~* September Sparkles 2018 *~

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  1. BeachBaby655

    BeachBaby655 Active Member

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    Congrats Lil foosh!
     
  2. sn0wbunnie

    sn0wbunnie Well-Known Member

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    Congrats!


    Still prego here. Things are really rough. Went to the hospital Sat night because I was having constant, painful contractions. They eventually stopped. SOOOOO ready to have this baby!
     
  3. waiting2c

    waiting2c Well-Known Member

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    Congrats lilfoosh!!!
     
  4. xCookieDoughx

    xCookieDoughx Mummy of 4

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    Our baby boy was born on the 7th at 13.33 weighing 8lb 1oz :) he’s perfect! Breastfeeding is going great and he’s such a calm and contented baby, even if he won’t sleep in his crib lol!
    I had a rough recovery and am still struggling a bit but hopefully in a few weeks I’ll be back to normal.
    I forgot how long everything takes with a newborn, seriously need several extra hours haha!!!
     
  5. LilFooshFoosh

    LilFooshFoosh Well-Known Member

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    Congrats cookie!
     
  6. elliecain

    elliecain Mummy to Finlo and Kirree

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    Congratulations to everyone who has had their baby <3
    I&#8217;m due in 9 days and finding it fine. Not in any hurry for her to arrive yet. Got our 14th scan on Thursday, hoping her amniotic fluid is ok becaue it was low last week and I don&#8217;t want to be induced. Her growth had tailed off a bit too but that could have been that the previous scan oversized her head. Estimated 6lb11 at 38 weeks, so still a good size.
    My weight gain stopped a month or so ago and I&#8217;ve actually lost 2lb this week. Total gain now 25lb and I now weigh what I did 8 weeks after I gave birth to my son!
    My anxiety has been much better since we passed Finlo&#8217;s birth gestation. I&#8217;m trying to trust that this baby will be healthy and not need NICU. Still cephalic and still hoping for a VBAC.
    My specialist mental health midwife who I adore is on leave this week. Back next Monday. I&#8217;ve decided I will NOT give birth before then. She has to be there for it.

    Anyway, good luck to everyone <3 <3
     
  7. sn0wbunnie

    sn0wbunnie Well-Known Member

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    Congrats Cookie!


    I'm being induced Monday morning.
    Hoping baby girl arrives before then though!
     
  8. elliecain

    elliecain Mummy to Finlo and Kirree

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    Good luck tomorrow snowbunny!
    I’m due in 4 days and still ticking along just fine. I’d be happy for her to arrive now or stay put for up to another week. I think the plan is to give me a sweep on Thursday if all fine at the growth scan.
    It’s so exciting!!!
     
  9. LilFooshFoosh

    LilFooshFoosh Well-Known Member

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    Oooh, gl snow!! Hope all goes smoothly.

    Sounds like you'll likely make it to full term Ellie! Is Finlo getting excited?
     
  10. amytrisha

    amytrisha Mother, fiancé, housewife

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    Congratulations to everyone who’s given birth, and good luck to everyone still waiting!
     
  11. elliecain

    elliecain Mummy to Finlo and Kirree

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    Due date today...
    I&#8217;ve now been in latent labour for 4 days. I had a sweep yesterday and some acupuncture today, but the contractions are still totally irregular and not getting stronger. I&#8217;ve lost so much mucus and blood and I&#8217;m exhausted from lack of sleep. May be getting waters broken tonight. Have to call at 8pm for a plan of action.
    I&#8217;ve gone from happy for her to hang on for a week to just fed up and wanting her out. I&#8217;m so tired and frustrated.
     
  12. BeachBaby655

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    Good luck Ellie! Hope your baby comes soon!

    I am currently 39 weeks today and so ready for this baby to come out. I’ve tried everything they suggest short of castor oil and acupuncture! No signs of little mans arrival yet!
     
  13. LilFooshFoosh

    LilFooshFoosh Well-Known Member

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    Good luck with Labour progression Ellie & Beachbaby! I hope things get moving for you both soon.
     
  14. elliecain

    elliecain Mummy to Finlo and Kirree

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    Kirree was born yesterday morning at 6.52. She’s absolutely perfect!

    Birth story...

    I started having mild contractions on Sunday night. They were like bad period pains that came and went. I had them every night and a little during the days that week.

    On Wednesday, my midwife measured my bump and it was a bit smaller, so my next scan was brought forward to that afternoon.

    The baby’s growth had tailed off a little, so we made the decision to start a gentle induction to get things moving properly. I was given a sweep which did make the contractions start up again that night, but they stopped again in the morning. I was able to have some acupuncture on Thursday, which helped to calm and prepare me.

    I was admitted on Friday morning and my lovely midwife Jess broke my waters at 6.10pm. She commented how low the baby was and how much hair she had! The contractions came thick and fast almost immediately. I was assigned a wonderful midwife called Lucie to take me through my labour after Jess finished at 8.

    At 10.45pm, I was 2-3cm dilated. At 3.15am, I was 3-4cm. We could see that things needed a bit of a boost as I was exhausted from 5 nights of poor sleep, so I accepted a low dose of syntocinon. I also started using the gas and air. Immediately things got very intense.

    I was able to move around a lot. I found that standing leaning slightly on the end of the bed during a contraction then sitting on the birthing ball between them helped conserve my energy. I used long out breaths to help ride the waves of the contractions. Robert rubbed my back with a massage glove when I had some intense back pains.

    At around 6pm, my midwife went on a break and the student midwife took over. I was shattered and tried squatting on the gym mat. Suddenly, I was overtaken by a huge urge to push. It was out of my control and came out of nowhere. I screamed that I was pushing and my poor student called for help! I was terrified that I wasn’t going to be 10cm, but they examined me and said I was... I’d gone from 3.5 to 10cm in under 3 hours much to everyone’s bewilderment!

    I was so tired and overwhelmed that I sat on the bed and grasped the side handles. It was too late for any other pain relief and gas and air is not much use in the second stage, so I felt every push! I made a lot of noise, all totally out of my control.
    I pushed for just under an hour and finally, blissfully, my beautiful girl arrived at 6.52am on Saturday 22nd September and weighed exactly 7 pounds. We delayed clamping the cord until it stopped pulsing - around 5 minutes. I had the injection and eventually birthed my placenta after about 20 minutes. I was able to cut the cord myself. The whole thing was the most intense experience I have ever had and I have no regrets at all. She is so perfect and healthy.

    I did have to spend some time in theatre having a 3rd degree tear repaired, but they are very happy that I will have a total recovery. Kirree is worth every bit of it.

    My husband was an absolute star throughout and he keeps staring at me in awe now!
     
  15. LilFooshFoosh

    LilFooshFoosh Well-Known Member

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    Congrats Ellie! Sounds like it was a pretty great experience. Are you home now or did you have to stay due to the tear?
     
  16. amytrisha

    amytrisha Mother, fiancé, housewife

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    Amazing Ellie! Congratulations!! :cloud9:
     
  17. elliecain

    elliecain Mummy to Finlo and Kirree

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    We came home yesterday, so just stayed one night to check I was weeing ok. Someone will be out today to check us over. So so so happy!!!
     
  18. mrscletus

    mrscletus Well-Known Member

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    Yay Ellie... what an amazing experience for you. So happy for you and healthy baby girl!!

    AFM- 4 week well baby visit today! How is that possible? I’m curious to see what their scales say he weighs, hopefully he is gaining ok according to them. We have been supplementing using a Lactation aid feeding tube. It has been great- really encouraging him to empty the breast quicker. Hoping we are getting over the slump, and better BF days to come!!
     
  19. amytrisha

    amytrisha Mother, fiancé, housewife

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    Wow 4 weeks already! Amazing!

    I had a sweep yesterday. I’m 3cm and midwife said it was very successful and my cervix is favourable. We will see if it does anything, pray for me :lol:
     
  20. elliecain

    elliecain Mummy to Finlo and Kirree

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    Good luck amytrisha. My sweep definitely helped, but I still needed waters broken to get it going better.

    I’ve updated my birth story, added about my surgery and postnatal days. My milk came in yesterday and I have such a huge amount! Kirree feeds like a total champ, but has to be woken at night.

    Updated birth story:
    Birth story... PART 1 {Stage 1}
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    I started having mild contractions on Sunday night. They were like bad period pains that came and went. I had them every night and a little during the days that week.
    On Wednesday, my midwife measured my bump and it was only 36cm at 39+6, so my next scan was brought forward to that afternoon.
    The baby’s growth had tailed off a little (now estimated at 7lb), so we made the decision to start a gentle induction to get things moving properly. I was given a sweep which did make the contractions start up again that night, but they stopped again in the morning. I was able to have some acupuncture on Thursday, which helped to calm and prepare me.
    I was admitted on Friday morning and my lovely midwife Jess broke my waters at 6.10pm. She commented how low the baby was and how much hair she had! The contractions came thick and fast almost immediately. I was assigned a wonderful midwife called Lucie to take me through my labour after Jess finished at 8.
    At 10.45pm, I was 2-3cm dilated. At 3.15am, I was 3-4cm. We could see that things needed a bit of a boost as I was exhausted from 5 nights of poor sleep, so I accepted a low dose of syntocinon. I also started using the gas and air. Immediately things got very intense.
    I was able to move around a lot. I found that standing leaning slightly on the end of the bed during a contraction then sitting on the birthing ball between them helped conserve my energy. I used long out breaths to help ride the waves of the contractions. Robert rubbed my back with a massage glove and I used a TENS machine when I had some intense back pains.

    Birth story... PART 2 {Stages 2-3}
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    At around 6pm, my midwife went on a break and the student midwife took over. I was shattered and tried squatting on the gym mat. Suddenly, I was overtaken by a huge urge to push. It was out of my control and came out of nowhere. I screamed that I was pushing and my poor student called for help! I was terrified that I wasn’t going to be 10cm, but they examined me and said I was now fully dilated... I’d gone from 3.5 to 10cm in under 3 hours much to everyone’s bewilderment!

    I was so tired and overwhelmed that I sat on the bed and grasped the side handles. It was too late for any other pain relief and gas and air is not much use in the second stage, so I felt every push! I made a lot of noise, all totally out of my control.
    I pushed for just under an hour and finally, blissfully, my beautiful girl arrived at 6.52am on Saturday 22nd September, weighing exactly 7 pounds (clever sonographer!) As she was delivered, I felt something tear in me. No pain, but a massive give. We delayed clamping the cord until it stopped pulsing - around 5 minutes. I had the injection and eventually birthed my placenta after about 20 minutes. I was able to cut the cord myself. The whole thing was the most intense experience I have ever had and I have no regrets at all. She is so perfect and healthy. After birth, she didn’t cry, just let out some adorable mews. She looked up at us all with huge, dark eyes and rocked her thick, dark brown hair.
    My husband was an absolute star throughout and he keeps staring at me in awe now! Our relationship has never been stronger and we both have a new level of respect for each other.

    Birth story... PART 3 {surgery}
    ***Warning- graphic surgery and tear details given***
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    The midwives did an examination after delivery to see how much damage had been done. They said a surgeon needed to decide if it was a 2nd or 3rd degree tear as that would determine how the stitching would happen (local anaesthetic in the room or spinal anaesthetic in theatre). He took one look and said it was a 3rd degree tear.
    Kirree had been on me skin to skin from birth to the theatre, then I passed her to Robert, who scrubbed up and came in. The anaesthetist was the same one as during Finlo’s caesarean!
    I couldn’t sit up for the spinal, so they got me onto my side for it. The minute it kicked in, my whole being changed. I smiled and joked and relaxed. For the first time in about 16 hours, I was in no pain!
    My legs were then put in stirrups and the surgeon started a proper exam. Once he had worked out the exact nature of the tear (it was a 3b), he started work. It took him 2 more hours to stitch me up. The tear had severed my perineum and affected a large part of my anal sphincter. He is a very skilled surgeon and they get excellent results with this when they know what they are dealing with.
    We then returned to labour ward and Kirree had a good breastfeed. I was kept under observation for a bit. The spinal drugs caused me some horrible mental side effects but they passed once the feeling started to return in my legs as it wore off. We were taken to the postnatal ward and I had a very comfy bed by a window with Kirree in her cot by my side. I ate and ate and ate.

    Birth story... PART 4 {Postnatal}
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    Robert went home to get some rest and collect Finlo. He then brought him in to visit in the afternoon. Throughout my pregnancy, Finlo had called my tummy “sissy” because I said sister. He took one look at Kirree in her cot, pointed at her and said “Sissy”!!!!! After my boys left, I had a massive mood drop. The extent of my injuries hit me and I also felt a bit shocked by the labour. The staff were lovely and I started to calm down. And ate some more! My catheter came out and I mobilised straight away. Needed to wee 200ml before I’d be allowed to go home and couldn’t seem to get enough yet, but I knew I’d be staying overnight anyway.
    When staff changed over to the night shift, I was over the moon that Lucie came on. She was the midwife with me the night before in labour.
    I had brought in some colostrum I’d collected so Lucie took Kirree from 10pm-4am and I slept. At 4, I woke up and went and got her back. They midwives were all in love with her. She’d not cried at all, just woke for feeds twice and made a tiny mew. She is tiny and beautiful, like a little pixie. I fed her then fell asleep again and got 2 more hours. When I woke again, Lucie had gone and the next midwife to come to me was Kelli. She has a little girl Finlo’s age and we did Waterbabies together!!!!!
    I managed a proper wee at last and was cleared to go home.
    Robert came in and we collected my medication. Prescribed lactulose and clindamycin, with shop bought paracetamol and ibuprofen for pain.
    We packed both children into the car and off we went!!!
     

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