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merryberry Mon 18-Jul-05 09:11:52

We welcomed the lovely Vincent Gil Stephenson in a central London hospital at 0407hrs on 07/07/05after 51 hours of induction for pre-eclampsia and a heroic avoidance of intervention by yours truly for a natural delivery. Watching medics out of the corner of your eye as they unsheath weird scissors and check the clunk-click of unspecified other bits of elephant sized kit can't half add that persil power to your push.

As well as to DP, much respect and undying love to the outstandingly competent and calm midwife who stood by me through the last 6 hours.

Despite the elation and falling in love activity caused by looking at my long (52cm) and lovely (7lb 1oz my chin, dad's build) young man, I then had, as you can well imagine, a ghastly 36 hours as bombs went off in bloody mockery of all the effort and love I'd seen and felt myself while in labour. The hospital was closed to admissions and most visitors. It instantly hit a nasty staffing crisis with no transport links. DP who is now officially my all time one and all hero had narrowly passed through the bomb areas to go home after the birth and then had to walk across London back to me at lunchtime - and home again that night.

Postnatal ward in state of meltdown with no midwives. Had a terrible time there. My old nursing instincts kept me wanting to help and I did what I could but I'm still not well myself yet with BP raised and oedema just about everywhere. Vin was feeding like a fury and we left late Friday night to come home despite some pressure to stay for my health. I couldn't bear it though and still hadn't slept more than 1.5 hours a night since Sunday.

Eerie ride in a cab on our usual routes. Horrible to see the rescue vehicles till working, and my old haunts sheeted off and batteries of satellite news vans still knocking around. Streets, bars, restaurants mainly open, but mainly empty.

We had an OK Friday night except Vin now worrying me as I thought he was desperately thirsty despite feeding well and fontanels looking good. Called my mum first thing and asked her to head down early. I was crying like a leaky bucket and thought it was just hormones. I now think it was instinct. Trust it!

Vin promptly turned banana yellow before breakfast. My young prince cannot have a touch of jaundice like 80% do but must become the
yellow peril and need treatment. Probably caused by the arduous long labour.

He was admitted to another hossie's neonatal intensive care unit and responded well in 3 days to phototherapy and rehydratin. He had to lie there, be fed and watered by drip, soak up the sun lamp and generally be chilled. His mum, dad and nan sparked out with terror and tears on first sight of the place. My heart goes out to the other parents. We felt like imposters with our large bonny lad where some of their kiddies are such mini-mites:-(

Having insanely but wisely persisted with demand breast feeding from home while he was in NICU for 3 days we got one of the rare rooming-in facilities where we could pull it together quietly for a few days while they finished Vin's infection screen. We came back home Thursday pm showered with the neonatal unit’s best wishes to the extent that we almost miss them. But not quite! Vin is a charmer, and his mum has her sense of humour back, so we were good company for nurses used to preemies and their scared parents I think. He is in full-on new baby mode now: plump, voracious, loud, sleepy. His infection screen was clear so his diagnosis was severe jaundice and dehydration subsequent to long labour.

PS Things Vin aka the Whiffler aka BabyBuddha aka Babybug aka Prince Vince aka Buglet aka Bubbakins …ad nauseum… has done for the 1st time recently:

Gone out in pram

Met (and charmed) a park wino

Spotted himself in a mirror

Had a snifter of Bollinger in his mum’s milk

Had a bath

Sucked his first cloth book

Solved world peace

OK, I lie about the last one.

koalabear Mon 18-Jul-05 09:15:18

merryberry - what a fantastic post - well done and congrats, and welcome to the world Vin!

hunkermunker Mon 18-Jul-05 09:17:12

What an incredible birth story! Welcome to the world, Prince Vince

Hulababy Mon 18-Jul-05 09:22:30

Congratulations and welcome to Vincent

almostanangel Mon 18-Jul-05 09:24:54

thank you............ what a wonderful way you put all that congratulations![and with regards to world peace....he may do that when hes older!]

anorak Mon 18-Jul-05 09:35:19

Wow merryberry! What a rollercoaster! Congratulations to you

throckenholt Mon 18-Jul-05 09:40:01

a busy few days then .

Hope it is all plain sailing from now on.

Carla Mon 18-Jul-05 09:49:00

Fab post, merryberry!

bee3 Mon 18-Jul-05 10:16:31

Congratulations . I loved your post, such humour and love showing through what must have been a emotional rollercoater. Welcome Vincent.

Heathcliffscathy Mon 18-Jul-05 10:21:51

wow. you should be so proud of yourself and dh and little vincent. and it sounds like you are. congratulations. he's v lucky to have a mum like you.

i hope you print out and keep at least the first post on this thread btw for posterity.

dinosaur Mon 18-Jul-05 13:11:44

Wow - what a dramatic entry to the world! Vin sounds lovely - well done!

merryberry Mon 18-Jul-05 14:02:26

Oh my word you are all so kind. And the midwife has just been and he's shot up to 7lb 80z, having started at 7lbs 10z and dropped 10% of that through bilirubin dehydration.

I am really chuffed by your words and his weight, thank you all. xfx

compo Mon 18-Jul-05 14:06:48

fantastic post. You should write an article for a London paper on your perspective of events

almostanangel Mon 18-Jul-05 14:58:53

am looking forward to a month by month instalment

astonished Mon 18-Jul-05 15:14:43

Congratulations, your birth story made fantastic reading and as a non Londoner made me think of the whole situation in a completely different way. Well Done for sticking too your guns you have every right to be proud xxxx

tabitha Mon 18-Jul-05 15:18:38

Lovely post, merryberry. Very interesting and well-written. I particularly identified with you getting 'persil power' added to your push when you saw the scary-looking medical implements
Many congratulations on the birth of your son - he sounds like a real star

Frizbe Mon 18-Jul-05 15:19:58

Totally agree with compo there! and very many congrats to you and yours.

Moomin Mon 18-Jul-05 16:07:20

many many congrats to you, yours and Vincent. Not exactly the same, but I had dd the day before 9/11 with dd's godmother caught up in the middle of it. Remember shuffling down to watch ward tv clutching dd to my chest wondering what kind of world I'd brought her into. I cut out certain bits of the news reports and stuck them into her baby book - not a very 'baby' thing to do but I felt it was a momentous couple of days so needed doing. All power to you XXX

matthewsmummy Mon 18-Jul-05 17:59:57

congrtaulations and welcome to little vin.

loved your post, must have been quite an experience for you.

glad all is ok now

take care xxx

bubble99 Mon 18-Jul-05 23:16:50

What a fantastic post! Particularly your burst of persil power . Big congratulations to the merryberry family. XX

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