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20/11/2013 at 17:42
Birth story for Ruari Noah, 8lbs 8oz of perfection!
Tuesday 22nd October:
My due date! Nothing happening, but I felt pretty chilled. I went for a reflexology appointment which was a lovely bit of pampering and bizarrely, I got twinges and a very wriggly baby when she worked my uterus points (I didn’t know she was until I felt the extra movement.)
Wednesday 23rd October:
I woke up crippled! The baby had shifted further down and the SPD was shocking – I couldn’t lift either foot up so had to shuffle everywhere and use crutches for stairs and leaving the house. From feeling quite chilled about the idea of going overdue, suddenly it seemed unbearable so I was quite tearful all day.
Thursday 31st October:
40+9 and still no real signs. I went to the community midwife for my 41 week appointment and asked for an examination, to be told my cervix was very ‘favourable’ – anterior, medium/soft, thinning (30% thickness) and 1-2cm dilated so I asked for a sweep as well, which was a strange sensation but not at all painful. The MW said she was quite confident I’d have a baby by the end of the weekend!
Friday 1st November:
I lost a load of plug – never thought I’d get excited about snot coming from my lady parts, but there we go!
Saturday 2nd November:
Losing more plug, blood-streaked this time – but still no twinges. Argh!
Sunday 3rd November:
I woke up determined to get this baby moving so spent most of the day on the birthing ball, had a clary sage bath, got hubby to give me a foot massage with clary sage, had sex, went for a walk… Still no signs by late afternoon, and I felt really emotional. The MW had promised me a baby this weekend, damn it, and I had no baby! I was avoiding people as was thoroughly sick of being asked, “Have you not had that baby yet?” (Well, dur) and, “How far over will they let you go before you’re induced?” (I’d already declined induction and trying to explain my reasons over and over was getting boring). We went for another walk to see the horse and I had a long cuddle with her which cheered me up slightly. I had a long nap and consequently was not at all tired that evening so stayed up doing a ‘Where’s Wally?’ puzzle – a gift from years ago that had never been opened. I think by this time I was needing any distraction to pass the time! I went to bed about 1am.
Monday 4th November:
I woke up at 6.30am and got up for a wee. When I got back into bed, I felt my back tighten a little bit. By 7am, I thought I might be having contractions and should time them – they didn’t really hurt, but it was a definite spasm in my back. By 8am I had to get out of bed as they were getting quite uncomfortable and were 8 mins apart, so I sat on the birth ball downstairs and did more puzzle! Hubby woke up at 9.30am and came downstairs – I said I thought I might be having contractions. I had a 10.40am MW appointment for another sweep, so I called and said I thought I was in early labour and should I go in for an exam anyway. They laughed and said they’d come out to me instead.
I felt I needed to be in water, but didn’t want to get in the birthing pool too soon so had a bath instead. By this time the contractions were every 4-5 mins but I could still talk though them. As they had ramped up in such a short time, hubby insisted on calling our doula who lives an hour away. The MW arrived at 10.30 just as I got out of the bath, and examined me. I was 2cm dilated and still able to talk through the contractions so the MW said she’d leave me to it,
20/11/2013 at 17:51
Amazing story! I'm so glad you got the home birth, it's sounds wonderful.
20/11/2013 at 18:13
Beautiful story. It really makes a home birth sound like a lovely way to do things. I'd not considered it before but you've made me think about it.
He's gorgeous too, lovely squishy little man. Congratulations.
20/11/2013 at 18:24
20/11/2013 at 18:45
Wonderful, well done you xx
20/11/2013 at 19:42
Great story! Congratulations on a wonderful home birth and love your squishy baby pics x
20/11/2013 at 20:00
Thank you so much for sharing your story! I love his 1 week photo!
20/11/2013 at 20:50
Lovely story, he's gorgeous x
20/11/2013 at 21:33
20/11/2013 at 21:49
ahh well done you, he's so squishy!
20/11/2013 at 22:44
He's beautiful! Enjoyed reading this, lovely that everything went so well for you :-)xxx
21/11/2013 at 00:04
Oh my what a little stunner. Looks such a content baby too xx
21/11/2013 at 09:05
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22/11/2013 at 15:12
He is so scrummy! xxxx
22/11/2013 at 15:46
So beautiful, sounds a very positive experience! You can see such a big change in him already!
22/11/2013 at 16:43
Oh great story Mrs 50's! I did laugh at the thought of the changing station on your breakfast bar! Just what you would expect! Gorgeous photos, I love his frog impression. So pleased your home birth went to plan xx
26/11/2013 at 19:13
Thank you all, the whole labour and birth was very positive and I feel very lucky to have got the birth we hoped for - we had discussed plan B (and C, D, E and F!) for if anything was different / wrong / causing issues so we both felt very calm and in control about the whole thing anyway but having made all the back up plans, I'm even more appreciative that we could stick to plan A.
I think he's gorgeous too, but then I'm a bit biased
26/11/2013 at 19:29
Lovely! I am due on Thursday and booked in for a home birth, hoping I get one like you! :o)
He is gorgeous! xxx
26/11/2013 at 21:35
Fab birth story, and lovely pics. Almost makes me tempted to have a home birth next time!
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