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

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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.

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

ConstanceNoring Tue 06-Sep-11 09:53:00

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.

MmeLindor. 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 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.


StealthPolarBear Tue 06-Sep-11 10:24:38

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

RegLlamaOfBrixton Tue 06-Sep-11 11:30:37

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.

StealthPolarBear Tue 06-Sep-11 20:58:24

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)

StealthPolarBear Tue 06-Sep-11 22:03:46


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

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