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31/07/2013 at 16:08
Better late than never hey! I'm so impressed by the BS that get written in days, I don't know how you do it! Sorry this is so long, I wanted it for us to keep too, and if I'd edited it down, it would have taken me another 10 weeks! It's also a little sensitive following the birth, as I've included Sam being ill. There are photos though - so feel free to skip the text part
I was induced 4 days OD, due to it being an IVF pregnancy. I wasn’t sure how I felt about this originally, but by the time it rolled around I was actually really glad as was so ready to have baby! We trotted off to hospital on the 23rd May with a bag full of lucozade and jelly babies, all prepared for a 3 day induction/labour marathon.
When I was examined however, for the pessary to be inserted, I was already 3cm dilated with a very thin cervix and the MW commented that I probably would have gone into labour today anyway. She said she expected my pains to start fairly quickly and sent us for a long walk. I felt very motivated by being dilated and determined to get things moving. We did about a million flights of stairs (with regular breaks for big fat momma!) and circled the huge hospital grounds before having some lunch and wondering excitedly when things were going to start.
After lunch we went back to the induction ward and I started bouncing on the ball. The MW seemed surprised things hadn’t started yet, then just as we were getting ready for another walk at 3.15, I stood up and sprang a leak! H asked if I was sure I hadn’t wet myself – I hadn’t before in pregnancy so why he thought I’d start now I don’t know! The MW confirmed I’d started to lose some waters and I was really pleased that things were happening, until she told me that now meant if I didn’t start contracting in the next hour and a half I’d have to go on the drip to start them, and therefore wouldn’t be able to use the pool, and obviously would be in more pain than from usual contractions. I told H I was not happy to be punished for progressing! However, no sooner was the pessary out, I felt a pain low in my stomach – I had expected the contractions to be across my belly in the middle for some reason. The MW wanted to monitor me and baby for a while anyway, and picked up that I was having contractions every 5 minutes – I must have sounded very dim by saying “I wondered what they were!” She said if they continued, and got stronger, I could avoid the drip but needed to establish myself in labour fairly quickly. She was rooting for us though and sent us for another walk to keep them coming.
After an hour of walking up and down outside, they became too painful, and were every 3.5 minutes and lasting just under a minute so we went back up and I bounced for a while and stripped off some clothes – was suddenly very hot! I was still very chilled, but put my tens on after another hour which was nice and definitely helped in those early stages. They must have become a lot stronger pretty quickly as I remember telling H off for announcing when one was on its way (he was looking at the monitor) – I was like ‘tell me when it’s ending, not when it’s beginning!’ I can’t remember exactly, but I think they were every 2.5 – 3 minutes and lasting a minute and at 7 p.m. the MW announced she was moving us to the delivery suite, no drip required – we were properly on our way!
Things then got very painful all of a sudden, we were left in a room on our own for about 40 minutes and the ball was providing no relief, I began throwing up loads and the tens machine started p*ssing me off and I ordered H to rip it off my back. I co
31/07/2013 at 16:40
I'm new here and haven't seen your posts before, or any birth reports, but I just had tears at my desk. Big congrats, he's really lovely!!
31/07/2013 at 17:03
Oh he's gorgeous, well done you, you made a little person!!
31/07/2013 at 17:15
I am shedding a few tears too. So glad your little man is ok. He is very cute! And hope you are on the mend. You should be very proud of yourself for getting the breastfeeding going after such a rocky start! Xx
31/07/2013 at 17:16
Aw Lamby - you have got me sobbing too. You and your little man have done so well after such a rocky start. He such a scrumptious boy!!
31/07/2013 at 17:26
Aaaah Lamby that was heart wrenching and lovely all at the same time. He certainly is a cutey and glad you are enjoying him xx
31/07/2013 at 18:03
Thank you for sharing L, he really is gorgeous xx
31/07/2013 at 19:43
Aww well done lamby.. Thanks for sharing.. Gorgeous boy.. How's the reflux now? Xx
31/07/2013 at 20:00
Aww Lamby, what an emotional BS. I know I knew most of it, but reading the full story has made me all emotional. What a fantastic, scary and wonderful journey. Am so pleased you and your little man are doing so well after a tough start. He's such a gorgeous little fella.. Thanks for sharing (even if you do put me to shame - H is nearly 5 months and I still haven't done mine!!).
31/07/2013 at 20:04
Aww Lambster! What a beautiful birth story, and an even more beautiful boy! It's just like you to put a positive spin on what must have been a terrifying time as well. Well done lady, it was a long emotional journey but you did it!xxxxx
31/07/2013 at 20:48
What a beautiful story and so glad S's stay was short. I know first hand how stressful it is when they are ill but it sounds like you did an amazing job keeping it all together for your little man.
I'm just so pleased you got your happy ending :)
Ps he is SO cute!
01/08/2013 at 08:14
Awe thank you, your lovely comments have me welling up now! I know I'm so lucky to have him and recording our journey so far was actually really nice. (Mrs B get a move on!) x
01/08/2013 at 08:22
Well done Lamby sounds like you had a tough time, S is gorgeous and I'm sure totally worth it all! xxx
01/08/2013 at 08:27
Ah Lamby thank you for sharing this, it sounds as though it was really tough at times and you've done so well, especially with the BFing. He is a gorgeous little man!
01/08/2013 at 08:33
Thank you for sharing Lamby. What an emotional rollercoaster but he is absolutely scrummy!!
01/08/2013 at 09:05
What a story! You've got me all teary after reading! Well done you for managing so well during your labour. And I'm so pleased all is well with little S now, he's just gorgeous! Xxx
01/08/2013 at 09:22
Thank you for sharing. He is gorgeous.
S was exactly the same weight as my J too...
01/08/2013 at 20:59
Sob...another one who was teary after reading this. Sounds like you did amazing during labour and stayed strong after for S to recover so quickly. He is so scrummy x
01/08/2013 at 21:20
Great story Lamby, so glad your SCBU stay was short but no matter what the length it's a tough start so well done for getting through and getting the BFing cracked Lovely story, I love the detailed ones x
03/08/2013 at 22:35
Wow he's the spit of you isn't he?!
Great story, so sorry you had all that worry but glad he's fine now.
Excellent name choice by the way, I have a Samuel and a Sebastian James!
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