IN fact worst day with ds1 for over 2 years. I dn't think it was xmas in particular that was the problem as he started screaming and shouting before he could even have realised that anything was different. And continued all day. Literally.
At about 6pm I went all dizzy and thought I was going to pass out. My mum (a nurse) took my blood pressure and the bottom reading was well over 100 (having been 65 2 days previously) so up to hospital for monitering. Had a lovely relaxing few hours (seriously!) waiting for blood test results etc during which my blood pressure dropped- all pre-eclampsia screens were normal - so they said it must have been stress realted (!!) They probably thought I'd been getting stressed over a turkey (didn't bother mentioning ds1).
Got home at 11pm and ds1 was still up and still screaming- practically hysterical by now. Finally he fell asleep at midnight and dh and I opened our pressies.
WHilst all this was going on was trying to keep some sort of normal xmas going for ds2 as he was really into it. Doing things differently next year (buying ds1 a load of small toy cars etc that he can play with and explore independently and dumping them in his room unwrapped- think it might work better.
And what am I doing up at 3.35am? Wondering whether I'm in early labour (ds1 induced, ds2 electve section). It's been so long since I've had an antenatal class that I thought that it wasn't labour until contractions were lasting 2 minutes- but having just looked it up in some book realised that not true and these "braxton hicks" that have woken me up and are keeping me awake may actually be the start. Just wondering whether to try and get some sleep but they're coming every 20 mins which is making it hard! SO distracting myslef on mumsnet instead.
Should just add he was lovely all boxing day. Woke up at normal time so thought he was going to be tired and hideous all day, but he was a delight. Funny, cheeky and very cuddly. On xmas day he was flipping about the microwave at my parents house- wanted it on all the time and screamed if it went off or if something was wrong. Boxing day he was picking up various cups, shoving them at us saying 'microwave" then killing himself laughing when we said "bye bye microwave".
And he fed the fish chocolate buttons, which is copying, kind of (he knows about fish food).
Hi - what a hellish day! I think we're all exhausted and drained after Christmas, but your day sounds the prizewinner. Sorry to hear it was so rough. When are you due? BTW, I'm up because I'm in America at the moment......so you're 6 hours ahead of me.....you must be almost delirious by now.
due on Friday..... Dh describes me as the amazing non-labouring woman as I always have slow build ups. Really not sure whether this is false labour and am thinking that I ought to go and get some sleep. DH is meant to be picking up his parents from the airport (2 and a half hour round trip) tomorrow am and am wondering whether to let him go. He's take autistic ds1, but I'd still have 2 year old ds2- would be just my luck to get a change in tempo when alone with a toddler!
I think I need to drink 8oz of water then lie on my left side-apparently if its not true labour then contractions will stop and I can get some sleep. The other slight confusion is because I've had 2 previous sections been told I need continuous monitoring in labour- don't want to go in too early but am obviously nervous about leaving it too late!