I'm using a new baby as an excuse to have 'forgotten' to send Christmas cards, arrange gifts for daycare etc etc!! Really I am just lazy!! I'll get M to make her teachers a card.
Had a wonderful few days with mum here - she is so awesome. Entertained Matilda, etc etc and even did a whole lot of my weeding which really is above and beyond! Only 4 days and she and my dad and brother are back for christmas (thankfully not staying with us so I don't have to play host too much. Freya is doing really well - last few days she has fed at 10, 2 and 5am which is killing my sister as her 11 month old is waking and feeding more than that. I expect it to end any day so am enjoying it while it lasts. Her feeding isn't amazing so am going to get some help from the midwife tomorrow hopefully. Matilda is really being great. She loves her little sister and is being so helpful. A few meltdowns but only usual 3 year old stuff and there is plenty of stuff to entertain her with Christmas coming up - I suspect that there will be a post Christmas crash but we have a week at the farm at the start of Jan so that will delay any crash hopefully!
CC your runs sound very very cold. We are suffering from endless blimmin rain at the moment so doesn't feel very christmassy yet *should be much more sunshine!!. My fault for buying a nice new umbrella for outside!
I loved the christmas list spellings - couldn't work out what one of them was though!
Been meaning to ask Caro how you are feeling? Are the after effects of the last lot of chemo fading? I imagine that it will take a long time to feel 100% again but must be hard to balance expectations of how you would like to feel with reality!
JG that is tough about your sister, must be hard to watch.
Lots more hugs needed out there it seems.
Ttid I'm really sorry to hear you are having visa stress - really not what you need. I know that feeling when you finally think things are going right and then they're not.
Nutofen - no advice just a virtual hug, be kind to yourself over Christmas - a pressured holiday at the best of times!
Caro - awesome re triathlon. Service sounds lovely as well.
There are def others but brain not full capacity funnily!
We are doing really well, Freya is a wee treasure. Feeding and sleeping really well and v chilled out so far. Matilda is being wonderful with her - so sweet and caring. A few meltdowns but nothing directed at the baby and more to do with tiredness and too much excitement. Well aware that it'll change soon in sure but enjoying it while it lasts!! It's amazing how the short labour and peaceful birth have helped both of us recover so quickly. Feeling very lucky at the moment.
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!!