Nancy

Nancy’s Birth Story

Nancy’s due date was 6th October and, of course, the day went past with baby still lovely and cosy in my womb!  I never had any expectation that my third baby would be early or on time, with Ella being 8 days late and Sienna born 12 days late after being induced.  And it worked out well that Nancy stayed put.  Sienna was poorly with an ear infection and on antibiotics.  I was full of a cold.  And just felt pretty rubbish and exhausted, and not ready to give birth just yet.

I’d had lots of Braxton Hicks over the final few weeks of my pregnancy, and did occasionally wonder if this was ‘it’, but carried on regardless and the days kept passing.  I was due to be induced on 17th October if baby had not made an arrival by then.

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Labour

My Tips for a Calm Labour

Calm labour

Before I begin this post, I’d just like to point out that I am in no way a labour expert.  I’ve birthed two kids, and that’s the only qualification I have!  But both those labours I found to be a really empowering and amazing experience.  Don’t get me wrong, it hurt, A LOT!  Labour is painful.

I’ve met a lot of pregnant ladies who are scared at the thought of giving birth.  And there’s certainly a lot of bad birth stories out there to make this even more scary.  So, I thought I’d share my own tips and advice for a calm labour, based on my own experiences.

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Burton

My Favourite Moments

There are so many amazing moments in life. I don’t mean days or weeks. I mean moments. A few minutes or hours at most. Those moments we’ll never forget. That we look back on with so much fondness.

I thought I’d list 10 of the favourite moments of my life so far. I’ve probably missed some out and may need to do a follow up at some point!! They are in chronological order, but the first is from when I was 18. I’m sure I had many more before then, but maybe my memory of them is too blurry!

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favourite moments

Sienna’s Birth Story

My due date was 8th May.  As I suspected it might, the day came and passed.  As did the next day, and the next!

At 11 days overdue, I was booked in for induction.  I never actually thought I’d get to the stage of being induced, and had completely dismissed that it might actually happen.  Yet, at 12pm on Tuesday 19th May, myself and Sean were in Tesco down the road from the hospital stocking up on supplies to get us through the process.  I walked round Tesco like a zombie, not quite getting my head round that I was heading in to be induced.

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Preparing for a positive labour with The Calm Birth School

I didn’t have any fear when approaching my first labour experience.  If anything I was really looking forward to it, and was so excited when I went in to labour.

I found the labour itself a very positive experience.  I found it painful, I’m not going to lie, but I managed the pain.  I hadn’t read up on birthing techniques, other than the odd bit about active birth, and had just decided to go with the flow.  It all worked out great.  I was in labour 12 hours from feeling the first contraction in the middle of the night to giving birth to Ella.  I managed most of it at home, and was only in hospital 1.5 hours before Ella was born.  I had gas and air in the final stages, but otherwise went pain relief free, which was my objective, so I’m really glad it worked out.

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The Illness Cycle

Since birth, Ella has seemed to be in an endless cycle of illness.  Now luckily, thank god, none of these illnesses are even close to serious.  She’s rarely even been to the docs.  But they are exhausting, for her and us! She’s a great girl, she responds well to most challenges!  She doesn’t get too upset when she’s ill.  But, I’d still rather have a well baby!

Most of the time it’s just colds (which usually leads to conjunctivitis!  Just like her mum, she’s susceptible to the red eye!).  A constantly snotty nose.  Lots of coughing fits.  In fact, today she started with ANOTHER cold!!  She hasn’t really finished the last one yet!  In the past hour I’ve had to go up to her in bed and settle her 4 times due to the coughing fits! Last week she got a bad fever, to the point she was panting in the night.  I took her to the docs to be told, it’s viral!  What’s viral?!!  Where is this virus?  At the time there were no other symptoms other than this raging temp.  And loose poos!  Really I’m glad because the last thing I want for Ella is to have to take antibiotics (more about that later!)!  But it would still be good to know how we can ease her distress beyond OD’ing her on Calpol!

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Ella’s Birth Story

So, now I’m back blogging, it feels right that I should start with the labour itself!  As it was over 4 months ago, it seems a bit of a distant memory, so I want to get it written down before I have no recollection of it at all!  You better set aside a few minutes for this!  It’s a bit of a long account!!!!

I was booked in for induction on Thursday 4th July.  I really really didn’t want to be induced, as I’ve heard it can be a longer and more painful labour.  So, I was really happy and excited when I went in to labour naturally at 3.30am on Tuesday 2nd July, 8 days after my due date.

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Time to get back blogging!!

Well, when I set this blog up, I thought I’d write regular posts both through pregnancy and beyond!

That hasn’t really happened!!  In all honesty, I pretty much forgot about the blog once ‘the baby’ arrived!  And ‘the baby’ is here!!!  Baby Flynn is a girl, Ella Marie.  She was born 8 days late on Tuesday 2nd July (labour blog to follow!!), weighing in at a whopping 9lbs1!!

So, she’s now over 4 months old and I’ve loved most minutes!!  People lie when they say they love every minute!!  But, in the most, she is an angel baby and we’ve had hardly any problems at all with her!

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