Posted: 12/11/2009 at 12:11
Hi girls not been on here since Maddi was born but managed to get some peace so wanted to share my birth story.
Maddi was due on the 16th but like her older sister and brother she didn't want to make an appearance on her due date! On the 21st i went for a sweep and from that night onwards i was getting braxton hicks and not feeling great. I eventually started getting regular contractions late afternoon on the 23rd, was determined to stick it out at home for as long as possible but by 8 p.m. had decided i'd better make tracks to hospital (dd and ds were already away to grannies at this point). After the most horrendous car journey, 1 hours driving on country roads with dp helpfully timing my contractions for me (i'm sure everyone i had he said was quicker than the last lol) we arrived at the hospital where the midwife said i was already 7 cm and it felt like my waters would go at anytime!
The hospital was really busy with 2 emergency sections plus me and another woman in the labour ward so to begin with it was mainly just me and dp. After about 3 1/2 hours of contractions my waters still hadn't broken so the midwife offered to break them for me, i was feeling pretty tired at this point and just wanted things over with so decided it was probably for the best. After that things progress pretty quickly, i was soon fully dilated and starting to push! Maddi eventually arrived at 1.53 a.m. on the 24th of October weighing 8lbs 11 1/2 ozs! I unfortunately tore so needed stitches but apart from that it was a pretty straight forward delivery and i only needed gas and air.
So far she's been pretty good, she's getting antibiotics for an eye infection but thats almost cleared up and breast feeding seems to be going well after having a few initial problems (my right nipple became cracked but after using a shield for a few days its healed up fine, i just have to watch her position on my right side). She's still not into a proper routine at night but i'm managing to get a reasonable amount of sleep so can't complain!
Hope everyone is getting on fine and babies are doing well
Jo + Maddi (19 days) x x