I pop out for a few days and look what happens
Congratulations to newmum99 and chloe, pa82 and erika, aliyah's mum and tyra, lovethesun and hugo!
Hope things are going well for those still waiting - cassi8, aussieazsx, anneekins....
Henry Quinn joined us on Mon 23/8/11 at 5.23pm after 15 or so hours of labour. He came in at 3.132 kg (just under 7 pound). He is feeding well, although we are having some issues with cracks, but will re-read all advice seen in earlier posts and get that sorted. Milk is yet to come in and feeling a little nervous about that
It feels as though we had two labours. Labour started unexpectedly, but in a nice calm fashion on Monday at 2am. No show, plug, anything. Just light cramps in the days leading up and then laying in bed with insomnia, felt my first long 'contracting' period pain which went for maybe 30 secs or so. I had a second and got up. Woke DP 1.5hrs later, laboured at home in bath, shower and with my new BFF tens machine until about 8am when I was worried about the traffic on way to hosp and hot water running out at home. We headed to hospital with contractions about 3mins apart and going for a minute or so. We went on monitor and all was great. Had a VE a little later and the mw was very surprised as we were already at 8cm! So thrilled, as I was just hoping they wouldn't send us home. Went into delivery suite and continued with things. Didn't even open labour bag except to get new battery for tens and a water bottle - haha all that planning. Didn't go back in water, even though it worked beautifully at home, I was not letting go of my new BFF!
We all thought we'd be done by lunch, so it was frustrating to continue all day. We tried pushing a little, but nothing going. We did eventually get fully dilated and waited until my body insisted on pushing which started around 3.30 I think. I pushed for 1.5hours with bugger all progress, my poor vagina and bottom (laurenelissa, I now know what you mean by baboon butt
An ob came in and gave me some delightful VE's during contractions and then did a scan to discover Henry had decided to get himself a little crooked. This is when it seems my first labour ended. We then after many tears from me and reassurance from everyone else decided to head to theatre. The plan was to try an instrumental delivery with the assumption that we would probably need a caesar. Then all went rushed, gowns on, DP and me freaking out a little, the bed being wheeled through hosp etc.
It was upsetting to say the least that I was not able to finish as naturally as we had begun, but Henry is here after a spinal block and forceps delivery (yay no caesar! and that spinal block taking affect is my second best BFF
). We are all well and home after 24hours. Doesn't feel completely real yet, except when he's on the breast.
Henry has a beautiful habit already of finishing up feeding and liking to lay there with his cheek on my boozie, nipple just out of his mouth and hand laying over nipple
. I will try and figure out later how to add a piccie here as it's my favourite.
Good luck everyone and will check later for further updates on those induced yesterday. Henry is starting to grizzle so best be off.