Well hi girls!!
Even though I'm technically an August bub, I hope you don't mind if I stay in the September gang with all you cool gals!!
I put my birth story in the due Sept thread, but I'll copy it again here for anyone who missed it and may be interested.
Well, waters were leaking at 6.30am when I got up to shower. Showered and rang hospital and they said labour ward was full (FREAK OUT), but to come in and get checked. By the time my mum got here to come with us and DH's family arrived to watch Noah, it was 9am before we got to hossy. Was monitored in the tea room (!!!) for an hour or so and bub was doing well. A few contractions, but nothing much. Midwife said she'd call doc, but he would probably send me home to wait for something to start and if not, come back for induction at 7am Saturday. Five minutes later she came back and said that doc wanted to start the induction as soon as delivery suite became available (must have had a golf game booked for Saturday!). I lost it and started freaking out as I had a horror experience with Noah's induction and didn't get any pain relief other than gas and had 8 hours of full on contractions - plus he was posterior - yuk! Midwife told me to calm down they have these marvelous inventions called epidurals nowadays! I was just worried because I didn't get one with Noah even though I asked - kept getting told I was doing well and keep going a bit longer. I said as long as I could get an epi I was happy to go ahead with induction. So wandered the corridors until a room became available about 11.30 am. Was hooked up to syntocin just after 12pm. Had a couple of major contractions and bub had massive heart deceleration that lasted for nearly 2 minutes ... people were rushing from everywhere, doctor came down, buttons were being pressed, hands were being shoved in 'there' to make sure cord hadn't prolapsed, but seems he just had a reaction to the syntocin and the high level that it was started at, so it was turned off to calm down. About 1pm there was a knock at the door to say there was an anethetist outside and did I want the epi - send him in was the reply!! Epi barely hurt, which I was surprised about. Syntocin turned back on about 1.30pm and couldn't feel a thing!! Was started at low levels this time and gradually increased every so often. I was 3cm when we started and within an hour had gone from 3cm to 5-6cm. I was so relaxed we were watching tv and I even dozed off for a while. When I woke up I had a sore back and felt sick. DH got the midwife and told her my back hurt. When she came in I said I felt like I needed to be sick and she replied 'great, time to push'. I couldn't believe it when she said I was fully dilated by about 4pm. I was worried because I couldn't feel my legs and didn't know how I would push! She said I'd be fine and let's do a test push. With some help I got my legs up and was swiftly asked to put them back down again as bubs head was right there. Doc arrived about 4.20pm, legs up, 4 pushes and I got to pull my beautiful baby boy up onto my chest. Such a totally different experience than I had with Noah I just can't believe it!
Now almost two weeks in, Darcy is going really well with BF, which also didn't happen well with Noah, so we are very excited. Had him weighed yesterday and at discharge from hossy he weighed 2.8kg and yesterday weighed 3.2kg. Taking into consideration different scales and Darcy was fully clothed instead of naked, I'd say he'd be back to birth weight or close to it, so a gain of 200g or more in 1 weeks is pretty impressive. Hopefully it continues that way. My boobs have felt empty today, but I think that can happen second time around, where they don't get as full and painful, at least I think thats what I was told in hospital - all a bit of a blur now!
Caz, you poor thing, those day 3 blues are the pits - and to be going through it on your own at home would have been even tougher. I just blubbered all over the midwives because they were all so lovely and kept asking how I was, so I just cried! Its usually the day bub wants to feed non stop to hurry your milk up, so you're exhausted anyway. Hope things have picked up and you're enjoying little Olivia.
Paula, wow what a birth story. Little Isla sure was in a hurry to make her appearance - you'll definately be camping at hospital if you go a third time!! Hope your feeding issues have settled down and you're not drowning your little one! Darcy will start coughing and choking on milk when I let down, but the silly bugger won't let go of the boob, so ends up in all sorts!!
Welcome Zoe and congrats on the safe arrival of Eric. I've now got 2 boys too and like you, am totally in love with them. They are the absolute light of my life. Hope Eric's jaundice improves soon and that your CS wound heals so you can get out and about again!
Well, this is going on forever and I might try to nap on the lounge before Darcy wakes for another feed.
Chat soon and take care!