Slightly surreal 24 hours here!! This is closest I'll get to a race report for a while!
After my sweep I felt quite crampy but figured it was because of the sweep. 8pm my waters broke and from then on it was full on. Contractions started immediately and were instantly 3 mins apart so no time to build up to them. Within an hour they were 1.5 mins apart so after a bit of confusion with friend who was coming to watch Matilda (I asked him to come asap and he misread text so stayed at home). Luckily we live only 5 mns from hospital. Contractions 1 min apart by now but when examined I was 1 cm dilated- soooo depressing as was exhausted from relentless contractions. Re-examined and was suddenly 7cm - got in pool which was amazing and not long after Freya appeared. The pool was amazing, no need for anything other than g&a and then a long skin to skin, natural placenta delivery etc. in NZ it's standard to do this and have minimum 1 hour skin to skin before any weighing etc is done - very peaceful and awesome for bonding. So different from 48 hour forceps delivery of M and you can see the difference in how chilled out Freya is - she didn't ever cry when born and fed straight away. So about 4 hours start to finish and was home by 10am. Nice relaxing day in the sunshine - enjoying the fact that I won't be spending xmas on a labour ward!!!
Right best get some sleep before back to feeding.
Ooops sorry - Inn keeper!!! I'm impressed they manage to get kids to say lines! But did he come out with the right line on the night? I was personally hoping for the poo one!! Hubby was asking about nativities the other day - I don't think many schools do them in NZ. We certainly didn't when I was a kid.
My midwife is quite comfortable with leaving me longer as well. In the end I realised that if it ended up being a horrible/complicated labour as a result of being induced too soon I would feel really guilty about having made the decision based on Matilda's CHristmas. Anyway, it will all work out ok one way or another!!
Sorry guys - one day I will talk about something else!! Had a good midwife appointment and feeling much better. After talking it through with her I have decided not to be induced on 18th or 23rd. 18th is just too soon and if my body isn't ready it could be bloody awful, then if I get to the 23rd and get induced I am pretty much guaranteeing to be in hospital on Christmas day so have decided to just see what happens and if this baby is meant to be born on CHristmas day then thats whats meant to be. Midwife is happy to let me go over 2 weeks if nothing has happened by then. She doesn't think the baby is as big as Matilda was which helps. Had a sweep and was favourable so she still thinks it could happen at any time - fingers crossed!!! Anyway feeling a lot better to have resolved it in my head I think. ANother sweep booked for Wed so will just wait and see what happens.
Off to the beach for a walk shortly - beautiful day! I need to find one last piece of driftwood to finish my driftwood CHristmas tree - sounds v random but I think its v cool! Obv we have a proper one as well (M would never forgive me) but this was fun to make - will post a pic when done.
Well done on half PB was it PG? How did you get on JG?
Caro Eric made a very sweet shepherd!! Hope all the family is on the mend now and you can get on with enjoying the lead up to Christmas.
Still here, still pregnant! Fed up now????
Midwife this am for a sweep and am dreading being told that I can't because it's not favourable yet.
Feeling caught between a rock and a hard place - 18th or 23rd are my options for induction but 18th feels too soon and am worried about how it would go if my body isn't ready, 23rd would likely mean in hospital for Christmas which would be really gutting. Don't know what to do and am sick of mulling over it! I know in theory labour could start anytime before then but still need to decide what to do - childcare to arrange etc - sorry for rant, just feeling overwhelmed and no idea how things will work out.
Still waiting!! Had the grumpiest day ever yesterday - so fed up, sick of working through scenarios in my head (induction, mum coming up, Christmas etc etc. Was really short with M all day as well and she told me at bedtime she'd had a really sad day - ah the guilt!! So am trying to focus on her today and saying yes rather than no - which meant playing endless hide and seek this morning but I really haven't got anything better to do so no excuses really and it will be a while before she gets lots of attention again soon!
Glad you are getting some proepr treatment now Caro - hope you come right quickly and yay for hubby coming home. I bet he hated being away.