Firstly I love the choices of names - Madeleine Michelle is beautiful...my niece's middle name is Michelle.
I like the age gap also - we think about 18 months - 2 years apart. I'm 29yo so the closer the better I reckon!
I'll have to see how I go with Joel though - gotta wait until I forget all about the delivery too! In short (I'll get around to posting my births story one day!) I started getting contractions on the Tuesday...they got more painful but not closer together, ie weren't progressing...got sent home...they eased off and were 20mins apart until the Thursday night, when they came on quicker...went from 15 mins apart to 3 mins apart pretty quick, eased off in shower...I ran out of hot water and they were no longer easing off in shower so went to hosp...about 12.30am on the Friday (my b'day - April 2)...labour was pretty text book...used gas during transition...then my midwife left and that was the worst thing EVER! A new midwife came - male - and I didn't gell with him at all (in hindsight wish I'd screamed at first mw to stay!). Had prolonged pushing stage...he ended up bursting the membranes and the contractions got fierce and I wasn't coping. THey got the Dr and thank the Lord, I knew him and he was excellent. The mw thought I might need the suction to help get him out but the Dr said that I could do it myself and talked me through to the end and Joel was born at 11.35am after 2.5 - 3 hours pushing!
It was totally not what I expected...I thought, this is the worst that it is going to get and then it would just get worse and worse!!! Hehehe...need to forget it before I am brave and go back again like you!
I gave birth at a good hospital though...they were really forward thinkoing, and let me led!
Anyway best go...good to chat to you - Take care,