So I’m now 2 days over my due date and after seeing the midwife on Tuesday for my sweep I can finally say I think things are moving.
I managed to have a lovely long lie in this morning due to Bets having a sleep over at her Nain & Taids house and I think from waking up from that I have felt slightly different. I’ve noticed over the last couple of days that my bowls have been looser and I’ve been loosing the mucusy plug, which today has turned a little more ‘streaked’ as they say. So all good signs.
Then about 3pm today whilst playing in the garden, I noticed I was having quite a crampy period sensation down below, one that I haven’t felt yet through the pregnancy, one that felt very different to him just moving about. I know I’ve been waiting for it and I’ve really been wondering how would I know that I’m going into labour or that they are contractions but when they come you just know. They are just a different feeling that you can’t really ignore and the way it builds to a peak and then settles off again is something that just triggers that feeling of just knowing!
So we’ve sort of timed them over the last hour or so and I think they’re happening about 10-15minutes apart lasting about 30seconds. I’ve got my app out to time them for the next couple of hours to see how we get on. They’re not painful, they just feel like a period cramp that catches your attention, and they aren’t really dying down if I move position. So all good things!!
Thats where we’re up to at this point in time 16.42pm so I’ll continue to write if it changes over the next few hours! This is something I don’t want to forget again, it’s really nice to be able to look back and see how it all went and it’s something I can’t really remember much about in the process of having Betsie!
Sooo oo we are now four days on and in the whirlwind of what happened I haven’t been able to carry on writing. So now we will look back from that point…
The contractions went to about 8 minutes lasting about 45seconds and then to 5 minutes, at that point we thought it might be worth popping into the hospital to be checked over. I’ve always had the thought in the back of my mind that mum was so much quicker with my brother, that I might be too.
We got to the hospital and I was examined really quickly, I was 1.5cm dilated so it was suggested I went home and came back in if they became much quicker and more painful. We’re only 15 mins from the hospital so an easy ride in. I was really pleased we could go back, we went to say good night to Betsie and then headed back, had a shower and a pizza and by that point whether it was because I was moving around lots, they really kicked up a gear. I wasn’t in pain but every contraction I was having to stand and bend over the sofa and they were coming thick and fast, 1.30minutes lasting a minute! I rang the hospital back up and they advised I came back in.
They setteled back off a little in the car, going to every 4minutes which was nice as I got a little rest ha. We arrived at the hospital at 9.15pm and the midwife examined me again. I was about 6-7cm, so in the three hours from the last check things had moved on pretty quickly. She started running the pool for me and moved us over to the disco room (yes they had a disco ball in there) Those pools take a rather long time to run, but at about 10pm I was able to get in. The relaxation hit me immediately, it’s just so relaxing and having the weight of your bump lifted makes everything feel so much better. After about 10minutes in there I needed to push, it really amazes me how your body just starts doing it, I was breathing through it all really well and staying in control. Unfortunately because of my haemorrhage last time they wanted me to get out the pool to have him, which of course I was totally gutted about as I would of liked to deliver him like I did Betsie, but I understood where they were coming from and didn’t need any complications. So around 10.30-10.40pm (little bit of a blur) I got out and jumped on the bed. A couple of pushes later he was born at 10.57pm, placenta delivered easily after and no haemorrhage! Hurrah!!
I didn’t need any stitches and after a couple of hours felt great. We were left to chill out until around 1.30am so I managed to have a shower and freshen up and then we moved to our room, which Curt was allowed to stay in. It was nice nice to have our own little room and our first night just the three of us, knowing our big girl was soundly sleeping and would be coming to see us first thing! It was a good night, little man slept well and was feeding well too, so I was one happy mama!
Betsie came the next morning with her Aunties and Sebby and her little face walking in and meeting him was just something I’ll just never forget. She was so excited and happy but acted slightly coy. She came over to Curt and instantly wanted to touch him and hold him. It was the sweetest thing!
We all had about an hour together full of cuddles and kisses and then the Aunties left and we were there just the four of us, for the first time. It was amazing, even though we were in the hospital and a cramped little room, being there together just made it so special.
Mum came over a little bit later, as we were rounding up with all the checks etc (they did them so quickly I was so impressed) She’d brought us some yummy tiger bread and other treats so we scoffed those and packed up ready to leave. We were outta there by 1.30pm, woo yeah!!
Our first few days have been dreamy and we love him so so much. It’s just amazing how much love you can have for someone you’ve just met.
I’ll do a little post about our first week over the next few days 😉
Welcome little man!
Bodie Mark Emrys Hughes x 9.06.2016 x
Weighing 8lbs 11oz Born at 10.57pm
The morning before it all began!