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The Birth of Our Son

So my due date was the 8th May. My pregnancy was pretty rough from the day I found out to be honest. I had pretty much everything thrown at me this time around. Heavy bleeds, nausea, sickness, SPD, bad back, swollen legs feet and ankles, extra amniotic fluid, gestational diabetes and I was also diagnosed with an underachieve thyroid whilst pregnant! It was pretty eventful to be honest with all the extra scans and consultant appointments. Very different to my 2 previous pregnancies! With it also having been 11 years since my last pregnancy my body was feeling it big time! You can see from the picture above how much extra fluid I was carrying! Once baby was born I was told I had at least 2 litres of fluid!!

Due to previous lung issues I was told I would have to have a c-section rather than natural. I was ok with that as I just wanted what was best for Baby and myself of course. I was given a date of the 5th May initially. Then that was moved forward to the 3rd of May because of their discovery of extra fluid and the Gestational Diabetes.

On 27th April I was getting really bad back pains. I’d never had back labour before. I had no idea what was happening. It got to the point where I had to stop what I was doing as the pains were really quite painful! I called the Maternity Triage for advice all along just thinking my back pains were due to the heavy load I was carrying! They wanted to just check me over so my sister took me in.

They done the usual checks and then done an internal examination! I was 2cm! Baby had decided it was time! I was told I had to stay in and my section would be happening the following morning! If things progressed overnight they would do an emergency one! WOW now I was scared!! I felt I was pregnant for an eternity and now the time had come. I let Hubby know what was happening and he text me to say he was scared. Awww I wanted to hug him so much.

He arrived the next morning once I’d given him the OK when the consultant had been round. My mum brought him up to the hospital with the children, they waited in the downstairs cafe with my Mum whilst we were in Theatre.

There he is in all his glory!! Scrubs!! He is 6ft 4 so I was shocked they found some long enough! Shortly after this pic was taken we went down to theatre. My previous 2 births were natural so this was all new to me! I was starting to get a bit nervous but also excited because our baby boy was coming soon!

All the lights and screens and instruments and machines in theatre were a little overwhelming when I first went in. The staff were AMAZING though, completely made me feel at ease. I sat on the bed in theatre hugged a pillow and leaned forward whilst they done the epidural. Ed reported back after that the size of the needle they used was impressive! Luckily needles don’t bother me!

Such an odd sensation when they are lifting your legs about and you are watching them but you can’t feel a thing!! Weirdest sensation EVER! The screen soon went up and the operation was underway!

What an absolutely amazing picture Ed took!! I will cherish this always!! He here is!! Fraser Jenson was born at 12.06pm on 28th April. He weighed a healthy 8lb 3oz. When i first saw his face I cried and said OMG he looks like Izzy (his big sister). I can’t believe how soon after they said they were starting the op, that they then lowered the screen and showed us him! Amazing!! Obviously its a much longer process to sew me back up after!

He was wrapped up and given to me straight away after the checks. Totally in awe of him!

 After a little while we were back on the ward and my Mum and the kids came to meet him!! They are all besotted with him. The kids adore their baby brother and it makes my heart swell every time I see them together. We are so very lucky.

We were home the following day!! So soon but theres nothing like recovering in your own home.

Our new family of FIVE!