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StealthPolarBear Wed 23-Sep-09 00:36:35

Well, despite being on MN for a lot of my labour, I'd like to write the story in full in one go!

My contractions started at 8ish on Thursday night, but as usual I didn't have a clue what they were - wind, sitting uncomfortably, wishful thinking? Anyway, called my parents at 9 and agreed if I kept getting them they'd come and collect DS at 10. At this stage they were 15-20 mins apart and not bad. Anyway, parents took DS and I continued, going in the bath (thanks mears!) seemed to slow them down a bit, and I got about 4 hours sleep before they woke me up (during which I dreamt I was having contractions, but had gone to a really important work meeting anyway, in the snow hmm).
I continued trying to time the contractions but they never seemed to get much worse until the late afternoon I think. By 8pm on Friday I decided I needed to go into hospital, saying I would cry if I was only 2cm. Yes, you guessed it, I was 2cm. I cried. While I was there the woman who was due to come and do my sweep the next day turned up to ask if the MW examining me could do the sweep anyway. MW said she couldn't as her fingers weren't long enough so sweep woman came and did it, at which point I became 3cm.
Well the sweep seemed to work, almost immediately the contractions got much worse and much closer together. I was sent home to have something to eat, but there's no way I could have done that and I also couldn't watch TV with DH. All I could do was write OWWWWW on MN! I sent DH to bed at 9 as I thought we'd end up going out again and wanted him to have some rest. Just before 10 I decided we needed to go in again, so woke him up as he'd just fully gone to sleep - I seriously considered offering to drive at this point!
Anyway we got to the hospital without any major collisions (I had to navigate the car park, which DH has been to many times before ) and went back up to the maternity ward. It was incredibly busy in its own right, and a new mother had just been taken to intensive care so we were understandably taken to a room and left to get on with it. I had a couple of really painful contractions while clinging on to DH and then asked him to get me some water. The one I had without him was unbearable and I pressed the button for help, asking for G&A. The MW gave me it and said she'd examine me again so we knew the options for pain relief. Bearing in mind this was about 2 hours since I'd been 2cm, I was fully expecting to ask for an epidural. She examined me and apparently I was more than 9cm dilated, and I almost cried with relief. Anyway, pushing was just as horrendous as I remember from last time, but thankfully much shorter, and Alice was born at 11.26 She was 7lb and I discovered she was a girl myself (but had to ask someone else to confirm it!)
I had asked to see the placenta, just wanted a quick glance but the MW talked me through her checks - have to admit I lost interest as I had a newborn on me! I thought I'd see what I'd do if I offered her my nipple (baby, not MW) and she latched on straight away and fed for about 45 minutes Then shower and moved to the postnatal ward, luckily I wasn't there for much of that night and then was discharged the next day.
Alice is lovely, so tiny, and at the moment so sleepy. She also seems to feed quickly and can fall asleep in my arms, unlike DS who had to be fed to sleep. Hoping it lasts!

lockets Wed 23-Sep-09 00:37:58

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cheesesarnie Wed 23-Sep-09 00:39:20

congratulations!!!!welcome to the world alice!!lovely name and lovely birth story!

loved ' I thought I'd see what I'd do if I offered her my nipple (baby, not MW)'grin

StealthPolarBear Wed 23-Sep-09 00:44:02

Thank you
Forgot to mention, after a rocky start DS loves her! It's lovely when I take her upstairs in the morning and I can hear him shout "Mummy...Alice", so excited at seeing us

lockets Wed 23-Sep-09 00:49:27

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StealthPolarBear Wed 23-Sep-09 00:50:49

ahh, bet he is spoiled

lockets Wed 23-Sep-09 00:55:09

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verylittlecarrot Wed 23-Sep-09 00:56:04

CONGRATULATIONS!

Lovely story, lovely name - and I'm thrilled for you about the 2cm to 9cm speed of progress!

Enjoy the lovely hazy early newborn days. Aaaahhh. smile

lockets Wed 23-Sep-09 00:57:05

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mumhadenough Wed 23-Sep-09 01:04:27

Awwww she's gorgeous! Such perfect little features smile

Congrats x

MoonlightMcKenzie Wed 23-Sep-09 08:57:39

Yay, - what a lovely story!

rubyslippers Wed 23-Sep-09 09:00:08

massive congratulations!

lovely name ... great story

enjoy your babymoon smile

Knickers0nmahead Wed 23-Sep-09 09:03:03

Congrats!!!

comewhinewithme Wed 23-Sep-09 09:03:52

Congratulations I have an Alice too lovely name.

StealthPolarBear Wed 23-Sep-09 13:40:53

Thank you, yes the top two are her at 1 day and then 1 hour old, I know I'm biased but I think she's the cutest little thing I've ever seen!

sheeplikessleep Wed 23-Sep-09 13:44:57

Congratulations Stealth smile

BunnyLebowski Wed 23-Sep-09 13:49:37

Oh Stealth she is absolutely beautiful <wipes tear from eye>. Sob.

Well done lady!

And Alice is a fabulous name.

God you've just increased my broodiness levels by about a ZILLION. I want one!!!!

Scorps Wed 23-Sep-09 13:51:09

grin Well done and welcome Alice

Your description of her first feed is lovely. And my ds2 was like that with dd when she was born - she is 17 months now and it still hasn't worn off!

FabBakerGirlIsBack Wed 23-Sep-09 13:53:33

Well done you!!

Fab name.

Gorgeous baby. (haven't looked at the photo yet but just know she is).

Is the other mum okay?

Rindercella Wed 23-Sep-09 14:02:15

Many congratulations smile

StealthPolarBear Wed 23-Sep-09 17:36:39

thanks everyone
FBG I don't know didnt like to ask. there was someone on the PN ward too who seemed to be having a bit of a rough time, I wanted to say hi but she always had the curtain drawn so i took that as wanting privacy

FabBakerGirlIsBack Wed 23-Sep-09 17:40:08

sad for them, hope they are okay. When I had DS I had my curtains shut all the time as I was scared of anyone looking at me.

Sorry to bring your lovely thread down.

belgo Wed 23-Sep-09 17:44:16

Congratulations! Alice is a lovely name. It's wonderful that moment of discovering if your baby is a boy or a girl, that's my best memory eversmile

claireybee Wed 23-Sep-09 17:44:48

Congratulations, she is beautiful

StealthPolarBear Wed 23-Sep-09 19:51:29



I know FBG. I think the girl next to me was OK, just having a few feeding problems but I know what it's like when you're just desperate to go home I did wish I had MN so I could ask WWYD: girl next to me has had her curtain closed all the time I've been here, should I say hello?

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