So, busy weekend. Shampooed the cat, seeded the lawn, gave birth...

(98 Posts)
ShowOfHands Mon 05-Sep-11 16:09:33

I don't do brevity. I warned you about this during the last birth announcement. And not only does this predilection for the epic include talking about gingerbread, waffling on about birth trauma from years ago etc, it apparently also includes giving birth to dc2.

Not many people have escaped from my tales of dd's birth 4 years ago and I swore I'd never, ever do it again. But being a liar and a bit greedy where squishy small people are concerned, I did.

Raphael was born on Saturday, 38hrs post waters rupturing spectacularly all over my best sheet, a mildly miffed dh and a crocodile. An Ikea crocodile no less. I can't fit babies through my pelvis, though not for lack of blooming trying, so the nice lady with the sparkly glasses (everything was sparkling at that point to be completely frank) gave me some drugs and kindly removed the boy from me. He's smashing. Looks a bit like a lizard but squeaks like a warthog. I forsee great entertainment.

His name means 'God shall heal' apparently. Which is fairly fitting. Because I thought should I end up with another emcs I'd be utterly fractured by it. But it turns out that I now know I can't do it. I can't blow up balloons or play chess either. And while nobody wants to do those things for me, there are nice people at the hospital who are trained to assist with my crap pelvis and stuck babies. And thank goodness for that. Because it's only a process by which my lizard babies crash into existence. And the very fact that they exist rather transcends the small details of how I got them here.

He's a clever little boy. Taught me a lot already. Not least that there are feelings after giving birth that are just universal to becoming a parent and nothing to do with any perceived failure or regret. I particularly like the realisation that having any baby, in whatever way, feels just like somebody's handed you a wet octopus you've never seen before in your life and said 'here dress, feed and love this thing'. And your brain screams 'I really do think you've got the wrong person for the job'. But then at some point, possibly in the wee small hours when everybody else is asleep and it's just you and the octopus, you look down at his squished nose and puckered little duck lips and realise that you belong together. I'm tired. I think what I'm grasping unerringly at is that it always feels like rather a shock to the system but it turns out it's not so scary after all. He's just my wee boy. And I quite simply love him.

He's got a very proud family, especially his big sister who occasionally lets me hold him.

I did it. I had another baby. Just in case anybody fancied reading about something other than trolls or riots or whatever else is happening round these here parts.

NB: the Ikea croc was a rather cunning sleep aid even if it is meant to be a toy. I thoroughly recommend it.

Congratulations, he's lovely grin

Tortoiseonthehalfshell Wed 07-Sep-11 01:57:03

Showy, love, I am in awe.

You shampooed the cat?

Sorry. Massive, massive congratulations, I'm so pleased for you. Beautiful post, I am swooning over your profile photos. And trying to envision an octopus with duck lips.

He is beautiful x

Thumbwitch Wed 07-Sep-11 09:13:29

Awwww - he is the loveliest little thing! So pleased for you smile
x

philmassive Wed 07-Sep-11 09:19:21

Show of Hands - I don't know you but I have often lurked where you've been. Thank you for posting this beautiful story. I am in tears as you've so accurately described that moment when you fall in love with them smile I am blubbing now!
Congratulations and well done and thank you smile

nickelbabe Wed 07-Sep-11 10:12:12

ooch to cs opening up. sad

take it easy, woman!

Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay! grin

FreakoidOrganisoid Wed 07-Sep-11 12:14:29

Gorgeous! DD looks very proud smile

CaptainNancy Wed 07-Sep-11 14:12:53

shock I am obviously a complete dolt as I had no idea you were pg!

Many congratulations Showy and family (and excellent birth story!)grin

nickelbabe Wed 07-Sep-11 15:18:50

hardly anyone did.
she kept it secret.

I knew grin

Poledra Wed 07-Sep-11 15:22:58

Moi aussi, Nickel [smug]

Cleverything Wed 07-Sep-11 15:24:12

Gorgeous boy, lovely name, beautiful post.
Many Congratulations ShowofHands!

Now take it easy! smile

nickelbabe Wed 07-Sep-11 15:26:56

I'd like to do a poll on who knew.
grin

Showy
Poledra
nickelbabe

who else?
(on MN only - RL people don't count, right!)

LeBOF Wed 07-Sep-11 15:49:20

I think a few of us did, but hey, I'm the soul of discretion, me wink

Anyway, it's a rule that I need to know from the POAS, just for the spreadsheet.

nickelbabe Wed 07-Sep-11 15:51:48

did you get mine, then?
i posted it on FB and everything grin
in fact, i think i also posted it on here, for the JSing grad thread.

nickelbabe Wed 07-Sep-11 15:52:22

so, updated list:

Showy
Poledra
nickelbabe
BitofFun

anymore?
grin

ShowOfHands Thu 08-Sep-11 11:04:12

You've been pg too long nickel. You need a hobby. Or you could further categorise your people who knew into those I told and those who recognised my namechanges.

Although I do enjoy being top of the list I'm not entirely sure I count btw...

nickelbabe Thu 08-Sep-11 12:37:39

recognising your namechanges?
ooh, I don't know.
does that mean you told more people when you were a different nn?
oooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhh.

of course you count!
there's another thread going on about "those people who don't know they're pregnant until they pop", and you're not one of those, so grin

I need fewer hobbies, I tell you.
I'm doing far too much.

faverolles Thu 08-Sep-11 12:48:35

Congratulations smile
Beautiful pictures and lovely, lovely name!

largeginandtonic Thu 08-Sep-11 13:23:26

Still beaming about his gorgeous little self arriving.

You do have the most beautiful children.

Oh and i knew. I knew before she knew grin

bibbitybobbityhat Fri 09-Sep-11 19:13:28

Loveliest news Showy. And how clever of you to sneak him in to the September-born camp.

As the mother of two, girl first, boy second born September, two c-sections, first birth awful, second ok ... well, I feel deeply nostalgic and jealous and tremendously happy for you.

Megglevache Fri 09-Sep-11 21:01:40

<<cough>>

grin

Your boy is LUSH and so identify with the staring at the ocotpus line- boy that was me 4 years ago with the girl.

GloriaVanderbilt Wed 14-Sep-11 10:53:45

Oh gorgeous....gorgeous. Well done you smile He is utterly beautiful

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