Hubby and I are now proud parents of baby George, born on
the 27th May at 4.28pm weighing exactly 7lbs. He made rather
a speedy arrearance for a first baby by all accounts.
I woke at 6am on Sunday the 27th with rather bad period type
pains and woke hubby about 30 minutes later once I had realised
they were coming regularly every 10 minutes or so. We went
into hospital at 10.30am and when examined, I was 3 to 4cm
dilated. I had a bit of a go with a TENS machine as I was
getting bad back pain. I think it worked a little as a distraction,
but didn't do much for the pain really. I was keeping mobile,
walking around the delivery suite with hubby to try to speed
up labour (it seemed to work!).
We went down to the birthing pool after having my waters
broken, but was just about to get into it when the midwife
said I wasn't allowed, as the baby had had a poo and so the
baby needed constant monitoring.
So.. back to the delivery suite and I had the monitor attached.
I decided not to bother with the TENS again, but had some
aromatherapy (as I was puking rather a lot). It worked really
Poor hubby had the lovely job of looking after me whilst I
puked everywhere. As I got to the end of the first stage of
labour I had some Etonox gas and air stuff (which was lovely!),
and then only after 5 hours of established labour, I started
pushing and within another hour, George was with us. Vince
(hubby) held my hand throughout.
Vince saw the head crown and come out and then the midwife
had to hold the body back for a minute whilst his mouth and
nose were suctioned. Vince didn't get to cut the cord though,
as the baby had to be taken quickly to a resus table to be
checked over by a paedeatrician in case he had swallowed any
of the meconium. He hadn't though and was fine, so he was
soon given back to me to hold and the three of us got to spend
a few hours together in the room before being taken up to
I tore a little bit, but only first degree and had a bit
of grazing, so no stitches (hurrah!).
Very quick for a first baby apparantly and they said I should
mention this if we have another child, as Vince will have
to have a crash course in delivery in case the baby decides
to make an appearance in the car on the way to hospital or
Breastfeeding is going well. George fed well in the delivery
suite and we have been getting better and better as time progresses.
The feeding was quite tough though, especially in the few
days surrounding the time when my milk came in. But, it is
settling down nicely now and is going very well. He's such
a good baby and we're all very happy.
Life after Birth -
We are all getting on very well. George is such a happy and
contented baby. He is smiling loads and gurgles and coos whole
conversations with us now! He has recently started sleeping
through the night and slept for a whole 8 hours in a stretch
last night. All in all... fantastic!