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Babies – Day 2 – #Blogtober17

So the second day prompt for #Blogtober17 is Babies!! I have read so many fab posts from bloggers on day 1 they have inspired me with a different format this time. I’m going to do an A-Z list all about my babies!

 

age gap, siblings, family

 

A is for Age Gap! 

My children are almost 15, 11 and 5 months! Haha! Number 3 was not planned, in fact we thought we had done our bit for the population after our oldest two! I was on the pill and Fraser was a HUGE shock to us but we are besotted with him and cannot imagine our lives without him. He has completed our family. (He really has!! Hubby has now been snipped! HAHA!)

B is for Bump!

When pregnant the last time, with Fraser… I was HUGE!!!! I had a bump to beat most bumps! I had extra fluid too which they were keeping an eye on. I am so glad Fraser decided enough was enough at 38+4 because I cannot imagine what size I would have been if I had reached my due date or even (god forbid) gone over!!

C is for C-Section!

My first two kids were normal vaginal deliveries. Due to many medical issues this time (probably cos I was so old this time around) I had to have a C-Section. I am glad I got to experience it in a way but WOW… nothing can prepare you for the recovery from that. You really do have to take it easy. The staff were fantastic and talked me through everything they were doing. Five months on and my scar has healed pretty neatly.

D is for Due Dates!

Something I have never reached with any of my pregnancies!! All of my children came early. Not prematurely though, just early.  Izzy was 2 weeks early, Xavier was 2 and a half weeks early and Fraser was a week and a half early! So I never experienced the going over due thing and to be quite frank I am happy with that!

E is for Edward!

My husband! HE was my absolute rock through the last pregnancy! He obviously helped in creating these beauties too! 😉 I suffered terribly with just about everything! He was my hero and helped me out so much and then again when I was recovering! He would not let me lift a finger! He’s a keeper that one! 😉

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F is for Fraser!

Our second son, our last child, our baby boy! He is 5 months, and an absolute gem! He was 8lb 3oz born and now weighs 19b 3oz. A proper chunky Monkey! He currently has two teeth breaking through so is not always a happy chappy shall we say? But waking up to this little face every morning is just a dream. He is so cute!

cute, five months old, baby

G is for Gestational Diabetes!

Another ailment I was blessed with in my 3rd pregnancy! Only literally found out a week before Fraser was born so was told to just control my diet. It was too late in the day for medication to control it.

H is for High Risk Pregnancy!

Unfortunately this was me the 3rd time around. I had so much going on that they put me as high risk!! Quite scary initially but I have to say I was well looked after and my consultant was the best! She was awesome! There was ONE bonus to being High Risk! I got extra scans so I got to see Fraser 4 extra times.

 

daughter, oldest child, baby girl

I is for Izabel!

Our oldest! Our beautiful girl! Only girl! Izabel Thea! The one who made us parents for the first time! We are so proud of this beauty! Almost 15! Where in the hell did that go?!! From this cheeky Bubba to a 6ft tall stunner! Currently in her GCSE year 10 at school and working hard. This girl has so many talents. She is going to go so far in life! She may be a stroppy teen but generally she is a good girl and no trouble! Couldn’t ask for more really.

stunning daughter,

J is for Jaundice!

Fraser was kept an eye on as he had this when he was born. It only lasted about a week and he was right as rain. Another thing I had not experienced with my first 2 children! I felt like a complete newbie this time around… A) because it had been so bloody long lol and B) because all these things were new to me! Never had come across them before. Was a huge learning curve.

K is for Kisses!

Be it a kiss on the forehead from the older two or being covered in dribble by the baby! Who doesn’t love kisses from their little people?!

L is for Love!

The amount of love Izzy and Xavier show to their baby brother just melts my heart! Izzy is a complete natural and very hands on with him. I know Xavier was excited from the day we announced I was pregnant, but there is the idea of a baby and then the reality of it once he was here. I did in the back of my mind wonder if he would cope. He has coped really well. Especially as we have had a reflex and colicky baby so have had lots and lots of screaming.

M is for Motherhood!

The hardest, most tiring but most rewarding job in the world! I still can’t quite believe I’ve managed this for almost 15 years! I still can’t quite believe I have 3 children! I am incredibly blessed!

N is for Nail Clippers!

Probably one of the scariest tools you have to use in early motherhood! Cutting a small babys nails is a frightening job!! Maybe its just me lol! My tip: Do it after a bath when they are zonked!

O is for Ouch!

The period pains after a 3rd child! OUCH really is the only word. Well …without swearing!

 

P is for Poop!

The subject of many Mums conversations haha! Only had a couple of “Poonami” moments so far! Don’t you just love it when it explodes out of all sides of the nappy including up the back! The worst part of parenthood! Poop!

Q is for QUICK Birth!

This was me with my first baby!! I had a 20 minute Labour and delivery! The midwife was as shocked as me I think! Ed and my Mum missed it all by about 10 minutes! Remember that so vividly like it happened yesterday! She obviously couldn’t wait!

R is for Rh-Negative!

I have rhesus negative blood so I have had to have injections in all my pregnancies. I am used to being a pin cushion now! Needles don’t bother me.

S is for Sickness!

Oh my god!! I had it easy with my first 2 pregnancies! Not so much the third time around!! So so ill! When I wasn’t actually toilet hugging I was feeling horribly sick. I could hardly eat anything at the beginning and lost almost 2 stone. Unfortunately I put that back on plus another couple once the sickness had passed!

T is for Teething!

ARGH!!! Fraser is teething terribly at the moment. We are all drowning in dribble!! I’m sure the older two didn’t suffer like this! He is just cutting his first TWO teeth! Poor boy is having a hard time. I cannot wait for them to be through to give him a bit of relief!

U is for Ultrasound!

Such an exciting experience to see your baby on a screen whilst they are growing in your tummy!! I am in constant awe of the technology that allows this to happen. We didn’t find out the sex of our first and I was convinced I was having a boy! How wrong was I!? Haha! We did find out with the boys though. It was a beautiful moment when we found out the sex of Fraser and the monographer allowed Izzy and Xavier into the room when she revealed the sex.

V is for Vaccinations! 

Something that all of my children have had and will have. I would never risk my children health by not giving them their vaccinations. I am however a big fat wimp! I took Fraser for his first vaccinations and was traumatised so Ed took him for his next 2 lots! I honestly couldn’t face it. No more now until he is a year old! Thank goodness.

W is for Weaning!

Izzy wasn’t a fan of food when we first weaned her. It was however a very different story with Xavier! He would scream the place down when the food had finished! Fraser I started weaning a few weeks ago but I think I may have jumped the gun and done it a little too soon. The doctor we saw at his hospital appointment just over a week ago told us to try again in a week or so. So this week at some point I will try again. Wish us luck!

middle child, autism, son

X is for Xavier!

Our middle child! Our oldest boy! Our little genius! Xavier has had a diagnosis of Autism since just before his 6th Birthday. He is almost 12. He is so clever it is really quite frightening. He is a sponge and soaks up so much information. Xavier is in the Secondary part of his Special Needs School now and is thriving! He is doing so so well! We are so proud of him. He loves Youtube and his iPad. So long as theres wifi … we have a happy boy!

SEN, special needs

Y is for Years!

As soon as you become a parent the years FLY! Time has passed so quickly! Izzy almost 15??! Xavier in Secondary education ??? Fraser 5 months old already??! I feel so old LOL!

Z is for Zzzzzzzzzzzzz!!!

Something I need a hell of a lot more of! Fraser sleeps through the night but unfortunately my sleeping pattern is crap!! Soooooo Tired!!!! Zzzzzz

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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!

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Biggest Shock EVER

September the 15th….. enough was enough. I had been feeling awful for a good couple of weeks. It was time to give in, time to call the doctors!!

The horrific pains in my boobs actually had me in tears…. I couldn’t even take my bra off. I was sleeping constantly, actually couldn’t get enough sleep. I kept feeling like I had an upset tummy. I needed answers!!

Spoke to doc initially on the phone and he told me to come in and see him and bring a urine sample. I didn’t think anything of it…. I was on the pill and had been for 2 years. Never missed a single one. I just thought maybe he would check for a urine infection or something?

He told me when i arrived that he would get a pregnancy test out of the way. I didn’t even flinch at that as I knew I was covered by the pill…. just thought it was something they had to rule out.

He stood with his back to me, armed with a pipette full of my wee…. releasing drops onto a pregnancy test. Almost immediately he turned his head and asked again if I was on the pill, I responded Yes…. he then asked me which one so I answered him. He then asked if I had ever missed any? I replied with a very confident NO! The next words that came out of his mouth knocked me for six!!

“Ok, well you are very much Pregnant!!!”

 

OH EM GEE!!!! HOW??? WHAT THE…..??!! SHIT!

I burst into hysterics!!! Im not sure he knew what to do! Haha! My 3 most used words that day were OH MY GOD! I truly was in shock!! I couldn’t believe it!! My children are almost 14 and almost 11!!! I drove home from the docs through tears of utter shock! I wasn’t upset I was just totally dumbfounded!!

Ok… now I had to tell Hubby! He was asleep as he works nights… I had to wake him up! He sat up in bed when he heard my sobs! His lil screwed up sleepy face looked at me and I said “I’m Pregnant!!” he said “shit how did that happen??” Then he just sat staring into space for a lil while and laid back down and went back to sleep! (The next morning when he came in from work he bounced through the door talking about stocking up on nappies and some bottle making gadget he had seen online! )

I let Ed tell the kids the following morning. Izabel cried her eyes out she was SO happy!! Xavier is also incredibly excited!! He kisses my tummy every day. It was such a wonderful response from them.

Next lot of madness running through my head was “How far along am i??” I had no periods at all on the pill so I had no way of even roughly working out how far gone I was.

Over the next couple of days I popped into my docs surgery to fill out a pregnancy pack and asked if I could be sent for a dating scan. This was all arranged quite quickly. I had piled on a few pounds over the previous months and then starting worrying that maybe I was half way through already?!

So…. scan day arrives!!! By this point I had convinced myself I was at least 15 weeks+…. actually no… I was 6+3 HAHA! So very wrong! The tiny lil pip on the screen measured 7mm but we managed to see the heart beat! It was so amazing! It made it more real. The shock had worn off by this point. Hubby and I were very excited!

So I am now 10+2 and suffering terribly from nausea and sickness. I never had any of this with my other 2. Its awful. Ive lost almost a stone and a half so far so its dropping off me everywhere except for my tummy. I look much further along than I am.

I feel terrible, exhausted, sick, I can sleep for England! Its been so long since I was last pregnant but I just don’t remember ever feeling this awful before! Hopefully this phase will pass soon and I will be able to function again.

I know it will all be worth it in the end. This is going to be one VERY loved baby.