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8 years too late, but here goes: BabyLindor arrives, late but perfect

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MmeLindt · 27/04/2010 06:44

It is my DD's 8th Birthday today. Back then I was not on MN so I thought I would write down my birth story today.

On 26th April 2002 I was called into hospital to be induced, 13 days over my due date with no signs of imminent labour. After trying EVERYTHING that had been suggested to kick start labour (including acupuncture which resulted in me fainting on the poor midwife but not one little twinge) I was ready, even eager to be induced.

I was given a pessary at midday and told to wander around the grounds of the hospital. DH and I walked aimlessly up and down the corridors, into the garden, passing a lot of people who smiled and nodded. Incredible how friendly folk are to a pregnant woman in a hospital - perhaps they are just terrified and hoping to get away fast.

By 8pm things were starting to get more interesting, I was having pains that I had to breathe through. We were moved onto the labour ward and monitored to make sure the baby was fine. The midwife suggested a bath but I spent only 10 minutes in there before feeling dizzy.

In the early hours of the morning the midwife examined me. Expecting to be told that I was already 7 or 8cm dilated, I could have whalloped her when she said 3 cm. By this point I was on a drip. The doctor advised upping the dose and must have noticed me drawing breath to scream as she offered me an epidural in the same breath. By this point I was getting tired and disheartened by the lack of progress so agreed.

It took another hour to find someone in the hospital to do bloods and a free anaesthetist, but once it was in I was amazed at the difference. I was able to regroup and gather strength. I pootled along until around 11.30am when things started hotting up. I was fully dilated, and was told I could start to push.

DD was born just after midday, a shock of jet black hair, a tiny wee person, a wail. My baby. OMG. We had made a baby!

It hit me then that our lives had changed forever. DH and I were left alone with DD for a while and I gave him a present, a new wedding ring as he had lost his. With our newborn daughter between us I whispered the wedding vows as I slipped his ring on his fingers.

"Before God, and in the presence of our daughter, Catriona Francesca, I declare my love for you, promise to love you and cherish you, in good times and bad times, in sickness and in health, as long as we both shall live."

And now I have to go and take my 8yo DD to school

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RatherBeOnThePiste · 27/04/2010 06:51

Congratulations! Reading this is a fabulous and uplifting way for me to start my day!

Happy Birthday to your DD

TheJollyPirate · 27/04/2010 06:51

Oh that's lovely.

Happy Birthday to Catriona too.

WelliesAndPyjamas · 27/04/2010 06:55

oh, how lovely [sniff sniff]
what a nice idea to write the BA on her birthday hope she has a special day

(how are you keeping btw?)

MmeLindt · 27/04/2010 08:16

Thanks all. Had champagne and orange juice for breakfast so feeling rather mellow and relaxed this morning.

I am doing very well thanks. Not been on the the FOOC thread for ages, is it still going? Hope you are doing well.

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BigBadMummy · 27/04/2010 08:20

Yeah thanks for that MmeLindt.

I am sobbing now. Big fat tears rolling down my cheeks at you saying your vows again and giving DH a new ring.

What a lovely story, thank you for sharing it with us!

Even if I do need to now go and wipe mascara off my cheeks.

And happy birthday to Catriona Francesca.

MmeLindt · 27/04/2010 08:51

Sorry, BBM.

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MmeLindt · 27/04/2010 18:44

Tipsy bump

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Fimbo · 09/05/2010 20:36

Belated birthday wishes to Catriona (is it Cat - riona or Katrina?)

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