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Ready to pop and want baby OUT!!!

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38 weeks today, and am really ready to have this baby! I know that realistically I could have almost another 4 weeks of feeling like this, but just want it sooner rather than later. I feel that all I am doing is cleaning the house, as I don't want to go into labour with a messy house (especially as I'm planning a home birth). DD3 arrived at 38+3, so all through this pregnancy, I've been expecting the same, or even a bit earlier, and I know that I'm putting too much pressure on myself to have the baby soon. I know that I'm being silly, and that the baby will arrive when it's ready, but each day now feels about a week long!

Blooblies, that's amazing! Well done to both of you!

Wish mine would hurry up. Due Thursday. Bound to be late sad

shouldIbecrossaboutthis Tue 09-Oct-12 06:31:51

Wow blooblies, I was just checking in after the morning feed and can not believe your birth story! Amazing that you and DH did that by yourselves. Hope you're enjoying the cuddles smile

HeffalumpsAndGoldenWoozles Mon 08-Oct-12 23:51:11

Gosh blooblies that's amazing well done and many many congratulations! grin

Orenishii Mon 08-Oct-12 19:58:53

WOWOWOW! Is it bad I kind of want the same experience, rather than something long and drawn out?? Well done - bloody well done for staying so calm!

birthdaypanic Mon 08-Oct-12 19:36:20

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

blooblies Mon 08-Oct-12 19:21:40

An update on me:
After a very grumpy day on Friday, feeling like baby had disengaged again and lots of folk asking very annoying and pointless questions I made a beef cobbler and helped myself to a weak G&T. Desperate times. Had a clary sage bath after the kids went to bed, phoned my mum for a whinge and then DH decided it was his turn to try and encourage baby out.
I don't know which one of the above set things off, (I suspect DH!), but I was contracting every 5-3 mins after midnight. Not proper ones, just short and sharp ones. With my history of on/off labours I didn't expect them to last, but they were really sore around the top of my pelvis so I got out of bed to try to get baby's head vaguely central as it was sitting to the right above my pelvis at that point. I sidestepped up and downstairs for a bit, then wondered how regular they were because thet seemed to be pretty frequent. So I started up the contraction timer app on my ipod and sat down. When I realised they were roughly every 4 mins, more often if I moved, I wondered what to do. I decided against waking DH, still thinking they would slow down soon. I went to bed, which was a mistake because they got twice as nasty twice as fast and lasted twice as long. I got up to see if they eased off any and they did. I put on the TENS (bliss) and went downstairs to decide what to do as the contractions got really ouchy and I started dreaming of the pool. I phoned the MLU to see what they thought and they suggested coming in (but pool was occupied-drat). Still full of reservation about getting MIL out of bed, I got DH up at 3am.
I went back downstairs and passed the loo. I thought I should carry on emptying my bladder. These contractions were really piling on now. When I sat on the loo my waters went, the head thudded down my pelvis and I immediately groaned in pain and tried to turn to look and see if they were clear or not. I never did manage to look. I remember thinking to myself how much more painful it must be about to get when the next thing was I was pushing. I shouted for DH who was just off the phone to his mum and got on all 4s to see if that might slow things down. On elbows seemed to increase the pressure. MLU was engaged so DH phoned 999 and a lovely lady guided us precisely through what to do on speakerphone. I had no control over this immense pushing and it was darned sore. DH was to counter push, but I felt none of that pressure at all. He moved the cord out of the way, and the next instruction was to get ready to catch a very slippery baby. Having watched videos of pushing stages I thought this was a bit pre-emptive but she was right - a baby boy shot out at 3.18am, quickly followed by the placenta a minute or two later, and 7 mins before the ambulance arrived.

The ambulance took us in to get stitched up after MIL arrived to explain all the noise, excitement and mess to my kids. Because he was an unattended birth, we had an overnight stay for observation and got home yesterday. It still feels like it happened to somebody else, especially after my previous emcs after induction and stop/start forceps and ventouse labours and deliveries! The main thing is that we are both well and safe and that DH will get over it eventually (I hope!). So, about raspberry leaf tea and second stages... it may well work!

HeffalumpsAndGoldenWoozles Sun 07-Oct-12 13:22:10

Congratulations shouldibecross hope you're soon healing well and enjoying the cuddles smile

funchum8am Sun 07-Oct-12 11:28:27

Congratulations shouldibecross! Take it easy recovering, sounds like you have been a hero!

Think I need to set phone reminders to do my pelvic floor exercises - I forget to do it often enough.

My milk is coming in too - I hope for a better night's sleep tonight!

shouldIbecrossaboutthis Sun 07-Oct-12 11:22:58

hey guys, update for yoy, my baby was born at home on the 5th, weighing 9lbs and back to back, from first 1cm to baby was 48 hrs. Sadly, 3rd degree tear so had to go get a spinal & stitches sad He's scrummy! Congratulaions Milk and funchum8am

Mikyahrose Sun 07-Oct-12 06:58:40

These maternity pads are certainly good. Of all the accidents I've had so far, not once have I needed to change knickers. Those pads have sucked it right up. I'm getting better now and managing to do pelvic floors. For the first few days I couldn't even pull the muscle down there, I tried, but couldn't figure out where it was.

Had the best sleep last night. Think my milk has properly come in now. So fed at 11.30 and he slept till 3.30! Was amazing. Still not in his crib though, but small steps and all that. Managed another 1 hour 40 after too.

funchum8am Sun 07-Oct-12 05:48:22

Milky I am having same bladder issues - one accident was only saved from being really embarrassing because of super effective maternity pad I was wearing!

I am starting back on the pelvic floor exercises today!

I had an episiotomy but haven't dared look yet....

Badgerina Sat 06-Oct-12 09:01:30

p.s you are very brave to look!!! grin

Badgerina Sat 06-Oct-12 09:01:04

Mikya I'm sure you were told this by your midwives, but you must do your pelvic floor exercises. Not only will this help with control and tone, but the increased blood flow to the area will aid healing wink

HeffalumpsAndGoldenWoozles Sat 06-Oct-12 08:40:29

"I've figured out where my hole is now"

That just made me snort my tea.

I've never dared look underneath, it feels ok and I was super lucky not to tear so I'm leaving it be.

<hopes the hole is still there>

grin

Mikyahrose Sat 06-Oct-12 04:40:20

It deffo was the 11th hour. smile

I have read that you heal quicker from a natural year, so fingers crossed. So far it's not been too bad. At actually looks ok down there, been doing daily mirror checks. My perineum is still quite swollen, but isn't purle anymore. And I've figured out where my hole is now, for a few days I thought I'd lost it! Sorry that bit was way too much info, but I'm happy to share. Been a bit stingy when weeing the last few days too but think that's because we've been out and I've not drank as much as I should, so have had stronger wees.
Also - last bit of foof talk, seem to have list control of my pelvic floor a bit. And few times have been unable to make it to the toilet. Hoping this will get better?

HeffalumpsAndGoldenWoozles Sat 06-Oct-12 02:43:12

Avoiding induction at the 11th hour mikyah that's great news so pleased for you! I love hearing people's birth stories, glad yours was reasonably quick and you managed to avoid an episiotomy too, am I right thinking that means you'll heal quicker from a natural tear?

DD is the same re sleeping but I don't think our bed is appropriate for co sleeping so as much as I really just want to cuddle up with her I'm trying to compromise and as she's in a 3 sided crib attached to our bed I've been scooting myself as close to her in there as I can. Not working tonight though as I'm still sat here holding her!

Mikyahrose Sat 06-Oct-12 02:25:08

Just posted this on another thread, thought you may all like a read too.

'Was due to be induced on Monday at 40+13. But naturally went into labour Sunday night (40+12).
We arrived at the hospital at 11pm, was examined but only 1cm. Was given cocodomol and told to rest. Examined again at 4am, 2cm. Given a shot of diamorphine to help me get some rest. Was told this wasn't a pain relief but would make me very sleepy, so I could sleep between contractions. Would also make baby drowsy, but would only last 4 hours and I wasn't even in active labour yet.
Examined at 8am hoping to be at least 3cm. And was 8!! Best news ever.
Started on the gas and air then, my waters were broken at 11am, i started pushing at midday, although I wasn't quite 10cm, but the mw said to just go with the contractions. He was finally born at 14.10 after over 2 hours of 2nd stage labour. Nearly had an episiotomy, got as far as having an anaesthetic put in, but managed to push his head out in the next contraction. Official labour time was 6 hours although my times from getting to hospital to birth was 14hours. Suffered a 1st degree tear, so had a few stitches.
All in all a good labour experience. Didn't get my water birth or delayed clamping, but hey ho.

Now all tucked up in bed feeding. The first night was great and he slept lots in his crib. But since then he's decided he doesn't like it. He sleeps well, but only on me. So I find myself managing to sleep but in awkward positions around him. But he's just too cute to be annoyed by this. '

And there you have it. My labour experience. smile

HeffalumpsAndGoldenWoozles Fri 05-Oct-12 23:19:44

Congrats mikyarose and milk, two more beautiful babies here to snuggle smile

funchum8am Fri 05-Oct-12 23:04:07

Congratulations milkyahrose!!

PollyIndia Fri 05-Oct-12 07:51:31

Ah congrats mikyahrose! I was wondering how you were doing

funchum8am Fri 05-Oct-12 02:34:16

DD is absolutely amazing...can't get over it all.

Am having the most horrendous night on the postnatal ward - the suffering some of these women are going through with no support and stuck in rooms of 4 people so no privacy, while trying to care for newborns, is horrific. I am really disgusted and will be writing to the hospital. Not a great start to parenthood for me either but at least I can go home tomorrow unlike some of the ladies stuck here for several days due to serious injuries from childbirth, or no support at home after c-sections etc sad

Happily DD is for now totally oblivious and fast asleep but I don't expect to get much sleep tonight if any!

Just feeding DD and thought I'd check for baby news. Huge congratulations to funchum, milk and mikyahrose! Enjoy your lovely new babies.

Xx

Mikyahrose Fri 05-Oct-12 00:00:22

Hey there ladies. Sorry to have taken so long in getting back on here and sharing my news.
I went into hospital Sunday night with contractions and my little boy was born 14.10 on Monday. Managed to miss being induced. All went well and we were home by 10pm Monday night.
Been a good few days and feel like we're all settling into parenthood nicely. Infact, I'm loving it!
Congratulations to everyone else who' s had thier little bundles too! x

He's here! All is grand But I'll let her properly announce with weigh/time etc grin

HeffalumpsAndGoldenWoozles Thu 04-Oct-12 23:54:40

Congrats funchum at last! Hope you're enjoying lots of cuddles now smile

lego any update on milk? Hope she's doing ok.

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