Sophie Elizabeth Sparks

Friday 20th  August

Here she is and already 2 weeks old already!

So I went in on the 5th August to be induced. After 3 atempts at breaking my waters, a sweep and a pessary, they finally managed to break my waters at 7:30am on Friday 6th. I was having contractions but they weren't strong enough to make a difference so they put me on a hormone drip. Then the pain hit! I was on gas and air which I hated and felt like someone was drilling through my bones. I heard the midwife say we were looking at 4hours!!! so I opted for an epidural - I had been adament I wouldn't have one but I was desperate. The epidural was fine and I managed to give birth naturally, although I did have a 3rd degree tear which basically means my two holes became one!

I hadn't realised but the baby's heart rate kept dropping badly throughout and was very low at the pushing stage so the midwife was going to cut me just before I ripped anyway. I was pushing like there was no tomorrow as they were going to have to take some blood from her scalp to check her oxygen levels and I was told that if they couldn't find out anything from that it would be a c-secition as it would have been a failed intervention. I hadn't gone through all that to then have a c-section so I pushed!!!

I had to go to theatre to be stitched up but it was fine as they just topped up my epudural for it. I didn't feel any pain, thank god, just people touching me. The best part was the catheter so I had a good nights sleep. And apart from the massive list of drugs I had to take, the injury healed quite quickly and going to the toilet was absolutely fine. Relief all round.

Sophie is fantastic and most certainly worth it all but it was definitely an experience not to be repeated!


D - Day !!!

Thursday 5th August 2010

Well finally this day has arrived and baby is holding out to the bitter end! I managed to get my induction appointment changed to today - 42 weeks over. I'll be going in at 6pm tonight, again depending on if they have a bed for me. So it may take a few days for baby to actually make an appearance, and I'm guessing it will, but at least I'll be in the right place trying to make things happen!

My midwife appointment went well, everything as it should be. However, she wouldn't give me a sweep because there was no sink in the room and the facitlities were just not adequate. She told me that there is no evidence that they work and it wouldn't stand in my way of getting induced. She suggested using clary sage essential oil in a bath or rubbing it on my tummy in a carrier oil. I was a bit unsure as my Auntie is a retired aromatherapist and I used to work for her on a saturday when I was at school. I'd remembered that clary sage was not to be used in pregnancy. So I rang her.....the reason it is not to be used (before 38 weeks) is because it can induce labour, and therefore can cause miscarriage if used too early, similar to raspberry leaf tea. I had a bath with 10 drops of oil in and later on in the evening I put 4 drops in a teaspoon amount of lotion which I rubbed on to my tummy. It smells lovely, although is very strong, and has relaxing properties. No baby, but I do feel relaxed and slept quite well. I think I will put some drops on a tissue to put under my pillow for the labour.

It feels weird to be booked in to have the baby rather than it just being something natural that could happen at any time. I feel like I'm going into hospital to have something removed, which I know I am, it's just weird that it will be my baby that I have been waiting sooo long for!!

If I don't go into labour by 9pm, my husband and mum will have to come home and wait for a phone call that I have gone into labour so that they can come back in. It'll be strange when they go and leave me in the hospital. I've never spent a night in hopsital since I was 4 and my mum stayed with me then.

Still, I'm excited. We're finally going to meet our baby by the weekend, finally know whether it is a boy or a girl and who he/she looks like!! I'm hoping this is my last blog on pregnancy and the rest will be about being a new mum. It's been a long time and I can't say I've enjoyed all or much of it - what with the tiredness, nausea, heartburn and anxiety but I'm certainly glad to be at this stage now, even though it's going to hurt!!

Bring it on...........


Countdown begins again....4 days to go

Monday 2nd August 2010

Another false alarm last night. Contractions were down to 5 minutes apart but were more uncomfortable than painful and stopped when I lay down. I've had a phone call from one of the midwives this morning telling me that I am booked in to be induced on Friday. She explained that my appointment is 9am but if they are busy with ladies in natural labour I will get delayed. If the first pessary does not work I will have to wait 8 hours before I can have another one and again that could be delayed if they are busy. It could go on a while! But if baby does come on Friday, he/she will be sharing their birthday with Nanny.


10 days late

Sunday 1st August 2010

Another false labour again last night. Bloody Dr. Braxton Hicks. Aaaaarrrrrggggghhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!! So much for a July baby :(


8 days late

Friday 30th July 2010

We had a curry last night, it didn't work. Baby started his/her aerobics workout early last night so I managed to get to sleep in peace. I've had a good sleep and am now all ready to go....again!

Another false alarm - one week overdue :(

Thursday 29th July 2010

I was positive I was in the early stages of labour last night. I had lots of pains which went right through my belly button to my back. They were more painful than the Braxton Hicks I had been having but not as painful as I expected real contractions to be. There was not much of a pattern to them but I was hoping that was just the beginning. Went to bed expecting to be getting up through the night, but alas, here I am again today!

At least it is not as hot today and I have had a little more energy. But still waiting.....


Another disappointment

Wednesday 28th July 2010

I had my midwife appointment which was quite disappointing. She couldn't reach my cervix so wasn't able to do an actual sweep of the membranes, so instead she had a 'rummage' which she says can sometimes still get things moving. I bled for a little while after and had 'old blood' smears on my liner for the rest of the day. Did the deed with the hubby, hoping the sperm would do the magic and thin my cervix, but woke up to more 'old blood' stains. So I now officially give up. As sick as I am of hearing "the baby will come when it's ready" I now just have to wait.

If I go into labour tonight my midwife will be on call. Failing that I won't see her again until after the baby is born as she will be away on holiday. Apparently I will get booked in on Tuesday for an induction sometime next week, depending on when and if the hospital have space for me! My next midwife appointment (with someone new) will be Wednesday, which seems like such a long time to wait. Fed up doesn't even come close.