He’s here!

Or: The long and the short of it 

The short:

 

So B is finally here! Born last Sunday eve 19:36. Weight 3.61kg, just under 8lb. Apgar scores 9, 10, 10. He’s perfect.

 

Birth definitely did not go according to plan but he’s here safe and sound and we are all well! (Although dad is recovering from the most traumatic day of his life. πŸ˜‰) 

 

Ended up having an emergency caesarean… Surprisingly not as bad as the 64hrs labour that preceded it and was up and walking the next day. 

 

It was about 2 days of contractions, the big ol’ waters breaking at 02:30 and then about 14hrs hard labour in hospital… Contractions never got frequent enough and dilation only got to 5cm after all that time, and baby’s heart rate kept dropping with every contraction so they advised us to have a caesarean even though we tried everything to avoid it. 

 

The long:

 

So pretty much nothing went according to plan! Had contractions of varying severity and frequency for 2 days, but never enough to actually go into hospital. (They wanted us to have 3-4 in 10 min, regularly for an hour – never happened.) 

 

Waters broke mid contraction in bed at 02:30 Sunday morning. There was a lot! 3 bath towels worth! Quite alarming! We were told to go to hospital as soon as they broke by the high risk doctor so headed over after cleaning up and arrived around 03:30. We were both really excited at this point. 

 

I wasn’t allowed in the birth pool at all, or the delivery room for ages, so had to go through first stages of labour in triage. It was really upsetting as they basically left us alone whilst they waited for me to progress enough to warrant a delivery room but I wasn’t allowed to do anything in the birth plan. 

 

T was really supportive and kept helping me try to breathe as the contractions got stronger and more painful. It was hard for him as he felt helpless as he couldn’t do anything to take the pain away. I remember he was breathing with me although my deep breaths turned into moans and groans!

 

Had continuous monitoring which meant I had to stay in one position, which was sitting/reclining, which didn’t help the pain at all. Baby’s trace was irregular from the start and never regulated so I wasn’t allowed to move. Triage was bright lights, hospital trolley type setup so not at all conducive to progressing.

 

I had checked myself at home and was at least 2cm dilated prior to waters breaking. When the consultant came in, he gave me a horrible rough speculum exam (I was crying out in pain and he was just shoving it in) and declared I was only 1-2cm and 50% effaced. I’m sure the environment didn’t help and probably delayed the contractions because I was so uncomfortable.

 

At some point (it got to be a blur with all the pain) I was moved to a side ward (about four beds divided by curtains). Again it was really strange. At least it was dark and at first we were the only ones there, but then there were other people I could hear behind the curtains and I felt really strange moaning (then screaming) in pain when I knew other women were there. 

 

Initially they were quiet and I even heard their partners laughing which made me feel that I was doing something wrong. I tried to be quiet as I had really wanted a zenlike birth but I couldn’t help myself. There’s something primal about feeling you’re being ripped in half! Towards the end the other women started making noise too so at least I didn’t feel like such a freak. I really feel that you want privacy when you’re in labour, though.

 

I resisted pain relief for hours, then eventually had gas and air. It was quite funny as it makes you feel stoned and is actually quite enjoyable! I made T take some photos with me doing the peace sign! However it didn’t help at the peak of contractions and I was in so much pain! I’ve never felt anything like it. It pretty much renders you incapable of rational thought. I kept trying to visualise my baby arriving safely and tried to do the hypnobirthing techniques but the environment wasn’t conducive and the pain was too intense for it to make much difference. 

 

The whole environment was awful and really medicalised. The whole time they mainly left me to it whilst periodically checking the trace. It kind of felt like we had no support – just monitoring. I had gone into it thinking I would be all zen but I was screaming with pain. I couldn’t help it!

 

My midwife arrived at around 13:00 and I was finally taken to a delivery room. It was a much better environment and I’d been promised the birth pool which I was really hoping would help with positioning more upright. But then they decided I couldn’t use it because by then I was in too much pain and they thought I needed a cannula because I was dehydrated, plus they felt they might have to intervene due to baby’s trace. And they thought I needed an epidural. 

 

So then we moved to yet another delivery room without a pool. My midwife did help but by then I think I was too far gone and in too much pain. Also it was so far from what I’d prepared for that it was difficult to deal with. It really dwarfs any other pain I’ve ever felt in my life!

 

Eventually after hours of painful labour (I was delirious!) I had an epidural. After that I could finally rest, but the contractions never picked up pace to open the cervix efficiently and I didn’t get further than 5cm dilated. 

 

To be honest, the epidural was the least of my worries in terms of pain. They have to inject it into your spine and people say it hurts but I can honestly say I never noticed the pain during the pain of labour! Given the awful labour I went through, if I had my time again I would have the epidural sooner! So much for mindful hypnobirthing!

 

They were going to offer me the option to induce, but baby’s trace was getting worse – his heart rate kept dropping with every contraction. They said they thought his cord was getting squeezed and they strongly advised I take the caesarean as they were worried about his heart rate.

 

By that time I had been in labour a really long time and I didn’t feel up to fighting doctors’ recommendations. And actually the idea of this finally being over did appeal! I also knew that my contractions didn’t seem to be progressing my cervical dilation. It’s weird with an epidural as you can feel the contractions but the pain isn’t there. I was pretty out of it but I think the contractions actually slowed down after the epidural so there was no hope of getting him out the natural way. 

 

So we agreed that I should have an emergency caesarean. This was really the most distressing part – I knew that it was the right choice for my baby but I was overcome with disappointment that I hadn’t been able to birth him naturally and also that I’d gone through so much pain for nothing!

 

The experience of the emergency caesarean was pretty horrible as I was separated from T as I went for pre-op whilst he had to wait to be called in. First I had to sign consent forms which is funny as I question how much consent you can really give when drugged up and in immense pain!

 

Then I was wheeled to the operating theatre where about a million people were bustling about. This was not the calm relaxed entry I’d hoped for as a first experience of the outside world for my baby! Also laying flat on my back was really painful and uncomfortable so I was really distressed. 

 

My midwife was there and calmed me down a bit but the dosed up epidural was really quite horrible. It gave me the shakes which is apparently a normal side effect but meant I couldn’t stop shivering. They put me on the operating table and shone bright lights on me whilst dosing me up with anaesthetic and testing with cold spray up and down my body to see if it had worked. They also erected a big screen across my middle so I couldn’t see the blood and gore!

 

Eventually we were ready and T was shown in, wearing his scrubs. Fetching! He was really supportive (as he was throughout labour) and kept reassuring me. I’d told him to try and take lots of photos so even if I couldn’t remember it all there would be some record of it. I can only describe the intense labour part as being in a fog of pain. 

 

They started cutting and it was really weird as you can feel everything but the pain. And they really cut a lot more than you imagine! Then they started digging around inside and that feels so surreal! It’s like someone’s rummaging around in your abdomen and then they’re bracing against your chest and pulling something out. As they did stuff, they described what they were doing so I knew they were pulling him out, but I couldn’t see anything because of the screen. 

 

And then: a cry!

 

I’ve heard that cry so many times since, this week, and yet it was the most amazing beautiful thing. Our son’s cry! T and I looked at each other and I started crying. 

 

They had to cut the cord and they took away the placenta for testing. Apparently it looked abnormal in some way with fatty deposits. The surgeon said they’d never seen one like it before… I had consented to donate cord blood and stem cells so I was disappointed we couldn’t do that, but relieved that whatever was weird about it hadn’t affected B being brought into the world. 

 

And then there he was. Someone handed him to us and he was there on my chest and he was beautiful and breathing and it was over and yet it had just begun. 

 

* * *

 

B couldn’t feed right away even though he clearly wanted to, because he had some liquid in his stomach that needed pumping. So we had skin to skin for a while as I was in recovery. And then they took him off to get his stomach pumped. Poor T had to wait whilst we were in recovery and then go and see his baby son have a tube down his nose. But then as soon as he was back, B was desperate to feed and he took to it like a duck to water. And he’s been feeding ever since!

 

So week 1 was a week of firsts. A short stay in the hospital – he was born Sunday eve and so we stayed Sunday and Monday nights. We were in wonder at everything. The grandparents rushed to meet him on Monday. Tuesday we got to come home and he met his big brother, Dog. And now, a week later, it seems like he’s always been here. Even though it’s only been a week. 

 

The whole birth experience was pretty distressing at the time but I feel kind of fine about it because B is healthy and I’m recovering well from the caesarean. It’s kind of funny in a way that I’d initially asked for an elective caesarean and been talked out of it! 

 

I can honestly say I don’t feel in the least bit bad or stressed about it any more. I’m so utterly giddy that my baby is here and I relish every moment of being a mother. I guess it helps he’s a champion breastfeeder so I feel at least there’s one thing I’m giving him and he’s doing well. But the other discomforts – like the healing scar and the being woken up at night – don’t bother me. I guess I had an expectation it would be hard, and I find it’s easier than I thought. 

 

It’s really easy to wake up during the night when it’s your own baby who needs you and wants the comfort of being with you. I don’t resent it in the least. I relish the fact that he wants me and only me a lot of the time, and I love the fact that he is so cute when snuggled up to his father and that T is so in love with him. (T has done all the nappy changes! I do IN and he does OUT!) I love that we are a bigger little family now with Dog and B. It just feels like I have everything I ever wanted. 

 

It’s so surreal to realise he’s the only one in the whole world I’ve ever met (that I can remember) who is biologically related to me. And also weird to think he’s not yet the age at which I went home with my adoptive parents. So my first mother must have had me and cared for me when I was this tiny and helpless. It’s a thought. There is something sad about it but there’s also a lot of happiness. My parents are absolutely over the moon obsessed with him. Even though he’s “only” grandchild #3, they are super excited and keep wanting to FaceTime with him even when he’s asleep!

 

And this week has been amazing for all the experiences we’ve had. We’ve been out every single day. I’ve even breastfed in public! I never thought I’d be that person, but when the kid’s gotta eat, he’s gotta eat! I really thought my healing would be worse but I seem lucky. It definitely hurts but it’s a good pain that got me my baby here safely and it is decreasing every day. It mainly hurts getting up and down but T has rigged up a rope by the bed so I can pull myself upright! And he is being super helpful with everything. He is an amazing dad already as well as an amazing partner. Dog is also a caring big brother who’s especially interested in the contents of nappies! I just feel so happy when I’m surrounded by my three boys: T, Dog and B. 

 

So… We are sort of in a love bubble right now. And it feels like everything good.  

 

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96 comments

  1. RJ

    Congrats! I am so happy that he’s here and things are going well! Love the teaser pic and good for you for BFing in public! Hugs and love to you and your family!

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  2. Dani

    Awww congratulations!! Welcome to the world little B!! So glad he has arrived safely and you are safe too.
    Wow what a birth story, you did so well to keep going for so long, and T sounds like he was an amazing support partner too, so lovely ☺️
    Recover well (and how have you been able to get out so soon after c-section? You are a warrior!!!), take it easy, enjoy these beautiful early moments. Hugs for you all X

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    • Nara

      Thank you! Glad to be in the club! 😊
      Yeah, the birth was a bit gruelling but I guess it’ll make a good story for him later on! T was very supportive… He’s been great since as well, doing all the nappies! πŸ˜‚ I’m amazed how the recovery has been. I have had pain for sure but it’s not as bad as I had anticipated and now we are in week 2, it is really not too bad. They did say at hospital it’s good to keep moving! Hope everything is great with you guys! X

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  3. pinksnow78

    Been checking wp everyday hoping to see this update!!! Many congrats to you, T and Dog on the arrival of B. Sorry it didn’t go to plan – but hurrah to life as a family of 4. Enjoy every single second of your little miracle x x x

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    • Nara

      Aww thank you so much! That is so sweet of you to say! I’m really fine now he is here. Birth was a bit dramatic but I’m sure that’s a common experience! Hope all is great with you. Xx

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  4. EmilyMaine

    Awwwww congratulations! I am so pleased he is here and to hear you guys are doing well. Did the snow storm bring him on after all??? I’m so sorry to hear that so many of your birth choices weren’t honoured. It makes such a big difference to labouring. And making you sit for monitoring is just ridiculous. They can monitor you standing up! Ugh frustrates me so much but I am so glad that you are healing well from the c-section as it really does make all the difference. You gave it a red hot go and did so well. I am so impressed! That is a long labour and it is the worst. Yay that B is feeding like a pro and has found his own little niche in your world already. So wonderful. I am so happy for you. Hooray!! Xx

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    • Nara

      Thank you! Yes I was super disappointed about how it went down but that lasted until I met my boy! Quite honestly I find it impossible to be upset about anything now he’s here. I don’t even mind the lack of sleep or pooey nappies (well, mainly because T does all of those! πŸ˜‚). I’m just really glad he’s here! Also it definitely helps that I am healing well. Everyone keeps saying they’re surprised I’m up and about so I guess it usually takes longer? We have been out every day and keeping mobile which probably keeps the mood up. And also weirdly I enjoy bfing, which I totally never thought I would! I think it makes me feel useful! πŸ˜‚ X

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      • momandmommaselfridge

        Well, it isn’t- but it is important! I am an L&D nurse in the states and it is hard when our patients can’t get the deliver they hoped for. I hope that you heal quickly and enjoy that beautiful bundle of joy!

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      • Nara

        Thank you for understanding! I’ve healed so quickly which has definitely made things easier on me psychologically. And I really am taken up with the happiness of him being here so I’m not so much focusing on the birth experience!

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  5. tidleone

    Congratulations!
    I’m so pleased that baby B has arrived safely, I’ve been checking every day. It might not have been the way that you’d imagined it but at least he’s finally here and all is well. It sounds like your hubby was and is amazing and you did incredibly well to get through the birth and to be out and about in week one after an emergency c-section is seriously impressive! I can’t wait to hear about baby B’s adventures in the next few weeks and months.

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  6. Dubliner in Deutschland

    Wow, I wasn’t expecting that! I am honestly delighted for you that baby arrived safely and you are all doing so well! Even feeling a little emotional in work seeing the picture! It is also great that you are also dealing well with the disappointment over the birth… That all sounded pretty awful to be honest! Emergency caesareans are so scary but the main thing is that you are all doing ok and healthy. Hope that you continue to recover well and enjoy this special time xx

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    • Nara

      Thank you! Yeah I can’t say the birth wasn’t traumatic but I just feel privileged to have been able to experience it. I really think the pain fades after, although I can remember how awful it was, I can’t feel too bad about it now he’s here. Thanks for thinking of us when you’re going through such a tough time yourself. I hope 2017 is a great year for you! Xx

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  7. circumstance227

    First . . . CONGRATULATIONS!!
    I am really so happy and excited for you!
    Secondly – thanks for letting us all know at the start that B is okay – that was one suspenseful story!
    Third – what’s this about being out and about every day since? Girl, you have to slow down now! No more packing a week’s worth of activity into 48 hours. (I wrote that last sentence in my best mom’s voice – now go back and reread it again!)
    If you are anything like me, the next six to twelve months will be the most romantic in your life. Looking forward to reading about them!

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    • Nara

      Haha thanks mum!
      Yes we are completely in love! He’s awesome. Can’t believe it’s only 9 days since he was inside me. It seems like he was always here!
      As for going out… I did take it easy the first few days but I feel great now! I can hardly notice the pain. Anaesthetised by love! 😍

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  8. sewingbutterfly

    Congratulations!!! You had a flipped experience of mine, lol. I had a scheduled c-section and loved it, bit breastfeeding was a nightmare of pain and mastitis :-/

    Enjoy those newborn snuggles, they are the best πŸ™‚

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  9. notpregnantinrezza

    Congratulations!! How lovely, you sound so happy and your little boy looks and sounds adorable! What an ordeal, it’s incredible what women go through with birth, glad it all went well in the end. Hope you’re getting some sleep xx

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    • Nara

      I know right?! It’s nuts! Not sure how anyone gets through it! You’d think they’d have developed some way of just unzipping your abdomen and taking the baby out! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Yes I’m ecstatic in case you can’t tell! It’s wonderful. X

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  10. stealingnectar

    I am so emotional and teary reading this! What a beautiful story! Your emotions about him are so pure and familiar to me…I started crying when I read the part of him being born and all of you crying…and now still weepy with joy! I also really enjoy thinking of your birth mom cuddling with you and giving you the most love she could possibly transmit to you in those first days. As you said, it is so beautiful and so sad…but it is ALL GOOD and HOLY. That boy is the cutest in the world. Congratulations again!!!!

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    • Nara

      Aww thank you! Yes I know we probably feel very similarly! I’m just so happy and I think the pain and so on is secondary to him finally being here! I think I just never thought it would ever happen so I’m kind of over the moon. Happy that we are both experiencing this! 😍 xx

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      • stealingnectar

        Yes, 6 months in and I still can’t really get myself to complain – I am just way too happy! Lots of snuggles and kisses sent to the little one! And Dog because he probably needs some extras right now!!!

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  11. notabroodychick

    Huge congratulations mamma! I’m sorry labour and birth were tough on you and not how you wanted, but he’s here safe and sound which is all that matters, and recalling the pain of labour will soon fade away. I feel such happiness for you that you have your little family in place and someone related to you by blood! Awesome that breast feeding is going well! I can recommend the “breastfeeding yummy mummies’ group on Facebook if you’d like support from thousands of other mums feeding that way, or encounter any issues and need advice. I’ve certainly found it useful, although you can also spend far too much time reading posts… Enjoy your little one,they grow so fast we have to treasure every moment!

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    • Nara

      Thank you so much! Yeah I may look up the group – I find it kind of hilarious I’ve breastfed in public quite a few times and it’s only been a few days. I never thought I’d be that woman but it turns out I am! πŸ˜‚
      I’m really fine since the birth and thankful healing has been so quick. Now if the mum tum can disappear I’ll be even happier! πŸ˜‚ But really I’m just super happy right now and enjoying being a family of four! X

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      • notabroodychick

        Your tummy will disappear and breast feeding also helps with that (but it can take a couple months to kick in). With breastfeeding and bring more active instead of sat behind a desk, I’m incredibly a stone lighter than before I was pregnant, and that’s despite eating loads!

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      • Nara

        Awesome news! πŸ™‚ My tummy has gone down a lot. It’s now just podge rather than pregnancy tummy. Although there’s a sort of overhang where the scar is which I’m not too keen on, on the whole I’m okay with it considering it’s just two weeks post birth and I’m also being a complete piggy! πŸ™‚

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  12. screwyoustork

    Congratulations!!!!! So excited for you. I’ve been waiting to see when your baby would be here, knowing mine is just a handful of weeks behind him. Now it’s making it all real for me. So so happy for you!!!

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  13. Amy M.

    I’m sorry things didn’t go how you had wanted. I can’t believe they make you labor in a room with other people! That makes me beyond thankful that I had a private room for C! And the fact that the husbands were laughing at you at first…I would have thrown things at them! I had absolutely wanted to use the tub for labor like you wanted to…but honestly by the time labor really hit I at first couldn’t even move, then was sleeping because of the Epidural! I’m really glad that he got here safely, and that he’s doing so well. Jealous that you’re having such an easy time with breastfeeding! Hopefully things continue to go well for you!!

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    • Nara

      Thank you! Yes Triage!!!! Although it was maternity triage (not people with broken legs!). It is on tiny beds in mini cubicles though so not ideal!

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  14. lyart

    What a beautiful baby – you can be proud of yourself. Also great to hear about your experiences and that T. is such a phantastic father. Heartfelt congratulations and all the best for this new little earthling.

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    • Nara

      Thank you! Yes the funny thing is, all the babies born from my NCT group have had a full head of hair! Must be something in the water! πŸ™‚

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    • Nara

      Thank you! I do feel disappointed about the birth, but not too much, as he’s here and healthy! You are so right though – he’s only just over two weeks old and I can’t believe how much he has grown!

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  15. Disorderly Love

    CONGRATSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!! SO INCREDIBLY HAPPY FOR YOU, THIS MAKES ME SOOOOO HAPPY!!!!
    I’m sorry you didn’t get the birth you hoped for & it sounds like you all had little to no support at first 😦 but what an awesome miracle!
    & look at that hair!!!!!! ❀ ❀

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