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#1 squeaza

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Posted 02 October 2010 - 02:31 PM

[knowing my usual post length this will be lonnggggg.... biggrin.gif ]

I had geared myself fully up for little Bumpy to be a late arrival - our whole family plus Simon's had all been late, and given the statistics it seemed likely.

We saw our obs last Monday and he'd confirmed that he was all happy, and still head downish but no-where near engaging really. He said it could happen that he drops suddenly or I go into labour, but he thought it unlikely.

We went around planning our week (hubby is on school holidays at the moment) around non-arrival of baby, and continued The Great Cookup (those of you on Facebook will have seen pictures of the copious amounts of food now in our freezer!), and went out shopping and catching up with friends.

I'd started having the odd painful contraction at night, but nothing regular, and we'd realised that a weird movement that I had attributed for months to the baby moving was actually probably a Braxton Hicks! On Wednesday night I went to a film with my family and basically had BH or sorer contractions the whole way through, but they then died down when I started moving. Once again when I got to bed they started up and I had to get up and have some panadol to go to sleep.

Thursday was just a normal day - made some cookies, listened to one of Simon's students play through her exam pieces for next week, we sat down and watched "The Business of Being Born" which is a doco about birthing and home-birthing in the US. Great stuff, and then we did a bit more going through some birthing videos and getting Simon to do some more reading. We made plans to go through a lot of the Birth Skills things on Friday - I'd read about half the book and was really enjoying it. Our doula was arriving back from holiday on Thursday evening so we were happy that we were set from then on.

Throughout this whole time I was probably having Braxton Hicks although with a bouncy baby I was having trouble distinguishing them so I just kept on going and didn't really think about anything! Gave a piano lesson at 8pm on thursday ohmy.gif and then sat and procrastinated on the TV and computer for a bit.

Suddenly at midnight, it felt like I had peed myself, which I obviously hadn't, so I thought blink.gif and off to the bathroom, where the water kept on pouring out of me! Caught a lot of it in an icecream container which was handy and it was slightly bloody and mucusy so thought that was the mucus plug and all was good. It kept on coming out so I woke up Simon and then went back to the toilet. As he ran around getting stuff, I got another container to catch some to take in to show them, and it was starting to go quite greenish wacko.gif so we gave the hospital a call and they said 'come straight in'. Grabbed bags (blissfully all packed except for more common clothes/bras for me) and into the car holding a takeaway container of amniotic fluid biggrin.gif I started shaking really badly because I suddenly couldn't feel the baby moving at all and it's the first time I've been really really panicky sad.gif

Got into hospital, leaving sodden towels on the seat of the car (god bless the midwife who told us all to keep towels there), and they popped me in a chair to check the baby was ok. Picked up a heartbeat right away (phew!) and sure enough the things that I had been assuming were BH were actually contractions blink.gif They said because of the meconium in the water they wanted to keep me there but were happy for labour to try to establish itself naturally, at which point the contractions started really hurting! We messaged my doula who had hopped off the plane with a tummy bug wacko.gif and we agreed to give her a call in a few hours to see if she could send a back-up.

We were popped in a room and given the oh-so-sexy disposable undies etc., and Simon whipped out my phone to time the contractions. They pretty much went from the BH type to painful ones, about a minute in length and 2-3 minutes apart unsure.gif I had been determined to not use drugs at first, so she showed me how to use the gas if I wanted it and left it there if I needed it. I was finding the contractions fine - was experimenting with positions that were comfortable and not, and just trying to breathe. As they got stronger started getting hubby involved, but wanted to keep some of the more drastic pain-coping mechanisms for later. I found the fitball, and noisy breathing/blowing worked really well - four good breaths got me over the wave of the pain and then I was good again. Got hubby to rub my hip blades as the pain moved there as well.

After a bit they wanted to just pop me on the monitor for another 10-20 minutes, but were happy for me to try to move around. I got on the fit ball because the bed was just ouchy, but each time I had a bad contraction and tried to move with it the baby's HR dropped a bit. Always picked up again but they weren't so happy with it. The contractions were still very frequent, and they kept me on the monitor. It all looked ok to us but not so good to the two midwives who were around a lot at this point sad.gif and after an hour of two they said they'd call my obs and ask his advice.

They then did an internal, and it was after that (they didn't tell me how far I was dilated, but the look on their face said very little sad.gif ) that they got onto him pronto. Basically they said the labour was progressing, but very slowly given the intensity/frequency of the contractions, and they didn't like his HR pattern at all - he was still fine, but every contraction was doing the opposite of what it should, and this coupled with the meconium in the waters was making them think that they couldn't leave me in labour for however long it took me to get to the pushing point sad.gif

After confirming that our obs was at another hospital between 2 emergency caesars, they arranged for him to come to us at 6am and he'd bring his favourite paediatrician as well.

I was really disappointed but it didn't seem like any of the nurses nor the doctor thought that anything else was going to be a good idea, so we continued with the labour until 6, feeling a bit deflated. It was still going all ok - they offered me drugs but it seemed silly to hold off them and then to use them at that point.

After that it was pretty much standard procedure - was changed and prepped as was Simon and then taken to theatre for the spinal block, which was all fine and ok. Found the caesarian so strange being able to feel everything so clearly but no pain. Finally after a lot of tugging out came our little boy wub.gif who pretty much got to shrieking straight away! He was cleaned up and then brought to me all bundled up for a hug or two. While they were cleaning him I was still mostly behind the screen and the first thing we heard was people going 'ooooh he's a redhead' and then lots of wailing - no doubt as to his lung function! Then Simon and baby went off to the nursery and I was sorted out. I got quite woozy from finding the breathing a bit hard so flat on my back and having my insides prodded around so was kept there to warm up and get some oxygen in. During this time the obs spoke to us briefly, and said that Edward was pretty firmly wedged in head-down, but no where near going down the pelvis yet, and that he had some questions about whether there was something from preventing him from going down at all. This would have been why the contractions weren't so popular with him as the were trying to push him somewhere he didn't want to go. He said he'd come around and see me and discuss it further anyway.

Finally, after being put under hot blankets etc. to get my temps up again it was finally off to the ward to properly meet my baby wub.gif He was very very hungry, had been trying to eat Simon for the hour they were together! So he kind of said 'hi' and then settled straight on the boob! No problems getting him on and he was away and it all went very well!

Our first day was wonderful - quite a blur as we were both completely sleep deprived (a taste of things to come!) and I could never really shut down to do more than a short doze. Little Eddie is a dream - seems to eat well and sleep well for now!

Caught up on some sleep last night and are settling into learning how to bathe and change nappies etc. etc. They got me off the drip and catheter and up and moving around last night and today (morphine assisted!)I'm already feeling really mobile and able to do a lot. We were initially just in one of the surgical patient rooms as the main maternity area was full but have been moved to a palatial room with a double bed, feeding chairs, baby sink, and enough space to fit a football team! We're all cleaned up and settling in for our afternoon nap now, a very happy and contented family unit (minus poor Ollie the cat who is at home with my SIL looking after him this afternoon).

All in all, I was a bit saddened to not have been able to deliver without the caesar, but the whole experience was completely calm and controllable and I never really felt that my body or mind was letting me down. The paediatrician came around this morning and said that they're all thrilled with how Edward is going smile.gif

Thank you for reading if you got this far - we are very much in love with our little boy, and although I couldn't imagine what it would be like being a mum beforehand, now he's here it's just the most natural thing in the world wub.gif
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#2 Camilla

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Posted 02 October 2010 - 02:50 PM

How wonderful! I'm glad you are up and about and just loving being a Mum.
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#3 claire_p

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Posted 02 October 2010 - 03:06 PM

Congratulations Louisa biggrin.gif Cant wait to see some pics of little Edward wub.gif
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Posted 02 October 2010 - 03:11 PM

I'm glad that things turned out well - and that they got little Edward out safe and sound.

Congratulations again Louisa smile.gif

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Posted 02 October 2010 - 03:43 PM

Congratulations hun, sounds like you did such a great job getting your little man here safe and sound wub.gif

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Posted 02 October 2010 - 04:07 PM

Congratulations! What an auspicious birthday too biggrin.gif You did very well and I can't believe how coherent you are so soon after having him! I couldn 't even text people properly for a day or two, my brain seemed to have gone AWOL!
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Posted 02 October 2010 - 04:16 PM

What a lovely birth story! It's wonderful that you felt you had such a positive birth experience even though you couldnt have birth you were planning. Congratulations! smile.gif
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Posted 02 October 2010 - 04:16 PM

I've been waiting for this story smile.gif What an awesome birthdate Edward picked!!!

It sounded like you had a great experience despite it not going to plan. I can't wait to hear more about little Edward over the next few months, enjoy your baby cuddles wub.gif
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Posted 02 October 2010 - 06:46 PM

Congratulations, sounds like you are loving being a Mum, cant wait to see a pic!!

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Posted 02 October 2010 - 07:13 PM

Congratulatoins! Sounds like your brought Edward into the world perfectly! Enjoy your baby moon!
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Posted 02 October 2010 - 07:35 PM

Congratulations on birthing your perfect boy smile.gif
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Posted 02 October 2010 - 07:47 PM

Congratulations to you and Simon, Louisa. And welcome baby Edward, such a sweet name wub.gif

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Posted 02 October 2010 - 07:49 PM

Congratulations on the safe arrival of Edward. It seems like your settling into life as a family really well smile.gif

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Posted 02 October 2010 - 08:44 PM

Congratulations Louisa!! What a lovely birth story, I'll have to pop onto FB to check out some pictures of little Eddie!!!
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Posted 02 October 2010 - 09:07 PM

I am in awe of you posting this so soon laugh.gif

Congrats on the birth of your gorgeous boy Louisa I think he is one luck boy to have you as his mum.

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