief at some point which sounds a good idea, best just to chalk it up to experience. You did it and you have a lovely baby! Well done!!

As for me - pigley your advice was very sound - after this mornings appointment I had myself down as having a c section, but the scan revealed baby was NOT breech! Hurrah. It is back to back though - but the scanner lady thought that could change at any point, if not whilst I went into labour. She thinks it is going to be big - estimating 9lbs 3oz at the moment, and I’m due tomorrow. This meant she had to go and have a word with the doctor to see if I am still ok for the midwife led unit. Luckily she/he didn’t seem overly concerned, so thank goodness we are back to where we were before I went to see midwife this morning! Now I just need to do some exercises to encourage the baby to turn from back to back. And start doing some epic walking to get things going. But it’s a great relief!

lizzie - I’m afraid I can’t remember how long the bleeding carried on for… can you ask a midwife or health visitor - or maybe someone else on here would know. 17 days doesn’t sound excessive to me, but I just can’t recall….

Nimk congratulations!
And Hollyoaks wow you have beaten me to it!!

Gils/Pamelat I did breastfeed DD but again - just can’t remember the details - I do remember it was quite painful for the first few days but found lanisoh helpful, and after a few days it subsided and then, apart from the general swelling and leaking problems, the nipple was fine (still used lots of lanisoh though) We didn’t use a dummy - I don’t think I realised that they could be used to calm sucky babies - I suppose I just kept feeding… though DD was a snacker so she’d have ten minutes on then ten off etc etc etc…. and she sucked her thumb. good luck!

booboomonster Tue 25-May-10 16:49:52

cupcake crossed posts - thanks for the sympathy - and Thank God that it's not the case. I did look on here to see if anyone had posted about late breech, but couldn't find much. It's obviously not that common - but possible!

booboomonster Tue 25-May-10 16:50:49

and good luck for going pre sweep! I have now got a sweep booked for next wednesday (week tomorrow) but don't fancy it, definately will be trying to get things going before then! labour vibes coming your way!

cupcakefairy Tue 25-May-10 19:28:09

That's great news booboo you must be so relieved
I know, I'm really hoping not to get to the sweep on Saturday but by then I'd be climbing the walls & happy to try anything I think!

Dh and I have had a crisis of faith about our chosen names today & I'm suddenly panicking we'll have an unnamed baby for ages hmm I hope when we see it we'll just know what to call it!

AliMouse Tue 25-May-10 19:31:49

booboomonster did yoga with my last two pregnancies and there were several ladies there in your position whose babies turned after doing these positions at home:

Got this from http://yoga.about.com/od/prenatalyoga/a/thirdtrimester_2.htm

"Third Trimester Adaptations: At around 36 weeks, you are advised to decrease the number of inversions. The baby is moving into the birth position at this time, so you don’t want to do any poses that may alter his or her position in a negative way. You should stop doing Legs Up the Wall and Bridge Pose, unless your baby is breech, in which case these poses can help her to turn. Poses done on all fours are also good for turning a breech baby."

I guess anything is worth a try. Babies can turn at the last moment too.

I am due tomorrow to so I will think of you. Best of luck (and a CS isn't the end of the world - I've had both and you still get a wonderful baby at the end of it, just hold onto that)!

memorylapse Tue 25-May-10 19:56:51

Gils...have you checked that LO is latched on properly?? that can cause painful, sore nipples..if thats all ok, definitely try lanisoh..most newborns love to comfort suck so its probably not all for feeding..mind you a newborns tummy is tiny..and can only hold a couple of ounces of milk..so I guess thats why they feed so frequently..

Rachel..lovely birth story..dont understand the after birth negativity from the midwives as considering you gave birth to an 11 pound baby..Id say you did brilliantly...they do however get a little freaked out by shoulder dystocia..I had it with DS2 and ended up with a 3rd degree tear and pelvic damage as they literally wrenched him from me...

however,,not only do I have serious respect for you popping out an 11 pounder..but DTD with THAT bump!shock I now worship at the shrine of Rachel!!!grin

pigleychez Tue 25-May-10 20:01:13

Gils- No BF advice here... I seem to have failed miserably twice

NimK- Congratulations Look forward to your story when you get the time

Cupcake- Hope you dont get to sat.

Booboo- Glad your scan went well. That hard lump at the top can be hard to distinguish between bum and head. Good news you can still use the MLU too. Bet thats a weight off your shoulders tonight.
Re back to back- Both mine have been Back to back labours... My body must be more comfy in that postion.

Been abit of a momentous afternoon here today!
We had our first dinner out tonight as a family of four. Felt odd asking for a table for four! Was lovely even though Lucy did sleep the whole way through it!

Then this evening during DD's bath, DH noticed she was looking like she needed a poo, so suggested she do it on the potty rather than in the bath which she did!
Freaked out when she saw what she had done but with praise and reassurance thats what was meant to happen she was fine. Have promised to buy her some Peppa pig Big girl pants tomorrow now and will put them over her nappy for now as im not ready to push the potty training right now , just take it slowly.

Hope everyone is well and overdue mummies not too pissed off

AliMouse Tue 25-May-10 20:02:08

booboomonster just read your post - ignore the one I put up earlier. I bet you are relieved!

Rachel well done to you!

Let's hope these overdue ladies are finally in the throes of labour or are holding their babies.

My due date tomorrow, so it's highly unlikely I'll go into labour!! grin

first1 Tue 25-May-10 20:29:57

Apologies for the me post, but need to keep an eye on dinner cooking...

Went to DAU today because of reduced movement. Was put on the CTG for 1.5hrs and after some wriggling on my part and cold water baby woke up. Good trace, no decels. BUT..two midwives both told me I was contracting hmm and I swear I couldnt feel a thing. They said they were mild, peaks around the 30-40% mark on the CTG and rather irregular so got sent home. But why am I not feeling them? What if they get more intense and I still havent got a clue?!

pigleychez Tue 25-May-10 21:03:54

first- I had that with my first... When i was monitored before being induced DH and i could see the prinout from the machine and see these peaks but didnt have a clue what they were. Any MW pointed them out and asked if i could feel them. Which i didnt at all.

When labour really kick off the same peaks ( about number 70 on the machine I remember correctly) where bloody painful! When its the real thing you will know grin

booboomonster Tue 25-May-10 21:28:33

Thanks Ali for tips - and I'll be thinking of you tomorrow too! My DD was actually born on due date so I was hoping for a double hit rate, but looks unlikely!

pigley yes I saw on another thread about back to back babies that you'd had 2. Interesting - I am trying to encourage her to turn but not overly worried... I think...

First - I've no experience of that, but I am sure, as pigley says, you will know when labour proper starts. Hopefully it will be soon for you!

Hope everyone has a good night and any labour starts are trouble free!

Sassles Tue 25-May-10 21:48:16

Mr Sassles again here. Long story, but Sassles is still in hospital tonight, an accident with the epidural has given her migraine-like headache every time she sits or stands up so she is confined to bed. They tried a blood patch which normally resolves the issue but this hasn't worked and today she had an mri to have a closer look at what has happened. A second blod patch may happen tomorrow and has a 95% success rate so we'll see. She passes on her thanks to everyone and her congratulations for any births she's missed and she can't wait to fill you all in on the details once she's home!

Baby Samuel is doing great, he is passed fit and ready for action but has to wait on mummy to get better before he can come home.

booboomonster Tue 25-May-10 22:20:10

oh poor Sassles - hope they sort out the problem soon and with no complications. Thanks for update Mr Sassles, and hope you aren't too stressed out with your family in hospital! Get well soon Sassles!

AnAngelWithin Tue 25-May-10 22:48:29

aww poor sassles. Hope she is better soon.

just looked on the multiples thread, sophie2008 posted the births of her twins on there

By Sophie2008 Wed 28-Apr-10 13:17:38
Just thought i would let you all know that I finally gave birth on Friday 23rd April.

Corey Drew was born at 11.22am weighing 7lb 2.5 oz and his sister Miriam Elizabeth at 11.23am weighing 7lb 4oz.

We got home late last night and had no sleep as Corey was screaming all night where as his sister didn't make a noise.


I am just in tears today. DH took me out for the day (ok so homebase and tescos probably doesn't really count i suppose but it got me out) But I can barely walk due to the pressure down there and I have had a few breathtaking contractions today. Took forever to get anywhere. Period pains and achey hips and babys grating right at the bottom of my bone. I'm not sure I can stand much more of this.... wish the pains would just come to something and I can have my baby.... sad

kateyjane Tue 25-May-10 23:29:16

Sassles - Really hope the second blood patch works and that you are better soon. Glad that Samuel is doing really well and hope that you are all home together soon.

Squirtsmum - You had a really hard time of it, but your DH sounds lovely and so supportive - hope you are all happily settling in with Rebecca. smile

Pamelat - I had a similar situation with DD2, DD1 had awful colic and we went through what seemed like endless sleepless nights and tried literally everything to help her - none of my other children have had colic at all, so try not to panic.

Luckymiller - Congratulations, I love the name you have chosen smile

Alimouse, Moggmum, booboo and Cupcake - Hope the waiting isn't getting unbearable. I can empathise as all my other 3 Dcs have been overdue. I'm sure I would have had a June baby if I hadn't had to be induced.

myfirstbump and James - Hope things are happening for you both. Wishing you lots of luck.

Rachel - Thanks for sharing your birthstory, I am completely in awe of how you managed.

Lizzie - With each of my DCs I have bled for between 4 and 6 weeks. After DD1 I took medication to stop it. I am still going strong at day 13 here. If it is really really heavy or very different to what you've experienced before I would see your GP.

Pigley - Sounds like your meal out was lovely, I'm really glad everything is going well for you. Well done to your DD1 grin

Gils - I hope you have a better night. Hope that BF works out for you.

Pamelat - I would go with your own instincts about the dummy smile

Congratulations Nimk grin

first1 - Like Pigley said, you will know smile

Angel - Sorry you are feeling so rough. Hopefully it won't be long now. Hope you are getting some chance to rest.

SK - Hope you're okay smile

Well I gave Thomas his first day of formula and he is very happy. Still managed to give him one breast feed as they finally filled up a bit after 24 hours. Still feeling quite emotional about it all, but can clearly see the benefits for Thomas, he must have been exhausted. I am finally looking forward to the midwife coming to weigh him tomorrow smile
My DH went back to work today, but only for 4 days. I was dreading it but it was better than I had hoped, probably because I didn't spend all day trying to feed. I actually managed to give my other DCs some attention. Ben (DS1) asked me when Thomas was going to go back into my tummy because he really would prefer another sister instead!

brightredballoon Tue 25-May-10 23:51:43

Hi everyone

Sorry to not congratulate individuals, but I am so happy to read of more safe arrivals of beautiful babies. Well done everyone.

Gils totally agree with what ML said about checking latch to ensure baby is getting a good feed, its harder to see at nighttime if their latch is good. Was also going to say I find my DD has a different feeding technique if she isn't really wanting food but is windy, if she is windy she fusses a lot and comes off then latches back on again. Someone on here said feeding cues or windy cues are the same for breastfed babies and its true.
Don't worry about a dummy, from personal experience I have used one with my other two children and have them at the ready this time as well, I breastfed for 18months, 13 months and so far so good with this baby too.

Sassles hope you make a speedy recovery soon, sounds like a sore and frustrating complication.

Anangel hang in there, surely wont be too much longer for you

SUEY I think you will have had your DD2 by now, I hope everything went well, do update us when you get chance

Come on the rest of the May babies, only 6 days left of the month so best make your appearance soon grin

KaffaCakes Wed 26-May-10 02:31:25

Just started a post and so tired I accidentally lost it. Grrrr.

Needless to say, congrats to all the new mummies! wibbela, squirtsmum, pigley, rachel, carikube, slipperthief, gils and of course everyone else I've missed, there are some lovely names going around here- Ava Rose was someone's I think? Gorgeous.

I've added myself here:-
11 April LuckyC, GIRL MATILDA, 14.47
15 April ForcesSweetheart, GIRL, MOLLY, 10.27, 7lbs 6ozs
16 April Littleowls, BOY JOEL, 14.40, 4lb 8oz
16 April Memorylapse, GIRL, OLIVIA GRACE, 6.17pm, 6lbs 11.5ozs
27 April Brightredballoon, GIRL, ?, 10am, 7lb 12oz
27 April Pagen, BOY, JACK JOHN, 7.30am, 9lbs 2ozs
29 April littleonemum, GIRL, LUX EMILIE, 9.40pm, 7lbs 7 ozs
04 May fiveisanawfullybignumber, GIRL, FLORENCE MARGARET GRACE, 6.14pm,
04 May hormonalmum, GIRL
05 May sweetkitty, BOY, JACOB DAVID JOHN, 4.52am, 8lbs 5ozs
05 May Mustbemadno3 GIRL, LILLIA VICTORIA SOFIA, 05.05am 6lbs 8ozs
06 May Alle, BOY, OSCAR, 12.20pm 6lbs 8ozs
06 May alexw, GIRL, JULIA MAUD, 7lbs2oz
07 May TwentiethCenturyHeffa, BOY, CORIN, 7lbs1oz
08 May Lizzie9442, GIRL, LOUISE, 9.01pm, 10lbs
10 May Hobnobfanatic, GIRL
11 May 30ish, BOY, OLIVER JAMES, 10:05am, 9lbs 7oz.
12 May kateyjane, BOY, THOMAS EDWARD, 11.29am, 7lbs 12ozs
13 May MarquiseDeMerteuil, BOY, FELIX BENJAMIN, 5lbs 15oz
14 May itshappenedagain, GIRL, FLORENCE ELEANOR, 5.22am, 8lb 6oz
14 May TomlinTowers, GIRL, SOPHIE MAE, 8.43am, 9lbs 7oz
15 May pigleychez, GIRL, LUCY OLIVIA, 9.30am 7lbs 12oz
15 May slipperthief, BOY, DANIEL HENRY, 7.28pm, 8lbs 4oz
16 May Wibblela, GIRL, REFAELLA, 12.22am, 8lbs 4oz
17 May pamelat, BOY, ALEXANDER, 12.14pm, 7lbs 8oz
17 May Morph2, BOY, JACOB ANTHONY, 7.50pm, 6lbs 11ozs
18 May squirtsmum, GIRL, REBECCA LOUISE, 1.37am, 9lbs 14.5oz
18 May MinnieMummy, GIRL, 8.31am, 10lbs 11oz
18 May KatnKankles, GIRL, AVA ROSE, 8lbs 14oz
19 May Sweetpeasmum, GIRL, SOPHIE ELIZABETH, 6.38am
20 May Sassles, BOY, SAMUEL?, 9lbs 4oz
20 May KaffaCakes, BOY, Albert Stanley, 1.09am, 7lb, 8oz
21 May Rachelfruitloop, BOY, ERIC DAVID, 3.48am, 11lbs 2oz

THE WAITING LOUNGE

06 May - DorotheaPlenticlew, 35, #2, GIRL, Edinburgh
08 May - Asparagusaddict, ? , #1
10 May - Sophie2008, 28 #2 & #3 (TWINS!) BOY & GIRL
12 May - Haribolicious 36, #2, BOY
12 May - LivsHannah 27, #2, BOY
13 May - Cith, 30, #1
13 May - TinyVeins, 29, #1
13 May - Mummymunchkins, 40, #3, BOY
14 May - JamesAndTheGiantBanana, 28, #2 GIRL
14 May - CornishSAMum, 33, #1, ?, Cornwall
15 May - LuckyMiller, 33, #1
16 May - MoggMum, 38, #1
16 May - schipo 40, #1, BOY
16 May - Vicky204, 34, #1
17 May - first1, 22, #1, GIRL, Surrey
17 May - newmomma, 31, #2 GIRL Reading, Berks
19 May - cupcakefairy, 25, #1
20 May - LolaAnn, 22, #1, BOY
20 May - Aim, ?, #2, BOY
21 May - Suey2, 39, no2, GIRL
21 May - Mumofeag, 34, #3 BOY
22 May - Mollybob, 37 #3, Gender unknown, Bangor, Northern Ireland
23 May - RacquelWelsh, 38,#1 BOY
23 May - Nimk, 30, #1
23 May - myfirstbump, 26, #1, Shrewsbury
24 May - AnAngelWithin #5
24 May - Yorky, 31, #3
24 May - peakyispreggers, 27, #1 BOY
25 May - Den26, 26, #1 BOY Inverness, Scottish Highlands
26 May - booboomonster, 35, #2 GIRL, SW London
26 May - AliMouse, 40, #3 BOY
26 May - Glastocchick, 34, #1
31 May - Hollyoaks, 28, #2
31 May - ande, #4

I'm in total agreement here with MDM, it really doesn't matter if it doesn't go to plan schipo, as long as baby is happy and healthy. Although I hope it wasn't too traumatic for sassles, things go off course but sounds like junior is doing great!

I'm afraid I cannot possibly keep up with a week's worth of posts, but have enjoyed the dummy discussion and what to wear. Albie really struggled in the heat yesterday thinking about it now. He was in a vest and short sleeve and leg romper, but too hot in his pram. Had to feed constantly, which is tough on my nipples! Thankfully he slept like an angel last night, waking for an hour at a time at 1.30, and then again at 5am before waking again at 8. As you can guess by the time, tonight is not going so well sad. Had the old waterworks the past couple of nights, probably exhaustion and pain catching up with me- my bits are taking forever to heal and I'm still taking co-codymol five days after the birth and something called diclofenac- an anti-inflammatory.

ANYWAYS. Here's the birth story! Went into labour at about 7.30am last Wednesday morning and finally called labour ward and got to the hospital for 6pm (it was nice contracting in rush hour traffic). I had called a fair few times and they were very dismissive over the phone so wasn't expecting a lot when I got there- as predicted I was only 2cm dilated so sent home with paracetemol and warm bath prescribed. As if I hadn't tried it! Anyways, by the time I got home I was losing it big time, so went back to the hospital about 7.30, by which time I was 5cm! Had the gas and air and went for pethidine pretty early on. Totally worth it, was examined for second dose a while later and was 8cm and my waters broke! Full of meconium shock and tonnes of it so I was moved to the high risk area, given more pethidine and monitored. Luckily I progressed really quickly but LO's heart rate was dropping with each contractions and after about an hour and a half of pushing I just couldn't get him out. They couldn't get a catheter in and my cervix was still slightly in the way, so he was delivered with forceps. Episiotomy was painless at that stage, but needed gas and air for the many, many stitches. He fed soon after labour and has been feeding exceptionally well since! After 12 hours observation we were allowed home the following lunchtime.

His forceps marks on his face disappeared so quickly and he is doing very well indeed. Had the heel prick test today and he was very brave but has been feeding non-stop today. Dropped 3oz, but MW said the non-stop feeding was fuelling a growth spurt.

Had THE poo last night, it bled lots and I cried. Hope these baby blues fade tomorrow! I hate crying for no reason!!! DP is fast asleep of course and seems really put out when I snap at him. He has had eight hours sleep and I am getting none! Going to try out the breast pump in a mo and get a couple of bottles ready for DP to do the late shift (3-7am).

Need to poo again but so scared!!! I had to have a soothing lavender and tea tree bath after today's effort and I swear I popped a stitch. Not that I mind, the stitches are tight and sore and I could do without them!

Anyways, enough about me. Hope to catch up a bit more regularly now I know I can type and milk tanker at the same time wink.

x

Kaffa, poor you! I know exactly what you mean with the stitches. I experienced the same thing with DS1, the first week I felt like I'd never heal but by the end of the second week the stitches were feeling much better. I'd advise to keep eating as much fibre as you can or get some lactalose (sp?) if you haven't already to make sure your poo is as soft as possible.

hi all. 6 days past edd now. so fed up. have been having breathtaking but painless twinges from 6pm every night for last 2 weeks. was told last thursday that baby engaged up to its shoulders - i thought so as i could then fit a hand between boobs and bump. this morning i can fit TWO hands between boobs and bump (where has baby gone confused). have been feeling pressure in whole pelvic area for ages but STILL NO BABY! at least i havent thrown up today, first time in months. sorry for the grumble but i am soooo fed up now.

AliMouse Wed 26-May-10 08:54:27

Morning all,

Working on the premis that if there is ever a day you're least likely to give birth, it's your due date, so I stayed up really late and had the best night's sleep. Even my DS2 didn't wake me up early for a change. I really needed it - I'm too old for this caper. I think I'm the oldest mum on here! And at 40 shock I'm feeling it.

Taking my little guy to an indoor play place this afternoon so he can burn off some energy while I read a brainless magazine and mong out with a cup of tea. Yes, it has come to that.

Hope you are all well. Poor sassles - hope she gets better, must be scary.

AliMouse Wed 26-May-10 09:39:59

KaffaCakes - great birth story - sounds like you are on the mend. Out of interest - how did the pethedine help? I had a bad experience when I had it but I'd like to know if you thought it was useful. I'd forgotton about The First Poo. Terrifying.

Hope your stitches ease a little soon and your DP does a couple of earlies so you can sleep.

MoggMum Wed 26-May-10 11:46:37

Sorry for 'me' post but feeling bit upset following home visit by midwife this morning. 40+10 today and although baby no longer back-to-back, head is not engaged and cervix still too posterior to perform sweep. MW doesn't think this baby is going to come out without help so looks like induction is inevitable and I'm worried I'll end up having C-section now sad

Hope all the other overdue ladies are fairing a bit better!

Carikube Wed 26-May-10 13:28:30

Moggmum sorry your MW visit has upset you. Hope that head engages soon and you can avoid too much intervention.

Kaffa am very impressed that you only had G&A for your episiotomy. I remember with DD1 the pain I was in for days after my labour due to all the stitches and not being able to sit down. If it's any consolation, I had a tear this time and have hardly felt a thing - I can't get over how different it is so there is hope that sometimes stitches down there don't mean unbearable pain.

Alice is 5 days old today so has been weighed and had her heel prick test. She is 1 oz above her birth weight which I'm very pleased about as DD1 lost over a pound. She also managed to not cry during the heel prick test.

And after having babyblues last night and crying for no particular reason, today I am all positive - back to pre-pregnancy weight and in to some pre-pregenancy clothes so long may it continue!

cupcakefairy Wed 26-May-10 13:59:26

THE NEW ARRIVALS

11 April LuckyC, GIRL MATILDA, 14.47
15 April ForcesSweetheart, GIRL, MOLLY, 10.27, 7lbs 6ozs
16 April Littleowls, BOY JOEL, 14.40, 4lb 8oz
16 April Memorylapse, GIRL, OLIVIA GRACE, 6.17pm, 6lbs 11.5ozs
23 April Sophie2008, BOY, COREY DREW 7lbs 2.5oz and GIRL, MIRIAM ELIZABETH 7lbs 4oz
27 April Brightredballoon, GIRL, 10am, 7lb 12oz
27 April Pagen, BOY, JACK JOHN, 7.30am, 9lbs 2ozs
29 April littleonemum, GIRL, LUX EMILIE, 9.40pm, 7lbs 7 ozs
04 May fiveisanawfullybignumber, GIRL, FLORENCE MARGARET GRACE, 6.14pm,
04 May hormonalmum, GIRL
05 May sweetkitty, BOY, JACOB DAVID JOHN, 4.52am, 8lbs 5ozs
05 May Mustbemadno3 GIRL, LILLIA VICTORIA SOFIA, 05.05am 6lbs 8ozs
06 May Alle, BOY, OSCAR, 12.20pm 6lbs 8ozs
06 May alexw, GIRL, JULIA MAUD, 7lbs2oz
07 May TwentiethCenturyHeffa, BOY, CORIN, 7lbs1oz
07 May sheepgomeep, GIRL, JESSICA, 9lbs 12.5oz
08 May Lizzie9442, GIRL, LOUISE, 9.01pm, 10lbs
10 May Hobnobfanatic, GIRL
11 May 30ish, BOY, OLIVER JAMES, 10:05am, 9lbs 7oz.
12 May kateyjane, BOY, THOMAS EDWARD, 11.29am, 7lbs 12ozs
13 May MarquiseDeMerteuil, BOY, FELIX BENJAMIN, 5lbs 15oz
14 May itshappenedagain, GIRL, FLORENCE ELEANOR, 5.22am, 8lb 6oz
14 May TomlinTowers, GIRL, SOPHIE MAE, 8.43am, 9lbs 7oz
15 May pigleychez, GIRL, LUCY OLIVIA, 9.30am 7lbs 12oz
15 May slipperthief, BOY, DANIEL HENRY, 7.28pm, 8lbs 4oz
16 May Wibblela, GIRL, REFAELLA, 12.22am, 8lbs 4oz
17 May pamelat, BOY, ALEXANDER, 12.14pm, 7lbs 8oz
17 May Morph2, BOY, JACOB ANTHONY, 7.50pm, 6lbs 11ozs
18 May squirtsmum, GIRL, REBECCA LOUISE, 1.37am, 9lbs 14.5oz
18 May MinnieMummy, GIRL, 8.31am, 10lbs 11oz
18 May KatnKankles, GIRL, AVA ROSE, 8lbs 14oz
19 May Sweetpeasmum, GIRL, SOPHIE ELIZABETH, 6.38am
20 May Sassles, BOY, SAMUEL, 9lbs 4oz
20 May KaffaCakes, BOY, ALBERT STANLEY, 1.09am, 7lbs 8.5oz
20 May Den26, BOY, RIAN ALEXANDER, 7lbs 13oz
21 May Carikube, GIRL, ALICE JANE, 2.17am, 8lbs 5oz
21 May peakyispreggers, BOY, FINN, 2.47am, 7lbs 12oz
21 May Gils, GIRL, MELISSA ANNE, 3.38am, 8lbs 10oz
21 May Rachelfruitloop, BOY, ERIC DAVID, 3.48am, 11lbs 2oz
24 May Mollybob, GIRL, MOLLY LETITIA ROSE, 2.24am, 8lbs 3oz
24 May LuckyMiller, BOY, IRA JACOB, 8lbs 2oz
25 May Hollyoaks, GIRL, GRACE ANNABEL
25 May Nimk, GIRL, 6lbs 8oz

THE WAITING LOUNGE

06 May - DorotheaPlenticlew, 35, #2, GIRL, Edinburgh
08 May - Asparagusaddict, ? , #1
12 May - Haribolicious 36, #2, BOY
12 May - LivsHannah 27, #2, BOY
13 May - Cith, 30, #1
13 May - TinyVeins, 29, #1
13 May - Mummymunchkins, 40, #3, BOY
14 May - JamesAndTheGiantBanana, 28, #2 GIRL
14 May - CornishSAMum, 33, #1, ?, Cornwall
16 May - MoggMum, 38, #1
16 May - schipo 40, #1, BOY
16 May - Vicky204, 34, #1
17 May - first1, 22, #1, GIRL, Surrey
17 May - newmomma, 31, #2 GIRL Reading, Berks
19 May - cupcakefairy, 25, #1
20 May - LolaAnn, 22, #1, BOY
20 May - Aim, ?, #2, BOY
20 May - homebirthmummy4, #4
21 May - Suey2, 39, no2, GIRL
21 May - Mumofeag, 34, #3 BOY
23 May - RacquelWelsh, 38,#1 BOY
23 May - myfirstbump, 26, #1, Shrewsbury
24 May - AnAngelWithin #5
24 May - Yorky, 31, #3
26 May - booboomonster, 35, #2 GIRL, SW London
26 May - AliMouse, 40, #3 BOY
26 May - Glastocchick, 34, #1
31 May - ande, #4
31 May - thegauntlet, #1

Look how short the list of us waiting is getting! And I'm still on it....SOB!
nimk big congrats! And thanks to Mr Nimk for updating us

angel thanks also for updating on sophie, what amazing weights for twins! I can also massively sympathise with you - pressure on pelvis, achey hips etc I am sooo fed up and weepy, let's both go cry in a corner!

I'm thinking James must have given birth she's gone v quiet. Anything on facebook?

Poor sassles not nice not to be able to get home with her lovely boy...Mr Sassles if you're reading please send her our love!

pigley I am so impressed at you getting out and about so much supermum!

katey glad you are feeling happier about the feeding bless your ds! Also, it was you who had the awful itchy bump wasn't it? The last week or two the stretch marks under my belly button are SO ITCHY it's driving me insane. Did you find anything that helped?? (Though of course I'm hoping not to be pregnant for much longer grin)

kaffa thanks for posting your birth story, eek sounds horrible about the post-partum-poo! Get lots of dried apricots and figs in!

homebirthmummy you can join mine and angel's crying in the corner if you want..I also have big sympathy for you! Horrible isn't it

ali happy due date! Hope you enjoyed the gossip mags and tea

mogg I can just picture me writing that exact post on Saturday after my supposed sweep cos I'll be 40+10 then too. Induction doesn't always mean c-section. One of my NCT friends was induced and only had a 5-hour labour it was her first baby too.

Well, I am 40+7 today and the nesting instinct has finally kicked in hmm Have scrubbed kitchen and bathroom, hoovered and dusted and planning to bake some cakes this afternoon. I then had a 20 minute cry lying on the bed feeling sorry for myself as I am getting nonstop texts/emails/facebook messages asking for news & some practically having a go at me for not getting a move on! Don't they think I'm sick of waiting too angryangry
Also feeling stressed by family members/friends' plans to visit baby & now because it's not here yet they'll all be descending during half term (next week) when it would have been spread out if baby had come before Think I need to go shopping and stock up on teabags and biscuits!

Sorry for me rant blush hope my fellow overdue-ees aren't in quite such a tiz!

cupcakefairy Wed 26-May-10 14:01:33

Aaaaargh and just as I posted that, another text has arrived "any sign yet? If not this is getting a bit silly now"
Wish they'd all just bugggeeeeer OFF! angry

Sorry blush

Carikube hooray for positivity; can I borrow some? grin

Carikube we seem to be living parallell lives! 5 days on, I also have a tear this time that is surprisingly painless after the episiotomy with DS1. I'm also feeling better today (got mandarin oil going in the burner) had a bout of the blues last night. Eric was also so good for his heel prick test today, didnt cry much at all! He's also put on 2 oz, now 11 lb 4! Glad to hear Alice is doing so well too! grin

cupcake I feel your frustration, I was so fed up waiting for DS1, the texts are so annoying, as if it's not on your mind enough! I'm really shocked I'm not with you overdue ladies still! I hope it happens soon for you all! Sending positive vibes!

LuckyC Wed 26-May-10 14:50:15

Hollyoaks! Rachels! Gils! Carikube! All names I remember from teh early days. CONGRATS!

And congrats to all other new mums!

Matilda is asleep during the day without being attached to me in a sling or cuddle for the first time since she was two weeks old. See, watch me type with 2 hands! Watch me make a cup of tea!

Bugger, she is waking up. Watch me sing and rock and go sh sh sh sh sh sh like a loon.

I am actually a bit hallucinate-y and high from sleep deprvation. we have BAD NIGHTS at the moment, la la lalaaaaa.

alle01 Wed 26-May-10 16:19:31

hi all
kaffa, in can sympathize with you, i also had an episotomy with stiches and it hurt like hell for the first week, the second week, it hurt but was more tolerable, this third week is just a bother but doesn't actually hurt, but it all being healed for more than a week, so the mw says, it will pass, it's better than a c-sec, imo. but don't let me talk about the first poo, still hurts thinking about it...

congrats to all the new mums, hope you all getting help from the dh, i will bragg about mine, as he is back to work, still gets up at night (last night he didn't sleep until 2 am) so i can sleep a little, taking care of a baby is harder than i thought, cooks dinner when he gets back from work, leaves my lunch ready for the next day, to make sure i eat, does the washing up, as i can't be arsed, does the laundry in the morning before going to work and cleans the house in the weekend,... how good is that!, my friend has a 3 months old baby, and she wants my dh to tell off her boyfriend as he does literally nowt!shock
to all those waiting, specially overdue, i can feel for you, hope everything turns up well in the end, this time in 3 years time we won't remember a thing and most of us will be willing to get pregnant again... can't wait till the time when i don't remember...

RacquelWelsh Wed 26-May-10 16:30:17

Hello ladies.. congratulations to all the new babes that have arrived lately. It's great to read all the stories.

cupcake I feel the same as you re all the texts/emails/FB enquiries - am only 3 days over my due date - but if anything important was happening I'D LET YOU KNOW NOW LEAVE ME ALONE! Grrrrrr!

Saw my midwife this morning, she is coming to my house on Sunday morning to do a membrane sweep. If nothing's happened within 48 hours after the sweep then I'm being booked into the hospital an hour away for an induction later in the week. hmm

At least it's cooled a bit here, the heat was getting to me over the weekend.

A friend of mine who's into planting and harvesting crops in harmony with the moon (!???) reckons they'll be a glut of babies born tomorrow as it's a full moon. Grasping at straws - me?! smile

Wishing everyone well.

Carikube Wed 26-May-10 16:51:43

cupcake don't stress about the visitors - number one rule is that they shouldn't even come if they're not at least going to make their own tea (and a cup for you of course) and if they are even halfway decent they will do something else useful whilst they're there. Anyone who expects you to get things for them should be given short shrift IMO. And turn your phone off/ignore emails etc as you really don't need anything to get you more stressed out.

alle it sounds like your DH is a complete star. Mine is not too bad but he's not doing too much at the moment as my parents and MIL are staying. The real test will be next week when we're on our own and he's off work as he does like his sleep and I don't know how easy he will find it getting up with DD1 in the mornings if I'm focusing on DD2.

Lucky hope it gets better. DD2 has slept so much today and although it's lovely, I just keep thinking the whole time that I would rather she was doing this at night rather than during the daylight hours - she went 4 hours without stirring today but of course we won't be likely to get a repeat performance at night...

Rachel we do seem to be living parallel lives - let's just hope one of us gets to 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep at night soon and passes the vibes on to the other one grin

Hi again ladies,

Just seen on FB that MyFirstBump had her baby girl this morning! grin

MarquiseDeMerteuil Wed 26-May-10 17:18:14

Congratulatins Den, Luckymiller, NimK and MFB*

*Tomlin
, Carikube and Pigley - fantastic news about getting into your pre-pregnancy clothes! I can wear some of my jeans - but they are ones I saved from a couple of years ago, before I had my personal trainer and lost 7kgs. I can't get into my immediately pre-pregnancy trousers yet, but they are all size 8 shock, so it will be a while yet before I can get back into those, I think!

Hollyoaks - v jealous of your 3 full nights' sleep! Hope it continues all the way up to the birth so you can bank some for afterwards!

ML- being a milk donor sounds like a fantastic thing to do.

Morph, Ali and pigley thanks for the tips for getting Felix to settle in the moses basket. Funnily enough, since I posted about it, he has been no trouble at all! He still likes falling asleep on me, but isn't fussing so much when I transfer him to the basket now. Will definitely bear your tips in mind in case he goes back though!

Kateyjane - sorry about your b'feeding problems. I hope you feel much happier having made the decision to switch to formula. Our breastfeeding lady on the NCT course said that after your baby has fed on the colostrum, every additional day you manage to feed for is a bonus, and it sounds like you managed well over an additional week, so I think you should be proud of the days you did do, and not worry about switching. I may well be interested in the Medela Swing, will contact you on FB.

Squirt - what a traumatic birth story, you sound remarkably cheerful now. Your DH sounds fantastic, and how wonderful to come home to a lovely clean house and lots of nice presents! I hope you're recovering well from the birth and enjoying motherhood.

Rachel - thanks for posting your birth story, I found it absolutely fascinating. It sounds like you did brilliantly, and I completely agree with you that the midwife's comments were really unreasonable, especially given the fact that she had access to your notes, and you had warned her about the quick progression of your previous labour. My community midwife last week made a comment about me having had a traumatic birth, which shocked me a bit, as I thought it was really easy (apart from the last 10 minutes when they got the forceps involved!). I guess maybe they have a different interpretation of an easy birth!

Booboo - fantastic news about baby not being breech after all. I hope all the turning tricks work out!

sassles - hope you get well soon and get to go home and enjoy your time with baby Samuel.

Kaffa - your comment about your lavender and tea-tree oil bath reminded me that I wanted to say a big thank you to whoever it was that recommended lavender and tea-tree oil baths a while ago (was it Rachel and Sweet Kitty?). They made such a difference to me in the first week after the birth, really soothing and relaxing on the stitches and bruising (I had a forceps delivery with episiotomy and 2nd degree tear too). I echo what Alle says - the stitches and bruising hurt like hell for the first week, but calmed down after that and now, two weeks later I feel pretty much completely healed. It's the knots at the end of the stitches that really kill! My recommendation for making the post-birth poos easier is to eat dried apricots and drink smoothies.

Cupcake - hope you don't have to wait too much longer, it must be so frustrating waking up every day and wondering "will this be the day?". Who will update the lists while you're busy with your newborn though?! We'll all fall apart without you to keep us organised!

We haven't heard from Littleowls for a while. I hope she and Joel are doing OK.

Quick question - does anyone who's breastfeeding find that their LO is a bit more restless if you have drunk caffeine just before a feed? I can't work out if it's my imagination or not.

Better go. Felix has been sleeping since about 3.30 and I want to go and raid my wardrobe before he wakes up, to see if I have any outfits that will fit for the wedding I'm going to on Saturday!

pigleychez Wed 26-May-10 17:33:53

Sassles- You poor thing Hope you feel better soon and you get to come home. Thanks Mr Sassles for updating us.

Great news about Sophies twins grin What fantastic weights! She must of been huge!

Katey- Glad Thomas is doing well and that you had a good first day alone.

Kaffa- Hope the stitches improve soon. Re poos- with my 3rd degree tear from DD1 I was sent home from hospital with laxatives/ stool softeners which really helped 'Soften the blow' so to speak

Moggmum- Sorry your feeling down. Im sure youve tried everything but bouncing on a gym/ birthing ball is suppose to help baby engage. Shout at me to shut up if you want grin

Carikube- Glad to hear Alice is doing well

Cupcake- I remember those overdue days very well along with all the texts and calls..... So very frustrating! angry Do they think you have had the baby and hidden it away, stuffing a pillow up your jump and judt not told them!! I feel your and all overdue mummies pain! ((hugs))

Rachel- Glad Eric is doing well too

Alle- My DH is another fab one. He cooks and cleans without having to be asked and is very domesticated Very lucky!

MDM- Glad that Felix is settling better now

Went to the clinic this morning for a MW appointment. All is well with both me and Lucy so have been signed off and over to the Health visitors care. MW was suprised how quickly my uterus has gone back down to normal.
Have the HV coming tomorrow for the hearing test etc.

After that we took a trip to Ikea which is about an hours drive away. Bought tons of stuff for DD1's playhouse and spent a fortune. Then onto the huge Toys R Us where we got her a slide for the garden and gained ideas for her birthday presents for July. The playhouse now looks fab, with hanging wall pockets, a toy box for her toys and a little table and chairs. Very sweet
Lucy was fab and slept the whole time apart from a quick feed in the car!

AnAngelWithin Wed 26-May-10 19:36:13

oooh might meet myfirstbump yet then....my waters have just gone! smile

hooray Angel that's fantastic news! Good luck! smile

cupcakefairy Wed 26-May-10 21:56:16

Hi racquel, I'm kind of glad there are still other overdue ladies left with me! I have a sweep this weekend too.

mdm haha, I'm sure someone responsible can be left in charge of the list; I'll start interviewing candidates wink

Thanks for all your sympathy everyone after my moaning! Gonna convince dh to dtd again tonight...come ON baby!

cupcakefairy Wed 26-May-10 21:57:53

Oh nd huge congrats to myfirstbump and go go GO to angel

sweetkitty Wed 26-May-10 22:12:27

Sorry not been on cannot get 5 mins am now typing lest handed baby on right boob.

Angel - oh how mega exciting go girl

Things a bit better here am now trying very dim lights and no nappy changes so just feed lying down and back to sleep, so far working well he's up twice in the night but straight back to sleep. Evenings still a bit hit and miss but cannot have everything. I am now having a huge guilt trip about having to leave him to cry sometimes, not playing with DD3 enough and not having enough time for DD1 and 2, feel very stretched right now sad

Anyway on a positive note Jacob is now in 0-3month clothes and you can see him really filling out, I am back in pre pregnancy jeans and have about 3lbs or so to lose.

Sorry for complete lack of personals so much I want to say about BFing/newborns sleep or lack of and even those first poos! You know me I am quite chatty, hopefully will catch up more tomorrow. Am off to bed with my new little man.

booboomonster Wed 26-May-10 23:23:35

kaffa thanks for birth story - it gave me something to read at 4.30am when I couldn’t sleep this morning! Glad Albert is doing well. I remember the first poo worries, and I only had a graze so I can totally imagine your anxiety. hopefully, like others say - it will improve quickly.

ali was thinking about you today on our shared due date - assume nothing happened? Nor here - though like you, last time I planned stuff on the due date and ended up giving birth… no such luck this time! Though have been having *tmi alert* a bit of the runs today and yesterday so wondering if that means something or whether I’ve just eaten something dodge. Haven’t actually tried anything to bring on labour yet - my own personal due date is friday so I’m kind of not expecting anything before then. But have a long walk planned tomorrow when DH is around to look after DD.

Mogg I don’t think that baby not engaging or posterior position should mean caesarian - I’ve been reading up a bit on this as they told me yesterday baby is posterior. It also doesn’t make it impossible to perform a sweep, so perhaps it’s just that you are not ready to go yet? My first DD didn’t engage until labour had begun and this does happen with some women. I can imagine one gets increasingly anxious with each overdue day (I think I’m about to find out) and of course caesarian is a fear that many of us have. But try not to stress if you can. Good luck! and good luck to the other overdue mums and mumstobe - homebirth, ali, cupcake, raquel and co!

Congratulations to myfirstbump!

Good to hear how everyone is getting on with the newborns - making the whole thing a bit more real though I still find it a bit weird to think one minute there’s a bump, the next, a baby and a whole lot of work to do! So it’s good to be reminded of all the post birth stuff - nice and nasty!!

Someone said it was a full moon tonight - lets hope it does have some effect girls!

booboomonster Wed 26-May-10 23:24:21

oh and good luck angel finally something is happening! you must be so relieved, hope it goes well.

AnAngelWithin Wed 26-May-10 23:41:06

well wasn't much in the way of waters...a couple of sudden little bouts (hopefully not just wetting myself!!). been having contractions about every 15 minutes... I dont know what to do really, if i ring the hospital and have to go in its getting late. im coping ok anyway at the mo.

AliMouse Thu 27-May-10 06:43:09

booboomonster, nah, nothing. But I've been given 3 different due dates since my first scan ranging from yesterday to the 2nd June.

To be honest, I'm just planning my days the night before so I have plenty to do and I see friends in the assumption it won't happen! Now I know i have very little time left, like you, the thought of a newborn to look after is a bit daunting. And reading all the birth stories - I'm kinda appreciating my frou frou whilst it's all still in tact!

No walk for me today - it's pouring with rain - a little internet shopping instead with my last full wage for a very long time...sad

I'm so glad some of those overdue ladies have finally started labouring! Best of luck to them and congrats to myfirstbump!

AliMouse Thu 27-May-10 06:50:22

AnAngelWithin hope you had a good night and things progressed!

anangelwithin, hope you are ok

racquel, you are the second person ive heard mention babies and full moons, hope you are right as 40+7 today and really fed up, although seeing mw this afternoon...i see some google searching coming up to find out more.

hope all the new mummies got at least some rest during the night.

RacquelWelsh Thu 27-May-10 10:24:19

Good luck Angel, hope things are going well for you this morning...

Cupcake - you are not alone, I know what you mean, it's good not to be the only one overdue... and Alimouse, hope things get going soon!

Congrats to "myfirstbump* and hope that Sassles is on her way home too

Thanks booboo for the good luck wishes, it's a bit weird waking up every day and thinking "is it going to be today?" and then going to bed at night realising it's not!

homebirthmummy let's hope the moon theory is correct. Right now, I'm open to anything smile

sweetkitty I'm impressed at you being back in your pre-pregnancy clothes already. I made the mistake of putting on a pre pregnancy, low slung skirt the other day thinking I would be bound to fit it still (was clearly not thinking straight) and was stupidly surprised when I couldn't do it up by about 4 inches. Hmph.

Right. Best go and find some cleaning to do...

cupcakefairy Thu 27-May-10 10:55:13

Morning ladies..it has gone very quiet in here. Everyone is busy with their babies I guess so just us big pregnant ladies still left!! Come ooooooonn.

I was so sure last night was the night (don't know why, just a feeling) so I brought all my hospital stuff & car seat, birth ball etc downstairs...now it is just clogging up the living room and not so much as a Braxton Hicks happening
I so desperately don't want to be induced... please come out baby! 40+8 today.

Has anyone heard from James?

ok, have done some research online (how reliable it is i cannot say) but it does seem that the moons gravitational pull CAN make your waters break (can be within the 3 days surrounding full moon but more likely on the actual night)! and _tonight is the full moon_, here's hoping for all of us that are due/overdue. would be fun to find out if anyone does go tonight.

AnAngelWithin Thu 27-May-10 11:21:22

still here!!! contractions every 10 minutes and starting to get painful now <<whimper>> Thinking of going in soon, am so tired.... x x x

newmomma Thu 27-May-10 12:06:24

ooh how exciting angel...

how long have you been having contractions for??

x

newmomma Thu 27-May-10 12:14:58

Just realised... I should have made my own announcement.

Baby girl (no name yet) 8lbs12.5oz born after 2 hour 14 minute labour at 6.34 Sunday morning.

NO STITCHES or grazes!! grin

Bit of a mad dash, but mad it (through two red lights at 80mph) and got my MLU birth. No water birth though as, well no time basically.

Masses of black hair, feeding going really well, even with a slight tongue-tie. But nothing as severe as my DS1's TT so hopefully won't need snipping.

Day 4 - she's lost 4oz, so generally quite pleased.

Feeling very human, no pain down below. Bleeding almost stopped (is this right - it seems very soon?), but boobs are the size of two small elephants and very painful. When I take my bra off its like having two torpedoes - they just pour milk on the floor. Very amusing!

Can post birth story if anyone has time or inclination to read it! grin

Hoping things are going well for you angel and be nice to hear from you first. Any news?

Carikube Thu 27-May-10 12:17:37

Angel hope it all goes well and sending out some speedy labour vibes to you.

Also does anyone have any advice please? Alice will sleep beautifully in her moses basket during the day but won't stay in it for any more than about 2 minutes at night. If she comes in bed with us she will sleep but only if I spend a lot of time with my finger in her mouth. Is this time to get a dummy to spare my finger and what can we do to make her like her basket at nighttime?

Sending lots of full moon vibes to those of you still waiting grin

AliMouse Thu 27-May-10 12:45:35

I'm so hoping this full moon theory is true! I'm so bored and I'm only overdue by 1 measily day! I will happily convert to druidism if it is.

Angel hang on in there buddy! Have you rung the labour ward? What is their advice? Best of luck love!

Carikube it's worth trying a dummy once you put her back in her basket and putting something in there that smells of you and your boobs (tucking a milky breaspad under the sheet). Your sleep is a priority! My boys wouldn't take a dummy when tiny and just spat it out. It is a pain if they get attached to one but maybe on balance if it means they sleep without finger assistance, it's worth it!

I've just checked Jake's overnight bag and my bag for the 7millionth time. I believe we have more clothes packed that we have at home now. And I just cleaned the cooker again, CANT RELAX!!

cupcakefairy Thu 27-May-10 12:47:39

Congratulations newmomma! Great news! Sounds like a lovely speedy labour and fab that you are feeling great.
Re the no name thing, it's looking like this might happen for dh and me confused is it because you can't agree or you don't think anything suits her perfectly or what? We've had a few names picked out all through the pregnancy but are suddenly coming up with reasons not to use them hmm dunno if it's just last minute cold feet and when we see baby all will make sense!

Carikube how strange A won't sleep in her basket at night. I've been reading Baby Whisperer and she does suggest a dummy for them dropping off to sleep just to 'quench' that sucking instinct, rather than Mum being used as a suckling machine. (She says for most babies it will then drop out of their mouth once they're asleep) No idea about making her like the basket at night though hmm

cupcakefairy Thu 27-May-10 12:51:48

Ali I'm making more cakes and feeling very restless too! Bah!

pigleychez Thu 27-May-10 13:13:54

SK- Sorry you are feeling stretched right now but glad to hear Jacob is doing well

Angel- How exciting Your'll be holding your bubba soon

Homebirthmummy- My friends mum is a MW and too agrees with the full moon therory. She says its always busier then.

Newmomma- Wow... another speedy one Congratulations grin Looking forward to hearing her name.

HV came this morning to see Lucy. Hearing test was fine and as DD1 shes on the 91st centile for her height. HV weighed her again after her 8oz weight loss. Shes only put on 2ozs so is now 7lbs 6ozs and made me feel really bad about it Wants me to go to clinic next week to get her weighed.
Still struggling with the latching on and pumping as much as possible. She suggested I go to the BF cafe tomorrow but being a prude feel abit funny about other people helping Ifyswim. Nonsense really but im shy blush
Just feels like i should be able to just do it like everyone else, like its the most natural thing in the world. I was determined not to beat myself up about it again if it didnt work out again this time but feel like such a failiure and that ive let Lucy down with her weight loss. DD1 didnt lose any weight. DH doesnt really get it and thinks im being daft ( prob true!) so finding it hard not to just burst into tears in front of him.
Anyway enough of my moaning!

Hope everyone is well, Babies happy and hope to read many more birth stories in the next few days after this full moon!!

CONGRATULATIONS Newmomma, well done you!!! I thought my 2 hrs 58 minutes was fast, that is scarily fast! I would LOVE to read your birth story, can't get enough of them!!

Carikube this is getting spooky, we're the same with Eric. Last night I had to put my foot down with all the sucking (I know he's 11 lbs and needs a lot of milk, but still!), my nipples are both scabbing now! He is exactly the same with the bed/moses basket scenario - we got the dummy out and that seems to be working, so I would definitely recommend that for Alice. Today I am trying to wake him every 2 hours and give him a bit of a feed in hopes that if he takes in more milk and is awake more during the day he won't suck so much at night. James (DS1) was like this as well, just trying to remember what we did with him that worked!!

Angel thinking of you today, hope it goes quick and easy once you get to hospital!!! Hope you have some energy drinks!

Cupcake, Ali, Racquel, Homebirthmummy and all the rest waiting, I hope that you are all getting rest building up to the big day and that you're eating lots of chocolate! smile There is some truth (I have read) to women's menstrual and ovulation cycles coinciding to the full and new moons back in the days before electric lights interfering with the "pull" of the moon, so I can believe in the full moon theory for labour! Let's hope it kicks off for somebody!

I'm so tired today!!! Feeling pretty well otherwise, just my stomach is so stretched out from having the massive bump that I'm wearing a tubagrip (sp?) the MW brought for me and will have to do physio to get my muscles back together. She could fit 4 fingers between my muscles! My nipples are very sore but getting tougher and Lansinoh is helping. Eric is adorable, though! He looks so much like his big brother! We're going to register his birth tomorrow, it will be the first big outing for him. Took him to the pre-school to pick up DS1 yesterday and used the Quinny for the first time, very easy to manoeuver!

Best get going and eat some lunch. Hope you're all well and hope to hear some more birth announcements!

Cross post Pigley I'm sorry you're struggling with the BF. It really isn't easy, don't feel bad! I had it down to a science with DS1 by the end, but am finding that it is hard to get it all right when the baby is still little, it's not only doing the right things yourself but showing the baby the right way to do it, too. With DS1 it took us 6 weeks to get the latch right and I was about to give up and then it suddenly all clicked. I had gone to a couple of the town's breastfeeding clinics and that helped a lot. Also reading the book What To Expect When You're Breast Feeding ... And What If You Can't? by Clare Byam-Cook was great, it's on Amazon here, I highly recommend it.

I found going to the BF clinic was really embarrassing at first but I just kept in mind that the others there are also self-conscious or aren't bothered about seeing your breasts. Once you get the breastfeeding down, if you're like me (a prude) you'll find that in a couple of months you just don't care who sees a little boob and you'll be good at using a muslin to hide anything too embarrassing!

As long as your baby isn't losing too much weight and you're not too stressed/uncomfortable, I say keep trying. These things don't come together overnight. MWs can be so good at making us feel like crap mummies, especially when we're already feeling hormonal! Hugs to you!

AliMouse Thu 27-May-10 14:27:22

cupcakefairy - is that how you got your name? It's a good strategy - when the chips are down, bake cakes. I like.

Looking forward to your birth story newmomma.

pamelat Thu 27-May-10 14:43:40

sorry for me post, just struggling

had been so lucky with alexs sleeping, then last night hewoke at 2am and went bck to sleep to 11am!!!! just fretful and windy and feeding

have dd today too and although dh off feel cant cope. had 3 hours sleep sad

could not sleep when alex did as hv came round

is this 10 day growth spurt?!!

dh gone with dd to get infacol

myfirstbump Thu 27-May-10 14:52:18

thanks everyone. Still in hosp so v quick post from dh phone.

Darcey elizabeth arrived 2.18 yesterday morning 8lb 15oz

had rough time after but thats a story forr another day.

Go angel! If youre not here yet im in bay c with pink pj top on. Good luck xx

wow, darcey, what a beautiful name..

Carikube Thu 27-May-10 15:42:21

myfirstbump congrats and what a lovely name!

pamelat sorry you're so tired; these first few days really are such a period of up and down, aren't they? I'd forgotten about them really but now I'm back in the thick of it, I remember how easy it is to just cry with despair. I'm already getting emotional about the fact that my parents are leaving this evening; they have been so helpful and I'll really miss having them around (and I'll be resentful about the fact that they have gone whilst MIL is still here sad) so there will be lots of tears round here tonight.

pigley I totally sympathise with you. DD1 lost a pound after birth and then didn't put weight on as quickly as the HVs wanted and I was made to feel a failure - they started telling me that I needed to get her weighed more regularly so that they could keep an eye on her. As she was my PFB at the time I followed what they said (and probably let them help influence me on giving up bfing as I was finding it so hard). I have since decided that it's all cobblers - as long as I'm happy with how I think she's doing then I think it's up to me so I rarely get her weighed as I think she's fine and I know that with DD2 I won't bother taking her to the HV very often. For the bfing with DD1 I went to the clinic at the hospital a few times but didn't go to any of the cafes or anything as like you, I didn't really like the thought of it. In some ways I regret not reaching out for help more but I was so emotional about it all - each feed being a pain etc and feeling a failure as a result. I really think the only reason it is going better this time is because a) DD2 is actually a better feeder than DD1 and b) the first MW to do a home visit is actually the first person to really convince me that it is not nipple shape but latch that affects feeding and actually did something to show me how to sort it out. If it hadn't been for her I would probably have already given up this time round so if there is any way that you can find someone that you have some faith in then I would say to hang on in there if you really want bfing to work (oh, and slather on the Lansinoh after every feed - I only used it once a day after DD1 which was another big mistake grin)

Carikube Thu 27-May-10 15:44:10

Forgot to say Rachel let me know if the waking and feeding every 2 hours during the day works as I'm watching DD2 sleeping at the moment and wishing that she was this peaceful at night...

MarquiseDeMerteuil Thu 27-May-10 16:57:16

Afternoon all!

DH and Felix are watching the cricket together, looking very contented on the sofa! We've had a lovely day today. It's our wedding anniversary, so we took Felix out for a pub lunch. Took a bottle of expressed breast milk with us, which kept F happy and spared my blushes in public! We had a good night last night too - I did the midnight feed at bedtime, then DH got up to do a 3.30 feed with expressed milk, then F slept until 7, when I gave him a quick feed, then we all went back to sleep until 9.30. If only every night could be like that!!! Pamelat - Like you I have no idea what determines whether they will have a good night or a bad one, I wish there was some way of predicting it.

SK - sounds like you've got a great night-time feeding routine going!

Pigley - I know several new mums who have found the breastfeeding cafes to be incredibly helpful and supportive. It can be a bit odd at first, I think, especially if you're naturally a bit reluctant to get your boobs out in public, but everyone is in the same boat, and the helpers there really know what they're doing, and have seen everything. I would recommend giving it a go if you can bear to bare! (couldn't resist that pun, sorry). My midwife recommended going along even if you're not having any problems, as it's quite nice to meet other mums, and it's a good way to ease yourself gently into feeding in public, in what is a very benign environment.

Congratulations Newmomma- that sounds scarily speedy! And congrats too to Myfirstbump. I'm on tenterhooks waiting to hear if MFB and Angel meet in hospital!

Cupcake - hope you don't have to wait too much longer.

Do any of the more experienced mummies have any advice on when is the best time to try to introduce a routine? I'm not talking about anything as extreme as gina ford, but just to try to get to the point where sleep and wake times get a bit more predictable.

Wonder how Forces and Pagen are doing...

alle01 Thu 27-May-10 17:28:57

hello all,
congrats to all the new mums and babies, we don't have much may left, keep those babies coming,...
breastfeeding report: we mastered it!!! no bottles today!!!
gotta go, oscar crying for yet another feed.

AliMouse Thu 27-May-10 17:35:30

MarquiseDeMerteuil I don't know if it was so much introducing a routine as a desperate need for sleep/to get our sex life back on track but with DS2 he was in his own cot in his room from about 8 weeks old, at least at the start of the evening. I had done the same years before with DS1 (I couldn't feed him in bed as my CS scar pulled too much so it was just easier to get him in his own room from the start and feed him in there)and he settled into a bath/feed/bed thing from 7pm from about 6 weeks so I thought I'd try.

With DS2 we then introduced a formula bottle from 2 weeks which my DH gave him so I could spend some time with DS1 at bedtime (he was feeling a little forgotton). This feed also meant he would go through until about 3am before needing to be BF by me.

I found with both of them that I and they slept better in their own rooms/cots from 6 weeks and it did my relationship the world of good too!

I breast fed DS1 for 8months but only 7 weeks with DS2 - all went wrong, not sure why, but I started a new job when he was 12 weeks old so probably for the best anyway.

I like a routine, as long as it's flexible - we regularly took DS2 out to dinner with us when he was only a few months old too (he was another summer baby so often ended up at people's bbqs on the beach). It's got to work for you and not be so rigid that when it needs to change, or you need to adapt it, it makes you feel like it's failed or a bit panicky. I personally don't think it really matters if you stray from a routine now and again when they are little - mine seemed to rely/like it more and need it from about 4/5 months on. Hope that helps! They are all different so experiment until you get it right.

pamelat Thu 27-May-10 18:17:30

congrats firstbump and newmomma smile

MarquiseDeMerteuil Thu 27-May-10 19:24:44

Alimouse - that's really helpful - thank you for taking the time to explain it all!

You've really got me thinking. We're taking Felix to Canada for two weeks when he's 10 weeks old, for DH's brother's wedding. Which is bound to cause havoc with the time zone changes. I'm not sure whether it would be better to try to get into a routine before we go, or wait until we get back. I suspect there might be less potential for frustration if we wait, but on the other hand, having a routine before we go could help to adjust him to the time change. I think I'll just wait and see how things go for the time being!

MarquiseDeMerteuil Thu 27-May-10 19:26:23

p.s. Alle01 - that's fantastic news on having your first bottle-free day, hooray grin!

AliMouse Thu 27-May-10 19:49:48

MarquiseDeMerteuil gosh you're brave, what a lovely adventure with a newborn - you'll always remember that! Hopefully he'll sleep on the plane - get him on the boob for take off and landing so his little ears pop as he swallows. As for the routine - follow your instincts! He'll be the centre of attention there I'm sure.

I've had increasingly bad lower back pain since about 4pm and everything is feeling very sore and tight. Hoping it's the start of something but could just be my old bones! Hope all the other overdueys are making progress!

cupcakefairy Thu 27-May-10 19:53:37

MDM if you want a flexible routine I have heard lots of recommendations for the Baby Whisperer. I've bought the concise version of her book to give it a bit of a try (top tips from the Baby Whisperer: secrets to calm, connect and communicate with your baby) she does a cyclical routine that is very adaptable to different kinds of babies apparently. This small version of the book is really cheap too so worth a look.

Lol ali I just love cupcakes grin

Congrats myfirstbump! What a gorgeous name too!

Just been for a brisk walk with dh despite my poor swollen feet. I might climb up and down our stairs later grin come on baby! (Although I'm not sure I want to go in on a full moon if it's going to be busier! I want my birthing pool!)

mollybob Thu 27-May-10 19:54:18

I have been trying to get to laptop since yesterday to do a proper non me post and my birth story but not happening. Today has been tough. Molly fed for four hours straight this am and I am so tired. Boobs the size of watermelons and I get really anxious when they're really hard until she feeds. Blardy hormones. Feeding is going well though and no nipple trauma. Latch on left a bit less good though - same problem with DD1 (so weird saying that as now I have a DD2). DD2 is being very hard work - she adores Molly but is also very jealous and resentful of my relationship with her and said that Molly has stolen her thunder (her exact words) as she isn't the wee, cute one anymore. Also me being pregnant and so sick has meant I'm not the best mummy in the world any more Hard to hear that at the same time as the blardy blues.

cupcakefairy Thu 27-May-10 20:03:16

mollybob that does sound tough to hear that from your dd1 glad she adores the baby too though and hopefully it will just be a phase. You are a good mummy!

Oh and happy anniversary MDM

THE NEW ARRIVALS

11 April LuckyC, GIRL MATILDA, 14.47
15 April ForcesSweetheart, GIRL, MOLLY, 10.27, 7lbs 6ozs
16 April Littleowls, BOY JOEL, 14.40, 4lb 8oz
16 April Memorylapse, GIRL, OLIVIA GRACE, 6.17pm, 6lbs 11.5ozs
23 April Sophie2008, BOY, COREY DREW 7lbs 2.5oz and GIRL, MIRIAM ELIZABETH 7lbs 4oz
27 April Brightredballoon, GIRL, 10am, 7lb 12oz
27 April Pagen, BOY, JACK JOHN, 7.30am, 9lbs 2ozs
29 April littleonemum, GIRL, LUX EMILIE, 9.40pm, 7lbs 7 ozs
04 May fiveisanawfullybignumber, GIRL, FLORENCE MARGARET GRACE, 6.14pm,
04 May hormonalmum, GIRL
05 May sweetkitty, BOY, JACOB DAVID JOHN, 4.52am, 8lbs 5ozs
05 May Mustbemadno3 GIRL, LILLIA VICTORIA SOFIA, 05.05am 6lbs 8ozs
06 May Alle, BOY, OSCAR, 12.20pm 6lbs 8ozs
06 May alexw, GIRL, JULIA MAUD, 7lbs2oz
07 May TwentiethCenturyHeffa, BOY, CORIN, 7lbs1oz
07 May sheepgomeep, GIRL, JESSICA, 9lbs 12.5oz
08 May Lizzie9442, GIRL, LOUISE, 9.01pm, 10lbs
10 May Hobnobfanatic, GIRL
11 May 30ish, BOY, OLIVER JAMES, 10:05am, 9lbs 7oz.
12 May kateyjane, BOY, THOMAS EDWARD, 11.29am, 7lbs 12ozs
13 May MarquiseDeMerteuil, BOY, FELIX BENJAMIN, 5lbs 15oz
14 May itshappenedagain, GIRL, FLORENCE ELEANOR, 5.22am, 8lb 6oz
14 May TomlinTowers, GIRL, SOPHIE MAE, 8.43am, 9lbs 7oz
15 May pigleychez, GIRL, LUCY OLIVIA, 9.30am 7lbs 12oz
15 May slipperthief, BOY, DANIEL HENRY, 7.28pm, 8lbs 4oz
16 May Wibblela, GIRL, REFAELLA, 12.22am, 8lbs 4oz
17 May pamelat, BOY, ALEXANDER, 12.14pm, 7lbs 8oz
17 May Morph2, BOY, JACOB ANTHONY, 7.50pm, 6lbs 11ozs
18 May squirtsmum, GIRL, REBECCA LOUISE, 1.37am, 9lbs 14.5oz
18 May MinnieMummy, GIRL, 8.31am, 10lbs 11oz
18 May KatnKankles, GIRL, AVA ROSE, 8lbs 14oz
19 May Sweetpeasmum, GIRL, SOPHIE ELIZABETH, 6.38am
20 May Sassles, BOY, SAMUEL, 9lbs 4oz
20 May KaffaCakes, BOY, ALBERT STANLEY, 1.09am, 7lbs 8.5oz
20 May Den26, BOY, RIAN ALEXANDER, 7lbs 13oz
21 May Carikube, GIRL, ALICE JANE, 2.17am, 8lbs 5oz
21 May peakyispreggers, BOY, FINN, 2.47am, 7lbs 12oz
21 May Gils, GIRL, MELISSA ANNE, 3.38am, 8lbs 10oz
21 May Rachelfruitloop, BOY, ERIC DAVID, 3.48am, 11lbs 2oz
23 May newmomma, GIRL, 6.34am, 8lbs 12.5oz
24 May Mollybob, GIRL, MOLLY LETITIA ROSE, 2.24am, 8lbs 3oz
24 May LuckyMiller, BOY, IRA JACOB, 8lbs 2oz
25 May Hollyoaks, GIRL, GRACE ANNABEL
25 May Nimk, GIRL, 6lbs 8oz
27 May myfirstbump, GIRL, DARCEY ELIZABETH, 2.18pm 8lbs 15oz

THE WAITING LOUNGE

06 May - DorotheaPlenticlew, 35, #2, GIRL, Edinburgh
08 May - Asparagusaddict, ? , #1
12 May - Haribolicious 36, #2, BOY
12 May - LivsHannah 27, #2, BOY
13 May - Cith, 30, #1
13 May - TinyVeins, 29, #1
13 May - Mummymunchkins, 40, #3, BOY
14 May - JamesAndTheGiantBanana, 28, #2 GIRL
14 May - CornishSAMum, 33, #1, ?, Cornwall
16 May - MoggMum, 38, #1
16 May - schipo 40, #1, BOY
16 May - Vicky204, 34, #1
17 May - first1, 22, #1, GIRL, Surrey
19 May - cupcakefairy, 25, #1
20 May - LolaAnn, 22, #1, BOY
20 May - Aim, ?, #2, BOY
20 May - homebirthmummy4, #4
21 May - Suey2, 39, no2, GIRL
21 May - Mumofeag, 34, #3 BOY
23 May - RacquelWelsh, 38,#1 BOY
24 May - AnAngelWithin #5
24 May - Yorky, 31, #3
26 May - booboomonster, 35, #2 GIRL, SW London
26 May - AliMouse, 40, #3 BOY
26 May - Glastocchick, 34, #1
31 May - ande, #4
31 May - thegauntlet, #1

Carikube Thu 27-May-10 20:52:13

MDM you're brave with your trip - we thought we were quite brave going to NZ when DD1 was 7 months old. Although we were in a loose routine at home the time difference did take it out of her so we had quite a few sleepless nights for a good few nights. At least as we had a vague routine we had some idea of when she might want to sleep/feed etc when we arrived.

Mollybob I know exactly what you mean - I'm having real trouble remembering to write DD1 and DD2 after all the time of just writing DD grin. Also with you on the boobs situation; I got through 3 different tops in bed last night and ended up sleeping on a towel blush as DD2 went for longer between feeds than she had the previous nights.

Also a bit sad as saw on SIL's FB status that she and my brother had bought their nephew (on her side) a birthday present whereas they haven't even acknowledged DD2's birth (not even a message through FB or anything which is normally the only way they communicate with me). I shouldn't be surprised as although I think I got an email when DD1 arrived, they've never sent her a birthday/Christmas card etc but I just feel sad that my DDs are being ignored....

sweetkitty Thu 27-May-10 21:41:52

Right Jacob sleeping on his Dad so am going to write a message tonight.

congratulations to hollyoaks newmomma myfirstbump mollybob nimk and anyone else I have forgotten

carikube - sad about your SIL, I kind of thought that maybe my Mother would have tried to mend some bridges with Jacob being born but no so that's that so to speak.

mollybob - don't worry too much I think the whole family goes through a transition period when a new baby is born, I think we all feel spilt once we are Mum to more than one that you feel thin on the ground and obviously the baby needs you more. Things will settle down soon.

Alimouse - hope it is the start of things for you and all the other overdues, with DD2 I was second last off the thread and everyone else had gone to the "other side" it was so depressing

Alle01 - yey well done no bottles

MDM - happy anniversary, I think your trip will be just fine, little babies are easily portable, I agree with whoever said feed on take off and landing and Felix will be happy being cuddled on your knee

pamelat - you have my sympathies I think all newborns sort of go through a mad little period where they are very fretful, I think it must be them working out night and day and trying to get on top of feeding, I know I was beginning to be at my wits end with Jacob but he seems to be settling a bit now (she hopes)

rachel - your poor stomach muscles, early days though hopefully they will sort themselves out. I think the feeding them up during the day is a good plan although sometimes with other ones about it is easier just to leave them if they are contect to sleep means you can get things done

pigley - you are not a failure, breastfeeding may be natural but it is bloody hard at the start. Babies are designed to lose weight after birth that's why they have extra fat stores so you are not starving her. I found getting them weighed too much was a cause of stress, Jacob has been weighed only twice since he was born, I cannot be doing with this "oh he has gained 2 ozs in 2 days, he only gained a ozs etc" I can see him filling out, can see his pees and poos in his nappies so I am fine about it. The BFing cafe will be fine go and try it and see, I went to our local "boob group" on Tues, they have a fully staffed creche that DD3 went in and loved (first time away from me) and they make you tea and toast. I felt a bit of a fraud though once they realised I was on no4 but it was nice talking to people and I knew about 5 of them there but still nice.

cupcake - all of mine have slept in with me, I cannot get them to sleep in a basket either so gave up. A tip I was given is a hot water bottle not too hot obviously but with enough water to make it warm not hot, wrap it in a old t-shirt or something you have worn recently and stick that in the basket. Worth a try. None of mine took a dummy either! Jacob has been spitting on out with such a look of disgust on his face. Oh just realised alimouse said that too blush

angel - I hope you have a new baby in your arms by now

kateyjane - wanted to say don't beat yourself up about not BFing, even one feed of colostrum is beneficial. BFing is such a tiny part of being a good Mum and you must have done something right your DC are gorgeous

Raquel - hope the sweep works for you

MoggMum - oh poor you I hope the sweep does something and I know you don't want a CSection but if you end up with one don't beat yourself up at least you will have a gorgeous baby at the end of it

kaffa - my tip for "THE POO" from bitter experience is dried fruit, especially apricots for some reason they always give me the runs, still had to hold a pad over my stitches though as you feel like you are going to spilt open again but once the first one is out the way they get better. First week was rough for me felt very bruised but now 3 weeks in I am feeling almost normal again. Still bleeding a little but not much, am definitely waiting 6 weeks before DTD again, actually think we haven't DTD this year what with the SPD poor DP and here was me moaning at him about a vasectomy grin

Good night last night well once he stopped fussing he slept from 11pm to 4.40am was up for 20 mins and went back to sleep until 8am, slept from 8 to 12.30pm, then has cat napped and fussed a bit and is now asleep on DP. Have bought a Moby sling tonight as he likes being close to me and hopefully will free up my hands. Will report back on how I get on with it.

Better go sorry about mammoth post, hope the full moon makes the overdues go into labour

AliMouse Thu 27-May-10 21:44:13

Carikube that is so unfair about your SIL - your brother ought to see to that and sort her out! One of the downsides of facebook is that it can leave you a bit exposed (the reason I deleted my account). She knows you will see that she has bought a present for her nephew. Try to ignore it - she obviously has issues. How the protective mother tigress comes out in us!!

My very own sister has sent me one text in the last 6 weeks - just "well?" and then went on holiday on my due date until the 5th June - therefore deliberately missing the birth and my DS2's birthday next week. It's her birthday on the 7th. She is 38 and isn't likely to be having babies and I think she is stuggling with me having a 3rd. I'm just letting her get on with it. Relatives! Can't choose 'em...wink

booboomonster Thu 27-May-10 22:50:08

Just a quickie to say congrats to myfirstbump ! Lovely name.

Also - Ali totally relate to your post - yes just the one day overdue and I am fed up, imagining induction and all that. Feel I can't plan anything. Tho did try to book tickets to sex and the city for tomorrow but it didn't work... Trying to tempt fate. Plus had a row with DH - I think he is blaming me for going overdue... Or he's just in a bad mood - being totally mean saying I was lazy for putting my feet up. Out of character for him but I am still mad....

pamelat my sympathies re lack of sleep - it is so hard in the early days. It can only get better! Hope it does, soon.

molly sorry your DD is not happy with your mothering - try not to take it to heart, it's a big adjustment for everyone. And I am sure you are a fab mummy!

Sorry I am sure I had other personals to wrote but a bit shattered and off to bed now. Ali did the twinges come to anything? Good luck cupcake and others - whoever posted the full moon stuff, hope you are right !

Hello folks, sorry haven't caught up on posts so congratulations to everyone who has popped since I last posted.

I finally had my baby on tuesday at 40+11, hooray! She's tiny and beautiful and I'm sleep deprived but over the moon with her.

Here's the rather epic birth story if anyone wants it!

Posted on the overdue thread at about 11.30pm monday saying I was dreading having to fight off induction simply because I was 40+10, then went to bed and dtd as a bit of a last resort. 5 mins later had a contraction, we laughed saying it would all be a bit too convenient. 3 mins later had another, and another and another! Dp fell asleep and I thought they were bh so tried to sleep between them, they kept coming every 3 min.

By 3.30am they were hurting enough to have to concentrate through so I got dp up and called dsis who was looking after ds. We got to the hospital at about 5am, I was really worried that it wasn't real labour, and made the mistake of asking the mw about induction, then got really anxious and contractions stopped! She finally examined me and I was 2-3cm, so she gave me gas n air and I had a very painful sweep (probably because I was so tense) and went for a long walk round the hospital grounds to get things going.

Was scared of going back to labour ward because they were talking about breaking my waters to get things going, and saying the anaesthetists were busy so I wouldn't be able to have an epidural for a few hours. Anyway got back and thankfully the staff were all busy, so someone ran me a hot bath, I got in and did nipple stimulation which was really effective and the contractions started to get painful enough to need gas and air.

At this point I started to get a bit insistant about getting the epidural in case it took a while to arrive, but suddenly the anaesthetist appeared - yay! unfortunately he spent over 20 minutes trying to site an IV cannula at various points in both arms, ended up with massive bruising but he finally managed it (not really his fault, my veins are rubbish)

Then they started to bring more and more machines into the room, and it got a bit comical - they didn't want to do intermittent monitoring and the stomach monitor wasn't giving a constant trace in any upright position, so kept nagging me to agree to a scalp monitor which would have meant labouring lying down anyway, which I said I wouldn't do til I'd had an epidural. As every single intermittent trace came back normal and baby was happy I refused, so had intermittent monitoring. Then the automatic blood pressure machine wouldn't work so she had to do that manually too which meant I didn't have to labour strapped to umpteen machines. wink

Then they started the epidural, which was nothing like as painful as having the IV's done. I was labouring really hard by now and was chanting in my head "It's just a contraction, it's fine. I'll get through this one, then I can have the epidural" - they were getting all consuming - I probably should have noticed I was getting sweaty and shaky...

After a bit the anaesthetist asked if I felt any different, numb legs etc, I said no, should I? It hadn't worked. He tried to re-site it, but as I was sitting on the edge of the bed I could feel her coming down, feel a tiny involuntary push. shock I realised with horror that it was too late, and after everything, had to tell him to leave it. Spent the last few mins of labour having a bit of a rant to no-one in particular, did my best Victor Meldrew impression, cried my eyes out, asked weakly for diamorphine even though I knew it was too late. grin

Felt something coming down but didn't really think it could be her as even though it stung it didn't hurt "enough" to be a baby's head hmm - distantly heard the midwife going on about pushing out her head, barely pushed then felt a pop, then a slither, and suddenly she was on my tummy! It was shocking but wonderful, just had a little graze, no stitches this time.

She was 7lb, tiny and covered in lanugo, so bollocks to their pressure about her needing induction for being overdue, I really don't think she is and I'm so glad I didn't cave in to pressure to be induced.

Hope you're all doing ok, will try to catch up on your news tomorrow. xxx

kateyjane Thu 27-May-10 23:58:37

Just to say massive grinCongratulationsgrin to all the new arrivals. Some more beautiful names grin

Cupcake - Sorry about your itchy bump. For me the itching was concentrated on my arms and legs. However these are some things that helped (a bit!) Baths with oilatum, using normal aquaeus cream as a soap replacement. Someone on here suggested bathing with oats, and although I didn't like the feeling of bits in the water, it did help. I had aquaeus cream with menthol from the doctor, don't know if you can buy it, but that really helped. Sorry I know none of these solve the problem, but might just take the edge off! Hope you get some relief soon.

MDM - Thank you for for your lovely comments about BFing. I have sent you a friend request on FB. Happy anniversary smile

Pigley - I want your garden!envy Sorry that you are feeling down about BFing. It sounds to me like you are doing really well, and Lucy is happy and putting on weight. Even though it hasn't worked out for me, I did go to the Bfing cafe last week (despite not really wanting to) and it was really good. I got lots of good and practical advice. Hope you feel happier soon smile

Rachel - Your picture of your two boys on FB is gorgeous!

alle - well done on mastering BFing smile

SK - Thank you for your lovely comment. Very glad that Jacob is settling now, hope he remains happy and likes his new sling smileI can relate to feeling stretched - it's so hard trying to give all your DCs equal attention when you have a newborn.I am constantly in a state of guilt at the moment. Hope you have a lovely weekend smile

Good luck to everyone who is in labour, wishing you speedy, painless vibes.

For those who are overdue it really won't be long now. Take care smile

AliMouse Fri 28-May-10 07:43:38

Hello everyone,
The full moon didn't work for me! I'm still very pregnant. It's our 5th wedding anniversary today so I'm just ignoring the whole 'when will he come' issue. MIL is havig DS2 for an hour after gym club this afternoon and I'm going to go for a swim.

JamesAndTheGiantBanana Congratulations!! It certainly doesn't sound like she was overdue or needed to be induced. A huge well done to you for refusing that trace and getting by so well without the epi. Hurrah for chanting! I so so hope I have a birth like yours...

booboomonster I'm sure your DH didn't mean it - if he is like mine, he won't have a clue how to articulate how he's feeling, or actually even be able to work out how he's feeling becuase it's all a bit scary. Sounds like he's just sounding off - still grossly unfair on you mind! Get him to DTD by way of an apology - you never know, it' might do the trick like it did for James!

Good luck all others waiting and labouring, I'll be thinking of you!

MoggMum Fri 28-May-10 08:36:18

Congrats to James and all the other new Mums. There can't be many of us left in the waiting room now.

Thanks to all who've posted their birth stories. I've also been reading all the new baby sleeping/feeding stories with great interest too & picking up lots of tips from you all for when my LO finally arrives smile

40+12 here today so yesterday's reflexology, sex & full moon didn't work for me!

Should have been having an induction today but I've managed to hold them off until after the Band Holiday weekend. This means I'll be 40+16 by then!

Please let this baby come before the end of May hmm

RacquelWelsh Fri 28-May-10 09:47:20

Same here Alimouse and Moggmum.. full moon theory out the window as still no baby. Another day of cleaning and weeding the garden then. There's only so much cleaning a sane person can do!

Congratulations to James.. good for you not caving into pressure to be induced.

booboomonster Fri 28-May-10 10:32:38

Congratulations James - finally you get to meet your LO. Well done for coping without the epi - sounds like you did a great job.

Ali thanks for reassurance re DH, I am sure you are right and he didn't mean it. We are having a little stand off right now as I want him to suffer a little before we make up. I did actually ask him to DTD yesterday (before the row) but he was tired. But hearing about James' experience has spurred me on, so might try again at the weekend (once we've made up...)

Racquel/Mogg/Ali Didn't someone say about the full moon that it can work 3 days either side? (or is this wishful thinking on my part...) maybe there is hope for us yet....

I'm off for another long walk before going to see Sex and the city at lunch time - it's kind of hard to plan stuff when you are overdue isn't it? But I am trying to keep busy so I don't get frustrated.

Good luck Mogg at 40+12 you must be imminent! I really can't complain at 40+2. Well done for being so patient! I hope I can be strong enough to resist induction as long as you - it seems like a good idea, specially hearing how James' LO was covered in vernix and quite possibly not overdue at all....

Willing all the remaining babies out...

booboomonster Fri 28-May-10 10:37:40

ooh meant to say MDM we didn't manage to establish a routine until 6 months - but I think it does depend on the baby. But also I found that because I was breastfeeding on demand and my DD was a snacker she never seemed to be that satisfied after a feed - not enough for me to be confident she didn't need any more until the next scheduled feed. So I just gave her the boob whenever. However, once she reached 6/7 months she totally settled into her own routine (not disimilar to the standard one that Gina Ford sells back to mums!)
I found that friends who were formula feeding were more confident to leave their babies longer as they knew that they had consumed x amount of ounces from the measurements on the bottles. Sadly you can't measure how much milk is going from your boobs.... at least I never figured out how to do that! grin
anyway, that's probably not much help - but thought I'd throw my experience in! good luck!

cupcakefairy Fri 28-May-10 11:32:34

Hi girls...no full moon delivery for me either. 40+9 and so miserable. Lay awake crying from about 5am cos I'm just so frustrated! I want my body to just do what it's supposed to. My brother and SIL, parents and dh's parents all want to come next week (they're not local) & now I'm so stressed by the fact I'll have a couple of days old baby & won't have a clue what I'm doing... they'll be visiting just as baby blues hit too so I'll just look like an incompetent mum

Sorry, me rant over... just desperately want this baby to come now. moggmum you're a hero at 40+12.

James so glad you have finally met your girl and weren't induced! I know it wasn't the birth you wanted with the epi not working but massive pat on the back to you, you did it without! And sounds like the pushing stage was so quick! Congratulations. Does dd have a name?

katey thanks so much for the itching tips! Didn't realise yours hadn't been your actual bump. I have a tea tree exfoliating scrub that seems to be helping along with stretch mark cream but does drive me insane during the night!

booboo about the row with dh. Things are very tense in our house too; no rows but I'm just really despondent & he doesn't quite know what to do with me...this waiting game sucks! I hope things get cleared up between you so you can try dtd again! We have been trying that all week...v envy that it worked for you james*!

*SK
thanks but wasn't me with the moses basket problem - if only I had a baby!! grin think it was carikube

Can't believe it's nearly the end of May! I want a May baby not a June baby! COME OOOOON.

hi 40 + 8 today, so full moon not worked here either ( but i read somewhere that'Nichols Rule' dates pregnancy completely differently, adding several days for caucasian women, length of cycle etc, and this rule sets tomorrow as my edd, took it on board so as not to get too frustrated but hospital wont acknowledge this system when it comes to induction etc). just completed a wonderful reflexology session and have decided that as today is the last day before half term hols i fully intend to make the most of what i HOPE will be my last day all on my lonesome for several years (i cant possible still be pregnant when they go back to school in 10 days can i?). so my plan is to paint my nails and maybe even do a little baking.

congratulations james! delighted for you.

cupcakefairy Fri 28-May-10 11:49:26

homebirthmummy I'd never heard of Nichols rule... just looked it up and it makes mine 30th May, Sunday. That has made me feel a tiny smidge better so thanks
(But I'd still like baby to come now!grin)

mollycuddles Fri 28-May-10 12:01:06

hi all - it's the poster formerly known as mollybob here

attempting to use laptop and feed Molls - been relying on iphone before this since her arrival - apologies for typos then and now!

congrats firstbump newmomma james lukymiller and any new arrivals I've missed

labour inducing vibes for ali mogg cupcake racquel and booboo and anyone I've forgotten. I can't quite believe I'm not waiting impatiently with you as ds was +13 and dd was +10 but Molly was only +2. Totally remember how it feels. booboo it might be a good sign that you and DH are fighting. I had a major row with DS the day Molls arrived - in hindsight I blame it on my hormones getting ready for the struggle of labour!!!

MDM - the thing about routines is to set one up that suits the whole family and the life you want to live over next few months. We're not really routine people so I would hate a routine that meant we couldn't spontaneously decide to go out because of the baby's schedule. I bf DD on demand and just went with it and we had no difficulty fitting her into our plans.

kateyjane don't feel bad about the bf - I couldn't feed DS and got really upset about it but now he's a strapping lad of 12 and nearly as tall as me it is so irrelevant. I think we all get so focussed on the pregnancy, birth, feeding etc that we forget the job is actually to grow healthy, happy people and breast feeding is not vital in that process at all. You'll probably be tons better at the teenage bit than me! (zero patience emoticon needed)

Agree with you SK re weighing babes obsessively - one sure fire way to send yourself crazy - I must avoid that this time! Hope things going ok pigley - try to be good to yourself at all times

Sounds scary rachel and what stupid midwives (I am trying not to dwell on what a dozy twonk mine was but honestly yours takes the biscuit!) Healing thoughts winging to you. The big thing I kept being told about being fat and pg and not allowed on MLU was the risk of shoulder dystocia and as a result when I was pushing out the shoulders I overdid it really and that's why I got a graze. Think the professionals get so obsessed trying to control and predict a natural, uncontrollable, unpredictable process that they often get it wrong. (Speaking as a health care professional...)

SK and cupcake I'm cosleeping too - did with DD1 as well - beginning to wonder why I bought a moses basket actually!

kudos ML re donating milk

Love to all - can't quite believe we're here already!

cupcake fairy...glad to have helped make you feel a bit better. i'd like mine to be born today too though, i am dreading getting to that awful awful day when my may baby becomes a june baby sad

Carikube Fri 28-May-10 12:05:55

Congratulations james! Am so pleased for you. Sorry you didn't get the epidural you wanted but it sounds like you're more than happy with the end result to make up for it grin

cupcake I know it's not what your relatives want to hear but if the thought of them coming is stressing you out, you need to tell them to wait a bit longer before visiting. Babyblues really do kick in without warning (or they certainly did with me for DD1 - I was happy in the morning, took one look at the MW who turned up at lunchtime and promptly burst in to tears with no idea where that came from blush). Also you do need those first days to get to know your LO. I've had people here since DD2 was born and they haven't seen much of her or me as I have been feeding her upstairs out of sight as I really don't want to feel that I am being watched/judged - maybe that's something else you can do if they do come round?

sweetkitty yes it was me talking about moses baskets. I've just put DD2 in it again while I had my shower and she has screamed the place down (even though there is a breast pad in there as well as a comforter that DH and I have been sleeping with for a couple of weeks). I've now put her on our bed on my V-pillow on her side and she's spark out. The dummy didn't work at all last night - for some reason my finger is way better confused which is a bit of a pain as I can't find a way to get comfy in bed to be able to sleep whilst she's sucking away....

Carikube Fri 28-May-10 12:10:23

oh and alimouse I'd love for my DB to sort out SIL but unfortunately he's as bad as she is - he phoned me on my 18th birthday and I got all excited as he was always useless at remembering birthdays and I was so chuffed he'd made the effort, only to find out that he was only calling to ask to borrow money and hadn't even registered it was my birthday sad. No, I'm not one to carry a grudge [18 years later you'd have thought I'd let it go emoticon]

cupcakefairy Fri 28-May-10 12:29:30

Thanks carikube. I know I should just ask relatives to stay away a bit longer but it's so awkward cos it's half term holidays they're all off... if baby had come last week it just would have been such better timing. But yes I will definitely be sneaking off with baby a lot; just hoping my Mum and MIL don't try to butt in too much, first grandchild on both sides and all confused
shock to your bro! That is so gutting. That status thing is one of the reasons I hate facebook - I've sometimes found out things I reeeeally would have been better off not knowing!

alle01 Fri 28-May-10 12:44:02

hi all
bf not so good today, back to some top ups with bottles, cause he can't get enough, demands feeding every hour and my nipples are really sore, any help?, will definetly call la leche league...
sorry no personals, really exhausted and quite frustrated tbh, but expressing lots, so at least not so much formula, also he will only sleep in my arms,









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AliMouse Fri 28-May-10 12:50:16

Carikube haha - you're not a scorpio are you?!

Facebook is evil. Before we left me and the husband set up a group called Facebook Suicide with a still of Ripley from Alien throwing herself backwards into a molton pit of burning metal, for all those who were fed up and wanted to go. Leaving was the best thing I ever did - saw more REAL friends in the first 2 weeks than I had in months and am still enjoying my daily privacy and annonimity smile.

I just took DS2 to the park and went on all the rides with him - bounced really hard on the see-saw, got a fair few odd looks. Going to attempt the eat-your-own-weight-in-pineapple again too. Wish me luck!

cupcakefairy your post sent a shudder down my spine remembering my first (truely evil) MIL when I had DS1. She arrived at my house at 9am and left at 8pm and did bugger all except dominate the baby - I had to make tea all day, lunch and dinner for her angry. Please please learn from my mistake!! Make your relatives get their own drinks and food and hold on to your baby if you feel uncomfortable with them butting in. It's a diplomatic minefield but people will be expecting you to be hormonal, so you may as well live up to their expectations! smile

sweetkitty Fri 28-May-10 12:54:36

Just tried DS in the Baby Bjorn and remembered why I didn't like it, my back hurt after about 10 mins and his head was lolling about too much.

Sorry cupcake blush

We are off to Ikea (aka second home they have a FREE creche people) on Monday to buy a cheapie cot for DD3 so Jacob can get the bedside one. I have a almost brand new toddler bed up the loft but with the extension plans I plan to keep DD3 in a cot until her room is finished, we are splitting her box room down the middle to create an access corridor for another 3 bedrooms and stealing the rest of it for our master bedroom so DD3 will have to go in the already cramped bedroom with DD1 and 2 and the thought of her in a bed is well scary so the cot is smaller and she is contained. The bedside cot is fab for cosleeping though.

carikube - I feel you pain Jacob is the same may have to try the hot water bottle trick. He's whinging in his moses basket just now yet he can sleep in his car seat no problem.

I am fed up with today weather wise one minute it looks so nice the next it is raining and I put a washing out! Have also woke up full of cold lurgy with sore joints/headache/sore throat the works so am not a happy bunny today at least the schools are off.

Better go whinging has turned into full blown screaming sad

Carikube Fri 28-May-10 14:16:40

SK I'm tempted to try DD2 in the bouncy chair tonight to see if that is any better. By the time I got up this morning I was hanging off the edge of the bed - although DD2 is tiny she certainly manages to make sure she has enough room! DH doesn't seem to stir at all so I'm the one who gets shoved out of the way - how do men do that? I also remembered last night why I don't like feeding LO in our room as I had to listen to him snoring away whilst I was desperately trying to keep my eyes open and get DD2 fed...brings back all the memories of nighttime with DD1...

alle don't let a bad day of feeding dishearten you. Having happily told DH that all my feeding problems were sorted, I ended up with bleeding nipples last night and today DD2 has fed really badly. I'm trying to view it as just a bad phase rather than anything more sinister and that I'll be back to being brilliant in no time at all wink

AliMouse Fri 28-May-10 14:55:24

I just did the Nichols rule thingy and it calculated my dute date as the 3rd June - my DS2's birthday. So I'm happy I'm not officially overdue, but also extra worried I'll have the baby on his birthday! Grrr!

SquirtsMum Fri 28-May-10 15:00:25

congratulations to hollyoaks newmomma myfirstbump mollybob nimk james and to anyone else i've missed

lack of sleep has turned me into a bit of a vegetable - the joys of trying to sleep when Squirt does is impossible as she sounds like a bloody jack russell with all her snuffling and heavy breathing!! but 10 days in and enjoying this more than i thought i would.
Staples are out and scar is healing nicely, bit of an overhang still (guess they didn't give the tummy tuck i asked for during the section lol) but DP and i can now actually cuddle with me having to stand sideways!!

we have no real routine sleep/feed wise as the first week she totally lulled us into a false sense of achievement!! most sleep i've managed in 10days has been 5hrs straight, Rebecca only cries when she's hungry and is an otherwise fairly contented baby so feeling very lucky about that.
Last community midwife visit this morning and Squirt now weighs 10lb 3oz and is getting silly long, she doesn't look like a 10 day old.

btw is there a waking/sleep ratio for newborns? yesterday Squirt was awake for nearly 10hrs in total, wasn't crying or distressed just seemed interested in the fuzzy, out of focus world around her - is this normal?

xxxx

schipo Fri 28-May-10 15:02:57

Looks like more congratulations are in order: well done james, hollyoaks, myfirstbump, newmomma, lukymiller and anyone else i've missed. I'm like Moggmum 40+12 so of course very jealous.

I'm finding it hard to keep hold of the idea that a baby will eventually emerge to be honest sad

I went in for my scheduled induction this morning after two sweeps failed to produce anything but a show. I was given prostaglandin gel and now I'm at home waiting for something to happen. I understand it can take 6 or 8 hours before anything does. I thought it would all be over today but it seems not. Does anyone have any advice for encouraging prostaglandin to work? There'll be plenty more interventions tomorrow if it doesn't which i'd rather avoid.

Meanwhile midwife who applied the gel seemed to have extra-ordinarily large hands and I'm still getting over the shock. I suppose its all good practise for getting a baby out.

btw. should i also be worried that I've had no leakages from nipples by now?

Anyway, here's hoping we see a good few new babies before the end of the weekend. Weren't there other people having inductions today?

MoggMum Fri 28-May-10 15:17:57

schipo was wondering how you were getting on. I know how you feel as I really can't imagine this baby is ever going to come now either!

No leaky nipples here which is probably no consolation as I'm in the same position as you.

I think First1 was also due to have induction today?

Just tried the Nichols rule theory someone suggested which puts my due date as this weekend - fingers crossed smile

sweetkitty Fri 28-May-10 15:50:38

Oh schipo poor you, I guess I was very lucky I went into labour 3 hours after having the gel but being on no4 I reckon there wasn't much holding him in! Hope it kicks off for you soon

carikube - I don't have a bouncy chair but a swing that rocks itself, he doesn't like that much either. He's so tired just fed him to sleep and sat with him for 2 mins after he unlatched himself, out him down to get DD3 up and he is up again. I simply cannot sit and feed him to sleep then sit with him with the others about but he hates being in his basket. Now it's cooler I think I will swaddle him again.

By no4 you would think I would have this all sussed wouldn't you??!!

cupcakefairy Fri 28-May-10 16:11:45

Hi schipo I was wondering if I'd missed a birth announcement somewhere as we hadn't heard from you in a while. I really feel for you..I'm only 40+9 and just climbing the walls. Absolutely agree with you and moggmum that it's very hard to hold onto the fact a baby is actually coming now! Feels like due date has come and gone ages ago therefore we are just left behind and pregnant forever!

I was told with prostaglandin gel to WALK LOTS. The friend who told me that said she was in hospital and just walked up and down the ward all day reading a book and it worked grin so hope you don't have to have more nasty interventions. I have a sweep tomorrow and was so hopeful for it but keep reading that they failed for others just feel sad that baby doesn't want to come out!
A friend who had the same due date as me keeps posting pics on FB of her one week old dd.. I just find it so weird mine is essentially the same age but still inside!

Really really hope this weekend is the one for all us overdueys!

Hi squirtsmum I think 5 hours sleep in a row is really good going for 10 days in!! Really lovely to hear you're enjoying it too. Baby Whisperer (I know I'm a stuck record) says a newborn sleeps 16-20hrs a day with a typical pattern being napping 1 hour in every 3, and 5-6 hours at night. But I'm sure it can really vary between babies! (Don't exactly have much experience yet!!)

Aw ali I hope baby doesn't come on DS2's birthday; sending out strong May vibes to all the babies still in waiting! And <shudder> to your MIL story! Thankfully mine won't be here all day every day as they're staying elsewhere & they've been told they're not going to be waited on by us wink
Speaking of MILs mine just text me saying 'you know how the baby got there, it's supposed to help get it out too!' shockshock it was bad enough when my own Mum text me that last week but now my MIL telling me to go bed her son! shock (and it would just be way too embarrassing to reply 'well actually we've been trying that every night!!' grin)

cupcakefairy Fri 28-May-10 16:25:28

Just adding James on.
We haven't heard from Angel either; she must've had her little one by now

THE NEW ARRIVALS

11 April LuckyC, GIRL MATILDA, 14.47
15 April ForcesSweetheart, GIRL, MOLLY, 10.27, 7lbs 6ozs
16 April Littleowls, BOY JOEL, 14.40, 4lb 8oz
16 April Memorylapse, GIRL, OLIVIA GRACE, 6.17pm, 6lbs 11.5ozs
23 April Sophie2008, BOY, COREY DREW 7lbs 2.5oz and GIRL, MIRIAM ELIZABETH 7lbs 4oz
27 April Brightredballoon, GIRL, 10am, 7lb 12oz
27 April Pagen, BOY, JACK JOHN, 7.30am, 9lbs 2ozs
29 April littleonemum, GIRL, LUX EMILIE, 9.40pm, 7lbs 7 ozs
04 May fiveisanawfullybignumber, GIRL, FLORENCE MARGARET GRACE, 6.14pm,
04 May hormonalmum, GIRL
05 May sweetkitty, BOY, JACOB DAVID JOHN, 4.52am, 8lbs 5ozs
05 May Mustbemadno3 GIRL, LILLIA VICTORIA SOFIA, 05.05am 6lbs 8ozs
06 May Alle, BOY, OSCAR, 12.20pm 6lbs 8ozs
06 May alexw, GIRL, JULIA MAUD, 7lbs2oz
07 May TwentiethCenturyHeffa, BOY, CORIN, 7lbs1oz
07 May sheepgomeep, GIRL, JESSICA, 9lbs 12.5oz
08 May Lizzie9442, GIRL, LOUISE, 9.01pm, 10lbs
10 May Hobnobfanatic, GIRL
11 May 30ish, BOY, OLIVER JAMES, 10:05am, 9lbs 7oz.
12 May kateyjane, BOY, THOMAS EDWARD, 11.29am, 7lbs 12ozs
13 May MarquiseDeMerteuil, BOY, FELIX BENJAMIN, 5lbs 15oz
14 May itshappenedagain, GIRL, FLORENCE ELEANOR, 5.22am, 8lb 6oz
14 May TomlinTowers, GIRL, SOPHIE MAE, 8.43am, 9lbs 7oz
15 May pigleychez, GIRL, LUCY OLIVIA, 9.30am 7lbs 12oz
15 May slipperthief, BOY, DANIEL HENRY, 7.28pm, 8lbs 4oz
16 May Wibblela, GIRL, REFAELLA, 12.22am, 8lbs 4oz
17 May pamelat, BOY, ALEXANDER, 12.14pm, 7lbs 8oz
17 May Morph2, BOY, JACOB ANTHONY, 7.50pm, 6lbs 11ozs
18 May squirtsmum, GIRL, REBECCA LOUISE, 1.37am, 9lbs 14.5oz
18 May MinnieMummy, GIRL, 8.31am, 10lbs 11oz
18 May KatnKankles, GIRL, AVA ROSE, 8lbs 14oz
19 May Sweetpeasmum, GIRL, SOPHIE ELIZABETH, 6.38am
20 May Sassles, BOY, SAMUEL, 9lbs 4oz
20 May KaffaCakes, BOY, ALBERT STANLEY, 1.09am, 7lbs 8.5oz
20 May Den26, BOY, RIAN ALEXANDER, 7lbs 13oz
21 May Carikube, GIRL, ALICE JANE, 2.17am, 8lbs 5oz
21 May peakyispreggers, BOY, FINN, 2.47am, 7lbs 12oz
21 May Gils, GIRL, MELISSA ANNE, 3.38am, 8lbs 10oz
21 May Rachelfruitloop, BOY, ERIC DAVID, 3.48am, 11lbs 2oz
23 May newmomma, GIRL, 6.34am, 8lbs 12.5oz
24 May Mollycuddles, GIRL, MOLLY LETITIA ROSE, 2.24am, 8lbs 3oz
24 May LuckyMiller, BOY, IRA JACOB, 8lbs 2oz
25 May Hollyoaks, GIRL, GRACE ANNABEL
25 May JamesandtheGiantBanana, GIRL, 7lbs
25 May Nimk, GIRL, 6lbs 8oz
27 May myfirstbump, GIRL, DARCEY ELIZABETH, 2.18pm 8lbs 15oz

THE WAITING LOUNGE

06 May - DorotheaPlenticlew, 35, #2, GIRL, Edinburgh
08 May - Asparagusaddict, #1
12 May - Haribolicious 36, #2, BOY
12 May - LivsHannah 27, #2, BOY
13 May - Cith, 30, #1
13 May - TinyVeins, 29, #1
13 May - Mummymunchkins, 40, #3, BOY
14 May - CornishSAMum, 33, #1, Cornwall
16 May - MoggMum, 38, #1
16 May - schipo, 40, #1, BOY
16 May - Vicky204, 34, #1
17 May - first1, 22, #1, GIRL, Surrey
19 May - cupcakefairy, 25, #1
20 May - LolaAnn, 22, #1, BOY
20 May - Aim, #2, BOY
20 May - homebirthmummy4, #4
21 May - Suey2, 39, no2, GIRL
21 May - Mumofeag, 34, #3 BOY
23 May - RacquelWelsh, 38, #1 BOY
24 May - AnAngelWithin #5
24 May - Yorky, 31, #3
26 May - booboomonster, 35, #2 GIRL, SW London
26 May - AliMouse, 40, #3 BOY
26 May - Glastocchick, 34, #1
31 May - ande, #4
31 May - thegauntlet, #1

Carikube Fri 28-May-10 16:38:26

cupcake you never know, the sweep might work - it did for me

SK I haven't had to spend any time yet on my own with both DCs but I hope DD2 settles a bit better by the time I'm on my own the week after next as there's going to be no way I can spend so much time with her as I am now. She's just had another marathon 4 hour nap though; you can guarantee that she won't do anything like that tonight. She doesn't seem to be feeding as well/as much today and also seems very drowsy so I just hope she's ok but I guess we'll see.

Just tried out that Nichols rule thing as I'd never heard of it before. It gave me an EDD of May 18th which is a bit more realistic than the 14th (DD2 born 21st) so if I'm ever stupid enough to have any more, I may well use this system...

MarquiseDeMerteuil Fri 28-May-10 17:23:35

Happy anniversary AliMouse!

Congratulations James, that's a great birth story, lol at the Victor Meldrew moment! And no tears or stitches envy!

Mogg - good work on gaining a few days' grace on the induction. Fingers crossed that you won't need it!

booboo - did you get to see Sex & The City? I still haven't seen the first one!! Thanks for the tips on routine, and thanks to Mollycuddles too (love the new name!). We're breast-feeding on demand too, so Felix pretty much determines his own 'routine'. I'm inclined to keep it that way until after our trip. If he's feeding roughly every 3-4 hours, then I guess the time difference might actually not have that much of an effect on him (or us!).

Cupcake - I echo what Carikube says about making sure you do your own thing even if you have visitors there. If you're anxious about it, warn them in advance that that's what you plan to do. Also, I'd say don't worry too much now about baby blues. I don't think they're inevitable. I didn't get them at all, so you might be lucky and escape too! Thanks for the baby whisperer recommendation. You are the second person to recommend it, so I'm going to treat myself to a copy on amazon.

SK - am impressed with your planned trip to Ikea. Felix absolutely loves his Ikea muslins - they have a crazy pattern on them which he seems to stare at for ages - worth investing in if you need some!

squirt - sounds like things are going really well with Rebecca! I have no idea about sleep:wake ratio. Felix varies hugely from day to day, but definitely spends far more time asleep than awake.

schipo - Fingers crossed that your prostaglandin kicks in shortly. I don't think you need to worry about the lack of leakage, it really varies from person to person. My DSis leaked from about 7 months pregnant, whereas I didn't leak for the first time until about 3 days after my milk came in (making up for it now though)!

Alle - sorry to hear you're having a difficult day. Just remember that some days are better than others, and one tricky day doesn't mean the next day will be hard too.

Hope everyone has a good bank holiday weekend, and that all the overdue babies decide to make an appearance! Sending out lots of labour vibes.

pamelat Fri 28-May-10 17:42:12

alle i sympathise as am feeding 1.5 to 2 hourly which all "normal" but feels constant.

eg rougly 7am, 830am, 1030am, 12, 2, 4, 5, 6 and then pretty much constantly between 6 and 9. 10pm, 2am, 4am and so it goes ....

souns horrid but find it difficult and have dd, and ery tempted to use formula at 7 and 10pm?

AliMouse Fri 28-May-10 18:12:05

Hi

Sorry to moan, but I feel really despondant for the first time in ages and I just bit DH's head off. We didn't plan this baby and were supposed to be spending our 5th wedding anniversary in Cornwall where he proposed - with no children. We can't even share a bottle of bubbly in case I go into labour. The reality is just so far from what was in our minds for this weekend!

I know I'm not anywhere near as overdue as others, but I too have started to doubt that he will come out! It's been hard enough getting my head around the fact that I'm pregnant as I had a coil fitted (it fell out!), but having to wait is making it so much more difficult. I've been quite bouyant lately but today I'm really worried I'll get PND and I won't bond with my newborn at all. I'm already feeling cross with him for possibly spoiling DS2's birthday if he arrives that day and the poor little mite isn't even here yet.

ARG - hormones!! Maybe sarrogacy isn't such a mad idea after all. Cuts out the spade work doesn't it? wink

cupcakefairy my MIL just made a smutty comment about how we must have been 'at it' at the same time of year to have two so close together. I didn't know what to say - does she think we only have sex once a year? Or once every 4 years?! MIL's commenting on your sex life is almost as unsavoury as hearing your parents having sex. But not quite!

KaffaCakes Fri 28-May-10 18:21:47

Right then. Just managed to get a nice post together earlier then the internet explorer crashed. Grrr.

Anyways, congrats to james! great to hear from you. Also to Den, Nimk, MFB, luckymiller and all who have recently sprogged! This forum moves far too quickly. Hope you're enjoying your newborns as much as I am. newmomma congrats to you too! Your birth story is fab, sounds like it was reasonably smooth (even with the crazy driving!)and you're doing great post-natally.

Hope that cupcake and moggmum you aren't too uncomfortable and fielding all those 'haven't you given birth yet?' enquiries with all the grace you muster up wink.

Ali I thought the pethidine was a godsend to be honest, even after I was keen not too have it initially. However, after about two hours of established labour I needed something to take the edge off the pain, and it did exactly that. It's the only pain relief they offer locally here in Chelmsford, but I've been recommended that Mepted is very good for pain relief without the drowsy effects if that's what you mean. Though to be honest after a difficult and tiring delivery, Albie's mammoth pethidine-induced sleep after the birth was great for me to have a quick re-charge! I did feel a bit 'out of it' but when it came around to the episiotomy I was glad!

Carikube- pre-pregnancy clothes- wow! [impressed emoticon]. I did a primark run yesterday as I have no summer clothes that fit and offer Albie easy access to his food!

rachel thanks for the fibre advice. I've been knocking back tonnes of granola bars and things seem to be moving along quite nicely now!!! wink

alle Your DH sounds fab! Glad you're getting all the suport you need. I find it hard that I can't do as much as usual, but DP has been great sorting out dinner, lunch, washing, washing up and shopping. I've also given myself a window of 4/5 years to forget the pain of labour and recovery before we make more babies!

My stitches are feeling better now the swelling has subsided but the MW just checked them and one has split confused so i've been given orders to sit with knickers off to let the area 'air' and heal! As it's day 8 I won't have to go back for another stitch though luckily. So I am sitting here with my mimsy out. Thank goodness we live in a first floor flat and no-one can see into our lounge! wink Also, like MDM I want to thank whoever it as for the tea tree and lavender bath trick, it's been wonderful. Even though I have taken to weeing in the bath so that I don't make my split stitch sting like a mutha!

Pigley sorry to hear you're so disappointed in your feeding. The main thing is that Lucy is getting everything she needs from your expressed milk, so try and take heart from that I suppose. I've very grateful that Albie has taken to it like a duck to water, even though I have had trouble expressing. Sounds like we need a combination of our two dilemmas!Like rachel I recommend breastfeeding clinics, I went to one before I gave birth and it made me feel so confident about doing it- I have had no qualms yet about getting the girls out in public to feed Albie, though I have had some slightly disapproving glances. Arseholes.

MDM sounds like you and your lot are doing great! We had not too bad a night last night, Albie is very awake today so hopefully that bodes well. Been having similar issues getting him to sleep in the crib, he's in there now just woken from a nap. We watched the cricket earlier (bloody good innings from Trott) too.

Everything else is well here, feet have finally gone back to normal after a week of looking like I'm related to John Merrick! Freakin' hideous not to mention inconvenient- my flip-flops barely fit let alone any other shoes! Albie had an eye infection but got some drops from the GP and it's healed nicely. It was the same eye that was bruised by the forceps though I think he does grasp it when he's feeding. Now it's a bit cooler I can put scratch mittens on again.

Anyways, more of the family have unexpectedly rocked up so better put some pants on and get them a brew!

booboomonster Fri 28-May-10 19:30:13

cupcake - I don’t blame you for getting frustrated. It’s rubbish going overdue (and I didn’t last time so it’s come as a shock) - especially with the pressure from relatives/ friends/ potential visitors. It is like people think it’s your fault. I am trying to dwell on the fact that I can still sleep when I want to (DD permitting) and do things like go to the cinema - which I know I won’t be able to do once LO comes. I don’t know if that’s much help to you - but if there is anything left that you can do - nice, treat stuff, then do it now! I know what you mean about a May baby too - I am sure you will get one! I am not so sure about me though - think it will be June at this rate! I did my Nichols rule due date and it’s 6 June, bah…
oh, and blush to your MIL comments about DTD with her son!!!

molly I sincerely hope my chaotic hormones are related to going into labour - I am so emotional at the moment it’s ridiculous. I even cried in the sex and the city film this afternoon (and it’s really not sad…). Otherwise I am just turning into a total sap.

carikube - sorry to hear about your rubbish rellys and good luck with the bouncy chair!

Ali hope it’s not the 3rd June - I can see why that would be a pain! Hopefully well before then? And Happy Anniversary! Can’t remember if I said before but DH has apologised - and said he will make an effort. I just said ‘the proof is in the pudding….’ Sorry you are having such a rubbish anniversary. I know one of the reasons my DH is a bit miserable is because he is dreading doing the whole baby thing again. Like you say, being in Cornwall with a bottle of bubbly and no kids can seem very appealing! But it will be worth it in the end, that’s what we have to remind ourselves. My parents had my little brother 7 years after me and 10 years after my older brother, and it was great fun having him around - and he was very easy (partly cos my folks were so chilled by then) so I’m sure you will enjoy it.

schipo good to hear from you - I was sure you must have popped. You and mogg must be next surely… I don’t have any experience of induction I’m afraid. I do remember that just before I went into labour last time my nipples leaked a bit. But I’ve no idea if that’s standard - haven’t had anything like that this time yet - and I did give them a bit of a squeeze earlier just to see if I’d missed something, but nowt.

The other thing I was thinking about going overdue is that of course none of us know when we ovulated (correct me if I’m wrong) so maybe we just had a late ovulation and a late fertilisation in which case baby isn’t overdue as such, just still being finished off…. as it were. does that make sense? It makes me feel a bit better to think that it needs to stay in for a bit longer.

The list is getting rather top heavy isn’t it? I am sure there are a fair few on the June thread who have had their babies now… will we ever catch up? wink

MDM yes saw the first showing of Sex and the city at clapham picturehouse. It was entertaining. Quite nice to fit it in as it will be trickier once the baby comes. Having said that, there is a ‘big scream’ on thursday mornings at the picture house which is great as you can take little babies but get to see all the new releases (I think you are local?).

Kaffa hope your stitches heal soon, and glad the feet have gone down. Mine are a little inflated - I bought some flip flops today and they did look a bit like they might slice through my skin if it gets any worse.

big time labour vibes to all the expectants….

AnAngelWithin Fri 28-May-10 19:55:37

Hi all. Just quick post. Gave birth early hours of this morning at 12.34 to 8lb 15oz girl. Called her Willow. Shes totally adorable and worth the total trauma of a birth that knocked me for six. We were still able to come home at 10am though, but I fell totally in a daze and not with it yet! Will post more and resond tomorrow. x x x x

booboomonster Fri 28-May-10 20:01:44

congratulations Angel ! great news, look forward to hearing the birth story. Hope you can get some quality sleep in!

cupcakefairy Fri 28-May-10 20:04:53

Aww Ali so sorry you're feeling down it's perfectly understandable though considering!! I think you've done amazingly well; I'm not sure how I'd cope with an unplanned pregnancy, especially with your dates being so inconvenient Hope you can celebrate your anniversary a bit late and have some much deserved bubbly once lo is here (THIS WEEKEND PLEASE)
Glad my MIL isn't the only inappropriate one grin -maybe yours just likes to think you only have sex once a year. Sex should just not be discussed with MILs!

kaffa lol to needing to put some pants on for the rellies gringrin

MDM thanks, that is encouraging that you didn't get baby blues...but I am a pretty tearful person at the best of times so am anticipating it!

booboo thanks for your lovely words too. I am trying to appreciate all the sleep and did go to the cinema a lot in the first few weeks of mat leave but a bit scared to now in case waters go blush just hate that the more this gets delayed, the more fearful I get about the whole birth thing; I just want it over with!

Carikube I read your birth story again and that is encouraging about the sweep- really hope that happens for me! Did you have yours at home? My mw is coming to our house and I'm a bit blush about whipping off my pants in our bedroom for her to root around... somehow feels less weird at a hospital or clinic!

cupcakefairy Fri 28-May-10 20:06:39

x-post angel congratulations!! gorgeous name. Sorry birth was tough but wow to getting home so soon!

Girls are definitely way ahead of boys on our stats!

Carikube Fri 28-May-10 20:23:29

congrats angel and hope you manage to take it easy - I'm sure the temptation to do things now that you are home is going to be great but I hope you get your feet up a lot as well.

cupcake yes I had my sweep at home - MW didn't have any appts left at her afternoon clinic so squeezed in a home visit between her other commitments. It didn't bother me whipping off my pants in my bedroom as it were as I had done this after having DD1 so that she could examine my stitches (she had to check them before being able to sign me off) so it was just going over old ground really. Also I think it was preferable doing it at home as I wouldn't have wanted to walk back through the GP surgery with the way I was walking afterwards blush

booboomonster Fri 28-May-10 21:56:25

oh carikube how were you walking? I need to know - sweep booked for next wednesday...

cupcake I know what you mean about waters breaking - I actually thought for a second during the film today that this was happening. Though I am so shameless I don't think I would care that much... but I do understand your anxiety. Also the fear factor - it's so hard not knowing what kind of birth you'll have. Even though I've done it before, I don't feel there is any guarantee it will be ok (and there isn't of course!). I think if you can be relaxed as possible that is good for labour, so try not to stress. And last time I thought the NHS was brilliant - they are very well trained, for all the criticism you hear, so you will be in good hands.

anyway, off to get an early night...

pigleychez Fri 28-May-10 22:04:30

firstbump- Congratulations on the birth of Darcey lovely name and looking forward to hearing your story.

MDM- Congrats on your wedding anniversary and glad you enjoyed your pub lunch.

molly- Sorry your feeling down. Im sure DD will get used to her new sister. Its just such a change at the mo.

James- lovely birth story glad you managed to avoid being induced.

Ali- Congrats on your wedding anniversary

Mogg- fingers crossed for the weekend then

SK- Sorry your feeling rough. Hope you have a better day tomorrow.

Squirt- Glad your enjoying motherhood

schipo- Fingers crossed things happen soon for you.

Cupcake- grin at your MIL's text.

Kaffa- Hope the airing helps your stitches My feet after DD1 were HUGE. Even the MW said shes not seen any that big before!

Angel- Congratulations on the birth of Willow. Beautiful name. Looking forward to your story.

Labour vibes to all those overdue! Thinking of you all as i know how horrible it is.

Thanks for the BF advice. Well last night managed to get her to latch on properly.( first time in days!) and seem to have been doing ok today too which is good. My only worry now is that she not getting enough from me as she seems to get hungry really quickly afterwards like shes not satisfied by me. Im pretty sure shes latched on well and can hear her sucking.
I just worry that by expressing and topping up with formula that my supply is dropping.

Had a fab day out today. We went to a Butterfly, birds and reptile house thats about an hours drive away on the coast. Was a lovely sunny day and DD really enjoyed seeing all the animals. Highlight of her days was when a butterfly landed on my hand! Shes didnt shut up about it the whole way home! Lucy was fab asleep in the sling.

Very nervous tonight though as my mum has just called to say they are going to look after my niece as my Sis is in A&E. You may remember shes newly pregnant but has been getting pains in her right hand side that have got worse and worse all day
Hoping its all ok for her. Bad timing ( as if there ever is a good time) but its my nieces 2nd birthday tomorrow too.

Gils Fri 28-May-10 22:35:52

Congrats for new arrivals and sending positive vibes to those overdue.

Was trying to catch up on all the posts but DD2 is a caling again.

Having some terrible nights. She seems to want to feed constantly at this time. Last night she feed from 8 till 3.30 this morning. Don't understand how she can need so much. Although sometimes I think she is using me to suckle se just won't take dummy. Absolutely shattered and praying it all calms down before DH goes back to work.

Decided gonna try and express asap so i can get a bit of rest at this time. Do any of you have the tommee tippee manual breast pump. Comes in a box you can use for sterilising. If you do could you tell me the instructions for sterilising. There are no instructions in my box.

Thanks will try and catch up tomorrow

TomlinTowers Fri 28-May-10 22:40:32

Hi All

Quick post whilst DD1 is [finally] asleep...

Pigley - worrying about your sister, I hope all is well there and she is out of A & E soon. It is brilliant news about the latch, and I am so impressed at you getting out and about so much! We have managed one trip to our local National Trust house to play in the park there.

Many congrat to James and Angel - love the birth story James, and much respect to doing it without the epi! Angel, I hope the birth wasn't too traumatic and pleased you are home so soon.

Sending labour vibes to all those still waiting, and hope any inductions/sweeps go well. Looking forward to hearing lots more birth stories after the weekend!

Struggling a bit here today - Sophie will not stop feeding! She is 14 days old today, and I can only think she must be having an early growth spurt. Pamelat - I can relate to your feeding pattern! She has been feeding for 1.5 hours at a time all through the day. I know she is getting milk all that time, because I can hear it flowing and when she finally comes off she has milk all round her mouth. Have been consulting the books, and they all seem to say just to keep feeding as often as she wants it, but my goodness it is hard work. Haven't seen DS1 all day, just been rooted to the sofa! She has just gone off to sleep so off to bed now, and hoping that she gets through to at least 1am to give my milk time to regenerate!

Also kateyjane/ML/anyone else who had OC - a quick question if you don't mind? My Dsis is 17 weeks pg with her first baby and has developed a red, raised rash all over her abdomen, tops of her thighs and behind her knees. Also itching on her bump and on her arms. She has been to GP today who has sent her for blood tests on Tues to test her liver function (which I am assuming is the test for obstetric cholestasis (sp??). However, itching is driving her mad. Can you remind me please what you used to help relieve the itching you suffered with? Also, I thought OC was related to itching in palms and soles of feet - is that right? Is there any treatment for OC or is it just going to be a case of living with it? Thank you for any advice! Feel so sorry for Dsis - first pg and she is really suffering.

Anyhow, off to bed. Sorry for not many personals but DH is practically ripping the laptop out of my hands to make me go to bed...! (Although only for sleep!)

RacquelWelsh Fri 28-May-10 22:49:37

Hi Gils, yes I've got the TT manual breast pump. Sorry to hear you're having a tough time, hope things improve for you...

Sterilising instructions are:

The sterilising box has been specifically designed to microwave steam sterilise all of your breastfeeding equipment quickly and effciently. To use:

1. Pour 100ml of water into sterilising box
2. Load upturned bottle, disassembled breast pump and any accessories
3. Securely fit box lid
4. Open valve on lid of box
5. Place sterilser box in microwave
6. Follow instructions according to microwave output
7. CAUTION: To avoid risk of burning, always ensure box is cool to touch before lifting out
8. Immediately fit valve on lid to make the box airtight and sterile.

Wattage -
Under 800w Full power 6 minutes Cooling time 3 minutes

Over 850w Full power 4 minutes Cooling time 3 minutes

Hope that helps smile

kateyjane Fri 28-May-10 23:35:09

Hi everyone

Congratulations Angel - Lovely name. Hope you're feeling okay.

Sorry for no personals - I am shattered tonight, but just wanted to reply to Tomlin.
My experience of OC was intense itching on my arms and legs, which was worse at night. I did not have any kind of rash and apparently you don't usually with OC. Also it is usually something that develops in the third trimester, mine started at 25 weeks. In terms of treatment I was on ursodeoxychloric (sp?) acid, piriton 4X daily, vitamin K and when it was at its worse Temazopan (sp?) to sleep. I also had Oilatum bath lotion, used acquaes cream to wash with instead of soap, then acquaes cream with menthol. I think there are some other conditions of pregnancy which can cause an itchy rash. (Think it begins with a P? Is that what ML had??)I really hope your Dsis does not have OC because nothing really helps with the itching, it is definately more a case of learning to live with it. If I could have lived in the bath I would have done! The liver function test is to check for OC, however my LFT was always fine but my bile acid levels were really high. Doctors don't routinely do bile acid levels as they have to send the bloods away and they take a while to come back - so it is worth requesting this test if everything else comes back okay and she is still itching. Really hope she is feeling better soon - she really has my sympathy.

Pigley - sad for your sister, I really hope everything is okay for her.

brightredballoon Sat 29-May-10 00:27:54

Hi everyone

lovely reading more and more arrivals, hope the rest of you ladies in waiting have your news soon.

Again this is a rush post but perhaps next week when DH back at work I will actually feel upto speed with the thread and how everyone is doing.

MDM I would wait until after the wedding to establish a routine, at the moment you could start an event routine e.g bath, massage, feed, bed but you might be really disrupted when you away in which case seems pointless unless you are craving some order!

SK glad Jacob is doing better, his sleeping sounds fab. Hope you shake off the bug soon. A friend of mine told me the Baby Bjorns are not good for baby's hips because they are unsupported and so their legs and swish freely which puts pressure on their hip joints. However I used one for DD1 and DS for a couple of months and touch wood their hips are fine.

Any advice greatly received.... DD2 is now 4.5wks old. She settles in her moses basket during the day (in saying that we aren't in much of the day, she is often in her swing/car seat/pram) but not from bedtime onwards so I now put her to bed in our bed and give her last feed lying down (no idea when the last feed is I just keep feeding her then keep trying to leave her and often she fusses after I leave and needs another quick feed, I am starting to feel like her dummy). Am unsure if I am starting a bad habit by letting her settle to sleep in my bed (instinct tells me she is still so young it doesnt matter), also unsure if her sleeping next to me and therefore when she stirs in the night I give her a feed lying down and often doze off mid feed so I am never sure when or how long she fed for (which also means she isnt winding after a feed and is then posseting a lot more).

Its really late now but I have been to bed earlier when DD2 went down, then woke up and finished my chores! DH is out tonight so I best get to bed now since I will be up with DS at 5.30 ish (any advice on how to get him to sleep later also greatly received!)

Carikube Sat 29-May-10 10:46:02

booboo I was doing an even more exaggerated pregnancy waddle with the added concern of not being quite sure what was about to fall out blush so being able to do that at home was preferable.

pigley really hope everything is ok for your sister

Tomlin isn't there a growth spurt round the 10 day mark? DD2 is 8 days today but hasn't fed that much over the last 36 hours so I think I might be being lulled in to a false sense of security and she may well kick in to feeding overdrive over the next few days...

brb we tried the moses basket on the floor last night instead of on the stand as someone suggested that to us - DD2 lasted about 2 minutes instead of her usual 30 seconds but we then decided just to bring her in to the bed with us. She had a brilliant night, only waking once for a feed so I sctually feel quite refreshed today (I still get up to feed as I'm still too cack-handed to do it completely in the dark). I am wondering whether she would just be happier if we moved her straight in to a cot bed and gave up on the moses basket. DH isn't too keen on her being in with us long term as he's convinced he's going to squash her but I'm just so happy that we're actually getting some sleep!

Hi Ladies,

CONGRATULATIONS to James and Angel!!!! So happy for you both!! James, I also found the feeling of the baby's head crowning not as bad as I had feared - well done doing it without the epidural working properly! You and I were definitely in agreement on being keen on the epidural!

Pigley I hope that everything is ok with the pain in your sister's (was it SIL?)side. How worrying!

My experiment of trying to feed DS2 (oh it does feel weird to type that, doesn't it?!) every 2 hours during the day in hopes that it would fill him up and he'd feed less at night sort of worked I guess - he doesn't feed much when I wake him in the day, just falls right back to sleep on the breast. But last night instead of the marathon over an hour feeds during the night (we had the marathon feeding in late evening before bed), we had about 15 mins at midnight, 15 mins at 2, 15 mins at 4 and 20 mins at 5:45, and then he slept until 9:30 when DS1 came in with a big parcel we'd received from their uncle. I got a lot more sleep last night. After the 12, 2, and 4 (the 4 am feed was a bottle of expressed milk DH gave him) feeds I put him in bed next to me with my boob right at his mouth so he knew he could have more if he wanted, but he just went right to sleep. At 5:45 after his feed, we laid him in the bed inbetween us and then when he was asleep we put him in the moses basket, and he slept there the rest of the morning.

BRB and Carikube I suspect that my DS2 doesn't want to settle in the moses basket at night partially because he doesn't like it when it's too dark in the room. When it just starts getting light outside he's able to settle in there - not sure if it's coincidence, though! Now that it's cooler I'm going to try swaddling him up tight in a blanket, that always worked with my DS1, so we shall see!

Carikube my DH is also concerned about rolling over on the baby, but we did this in the first few weeks with DS1 and had no problems getting him in his cot at around 8 weeks, so I'm not worried about developing bad habits so early on. Whatever gets you sleep!! I do sleep with my arm over the baby's head and around him as a little "wall" just in case, so when DH reaches my arm he knows not to go any further! Also we're careful not to put the baby under the duvet as they can overheat so easily.

BRB those pads you sent to me are coming in handy already!!! Thanks again!

SK hope you feel better soon. It must be miserable to be a feeding machine as well as looking after you DDs when you're feeling poorly!

MDM I wouldn't worry too much about the routine until after your trip. I found that when we took DS1 to L.A. when he was 3 months, he adjusted really well mainly because he was still sleeping so much. It gets trickier when they're older and the effects of jet lag are more evident!

Schipo and others overdue, I distinctly remember that feeling of missing the due date so I must not be having a baby anymore! grin Hope things are happening with the induction Schipo! Anyone having a sweep, it worked for me this time, don't know if it was combined with DTD, so may be time to recruit your partners! blush

Ali My DS1 is going to be 3 on 3rd June! Before the baby was born I was also feeling a bit anxious that I'd go overdue and they'd end up having the same birthday!

Alle I hope things get better for you. I am finding the sore nipples really hard with the frequent feeds as well, and I've done this all before! I thought it would be a bit easier than this second time around, but hey ho! The thing I'm doing that is helping is that I'm keeping a wide pinch with my fingers around my nipple as DS feeds to make sure he gets the whole thing in his mouth, even when it starts feeling better I just keep holding it and it seems to be helping. Also Lansinoh on the nipples after EVERY time, I was getting a bit lazy with it.

Carikube asking to borrow money on your birthday?!? LOL, but angry!!

My Nichols Rule due date would have been 25 May, so Eric was a bit early I guess, but my cycle was all over the place before I conceived, we were trying for nearly a year before we got lucky!

My DS1 is being so lovely with the baby. Thanks for your compliments on the photo I added of my boys to the FB group. DS1 had been waking a bit in the night and calling for me a few nights ago, so I had a chat with him yesterday. I think his anxiety is manifesting in his sleep. I told him that if he's worried or sad about anything he can talk to me about it. Also that even though I'm not available to do things for him all the time, I will still help him and that I still love him and will make sure that if I can't help him that someone will, and that sometimes he will just have to wait a bit for me to be able to help. He said "Mummy I don't want you to go to hospital again" and I told him that I probably wouldn't as I don't plan to have more babies. Then he said "I miss you Mummy" and I had to stop myself from just blubbering like a baby! The guilt I feel is a bit overwhelming, but I know giving him a brother is a real gift. I have to just keep that in mind!

Looking forward to more birth announcements and stories! Sending out good labour vibes to all those waiting!! grin

brightredballoon Sat 29-May-10 12:46:24

Carikube My DH isnt keen on baby being in with us either but thats more because he has been pushed out into the spare room! Last night he didnt need me as a dummy which was great but I fed her sitting up in bed as I was more refreshed as I had had some zzzs before "nightshift" she went 9-1-5-9 but is struggling to settle this morning.

pigley any news on your sister? Hope she is ok

memorylapse Sat 29-May-10 13:10:26

very quick post as I have to go to work..yes worksad..painter has phoned in sick..

re itching..I had puritus of pregnancy..similiar symptoms to OC but not..

treatment was piriton and menthol cream...really hope your dsis doesnt have OC Tomlin..but she will be well monitored if she has

pigleychez Sat 29-May-10 14:10:22

Gills- Sorry your having bad nights... im sure they will improve soon.

Tomlin- I have read about the 2 week growth spurt. Lucy seems to scoffing alot at the mo too and shes 14 days today.

Rachel- Glad your night was abit better
Bless DS1 Its such a change for them isnt it. Must be alittle unsettling.
Since coming home after having Lucy, DD has little stroppy but could be just cause shes 2mths off turning 2! Nothing major and nothing we cant handle with a few sturn words

Thanks for the wishes for my sister. They seem to think its all ok and has been sent home with painkillers. Dr just said it was common to get more pains with your second?!?
Not sure if she was scanned or what as Im getting everything second hand via my mum as I cant get hold of my sis on her mobile and she doesnt have a land line. My nieces 2nd birthday today and my DD enjoyed watching Cebeebies and seeing a photo of her on a bithday card sent in by my sis. Pointing to the screen, grinning and saying her name.

Lucy has spent ages asleep this morning! and only woke once last night- fed at 11 then 3 then 6.30 Love watching her asleep as she pulls the oddest faces grin

Miserable grim day here today pouring with rain so just pottering about doing little bits of housework.

LuckyC Sat 29-May-10 14:57:07

Huge congrats to James and Angel. Great news. Hope everyone is doing OK.

My mum has arrived so I have some backup and boy am I ready for it! Matilda not sleeping very well at night. V tired but situation normal I suppose.

schipo Sat 29-May-10 16:04:16

V quick post from hospital. Five hours after gel applied conttractions kicked in. Nine hours later fully dilated, two and a half hours and a small cut in by then bruised perenium baby was born. 7lbs 13oz I'm told. 4.40am today. We are in love of course and can't believe our luck. Have to stay in hospital for 24 hours because baby had poo on way out. Will catch up and post fully later but just wanted to add my news. Had lovely midwife btw. would have had an epidural at one point but there was a 3 hour queue so was done by then. Good luck moggmum, cupcake etc x

hollyoaks Sat 29-May-10 16:15:44

Hi all.

Sorry for a very me post but only have half an hour before I'm going back into hospital

Anyway, had contractions every half hour all day Monday, went into hospital at 9pm and Grace was born at 00:07am on Tuesday 25th May weighing 6lb 11oz. One stitch and feeling great in myself.

Unfortunately she had an exomphalus minor which was previously undiagnosed and so blue-lighted by the tiny lives team to the RVI in Newcastle from our local hospital. I was discharged after 4 hours and we drove over to the RVI to be with Grace. her exomphalus has already been pushed back into her abdomen by the time we arrived and she seemed to be well. Unfortunately she didn't pass any meconium in the next two days and started vomiting and had no interest in feeding. On Thursday afternoon the consultant decided after an x-ray she needed an op and she was rushed off to theatre. Carrying her down there and handing her to an anaesthetic nurse was the worst moment of my life . Anyway, she came back to intensive care after three hours, she had a gap in her colon which had to be sown back together.

Since then she has had four dirty nappies (so exciting we videoed the first one) and had 10ml of expressed milk via a tube. Fingers crossed she is on the mend.

I feel absolutely drained and wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy, not helped by the fact the op came on the day my hormones dipped and my milk came in. Missing dd1 () like crazy but thankfully we have loads of family who are happy to take her so we can stay on the ward with her. I have to live in as one parent is expected to and I'm expressing every three hours.

Congratulations to all the new mummies and babies, hope everyone is well, enjoy those cuddles.

hollyoaks Sat 29-May-10 16:17:22

Oh, only positive to all this stress is that I'm back into my jeans

cupcakefairy Sat 29-May-10 16:24:55

Hello ladies.
I'm still pregnant angry 40+10.

Had sweep this morning. Was a bit uncomfortable but fine really. MW said straight away 'well I don't think you will be having this baby today' I almost cried
Apparently the head isn't quite resting on the cervix but she did manage to insert one finger into the cervix even though it was quite posterior.
She said to walk lots to get the head turned slightly so dh and I have been on long walk; I am exhausted!
Have had a bit of bloody mucus since and cramps but nothing that seems significant. Will try dtd again tonight as it's apparently more effective after a sweep (rachel it probably did help you go into labour then) honestly, dh & I have dtd more in the last 10 days than the previous 8 months hmm but it is blummin hard work with this bump! grin

I've been booked for an induction on Wednesday which I desperately don't want. Just praying baby comes before then. Will have another sweep Tuesday first though.
Got a bit weepy on phone to my Mum after who gave me the usual speech about doing what's best for baby but I just feel so let down that I haven't gone naturally

schipo, newmomma, homebirthmummy, racquel and all other overdueys...how are you doing??

rachel I actually teared up at what your ds1 said, bless him! He must have been a bit frightened for you going to hospital. Think it's fab you've had that chat with him; he'll know you still love him just as much!

lucky hope your Mum can give stern Grandma-type treatment to naughty Matilda grin and that you get more sleep.

pigley glad your sis is ok.

Eurovision tonight grin I thought I'd be watching it cuddling my little bundle but apparently not!
Dh has bought a 1000 piece puzzle to keep us occupied tomorrow instead of just waiting for baby grin

cupcakefairy Sat 29-May-10 16:28:08

Wow, cross-post...schipo fantastic news and well done on doing it without epi!

hollyoaks sounds terrifying it's similar to what my dh's cousin is going through with her newborn at the moment. Glad she seems to be pulling through though and well done for getting through it!

cupcakefairy Sat 29-May-10 16:32:06

THE NEW ARRIVALS

11 April LuckyC, GIRL MATILDA, 14.47
15 April ForcesSweetheart, GIRL, MOLLY, 10.27, 7lbs 6ozs
16 April Littleowls, BOY JOEL, 14.40, 4lb 8oz
16 April Memorylapse, GIRL, OLIVIA GRACE, 6.17pm, 6lbs 11.5ozs
23 April Sophie2008, BOY, COREY DREW 7lbs 2.5oz and GIRL, MIRIAM ELIZABETH 7lbs 4oz
27 April Brightredballoon, GIRL, 10am, 7lb 12oz
27 April Pagen, BOY, JACK JOHN, 7.30am, 9lbs 2ozs
29 April littleonemum, GIRL, LUX EMILIE, 9.40pm, 7lbs 7 ozs
04 May fiveisanawfullybignumber, GIRL, FLORENCE MARGARET GRACE, 6.14pm,
04 May hormonalmum, GIRL
05 May sweetkitty, BOY, JACOB DAVID JOHN, 4.52am, 8lbs 5ozs
05 May Mustbemadno3 GIRL, LILLIA VICTORIA SOFIA, 05.05am 6lbs 8ozs
06 May Alle, BOY, OSCAR, 12.20pm 6lbs 8ozs
06 May alexw, GIRL, JULIA MAUD, 7lbs2oz
07 May TwentiethCenturyHeffa, BOY, CORIN, 7lbs1oz
07 May sheepgomeep, GIRL, JESSICA, 9lbs 12.5oz
08 May Lizzie9442, GIRL, LOUISE, 9.01pm, 10lbs
10 May Hobnobfanatic, GIRL
11 May 30ish, BOY, OLIVER JAMES, 10:05am, 9lbs 7oz.
12 May kateyjane, BOY, THOMAS EDWARD, 11.29am, 7lbs 12ozs
13 May MarquiseDeMerteuil, BOY, FELIX BENJAMIN, 5lbs 15oz
14 May itshappenedagain, GIRL, FLORENCE ELEANOR, 5.22am, 8lb 6oz
14 May TomlinTowers, GIRL, SOPHIE MAE, 8.43am, 9lbs 7oz
15 May pigleychez, GIRL, LUCY OLIVIA, 9.30am 7lbs 12oz
15 May slipperthief, BOY, DANIEL HENRY, 7.28pm, 8lbs 4oz
16 May Wibblela, GIRL, REFAELLA, 12.22am, 8lbs 4oz
17 May pamelat, BOY, ALEXANDER, 12.14pm, 7lbs 8oz
17 May Morph2, BOY, JACOB ANTHONY, 7.50pm, 6lbs 11ozs
18 May squirtsmum, GIRL, REBECCA LOUISE, 1.37am, 9lbs 14.5oz
18 May MinnieMummy, GIRL, 8.31am, 10lbs 11oz
18 May KatnKankles, GIRL, AVA ROSE, 8lbs 14oz
19 May Sweetpeasmum, GIRL, SOPHIE ELIZABETH, 6.38am
20 May Sassles, BOY, SAMUEL, 9lbs 4oz
20 May KaffaCakes, BOY, ALBERT STANLEY, 1.09am, 7lbs 8.5oz
20 May Den26, BOY, RIAN ALEXANDER, 7lbs 13oz
21 May Carikube, GIRL, ALICE JANE, 2.17am, 8lbs 5oz
21 May peakyispreggers, BOY, FINN, 2.47am, 7lbs 12oz
21 May Gils, GIRL, MELISSA ANNE, 3.38am, 8lbs 10oz
21 May Rachelfruitloop, BOY, ERIC DAVID, 3.48am, 11lbs 2oz
23 May newmomma, GIRL, 6.34am, 8lbs 12.5oz
24 May Mollycuddles, GIRL, MOLLY LETITIA ROSE, 2.24am, 8lbs 3oz
24 May LuckyMiller, BOY, IRA JACOB, 8lbs 2oz
25 May Hollyoaks, GIRL, GRACE ANNABEL
25 May JamesandtheGiantBanana, GIRL, 7lbs
25 May Nimk, GIRL, 6lbs 8oz
27 May myfirstbump, GIRL, DARCEY ELIZABETH, 2.18pm 8lbs 15oz
28 May AnAngelWithin, GIRL, WILLOW, 00.34, 8lbs 15oz
29 May schipo, BOY, 4.40am, 7lbs 13oz

THE WAITING LOUNGE

06 May - DorotheaPlenticlew, 35, #2, GIRL, Edinburgh
08 May - Asparagusaddict, #1
12 May - Haribolicious 36, #2, BOY
12 May - LivsHannah 27, #2, BOY
13 May - Cith, 30, #1
13 May - TinyVeins, 29, #1
13 May - Mummymunchkins, 40, #3, BOY
14 May - CornishSAMum, 33, #1, Cornwall
16 May - MoggMum, 38, #1
16 May - Vicky204, 34, #1
17 May - first1, 22, #1, GIRL, Surrey
19 May - cupcakefairy, 25, #1
20 May - LolaAnn, 22, #1, BOY
20 May - Aim, #2, BOY
20 May - homebirthmummy4, #4
21 May - Suey2, 39, no2, GIRL
21 May - Mumofeag, 34, #3 BOY
23 May - RacquelWelsh, 38, #1 BOY
24 May - Yorky, 31, #3
26 May - booboomonster, 35, #2 GIRL, SW London
26 May - AliMouse, 40, #3 BOY
26 May - Glastocchick, 34, #1
31 May - ande, #4
31 May - thegauntlet, #1

AliMouse Sat 29-May-10 17:27:18

schipo and hollyoaks congratulations - hope your little one recovers soon holly.

MoggMum Sat 29-May-10 17:51:22

Congratulations schipo I'm so pleased for you and envy of course!

hollyoaks sounds like you've had a very traumatic time - hope things settle down for you now.

cupcake I know how you feel - I'm 40+13 today and still no sign sad. Have so far refused induction but time is running out. Going to Hosp for check-up & possible sweep tomorrow but because it's a Bank Holiday weekend I've got to wait until Tuesday for scan to check placenta blood supply etc.

Think I must be the most overdue lady on the thread now and will be having a June baby at this rate!

cupcakefairy Sat 29-May-10 18:22:26

mogg we can both be disheartened together! Why do we have such shy babies well done on refusing induction. I so don't want it but everyone (inc dh) keep saying it's what's best & end result is what counts etc but I just think I would feel so cheated and a bit resentful not to have been on the MLU and to need more intervention than I want

Hi ali you're still hanging in there with us too then!

MoggMum Sat 29-May-10 18:41:32

cupcake I feel the same re intervention but it's a difficult decision and only one that you and your DH can make. They would have induced me yesterday but we decided to give this baby the full 42 weeks before going down that route and my family & friends have been very supportive. There's still plenty of time for your baby to come naturally before your planned induction on Wed. I suspect I'll be having an induction on the same day if nothing's happened by then!

In the meantime try and relax and not worry too much (easier said than done I know!) and let's see who pops first!

RacquelWelsh Sat 29-May-10 18:51:28

Hi Cupcake, I'm still hanging in there (40 + 6 today). Midwife coming tomorrow to do a sweep and if no sign of baby by mid week then will be booked in for induction by the weekend. Am in 2 minds about it still, feel the same way as you, I really want to go to the MLU. Hope the mucus and cramps turn into something more exciting for you smile.

Like Moggmum, would rather wait for LO to appear than be interfered with! Am no longer answering the phone so constantly hear DH saying "No, nothing yet. we'll let you know!". Went into town today but had to cut it short as after the 6th person had said "Oh, you're still pregnant then?", I was at risk of screeching profanities blush

Am finding it difficult to do much, don't want to go too far from home.

Hollyoaks wishing you and Grace all the best, what you've been through sounds awful.

Well done Schipo - congratulations!

Carikube Sat 29-May-10 19:13:58

Hollyoaks thinking of you and Grace at the moment and hope that you'll get to take her home with you soon.

Congratulations Schipo and well done!

Cupcake if you want to still go to the MLU then ask if you can just be monitored on a daily basis - as long as this shows that baby is still happy there is no need to induce you and that way you can hopefully still get the birth you want regardless of how overdue you are (someone I know recently went to 43 weeks and wasn't induced).

I'm going from the sublime to the ridiculous here - I'm now getting concerned about how much DD2 is sleeping and the fact that she is only feeding about every 4.5/5 hours and doesn't seem to be taking as much at each feed as she was a couple of days ago. I missed the MW's call today so will keep an eye on things for the next 24 hours until she calls again....

memorylapse Sat 29-May-10 20:59:40

Congratulations Hollyoaks,Angel and Schipo..

Hollyoaks..so sorry to hear about Grace..how frightening for you..sounds like she is in good hands and hopefully she will be home soonsmile..I cant begin to imagine how hard it must have been to hand her over to the anaesthetist..<<unmumsnetty hugs>>

Olivia is now 6 weeks old (where does the time go???) and we had a slight scare on weds when the consultant paediatrician phoned to say her guthrie test had come back showing possible underactive thyroid (I have it too)..so we had to go back to hospital on thursday to repeat the test..thankfully the result came back normal..she was weighed as well and is now 9lbsmile

sadly she is not settling at night and we are having some really bad nights with her..she seems to have colic and spends the night, grunting, fussing and straining...she doesnt really cry but has the abilty to keep the whole house awake by grunting loudlyhmm

had to go to work today as one of my staff phoned in sick..thank fully it was local but spent the entire time feeling anxious and phoned DH repeatedly at every chance to check DD was ok..expressed before I went..but of course my boobs filled up which was rather uncomfortable..

my friend from school had her baby deleivered by e-c-sec on thursday 5 weeks early..hes doing fine but has a kidney problem so is in scbu..

I sympathise with everyone whose babies are not sleeping..I do feel as well that Olivia uses me as a dummy..she actually lets out a sigh of contentment when I latch her on sometimes..no way round it really I guess..this stage goes so quickly and doesnt last long..I feel I could collapse from lack of sleep though! DM comes over on thursdays and does nothing..doesnt even offer to push a hoover round..never mind..weve given in and employed a cleaner for a short while..one less stress..

had to rush DD2 up to the doctors again last night with tonsilitis..the gp is making noises about them coming out..

TomlinTowers Sat 29-May-10 21:13:12

Hi All

Congrats Schipo - have you decided on a name yet?

Hollyoaks - that sounds traumatic. I'm so glad you have a lot of help so you can stay with Grace, and that her op seems to have worked. You are all in our thoughts.

Kateyjane/ML - thanks for the advice for my DSis, especially as you were tired and going out to work! I have copied your replies to her so she can investigate a bit further.

Pigley/Carikube - I did what I always promised myself I would never do after DS1, and I read one of the breastfeeding help books (they totally depressed me with DS1 when BF didn't work) - they said that the growth spurt happens at 21 days, but I think Sophie is having her growth spurt now. She fed non-stop for 48 hours, but today has gone back to her normal feed patterns - no monster feeds, loads of sleep, normal rooting for food. So I think she has had a growth spurt and we are hopefully back to normal. It appears that she has not read the books!!

Carikube - as long as DD2 is settled and not crying then she is probably just catching up a bit on sleep. Always worth discussing any concerns with the MW though.

Cupcake/Moggmum/Ali/Racquel and all other ladies in waiting - thinking of you!

Pigley - hope your sis can relax a bit now. I have to say I didn't get any extra pain in 2nd preg, but I didn't have any pain with 1st preg either.

Rachel - glad you got the night feeding better last night. I wish I could feed lying down with DD in bed with me, but I can't get the hang on it - and I worry that DH is such a heavy sleeper that he would roll on to her!

Lucky - glad that reinforcements have arrived! Grandmas are (usually) brilliant!

Had a lovely day today, as I could finally get up off the sofa. DD1 slept for three hours this morning so managed to tidy out all the cupboards and drawers downstairs which had become a total tip because we had just been shoving things in any old how so now feel much more in control. Have also done a weekly planner with a list of all DS1's activities and all the jobs I need to get done during the week so I can work out when I am going to try and do things when DH goes back to work next week. Hoping that DD1 will read the planner and plan her sleeps round it grin. Then went swimming at the gym with DH , DS1 and DD1 - DH and DS1 went in the pool, DD1 stayed asleep in her car seat for the entire time, and I sat on the sofa occasionally waving at DS1 through the window, drinking a HOT decaf latte and reading the papers. Was bliss!! Taking DS1 to Harrogate tomorrow to sail his new remote control boat on the boating pond there, and hoping that similar thing happens because there is a lovely tea room right next to the pond that has a comfy chair with my name on it...! At this rate will be back in my maternity trousers!

Am typing this whilst watching Eurovision [sad but brain is mush emoticon] - have just seen three women dressed as butterflies - standard Eurovision I guess! I hope we don't get null points again!

kateyjane Sat 29-May-10 22:04:09

Just wanted to say I'm thinking about you Hollyoaks sad I really hope that Grace is recovering well. I cannot imagine what you are going through. Glad that you have lots of support around you. Take care xx

booboomonster Sat 29-May-10 23:04:57

Just a quickie on mobile to say Hollyoaks - what an awful experience. Hope Grace is now on the mend. Sounds like you've all been really brave. Thinking of you.

Schipo - congratulations! Well done, sounds like you did great.

Cupcake / raquel and the other overdues - totally with you about using the MLU... It's my main worry. Cupcake, if you have had a show and some cramps it does sound positive though... Good luck!

Off to bed now just in case something happens - feel I should get as much sleep as poss just in case...

schipo Sun 30-May-10 07:43:01

Hollyoaks, thoughts and best wishes with you and grace.

Re inductions I was very lucky with mine I think. The MLU here is just the other end of corridor to the labour ward and same midwives staff both. Because of induction I wasn't able to use one of the rooms with pool or birthing stool etc but the everyone inolved from beginning to end seemed to support active birth approach as a means of avoiding further intervention. I was lucky to get midwife who was also homebirth lead and encouraged me to improvise and move around and use shower to help with contractions. She did say though she thought given a couple more days baby would have come on his own and contractions would have been easier. Not sure it would have meant I was any better at the pushing though. Needed help to get head out in the end blush

Baby's name seems to have been announced as Huxley Theodor Ra, his surname will be Wilson.

Now my sleep deprivation and breast feeding battles

Congrats to angel and fingers crossed for more babies in may.

mollycuddles Sun 30-May-10 07:46:02

Quick message via phone while feeding Molls. hollyoaks - hope all goes well now for you and wee Grace, sounds so scary
overdue babies - come on, time to make an appearance already

I'm ok - my DM and DF were here again yesterday and I'm tired of visitors but Molly is brilliant - she's back to birthweight and feeding well. DD1 is still being really challenging and I'm quite anxious anyway and just want a bit of peace to recover really. Still onwards and upwards

MoggMum Sun 30-May-10 08:24:48

40+14 today sad

schipo great birth story and interesting to hear what MW thought baby would have come on its own in a couple of days. Has given me some hope but the more time goes on the more doubtful I get that this baby will ever arrive hmm

Off to hospital this afternoon to have check up and yet another sweep!

40 + 10 today. still no sign. looks more likely it will be june than may sad. as each day passes i get more scared about the labour and delivery and that this baby will be huge and i just want to wake up one morning and baby will be next to me. stupid really as ive already done it 3 times

sweetkitty Sun 30-May-10 10:09:01

Very quick message from me, Jacob asleep and I am supposed to be dressing DD3.

Schipo - many congratulations

moggmum/homebirthmummy - you have my sympathies, who else is left now?

Rough night last night although Jacob only woke once at 3am ish he wanted to get up, tried feeding him/rocking him/dummy etc and he wouldn't settle, he eventually went back over an hour later until 8am so shouldn't complain really. He's just at that wanting to sleep/be held/fed on me stage all the time. I am wishing for the day when you can make him smile and he will sit and gum on a toy for 10 mins.

Will try and get back later if I can, am going to the garden centre in a minute as I ave not planted anything this year and time is running out, garden is a right state too. DP cuts the grass but I do the flowers etc, girls have a party later and that's about us.

pigleychez Sun 30-May-10 11:51:25

Schipo- Congratulations Hope your home soon. Fab name.

Hollyoaks- How scary but glad to hear that shes doing well now. Congratulations

Cupcake- I felt exactly the same about being induced with DD1, but it doesnt matter once your holding your newborn
Jigsaws is what i did to keep my mind off the waiting too

Carikube- Theres always something to worry about isnt there!

Tomlin- Glad you had a nice day.

Molly- Glad Molly is doing well.

SK- We too had a restless night. Lucy decided she would stay awake after her feed for the next 3 hours!! Thankfully managed to get a good block from 4-7.30 to make up for it!

Lucy is such a little piggy! She drinks sooo much and downs the expressed milk (about 4ozs) in minutes! Im struggling to keep up with her and when I manage to latch her on she just doesnt seem satisfied by me. DD1 was such a poor feeder that this is just the complete opposite.

Fingers crossed for the forthcoming sweeps etc do there stuff and produce some more beautiful babies
I feel your pain you poor overdue mummies ((Hugs))

RacquelWelsh Sun 30-May-10 12:07:40

Hi everyone..

Hope there's some progress for Moggmum, Cupcake, booboo, Alimouse and Homebirthmummy today.

Am 40 + 7 today. Just had my sweep, hopefully that will kick things off. Midwife said cervix is softening, head engaged alright so looks promising. If nothing happens, got another sweep booked for Tuesday and a hospital appointment for Friday 4th June at 8am to be induced if nothing by then.

The midwife made the appointment on the understanding that I can cancel it at any time but the hospital are really busy at the moment and she thought it best to book me in than leave it another week. So. Now I wait some more. The trouble with me going over 42 weeks is that the MLU hand me over to the hospital nearly 1.5 hours away a week today. They will heavily pressure me to being monitored every day in hospital which means over 2.5 hours driving every day and I don't think I can bear that. Just trying to be calm and hope he'll arrive soon.

Lovely to read about all the births, reminds me the end is in sight smile

Hello Ladies,

CONGRATULATIONS Schipo, well done!!! What a cool name as well!

Hollyoaks I teared up when I read about you handing Grace over to the anaesthetist - I can't imagine how difficult that must be! So glad to hear she's doing so much better after the surgery. I hope she continues to get stronger every day! Well done getting back into your jeans! I'm back in my smaller maternity jeans, LOL!

Gils, Tomlin, ML and Pigley I understand about feeling like a human dummy! Carikube I'm very envy of the 4.5 hours between feeds! Tomlin, BF lying down is a bit tricky for me too, I'm only doing it when I'm too tired to sit up anymore as it's so hard to get the latch on right and I think that's partially how I ended up with scabby nipples! hmm

Mollycuddles glad to hear that Molly is well. Hope you get a chance to relax now!

Cupcake I hear you about the hard work DTD with the big bump. Truly comical! Glad my DH has a good sense of humour! grin

Who is left now, Cupcake, Alimouse, Homebirthmummy, Racquel, Moggmum, Booboo - hang in there and I hope that labour starts soon! I really feel for you all. I know how the anxiety just grows the longer you wait! I wonder how Yorky is getting on?

ML can't believe Olivia is 6 weeks old already!! Glad that her thyroid isn't under active after all! Sorry your DD2 has been so poorly with Tonsillitis. I had it a lot as a kid and the GP threatened to remove them. TBH I sort of wish I'd had them out as I still have problems with them. Though having to have surgery as a kid would have been very scary so it's easy to say that in hind sight!

I spoke to the consultant midwife about the attitudes of the midwives on the ward after I had Eric and it turns out that my birth was the talk of the town and brought up some issues between the consultant led team and the MLU! She is so kind, she apologised about the politics filtering through to me, we talked about it a bit over the phone and she's also going to have a debrief with me in a few weeks to go over it in detail with me. I just want to be sure that I have fully processed the experience and get a copy of my notes to keep for posterity sake. grin

9 days on today, and I'm on my own with Eric today as DH and DS1 are off to a christening for the day and MIL has gone for a few days to go visit her DD. Feels good to have some time to myself and funny to think how panicked I would have been if it were just me and DS1 on our own at 9 days old. Though I nearly cried this morning when Eric projectile vomited a whole feed - I've gotten into a good routine of feeding him one breast and expressing from the other for DH to feed to him in the middle of the night, now I had to feed him the other breast as of course he was ravenously hungry about 5 minutes later. Hopefully I'll be able to express later, we will see. It's very hard work feeding a gigantic baby, he's extremely hungry. I am having a bit of a low time now, have a funny tummy today with the runs (sorry TMI) and just feel like my breasts are sore, huge and dripping all the time. Think I need to soak in the tub with some lavender and tea tree oil (definitely recommend that for anyone with stitches!!!) and recharge!

Registered Eric's birth on Friday so he's official now!grin

I hope you are all doing well and I'm looking forward to more birth stories and announcements!

first1 Sun 30-May-10 15:25:09

Hi everyone,

No time for personals I'm afraid but thought I'd let the world know that I've finally moved "to the other side"!.

Chloe Grace was born on 27th May at 17:58 weighing 8lb 3oz and is absolutely gorgeous. I had a 3rd degree tear as the labour was so quick (4-9cms in an hour!) so had to go in for a spinal anaesthetic to be stitched up.

Will drop in again soon. Hope everyone is well and congrats to any new mummies and babies I've missed!

xx

brightredballoon Sun 30-May-10 15:28:38

Hollyoaks, hoping Grace is making a good recovery and is home soon, what a terrible shock that must've been.

ML you must be superwoman to have managed to go into work and so organised to have expressed before you went!

Rachel make sure you are eating plenty of protein to help your recovery, hope the feeding settles down soon.

Ahhh DD2 gave me some lovely smiles today, melted my heart!!

Totally envy at you guys back in normal clothes, I havent been able to curb my appetite and sweet tooth so I am embarrassed to say I have 2st to lose so it will be a while before I am feeling good about myself, although I will start back exercising next week so hopefully that will aid my better eating efforts!

SK what time is Jacob going to bed? That sounds like a great sleep

AnAngelWithin Sun 30-May-10 15:48:15

Hello all. Congrats James and myfirstbump (did you hear me screaming down the corridor?! blush) and hollyoaks. I hope grace is better soon.

so, birth story for anyone who wants it....
Well after I posted on here, I had several contractions 5 minutes apart that had me clung to the kitchen table. Got to hospital about 12.30. Was examined and baby was back to back and I was 5cm dilated. Whenever I sat down or lay down, the contractions started to fade off. So tried to keep on my feet for a bit. Then it got to the point I was shaking really badly with contractions I could barely stand up. I started on the gas and air about 6pm. By 8pm I was 7cm. 11pm came and I was STILL 7cm, and my waters were broke. DH said something about there being a pocket of water or something somewhere that was stopping things so I was rushed to consultant unit. I kept screaming that I wanted to push but I still wasn't dilated enough. I was having contraction after contraction for hours with no break between them, the midwife was starting to worry how I was coping. Eventually I was ready though and they took the gas and air off me and 00.34 on friday morning, baby willow was delivered onto my tummy weighing 8lb 15oz. She has to be whisked off them when she wasn't crying and took a while to pink up and cry which is always scarey but she was ok. The placenta didn't seem to want to budge though and took some tugging. I was put on a syntocin drip for an hour after delivery as well to be sure. DH looked completely traumatised by the whole event, hated seeing me in so much pain for so long, but held his hands up to me for cracking on and getting it done! smile Didn't even graze or need stitches. DH left about 2am. I went and had a shower and went back to the MLU where I was given a room to myself. Had to have my MMR as well as I wasn't immune to rubella. By 11am, we were all checked over and on our way home!!!

I still feel a bit shellshocked at how long and intese it all was, defo put me off having any more!! DH was really upset bless him. Afterpains have been out of this world and I have been shaking really badly with them like I did in labour. The first time i have ever experienced anything like that in labour!!

Willow is more settled today, she's been very aggitated with all the mucous she swallowed but I think its all just about budged now. Milk is coming in today so Willow is loving that! The kids are all besotted with her, and me and the 3 girls (can't believe I'm saying that!) had a little plod to the shop earlier.

Carikube Sun 30-May-10 16:58:02

Congrats first1!

And thanks for your birth story Angel; I think it's really hard sometimes for our DHs - mine was pretty traumatised by events after DD2's birth and found it hard to deal with me being taken off to theatre and I think it's easy to forget sometimes what they go through as well.

Rachel don't get too envy of the gap between feeds round here as I'm sure this is all about to come back and bite me on the bum - DD2 has just been too easy so far and it has to end at some point, I'm sure!!

Also I'm starting to worry myself; I'd heard that there are hormones that kick in about 7 weeks after birth that mean women often get broody again and it was probably around this time that I started getting the idea of having another child after DD1. However this time round I have already told DH that I'm ready for another one blush and I can't imagine that DD2 will be my last child. Getting broody after only a week surely has to be a bit of a record (and absolutely bonkers!)?

pamelat Sun 30-May-10 18:59:25

congrats angel and shipo

hollyoaks, sorry you had such traumatic time, hope grace home with you soon.

alex 13 days old now. anyone else finding that after feed baby just now grizzles, unless sling etc. he would feed all day if could. after hour long feed still rooting but if use sling will sleep for hour or so.

nights good 10pm - 2am. feed 45 mins. then wakes 5 and 7am.

problem is ealy eve, frets from 6 -10pm and wants to feed feed feed ....

mustbemadno3 Sun 30-May-10 20:04:25

hi all really missed popping on here! once again internet been down although havent had time to even internet shop!
Missed reading posts, congrats to all new arrivals.
I have been poorly with mastitis but managed to feed threw it whilst on the antibiotics. DH week off was a mare, me with mastitis, he had sickness and diahorea and ds1 had flu. Now his dad been rushed in hospital with broken ribs and fractured spine. So hes not been around at all really.

hollyoaks so sorry to hear about grace, i hope she makes a good full recovery. Must have been awful handing her over to anethestist.

pamelet We must have same babies lol! Lillia feeds non stop from 5-10 ish. Last night was a relief she finished feed at 10.30 and slept til 3.00am at which point I gave a bottle and she fed at 6.00 a.m and then woke at 9.00 a.m...bliss. As night before she fed every hour from 12.30 - 7.00 a.m totally shattered! Boobs were about to drop off.

first1 Sun 30-May-10 20:29:12

Just gonna add myself to the arrivals list grin

THE NEW ARRIVALS

11 April LuckyC, GIRL MATILDA, 14.47
15 April ForcesSweetheart, GIRL, MOLLY, 10.27, 7lbs 6ozs
16 April Littleowls, BOY JOEL, 14.40, 4lb 8oz
16 April Memorylapse, GIRL, OLIVIA GRACE, 6.17pm, 6lbs 11.5ozs
23 April Sophie2008, BOY, COREY DREW 7lbs 2.5oz and GIRL, MIRIAM ELIZABETH 7lbs 4oz
27 April Brightredballoon, GIRL, 10am, 7lb 12oz
27 April Pagen, BOY, JACK JOHN, 7.30am, 9lbs 2ozs
29 April littleonemum, GIRL, LUX EMILIE, 9.40pm, 7lbs 7 ozs
04 May fiveisanawfullybignumber, GIRL, FLORENCE MARGARET GRACE, 6.14pm,
04 May hormonalmum, GIRL
05 May sweetkitty, BOY, JACOB DAVID JOHN, 4.52am, 8lbs 5ozs
05 May Mustbemadno3 GIRL, LILLIA VICTORIA SOFIA, 05.05am 6lbs 8ozs
06 May Alle, BOY, OSCAR, 12.20pm 6lbs 8ozs
06 May alexw, GIRL, JULIA MAUD, 7lbs2oz
07 May TwentiethCenturyHeffa, BOY, CORIN, 7lbs1oz
07 May sheepgomeep, GIRL, JESSICA, 9lbs 12.5oz
08 May Lizzie9442, GIRL, LOUISE, 9.01pm, 10lbs
10 May Hobnobfanatic, GIRL
11 May 30ish, BOY, OLIVER JAMES, 10:05am, 9lbs 7oz.
12 May kateyjane, BOY, THOMAS EDWARD, 11.29am, 7lbs 12ozs
13 May MarquiseDeMerteuil, BOY, FELIX BENJAMIN, 5lbs 15oz
14 May itshappenedagain, GIRL, FLORENCE ELEANOR, 5.22am, 8lb 6oz
14 May TomlinTowers, GIRL, SOPHIE MAE, 8.43am, 9lbs 7oz
15 May pigleychez, GIRL, LUCY OLIVIA, 9.30am 7lbs 12oz
15 May slipperthief, BOY, DANIEL HENRY, 7.28pm, 8lbs 4oz
16 May Wibblela, GIRL, REFAELLA, 12.22am, 8lbs 4oz
17 May pamelat, BOY, ALEXANDER, 12.14pm, 7lbs 8oz
17 May Morph2, BOY, JACOB ANTHONY, 7.50pm, 6lbs 11ozs
18 May squirtsmum, GIRL, REBECCA LOUISE, 1.37am, 9lbs 14.5oz
18 May MinnieMummy, GIRL, 8.31am, 10lbs 11oz
18 May KatnKankles, GIRL, AVA ROSE, 8lbs 14oz
19 May Sweetpeasmum, GIRL, SOPHIE ELIZABETH, 6.38am
20 May Sassles, BOY, SAMUEL, 9lbs 4oz
20 May KaffaCakes, BOY, ALBERT STANLEY, 1.09am, 7lbs 8.5oz
20 May Den26, BOY, RIAN ALEXANDER, 7lbs 13oz
21 May Carikube, GIRL, ALICE JANE, 2.17am, 8lbs 5oz
21 May peakyispreggers, BOY, FINN, 2.47am, 7lbs 12oz
21 May Gils, GIRL, MELISSA ANNE, 3.38am, 8lbs 10oz
21 May Rachelfruitloop, BOY, ERIC DAVID, 3.48am, 11lbs 2oz
23 May newmomma, GIRL, 6.34am, 8lbs 12.5oz
24 May Mollycuddles, GIRL, MOLLY LETITIA ROSE, 2.24am, 8lbs 3oz
24 May LuckyMiller, BOY, IRA JACOB, 8lbs 2oz
25 May Hollyoaks, GIRL, GRACE ANNABEL
25 May JamesandtheGiantBanana, GIRL, 7lbs
25 May Nimk, GIRL, 6lbs 8oz
27 May myfirstbump, GIRL, DARCEY ELIZABETH,
2.18pm 8lbs 15oz
27 May first1, GIRL, 8lbs 3oz, CHLOE GRACE
28 May AnAngelWithin, GIRL, WILLOW, 00.34, 8lbs 15oz
29 May schipo, BOY, 4.40am, 7lbs 13oz

THE WAITING LOUNGE

06 May - DorotheaPlenticlew, 35, #2, GIRL, Edinburgh
08 May - Asparagusaddict, #1
12 May - Haribolicious 36, #2, BOY
12 May - LivsHannah 27, #2, BOY
13 May - Cith, 30, #1
13 May - TinyVeins, 29, #1
13 May - Mummymunchkins, 40, #3, BOY
14 May - CornishSAMum, 33, #1, Cornwall
16 May - MoggMum, 38, #1
16 May - Vicky204, 34, #1
19 May - cupcakefairy, 25, #1
20 May - LolaAnn, 22, #1, BOY
20 May - Aim, #2, BOY
20 May - homebirthmummy4, #4
21 May - Suey2, 39, no2, GIRL
21 May - Mumofeag, 34, #3 BOY
23 May - RacquelWelsh, 38, #1 BOY
24 May - Yorky, 31, #3
26 May - booboomonster, 35, #2 GIRL, SW London
26 May - AliMouse, 40, #3 BOY
26 May - Glastocchick, 34, #1
31 May - ande, #4
31 May - thegauntlet, #1

MarquiseDeMerteuil Sun 30-May-10 21:44:35

Evening all!

Congratulations Angel, Schipo and First1*.

*Hollyoaks
- what a distressing experience for your family. I'm glad Grace is recovering now, fingers crossed she continues improve so quickly.

Busy weekend here! We took Felix to his first wedding yesterday, and it went surprisingly well. He was a little star, and got far too much attention! Then today my DSis and her husband came to visit and Felix got to meet his cousin, who is 3 weeks older than him, for the first time. He didn't seem particularly impressed though!

Booboo - yes, I'm local. Was planing to go to some of the 'big scream' showings either at Clapham or Brixton once DH has gone back to work after his paternity leave. Maybe we'll bump into each other!

Pigley - your day out on Friday sounds great! I don't know how you manage to fit so much in!

brightred and Rachel - thanks for your advice on routines, it sounds incredibly sensible, I definitely think I'll wait until after our trip.

ML - Sorry Olivia isn't sleeping well. A friend of mine recommended some drops called Infacol for colicky babies. Might be worth a try if you haven't already tried it?

Tomlin - sounds like you had a great day yesterday. Hope you got your wish for the comfy chair at the boating pond! I'm glad you mentioned the 21 day growth spurt. I'll know what to expect later this week when Felix gets to that point!

Pamelat - Felix goes through phases of wanting to feed constantly. This afternoon he seemed particularly hungry, feeding for an hour or more at a time, every couple of hours, whereas yesterday he fed for quick 20 minute bursts at 3 or 4-hour intervals (which I liked much better!). Actually, today he seemed to spend ages just sucking without really seeming to swallow anything, which made me wonder whether he was struggling to get enough out, and having to wait for more to come in before he was satisfied.

Does anyone know if there are particular food groups or even specific foods that are recommended when breastfeeding to benefit / optimise milk supply? If he's going to go through a growth spurt this week, then anything I can do to help the milk supply would be good.

In fact he's just woken up for a feed now. DH has taken him to have a nappy change first, so I might go and feed him in bed an get an early night.

Hope those still waiting for babies get nice bank holiday arrivals tomorrow!

sweetkitty Sun 30-May-10 22:39:22

Evening all am so glad I am not the only one with an unsettled baby in the evenings. Jacob is so much more settled in the mornings. He does the classic cluster feeding all night and takes too much milk then is sick and doesn't want anymore but is still grizzling unless he is asleep on someone. During the day he will feed and fall asleep in his moses basket.

I usually take him up to bed with us about 10.30-11pm, feed him then he can sleep to 1ish or sometimes even 3ish, most times it's feed and back to sleep, once or twice at most so cannot grumble really. The last two were the same, I cannot remember when exactly but then I started to pull bedtime forward a bit until I was feeding them at 8ish and they were going to sleep but in saying that DD2 and 3 never slept through until a year old when I went on boob strike. All the babies sound so typically newborn, sleep all over the place.

Hollyoaks - have been following your story on here and FB, speedy recovery for Grace and hope she is home with you soon

MDM - IMHO feeding very frequently boosts supply more than anything, however there are things you can take herns like fenugreek etc, excellent BFing site kellymom also good advice about fussy babies will have to reread it myself.

first1 - congratulations on the birth of Chloe Grace lovely names

pamelat - we are the same the classic grizzly 6-10pm

carikube - I was broody the day after I had DD1 I knew I wanted another and soon shock this time there is no chance of me having another one though. I say go for it small age gaps are fab!

angel - so you got there in the end smile congrats again

rachel - sorry you are feeling so low today, the tea tree and lavender baths are the business though I must have one again soon so relaxing. I haven't expressed yet so hat off to anyone that is, combination of hungry boy needing both boobs and time to do it.

pigley - of course she is satisfied with you, the thing with babies is they are lazy and the bottle is much easier for them than BFing which they have to work harder at so if they are having both they will prefer the bottle. A common misconception is when a BF baby is unsettled and fussing at the boob the poor Mum thinks it is her fault and she is not producing enough and gives a bottle which is downed in minutes, it's just easier for the baby but interferes with BFing especially in the early days. I'm not very good at explaining myself sorry.

Right better go time for another feed!

MoggMum Mon 31-May-10 06:12:19

40+15 today and about to fall off the May baby thread sad (which I never thought possible with a due date of 16th May!)

Hope everyone has a good Bank Holiday. At least the sun is shining smile

booboomonster Mon 31-May-10 07:57:07

Oh bad luck Mogg! I wonder if we will squeeze in any more births! I'm 40 + 5... you start to wonder if it's ever going to happen! What's next for you? Will you be induced? Good luck!

Quick question for anyone who's had a sweep - could you take DC along or is it not suitable? DD is 2& 8 months. Any advice gratefully received.

Ooh and a potty update - DD has done some poos on the potty but only when she's no pants on. But, yesterday she asked to use it for a poo, despite being fully clothed! Much celebration here, hoping it's a breakthrough!

Anyway, come on these babies...

AliMouse Mon 31-May-10 09:20:32

RacquelWelsh - I can't believe they expect you to make that journey just to get monitored! Hopefully you won't need to and things will start naturally.

Looks like there are a fair few of us that will have June babies! I really can't believe that so many ladies go overdue on their 2nd, 3rd or even 4th babies - I always thought it was just first babies. I'm 40+5 and have now just sort of given up. Because it's half term, I'm just going to go ahead and plan to do what we would normally do as thought I'm not in the least bit pregnant at all!

My biggest worry is still that I will have the baby on DS2's 4th birthday on Thursday. Trying not to think about it, but DH has suggested I spend the day before with my legs right up above my head on our weights bench in the incline position to discourage labour! I've spent the last 10 days doing everything in my power to bring labour on, now, the closer it gets to Thursday, I want to put the brakes on confused.

Respect to MoggMum and homebirthmummy4. If I have another 8-10 days of this like you, I think I will go potty.

Keep the birth stories coming - very comforting and humanising. Keeping me focused on the prize at the end. Some great names too - love Huxley and Willow!

Best of luck to all and have a great bank holiday.

MoggMum Mon 31-May-10 10:31:21

booboo I have to go in tomorrow for scan to check placenta blood supply etc, then go back for daily monitoring until baby arrives. If they have any concerns re health of baby then I'll follow their advice and agree to an induction at that stage.

I've had two (attempted) sweeps but my cervix was too high for them to have any affect. They don't take more than a few minutes (similar to a smear but without the horrible metal thingy!).

Let's hope things happen for us soon, along with Ali, cupcake, Racquel & homebirthmummy. Is there anyone else left on the thread who hasn't had their LO yet?

Off to meet friends for picnic on the beach today - they originally organised it in order to 'wet the baby's head'! Ha, ha, they'll have to splash water on my poor stretched belly instead grin

cupcakefairy Mon 31-May-10 11:50:56

Hello ladies I'm still here too...40+12
Had a massive weepy moment on phone to my Mum yesterday cos just feeling like I've let everyone down.. a few family members had booked train tickets/hotels etc for half term week and have had to cancel them all now. I know it's not my fault and it was always a possibility baby wouldn't be here by now but it just feels like I'm messing everyone around
Induction booked Weds but I'm going to ask for it to be moved to Fri if nothing's happened.

racquel I feel for you; that is a worse situation than mine as my MLU is within the main hospital & we're only a few minutes drive away. really hope things happen for you soon!

mogg good luck for scans etc tomorrow.

booboo I would say you can take your dd along to the sweep; it's v quick. My advice is wear a skirt, preferably long and floaty! Then you can just whip your pants off but still have a bit of modesty rather than baring all of your bottom half grin I have another sweep tomorrow, praying it works! When dh and I placed bets a few weeks ago on baby's arrival he said 1st June...at the time I was horrified by the thought but maybe he was right & baby is just listening to its Dad wink Feel sad that this prob won't be a May baby now though

first1 huge congrats on Chloe, lovely name

angel thanks for the birth story...crazy that it can still be so traumatic after 5. My Mum said her 4th birth was the worst in fact confused

carikube lol to being broody already! grin I think that's fab.

rachel poor you and your boobs keeping up with your big boy's appetite! Sounds like you're doing a sterling job though.

I have done some stalking investigating on MN and dorothea and asparagusaddict have definitely had babies...not sure about the remaining ladies on our list but they seem to have abandoned us!

Carikube Mon 31-May-10 12:36:24

cupcake sorry to hear you are sad but please please don't blame yourself for any of this. People realise that babies don't arrive 'on demand' and the EDD really is just an estimate - LO will come when its ready.

As for those talking about falling off the May thread, I thought we were all going to stick together until the last LO turned up - we've been through the last few months together so we're not about to split up now!

Sending out labour vibes to those still waiting and hope you're not too uncomfortable...

hollyoaks Mon 31-May-10 14:44:30

Hi all

Sorry for no personals, but thought I would let you know that we all came home at lunch time today . Can't believe she has been discharged so early, but she is pooing well and feeding constantly. Really proud of myself for breast feeding, but I've got loads of incentive knowing its the best for her bowel.

Hope everyone is well

AliMouse Mon 31-May-10 17:10:22

Good luck for your sweep tomorrow cupcakefairy!

I just bumped into an old friend at the park who told me she didn't think my bump looked big enought to be ready and thought I looked like I had another month to go - the thought made me go cold!

cupcakefairy Mon 31-May-10 19:45:49

Argh, Ali! confused you want to avoid ds2's birthday but not by THAT much! grin

Thanks so much carikube...if only we could know exactly when babies were going to show up! hmm Course we all have to stick together (at least I hope we're not out of the gang for not achieving a May birth grin) after all, we have April babies on here too

holly great news that you're home with Grace and congrats on the breastfeeding sure she will go from strength to strength now.

V quiet today...everyone enjoying a lovely bank holiday?

pamelat Mon 31-May-10 19:57:23

Hello all

Much more settled today, DS went 3 hours between day feeds!!! Brilliant, meant DD got some quality mummy time. Admittedly each feed then took an hour but I prefer that as its the time between the feeds where you can get out to the park etc etc.

He started fretting an hour earlier today, 5pm and I panicked and left my parents where we had been aiming to eat tea at 6pm blush feels a bit rude now but I just feel I handle the fretful hours better in our own house with just DH around and DD of course. I dont mind feeding in front of everyone all day but just find those evening feeds more stressful, I am sure my mum thinks I have gone mad!!!! We just said cant stay after all, sorry, and left!! To be fair my DH had cooked the tea.

pigleychez Mon 31-May-10 20:06:47

Rachel- envy at Eric being official, we have to wait till next week for the first appointment.

First1- Congratulations on the birth of Chloe

Angel- Thanks for sharing your story. Just shows how different each labour can be doesnt it. Glad shes settling into the family well

Carikube- I know what you mean about feeling broody.blush I always said just 2 but now Im in two minds again!- Ask me again this time next year!

Mustbemad- Glad your better after the mastitis. How typical you were all ill when DH was off. Hope your all recovered now.

MDM- Glad you had a good weekend with the wedding and the cousins meeting

Ali- Hope Baby is listetning and arrives either before or after thursday!

Hollyoaks- Glad your home now and that Grace is doing well. love the FB pics

Moggmum Cupcake Alimouse booboomonster and anyone else ive missed...
Few hours of May left... you may just squeeze in May in your quick grin
Seriously though.. I know how annoying it is as I was +12 days with DD1 and it was a killer and wouldnt wish it on anyone.. Thinking if you all and sending labour vibes

DH has been busy trying to organise our hideously messy brick sheds (we have two) and has put up shelves and a worktop. Ive been in my eliment with storage boxes and labelling everything in sight! Also had a huge clearout of my wardrobes as they were bursting at the seams and have a huge bag of clothes for the charity shop.
Went to a local farm today. DD loved the animals, we had a lovely lunch in the cafe and stocked up with yummy foods from farm shop.- Looks like ill need the next size up clothes to fill the wardrobes now!

AliMouse Mon 31-May-10 21:52:18

Thanks pigleychez but I think it's unlikely I'll pop him out in the next couple of hours!

Sounds like you have had a constructive weekend - I gave my DH lots of jobs to do and watched him from the confort of my sofa. He's in a terrible mood now - locked himself out of his new van and had to pay £125 to get back in. Not the only one with preggers brain!

Got a day at home with DS2 tomorrow - going to savour it as it will probably be the last for a long time (with any luck!)

Hope there are some new little folk around tomorrow!

memorylapse Mon 31-May-10 22:04:41

quick post..been hectic as DH at work this weekend and today..so much to do..

my friend who had her little boy by emergency section has been told he has downs.he is gorgeous and as such a special little boy couldnt have wanted for a more special mummy..there will be challenges to face but Im sure they will be fine..

hope all those overdue do not have to wait much longer...my first daughter was due in June and I was most unimpressed when 30th came and she wasnt born..she arrived on 1st July

Carikube Mon 31-May-10 22:09:52

pigley could you get your DH to have a word with mine please about getting things done? He got upset with me this evening when I didn't thank him for 'doing all the chores'. Until I pointed out that he'd only done half of each job and I'd had to go round behind him finishing them all off...it's going to be a long week if I have to thank him for every little thing...

morning ladies, have been awake since 3.30am now, done my usual heartburn/hungry/throwing up routine. watched bbc news til ive seen it all twice. i am so fed up i could (and do) cry! i am now 40+12 and everybody around is being very supportive. most evenings i get braxton hicks and whilst they are getting stronger, they are not becoming REAL iykwim. baby has been fully engaged for at least 2 weeks now so walking is near impossible other than round the house, if i sit for too long my pelvis seems to seize up and in boredom i measured my widest part today and it is 135cm! i have done all i can to make sure that i am not going to be pressured into induction before i (or baby) am ready.
i am starting to feel desperate now though as nothing seems to be happening. so, i thought i would ask you all for your thoughts please. my mw has given me a number to call anytime i am ready to have someone come to my house to perform a sweep. despite this being my 4th baby i have never had this procedure before and fear of the unknown is worrying. i would value all opinions/experiences, should i call and ask for one today? or call and ask for one tomorrow? or not at all? i could possibly force myself to go for a long(ish) walk today but would that make me too exhausted to labour well? i am due to go to hospital for monitoring on thursday and dont want them to start the induction nagging yet as i feel fairly confident that baby is still happy, just me that is not sad
very sorry for the long and a little selfish post
hope everyone is well

MoggMum Tue 01-Jun-10 07:58:11

I know exactly how you feel homebirthmummy. I'm 40+16 today and absolutely no sign that baby is coming! Can't believe it's June and I'm still pregnant sad

With regard to sweep - personally I didn't find it too bad but then my cervix wasn't ready so perhaps that's why. Not convinced they work but it's worth a go, especially if your body is ready.

I'm off for a scan this morning - feeling bit scared now that either induction or c-section are imminent hmm

TwentiethCenturyHeffa Tue 01-Jun-10 08:11:13

Sorry to all those still pregnant Hope something happens soon for you all.

MoggMum - good luck with your scan today.

Homebirthmummy4 - sorry you're struggling FWIW, I don't find sweeps that bad - they don't seem to hurt too much if you can relax and if nothing else they might be able to find out if you're close (if your cervix is ready).

Everything seems OK here, Corin still feeding really well which is great - he had a bit of a growth spurt last week so was feeding constantly but has quietened down a bit now.

My PIL have just moved to a house 5 minutes away which was OK until MIL just let herself into the house last week hmm

Loving all the names of LOs

sweetkitty Tue 01-Jun-10 08:48:45

Happy June ladies

moggmum and homebirthmum - really feel for you both, going overdue is horrendous especially when you go into the second week. I was so terrified of it I asked for an induction (that and the SPD). A sweep isn't that bad, bit uncomfortable that's all.

I am loving all the pics of gorgeous newborns on FB too, must add some more of Jacob as he has changed so much.

Bad night here last night he was up for 2 hours between 2 and 4 nothing would settle him, in the end I just left him to cry beside me for a bit and he dropped off and has been sleeping since. I still have this sore throat/cough/headache thing going on as well so feel utterly miserable today but at least it is inservice so no school/nursery runs.

RacquelWelsh Tue 01-Jun-10 09:36:06

Morning all.. It's June and it's pouring down here.. good start!

Homebirthmummy re the question about sweeps, I had one on Sunday, was like a smear, not painful but more uncomfortable. Midwife was able to feel baby's head which he complained about with lots of kicking and wriggling. Have felt like I've had low level period pain discomfort since then and slight (sorry TMI) brown tinged discharge but no sign of anything else (am 40 + 9 today). I have another sweep in an hour, booked in for induction on Friday morning. Only you can decide whether you have one or not, it's tricky isn't it? My midwife said they work in 60% of cases if things are "favourable". In the more "earth mothery" type books I've read about labour, sweeps are not considered to be invasive and often suggested as a gentle way to get things going. Good luck whatever you decide to do, am thinking of you.

Also, good luck to Moggmum, hope your appointment goes well today and Booboo thinking of you too!

Alimouse and Cupcakefairy yes, it's bloody annoying the MLU and the hospital being so far apart where I live. Makes me much more likely to go with the induction on Friday. confused

We decided yesterday to go to the beach then on the way home (about 10 miles from where we live) we went to a beautiful lake that only "locals" know about, it's 3 miles down a REALLY potholed track and peaceful, no mobile phone signal etc, thought I'd be tempting fate. I couldn't believe it when another car turned up and who was in it? My midwife and her husband. She was very surprised to see anyone, let alone me, telling me the last time they'd been there 15 years ago... funny eh?!

Anyway, good to hear all the stories from the new mums. Hope you are all alright too.

Morning Ladies!

CONGRATULATIONS to First1!

Homebirthmummy I really understand what you're saying about being fed up, I felt that way with DS1 when he went 2 weeks overdue. And I can definitely relate to feeling massive! I was about your size (I was 51 inches at 39 weeks) right before having DS2 and couldn't walk very well, was pretty much housebound for the last 2 weeks! I had a sweep 10 hours before labour started, like the others have said, it was just uncomfortable but not painful. I was glad to hear the MW say that my cervix was soft and stretchy even though I wasn't dilated yet. It gave me hope! Also, I had curry for dinner and DH and I DTD (did the deed!) to give me the best chance I could without having to walk cos that was just out of the question!

Cupcake I know it's hard not to feel like you should have some control over this because it's your body, but you're really not to blame for going overdue! When I was overdue with DS1, we did the ultimate naive stupid thing. We planned to move to a different town 3 weeks after my due date!!! So, I went 2 weeks overdue - then had to stay in hospital for 5 days, so ended up moving the day after being discharged. THAT was bad planning! So go easy on yourself, I'm sure people understand! grin

Moggmum good luck with your scan!!!

OK, I have to admit this ... I'm feeling broody again. I know it's just nature's way of making sure we have lots of babies, but I really am not going to have any more. I just feel so sad that Eric is already changing so much and that I won't have another newborn again. I love this "babymoon" time, it is such a high to have a new little one and to feel great about my birth experience, it was such a success in contrast to my first. It's so nice to get attention for having a very young baby and I love when people ask how old he is and I can say he's 11 days - not weeks, still so young we're counting in days. Sigh! I don't want it to end! But, I also am reminding myself about how fun all the upcoming stages are and how exciting it will be to see Eric grow and develop. There is loads to look forward to. I'm just hormonal!

We had a pretty good night last night, fed Eric at about 11:30 and then he slept until 3:30 and I fed him again, then he slept until 6:30 and I fed him half asleep lying down (have sore nipple as a consequence now though!) Didn't manage to get him in the moses basket at all last night, he just slept in the bed with me and DH, but I feel like I got more sleep than I have been getting so not too bad.

I'm off to buy supplies to make DS1 a train birthday cake for Thursday! I hope that all of those with LOs are having an ok time, and to all those waiting I am regularly checking in and sending out good labour vibes to you!

AliMouse Tue 01-Jun-10 10:20:18

Raquel at least you'd have been alright if the potholes had set you off!

moggmum and homebirthmum I feel exactly the same. I'm so restless I'm climbing the walls but I'm so large I'm physically incapable of burning it off. All the things I'd normally do to shake it off are a no-no - can't go for a run, drink wine or have a really grrr shag. And I'm worried that if I don't conserve my energy I'll be too exhausted to get the baby out by myself. I hate that this (what now seems) arbitrary EDD has had such a depressing effect on my mental preparation - I'm sure that was 80% what got me through my VBAC with DS2 and now I'm doubting my own body. And I'm having some really disturbing dreams when I do actually sleep.

It's crap, boring and people are starting to drive me absolutely nuts. And I'm only 6 days overdue! How are you doing booboomonster? Any signs yet?

I'm going to ask for a sweep on Monday if nothing has happened over the weekend.

AliMouse Tue 01-Jun-10 10:32:37

Ah rachelfruitloop that's so sweet what you said about Eric and has helped me think about the baby I'm going to be holding soon and all the joy he will bring. Thanks for that! I was feeling very weirdly detached from the baby, the bump and the immenant birth to be honest.

I love the newborn bit too - it's just the toddler bit I have an issue with! And older boys are absolutely brilliant too. The conversations I have with my 10 year old are so bizarre: 'mum, who d'you reckon would win a fight out of godzilla and a giant spider?', or my favourite, 'mum, have you ever smoked mad vagina? (Marijuana)'. You have lots to look forward to!

My friend loved newborns so much she ended up having 7 kids and has the loveliest, maddest, coolest family ever. If you can afford it, go for it!

thanks everyone for positive comments.
rachelfruitloop, i remember when my firstborn was about 24 hours old crying that a day had passed so fast she would be leaving home before i knew it.....and unbelievably she is now heading for 16! some times (like 4.30am when she refused to stay in bed at age 4 or 5, or when she was 7 and had a near fatal accident at a friends house and i stayed awake 24/7 for a week just to hear her breathe ) seemed to last forever, but looking back it really has flown...take MASSES of photographs! and have as many kids as you can afford and care for, some people are just destined to be mummies.
alimouse, you are right, i was hoping to be able to start LIVING again by now, you know, walking without waddling, being able to at least CUDDLE my dh without our feet being 3 feet apart, but alas no. i also understand about being detached, even though i am almost as round as i am tall (5'2") i have not yet really started to imagine that this is going to end with a real BABY!

pamelat Tue 01-Jun-10 11:20:22

CONGRATULATIONS first

My first day alone with DS, DH back to work. I felt quite scared but we are doing ok.

DD is at nursery and has decided this afternoon that she wont wear nappies anymore!!! (bad timing selfishly for me!!) she only had one accident (wee) all bank holiday weekend. Very proud of her. Am sure on Thurs with just me, her and DS it could all go belly up. Bless her. She takes heself off to the toilet, wipes herself (if wee), flushes and washes her hands!! Where has my baby girl gone?!! sad

I think we have decided not to have any more children, have written down about how tired I am in case I forget!!

cupcakefairy Tue 01-Jun-10 12:23:00

Hi ladies

Well, second sweep not much of a success. Crvix still really posterior and baby's head still presenting at odd angle despite all the walking we did midwife said 'prepare yourself because I don't think this is going to be a quick or easy labour' absolutely gutted to hear that. Not that I thought it would be a walk in the park or anything but I at least wanted minimum complications

I am now going to hospital this afternoon for scan and CTG then will discuss induction options (how long to wait etc) feel really really miserable and quite absurdly upset with baby for not co operating even though I've done everything I could to get it moving

My fellow overdueys, you really do have my sympathy! This is hell on earth!
homebirthmum I would say go for the sweep. It's uncomfortable but not painful and as others said, a good indication of where things are at (I just wish mine had resulted in 'cervix is ready you'll be having this baby any minute!')

rachel I love what you said about Eric too that is so lovely and makes me more excited about finally getting to hold my baby. Thanks for the encouragement too. I just hope my second birth experience will make up for this horrible ordeal like yours has! You sound really chipper

pamela well done to your dd! And to you for tackling the first day alone

booboomonster Tue 01-Jun-10 12:24:20

Congratulations First! sorry I think I missed you out before.

homebirthmummy read your post first thing on my mobile and really feel for you. It’s awful if you are feeling too big to move as well as the general frustration of being overdue. I can relate to your concerns about the sweep - I am booked in for one tomorrow, and am not keen - mainly because it all kicked off naturally first time around and I’d rather do that again if possible. Having said that - as someone else said - it’s not unnatural, it’s just a way of checking what’s going on and maybe helping a bit. So I am going ahead. not looking forward to it though! Have got my pregnant SIL to look after DD so at least I don’t have to worry about that. SIL is due mid June - at this rate she might beat me!

Mogg good luck this morning - honestly you are doing so well at 40+16 - I am ten days behind you and feeling the stress… hope something happens, and whatever route you get there, it looks like you will be holding you baby soon! grin

Heffa oops MIL behaviour sounds a bit odd! How come she had a key to your house? Was it a legitimate reason? Have you said anything? I would be a bit annoyed myself…

SK sorry you are feeling rubbish - it’s hard enough coping with the sleepless nights of a new born without getting a cold! Specially in Summer (or what is supposed to be!) hope you start to feel a bit better soon.

Raquel good to hear about your sweep experience - glad it wasn’t too painful. Pouring down here too - the weather really is reflecting my mood…. That is hilarious that you bumped into your midwife down a remote track! You will obviously have to go farther afield if you really want to tempt fate!! (but probably not a good idea!) smile

Rachel sounds like you are getting on great with Eric. And having the energy to make a train cake is pretty impressive!

Ali yes I am still here! I know what you mean about doubting your own body - first time around I did yoga, drank the required amount of raspberry leaf tea, did lots of walking, and resting etc etc and she was born on the due date, but this time with DD to look after I just haven’t done it - so it’s so easy to blame yourself… Also I am a bit older (36) now so I wonder if my body just isn’t as efficient as it was. And then there are the worries that something is wrong with the baby…. oh there is just too much time to think about it!! I can’t believe how lucky I was to be spared this last time - I will definately be more sympathetic to overdues in future. And the texts and emails have begun…. some people are really stupid with their ‘have you had the baby yet’ texts - I really feel like saying ‘yes’ and just leaving it at that. homebirthmummy you are right about Living - you just feel in limbo being overdue - don’t want to plan too much, go too far, can’t be normal, are still tired…. argh! confused

pamelat It makes me feel slightly better at how tired you are - I am trying to focus on the positive, and the fact that I still have sleep available to me, as I know once LO is born that’ll be the end of that for a while… but I do sympathise! It’s great that DD is potty training - we started about 6 weeks ago and I have to say it’s great not having to change nappies all the time.

Anyway, trying to do house bound chores today as it’s so wet outside. Had a busy, and really nice, weekend with lots of walking so am trying not to feel bad about sitting down (still a bit worried about baby’s position being back to back). Surely one of us overdue ladies must produce a baby soon!? Good luck everyone!

mollycuddles Tue 01-Jun-10 12:25:23

Hi all - much love to the overdue bunch. Can't still believe I'm not with you after 2 late ones. Like a lot of pregnancy woes we do forget when we get our hands on our babies. As you all may remember I was very down a lot of this pregnancy bordering on depressed and drugged up due to hyperemesis. But Molly is so great I am seriously thinking we should do this again!! Not for a few years mind and only if DH stays well and I lose enough weight to be allowed on the MLU next time. Molly is now 8 lb 8 oz the wee guzzler and feeding is going very well - she does feed for hours at times - not the classic evening cluster feeds - it can be any time of the day or night but I am ok with that as DD1 did the same and it settled by about 8 weeks. Still struggling with DD1's jealousy but otherwise we're great.

Hobnobfanatic Tue 01-Jun-10 12:27:50

Happy June, everyone!
Sorry I've not been around much recently - soooo busy with baby! She's feeding like mad and is growing really well.

Like Rachel I'm already broody! So sad that she's my last - I just can't do another pregnancy again and DP and I took so long to conceive last time, too - and I'm no spring chicken!

But I cried and cried when DD, at two weeks old, already wouldn't fit into newborn clothes! She's already over 10lb and although I know that I have years of joy ahead, I'm already mourning never having a newborn again : (

So sorry to those still waiting for their babies. I was only 3 days over with this baby; a week with my last and I know how horrible it can be. But it won't be forever - the end is in sight and soon the fun bit will start!

I'll keep popping in when I can - sorry for no personals... Just don't have any spare time at the mo!

x

booboomonster Tue 01-Jun-10 12:32:31

cupcake crossed posts with you - really bad luck about your sweep - what a pain! I know what you mean too about feeling irrationally upset with baby for not wanting to come out… It’s good that you are getting a scan so they will be able to see if everything is ok with baby. Then, I suppose they will present you will as many options as possible depending on how scan is. Just try not to feel like a failure - whether it’s an induction, painful labour or caesarian - there are painkillers available, and these are the times to take them! And it still might not be any of these. Just focus on the very positive fact that you will meet your baby soon. In the future you won’t care how LO arrived - just the fact that you have him/ her! Loads of luck - thinking about you, and try not to be too despondent or stressed if you can - as that might pass onto the baby. Just think you’ll be holding your baby soon an this will all be over. Keep us posted if you can. Thinking of you!

booboomonster Tue 01-Jun-10 12:38:18

molly and hobnob great you are getting on so well with the babies. Gives all us waiting ladies something to look forward to!

pamelat Tue 01-Jun-10 12:39:00

first day alone and ds been awake since 9am! feeding mainly.

he normally sleeps in the am!! no dh to get him to sleep and waiting it for midwife so cant do walk or car. sling on me seems to drive him crazy for milk!!

cupcakefairy Tue 01-Jun-10 12:50:18

Thanks booboo, I know...it feels like it will matter massively to me how baby arrived but I suppose in the end it really won't.
By the way don't beat yourself up for not 'doing everything properly' either... cos I am 25, and have done everything possible for healthy pregnancy- raspberry leaf, natal hypnotherapy, pineapple, hot food, lots of walks, pelvic floor exercises and perineal massage...and look at me hmm so it's not to do with your age or having time for stuff

itshappenedagain Tue 01-Jun-10 12:56:37

hello all! soory for not posting in so long.

have tryied to keep up, and had a quick flick through. congratulations to all who have had their babies.

to all those overdue, i really feel for you but as someone was saying, were here till every last one of us has has our babies. regarding Sweeps, i had mine on the thursday after having pains all wednesday which died off, my miwife said i was a fingertip with cervix still posterior...booked me in for induction the following weeek, sent my mum back home, and i had her at 522 am the next morning...i did warn my mum the minute she left i would labour. hope fully it works for other too!

My friend had her baby yesterday, on due date and she was rushed to ICU as she wasnt breathing, must have been very scary, but she is stable now, so hopefully they will be home soon.

Florence was sent to hospital on friday night by midwife, as reflux was so bad she had only put on just under 1oz/20grams. we have been on the medication over the weekend and she has put on 5 oz, so looks like its working, she is stll being sick but not arching her back and screeming whilst feeding. we have a doctors appointment today to get refered and get more meds for her, although i do suspect that she has allergies like me and my son, and that this may be causeing some of the problem. does anyone have any experience of changing diet due to baby's allergies whilst breastfeeding???

mollycuddles- we dont ahve jealousy as such, but hes very protective of her and just wants to pick her up all the time, or kiss her, its my cousin who keeps asking when she is going back!

other than that life is just going on here, although im finding it hard being on my own with the two of them...usually as im sleep deprived and have no-one to watch Ds if i wanted to have a sleep in the day, but were coping.
hope everyone else is well and that more anouncements arrive soon. xx

Mummymunchkins Tue 01-Jun-10 13:26:46

Hi all, haven't posted in absolutely ages but have been keeping up with your posts as much as possible by reading.

Just wanted to let you know I have had my baby boy, didn't quite make it into May as born exactly two weeks early on 29th April.

In fact didn't quite make it to the hospital either as urge to push came on very suddenly. He was born on route in car delivered by a paramedic but only just, nearly delivered by DH who had got out my hospital bag towels for me to lie on and to cover me up and the police also turned up before the ambulance and were getting gloves on and bag out ready to step in. I think they were as relieved to see the ambulance as me!

I realised on route that I wasn't going to make it to the hospital and we stopped and called the ambulance but they took about 20 minutes to arrive and that was the longest scariest 20 minutes of my life in fact i thought I had delivered his head before they arrived but it was my waters which didn't burst but came out still in their sac looking like a water balloon shock.

The paramedics covered the whole car in sheets and the police cordoned off one side of the street to give me privacy I just about had a couple of puffs of gas and air and then baby arrived. Apparently a crowd had gathered on the other side of the road and they cheered when the baby was lifted out of the car. A police woman sat in the front seat and she apparently cried when baby was born. I was not aware of any of this, just in a state of shock I think.

We were then taken to the hospital and we were both fine and just stayed in overnight and then went home and are doing good still v tired but starting to get a bit more sleep. He weighed 7lb 4oz and we have named him Zakariya Idris only just decided lot of arguing over the name!

Hope all whose babies have arrived are doing well and sorry to hear about your ordeal Hollyoaks. Hope remaining babies arrive soon. Will try to post more often now!

MoggMum Tue 01-Jun-10 13:47:14

Just got back from scan & CTG. Baby fine but they have concerns re lack of waters surrounding baby so have to go in for Induction tonight sad

Midwife did perform another sweep but cervix still high so this baby has no intention of coming on its own.

No MLU/waterbirth for me then! Feeling upset but trying not to get too stressed.

cupcake hope all goes well for you this afternoon.

booboomonster Tue 01-Jun-10 14:18:59

mummymunchkins thanks for birth story - sound amazing and terrifying, and made me cry. Congratulations on the birth of Zakariya, cool name!

cupcake thanks for reassurance - I know you are right but I just cant hep wondering if its something I've done that is delaying things! Good luck for later.

mogg sorry to hear about induction. At least you know you will be meeting your baby soon. Hope it goes well and is not too painful, do keep us posted. Good luck!

sweetkitty Tue 01-Jun-10 14:30:55

moggmum - sad for you about the induction, mine was fine yours might be too, at least the end is in sight for you now, beautiful baby in your arms soon, you'll be fine.

mummymunchkins - wow what an amazing story!!!! congratulations

itshappened again - nice to hear from you, sorry about the suspected allegies no experience but ask on the BFing topic someone will have been through it.

I so could write Rachel and hobnobs posts, J is definitely my last baby and you all know how much I hate being pregnant yet I am overcome with sadness he is 4 weeks almost already and losing his newborn scrunched up look. Blooming hormones.

Had J weughed today 10lbs 6ozs smile so doing something right.

hollyoaks Tue 01-Jun-10 14:43:19

Hi all

Trying to catch up, but its all going slowly, dh back to work today so first full day back at home with two girls is also my first day alone. However, dm been here since first thing and has just left.

So far so good, Grace is feeding every 2-4 hours (no routine yet, but only be feeding since Sunday) for about 15-20 mins, except at midnight last night which went on for 2 hours!!! shock

DD1 is probably finding adjusting to the change the hardest. She has her dummy in constantly and has become very clingy hmm. Any clues how long that may last?

Mummymunchkins - scary birth story, glad all is well with your ds though.

Mogg - good luck for tonight

All those overdue, hope your not waiting too much longer, really feel for you all

Sorry if I've missed any birth announcements but congratulations if Ihave. Also, thankyou for all the hugely supportive messages we have received over the last few days. Hopefully we can put all of that stress behind us and look forward to a happy healthy future

mollycuddles Tue 01-Jun-10 15:45:17

mogg sorry about induction but doesn't have to mean a non active normal delivery - I was induced with ds and it went pretty straightforwardly once we got going. I had Molly on CLU as they wouldn't let this heifer on MLU but was active normal delivery on hands and knees and very positive. Midwife bit of a twunt but that could happen anywhere! DH was my advocate and knew how I felt about interventions so I felt very supported. And you get your baby really soon - I almost envy you. There is nothing like meeting your newborn for the first time. I don't actually envy you as obviously your baby can't possibly be as gorgeous as Molly! Really looking forward to your announcement.

mollycuddles Tue 01-Jun-10 15:47:42

And mummymunchkins - wow what a story. You made me cry! Mega congratulations.

oh moggmum, i will be thinking of you tonight, hope it all goes well for you and you look back on it with joy when you are holding your little baby.
i have contacted mw about coming out tomorrow to do sweep just waiting to hear as i had to leave message.
molly, i am certain you are not a heifer! did you actually avoid interventions then?

Carikube Tue 01-Jun-10 17:27:40

mummymunchkins wow! what a story! congratulations...

moggmum sorry to hear you won't get to labour where you want but at least you'll be meeting LO soon - will be thinking of you

homebirthmummy4 as everyone else has said, the sweep was uncomfortable more than painful; I was apparently very favourable so it worked well for me (though I do wonder whether I would have gone in to labour anyway if I was that favourable?). It didn't feel like intervention as I had it at home and it was quite relaxed.

rachelfruitloop we're still leading parallel lives aren't we? Totally with you on the broodiness and the pride of being able to introduce a LO who is only 11 days old. Some of my antenatal group from when I had DD1 were round here earlier to admire DD2; I'm the first one to have a second child and I felt ridiculously proud...

mollycuddles Tue 01-Jun-10 17:56:39

I am too big to be allowed on MLU but it didn't matter. I had a completely normal delivery in the end.

Quick birth story - I started contracting about 5pm last Sunday and they were coming increasingly frequently -about every 3 mins but were very short - only lasting about 30s. They were getting breath taking so we went to the hospital. I'd had an attempted sweep 3 days before and head was very high and obstetrician couldn't reach as cervix was too posterior. When I got to the hospital I was only 2cm and head was still high but cervix was softening and had come forward and down. The midwife said I wasn't in labour as less than 3cm even though contracting every 3 mins and told me to go home and take paracetamol and come back when contractions were painful and regular which they already were. hmm She did say I could stay on the ward but dh would have to go home. I didn't want to be without him so we were preparing to go even though the pain was very intense. She also said I'd forgotten how painful labour was when I queried how bad the pain was for not being labour. Then I suddenly felt very wet and thought I was leaking my waters but she said it couldn't be and must be just a show because she had just examined me. I then heard a pop and gushed everywhere. She agreed to examine me and was surprised it really was the waters. Clearly thought I'd just decided to wee everywhere... Anyway by then I was 4cm so she then decided I should stay after all. That was half eleven. By about 1 I was getting mixed messages about pushing with my contractions so asked her to re examine me. But she said it wasn't allowed as it wasn't 4 hours from the last examination. The labour suite sister said it was ok and going by the examination I was nearly fully dilated but had an anterior lip. I then relaxed but was so hot but midwife kept covering me with a sheet for my modesty. Even though I didn't want it. I then threw the sheet away as it was really annoying me. The other thing that pissed me off was she kept offering me pain relief when I was coping well. But as I said DH was my support and we pretty much ignored her. About 2 I suddenly started feeling sick and then vomited everywhere (sadly not on midwife but can't have everything! Did hit DH though). After vomiting I was ready to push and it only took about 10 mins. Stupid midwife tried to move me during pushing to check Molly's heartbeat even though it had been fine throughout and even if there had been a problem all they could do was get her put as quick as possible which I was already doing! I told her to sod off and Molly was out by 2.24 and was perfect straightaway. I did have the injection for the placenta but it didn't work - it came 30 mins later when Molly had a good feed though. I went home 12 hours later - could have gone home sooner but stayed so DH could rest while DS and DD were at school.

Anyway mogg the moral is that even with a twunt of a midwife and being on CLU with DH's support it can go well and the best bit of all is I got Molly.

alle01 Tue 01-Jun-10 18:51:26

hi all,
really feel for those ladies currently 40 + more than 10 days, don't know what to say for encouragement, but don't dispair!

thank you all for tips and advise with breastfeeding, i had to stop putting oscar to the breast for a couple of days due to terrible pain and open wounds, yiuk, and feeling terribly guilty about it, so expressing all the time so i can give him breast milk, but i don't get that much that way, i really hope he gets more at the breast, otherwise no wonder he is hungry,... so i got myself to the pharmacy and bought the lanolin cream, and nipple shields for until everything gets cured, and we'll try again, hope at least won't hurt so much, and keep going to the breastfeeding support group, cause is the only thing that is keeping me from giving up, so...

sorry about me post, but haven't got much time for going online, and it's really hard to keep up with this thread, ... i can't week for the doctor to let me go back to swimming and i can have a couple of hours baby free a couple of times a week, gosh, that sounds selfish and horrible...

pamelat Tue 01-Jun-10 19:14:25

mummymunchkins - you made me cry reading that!! Congratulations smile wow, what a story to tell.

mogg good luck for tonight. I was in to be induced but the pessary (spl?) alone did it for me, had my DS an hour and a bit after the pessary, which was a shock.

Survived my first day alone without DH. However DS has been a monkey. He normally sleeps a lot in the day but has been awake for all but 40 minutes today between 8am and 5pm (my time alone with him) and then zonked out at 530pm (just before DH got home) and is fast asleep now. He normally frets from 6pm - 10pm. Its really odd. I am sure that being with just me has made him stay awake all day to feed ????????????????

AliMouse Tue 01-Jun-10 19:38:57

Mummymunchkins That is a great story - congratulations and a very cool first and second name too. I've been given free reign to choose the second name so I'm going to have a bit of fun with it!

mogg best of luck hon. Keep in touch.

Have decided to book tickets to see Prince of Persia with the boys tomorrow in the hope that the dolby surround sound triggers labour. Desperate? Moi? Have got DH on DTD duty tonight too. I'll never hear the end of it if I do start contracting afterwards!

Hopefully there will be yet more wonderful and inspirational stories here later/tomorrow.

Moggmum I'm very excited you'll be holding your baby soon! Good luck!

Sassles Tue 01-Jun-10 20:09:10

Hello All!

Congratulations to all the new babies!!! I haven't had a chance to read through what's been going on with you guys, but will try to get up to speed over the next few days.

I'll try to do quick summary of our saga!

Went in for induction at 1.30pm. Membranes ruptured at 6.20 am. Had 2nd round of Prostin in labour ward at 9.20. Drip started at 3pm at 2 cm dilated. V strong, v sore ontractions every 2 mins once drip in. After 5 hours, gas & air, Diamorphine and finally epidural, internal showed I was a massive....wait for it 3 cm dilated!! Calling it a failed induction and would prob have needed to c section for that reason. However, from 8am before I even went to labour ward, CTG showed decellerations in Sam's heartbeat and continued throughout the day, so had mentioned problems with cord likely and that section prob end result. Sam had to have monitor attached to head while in me as I have a weird thing where machines stop working when i'm stressed. It was quite comical really, they had three diff blood pres monitors in the room at one point and they wouldn't work, electronic thermometers stopped and CTG machine went on fritz. C section was quite sccary as I couldn't keep my eyes open and thought there was something wrong, but it was just cocktail of drugs in my system. I got severe shakes after the epidural which took them 3 attempts and was still shaking at 2am in recovery hours later. Again, just the drugs. Sam had APGAR of 6 and needed rescucitation, but we were totally unaware until we read it in notes 3 days later, so prob just as well.

Sam started breast feeding in recovery which I was delighted at. Next day they got me up and almost instantly had an agony head and neck. I thought I had pulled my neck in the night with bad positioning for breast feeding. I was allergic to the glue on the wound dressing and had to be removed. Midwife then annonced a swap taken before induction showed I had Group B Strep and Sam needed antibiotic drip for two days. By day 3 when no drugs were working on my head, Midwife paged anaethetist (not nice man) who gave me in to trouble for sitting up breastfeeding when pain went away when I lay down! Not really getting the newborn baby thing. They took me for blood patch in morn as they said it was spinal puncture leak causing headaches and injected blood from my arm into the epidural spaces. Normally v successful, but had no effect. Two days later they sent me for MRI as no improvement. That was not fun! Quite scary, but caused by staff shoving me in the machine without discussing coping skills and also lied and said it would be 20 mins when it was 45. I his panic switch after 30 mins as I thought something had gone wrong. They didn;t have volume on headphones on, so I couldn't hear them telling me what was going on.

Next day. MRI results were clear and they said i would need to keep headache till it got better as hole healed or so small would heal itself and headache will stay till body produced more spinal fluid to top up to normal levels. I then discharged myself from hosp after 6 days of being there, but they were not happy with me at all. However, I felt myself really declining being in that long and mood dropping. Headache got almost immediately better being at home, but still very painful.

DH been amazing and taking care of both of us. I was pretty much breast feeding only lying down and he was doing everything else. Headache improved over last 3 days, but still sore and was to go back to hosp today for review, but woke up and it is totally gone!! grin. THANK GOD!!

Taking it very easy today, but feel we cn now get on with things properly. We've kept really upbeat about everything whole way through and there are much worse things that could happen. Sam was fine after his antibiotics and he is breast feeding well and that was all that really mattered to me. He is absolutely perfect and we love him so much. Photos's on facebook group.

DH is just amazing. He needs a medal!

On gas and air in my spaced out state I told him "on gqas and air, you have to tell the truth and I just wanted to tell you that I love you hundreds and hundreds". Think he was really chuffed with that. i also thought I was a stand up comedian saying "now was that funny folks or was just the gas and air talking?" as the punchline. No-one else laughed!

Anyway, sorry to go on. We are doing great and getting into the swing of new baby stuff. Will catch up with everyone's stories and congrats to all who have lovely new babies and fingers crossed for everyone waiting.

S xx

mollycuddles Tue 01-Jun-10 20:59:46

Oh sassles - what a nightmare. I feel really guilty moaning about my annoying midwife now. So glad the headache has gone. Sorry the breast feeding stress continues alle - I found when I had bad cracks with dd1 that nipple cream and jelonet dressings helped with healing - you should be able to get that from your doctor or midwife or buy it in the chemist. I have some but so far haven't needed it but maybe worth a try. Kudos for sticking with it.

sweetkitty Tue 01-Jun-10 21:20:45

OMG Sassles what a story, you seem so upbeat about it, bet he is well well worth it though.

Alimouse - fingers crossed for you too

pamelat/hollyoaks - well done on surviving your first solo day. I remember mine well after DD2 was born, I got them both ready, sorted the house etc then set off for toddlers, got there and it was off for inservice - doh! It gets easier you learn a way of doing things, this is the hardest part.

Am typing one handed again as Jacob asleep on me, he refuses to go in his basket after 5pm it would seem hmm he can sleep in it surrounded by 3 sisters fighting and screaming during the day but in the evening you put him down sound asleep, a minute later he is up. Babies!

brightredballoon Tue 01-Jun-10 21:26:41

Sassles, interesting that they gave Sam ABs, my hospital only give them if its a vaginal delivery.
Glad that you are doing so well now.

Good luck Moggmum

Sorry for short post, have to take opportunity for a bath whilst I can!

AliMouse Tue 01-Jun-10 21:37:37

Sassles blimey, the c-section alone and the cocktail of drugs is traumatic enough, but that must have been so scary with Sam unwell and having to cope with a stonking headache. I'm sure the success of the breastfeeding has really helped to compensate for everything though. Those little ones know when to cooperate - they are canny survivallists aren't they!

Sweetkitty sleeping on a warm mum has to be infinately better than a basket - can't blame him. A bit limiting though! I'll have to get used to doing everything one handed again I'm sure. I can't wait!

myfirstbump Tue 01-Jun-10 22:10:23

I'm back! Just updating my info - in my crazy ramblings, Darcey's birthday got out by a day...

THE NEW ARRIVALS

11 April LuckyC, GIRL MATILDA, 14.47
15 April ForcesSweetheart, GIRL, MOLLY, 10.27, 7lbs 6ozs
16 April Littleowls, BOY JOEL, 14.40, 4lb 8oz
16 April Memorylapse, GIRL, OLIVIA GRACE, 6.17pm, 6lbs 11.5ozs
23 April Sophie2008, BOY, COREY DREW 7lbs 2.5oz and GIRL, MIRIAM ELIZABETH 7lbs 4oz
27 April Brightredballoon, GIRL, 10am, 7lb 12oz
27 April Pagen, BOY, JACK JOHN, 7.30am, 9lbs 2ozs
29 April littleonemum, GIRL, LUX EMILIE, 9.40pm, 7lbs 7 ozs
04 May fiveisanawfullybignumber, GIRL, FLORENCE MARGARET GRACE, 6.14pm,
04 May hormonalmum, GIRL
05 May sweetkitty, BOY, JACOB DAVID JOHN, 4.52am, 8lbs 5ozs
05 May Mustbemadno3 GIRL, LILLIA VICTORIA SOFIA, 05.05am 6lbs 8ozs
06 May Alle, BOY, OSCAR, 12.20pm 6lbs 8ozs
06 May alexw, GIRL, JULIA MAUD, 7lbs2oz
07 May TwentiethCenturyHeffa, BOY, CORIN, 7lbs1oz
07 May sheepgomeep, GIRL, JESSICA, 9lbs 12.5oz
08 May Lizzie9442, GIRL, LOUISE, 9.01pm, 10lbs
10 May Hobnobfanatic, GIRL
11 May 30ish, BOY, OLIVER JAMES, 10:05am, 9lbs 7oz.
12 May kateyjane, BOY, THOMAS EDWARD, 11.29am, 7lbs 12ozs
13 May MarquiseDeMerteuil, BOY, FELIX BENJAMIN, 5lbs 15oz
14 May itshappenedagain, GIRL, FLORENCE ELEANOR, 5.22am, 8lb 6oz
14 May TomlinTowers, GIRL, SOPHIE MAE, 8.43am, 9lbs 7oz
15 May pigleychez, GIRL, LUCY OLIVIA, 9.30am 7lbs 12oz
15 May slipperthief, BOY, DANIEL HENRY, 7.28pm, 8lbs 4oz
16 May Wibblela, GIRL, REFAELLA, 12.22am, 8lbs 4oz
17 May pamelat, BOY, ALEXANDER, 12.14pm, 7lbs 8oz
17 May Morph2, BOY, JACOB ANTHONY, 7.50pm, 6lbs 11ozs
18 May squirtsmum, GIRL, REBECCA LOUISE, 1.37am, 9lbs 14.5oz
18 May MinnieMummy, GIRL, 8.31am, 10lbs 11oz
18 May KatnKankles, GIRL, AVA ROSE, 8lbs 14oz
19 May Sweetpeasmum, GIRL, SOPHIE ELIZABETH, 6.38am
20 May Sassles, BOY, SAMUEL, 9lbs 4oz
20 May KaffaCakes, BOY, ALBERT STANLEY, 1.09am, 7lbs 8.5oz
20 May Den26, BOY, RIAN ALEXANDER, 7lbs 13oz
21 May Carikube, GIRL, ALICE JANE, 2.17am, 8lbs 5oz
21 May peakyispreggers, BOY, FINN, 2.47am, 7lbs 12oz
21 May Gils, GIRL, MELISSA ANNE, 3.38am, 8lbs 10oz
21 May Rachelfruitloop, BOY, ERIC DAVID, 3.48am, 11lbs 2oz
23 May newmomma, GIRL, 6.34am, 8lbs 12.5oz
24 May Mollycuddles, GIRL, MOLLY LETITIA ROSE, 2.24am, 8lbs 3oz
24 May LuckyMiller, BOY, IRA JACOB, 8lbs 2oz
25 May Hollyoaks, GIRL, GRACE ANNABEL
25 May JamesandtheGiantBanana, GIRL, 7lbs
25 May Nimk, GIRL, 6lbs 8oz
26 May myfirstbump, GIRL, DARCEY ELIZABETH, 2.18am 8lbs 15oz
27 May first1, GIRL, 8lbs 3oz, CHLOE GRACE
28 May AnAngelWithin, GIRL, WILLOW, 00.34, 8lbs 15oz
29 May schipo, BOY, 4.40am, 7lbs 13oz

THE WAITING LOUNGE

06 May - DorotheaPlenticlew, 35, #2, GIRL, Edinburgh
08 May - Asparagusaddict, #1
12 May - Haribolicious 36, #2, BOY
12 May - LivsHannah 27, #2, BOY
13 May - Cith, 30, #1
13 May - TinyVeins, 29, #1
13 May - Mummymunchkins, 40, #3, BOY
14 May - CornishSAMum, 33, #1, Cornwall
16 May - MoggMum, 38, #1
16 May - Vicky204, 34, #1
19 May - cupcakefairy, 25, #1
20 May - LolaAnn, 22, #1, BOY
20 May - Aim, #2, BOY
20 May - homebirthmummy4, #4
21 May - Suey2, 39, no2, GIRL
21 May - Mumofeag, 34, #3 BOY
23 May - RacquelWelsh, 38, #1 BOY
24 May - Yorky, 31, #3
26 May - booboomonster, 35, #2 GIRL, SW London
26 May - AliMouse, 40, #3 BOY
26 May - Glastocchick, 34, #1
31 May - ande, #4
31 May - thegauntlet, #1

myfirstbump Tue 01-Jun-10 22:26:47

Quick post - it's still uncomfortable to sit at the computer!

Congrats Angel - what a story! And well done for getting home so quickly. I went home on Friday too.

So after my 'twinges' on Sunday, they got more and more regular all day Monday. Went to the hospital Monday night, 2cm dilated and sent home with a couple of cocodamols. Had a good night's sleep with them! Tuesday lunchtime was ready to go back. Managed for the first couple of hours without pain relief, then went onto g&a and the birthing pool. The pool was brilliant. By 9.30pm my waters still hadn't broken and I was still only 7cm, so they sorted that out for me - there wasn't much though! Anyway, four hours later, was finally fully dilated and ready to go. She only took 45mins to deliver! The placenta took a while to follow, so I had to have a couple of the injections to get that out. I got a 2nd degree tear from delivering so quickly and I lost a lot of blood, so I wasn't in great shape afterwards and stayed in hospital until Friday. Am on iron tablets now, and I'm really uncomfortable from the stitches.

I could do with a laptop so I can do this from the sofa grin

Congrats to all the latest arrivals. And fingers crossed these comfy babies make an appearance soon.

I was wondering about Yorky too. Hope she's ok. If we don't hear from her soon I might email Mr Yorky to see how she is.

will check back when I can, between feeds and nappies and the like smile

memorylapse Wed 02-Jun-10 00:19:10

just checking in to see if we have any more new arrivalssmile

Sassles..youve certainly been through the mill..Ive heard of that happening with an epidural..but its rare.you were unlucky..however hopefully now you are home with your brand new bundle you can put it behind yousmile

myfirstbump..I remember how painful my stitches were with DD1 and DS2..I could barely sit down..it used to hurt to wee too so I poured a jog of tepid water over my bits for the first week or so whilst I had a wee..that first poo can be scary too..lactulose helped

mummymunchkins..blimey thats some birth story..definitely one to recount to your LO at a later stage..and dont you have to put on the birth certificate for place of birth..layby on side of road..or something like that! sniffling here at your birth story though..especially at the policewoman..bless her

I think we should have a restless babies club for all these babies who just WONT sleep..arrgghhh!..at least not unless they are being fed or snuggled..Olivia had a better night last night..but today has been terrible..constant fussing..not happy today..not settling..this evening she finally settled..in my arms..which is where she currently still is..

Hollyoaks...lovely to hear you are home..and hope you can put things behind yousmile

40+13 today, mw coming to my house to do a sweep. here's hoping it works!
positive thoughts to those few left to deliver!

mollycuddles Wed 02-Jun-10 09:59:37

Good luck with the sweep hbmummy

I'm so tired this am - Molly has been a feeding monster the past 12 hours. Since she was born my boobs have been v engorged in the mornings but not today as she's already drank it all overnight. Feel like a wrung up dish cloth.

CONGRATULATIONS Mummymunchkins*!!!!

*Myfirst
, Mummymunchkins, Mollycuddles and Sassles thank you for sharing your birth stories! I just love reading about how it all happened for you. OMG Mummymunchkins, wow, in the car! - well done! Sassles, so sorry you've been through the wringer, but you sound like you're recovering well!

Hollyoaks very glad to hear that you and Grace are home and things seem to be going well!!

Itshappened I hope that Florence's reflux gets better that sounds just awful!!! Poor thing!

Mollycuddles I am also drained this morning, having been sucked dry by the milk vampire during the night!

HBMummy I hope that the sweep gets things started for you, I'm sending good labour vibes your way!!

Carikube, SK, Ali, Hobnob Thank you for your support, glad I'm not crazy in feeling broody already and sad about it being my last baby. I know I probably could have another, but the financial strain would be too much and also I'm not getting any younger and suffered enough in this second pregnancy to know I should quit while I'm ahead! (also what if a third baby was BIGGER!!!?) Ali, LOL about your son's questions! I'm sure my DS1 will be coming up with some gems as he gets more sophisticated, too!

Alle I hope the BF gets easier for you in the coming weeks, sounds like you're doing all the right things so hang in there! If it doesn't work out in the end, don't feel too badly, you're really trying!!

Pamelat what a cheeky boy staying awake all day when you were on your own! Glad you survived! grin

Booboo I'm sure going overdue isn't the result of something you are or aren't doing - I went 2 weeks overdue with DS1 and I was doing all of the things they said to do, walking, curries, pineapple, raspberry leaf tea, sex, avoided all the wrong foods took supplements, etc. and I was only 32. This time I'm 35 (nearly 36) and didn't do much of anything, and DS2 was 5 days over the dating scan due date but bang on my LMP due date. I think each pregnancy can just be very different, predicting the due date is so random.

Cupcake don't worry too much about what the MW said about your labour, sorry the sweep didn't work. I don't know why some MWs are so insensitive, I doubt she can really tell what sort of labour you're going to have at this point, as things can change so rapidly in the course of labour beginning. Don't let the comments get to you - if you are confident and can stay as relaxed as possible you are going to have a fine time. Scaring you before it even begins is just wrong and it makes me angry!!!!

Arrrgghhh! Train cake stuck to the pan so trying again today!!!! It's been a while since I've made this one and I'm out of practice! Just hope this one turns out otherwise I will have a very disappointed nearly three-year-old on my hands!

I hope that the weather is as nice for all of you as it is for us here. Sending good sleep schedule vibes to all the mummies and hoping labour triggers to those waiting!! It's almost as exciting to see who will go next as it was to see who went first!!

cupcakefairy Wed 02-Jun-10 11:55:24

Hello ladies, yep, still pregnant! 40+14.
Hospital yesterday was fine, everything normal and consultant happy that baby not at risk at all so induction put back to Friday. I am still absolutely desperate for baby to come before then though- COME ON!! But so far still no signs which I am massively gutted about
By Friday I think I will just be happy to give in and be able to meet my baby but I'm SO terrified about a huge long ordeal with intervention sk I hope I have an induction like yours but unlikely I guess seeing as this was no4 for you!

Mw thinks baby is back to back & that's why labour not starting as head isn't fully on cervix...but consultant said baby wasn't back to back hmm anyway, have been told to do lots of swivelling on my birth ball to get head to move! And once again, some very unsexy sex that had no effect last night, hmph so desperate and tearful and feeling very hard done by now.

mogg hope everything's going ok for you.

mummymunchkins shock to your story that's crazy!

mollycuddles angry to stupid mw! Lol, would have been amazing if you could have projectile vomited all over her grin so lovely to read about how besotted you are with Molls.

ali here's hoping for today...but NOT tomorrow!!

homebirthmummy hope sweep works for you!

Did racquel not get on yesterday? Hope that means things are happening for her!

sassles goodness, sounds like a horrible ordeal glad things are improving now and massive kudos for staying upbeat through that! Btw I cracked up at your 'was that funny folks?' grin

Right, off for more swivelling and more jigsaw puzzles...

cupcakefairy Wed 02-Jun-10 12:00:27

THE NEW ARRIVALS

11 April LuckyC, GIRL MATILDA, 14.47
15 April ForcesSweetheart, GIRL, MOLLY, 10.27, 7lbs 6ozs
16 April Littleowls, BOY JOEL, 14.40, 4lb 8oz
16 April Memorylapse, GIRL, OLIVIA GRACE, 6.17pm, 6lbs 11.5ozs
23 April Sophie2008, BOY, COREY DREW 7lbs 2.5oz and GIRL, MIRIAM ELIZABETH 7lbs 4oz
27 April Brightredballoon, GIRL, 10am, 7lb 12oz
27 April Pagen, BOY, JACK JOHN, 7.30am, 9lbs 2ozs
29 April littleonemum, GIRL, LUX EMILIE, 9.40pm, 7lbs 7 ozs
29 April mummymunchkins, BOY, ZAKARIYA IDRIS, 7lbs 4oz
04 May fiveisanawfullybignumber, GIRL, FLORENCE MARGARET GRACE, 6.14pm,
04 May hormonalmum, GIRL
05 May sweetkitty, BOY, JACOB DAVID JOHN, 4.52am, 8lbs 5ozs
05 May Mustbemadno3 GIRL, LILLIA VICTORIA SOFIA, 05.05am 6lbs 8ozs
06 May Alle, BOY, OSCAR, 12.20pm 6lbs 8ozs
06 May alexw, GIRL, JULIA MAUD, 7lbs2oz
07 May TwentiethCenturyHeffa, BOY, CORIN, 7lbs1oz
07 May sheepgomeep, GIRL, JESSICA, 9lbs 12.5oz
08 May Lizzie9442, GIRL, LOUISE, 9.01pm, 10lbs
10 May Hobnobfanatic, GIRL
11 May 30ish, BOY, OLIVER JAMES, 10:05am, 9lbs 7oz.
12 May kateyjane, BOY, THOMAS EDWARD, 11.29am, 7lbs 12ozs
13 May MarquiseDeMerteuil, BOY, FELIX BENJAMIN, 5lbs 15oz
14 May itshappenedagain, GIRL, FLORENCE ELEANOR, 5.22am, 8lb 6oz
14 May TomlinTowers, GIRL, SOPHIE MAE, 8.43am, 9lbs 7oz
15 May pigleychez, GIRL, LUCY OLIVIA, 9.30am 7lbs 12oz
15 May slipperthief, BOY, DANIEL HENRY, 7.28pm, 8lbs 4oz
16 May Wibblela, GIRL, REFAELLA, 12.22am, 8lbs 4oz
17 May pamelat, BOY, ALEXANDER, 12.14pm, 7lbs 8oz
17 May Mo