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.

happymole Mon 05-Sep-11 16:13:09

Massive congratulations SOH. Raphael is a gorgeous name smile

Hassled Mon 05-Sep-11 16:13:26

Oh what a lovely post to randomly spot on a Monday afternoon. You've made me well up a bit.

Many, many congratulations to you, your DH, and elephant-up-a-tree girl. And be very proud of yourself. Really proud. Love to you and octopus-boy.

Oh, congratulations, SOH. Beautiful name and so sorry about the Ikea croc. I have one of you need a replacement. smile

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Ah congratulations! What a lovely post. Welcome Raphael smile

5inthebed Mon 05-Sep-11 16:16:12

Congratulations on your boy! Lovely name and a touching story.

nickelbabe Mon 05-Sep-11 16:17:18

you finally came out then? grin

I've been sitting on my hands every time i saw you in case i accidentally gave it away gringrin

gorgeous name.
I will expect to see photos!

I can't blow up balloons either - i've got a fantastic balloon pump that works wonders. wink

YougreatPamplemousse Mon 05-Sep-11 16:20:08

Congratulations SOH - What a fantastic name and a great birth story.

Lulumama Mon 05-Sep-11 16:21:03

I think I love you show !!!! congratulations on Raphael's safe arrival and I love your birth story, healing is good smile

nickelbabe Mon 05-Sep-11 16:21:42

I've just "liked" all your FB photos!
lizard my arse - he's gorgeous!

mumatron Mon 05-Sep-11 16:22:31

<Wipes away a tear>

Congratulations soh and family.

I had no idea you were expecting!

nickelbabe Mon 05-Sep-11 16:26:09

should you change your name to ShowofMucousPlug?

MugglesandLuna Mon 05-Sep-11 16:30:22

Congratulations SOH - lovely name.

ShowOfHands Mon 05-Sep-11 16:31:23

No nickel because that's disgusting. grin And stop liking everything, you've caused my fb to have a seizure... DH agrees btw. Not a lizard, more a Ninja turtle.

Yes I've come out. Clearly there were a few very kind and special people who endured the pregnancy with me when I couldn't talk about it out loud. I've never been so gripped by terror or so pleasantly surprised by how terrible it wasn't iyswim.

LovelyCuppa Mon 05-Sep-11 16:31:57

Congratulations! You kept that quiet! And yes that description of becoming a mother sounds spot on to me and rather beautiful. I happen to have a body that is so far built for natural child-birth but no big rush of love happened. Just bewilderment and then the realisation three days later that he is yours and you are his and you will love him.

Welcome Raphael smile

FriskyBivalves Mon 05-Sep-11 16:35:08

Is it very wrong of me, while admiring the beautiful pics of Raphael, to be wondering (given that I'm 35 weeks' pregnant and have a smelly cat) if you'd also share the secret of how you managed to shampoo yours grin??

ShowOfHands Mon 05-Sep-11 16:37:03

Frisky, it's a similar process to dressing, feeding and loving an octopus. You have to find your own way and tell yourself it's worth it in the end.

Vajazzler Mon 05-Sep-11 16:39:56

Ahh what a beautiful birth story. I too found a tear in my eye blush
Enjoy your new small squishy person. And I think you should change your name to Show of Tentacles grin

grin at wet octopus.

Better than a dry octopus I imagine.

Poledra Mon 05-Sep-11 16:42:44


Cool and froody. I am ridiculously pleased for someone I've never even met grin Congratulations to you all and welcome to the world, Raphael.

And get some pics on 'ere - some of us security conscious neo Luddite types don't do FB.

kando Mon 05-Sep-11 16:48:25

Congrats SoH - what a beautifully written post! Welcome to the world Raphael smile

Peachy Mon 05-Sep-11 17:01:07

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

ViolaTricolor Mon 05-Sep-11 17:14:43

<Weeps into laptop.> Congratulations, enjoy stroking those tiny suckers and mopping up all that ink. Lovely news grin.

usualsuspect Mon 05-Sep-11 17:18:42

Congratulations smile

StellaAndFries Mon 05-Sep-11 17:20:48

Congratulations smile

Peachy Mon 05-Sep-11 17:23:51

AS I am sure that came out wrong have asked for it to be removed by MNHQ

And will isntead say


Oh wow!! Huge congratulations SoH!! I think that might well be the nicest birth announcements I have read.

Fab name too!

EggyAllenPoe Mon 05-Sep-11 17:45:34

oh congratulations!
that's wonderful, wonderful news!

ShowOfHands Mon 05-Sep-11 17:50:31

Peachy don't be silly. You made me smile


Just doing that to counteract people calling you "SoH" because you once said it wasn't friendly enough smile

mycatsaysach Mon 05-Sep-11 17:53:20

awwwwwwww congrats x

Congratulations! Lovely news, well done. (I'm sure you don't remember but you persuaded me to write my DS2 birth story on here 5 months ago, and then I went and wrote it up properly for our local NCT mag, so cheers for that!)

Peachy Mon 05-Sep-11 17:59:10

Phew SoH!

you know what hormonal new mums can be like... wink

Oh, just lovely - congratulations to you and The Shows and welcome to Raphael :-)

Showy grin Massive congratulations from all of us here. I am so glad that Raphael has already lived up to his name and you have some kind of acceptance for what happened with M. Your pelvis might be a bit crap but you certainly know how to make gorgeous babies.

I'm also glad you are finally "out". I recognised you on a couple of pregnancy threads (I'm not btw - just very nosey) and didn't want to out you.

SecretNutellaFix Mon 05-Sep-11 18:04:42

Congratulations on your little lizard babygrin

Lovely name as well.

pinkytheshrinky Mon 05-Sep-11 18:07:46

Oh what a wonderful name - well done lady and absolute congratulations x

debka Mon 05-Sep-11 20:04:07

What a wonderful birth story showy, congratulations, and welcome to the world Raphael smile

<wipes away tears>

Flisspaps Mon 05-Sep-11 20:09:02

Massive congratulations Showy and welcome Raphael smile

NormaStanleyFletcher Cote D'Ivoire Mon 05-Sep-11 20:13:12

Congratulations to Showy and the rest of the Hands family.

Fabulous story grin

mumblejumble Tue 06-Sep-11 01:58:36

Congratulations! smile

LeBOF Tue 06-Sep-11 02:10:58

You are a complete star, and your family is beautiful smile

SheCutOffTheirTails Tue 06-Sep-11 02:16:46

Lovely story, congratulations smile

Charleymouse Tue 06-Sep-11 06:20:40

Showy, huge congratulations to you all! Especially you for the making and birthing bits.
I love that bit in Men In Black where he delivers the alien baby and it makes me smile. Obviously your baby is the most beautiful little boy and in no way does he look like a lizard, octopus, turtle or alien. Much love CM xxx

Thumbwitch Tue 06-Sep-11 06:41:59

Awwww Showy! I didn't realise that other thread was you - congratulations indeed and I'm so glad that this little boy's birth has been so much better for you, despite the emCS again. I have a friend whose DW's pelvis can't pass babies through it either - she has had 3 CS, although the last 2 were elCS, not emCS, but yes - her pelvis is too small inside for their heads.

See, your boy must've known that. grin

So very very pleased for you lovey - beautiful name too and I hope you are getting lots of help and care. smile x

deemented Tue 06-Sep-11 06:43:49

Aw, what a lovely lovely birth story.

Huge congratulations to all they Showy family smile

MrsSnaplegs Tue 06-Sep-11 06:44:39

Showy congratulations, a wonderful birth story! Welcome to the ninja tutrlegrin

peggyblackett Tue 06-Sep-11 06:48:31

Awww SOH that's lovely smile

What a lovely birth story, congratulations!

Boo1026 Tue 06-Sep-11 09:40:24

Congratulations SoH! A very cool name! You should post the announcement and photos on smile

FreakoidOrganisoid Tue 06-Sep-11 09:45:01

What a lovely post.
And so pleased for you that you seem to have overcome some of the trauma associated with dd's birth smile

Fo0ffyShmoofer Tue 06-Sep-11 09:47:11

Congratulations!!!!!!!!! to the Showy's and welcome to Raphael grin

Congratulations Showy and family, welcome to Raphael

Beautiful words, and beautiful baby.

Have you written any books? because I could just read and read your words - so warm and comforting.

LynnCSchreiber Tue 06-Sep-11 09:59:10

This is definitely one of my favourite birth stories.

Congratulations, and welcome to Mumsnet, little Raphael. Your mummy will be telling us all about the nonsense you get up to in the coming years. I will be waiting for the first, "AIBU to think that DS should...."

Merrylegs Chile Tue 06-Sep-11 10:04:00

Huzzah! Raphael rocks!

(Chess is v over rated)

CouldIBEAnyMoreChaotic Tue 06-Sep-11 10:19:34

Well done you.

I'll ditto that Showlet is clever - choosing the ShowFamily to descend upon was a genius decision.


Congratulations ShowOfHands grin
Were those lovely drugs still in your system by any chance when you wrote that? Fantastic, lovely birth story smile

Many congratulations! smile

AprilMeadow Tue 06-Sep-11 15:43:07

Congratulations SOH!
I have said it before and will say it again... I am still in shock that you went all this time without 'outing' yourself. Sending a picture text of you at 36 wks is enough to confuse anyone.. Shortest pregnancy ever smile

Rafe is gorgeous and I am so pleased that you have had DC2 and that M has a gorgeous little brother. I know you wouldnt have cared either way, but having 1 of each is lovely (2 of each is pretty cool as well wink)

nickelbabe Tue 06-Sep-11 16:13:21

i knew ages before that.

nickelbabe Tue 06-Sep-11 16:14:56

12 and a half weeks ago, she told me.
that's the same distance to the end of the pg that I am now.


ShowOfHands Tue 06-Sep-11 20:44:48


Thank you for your congratulations.

Stealth, it wasn't the drugs. How very dare you. It was the sleep deprivation. grin

After 4 days sobering up and even with a cs wound which has started to open up again (ouch btw), I stand by every word in my op. Drug addled and fatigue-addled I may be but you haven't seen my boy. Smashing he is.

winnybella Tue 06-Sep-11 20:51:26

Congratulations. How lovely (well, not the cs wound opening up, sorry to heat that). Great name.

ahhhhhhhhhhhh I want to now smile If only to prove to myself that I am not broody even in the face of an adorable little octopus

ShowOfHands Tue 06-Sep-11 21:18:31

Have added a couple of pics for a short time. Have just noticed he has the same cardigan on as dd did on day 3. Both pics on there. They're v similar.

Hulababy Tue 06-Sep-11 21:23:32

Can't see any pics, but congratulatons and welcome to Raphael. What a fab birth story too!

Hulababy Tue 06-Sep-11 21:24:26

Ooh, I can see pics now though. Gorgeous! And a beautiful big sister too smile

winnybella Tue 06-Sep-11 21:25:30


<I'm not broody, I'm not broody, I'm not broody at all>

<I just want to squish him>

Beautiful little boy.

SKYTVADDICT Tue 06-Sep-11 21:38:22

Many many congratulations SOH and family - he is beautiful - and such a surprise. I was stunned on opening fb yesterday - thinking what - who has had a baby - blimey, didn't see that one coming grin

rushofbloodtothefeet Tue 06-Sep-11 21:47:59

Big, big congratulations grin

Pure brought a tear to my eye. Lovely name too.

How on earth did you manage to sit on him for so long? (meant metaphorically of course)


Poledra Tue 06-Sep-11 22:29:00

I wanna squishy cuddle now envy

Showy, I'm glad it seems to have been a healing process for you - I do hope so.

<back to drooling over baby pictures>

QOD Tue 06-Sep-11 22:35:58

aww bless he little turtle!

Fuzzywood Tue 06-Sep-11 22:45:04

Congratulations! He's gorgeous and what a beautiful birth story smile

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

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.


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:



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?

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



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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