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tiredoutgran Fri 07-Feb-14 03:31:30

waiting for my middle daughter to ring to say her first baby has arrived? She went into labour at midnight yesterday and is still there, progressing slowly. I am gutted for her in a way, my longest of 3 labours was 7 hours start to finish, her elder sister was the same with hers and I had so hoped she would have a short labour, I almost (note only almost) wish I could be taking the pain for her. I can't wait to meet him though!

woodlandwanderwoman Fri 07-Feb-14 20:18:20

They are all very lucky to have you smile

AlwaysDancing1234 Fri 07-Feb-14 15:30:10

You already look after 4 GC too - I think you should change your name to Supergran!!

tiredoutgran Fri 07-Feb-14 15:22:08

thank you all. I haven't met him, I am waiting for her to come home a little later on rather than have to take the 4 Dgc who live with me to the hospital. I am just going to nip round on my own for half an hour to meet him and then leave them to rest. She and DP are living with her dad at the moment so that they can save for a deposit on a house, I know he knows what he is doing with babies and will spoil her rotten. I wish I could just be there 24/7 for a few days for her but the other children make it impossible, I think she would prefer the peace and quiet to having 4 (noisy)children there. Two of the girls were ill earlier this week too and I definitely don't want them taking any germs round to the baby.

Lj8893 Fri 07-Feb-14 14:49:40

Congratulations to all!!!!

When I gave birth my mum was just finishing work and thought she would pop up to the labour ward (she works next to the hospital) to see how I was, I'd only been in hospital for an hour.

As she was walking up the stairs my dp came flying down them and told her we had a dd. Shock for my mum (and all of us) as it all happened so quickly!!

ChubbyKitty Fri 07-Feb-14 14:40:34

Yay congratulations!grin

VoldysGoneMouldy Fri 07-Feb-14 13:52:18

Congratulations grin x

woodlandwanderwoman Fri 07-Feb-14 13:37:38

Congratulations to all!! You must be so relieved and overjoyed!

Tiredoutgran, when I had my ds last year, our parents did two things which meant a lot to us and really made the transition easier. I hope you don't mind if I share, I know all family relationships are different though.

The first thing they did which was amazing was bring us food. Not frozen or dried things, but fresh salads, freshly roasted chicken, a bolognese, cut fruit salads. All were in portions / quantities small enough not to go to waste and to allow me to snack on when I had two seconds to as the concept of "meals" went out the window. If they came over in an evening they brought a whole meal over with them, we say down together and ate it, then they cleared it up and took it home with them again. Only small, but I will never forget the thought!

I credit eating really well the first few weeks with a successful start to bf, our parents and my dh were a huge part of this. If it hadn't been for them I'd have lived on biscuits and dry cereal!!

Secondly, they gave us space. I know they worried and wanted to help every moment of the day, but they made it very clear to us that they were there when we needed them... Not all the time. We had great support from NCT friends who were going through the same thing as we were, and between the help from these friends and the love of our family, I look back and think we had a pretty good first few months.

Enjoy your beautiful new grandchild and congrats again! xx

Pigletin Fri 07-Feb-14 12:03:37

Congratulations! How exciting!

Did you meet him yet?

AlwaysDancing1234 Fri 07-Feb-14 11:48:28

Congratulations gran lots of brew and cake for you and your daughter

scantilymad Fri 07-Feb-14 11:27:17

Oh that's a great surprise! Brilliant. Well done to mum and congratulations x

ThistleLickerIsGoingToBeAMummy Fri 07-Feb-14 11:19:00

Congratulation and thanks

tiredoutgran Fri 07-Feb-14 11:13:29

He had arrived at 05.39, how spot on were you Jerecho smile I haven't spoken to her yet but both ok and dad happy so I have just managed a couple of hours. Thanks to those who kept me going throughout the night x

thesnowmanrocks Fri 07-Feb-14 07:23:01

Any news of new arrival?

thanks, brew and cake for new mummy when she's done!

MyNameIsKenAdams Fri 07-Feb-14 06:57:56

Hope you wake up to lovely news this morning!

EeyoreIsh Fri 07-Feb-14 06:51:57

This was my mum 12 days ago! I had a 48 hour labour and my mum kept asking for updates.... bless her but a wee bit annoying!

I hope everything is going well with your daughter and you have wonderful news soon thanks

Haahoooo Fri 07-Feb-14 06:41:38

Good luck gran, I'm sure you'll have news soon!

When my waters broke in the late evening my whole family (including DPs) had their mobiles switched off! confused

Luckily in a way it was then another 2 days before DD was born...

Redirected Fri 07-Feb-14 06:23:50

gran you are very normal! I didn't manage any sleep either, when DD was in labour. However, the pacing didn't leave a permanent track mark smile

The wait is awful, and I hope the call comes soon, but you will get through the day on a wave of 'new granny' excitement and shopping for baby presents so don't worry too much.


tiredoutgran Fri 07-Feb-14 06:13:33

believe me, it flies, it doesn't seem 2 minutes since she was only 2 smile

crashbangboom Fri 07-Feb-14 05:55:09

How exciting! I expect I'll be the same when my DD is in labour....she's only 2 though so a long way off!

tiredoutgran Fri 07-Feb-14 05:43:00

thanks all. Jenecho, I have avoided trying to call her because I was on the phone every bloody hour before she went in, driving her mad, I have to admit to a sneaky call to the delivery suite just after 3, only didn't they grass me up by going and getting her DP! I tend not to sleep well as it is so there is absolutely no chance with this wait, I asked her partner to text me when he had arrived. All I can say is thank God there were no mobile phones when I had mine, I wouldn't have expected a call from her really, it would have been the last thing I would have wanted to do, but I reckon him texting whilst she drinks a well earned cup of tea will be doable!

jenecho Fri 07-Feb-14 05:31:49

Tired out gran- go to bed!!! She may already have given birth and either not wanted to disturb you or not been able to contact you yet and you are doing nobody any favours sitting up all night waiting to hear- she may need your help tomorrow, so the best thing you can do for her is get some rest so that you are able to help when she needs you!

with dd1 my mum was offended that it took a couple of hours for me to ring, but you have to remember that it isn't all magically over as soon as the baby pops out. It might take a good few hours for the placenta, stitches, first feed etc, so the first opportunity to start ringing is a few hours later. Also, hospital may have no mobile phone policy and our hospital had signs forbidding you plugging in your phone charger in the delivery room!

with dd2, we had problems after she was born and she was taken to special care- this time it took three hours before i had been stitched up and wheeled down to see and feed her. I didn't get back to my phone until 5am, and then deliberately waited another hour to text my DM as i didn't want to wake her with worrying news especially as she needed to look after dd1 and would have woken her with the flapping and phone calls, so i left it until six, when dd1 would have been waking her anyway, then tried to get some sleep myself having been up all night.

so go get some rest... I hope everything is fine with your DD and GC, but you need rest if you are going to be able to help her over the next few days!

scantilymad Fri 07-Feb-14 05:29:21

How exciting! Best wishes to mother and baby. Hopefully there will be news soon! Have lots of tea in the meantime x

JapaneseMargaret Fri 07-Feb-14 05:16:47

Donna - sorry to hear about all you're going through. I would suggest starting your own thread, rather than asking these questions on gran's thread, as everyone coming onto this thread will be focusing on gran. smile

Hopefully not too much longer for your daughter, gran - how exciting!

donnakebab49 Fri 07-Feb-14 05:13:31

PS i'm new on here and i forgot to add my last message was for tiredoutgran. lol.

donnakebab49 Fri 07-Feb-14 05:10:33

Oh you must be so nervous, i was climbing the wall when my daughter went into labour last year (3rd Feb). Everything went great eventually. I'll be thinking of you and let me know how it goes?

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