Day 1: She Arrived!
On Friday, Emelie Maya turns 1 and so I decided to take the blog right back to where it began…each day this week, I’ll post a photo of Emelie along with the accompanying story. The blog all started when Emelie’s feeding problems became unbearable and so she really started this wonderful journey almost a year ago.
I often look at the picture I’ve included today as it brings back the raw memories of her birth…
I’d been to my mam’s with Orlaith all day on 5th December while Daddybear had been at work in case I’d gone into labour – Orlaith’s birth had been rather quick so I was taking no chances. Mam had taken Orls our delivering Christmas cards and it was bitterly cold, icy and frosty. I’d stayed in and felt the need to clean mam’s kitchen! I hadn’t felt myself all day and got in a taxi with them both to go home as Daddybear had parents evening; I got Orls ready for bed and he gave mam a lift home – that’s when it started!!!
Rocking on my birthing ball, every 5 minutes my stomach gripped tightly but I had no pain. I monitored this for 40 minutes and as Daddybear arrived home I simply said ‘I need mam here’. I started to shake as he rang her and she said she would get a taxi so he didn’t have to leave me – within 2 minutes I was on the phone to labour ward and given how quickly Orls was born (I’d been 9.5cm on arrival) they asked me to go in.
I had NO pain.
I was examined first by the student I’d agreed to have deliver Emelie back at a week 37 appointment – I would be her last delivery. She suspected I was 2-3cm but she couldn’t be sure if I was in labour. This was double checked by my midwife who was on duty – I wasn’t 2-3, I was 5 and she suspected my waters would soon break. I was admitted, much to her excitement as it was her last shift of the week.
I still had no pain!
My waters broke around 1am, and I started having some pain around 2am. After a worrying time where Emelie’s heart rate dropped to just 52bpm and a monitor was placed on her head, it was discovered that another pocket of waters had to be broken and Emelie was born very suddenly at 4:20am on her due date, with just one big push, beating the 2 it took for her big sister to be born 😉
She was delivered by my midwife, who I’d had for both pregnancies.
We had no idea what the next few months would bring, but never expected what we encountered. Check back tomorrow for day