Hi girls! Sorry I haven't been online in a while, but what with being a new mum and not being able to get on a computer, I haven't been able to update you all. Well, my son Tristan Corey Owen was born on the 6th of October at 11.51 at night. He weighed a whopping 9 pounds and 11 and 3/4 ounces and measured 53 cm! He takes after his very tall father. My labour was a looonnnnggg 30 hours! Here is my birth story: Well, as you know, I was booked in for an induction on the 13th of October...I really wanted to avoid being induced. But as I had been having no 'signs' I kind of accepted this was going to happen. Then on the 5th of October, I started feeling 'odd', a little bit periody crampy and a bit of low backache. At around 8 at night, I got my 'show' (a lot of it...I got a lot of show all through the labour which surprised me as I thought you only got a little bit of it before labour started). The contractions started almost immediately. Soon I was getting about 3 in 10 minutes. I went into the midwife unit at around 2am in the morning to be told I was 4cm dilated...yippeee! The midwife said that I could expect my baby to be born at about 10 in the morning. Not so...by 8 o'clock in the morning I was still only 4cm dilated and the pain was getting a lot more intense. I went into the birthing pool for about 7 hours and had still only dilated up to 5cm and my waters still hadn't broken. The midwife told me that my options were to either go home and wait (no way was I doing that without the aid of a gas and air cannistar strapped to my back!) or to have my waters broken which I did. The pain then kicked up a notch, so I had some morphine. After about six or so more hours, the pain was very intense and I had only dilated up to 7cm. I decided to go for an epidural as the pain was very intense. After the epidural I dilated up to 10 cm in under an hour and got some sleep. Now I don't know if I would have dilated up to 10cm in an hour without the epidural...maybe my body relaxed into the pain. After active pushing for an hour (I still had some feeling), they managed to see Tristan's head. As he was so big, he got a bit stuck, so they decided to ease him out with the forceps (leaving me with a 2nd/3rd degree tear ...actually doesn't hurt as much as I thought it would). Tristan remained calm throughout the birth and came out red faced and screaming. Which you would expect if you were brought into the world with a pair of salad tongs strapped to your head. My placenta did not come away on its own, so I had to go to theatre to have it manually removed. That was the only part of the birth I found distressing as I had to leave my husband and minutes old son to go into theatre. The procedure itself was fairly straightforward. Basically, the doctor put her hand up there and eased the placenta out. It came out in tact and I was awake for the procedure (as I had had the epidural topped up). I did lose a litre of blood though and had to be put on iron tablets again. I am loving being a mum (and will add photos later, when I work out how to do this on my hubbie's laptop) and even though there were some complications in the birth, I would do it all again in a heartbeat.