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January 2014 Thread 16 - More babies arrive or we make delicious lasagnes whilst we wait

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enormouse Wed 15-Jan-14 11:27:18

Here you go - New thread! (Procrastinating wildly)

TobyLerone Wed 15-Jan-14 11:36:57

I'm in!

Felix90 Wed 15-Jan-14 11:37:50

Thank you for the new thread!

Frizz1986 Wed 15-Jan-14 11:41:32

Checking in and thanks for the reassurance. Just need to keep up with the feeding and she should keep putting on weight and then it should go. It's just so frustrating.

Am just waiting for the hearing test at hospital number 2. No parking spaces so have abandoned on yellows! Uh oh!
Annoying as hearing test was at 1130 and they want baby relaxed and fed so timed everything this morning so she would be happy for the app and it appears someone else's baby wasn't settled for theirs so they have now gone in my slot as the baby is settled now. Hope it doesn't mess Aurelia up as want to get in and get out ASAP.

Sorry for the arsey dps. I don't think they are able to comprehend how exhausting it is looking after a baby. You can spend the whole day feeding and then changing nappies and then settling baby to sleep, getting nothing else done.

Hope that some people get closer to popping today or actually pop. Got my fingers crossed for all of you.

Naturegirl82 Wed 15-Jan-14 11:41:45

Checking in. Now must go and finish tidying and stop watching this morning

BuntCadger Wed 15-Jan-14 11:46:29

Thanks for new thread smile

Woo..thanks enormouse!

Hope you get seen soon frizz.

tarka are you feeling any better today? Mastitis is absolutely awful, hope things improve a bit before tomorrow.

Angelesque Wed 15-Jan-14 12:19:00

Love the title smile I spent most of my first day if mat leave making lasagne... day three today and it's going to be spinach and feta pie!

littleraysofsunshine Wed 15-Jan-14 12:26:10


Mythreeknights Wed 15-Jan-14 12:26:19

Checking in...omg, I have just had my tax bill through (am freelance) and was £765 higher than previously thought...and the car has just been to the garage...half the savings I had for matleave have been vaporised in one go. Fuckity fuck.

Naturegirl82 Wed 15-Jan-14 12:34:23

Oh mythree that's really crap.

Well I just had a break downsad Hit my back on the friggin door handle and omg it hurt so bad I had to sit on the floor and cry.

enormouse my mw is great. I'm using the 1-2-1 service so I see the same mw all the time and she took my hypnobirthing class as well so feel like I have quite a good relationship with her. If I had opted for a home birth she would deliver the baby as well, but alas it will be a hospital birth for me.

Frizz1986 Wed 15-Jan-14 12:40:53

Oh poop mythree

TarkaTheOtter Wed 15-Jan-14 12:42:25

Eat the house enormouse. You deserve it!

Still bed bound with mastitis but starting to feel more human. Antibiotics are helping but blockage is still there so I'm worried it'll just come back. I'm so cross because I knew the vests weren't a great fit (I bought them after engorgement with dd) so the whole thing was completely avoidable. Grrr he's such a good feeder as well, dd had a terrible latch and I never had mastitis. Seems unfair.

Naturegirl82 Wed 15-Jan-14 13:38:34

I second that enormouse eat the house

Toothfairy78 Wed 15-Jan-14 14:00:57

Reporting for lurking duty!

Percypiglet Wed 15-Jan-14 14:01:14

Checking in.....

Humpty how are you getting on ? Anymore contractions? I've had 3 nights of period like cramping and same yday in the day but no absolutely NOTHING!! Am getting some cooking done though - 5 meals frozen now...seems to take forever.

enormouse Wed 15-Jan-14 14:02:17

Well we ate the house (or half of it) it was delicious. Much better as just plain gingerbread than with all the sickly icing and sweets. smile

nature that sounds like a fantastic service. But I heard that they had lost the funding for it? Is that just a rumour (I hope)?

Naturegirl82 Wed 15-Jan-14 14:20:59

enormouse I'm not sure I had heard the same thing but my mw seems to have new people she has just taken on so I don't know. It would be a shame if the service stops as it is great.

MrsGSR Wed 15-Jan-14 14:50:54

Checking in smile due today and still no signs of anything. I will be pregnant forever.

flyawayblue Wed 15-Jan-14 15:22:31

Also due today and nothing happening so will join you in the pregnant forever corner.

Spent the morning going for a walk then had lunch out and am now relaxing watching tv about to make chocolate cookies. Trying to keep my mind off due date..

Good luck to all those with twinges and new babies smile

HabitualHobbyist Wed 15-Jan-14 15:26:36

Checking in. Thanks for the new thread.

Had my 40 weeks appointment this morning and a stretch and sweep. Baby is nice and low but cervix was too high for mw to reach sad.

Booked in for an induction on 24th if no progress made by then. Very much hope we don't need that as I would really like a water birth if all goes to plan.

Agree with the boredom. Don't know how to relax, but not physically up to doing much.

Hope everyone is doing well. Far too many to name check and starting to lose track a little.

Checking in

MrsVDB Wed 15-Jan-14 16:29:57

Checking in with a week to go...

Gp checked my bp today and down to 125/75 so ridiculous amount of swelling must be normal. Good to put my mind at rest

Mum came up to do cleaning today which was a great help apart from scratching my lovely expensive hob I have done a lot of sorting so getting there but still loads to do after a year of living in a building site it's like starting from scratch putting things away. Still loads of washing to do but until the tumble dryer arrives next week each load takes a day to dry

OnlyThePurpleOnes Wed 15-Jan-14 16:37:42

Hello new thread!

Wish I could say I had something to report - alas not. Walle the length and breadth of the mall today to try to get thing moving. Nothing so far. Treated myself to a strawberries and cream pancake for lunch for being so energetic! grin

Everyone is being so good getting dinners in the freezer. I might make that my mission for tomorrow. Otherwise we will exist on cheese toasties and cornflakes for at least 6 weeks pp. my mum flies out end of jan though so I'm putting her In charge of sustenance!

BuntCadger Wed 15-Jan-14 16:37:56

Still contracting and starting to feel fed up. It's been days now and not looking forward to another night of uncertainty. I wish they'd ramp up to the point I need help so that'd I could go in but I don't want to go in to hang around for hours on end. been keeping busy at home and dh been great today.

Mythreeknights Wed 15-Jan-14 16:38:22

Back from mw appt, wouldn't allow sweep as 39+6... So went for walk up hill then ate half a pineapple and now chilling with some tv.

Naturegirl82 Wed 15-Jan-14 17:00:34

Just had to take pooch to the vets. Her operation scar split open a little bit but but vet said not to worry. Glad I got it checked though (and no charge which was a bonus).

Do people think it is worth putting meals in the freezer? I hadn't bothered as dh does most all the cooking.

Highlight of my day, just found out I've had my latest academic paper accepted for publication whoop. grin

Glad the bp is down mrs. And I know your feeling about trying to get things sorted and put away. It's all I've been doing the past four weeks!

Naturegirl82 Wed 15-Jan-14 17:01:13

bunt I hope things progress for you soon

littleraysofsunshine Wed 15-Jan-14 17:03:12

I've seen the same midwife almost, I used to work with her and she's seem me in all three pregnancies so it's nice. The other midwives have been nice too though.

Wow freezing meals, I've been rubbish at that. I've jut been doing slow cooker meals which we eat but then have no freezer space to save. hmm

I am still having irregular BH's, very sore down below and just feeling very tired. Probably where I'm not use to having a rest and MIL has done my little girls nursery run the past two mornings so I've been sat not soon much. But still find myself doing something...

I'm due on 26th, got my 39wk check on Monday.

I've kind of gone downhill with my hormones today, was really chilled then I just keep thinking about everything and doubting that I'm ready physically and mentally really...

Hospital bag is done (to what I think?!) it's also the unknown if I'll actually make it to the hospital is the concern. And midwives have set me up for home birth if needed but want me to try get in as I bled with dd1

How are everyone else's hormones? And baby's movements??

MrsVDB Wed 15-Jan-14 17:03:20

How frustrating bunt but at least all of this 'practice' should make the main event quicker

Well done nature

I haven't got much room in freezer and live too close to lots of takeaways so not planning on bulk freezing. I freeze leftovers though so have a couple of portions if I'm desperate and run out of cereal

Thanks for the reassurance gobbo that does help. Well, after weeping copiously over my best friend, I pulled myself together and rang MLU for info. If I start induction, I can't use the unit even if I don't get so far as the drip, which sounds like bad news, but bizarrely has sort of sorted out my head, resolved some of th millions of questions! She also confirmed that all the things we've tried (sex, curry, walking, pineapple, clary sage, RLT, relaxing) are good. Then she offered me another sweep, and laughed like a drain when I practically bit her hand off and said '^YES PLEASE RIGHT NOW THANK YOU^'.
Went in an hour later, she was ace, really kind and talked me through induction, saying it's not strapped to a bed monitoring, and that the ward is nice. She did a v vigorous sweep, and asked if the student mw could try too, which obvs I said yes to grin. Student had never done an internal and was practically crying as she thought she was hurting me, despite me saying 'honestly I can barely feel it'! Bless her.

Walked home (check), having super spicy chilli beef for supper (check), and have bounced on ball, (check). Now relaxing (check), and will attempt to haul my elephantine bulk on top of DH later (check and LUCKY HIM emoticon). That way we've covered all the bases.

Also, I think I might be getting some ctx. Quite painful ones. Not holding my breath, and haven't told DH as don't want to get his hopes up, but we shall see.

Mememe post, sorry, hugs to those who need them, promise to be less self focused next time I post.

TobyLerone Wed 15-Jan-14 17:22:49

I hope you're more self-focused next time you post, Humpty, when you tell us in a few hours that you're contracting 3:10 and you're on your way to the MLU grin

BookTart Wed 15-Jan-14 17:27:48

Go humpty! (and go Mr Humpty too grin )

Felix90 Wed 15-Jan-14 17:28:58

Bunt and Humpty hope things start happening for you both soon!

Well done nature grin

We didn't freeze any meals as it was a bit too hectic with moving house then being induced early etc but we had a few ready meal type things in the fridge/freezer and easy stuff to eat which did really help in the first couple of weeks! I've also been living on cereal haha...

MrsVDB Wed 15-Jan-14 17:36:27

Good luck humpty sounds like your on a mission!

MrsVDB Wed 15-Jan-14 17:42:33

Advice needed please.

When I get braxton hicks (and what triage called mild contractions) my bump goes hard all over but mainly at the top

Over the last few days I've been getting very tight periody pains around the pubic bone and not a great deal higher. Are these contractions? They're not overly painful yet so not worried that anything much is happening, it's more I'm curious if this is how it will feel when it starts?

Naturegirl82 Wed 15-Jan-14 17:57:46

Oo mrsv no advice but that's exactly what mine are like. I've been having that for about a week now though

OnlyThePurpleOnes Wed 15-Jan-14 18:09:19

Yes Mrs. That's how it started for me last time. But then last time I went from 0 to 4 minutes apart straight from the off, which was much less confusing than this on/off business!!

TarkaTheOtter Wed 15-Jan-14 18:13:58

Congrats nature is it a good journal?

Good luck to all of those who might be starting labour soon. It's only been two weeks but I can't remember what early labour felt like. Period pain sounds plausible though.

I'm starting to feel slightly better and less feverish but my boob is still bright red and hard. Trying to decide if I can manage tomorrow. My mum has volunteered to take the day off work and help but as she's a teacher it's a big favour. Dh is annoying me by not even suggesting that he could take parental leave. He hates taking time off sick but even he would have to if he had this.

Frizz1986 Wed 15-Jan-14 18:38:03

Go humpty fx this is the start.

mrsv mine started as uncomfortable period pains and then got worse. They started to feel like they were beginning in my bum and moving towards my foof and bump (which would then go hard)
Mine were only like that for 12-24hrs before waters went so fx you are on your way.

I have frozen food in the freezer but after 3 weeks we havent used much of it. Is nice to know that we have food in there if needed.

Really hope things progress overnight for people. I think i read somewhere that a lot of people who go into natural labour start at night so fx......

Percypiglet Wed 15-Jan-14 18:54:08

Go Humpty and Bunt!

I've hit the tiredness wall today.....slept a lot last night and have also had a 2 hour nap this pm. I still feel tired though. The thought of potentially having another 2 weeks of pregnancy is overwhelming.

I've also eaten a big bar of dairy milk without meaning to i.e. should have saved some for DH, now I'll have to hide the wrapper

My pains have been periody cramps below the bump...they seems to have gone on holiday today though.

Go humpty!

Thank you all, you are all ACE. Xxxxxxx

Felix90 Wed 15-Jan-14 19:36:24

Tarka, mastitis sounds awful! Do you know what's caused it? Hope you're feeling better soon.

HabitualHobbyist Wed 15-Jan-14 20:54:36

Humpty if you're not too busy in labour, I've just pm'd you to be added to the Facebook group if that's ok. Thanks

TarkaTheOtter Wed 15-Jan-14 21:17:40

felix I'm almost certain my mastitis was caused by wearing too tight nursing vests as Alex has caused me no pain at all and feeds all the time. I was wearing the ones I bought with dd but I must have bought them once I was past the engorgement had passed as I think the cup size is too small. They were a bit uncomfortable but I ignored it as I remembered them being "supportive".
It's been really horrible - a bit like flu. It's probably made worse by the no sleep. I've been on the abs for 24hrs now and no longer feverish but the blockage is still there so not sure if it's really getting better.

MerryPops Wed 15-Jan-14 21:34:56

Checking in, hope I meet my little one on this thread!

Tarka fx your mastitis is on its way, really hoping the bras I have will be ok as it sounds horrendous you poor thing!

Humpty good luck with the baby evacuation, I'm sure Dh is more than happy to oblige! Good luck bunt too, sounds like one of you two might be next.

I am getting intermittent period pains and stabby foof but don't think its the build up to anything yet. Fashioned a replacement gym ball plug out of blu tack and sellotape so having a go on that each day along with the rlt. Dh just wants to try the duvet time method, of course. Think he is worrying about after baby is here when he will be nookie deprived (poor lamb!)

Hope everyone has a peaceful or contracty evening, depending on your preference!

Gobbolinothewitchscat Wed 15-Jan-14 21:44:06

Go humpty! Go humpty!

tarka - hope the mastitis is recovering. sad

Well I'm 40+5 and had various pains, as per the last 4 days, but am sure that it will come to nothing as per usual so starting to try and reconcile myself with induction sad

Bluecarrot Wed 15-Jan-14 22:40:38

Hello smile

40+9 now and 3rd ( or 4th... I've lost count?) induction date tomorrow.
Can't remember if I already posted this on last thread but I'm Having regular tightenings - were 6-7 mins apart for 10 days and these were observed during monitoring at hospital, and 2-3 mins apart for last 24 hours. I haven't officially timed them, just glanced at the clock. No pain at all.
Curry, pineapple, walking, gym ball work etc but still nothing.

Need to try to sleep soon as early start fir induction appointment. Want to find out likelihood of success with just waters being broken before I agree to anything. Otherwise I'm asking for another 48 hours.

Glad to see a few seem to be on their way- good luck!

TarkaTheOtter Wed 15-Jan-14 23:04:33

Ooh good luck blue! I wonder how dilated you'll be after all these contractions! Maybe they'll have been doing more than you think!

Naturegirl82 Thu 16-Jan-14 04:54:07

Argh after a couple of good nights sleep I am once again awake at 4! Grr.

blue hope you've made a lot of progress

Naturegirl82 Thu 16-Jan-14 04:55:54

tarka good journal with decent impact factor so pleased with that. Also means my supervisors will be off my back for quite a while now as that was the last paper they wanted to get published

OnlyThePurpleOnes Thu 16-Jan-14 05:41:10

God I'm so bored of waking up still pregnant every day!!

Naturegirl82 Thu 16-Jan-14 05:43:33

I feel your pain only. I had to get up as I was so hungry! I can see an afternoon nap being fitted into the schedule today!

Bluecarrot Thu 16-Jan-14 06:07:03

No sleep at all as DP kept invading my space to cuddle me! Feeling dehydrated all if a sudden despite drinking a liter of water overnight,as well so going to have a dioralyte (sp?) now before my shower and heading to hospital.

Hoping to hear some birth news /stories this weekend ladies!

Naturegirl82 Thu 16-Jan-14 06:18:19

Good luck blue hope it all goes well

littleraysofsunshine Thu 16-Jan-14 06:43:10

Original due date today (from lmp) but got changed and stuck to 26.01.14 by scans. So won't expect much even though dp has a funny feeling about today.

I am feeling SO tired as this week, both dds have decided to wake up twice a night come into out bed and also wake up around 5:45-6:30. So I feel like panda eyes....

Baby has calmed down movements a small bit but not a lot. Not that that's any indication as I don't think my girls did much before birth

Good luck to everyone smile

BuntCadger Thu 16-Jan-14 07:59:42

Still here and still fairly reg ctx. been days a d nights now and I'm feeling tired. also little ones were both up last night.

who do I ask about fb group?

Percypiglet Thu 16-Jan-14 08:25:57

Bunt I think Humpty is in charge of FB but she might (hopefully) be busy labouring!

Had really bad back ache in night (woke me up) and period type cramps occurring every 30 mins to 2 hours. Are these contractions? Everyone tells me "you'll know" when you are in labour.

BuntCadger Thu 16-Jan-14 09:02:18

This is number 4 for me and I reckon early labour/latent phase. worried is due to baby's position or size as had this with ds1 and ds2 and they were back to back. dd progressed fast as she was cephalic with back to left side. I'm worried about being physically exhausted to manage second stage or that baby will become distressed. had pph with ds1 after labouring so long my uterus just went flacid post delivery and wouldn't contract back.

Hoping humpty is in labour or having newborn snuggles.

flyawayblue Thu 16-Jan-14 09:32:24

Good luck today blue

bunt are you able to discuss with mw's on the phone as ctx have been days, or have a local check of how dilated you are and a chat? Hope things progress for you today.

Hope humpty is having baby cuddles or on her way smile

Nothing happening here, seems to be my mantra everyday not sure what we'll do today but want to do something. Maybe cinema? Have my sweep booked for tomorrow morning, would love to go naturally first, but at least that might kick things off.

littleraysofsunshine Thu 16-Jan-14 09:59:07

I had a long gear up with my girls with intense BH's. For weeks. Then the active labours where so fast. I think it's going to do the same this time. Only difference is dd1 waters were last thing, dd2 waters were first sign. What do you guys think this time?

Do you believe in baby's movements slowing before labour??

Naturegirl82 Thu 16-Jan-14 10:38:51

I fell back asleep and had the most vivid dream my grandad died! sad Woke up crying. Feel very out of sorts now.

Hope everyone else is having better days!

Angelesque Thu 16-Jan-14 11:16:46

Hmmm, all the water has been cut off in the flat. No idea why. Haven't showered yet today so now feel like I can't leave the flat! Helpful.

MrsVDB Thu 16-Jan-14 11:17:53

Still in bed smile

Good luck today blue and hope humpty is well on the way smile

bunt I second getting checked or having a chat, as you said you don't want to be shattered by the time it happens

I've had less movement last few days and also these tight public bone pains that take my breath away but not through the pain so I assume tightening inside?? Hoping he holds off until next Thursday when all my new appliances have arrived smile

Angelesque Thu 16-Jan-14 11:19:07

Nature I hate dreams like that, they feel so real - preggo hormones make them worse I think. Get This Morning on to help you stop thinking about it!

littleray am FTM so not much exp to draw on - baby is actually moving more for me now, but it's not big hard kicks - more definite wriggles of a big, bored baby! Eek

Not in labour,but thank you for good wishes.
Second sweep didn't work, had a few ctx, one massive one at 4am, then nothing.
Also had another weep over my body's inability to do this right.
Going in for induction tonight, you have to go in late, then stay in alone overnight for the pessaries. Oh, and visiting hours are v limited, one person 10-12.30, 2 people 2-8pm. I am totally and utterly dreading hours of early labour pains stuck in a ward with loads of strangers, with DH not allowed to be there.

TobyLerone Thu 16-Jan-14 11:41:54

Good luck, humpty! It'll all be over soon, one way or another flowers

BandontheFun Thu 16-Jan-14 11:52:01

Hello! Hope everyone is good.

Good luck blue

Bunt maybe you should call and see, u must be knackerd.

Humpty snap, I have to go in tonight at 6, DH can stay until 10. Then if anything happens they will call him to come back in. Also Not looking forward to sharing a room with strangers.

See you guys on the other side. smile

MrsVDB Thu 16-Jan-14 11:54:30

humpty as your mum said you must be too comfy. Try not to stress. I agree those visiting hours are awful. Our hospital is the same that you can't have 24 hr visitors until your in proper labour. Just try and get some sleep tonight maybe and take a good book/ films? As toby said at least it won't be long now until you meet your brand new baby

MrsVDB Thu 16-Jan-14 11:55:54

Good luck also band we've been a bit slow on babies the last week or so so another 2 will be good smile

Felix90 Thu 16-Jan-14 11:56:45

Good luck Humpty and Bandon. It will all be worth it in the end!

DP has gone back to work today after almost 4 weeks off confused all going ok so far. It's pretty boring... Watching Jeremy Kyle and eating left over Christmas chocolates!

TobyLerone Thu 16-Jan-14 11:58:51

Good luck, band!

Don't forget, ladies -- epidurals are not the devil! And that from me, who vowed never to have another one grin

Shroomboom Thu 16-Jan-14 12:47:16

Good luck Humpty and Band, hope it all goes smoothly, and I can't wait to read the new baby news when they've arrived! Sounds like it won't be much fun in with a load of strangers, but hope that things progress quickly and that your dh's will be able to be with you smile

Bunt you must be exhausted sad I had two nights of contractions last week one of which was in hospital and by the time I came out I was like a zombie just from those two nights. Can't imagine how tired you must be feeling. Hope the baby makes an appearance soon.

Felix I watched JK too! It's my guilty pleasure at the moment, makes me get up in the mornings grin

I'm now off to my health insurance office to fight for my maternity pay. I'm in Belgium so it's a bit different here and so far they are refusing to pay it angry. DH said I should show up with my enormous tummy so they can't really refuse me again - I think they don't believe that I'm pregnant!

Looking forward to more baby news soon smile

MrsVDB Thu 16-Jan-14 12:48:09

Probably too late for most people but this website has stats on intervention, induction etc rates at your local hospital link

Quite interesting I think. My hospital is pretty average

AnotherStitchInTime Thu 16-Jan-14 12:58:16

Good luck humpty and bandon, sure you will be fine. My DH couldn't really do much to help me in early labour anyway, I found it much easier to concentrate on my own.

nature <hugs> that must have been an awful dream to experience. My lovely MIL always said dreams of death mean the opposite, new life xx

blue hope all those contractions have been doing something, good luck at the hospital today.

felix hope all goes well on your first day without DP. Try to get out once a day for a walk or a baby group when it is fine, you can go a bit stir crazy on your own with a baby all day.

Tarka hope the mastitis is getting better, it is truly horrible, you poor thing x

Hope everyone else is ok and coping with pregnancy aches and pains or hungry newborns x

So took Mason to jaundice clinic on Tuesday, a lovely midwife who looked after me on the antenatal ward was there. She was not worried about him as he is alert and feeding, but as the white of his eyes is still a tinge yellow she took some blood for testing. She also weighed him, he has put on over 300g in the last week, guzzler!

happysocks23 Thu 16-Jan-14 13:38:05

Hi all, due 21st Jan. Bean feels very comfortable so I'm guessing it will be a little late ! Hope everyone else is doing okay at this exciting time.

Naturegirl82 Thu 16-Jan-14 13:51:22

fx that's what it means another and baby is on the way. Will be checking he is ok later just to be sure.

Mw just been. Didn't offer a sweep this time but has said if I want one next week then she is happy to do it, so at least I didn't have to make that decision today so have a bit more time to think. Head is lower than it was which was good, and she thinks all the cramps are a good sign. Bp was a little high when she first took it but second measurement was fine, probably just because I didn't sleep well.

Pooch is being very clingy today, literally won't leave my side. Wonder if she senses something might be happening [hopeful face]

Naturegirl82 Thu 16-Jan-14 13:52:32

Good luck today Felix hope your first solo day goes well

Sounds like a good weight gain another

Naturegirl82 Thu 16-Jan-14 13:53:37

Glad you're relaxing a little bit more mrsv smile

enormouse Thu 16-Jan-14 15:36:34

Hey everyone

Good luck humpty, blue and band.

nature I do think animals just instinctively 'know'. We stayed with DPs parents during my first pg and I was trailed everywhere by their 3 cats. I couldn't go to the toilet without being followed. Later on I tripped and fell down a few steps when i was heavily pregnant and my dog didn't leave my side whilst DPs dog went mad trying to find him.

Hi happy, I'm due a day after you. Also think I'm going to end up going late.

Well done Mason.

felix I agree with another. My favourite thing to do when Ds was small and portable was to go to a (bf friendly) cafe or to odeon newbies.

Thankfully, my asda delivery arrived today, lovely asda man insisted on carrying and unpacking it for me. I'm relieved as now we're stocked up on dishwasher tabs, fairy non bio and loo rolls. Plus DS and DP Won't starve in my absence (far fetched yet irrational fear I know - DP has always done a great job with DS).

I feel very crappy today, my hormones seem to have run riot and I've come up in a few spots. I'm just aware of how much I need to do at home - laundry, cleaning etc and have found a new pram on gumtree that needs picking up before Ds2 arrives.

Bunt(pretty sure it was you) and humpty - being in pain in front of strangers isn't fun, i was in a room with three others, but we were all in pain together which helps. Keep strong!

BookTart Thu 16-Jan-14 16:02:52

Good luck humpty and band - more new babies soon smile

Hey blue and band I am heading in at 8.30, so wanted to offer a fistbump of solidarity to you both before then. I'm not sure if Lewisham hospital has wifi - if it does, I may well be lurking all over MN all night, if not, I shall try and check in by phone a few times, but I guess it will depend on signal.

bunt hope things progress soon.

Thank you all for the support, I've been so ridiculously hormonal over this stupid induction, I'm sure I'll find labour an anticlimax in comparison to the horrific things I've dreamt up in the past few days. <slaps self>

Can't wait to post baby news!

Oh, and for anyone else wanting to join Fb group while I'm out of action, anyone in the group can add anyone else, you just befriend one another on Fb and add them to group. littleray I still haven't managed to add you, for example, so maybe someone else can help out.
Oh, and you can invite by email - it's in the settings. HTH.

Right, time for a board game, a cuddle and some nice dinner possibly another small weep.

OnlyThePurpleOnes Thu 16-Jan-14 17:36:38

Good luck imductioners! Hope to wake up to exciting news from you all tomorrow.

After feeling a bit slack compared to everyone else, I spent all afternoon batch cooking, admittedly mostly for DD! She has shepherds pies, minced beef and rice (her fave), salmon fish cakes, loads of mash, and some blueberry muffins. Plan on making a big batch of pancakes for breakfast too, of which some will freeze. At least I know she will get a decent meal once the chaos decends. The grown ups will just have to fend for themselves!

Just made some of the fish cakes for DH and I for dinner. They were absolutely delicious, but I managed to shallow fry the tip of my finger, which is now burning like a bastard. And the baby is doing something weird with the inside of my belly button.

At least it's the weekend tomorrow! (For me!) so DH will be around to help out. Fingers crossed for some weekend baby action for us all!

Mythreeknights Thu 16-Jan-14 17:49:28

Good luck to all those having inductions tonight, baby snuggles soon!

My due date today and this is the first time out of three children that I have got this far!! Feels weird. Lots of bearing down pressure and the odd BH but nada really.

I am happy though as the further from Xmas the better for the bambino.

MrsGSR Thu 16-Jan-14 19:18:19

Good luck to all being induced!

Still not a single sign here! Was checked out last night as worried waters were leaking but it looks like it's either hind waters or discharge. I'm a massive wimp and found being examined a little painful, so very worried about birth now!

Had anyone gone into labour without any warning signs at all?

BuntCadger Thu 16-Jan-14 19:53:38

exciting for all the inductions smile I ended up at day where the ctx where showing up on trace and they were happy with baby. she had a go at my cervix and I'm back on Saturday if no progress. X bill bbl kids drama here x

flyawayblue Thu 16-Jan-14 20:19:17

Good luck to all those being induced this evening / tomorrow.

littleraysofsunshine Thu 16-Jan-14 20:33:49

Where do you store all this freezer cooking?! I never have room sad

GummiBear74 Thu 16-Jan-14 20:43:41

Hi All! Just home today - baby Annabel Rose, 6lb 12oz, was born at 6.21 on Wednesday morning after what turned out to be a lightning labour (I had to sit around waiting for the gel to be inserted for nearly as long).

We had to stay in an extra night because of the length of time that had elapsed since my waters broke. But we're home now and she's perfect - I don't know whether I mentioned this when I first joined you, but this was my fourth (and likely last) IVF cycle, so I hardly dared to hope that we would be so lucky.

Best wishes to everyone who's still waiting - I hope you all get to meet your beautiful babies soon thanks

Naturegirl82 Thu 16-Jan-14 21:07:30

Congratulations gummi, glad everything has turned out well for you and your dp and gorgeous name

flyawayblue Thu 16-Jan-14 21:16:51

Congratulations gummi, glad it went well and quickly. Love the name it's one of the two we are thinking of for this baby smile

TobyLerone Thu 16-Jan-14 21:21:08

Congratulations, gummi smile

enormouse Thu 16-Jan-14 21:24:38

Congratulations gummi. Beautiful name. thanks

littleraysofsunshine Thu 16-Jan-14 21:45:31

Congratulations Gummi envy

Congratulations gummi!!

I'm in the Facebook group, so if you want to pm me your emails etc i can add you to the group?

Frizz1986 Thu 16-Jan-14 21:55:46

Yay gummi excellent news.

Good luck to all those being induced and hope we have some more spontaneous births too.

Felix90 Thu 16-Jan-14 22:02:34

Yay Gummi congratulations!! thanks

Felix90 Thu 16-Jan-14 22:05:52

Good luck for the inductions tonight! Is that three people being induced this evening or have I counted wrong?

First day solo went ok until this evening. Having problems bf still and my nipples are so sore, it's really hurting to feed her confused I am very close to giving up now. I've almost done it for 4 weeks and I've had enough. I'm getting really stressed about the whole thing! Just when it feels like it's getting easier, I just get sore again. Also got a blocked duct on the left hand side. I'm fed up!!!! Sorry for complaining again sad I just don't know what to do for the best.

MerryPops Thu 16-Jan-14 22:08:12

Hurray gummi first baby of this thread, let's hope Annabel will start all the other babies off.

MrsGSR Thu 16-Jan-14 22:25:14

Congratulations gummi!

I hope things get easier Felix sad I have no advice (as still waiting for my first to make an appearance!). I'm massively pro breastfeeding, but also believe whatever is best for mum is best for baby. That's probably not at all helpful, I'm trying to say make the decision that's right for you.

TarkaTheOtter Thu 16-Jan-14 22:47:00

felix make sure you get to a dr if there is any redness or signs of a fever - ie don't be an idiot like me and just hope it'll resolve itself! Probably repeating stuff that's been covered earlier but has baby been checked for tongue tie? Feeding was painful til about 8 weeks with dd because of her tt. After every feed my nipple would be all slanted like a lipstick because her latch was so bad.

It doesn't have to be a "bad" tongue tie either. Alex's is tongue tie too and his actually looks worse but he feeds a dream. Difference is he can stick his tongue out properly whereas dd couldn't really stick hers out and it was heart shaped when she tried because the middle was being held back by the tie.

Blocked duct plus pain really suggests that the latch isn't quite right. Some midwives/hv seem to assume that if baby is gaining weight then the latch must be ok but that isn't necessarily the case if you have a fast letdown. Do you find baby is windy too?

TarkaTheOtter Thu 16-Jan-14 22:47:54

Massive congrats gummi and good luck all those being induced tonight!

Felix90 Thu 16-Jan-14 23:00:21

Thanks mrsg!

Tarka she hasn't been checked as every midwife I saw said her latch was ok and the pain I am getting is just because my nipples need to 'toughen up.' She also gets very windy!! I even mentioned the pain to my HV on Monday and she dismissed it saying I must have a fast let down. I had about a week where I had pain during the first few sucks then no pain at all during the feed, but the past couple of days I've had a sharp pain through my nipple when she's feeding. I've got some nipple shields - do you think this would help or just make things worse? I have just given her some formula because I'm so sore and I feel really guilty as she usually only has one bottle through the night confused

I'm not sure what to do about the blocked duct? I have been having hot baths and holding a hot flannel over the lump on my nipple which made the lump leak a tiny bit and it's no longer painful, but it's been a couple of days since then and the lump hasn't gotten any smaller.

Angelesque Thu 16-Jan-14 23:06:48

Congrats Gummi! Lovely name... And in fact we might steal if we have a girl! Great to hear such a positive induction story too

TarkaTheOtter Thu 16-Jan-14 23:30:18

Grr just typed a long reply felix then lost it! Can you get advise from a breastfeeding specialist in your area? Midwives actually have very little breastfeeding training and can't always tell when a latch isn't very good. If you are still in pain at 4 weeks then obviously there is a problem. The charity I volunteer with only covers one county but the NCT, La Leche League and the Breastfeeding Network offer support nationally.

Felix90 Thu 16-Jan-14 23:39:09

I said the other day that I'd email the bf lady from my NCT class but haven't got round to it yet! I'll make sure I do it in the morning. Thank you for your advice Tarka it's been great!

BuntCadger Thu 16-Jan-14 23:52:41

fabulous news gummi grin and how special after all the of too xxthanks

felix - tarka given excellent advice. I had latch issues with dd which seems mad as she was my 3rd but ended up she had lip tie and do needed to be given an exaggerated latch. she still not great on latch but not such an issue as only morning and bedtime.

Thanks humpty re facebook. who here is in group so I can PM you? I find fb much easier x

gummi congratulations! What a lovely name as well.

felix agree with tarka from what I've read (no actual experience, but have read up and talked to friends), it shouldn't still be painful. Sore, maybe, but not so you're considering giving up. Lactation consultant? Do you have one nearby?

inductioneers how are we going? I am being monitored now, waiting for pessary in a while. Good news is that there's only one other lady, that staff are lovely and that at latest, I will go to labour ward by 6am sat for ARM and drip if we don't progress by then. And on labour ward, DH is allowed in 24 hours.
Also, he can come back at 8 am if I want him to. Feel much less pathetic and needy now.
How go the other inductions?

AnotherStitchInTime Fri 17-Jan-14 00:35:40

Congratulations gummi thanks

felix try giving la leche league (0845 120 2918) or the national breastfeeding helpline a call (0300 100 0212). Sometimes sharp pains in the nipple when feeding can mean that you have a thrush infection in your nipple. You need to get this checked by your GP and both you and Sylvie treated if you do have it otherwise you can pass it back and forth.

Glad you are settled humpty and that the antenatal ward is quiet. Good news about visiting times for your DH. Hope the pessary kicks things off for you.

TarkaTheOtter Fri 17-Jan-14 03:31:28

Hope the inductions are going well!!

Anyone who's being induced or been induced before, I have a question: I'm getting longish, sustained period type cramps which are really hurting. There are gaps between them, but not v long ones.
Mw has given me paracetamol and codeine phosphate, but I can't lie down or sleep. Only comfy position is perched on side of bed, legs wide apart, leaning forwards.

So, is this 'just' prostin pains, or are we getting somewhere? Tell it to me straight, despite hysteria of past two weeks, I am in the zone and can take it!

Hugs to anyone else having this, it's un-fun.

MrsVDB Fri 17-Jan-14 07:16:52

Congratulations gummi having an Ivf baby must make it even more special (if that's possible). Lovely name too smile

No advice I'm afraid humpty but sounds like things are moving along, good luck smile

Shroomboom Fri 17-Jan-14 07:19:05

Congratulations Gummi! Gorgeous name too!

Felix if you look at your nipple can you see a little white bit at the end of the blocked duct? It's like a milk plug I suppose, it'll only be tiny? If you can see it then you can always sterilise a little pin or needle and just get it out like you would a splinter. I did this when breast feeding ds and it gave instant relief (and a jet spray of milk that landed on the bathroom mirror - dh has never let me forget it grin)

Good luck Bunt am afraid I can't help with the pain question, but hope things go really well!

BandontheFun Fri 17-Jan-14 08:00:05

Humpty I have been having the same pain, can't lie down. Which is annoying because I am pooped! Just about to go for a bath. Then the midwife is going to dish out the pain killers. Hopefully one of the veterans will be able to shed a little light.

I am having to turn my phone on and off because this hospital won't let you charge anything....it's barbaric!

Oh and congratulations Gummi


i had that, it was just pessary pain. It bloody hurt though. Sadly it wasn't anything for me at all. Try lying down on your side supported by a pillow.

fingers crossed for you

sarahleanne Fri 17-Jan-14 09:08:12

Congratulations gummi, beautiful name.

humpty I had the same pains that did progress and before I knew it they checked me and I was 5cm, total shock and I had been breathing through them thinking it was just pessary pains. I was really achey at first and then it got worse.

Sending loads of good luck to those of you getting induced today.

I lost the bloody thread so not sure if I've missed anything major . My milk has come in today and I look like Pamela Anderson, holy shit I forgot how much it hurts and tommy is sleeping for England and not wanting to feed sad I think I may just squirt it into bottles haha.

MrsGSR Fri 17-Jan-14 09:24:32

What's the test to do if you think your waters are leaking?

Keeping fingers crossed for those being induced; hope things are moving quickly and everything goes well

MrsVDB Fri 17-Jan-14 09:32:57

Ooh mrsg think they might have gone? Lie down but not fully flat (ie propped up by pillows) I think for half an hour. When you stand up if there's a gush then its waters. Good luck smile

Naturegirl82 Fri 17-Jan-14 10:19:11

humpty hope the pains are something.

I had a lot of more uncomfortable period cramps last night (more than usual ended up getting up four times in 5 hours). Started in the fanjo area and went up to low abdomen. Still here this morning and it feels like lot of weight bearing down. I'm hoping this sounds promising??

Naturegirl82 Fri 17-Jan-14 10:19:40

Let us know how you get on mrsg

flyawayblue Fri 17-Jan-14 10:27:13

Hoe you've been checked humpty and you are progressing or have baby cuddles already.

Oh possible waters, good luck.

I'm on my way in to my post date mw appointment think I might cry on them if not favorable for a sweep, feel really done now and want to meet her..

If it's your waters you definitely will be able to tell when you stand up.

good luck with the appointment fly

Angelesque Fri 17-Jan-14 12:02:44

Ooh Nature sounds promising!!

Well, I see Zara Phillips has beaten lots of us to the delivery suite... grin

flyawayblue Fri 17-Jan-14 12:12:13

Had a small sweep but only 1cm so not very favorable. Also have a scan booked in for this afternoon as no change in their cm bump measurements since two weeks ago. One good thing about a bigger hospital is that I just had to go across the corridor and have a scan in two hours.

Going to go find lunch in the gap and meet dh.

Hope everyone with inductions today is going well. Discovered my hospital does out patient induction for the first 24 hours if your not high risk. May be interesting.

MrsVDB Fri 17-Jan-14 12:20:29

fly I wouldn't worry too much. The other day I got measured at 40cm in morning then 37 cm in afternoon. Pretty sure it's not very accurate

Had my 39w apt this morning with useless doctor. Again didn't measure me or feel my tummy at all. Got midwife on Monday for 40w apt (yes I know that's ridiculous) so will hopefully get more info then. Also hoping to discuss birth plan as haven't talked about it at all

Spent the last couple of hours in ikea and now can hardly walk. And they didn't even have the brackets I need to put up shelves in baby room so ill have to come back next week

TobyLerone Fri 17-Jan-14 12:34:00

I was measured in labour and I measured 34cm. Not a word was said about it.

Angelesque Fri 17-Jan-14 12:47:28

Fly had MW appt this morning and growth curve has slowed a little for me - am putting it down to stopping the Christmas pigging out... Interesting to hear about outpatient inductions...

MrsVDB you are v brave doing a few hours in IKEA! I can only manage about half an hour of walking now before my back gets too sore...

BuntCadger Fri 17-Jan-14 13:13:31

consultant phoned me and I'm to have scan tomorrow to male sure placenta etc all good still. He was lovely smile

where is everyone from? would be nice to try and have a meet up when all babies here and settled x

Angelesque Fri 17-Jan-14 13:15:53

Bunt I'm in Manchester... Think I am miles from most of you! Will have to join in spirit grin

band yup! can't lie down! can't sit anywhere except with significant pain, walking is worst of all, feels like my pelvis is cracking.
Pains are constant then ramp up for a minute or so every three or four minutes. TENS was working and let me lie down and then go for a good long walk up and down five flights of stairs, but now not really working so well.
If this is just pessary pains then fuck me the pessary is the work of satan.

MrsGSR Fri 17-Jan-14 13:30:18

Nothing happened when I stood up. (TMI) I soaked through two pantyliners this morning but the third is still dry after a few hours so not really sure what to think!

BookTart Fri 17-Jan-14 13:49:25

Did you keep the pads mrsg? I took mine to the hospital where they confirmed my waters had gone (eventually, after the first midwife told me it was wee hmm )

enormouse Fri 17-Jan-14 14:09:04

bunt, blue and I are in northern Ireland. So it might take some organisation. But I'd be up for it (with a lot of notice).

Halfway through essay 2. Dp bought me a tube of pringles to keep going. Am having a few hours off to have a break before I get back to it.
Have gotten slight eye ache from using the laptop so I'll read through the thread properly and type a better response in a bit. smile

Felix90 Fri 17-Jan-14 14:25:49

Hi all, just quickly catching up! Thank you to everyone else who has given me bf advice last night/this morning. I've fed her expressed milk today as I'm dreading bf if it hurts again. Going to have another try on the next feed and send an email to the bf councillor lady.

Bunt I am in Leeds so probably miles from everyone else!

Sending positive vibes to the induction ladies!! grin

BuntCadger Fri 17-Jan-14 14:48:13

We are spread out! I'm. near Southampton

Felix90 Fri 17-Jan-14 14:57:35

Hmmm just bf her now and it's gone back to not hurting! I'm so confused shock

TobyLerone Fri 17-Jan-14 15:00:28

That's good, felix. Maybe keep taking it one feed at a time?

flyawayblue Fri 17-Jan-14 15:09:00

All fine though scan puts baby in the large side though sonographer said there's a 20% error on weight measurements taken this late. Hoping not a 9.5lb baby!

Now just need to convince her to come out...

Hope all the inductions are going well.

Felix90 Fri 17-Jan-14 15:53:12

Toby I think that's the best way! I'm going to drop the formula feed she's been having tonight and see if I can manage to solely bf her through to tomorrow. One day at a time! Just need to stop getting so stressed over it all and calm down shock

Felix90 Fri 17-Jan-14 15:53:58

Flying I've read before that the estimated weights are usually way out so I wouldn't worry smile

I'm from Bolton, so Manchester way.

humpty i felt the same, labour wasn't anything like the pessary pain. You could ask the midwife to check you?

i think we may have two Facebook groups. I'm in one Bunt made and there's five of us, is there another?

MrsVDB Fri 17-Jan-14 16:14:23

I'm in a fb group humpty made, there's quite a few of us

Angelesque Fri 17-Jan-14 16:25:36

I'm in the one Humpty made too - think there's about 15 of us

BuntCadger Fri 17-Jan-14 16:32:00

can I join humpty fb group then please smile ill PM my RL name

OnlyThePurpleOnes Fri 17-Jan-14 16:53:01

Congrats Gummi! How exciting!

Felix hope the bf works out - I found I had ups and downs but after the first few weeks we really settled. Definitely get some advice if you still find it painful and I second the advice to see a Dr straight away if you feel any lumps or hotness/fever etc. I had mild mastitis twice last time around and it was no fun feeding through it I can tell you!

Lalunya85 Fri 17-Jan-14 17:09:00

Also nothing here - and hello again everyone, it's been ages!

I'm due on the 24th, and my next MW appointment is on 25th. Last time I saw her was at 38 weeks and baby was a "little bit engaged". This doesn't really mean anything though, does it? No one can tell how long this is going to take now!

I'm still working (from home though!), so at least that's keeping my mind off things. And I seem to be experiencing a strange surge of energy - I walked over an hour yesterday, and went for a long swim on Tuesday, with lots of cooking (dinner freezing) in between. I even ate a whole pineapple in two days, but still nothing at all! I don't think I've even had Braxton Hicks...

Happy weekend everybody, hope things start for some of you!

MrsGSR Fri 17-Jan-14 17:27:37

I threw the pads away, book as they looked identical to the one I took to hospital on Wednesday, which was apparently just discharge. I think I'm going to have to wait and see if anything else happens.

lalunya A burst of energy might be a sign! I haven't even had that yet, it's taken a lot of effort to do the dishes and put some washing on!

BookTart Fri 17-Jan-14 17:38:08

gummi I totally missed your news! Congratulations, I'm so pleased for you smile

littleraysofsunshine Fri 17-Jan-14 17:40:42

I'm not on any FB page yet? smile

Lalunya85 Fri 17-Jan-14 17:43:58

MrsGSR You are giving me hope! thanks

Is anybody planning to use a TENS machine? Have you tested yours yet? Mine has been lying on top of my hospital bag for a couple of week now, but I have yet to have a look inside the box. Would probably make sense to read the instructions...

littleraysofsunshine Fri 17-Jan-14 17:46:47

So the past two days I've had regular Braxton hicks, increased watery discharge (sometimes) and just the feeling of a lot of downward pressure. But I think it's just early labour starting as I did this with my previous two and then active labour was fast and both flew out.

Due 26th but just no idea when it'll happen. The SPD/PGP has subsided a bit now.

I just keep getting waves of anxiousness about what my first labour sign will be as was different with each before, and if I'll make it to MLU. Of course the pain isn't nice but I managed naturally last time and I'm hoping to feel even more in control this time using better breathing. I felt I managed well both times, especially dd2 but I did let out a big swear word when crowning grin

Oh and I'm Oxfordshire smile

Angelesque Fri 17-Jan-14 17:50:08

Lalunya welcome back!

Yep, our TENS machine has arrived - don't really know what to do with it. We haven't read the instructions either!! Testing would be a good plan... Might do that tonight (GOD my Friday nights are the epitome of rock n' roll these days...)

Angelesque Fri 17-Jan-14 17:57:03

littleray if you want to join try PMing me your RL name and I will try to add you to the group if I can...

Lalunya85 Fri 17-Jan-14 18:03:47

littleraysofsunshine downward pressure - yep, me too. I keep feeling like someone has dropped a bowling ball in my bladder. Especially when I walk a lot!

angel applying electric shocks to your spine is not rock'n'roll enough for you?! grin My OH declared that he's too scared to try it on himself. Can you believe that? And we have to grow through childbirth! I suppose it's different when you know there'll be a baby at the end.

Mythreeknights Fri 17-Jan-14 18:10:30

Oh I feel even more depressed now...zara Phillips has had her baby today....and I was definitely due before her!

Mythreeknights Fri 17-Jan-14 18:33:41

But huge congratulations Zara if you are reading this [green eyed monster icon]

I can vouch for TENS. Still using mine, it's keeping me going. Do try it out before though, you need to get pads in right spot.

frying there are def ctx on the ctg, which are distinct from the pessary pains. If the pessary pain would fuck off, I'd be really relaxed, it's the lack of let up that's hard. They will check me at midnight, happy to wait until then in case there is more progress to be made! Mws are ace, really positive and encouraging. Have now climbed and descended five flights of stairs ten times. And walked about three miles. Come on cervix!

Fb wise, the group I set up is set so that anyone in it can add anyone else. grin

I can vouch for TENS. Still using mine, it's keeping me going. Do try it out before though, you need to get pads in right spot.

frying there are def ctx on the ctg, which are distinct from the pessary pains. If the pessary pain would fuck off, I'd be really relaxed, it's the lack of let up that's hard. They will check me at midnight, happy to wait until then in case there is more progress to be made! Mws are ace, really positive and encouraging. Have now climbed and descended five flights of stairs ten times. And walked about three miles. Come on cervix!

Fb wise, the group I set up is set so that anyone in it can add anyone else. grin

Mythreeknights Fri 17-Jan-14 18:47:05

Oh good luck humpty...I feel your pain

Naturegirl82 Fri 17-Jan-14 19:08:22

Good luck humpty

Can I join the fb group as well please. If someone can let me know who to pm that would be great smile

I'm near Liverpool so sounds like a few of us from the north west

Toothfairy78 Fri 17-Jan-14 19:18:22

Hi nature while humpty is "busy" do you want to PM me you FB name and I'll try adding you to the group?

Naturegirl82 Fri 17-Jan-14 19:34:01

Hi tooth I've just been added. Thanks angel

Percypiglet Fri 17-Jan-14 20:21:56

Sorry for the "me" post but need to share....

Baby is due tomorrow (which I know means nothing), DH has woken up today with sore eye. Been to optician and we have to go to the hospital tomorrow as it might be a corneal ulcer which could lead to blindness.... He is understandably worried about sight but is worried about missing the birth as they may keep him in at hospital? It is beyond horrible to see him crying at the thought of missing his firstborn's birth (never ever seen him cry in 7.5 years of being together). Any ideas what I can say to him/do to help?? Hopefully the baby will stay where it is....

Naturegirl82 Fri 17-Jan-14 20:26:53

Oh percy that's rubbish. is it the same hospital you are going to give birth in?

littleraysofsunshine Fri 17-Jan-14 20:32:37

What's the fb group name?

Felix90 Fri 17-Jan-14 20:34:21

Percy don't really have any advice but hope it goes well at the hospital for your DH thanks

Ah humpty mine showed up as definite contractions on the machine too, they just weren't apparently.

fingers crossed it's different for you!

Percypiglet Fri 17-Jan-14 20:34:32

No different hospital, specialist eye hospital. I feel bad as we should have gone to hospital today, but I was out and didn't hear my phone so missed his calls and then we were too late for appointments. Expect it will all be okay but it just an additional stress noone needs.

TarkaTheOtter Fri 17-Jan-14 20:50:59

humpty I'll bet all that stair walking is making a difference... But as a cautionary tale I struggled to walk for about 24hrs after giving birth because of muscle stiffness from my stair climbing during induction so make sure you are doing some stretching too! The midwives were quite concerned about my hobbling until I explained!

TarkaTheOtter Fri 17-Jan-14 20:54:05

percy how far apart are the hospitals? Could he get a taxi to join you when you go into labour? As it's your first it should take a while. thanks

Naturegirl82 Fri 17-Jan-14 23:15:58

One of my pet birds just died. Her mate sounds so sad calling out for her sad

enormouse Fri 17-Jan-14 23:35:31

Meant to come back and write more but lots happening down here.
DPs uncle died today. He had been battling cancer but seemed to be in remission. In the last week or so he had gotten pneumonia. He was in his early fifties.

I hope baby hangs on past Wednesday so I can attend his funeral - he was a lovely man.
DPs mum is suffering terribly, lost her own mum last year. sad

Bluecarrot Fri 17-Jan-14 23:42:02

Just a quick update. Sophia was born this afternoon at just before 1pm, weighing almost 11lbs
and 56cm long at 40 weeks + 11

I had gone in for induction Thursday am, planning to come home with rescheduled date on Saturday. Instead decided it was time to just go for it. I had my waters broken, then later some diamorphine, then an epidural. They let me try to labour inc 90 mins pushing but ended up with c section. V different to the water birth I had wanted but she's healthy and safe , and a few weeks of taking if easy would be nice smile

Will catch up with everyone in a few days ;)

Naturegirl82 Fri 17-Jan-14 23:42:04

Sorry to hear that enormouse. I hope your dp is doing as well as can be expected.

Naturegirl82 Fri 17-Jan-14 23:43:22

Congratulations blue glad you are all doing well

Frizz1986 Sat 18-Jan-14 00:27:11

Congrats blue Glad you are both safe and well.

So sorry enormouse

MrsGSR Sat 18-Jan-14 00:33:49

So sorry enormouse sad

I hope it all works out percy

Congrats Blue!

flyawayblue Sat 18-Jan-14 00:59:13

Sorry enormouse

Congratulations blue I'm glad you are both safe and well, lovely name. Was she measuring big throughout?

OnlyThePurpleOnes Sat 18-Jan-14 04:21:45

Congratulations Blue! Another lovely baby. This is all making me feel positive!!

Sorry Enormouse. Fingers crossed for your DH.

I've been up since 5.30, and managed to wake DD by accidentally banging the door at 6. So she's been serving me up tea and ice cream for breakfast from her dinner set. We have her friends birthday party in the park this morning which I swore I wouldn't be attending (sending her with DH) as I thought I'd have a newborn by now due to all the 'oh, she will definitely be early' predictions!

Angelesque Sat 18-Jan-14 04:28:06

Oh enormouse, how stressful and upsetting for you. Fx baby hangs on till after the funeral. Bleugh.

Many congratulations Blue! Sorry it wasn't quite the birth you'd hoped for, but at nearly 11lb sounds like a section was for the best in the end!!! Hope you and baby are feeling well and you're enjoying cuddles xx

BuntCadger Sat 18-Jan-14 08:23:54

congratulations Blue smile I love the name Sophia and what a bundle too at 11 lb! We've had a few bigger babies here haven't we.

enormouse sad sorry to read your news.

still pregnant here, ctx all but gone and im at a loss as never gone over and feels very odd. We also adjust plans assuming baby would be here including rescheduling centre parcs as was meant to be there for 4 day break from 13th. dh is starting new job beginning of Feb and we timed paternity leave and then various appts and events too. I know baby will come when baby is ready but I'm sooo tired and really don't want interventions

enormouse Sat 18-Jan-14 09:00:53

Thank you everyone. Dp is doing as well as can be expected. He's more concerned about the rest of his family and being there for his mum and aunty. We're just going to play it by ear and fit into whatever the family wants and I'll try and keep the baby in for the next few days.

blue congratulations. I love the name Sophia. She sounds like an adorable little chunk.

percy hope you, your DP and the hospitals can work something out.

Have been up for the past hour and have managed to get most tasks done round the house. Just need to finish my essay now and then we're going to see what we can do for the family.

TobyLerone Sat 18-Jan-14 09:12:06

Sorry to hear that, enormouse sad

Congratulations, blue!

Naturegirl82 Sat 18-Jan-14 09:13:57

percy hope the hospital appointment goes ok and baby stays put for a while

MrsVDB Sat 18-Jan-14 09:19:31

Wow blue 11lbs! What a whopper! I'm not sure what a normal length is tries to think back to the hundreds of clothes labels ive read when sorting clothes is that long? Lovely name too. 90 mins of pushing! Eek

MrsVDB Sat 18-Jan-14 09:25:19

Sorry to hear that enormouse and nature and percy

So after getting up average of about 5 times a night To wee slept through last night from 11-6 then went for a wee when dh got up now slept again until 9. Not that I'm complaining but it's making me worry. Also had awful acid reflux yesterday and when dr checked heartbeat she couldn't find it in usual low place and it was half way between top of bump and belly button. Also getting movement on right side of bump which I haven't had for weeks. He was 3/5 engaged at previous appointment. Do you think he's moved?? I'm worried he's breech now (unlikely I know) or at least un engaged

Mythreeknights Sat 18-Jan-14 12:02:01

Hi all, congrats blue on the safe arrival of Sophia! Well after having an emotional melt down on dh last night, BHs kicked off at midnight growing to full on contractions by 3.30am. Managed to sleep in between but they got so 'loud' I was starting to cry out by 7am...and then if course, it all stopped. Completely shattered now but hopeful things will kick off again tonight and really go for it this time. I had also been sent some acupuncture needles from a friend so will put those into my toes and see if that helps. Fwiw dh gave me a really good foot massage last night, and I wonder whether that started all the BHs.

BuntCadger Sat 18-Jan-14 12:10:00

mythree - you sound like me. I'm shattered now and all stopped x

Mythreeknights Sat 18-Jan-14 12:19:03

It's so frustrating isn't it but this is exactly how labour with ds2 kicked off so am hopeful this is the start now. I am now so emotional on top of being physically sore. Not fun. Good luck bunt

AnotherStitchInTime Sat 18-Jan-14 12:38:56

enormouse so sorry to hear about your DP's uncle and hope you are able to hold out until the funeral x

blue well done you, 11lbs my goodness! Hope your recovery is a quick one thanks

percy I hope the specialists can put your DH's mind at rest, I am sure that it will all work out ok <hugs>

mythree maybe your body knows it needs to rest a bit before you labour, get some rest today and hopefully it will all kick off again later.

Having a relaxing day, my mum is visiting so the kids can clamber all over her for a bit.

Mythreeknights Sat 18-Jan-14 13:38:06

Just had my show!!!!!!! Hurrah hurrah (I put the acupuncture needles in at noon and I don't know if that has had anything to do with it)

Gobbolinothewitchscat Sat 18-Jan-14 14:12:24

percy - I've had a couple if corneal ulcers. Fortunately both resolved. I wasn't admitted so fingers crossed DH will be OK. What I would say is that sleep and the medication really resolved them fairly quickly. Therefore, the more sleep DH can have, the better.

three - how exciting!

humpty - keep going! Yiu can do this.

blue - congratulations!

toby - hope all going well!

enormous - sorry to hear your news flowers

After all my moaning in various other threads in Chat, we had a little girl on Thursday at 5:03 - called Eva. I went into labour at about 9:00am on Thursday morning (thought it was trapped wind!) and everything happened pretty quickly. Went into hospital at about 1:30 and the midwife broke my waters. I went from 6com to 10cm in about 10 minutes so that was quite scary. I've been very lucky and had no tears or stitches etc but one hideous pile so hoping very much it resolves itself

MrsVDB Sat 18-Jan-14 14:57:42

Congratulations gobbo that does sound pretty scary

Gobbolinothewitchscat Sat 18-Jan-14 15:01:48

'twas mrs - particularly as I was reckoning on dilation at about 1cms per hour and 90 mins of pushing!

However, on reflection, I know I was very lucky as only had about 10 mins of pushing. However, it makes up for DS' 36 hour labour extravaganza!

bunt - hope you're doing OK

littleraysofsunshine Sat 18-Jan-14 15:10:30

Keep going ladies!

Congratulations with new bundles.smile

I never had a show with my two, so not sure what to expect. It all happened in active labour I think so never had such warnings...

Braxton hicks are constant, tight++ but I wouldn't say painful. I have my 39 week check Monday so will maybe ask for a sweep, or if I've dilated anything with these tightenings. What do you think??

Congratulations on the birth of Sophia and Eva!

Percy - good luck!

I've been really good after having Henry, but today i just feel like I've crashed. I feel so tired it's unreal. Dh put Henry down to sleep last night and he didn't wake until 4, which was lovely! So i got up with the kids at 7. Dh got up at 11, made me brunch, and then i went to bed and I've just woken up.
I'm still shattered

Percypiglet Sat 18-Jan-14 15:52:34

Sorry to hear your news Enormouse, hope baby stays put for a while yet so you can attend the funeral.

Congrats to all with new babies (my memory is failing and cant remember who....but know they were little girlies). enjoy the cuddles.

We are also hoping for the baby to be a few days late now (EDD today), certainly after 4pm on Monday as after spending the whole morning at the hospital re DH's eye he has got to go back to hospital on Monday pm for review for his eye. He didn't get admitted and is now taking antibiotics for his ulcer which will hopefully heal well. I will share the advice re sleeping a lot with him and hope this will help too...thanks.

We've got to put eye drops in his eye every hour for 48 hours (all thro night) so will be good practice for getting up for when the baby comes I guess!

Hope all who are having contractions, carry on with no stop/starting and babies arrive soon.

Space, hope you are feeling okay on your EDD today. x

Frizz1986 Sat 18-Jan-14 16:09:26

Congrats gobbo Thats great that it was fast and with no stitches or anything. Fab!

percy hope all goes ok with dh and that its all sorted before labour

frying i know what you mean. I have days where i am just beyond tired and others when i am rocking it. Cant believe you got to sleep until 4am!

Yay mythree Hope things really start up soon for you.

Well last night I woke dh at 4am to help with aurelia as she hadnt settled for more than 10min intervals so i was sat awake with her and as its the weekend i feel we should share the night shifts. He wasnt best pleased so i got a bit arsey with him as i dont think he gets that I go through it every night and its tough.
Got my car interior valeted today as selling tomorrow. Hoping i can get a decent price as i know we buy any car knock off money for every little thing.
So aurelia has started to make sucking noises while feeding. I am latching her the same as before (it can be tough as she is very handsy and always sticks them in her mouth instead of my boob) but am not sure if this is a bad thing as she has just started to make the noises. My nipples arent sore, and she seems to feed ok but i think its making her gassy cue grizzly baby.
Any help? Also help with the handsyness would be great.

BuntCadger Sat 18-Jan-14 17:53:43

Been up dau for scan and check. baby is doing great thank goodness tho a little porker! I'm not surprised tho as mine have been good sizes. my fluid is low side of normal 8 cm and I may be leaking so in for another scan on Monday. she performed a stretch and sweep. she was really lovely and glad it'll be her again Monday. same midwife I saw with my other 3 in dau.

sending labour vibes to all who need and sleep vibes too xx

MrsGSR Sat 18-Jan-14 18:04:54

Congratulations Gobbo!

Frizz have you tired swaddling her whilst feeding to keep her hands out the way?

Had some blood this morning which was apparently the show. Nothings happened since but at least now I've had one sign!

TobyLerone Sat 18-Jan-14 18:09:29

Congratulations, gobbo! Piles can be horrific. Just when you think it's all over...

Contraction-y thoughts to everyone still waiting.

HabitualHobbyist Sat 18-Jan-14 18:51:12

Blue congratulations!

Enormouse sending love and hugs to your family. Cannot be an easy time.

Percy I hope the antibiotics work and your DH is able to enjoy the birth as much as possible.

Humpty really hope things are going well for you.

Felix I'm also from near Leeds. I'll have to call upon your BF expertise when my baby decides to arrive (5 days over).

Booked in for an induction on Friday if baby doesn't arrive before. Really hoping it doesn't come to that as I would like a water birth and your pessary stories sound horrendous.

HabitualHobbyist Sat 18-Jan-14 19:03:05

Gobbo congratulations also!

Mythreeknights Sat 18-Jan-14 19:22:04

Really hope all is well with humpty

Space, thinking of you today too

Well, some very 'sudden' but short ish contractions for about two hours, 30-50s then squity tum, so had bath and now feel v clean and lovely but like everything has stopped.

enormouse Sat 18-Jan-14 20:00:16

Hi everyone, thank you for the well wishes. I tried to post earlier except ds had changed the language settings on my kindle so it was posting in italian.
Took me a while to figure out how to change it back.

gobbo congratulations. I know from your other threads it's been a long wait.

frizz maybe swaddling her would work as MrsG suggested? Or take her off the boob more frequently to burp her?

I'm sorry I can't respond more fully, I'm shattered. Have been alternating cooking, running round after Ds and essay writing. I also have nothing appropriate to wear for the funeral as what I would wear is rendered too short or tight by my massive bump. So I'm going to make a quick trip into Belfast to pick up something on Monday.

Would this be ok? -
https://m.mamasandpapas.com/products.php?category=maternity-clothes/shop-by-product/dresses-skirts-tunics I can't link directly but it's the black front knot jersey dress.

Or this -
Any other suggestions welcome. I prefer the first one.

I feel so shallow thinking about this but I'd like to be respectful and appropriate.

Angelesque Sat 18-Jan-14 20:04:43

Enormouse both look perfect to me. I prob slightly prefer the M&P one - also, they have a great end of sale on if you need to pick up any baby bits... Don't feel shallow, it's respectful to want to look appropriate and like you've made an effort.

Mythreeknights Sat 18-Jan-14 20:23:23

enormouse the mamas and papas one is lovely, so sorry to hear about your dps uncles death.

MrsVDB Sat 18-Jan-14 20:26:20

enormouse I prefer the first one but both are nice. i have the new look one in burgundy and it's very nice and comfy but I do need to wear a vest under it

TarkaTheOtter Sat 18-Jan-14 20:47:11

frizz The sucking noise is probably air getting in as Aurelia is not creating a perfect seal. Could you have fast letdown and the volume of milk is making her latch "slip"? Does she feed quickly? Do you feel letdown? Could you take her off when you feel it (or when she starts really swallowing if you can't). Let the milk flow for a bit then put her back on. I find if I do this it really helps with stopping Alex swallowing too much air and makes him less gassy. It's so frustrating in the night when you're exhausted and they won't settle because they have trapped wind.

Mythreeknights Sat 18-Jan-14 20:53:45

Everything has started again...tens machine on. Ctx every 8-15 mins. Had forgotten quite how sore this whole process is, and am only just at the start. I definitely have a v low pain threshold.

TarkaTheOtter Sat 18-Jan-14 21:06:36

Good luck mythree!! You'll be holding your baby soon!

MrsVDB Sat 18-Jan-14 21:09:11

Good luck mythree smile

Mythreeknights Sat 18-Jan-14 21:26:02

I am so excited...my turn soon!! Ctx now every 2-5 mins but lasting only about 30s. Handling it better now tens has been on for an hour or so. Is this really happening?

HabitualHobbyist Sat 18-Jan-14 21:31:13

Good luck Mythree

Angelesque Sat 18-Jan-14 21:47:52

Wow, moving quickly Mythree! So excited for you! Little one will be here so soon!

Good luck mythree! So excited for you

BuntCadger Sat 18-Jan-14 22:45:01

Go my3 smile

I'm sat on ball, getting tightenings here about 7 min apart but not going to pay much heed as I think my baby is bring a pickle

Frizz1986 Sat 18-Jan-14 22:46:30

Thanks for the tips. I'll have a look at swaddling and also letdown. Am not really sure if mine is fast or not as it's not something I have thought about before. Most of my thoughts seem to be.... Is she feeding enough and have my boobs filled as much as last time.

Uber good luck mythree Hope things progress fast and easy. I have a low pain threshold too.

Angelesque Sat 18-Jan-14 22:48:51

Have def had more (slightly painful) tightening tonight, plus more period pain type feelings too... Am getting hopeful this might mean baby is here before due date of 28th but not hoping for any more than that! Don't worry ladies, I'll def be the last bump standing grin

AnotherStitchInTime Sun 19-Jan-14 01:16:28

Congratulations gobbo on the arrival of little Eva.

Go mythree, my second labour started like yours, I went to get in the car to go in at 5 mins apart, waters broke in the car, contractions back to back,.called ambulance, was pushing on arrival. It could all happen very quickly for you now.

frizz my tip for wind is the didgeridoo. You feel a right prat doing it, but it works. Sit baby on your knee with their chin resting between your thumb and forefinger. Put your open mouth to the middle of their back. Take a deep breath and when breathing out make a low sound like a didgeridoo. Alternate with pat and rub. The heat of you breathing out plus the sound really works, I have used this with all three of my kids successfully. You can also combine the didgeridoo technique with tiger in the tree hold (baby lying tummy down across your forearm). BTW Mason also makes little noises of contentment whilst feeding sometimes.

Hope all the rest of you ladies in waiting get some rest between the aches and pains.

Mason has just completed a feed and poo-a-thon extravaganza so I am off to get some shut-eye before he decides to wake again.

Congrats gobbo and blue! How lovely.

Well, they def were ctx. Twenty one hours of them, with pessary pains as continuous on top. By ten pm on the Friday night after no sleep I insisted in being examined, was 3cms dilated and in a lot of pain.
They took me down to labour ward and I managed on G&A for three hours until 4cm and mw breaking my waters which was the biggest relief, made the pressure pains go.
Got to 5cm, pain was overwhelming, and I asked for an epidural. Mw was keen to give it as I was 26 hours in and running on no sleep in that time.
Managed to catnap and chat to DH on and off between exams and a resiting of epi which wasn't working on LHS.
At 8am sat morning I was apparently fully dilated, and they were going to let me push from 9am, but exam at 9 said in fact I had a cm or two to go. That took until 10.30, cos of epi needing adjusting again.
Pushed for two hours but made v little progress, meconium in waters meant they wanted labour over, so we went for forceps. Bloody weird sensation, but at 14.02 my little girl popped out. I say little... 9lbs 13.5oz...
All blurred after that, womb wouldn't contract, lost two litres of blood in delivery room, rushed to theatre, lost another litre.
Finally stopped bleeding by means of a pack and balloon catheter, two hours later.
Finally got proper cuddles at 5pm in recovery suite, and we managed a first feed.
I have an episiotomy and two lateral tears from the forceps, I haven't slept since weds night, and I feel like the luckiest woman alive. On labour ward overnight, have had hours if skin to skin, fed again, and now watching her sleep.
Provisionally calling her Genevieve Beatrice, but waiting to make sure it suits her.
On phone, so excuse typos.
Those of you still waiting, I had the opposite birth to what I planned, and a pretty horrific time, but I feel so blessed (and soppy and sentimental) that none of that matters. Good luck!

Frizz1986 Sun 19-Jan-14 03:04:54

Wow humpty what an eventful birth, but HUGE congratulations!!
Sorry it wasnt the birth you had planned but its very strange that once its all over you dont care that much as you have a wonderful baby.

Such a lovely name and am sure it will suit her fabulously.
Hope you are recovering well and enjoy!x

Gobbolinothewitchscat Sun 19-Jan-14 03:05:51

Oh humpty - what a time you've had. flowers

So glad to hear it's all over though and I love the name! I hope you can enjoy these first few days and you're getting good care in the hospital

Hope you're getting a bit of rest now. I'm up with Eva as she won't sleep in her Moses basket at night. Just about to wake up DH and swap with him at 4.

Frizz1986 Sun 19-Jan-14 03:15:57

gobbo we did shifts for the first 2 nights as Aurelia refused to sleep unless on someone, but thankfully she happily snoozes in her basket now.......well most of the time!

OnlyThePurpleOnes Sun 19-Jan-14 07:12:39

Wow Humpty that's quite a tale! Congratulations on the arrival of your little girl, and I hope you're feeling like you're on the road tot Eco very yourself.

I was about to write a woe-is-me post, but after reading that I have realised that you are right - whatever way they arrive, they all make it into our arms in the end. I can't wait to meet our daughter, and after a third sweep this morning, I am booked in to have my waters broken on Tuesday. Although I still have my fingers crossed that she will make her own way in the next 48hrs!

MrsVDB Sun 19-Jan-14 08:03:19

Congratulations humpty another whopper! Sounds scary but glad it all turned out ok in the end smile

enormouse Sun 19-Jan-14 08:10:56

Oh gosh humpty, very dramatic. Congratulations. And that's a beautiful (provisional) name.

As is Eva - that was on our list for a girl.

only agree completely. Good luck.

And good luck to mythree.

Sending restful thoughts, and luck to those being induced and hope those pesky babies get a move on or stay put for a little longer (depending on your inclinations) smile.

Got up early and thought I'll have a nice cup of tea before starting work etc. But ds heard me getting out of bed and has started protesting that he wants to join me. It's like he has radar. No matter how quiet I'm trying to be, he can hear it.

Wow humpty sounds intense! Lots of congratulations!

Henry refuses to sleep in his basket at night, so we co-sleep. Dh fed him at 3.30 and didn't get any sleep after that. I've messaged mil asking of she can have ds1 today. I'm taking Henry to church with me so hopefully she'll be able to have ds1 so ds can sleep

Angelesque Sun 19-Jan-14 08:22:47

Yay Humpty congratulations!! Beautiful name! Hope you are getting some well-earned rest - sounds like you need it!!

Naturegirl82 Sun 19-Jan-14 08:32:57

Congratulations humpty, glad you are both safe and well and enjoying cuddles.

I've been up for a while. Baby wasn't moving much last night, tried all the usual tricks and got a few wiggles but she was quiet over night and only a few light wiggles this morning, so I'm just waiting till a reasonable hour to phone the mw. I've just got a horrible feeling that there is something wrong.

BookTart Sun 19-Jan-14 08:34:40

Congratulations Humpty. The birth sounds hard, but I'm certain your lovely little(ish!) girl is more than worth it smile

BookTart Sun 19-Jan-14 08:37:15

nature you poor thing, don't sit waiting if you're worried - can you phone the labour ward or maternity daycare, or maybe go straight up there?

Naturegirl82 Sun 19-Jan-14 09:09:04

Off up to the fetal medical unit for monitoring. Not quite what I had planned for today.

AnotherStitchInTime Sun 19-Jan-14 09:23:24

Congratulations humpty, glad you are ok and enjoying cuddles with your girl. I agree that when you hold them in your arms that the birth experience is eclipsed by your love for them.

nature <hugs> I hope you and baby are ok

only not long now then smile

Off to SIL's today for niece's birthday. Absolutely shattered due to night cluster feeding. At least my girls will tire themselves out playing with their cousins while me and DH snooze on the sofa wink

Toothfairy78 Sun 19-Jan-14 09:34:36


Just thought I'd have a peek at you all. Seems like it's all go go go!

Congrats humpty! Sorry it wasn't ideal but hey, whatever method gets used, it's just a means to a beautiful end eh? Looking forward to the piccies when you feel up to it. Xxx

Congrats to gobbo.

nature I hope the checks turn out ok today.

TobyLerone Sun 19-Jan-14 09:54:54

Congratulations, humpty! You legend! Sounds like a nightmare.
Genevieve is beautiful smile I love that name, but I would only have used it if I could be certain it would be pronounced the French way <ponce> and I know it wouldn't be. Beatrice is fab too, and is one of Meredith's middle names. Excellent choices!

nature, call the labour ward. They'll see you for monitoring any time.

HabitualHobbyist Sun 19-Jan-14 10:12:36

Congratulations Humpty - quite some birth but as everyone has said, the important thing is that they arrive safely. flowers

Nature you do absolutely right getting checked out. As soon as you see and hear their little heartbeat on the monitor, you'll relax and they'll start wriggling again. I'd offer you wine but it's probably safest to stick to a brew!

sarahleanne Sun 19-Jan-14 10:27:34

Congratulations humpty! Sounds like a challenging birth but so worth it.

I'm having the most horrendous after pains on day 6 I've actually cried my eyes out this morning and dh rang labour ward who are sending out a mw to check my uterus and for infection . In so much pain I feel like I'm in labour again!

Percypiglet Sun 19-Jan-14 10:46:46

Congrats Humpty , you got there in the end!! Well done. Lovely name, good weight!

Hope all is going well for everyone else.

MrsGSR Sun 19-Jan-14 10:53:21

Congratulations humpty!

My waters broke in the shower yesterday (took me a second to work out why there was suddenly so much extra water!). Started getting contractions this morning, 8 minutes apart so could still be a while. I said from my BFP that something would happen on the 19th, should have put money on it!

flyawayblue Sun 19-Jan-14 10:54:05

Congratulations humpty, sounds scary and very glad you are both safe and well. Hope you recover quickly and I love the names.

nature glad your going to get checked, always best to and I agree that once your on the monitor they will start to wriggle smile

sarah how the mw's are able to check you over and your okay.

I've been visiting family near by this weekend as nothing happening here and still really uncomfortable.. Will see what the mw says tomorrow.

flyawayblue Sun 19-Jan-14 10:54:51

Oh good luck mrsgsr

MrsVDB Sun 19-Jan-14 11:01:50

nature I agree better to get checked, I'm sure it's nothing. I get very quiet days now too

mrsg how exciting! Good luck

sarah poor you, sounds awful

Dhs uncle is helping dh put up the last of the coving (yeay!) and I'm still in bed smile with 3 days to go I don't feel guilty like I used to

GummiBear74 Sun 19-Jan-14 11:27:15

Wow humpty, that all sounds a bit scary. I'm so glad you're both safe and well, and her name is beautiful.

Congratulations also to gobbo and anyone else who has had their baby while I've been in my sleep-deprived haze. I've been reading along, but my brain is a little tired, sorry blush

frizz, I'm really impressed that you've got Aurelia to settle in her basket now. Was there anything in particular that you did to persuade her? Annabel will NOT be put down at night, even on the bed, so we're doing shifts, but it's taking its toll now.

Naturegirl82 Sun 19-Jan-14 11:32:06

Good luck mrsg

So been checked and everything is fine, baby is just in a position where although she is moving I can barely feel it, but heartbeat was doing everything it should. Glad I got checked as feel more reassured now. Hopefully next trip to the hospital I'll come back with a baby!

puggle01 Sun 19-Jan-14 11:43:49

Hi all - I second gummi's request for the dark art of getting a baby to sleep in the basket from frizz Hugh's 4 weeks old today and has slept at night in his basket for 2 sets of two hours only and continues to ignore the lovely emergency bednest bought in a sleep-deprived haze. Am a very nervous co-sleeper but figure its safer than just falling asleep with him due to lack of sleep in an uncontrolled way.
Congrats to all the new mums & positive contracty vibes to those still waiting...

TobyLerone Sun 19-Jan-14 11:48:37

We mostly co-sleep too. Last night I made a concerted effort to get Meredith to sleep in her crib. She was up every hour to feed. I gave in at 3am and brought her in with us.
I'm not stressing about it, though. All the time we're co-sleeping we're all getting a decent amount of sleep, so it's working for us.

BookTart Sun 19-Jan-14 11:55:51

I'm co-sleeping with Persephone in her nursery and I'm nervous about it as well, but it is the only way either of us get any sleep as she can basically feed whenever she wants which appears to be all the time

BuntCadger Sun 19-Jan-14 12:10:16

congratulations humpty smile genevieve has always been a favourite name of mine.

re co sleeping, I have already got bed sheets etc ready so I will put duvet away. I Co slept with all of mine and every one of them different. Jessica would sleep with me for naps and she still falls asleep nursing but then would settle better in her cot adjacent to bed with my hand in with her, Samuel would sense if I moved too far and needed to be close and my eldest would sleep on me for part and in basket for part. just got to go with what works I reckon wink

Frizz1986 Sun 19-Jan-14 12:10:21

I honestly dont know how we have done it and it doesn't always work.
I started off wrapping her blanket around her and laying her on my legs to drift off. I made sure I didn't touch her or anything so she got used to me not there. Then I scooped her up in the blanket and put her in the basket . After a while it seemed to work a bit, but not always. And now she does settle eventually.

Mythreeknights Sun 19-Jan-14 12:17:26

Hi all!!! Baby girl arrived at 1.04pm at home as planned following what felt like the worlds quickest labour! Was bliss not having to get in the car to get to hospital and mws arrived just as I felt slightly stressed by the increased level of pain. Turns out I was doing well and was 5cm which out me in a fab mood as was going just on tens. Ctx ramped up significantly and I started using gas and air and about an hour into the mws arrival I started to feel that bearing down pressure, which I found frightening and recognised the signs of transition ('I can't do this, I am going to be sick') etc and then my body took over completely and I turned into some sort of wild thing, but thankfully short lived and baby was born 20 mins later on our sitting room floor. Was miraculous and in addition I didn't tear and placenta was delivered intact as that was one fear (humpty, thinking of you!!) was amazing getting into bed all clean and fresh with our two boys asleep throughout. Only prob is I was on such an adrenaline high I couldn't sleep despite the baby sleeping soundly until 9.30 am!! She is very quiet, very calm, a very good feeder and I can't quite believe it.

Masses and masses if luck to those contracting today and who are left to go into labour, the whole thing is a complete miracle! Huge congrats to humpty too, what an experience, I hope you recover quickly.

Mythreeknights Sun 19-Jan-14 12:18:24

Sorry, that meant to read 1.04am!!

MrsVDB Sun 19-Jan-14 12:27:25

Congratulations mythree sounds like it all went to plan. Must of been lovely getting straight in bed smile

Angelesque Sun 19-Jan-14 12:29:13

Woah Mythree that sounds incredible!! Congratulations! Have you had any time yet to think of a name?

TobyLerone Sun 19-Jan-14 12:29:16

Huge congratulations, mythree! I am so envy of your lovely home birth!
What are you calling her? What did she weigh?

humpty you are a complete star, I am in awe of all who have had difficult labours and feel a right twat for complaining about nour's birth. Great name, but I think you are right about waiting to see if it suits her. Nour was going to be Ali for the first two and a half days, but it just didn't suit him. I still like the name Ali better than Nour, but Nour is his name, if that makes any sense.

nature so glad all is well.

Congratulations blue on Sofia's (sp?) birth. Sorry, I can't get back to check spelling but so impressed with all these big babies. I have tiddlers so can't imagine what it must be like to give birth to a large baby. Well done!

Any news from mythree?

Hope sultanajo is just busy having snuggles with Henry. A bit worrying we haven't heard from her since the birth. Anyone been in touch with her?

Nour is joining the jaundice club. Coming up for three weeks and seems to be getting yellower not better, but every time I take him to the health centre they just say he is fine because of the measurement at three days old. He has been realky sleepy this weekend though and missing feeds which is worrying, esp as his weight gain hasn't been great anyway (nipple shields and latch issues). He seems a bit perkier today so will wait to have him seen tomorrow morning rather than out of hours today. Do you think thats ok, or should I do something urgently?

Cautionary tale for you all: when you come home from the hospital don't just eat crap and lower your water intake. Then, if you become constipated don't ignore it for a week til you get an anal fissure. They are agony and I feel like i am giving birth all over again each time I go to the toilet. Fibre is your friend! Though I upped my intake all in one go and thought I would die of gas and cramps. I have never been constipated before, I will now be far more sympathetic!

enormouse so sorry to hear about DP's and your loss. Hope things stay calm til after the funeral.

sarah i had really bad afterpains this time round. Hope the MW can reassure you and everything is fine.

Hope I am not jinxing myself but Nour sleeps happily in his crib. DD would only sleep on my chest and still needs to be hugged or stroked to go to sleep at 3 and a half and climbs in our bed most nights. I think a lot has to do with the baby's own personality so don't worry it is something you are doing wrong. I can't believe the difference btw Nour and DD. I alwats thought with DD's constant nursing and not sleeping it was something I was doing wrong, or not being consistent enough.

X post. Congratulations mythree!

Congratulations mythree! That sounds amazing! I wanted a home birth with Henry but Dh wasn't keen because of all the trouble we've had to even have him.

Yey for waters breaking mrs!

i didn't go to church, I'm just too tired. Also I've started bleeding heavily again which the mw said was a sign i wasn't taking it easy. So relaxing is the order of the day.

i don't know if anyone remembers me applying for a promotion in dec, but I've finally heard back and i have an interview on Thursday. I have to do a 15 min presentation about why I'm the best person for the role and specifically what i can bring to the role. I have to have emailed my presentation to the interviewers by Tuesday. So i have to do that. I'm a little anxious about leaving Henry while I do it, even though dh will be at home with him. I know i will only be a couple of hours but I've not left him yet. I feel a bit panicked about dh taking him shopping while i stay at home today, but i figure best we get this first time leaving him out the way before the interview.
sorry for the rambling.

altered ouch! Sounds nasty!!

how do you pronounce Nour? Is it like N-or? Or Noir? Or like the beginning of the word North? I pronounce it in my head like the last one.

i was also wondering about sultana hope things are ok!

TobyLerone Sun 19-Jan-14 13:13:04

Balls! Wrote a long post and lost it in the rush to finish before Meredith eats DH's arm off.

l have heard from sultana. She's fine -- still working out which way is up, which I'm certain many of us can sympathise with! And she lost us, so I gave her a link and I'm sure she'll be back soon smile

Sorry to hear about bum issues. We always think the worst is over once the baby's out, only to have to contend with piles, fissures, afterpains and razorblade nipples!

It rhymes with poor and tour in a scottish accent. smile It is a bit more common as a girl's name now, so he will probably spend a lot of time explaining actually, he is a boy/man. I think it was also an ambitious choice for my Welsh family who thought he was called Noah. Oops. They are likely to give him a Welsh name on the side.

Realised that I forgot to congratulate gummi and gobbolino. Sorry, and enjoy your lovely babies! flowers

Good to hear sultana is fine. Babies are so hard, especially the first one! Hope things calm down for her soon.

Thanks! I'm from Northumberland so can sound the name out, roughly, how it's supposed to sound smile

MrsGSR Sun 19-Jan-14 14:24:33

Congratulations mythree!

Glad you got checked out and everything is ok nature

Contractions slowed down so I had a nap, and now they seem to have stopped! Have to go in later as they want to check me over due to waters breaking, are they likely to induce me if it's been 24 hours since they went?

OnlyThePurpleOnes Sun 19-Jan-14 14:24:39

Congratulations MyThree, that's an amazing story!

TobyLerone Sun 19-Jan-14 14:28:39

Possibly, MrsG. That's what they did with me. And it was automatic 24-hr obs for Meredith.

BookTart Sun 19-Jan-14 15:09:07

mythree that sounds like a fantastic birth - congratulations!

AnotherStitchInTime Sun 19-Jan-14 15:12:51

congratulations my three, had a feeling it would all happen quite quickly for you.

Sarah hope the midwives have been to check you over

MrsG exciting about your waters, hope the contractions get going again soon

nature glad all is OK

altered if Nour is looking more yellow, sleeping more and feeding less then he needs to be checked again properly. The bilirubin binds to the fats in your milk which allows it to be excreted by baby. If he isn't feeding enough the levels might build up again. Can you either strip him off and wake him to feed or express and try to bottle, syringe or spoon feed 2-3 hourly?

Thanks another. He is feeding every 2 to 3 hours now but dropping off to sleep again quicker than I would like. Def better than yesterday though, so will do as you suggest til the morning. If he gets sleepier again I will take him to pediatric a&e to be on the safe.side. I don't have a breast pump unfortunately so I will have to hand express which is a pain!

Frizz1986 Sun 19-Jan-14 17:10:11

Congrats mythree and what a lovely sounding birth. Am v jealous but couldn't imagine a home birth. Dog would prob eat the placenta!

frying i am still bleeding too. It only creates a small stain on a pad but there seems to be quite a bit of mucous red blood when I wipe. Am hoping I just need a week of relaxing (i thought it was supposed to turn pink/ brown by this point - almost 4 weeks pp) Am planning on leaving housework this week and spending time on the sofa. If things are still bleedy after that I think I need to see someone! Should I mention it to health visitor on Tues?

altered def wake him up every 2-3 hrs (i set a timer) and feed for at least 15-20mins (i again timed this) Strip him down to his nappy to keep him awake but put a few layers on his feet (a tip from a lovely midwife who said it would get Aurelia to put more weight on as she wouldn't be wasting calories by heating up her feet) Since doing it Aurelia put on almost 50g a day and now wakes herself every 2-3hrs to feed and is still piling on the lbs.
They should test for bilirubin levels as they can go up so it's bad they are relying on earlier ones. They will double check that it's just breastfeeding jaundice which is easier to get rid of.
My jaundice clinic monitors Aurelia now to check her levels are going down and her weight is still good.

Can't remember much else. Did someone's waters go? Huge Yay and fx this is it.

Sending labour vibes ladies.

sarahleanne Sun 19-Jan-14 17:40:16

Congratulations my three that actually sounds like an amazing birth.

Midwife has been and said it may be after pains or a kidney infection so I'm none the wiser. Seems to be easing now though , I just want to sit in a hot bath all day.

Mrsg congrats on water breakage smile won't be long now one way or the other.

littleraysofsunshine Sun 19-Jan-14 18:32:01

Congratulations humpty, Genevieve is one of the names we might have for a Middle one as we already have our name decided for boy or girl!

Congratulations MYthree! We were planning on home birth as I deliver fast but midwife now wants us to try and get to MLU as I've had a precious bleed.

And all other new bundles, my memory is poor and can't keep going back on my phone lol

I can't alter my privacy settings on Facebook sad would like to join. smile

Went for a walk with the dogs and kiddies today hoping to spur things on but only resulted in more BH's, downward pressure, baby squirming but nothing more...

The thing I find odd is that with my two I never had warning as such they just happened! Overdue though.

+5, & +9 days...

I keep going to bed thinking "will I make it to MLU" "will I have enough warning" "will my waters not go like with dd1" or "will they be the first sign like dd2" an just having a kind of plan for dd's childcare when it happens. Dp doesn't drive at the min so we have to get a lift.

All these things keep me anxious along with remembering that pain grin lol but that's inevitable.. And I managed pain relief-free with both but can't help but feel apprehensive I guess? Then I feel positive and channel into myself and think well look lady us women are made for this, you've done it before, twice. Just be brave and enjoy. Hard with hormone overspill ...

Sorry for essay

MrsVDB Sun 19-Jan-14 19:01:59

So haven't felt much movement at all today. Very tired and when this happens do get quieter days. Not feeling too worried and don't want to make a fuss. Do you think I should be worried/ go get checked?

MrsV Nour was a very quiet baby and would do that a lot. If he didnt move a little once I lay down for an hour or so I would have gone to get checked, but thankfully every time I was beginning to get really frantic he would wriggle. If you have had a drink and have been resting for more than an hour I would get checked to be on the safe side. I'm sure it is fine, but better to be sure.

I have googled jaundice and kernicterus and now properly freaking out. DH is taking DB to airport and DD has conked out on the sofa so will have to wait til morning but I hope I haven't been ignoring important signs. I am so angry at myself for listening to them at the health centre these past two weeks and just hope it is ok. Will take N straight to hospital to be on the safe side. DFather and three DBs were visiting this weekend which is why I didn't go last night. I called the emergency out of hours yesterday though and they said it wasnt urgent enough to send someone out but I could go to the hospital if concerned. Was going to go today if he didnt improve but as he has been feeding fine last night and today I left it, and now regretting it. Aaargh, I feel such a bad mother and don't think i'll be sleeping tonight. sad

BuntCadger Sun 19-Jan-14 20:46:36

No progress here and been reading up on waters going as looks as tho mine have been leaking for a while. damn Google always should step away as now getting all paranoid

I did look up ina someone. A midwife who talks about sphincter law and found some fab videos on YouTube about birth and how I need to relax smile

Frizz1986 Sun 19-Jan-14 21:13:29

altered i wouldn't panic about it. The hospital weren't scary crazy concerned with Aurelia's jaundice (and that was really high) they just had to start getting it lowered as she wasn't doing it herself. Her levels are still pretty high but they are slowly going down so she needs monitoring.
You are in no way a bad mum. You can only go off the advice of the professionals and its you being a good mum that makes you want to get it checked anyway.
Its the getting them feeding thats important as they get very sleepy with jaundice so feed less and it becomes a cycle. If they feed better then the jaundice levels will go down.

frizz it doesn't seem too heavy on the pad but it's bright red and mucusy too. Join me in taking it easy smile

the hv is coming over tomorrow for the first time which should be good

Naturegirl82 Sun 19-Jan-14 21:17:27

mrsv if you're worried I would get checked. I was really worrying myself this morning and was so much happier after being monitored. Strangely after all the panic she has been very active this afternoon!

I hope everything sorts itself out for everyone with pains and baby worries.

Still just cramps, cervix pains and bh here. Really starting to look like baby won't be here before my parents go away which is making me a little sad. It also sounds like my grandad doesn't have long left and is just hanging on for the baby to arrive, so sounds like my dream may have been quite accurate this week sad

MrsVDB Sun 19-Jan-14 21:30:44

Thanks for advice. Still haven't felt much but I've given him a poke or 2 and can feel movement on outside of belly with hand just not from inside so assume its where he's moved and the ap

Sorry to hear about your grandpa nature

Naturegirl82 Sun 19-Jan-14 21:38:13

mrsv sounds exactly like what I had this morning. I couldn't feel the movement inside but could see my tummy moving slightly.

MrsVDB Sun 19-Jan-14 21:48:53

nature it's so confusing isn't it. After midwife wrote medium risk on my notes at 38w apt due to 'all these issues' (which as far as I can tell was just my raised bp at that appointment but never before) I'm wary of making a fuss. Really want mlu and hoping she doesn't rule me out. Got my 40w apt in morning and if I have a different mw I will mention it but if its her I think ill keep quiet

Naturegirl82 Sun 19-Jan-14 22:10:33

Seems strange to rule you medium risk based on one bp measurement mrsv. My bp was raised (within normal but higher for me) at 40w appointment and mw put it down to lack of sleep that night, but retook it at the end if the appointment and it was fine (so clearly just raised from putting the dog out the back so she didn't eat the stethoscope!)

MrsVDB Sun 19-Jan-14 22:18:13

That's what I thought nature as its not been high before (and isn't now either). This is the same mw who told me at 20w apt that I should have been referred to dietician and have gtt due to my bmi (when she hadnt weighed me or asked how much weight id put on and at booking in was fine) then told me to 'just eat less sugar' so think its my weight she has an issue with. I've always been low risk so hoping ill be back to low tomorrow

curlywurlyllass Sun 19-Jan-14 22:42:40

Congratulations to all those with gorgeous cute cuddly (and some big) babies, I've missed so much in the last few weeks. Sorry to hear of bereavements, thinking of you. And good luck for the interview--sorry can't remember names--

James has kept us busy and all the visitors and visiting has been tiring --However my boy now sparkles as I've been making thank you cards for all the gifts we have received and glitter gets everywhere

We ventured out on the train the other day and I realised I have so much to learn about public transport etiquette. I got on the train with the pram fine, but where do u go! Do u sit and block the passageways or stay by the doors? old trains with no disabled space
Then how the he'll do u get off the thing! The gap is so big I thought we might fall down to the tracks lol do u reverse off or bump down forwards? I felt like such a prat and in front of loads of commuters- I have so much to learn

Hope there's not too many ladies left waiting now, I was due last Wednesday and it feels so unreal that I have an almost 5week old little insomniac.
Oh and we have just started practicing safe sex lol the price of jonnies is ridiculous ;)

Hope those with sore nips feel better soon.
I deffo second taking fibre after birth-the pains,cramps and wind from lactose is gawd damned awful!
Hugs to babies needing more support for jaundice, hope they get better asap

Thank you for the congrats ladies. Was a bit spaced when I wrote it, mainly as hadn't slept in three full days (induction night one, labour night two), so apols for essay.

We have possibly changed her name, as she has v long legs and big feet and will be tall, which coupled with her size suggests a tall strong girl. We might go for Alexandra Beatrice instead, Alexandra is my middle name, and since we started using it, it seems to fit her better. We'll see.

Not getting any colostrum yet (tried hand expressing), but am faithfully letting her suckle both sides for 15 mins each before giving her formula, from number of nappies and sleeping patterns I think she's hungry so may have to give formula for a few more days until my milk comes in. Apparently with big haemorrhages this can delay colostrum and milk. Mws are v relaxed about it, and help me try both sides. She latches well and sucks well, but we're pretty sure nothing is actually getting through yet. Keep trying!

To those who were/are worried about labour or inductions, I cannot say how much I agree about the end result making it worth the pain. And in my case at least there was a massive amount of pain, and downright terror, but I'm so over it all already, my stitches even hurt less when I cuddle her (and I have episiotomy AND internal vaginal tears with stitches in [show off face]).

MrsGSR Sun 19-Jan-14 23:39:19

Haven't caught up yet, am being kept in overnight as baby's heartrate is dropping when I have contractions. Any one else had this? Slightly worried!

BuntCadger Mon 20-Jan-14 00:06:23

Mrsg - it's good they are keeping you in, heart rate should show accelerations during contractions and declarations (slowing down) can be sign of distress in baby hence them monitoring baby. ds2 had this when I was in pushing stage and was so at assisted delivery as he needed to be born. He needed some help after but was ok. x

littleraysofsunshine Mon 20-Jan-14 06:56:05

Wow, curlywirly how many weeks post partum are you? smile

Woke up this morning having been laid on my left. And still feeling that my tummy has been doing BH's in my sleep. And when I woke it was in one. I could LITERALLY feel the shape and size of baby. It's laying still head down low, neck back on my left with bottom up then legs tucked round in a very fetal position. Felt bizarre like I could hug it?!smile
Then I woke up and it stayed the same but just dropped into my bump. Lol

Going to start some raspberry lead tea today. Did early with the other two but was warned not to until late this time as dd2 literally flew out lol.

I've lowered my fb settings now so can someone please add me ?! gringrin

Angelesque Mon 20-Jan-14 07:43:01

Hi littleray - tried to add you again but FB won't let me; it told me off! Let me know if you get my FB message x

BuntCadger Mon 20-Jan-14 08:01:09

How are you this morning mrsg?

MrsVDB Mon 20-Jan-14 08:45:54

curly I think I'd leave pram by door depending on how busy the train is. I think best bet is to get someone to help you lift pram down. Some of the drops are bad enough to get down without worrying about a baby. Not looking forward to this part!

Hope everything is well with you mrsg. Update us if you can!

Nour seems pretty alert except when feeding, when he nods off very quickly. Not easy to wake either, except by being put in his bed. Off to health centre now to check out jaundice, but leaning towards the sleepiness on the breast being due to supply issues. Weekend was frantic and didnt have a moment to sit. Lack of sleep, worry and poor diet I think are affecting supply. Will see if he has put on any weight this week, I hope so. I am so tired today that if they suggest supplementing with formula I will agree just to have some peace of mind. Definitely hit the 3 week meltdown period! If he is like DD it will give him more strength to improve his latch.

humpty keep going, you are amazing! I am sure your colostrum will come in soon. May well be there already, I could never express anything with DD even at 3 to 4 months, but she was putting on weight well. Just look after yourself, lack of sleep or proper food really messes things up as I have been finding.

How are things with you today bunt?

Mythreeknights Mon 20-Jan-14 09:01:26

Morning everyone! I am feeling miles more human after getting a six hour straight run of sleep last night, first time in about a week what with all the pre labour wees and BH and then birth itself. I realise six hours night be a little long to leave baby without a feed but nothing could have roused me from slee last night. She feeds really well and seems ok to settle but that's probably just the first 24 hours and she will soon be up yelling the whole time. With two noisy big brothers she is going t have to get used to constant racket and chaos. Heading to hospital now for her newborn checks. Still no name...(8lb 5)

Naturegirl82 Mon 20-Jan-14 10:54:59

Morning, anyone else bored? Bored of waiting for baby to arrive, bored of pottering round the house, bored of housework. I'm annoying myself because I have no motivation to do anything! Not even make a start on the baby's room. Urgh sorry for the pity post. Hope everyone else is having a better day.

puggle01 Mon 20-Jan-14 11:03:01

doffs hat in respect to Curly

MrsVDB Mon 20-Jan-14 11:13:48

nature I'm still quite enjoying not being at work. Think ill agree to a sweep from Monday onwards as might be getting bored then. Once washing machine and tumble dryer get delivered tomorrow I can finish my mountain of washing now understanding the people who said I bought too many baby clothes as if takes a day for each load to dry at the moment

Naturegirl82 Mon 20-Jan-14 11:19:21

mrsv I had the same problem but once the tumble dryer arrived it was easy grin . I had done all the clothes but dh waa given a baby shower on friday and I'm swamped with tons of adorable outfits to wash again.

OnlyThePurpleOnes Mon 20-Jan-14 11:20:57

Me, Nature, I'm right there with you. I can't find anything else to clean or organize. Bored of waiting, bored of the 'Oh god, you're STILL pregnant!?' Comments, bored of the constant requests for an update from family. BORED!

Have an appointment to break my waters tomorrow but as I'll only be 40+1 I've asked to move it to Thursday as I've been having mild contractions on and off the last couple of days and I'd rather go into labour naturally. At least that gives me a couple more days. I'm really hoping it happens as I'm nervous about having waters broken and then ending up with the knock-on effect of a whole load of interventions I wasn't planning for. Even though I had an epidural and episiotomy last time and the birth was calm and great. I don't know. I think I'm just not mentally prepared and feel like I'm forcing her out it'd hat makes sense!?

MrsG hope you're well this morning.

Angelesque Mon 20-Jan-14 11:37:14

Nature yep! feeling bored already, even though I'm only 39 weeks. Also worried I've now got waaaay too much time on my hands to work myself up about labour... Am very much enjoying not being at work though.

Ooh only, so nearly there... Think I would have moved back water breaking too as it sounds like you're so tantalisingly close to going into labour naturally!

Naturegirl82 Mon 20-Jan-14 11:57:29

Glad I'm not the only one!

only how come they were planning on breaking your waters so early if you don't mind me asking.

I think my problem is I had it in my head the baby would be early as both of my sisters were and the baby has been measuring a couple of weeks ahead the whole time. And I'm just disheartened that it isn't looking likely my grandad will get to meet the baby and my parents won't get to meet her until she is 3 months old. Oh well. Might bake some cupcakes later to give myself something to do.

littleraysofsunshine Mon 20-Jan-14 12:19:30

Never sure if my messages get sent ?

Nature - feel the same, 39+1 today and have midwife appointment. May ask for sweep? Or just wait until next week. Not entirely sure.... It's at 2:40.
I just want to enjoy this last potential week of having just my little girls, and soaking everything of them until new bundle. Just want to try and make the transition nice and relaxed for them as they're only 3.2m, and 19m

Angel - I have adjusted my security settings now so no idea what's going on?

flyawayblue Mon 20-Jan-14 12:21:01

Morning all.

humpty hope you are feeling better today, love the new name though now both the names we were thinking of have been used wink

Had my second sweep this morning and no change from Friday, well no baby change. I seem to have trapped a nerve in my hip which is excruciating.

They also won't offer me an induction until at least next Monday, which will be 41+5. That feels way too long and I really don't want to be pregnant in February!

Sorry for the grumpy post.

Naturegirl82 Mon 20-Jan-14 13:32:22

I don't think they offer inductions until 40+14 here fly

5 babies have been born on the February thread now!

If this baby doesn't get a wriggle on it is going to end up sharing a birthday with her cousin!

Naturegirl82 Mon 20-Jan-14 13:34:37

Just realised we were due date buddies fly!

littleraysofsunshine Mon 20-Jan-14 13:41:28

Fly- me too! I want a January baby!

I may get one earlier as I have seen my midwife through all three pregnancies. And she's nice enough smile

Just unsure to ask for one today or not? What do you think

Naturegirl82 Mon 20-Jan-14 13:42:50

Would they do a sweep that early little?

littleraysofsunshine Mon 20-Jan-14 13:55:04

I had one at 39+ something before but she was still 9 days over lol

BandontheFun Mon 20-Jan-14 14:13:34

Hi Ladies

Just catching up, just home today.

Congratulations on the new arrivals Blue and Humpty.

Enormouse hope you and your DH are doing ok.

I am now the proud owner of a lovely baby girl named Harley. So much prettier than me or DH! She is 7lbs 8oz of pure awesomeness.

And I am not gonna lie I found the whole labour thing, pretty traumatic. Had two rounds of Pessarys and woke up at 6am with major back ache coming and going, had to stay on my feet. (I expected contractions to be in the front so wasn't sure what the pain was) At 3pm the doctor came to see if i needed a 3rd luckily i didn't, don't think i could have taken it, I was sent to the labour ward to have my waters broken, given the drip, then those bad boy contractions ramped up. Think it was all of about 10 mins before I asked for an epidural. Ended up with diamorphine instead. Was pretty spaced out. After that it was loads easier, could still feel the pain, only the edge was off, but then when it came to pushing, the baby's HB kept dropping. Turns out the cord was wrapped round her neck, room filled up with doctors quickly, ended up needing forceps to get her out safe and quickly, ended up with a 3rd degree tear, (v - a) had to go to theatre right after delivery. All happened really quickly. Didn't really realise how serious it was until afterwards.

Needed a spinal for the repair so couldn't walk and needed a catheter so felt pretty useless when i got back to the ward. Had to have it for 24 hrs. So was outta sorts on sat and kinda shell shocked. But once the catheter was out and I could actually help on Sunday with Harley. (Instead of walking behind DH and baby with my bag of piss!) I felt more like myself and A bit more at ease with what happened.

On the plus side I have had private rooms for all of it, really made a difference.

Totally agree with you Humpty, must say her wee face is worth every stitch. Just glad she is out the other side safe and well.

Just have to get used to this parenting lark now.

Eeeeek...I have a baby and Pretty soon we will all have baby's. smile

Mythreeknights Mon 20-Jan-14 14:44:02

Gosh band well done you on getting through that experience, sounds terrifying (and pretty similar to my first baby) and I hope you recover quickly mentally as well as physically. When it doesn't go to plan it is easy to feel like something has been 'robbed' from you. Just give that gorgeous girlie lots of cuddles.

We still can't decide on a name...how did you all 'know' so quickly?

All the best if luck to those overdue or feeling ctx starting

MrsVDB Mon 20-Jan-14 14:48:18

Congratulations band sounds like a bit of an ordeal. I didn't realise just how common these types of complications happen may hide away until I give birth now

Had my 40w apt this morning and was the midwife I'm not keen on but she marked me as low risk yeay! although did ask if I'd had gtt which she does every time (which I have after she referred me weeks ago she found it tricky to find heartbeat but when she did its fine so assuming he's in an awkward position, which mw couldn't confirm although is still 3/5 engaged. Sweep booked for Monday although she did offer one this week I declined. ray it's worth asking smile

Frizz1986 Mon 20-Jan-14 14:58:40

Congrats band Sounds like a tough birth but all good when you look at the little one. Lovely name too.
Parenting lark is strange stuff but i love it. Not quite used to it yet but time has flown by!
3rd degree tear will be fine. I am feeling loads better at 4 weeks pp and didn't have any pain when going to the toilet (did panic about the first time though but i made sure i took all my meds so all was fine)

TobyLerone Mon 20-Jan-14 15:13:55

Goodness, there have been some traumatic births on this thread! Congratulations and bloody well done, band!

BuntCadger Mon 20-Jan-14 15:34:01

Congratulations band smile

Had appt, fluid levels still just ok so had another stretch and sweep. Cervix has dilated, shortened, moved and softened more since Saturday so these ctx are doing something at least. Been getting regular and much more ouchy ones for past few hours. Trying not to get hopes up and just reeeelllaaaxxxx and breathe through them.

Plan of action is review on Thursday for another stretch and sweep and if no baby but baby all ok they want to rupture waters on Monday (they'd do earlier if they could). Couldn't believe this midwife though pretty much said c-section to which is said noooooooo, unless essential. Had to stop typing as ow ow ow

Naturegirl82 Mon 20-Jan-14 15:36:27

Congratulations band hope you recover well and enjoy your newborn cuddles.smile

Well I finally got off my bum and did some housework so feel a bit better about my day. Got a friend coming over now for a visit smile

enormouse Mon 20-Jan-14 17:33:41

God band. You are made of strong stuff. Hope you, your DP and Harley are doing well.

Thanks again for the support everyone. We're ok. I've emailed off my essays so that's one less stress. I had a few tightenings in asda of all places and I got a bit worried but they seem to have calmed down. Just feeling a bit period crampy and back achey right now. I'm not sure what to look out for in terms of tightenings, ds was a show followed by waters breaking drama. I think I'm just going to have a bath and an early night and try to relax as much a poss.

The funerals tomorrow so hopefully can hang on in there till then. I have my bag packed in the boot just in case though.

Good luck to those being induced, having happy newborn snuggles and those of us still hanging on in there.

Naturegirl82 Mon 20-Jan-14 18:45:24

enormouse hope the funeral goes ok tomorrow.

Unfortunately my grandad died this afternoon sad

MrsVDB Mon 20-Jan-14 19:15:19

Sorry to hear that nature hope you're ok

Angelesque Mon 20-Jan-14 19:36:37

Oh Nature, I'm so sorry to hear that. Hope you are as okay as you can be

Congratulations Band!

cant remember who asked about the name, but i always thought he's be called Henry, but even now he's here there are times I'm not sure.

we're registering his name tomorrow

enormouse Mon 20-Jan-14 20:08:12

Oh nature. My deepest condolences to you and your family. I was very close to my grandad and I know how much it can hurt.

Frizz1986 Mon 20-Jan-14 20:23:49

Oh nature so so sorry for you and your family.

flyawayblue Mon 20-Jan-14 20:40:16

I'm so sorry nature, my thoughts are with you and your family.

enormouse I hope everything holds off for you tomorrow.

MrsGSR Mon 20-Jan-14 20:41:19

flowers nature and enormouse, thinking of you both and your families.

Congratulations band, I hope you recover quickly!

Thank you to everyone who asked after me, I'm sat staring at my 7 hour old daughter! I was kept in hooked up to a monitor for most of last night, her heartrate weren't dipping much with contractions but enough to worry them. After taking 8 hours to get from 1cm to 1.5cm dialated, I had some pethidine and was fully dialated in a few hours, but was ignored for a while when I said I needed to push. Baby had twisted around so she was slightly back to back, ended up needing a epidural and forceps. By this stage I didn't care as I was worried about her being stressed. Had 3 individual stiches so a bit sore. She is very beautiful and totally worth it all!

littleraysofsunshine Mon 20-Jan-14 20:46:17

Sorry nature thanks

Congratulations band, recover well x

Had my midwife appointment. She could tell how uncomfortable I am feeling and to top it off, my PGP kicked off again today so can hardly walk along with the baby being very low.

She did the heartbeat, and I said I've been hearing it very low down with my Doppler. Her response when listening was "well, we don't usually get to hear the hb that low down until delivery" :-/

And she will give me a sweep next Monday. Didn't today as she didn't want me to be uncomfortable on the couch as I literally couldn't move.

And all day my bh's have regulated. Even more so since about 2pm when the pelvic pain kicked off.
Told Mau, they said to keep an eye.

Currently: 8:15, 8:24, 8:34, 8:39 lasting 30-45sec. I still can hardly walk. Just bizarre as I've had two babies! But still can't tell!

All I know is, I delivered them both fast. Pits as if my body jumps stages fast. And she said I could possibly be dilated 1-2 maybe 3 just by having had previous pregnancies in the past three years

littleraysofsunshine Mon 20-Jan-14 20:47:37

She also commented again about my "poor tummy muscles" sad
That she feels so bad for me as they're buggered on the front

Oh mrsG sounds like a bit of an ordeal! What have you named her/how heavy?


Naturegirl82 Mon 20-Jan-14 20:51:28

Congratulations mrsg. Glad it was all worth it and you have a beautiful baby girl

Thanks for all the thoughts. Family are as ok as can be expected, glad in a way that it happened before my parents went away even though they won't be able to make it to the funeral. Waiting to hear (hopefully tomorrow) when the funeral will be, but don't know if I'll be able to go as 250miles away and if not had the baby by then dh wouldn't be able to come as can't take time off. Even if I've had the baby still got the uncertainty of whether she will need an op when she is born so just have to play it by ear a bit.

sunshine that sounds really tough

hugs x

So sorry for your loss nature

TobyLerone Mon 20-Jan-14 21:25:49

Congratulations, MrsG!

Sorry about your grandad, nature sad I dread the day I lose mine. He's 85.

Hope you don't have too much longer to wait, sunshine.

We registered Meredith today. And we had what we thought would be our last midwife appointment, only they won't sign us off because Meredith's cord is still on. So apparently we need to try to soak it off, so she had her first bath tonight. We thought she'd hate it, given how much she's hated being topped and tailed so far, but she absolutely loved it!
Health visitor's coming tomorrow, meaning we have to get up earlier to hoover grin

TobyLerone Mon 20-Jan-14 21:29:26

Oh, and I'm back to pre-pregnancy weight today. Sadly, pre-pregnancy weight is still a bit fat, but at least it means that all weight loss from now on is actual weight loss, IYSWIM smile

Frizz1986 Mon 20-Jan-14 21:39:09

Congrats mrsg

No need to hoover toby They told us that as long as you can find the keys to open the door they don't care. They fully expect you in your pjs.

One of the girls on my nct has a poorly baby. Not sure whats wrong but she had her 2 weeks ago at 39 weeks and baby had to stay in as was on antibiotics. They were hoping to go home last weekend but shes just put on fb that baby is being transferred to alder hey as infection levels went up again. Shes been keeping people up to date on fb but not in detail. Feel so sorry for her as no indication of problems all pg.

MrsGSR Mon 20-Jan-14 21:40:46

frying she was 7lb 15oz and 55cm long. DH choose the name Leah, and her middle names will be Susanne, after her nans, Susan and Anne, and Elizabeth which is a family name my sister and a load of others have as a middle name.

TobyLerone Mon 20-Jan-14 21:42:43

Sadly, there's every need to hoover! Also, I plan on telling her that I have no intention of seeing her again unless I decide I need to. So I'd better look a bit together grin

I hope your friend's baby is ok. How worrying sad

MrsGSR Mon 20-Jan-14 21:43:05

That's impressive toby, I think it'll be a while before I'm back to pre pregnancy weight, let alone my 'ideal' weight (I managed to put on quite a bit whilst ttc!)

Felix90 Mon 20-Jan-14 21:57:16

Enormouse hope the funeral goes ok. Also sorry for your loss nature sad

Congratulations band and mrsg!!!!

Toby that's impressive! I am still 2 stones heavier than I was to start off with and even then I was a massive heifer hmm serious diet needed but I just really can't be arsed.

Visited my parents this weekend as my oldest sister was down from Scotland so took Sylvie to meet her! Stopped at my other sisters house and my two nieces (2 & 5) loved having a baby around. The older niece came in the room when I was feeding Sylvie and the conversation went - 'are you breastfeeding?' 'So you've got milk in your thingies? I call them thingies instead' 'so you drink milk then the milk goes in your thingies and then Sylvie drinks it?' I just agreed as I didn't know what to say haha! grin

TobyLerone Mon 20-Jan-14 22:09:40

I'm still a heifer. Just lost almost 2 stone since Meredith was born. Mostly baby and associated shiz, obv.

My 2yo nephew is fascinated by 'Memeniss' (as he calls her!) "eating boob" grin

Felix90 Mon 20-Jan-14 22:23:31

Haha eating boob!!

Also forgot to ask - does anyone know how to get chicken korma colour baby poop stains out of baby grows? She did a massive happy explosion in the middle of the night (think right up the back jobby) and it went all over my favourite Joules baby grow hmm it was about 3am so I just left it in a sink full of hot water but now I'm not sure how to wash it to get the stain out? It's horrific.

Felix90 Mon 20-Jan-14 22:23:44

Nappy explosion not happy explosion!!!!!!!

TobyLerone Mon 20-Jan-14 22:27:33

Is there anywhere you can hang it outside? Apparently sunshine is the best. Or you could always bleach it if it's all white.

Felix90 Mon 20-Jan-14 22:31:11

It's white/pink floral so can't bleach. We live in a back to back terraced house so nowhere to hang sad don't think we even get sunlight on this street!

AnotherStitchInTime Mon 20-Jan-14 23:38:36

So sorry to hear about your grandad nature

Congratulations MrsG and band

Felix Vanish sensitive powder works well and is fine for colours. You can pre-wash soak it and then add some to the wash too.

Toby very impressive, I actually have no idea what I weighed before pregnancy so haven't bothered to weigh myself after.

enormouse I hope the funeral goes well tomorrow.

little it sounds like your baby will be with you soon, poor you with the pgp, must be agony sad

Felix90 Tue 21-Jan-14 00:47:46

Thanks another! I think I may have some in the cupboard actually so will give it a try.

Frizz1986 Tue 21-Jan-14 00:55:33

toby i am still 2 stone heavier. Don't think it helps that i am still stuffing my face (with all the xmas nibbles we didn't eat) but the mw told me to eat loads if breastfeeding. Apparently i wasn't eating enough to start with.

felix i alse have a poop stained outfit. Ours is because she decided to poop mid nappy change and it went everywhere

Congrats mrsg and band
enormouse and nature you poor darlings. That's really sad, I hope you are both okay.
bunt and littleray good luck!

Just had meltdown, fed Alexandra for two hours earlier, she is getting something, but not enough as the second DH and mum had to leave (strict visitng hours) she screamed and screamed until I tried in desperation to feed again. With no milk, she's just ruining my nipples and the pain was ferocious. DH persuaded me over phone to ask for a bottle to fill her up. She drank all of it. All the mws said at her size with delayed milk, I have to top up for now.
Oh, and the consultant came by earlier, said she is macro somatic, which should have been caught, and that future children should be delivered by c section. Bit cross that not one midwife noticed her size.

OnlyThePurpleOnes Tue 21-Jan-14 04:14:34

So sorry for your loss, Nature and Enormouse. It's a horrible thing to happen when you're in the midst of newborn hormones/emotions. I lost my dad when our first dd was 3 weeks old. It's was a very lonely time. Thinking of you both.

MrsG congratulations! That's another dramatic delivery for the January club! I'm not panicking, I promise...

Nature I'm with a private hospital as I'm overseas, and they've been trying to break my water for the last two weeks! I had a borderline GTT so OB doesn't want to leave me to go too overdue, and has said 41 weeks max. Had a couple of sweeps last week so we will see what happens today and tomorrow, otherwise Thursday is the day.

BuntCadger Tue 21-Jan-14 04:39:22

Been ctxing through night. close together and ouchy ouchy so mums on way over now. fx this is it x

anotherbitofcake Tue 21-Jan-14 06:05:04

Marking place

MrsVDB Tue 21-Jan-14 06:24:05

Congratulations mrsg that must of been worrying with the hb dropping so glad all is ok

humpty hopefully your milk comes in soon. Do you know when your going home? What's macro somatic? Did the mws not comment on size when they felt your bump? Mine say he's going to be big everytime they have a feel

MrsVDB Tue 21-Jan-14 06:25:14

Good luck bunt smile

Shroomboom Tue 21-Jan-14 06:35:06

Congratulations to all the new arrivals!

Nature so sorry to hear about your grandad sad I'm thinking of you and your family...

I was wanting to ask some advice - I've had pretty strong BH's all night, and have got up this morning to a light pinky discharge (tmi sorry!). Should I call the midwives to tell them or is this normal? I lost my plug almost two weeks ago and that was quite different. Not sure what this is confused Am 39+3.

MrsVDB Tue 21-Jan-14 06:53:44

shroom I think your cervix can bleed a bit when dilating but not 100% sure. I'd prob give them a call just to put your mind at rest. Sounds like you might be next!

Shroomboom Tue 21-Jan-14 06:58:36

I rang them and we're going in. Not felt baby moving yet this morning so am really worried.

MrsVDB Tue 21-Jan-14 07:01:13

shroom I'm sure it's fine but worth getting checked. It's still very early. Have you eaten anything? I usually don't get much until I eat

Shroomboom Tue 21-Jan-14 07:03:12

Not eaten yet, will grab something on way to hospital. Just hope there's movement after that!

littleraysofsunshine Tue 21-Jan-14 07:08:59

Can't remember if I've said before but sorry for your loss Nature. It's horrid when things like that happen especially around a birth. When We had dd1, dps grandad passed away. And when we had dd2, his Nan passed away two days later. So tragic.

So my pelvis was painful last night, along with regular BH's every 6-8mins but not lasting 30-30seconds. Had a good stretch of sleep but then uncomfortable from about 4am when I needed a wee and also BH's started again. Still coming just trying to keep a track on them, intensity wtc. Dp and I DTD too (not rough!) for the first time in like two months where I've been so Uncomfy and not up to it. That might help along? Lol

BandontheFun Tue 21-Jan-14 08:05:06

Congratulations Mrsg. So many babies now....yay!

Thanks for the congratulations. For every birth like mine there are loads of zen, easy and quick ones. So don't let mine put you off.

Frizz that's good to know about your tear, kinda feel like it will never be normal.

Hope today goes ok Enormouse

Nature I hope your doing ok. Thinking if you.

Frizz I hope your right about them not caring about mess. My house has been turned upside down in only one day, HV is coming and I have no idea when.

Bunt sending baby vibes your way. Today's the day!

Toby when did you first get weighed? I thought I would have been weighed in the hospital.

Shroom I had done pink stuff when dilating.

Bought my first baby girl clothing yesterday, when picking up milk. Makes me smile. smile

enormouse Tue 21-Jan-14 09:03:46

I have an awful feeling today will not go well. Dps aunty (wife of uncle who died) has made a fuss at the last minute about no children at the funeral. This would have been ok but we found out with 12 hours to go via about 3 other people despite seeing her 3 days ago. We could have made arrangements for ds with more notice. But dps grandad and mum (dad and sister of uncle) are insisting that ds goes as he was extremely well behaved at the last funeral and that he is technically one of the few people related to the uncle by blood and has a right to be there. Dmum and Daunt barely get on well at the best of times and dmum thinks daunt is attention seeking etc. Dp thinks we should just go to support his mum and grandad, sit at the back and remove ds discreetly at any sign of fuss.

sad it's all very messy. I would stay home with ds but need to go so I can be around our designated drivers who are going.

enormouse sending peaceful vibes your way for today. Am sure your DS will be beautifully behaved, hope other rellies can follow his example.

mrsv it means oversized. Mws should have picked it up, but didn't.

Got some sleep! It's a miracle!

* bunt* how are you doing?

nature how are you feeling today?

shroom I think it can be part of early labour but v sensible to get checked for sure. Fx all is okay.

TobyLerone Tue 21-Jan-14 10:14:19

band I only ever got weighed at booking in and consultant appointments. I just weighed myself at home and remember how massively much I weighed before. I need to lose another couple of stone anyway, but it's good to know that anything from here on is actual weight loss. I just need to stop mainlining biscuits now...

enormouse, what a nightmare. Your DP has the right idea, I think. Hope it goes ok.

Frizz1986 Tue 21-Jan-14 10:23:37

enormouse am sure ds will be wonderfully behaved and prove he has every right to be there. They cant expect you to sort childcare at such short notice and its something you kind of mention when you tell people the date and time.

humpty glad you got some sleep, it may be the last lot you get smile

shroom am sure all will be fine but best to get checked out.

band i have hv coming today. Hoping aurelia is still piling on the lbs but hope she doesn't pee on the scales (she has done that 3 times so far)
The tear really will heal well. Have you had a look? I was a bit scared of looking but thought to hell with it, i really should so i know whats going on down there. I expected it to be horrific but it was fine. A nice neat row of stitches and it looks nicer than it did when i was pg and it had swelled to the size of god knows what. Even dh had a look and wasnt freaked out!

Shroomboom Tue 21-Jan-14 10:58:46

Enormous sorry to hear about today's stresses, sometimes people don't think straight at this time. Seems odd though to request no children esp if ds is one of the few blood relations. There's not a lot your aunt can do if he goes, and personally I think it's important for everybody to be able to 'say goodbye'. Think your dh has the right idea but ds sounds like a sensible boy so sure it will be fine. Good luck.

Well I came in this morning, and they did a test and apparently my waters have gone shock I've been admitted and have to stay and hope that labour starts naturally, if not then will be induced in the morning. Would that happen in the UK? I would've thought we'd be able to go home, and we've left the house in a state after getting ds off to school this morning!

Bandon that made me smile too smile Such a special time!

Hope everyone's well and that babies are thriving smile

MrsVDB Tue 21-Jan-14 11:12:01

toby that's very impressive. Don't think I'll be that lucky. After only putting on a stone I have put on another stone in the last 3 weeks. Really hoping its water as I am quite swollen. Saw myself naked in full length mirror yesterday and was di