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The Mummy Diaries: HE’S HERE!!!

23 weeks ago…

I totally meant to do this update so long ago but having a fresh baby is hard work! Finding time to do things other than baby stuff has been difficult but I am absolutely loving being a mom!

So the details…

He was born weighing 7lb 11ozs via emergency c-section at 18:56 on the 14.05.17…

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Here he is almost 1 day old, having just had his first ever bath, he didn’t enjoy it very much but he loved being wrapped in his towel… he did wee in it though!!

My water broke at 2:30am on the Sunday morning, we went straight to the hospital as we were told to, we got there about 3:30am or there abouts, I checked into the assessment unit and then we never left the hospital until the Tuesday evening! There was meconium in my water so I had to be monitored and my blood pressure was high, these were the first problems really that I had, had my entire pregnancy, because of this I couldn’t come off the baby monitor only to go to the toilet, anyway, I was 3cm dilated by the time we got to the hospital so I got checked into the delivery suite, thankfully, I was totally worried they were going to send me home when we got to the hospital but I guess because of the meconium and my blood pressure I had to stay to be monitored.
Once I was on the delivery suite I laboured until about 6:30pm, I had gas and air and one shot of pethedine but unfortunately the pethedine just made me feel sleepy, contractions weren’t too painful it was just the pressure in my bum that I couldn’t stand, I did however do the majority of my labour without any medication, not because I was trying to be a hero, just it wasn’t as bad as I was expecting it to be! Around 6:30pm (I don’t remember exactly it could have been a bit earlier) his heart rate took a nose dive, I wasn’t progressing and was getting pretty tired and they called the doctor in and it was sort of a blurr from there, they came to the conclusion that he was stuck and we needed intervention to get him out, the anaesthetist then came in with a bunch of papers and went over everything with me, I signed the papers not having really absorbed anything he’d said and I was taken through to theatre, this all happened within about 5/10 minutes, it was so fast, the surgeon talked to me about trying to do a Ventouse and if that wasn’t possible it would be a C-Section, I remember asking if we could skip straight to the section… anyway, once I was in theatre they gave me a spinal block and oh my god it is amazing, within a couple of minutes I could no longer feel the contractions and my legs were getting all warm and tingly, it was wonderful! the surgeon then assessed me and decided that an Emergency C-Section was the only option, I felt nothing I was amazed, I’d read about people being able to feel pulling and pressure but I literally felt nothing, my mom came into theatre with me as Arran couldn’t, hes not good with things like that, I didn’t mind as long as I wasn’t in there on my own, infact I surprised myself really, I wasn’t scared in the slightest, I was completely calm, didn’t panic or cry just got on with it and did as I was told, super proud of myself! at 6:56pm my little boy was born and they then stapled me back together (yep staples… 17 of them!!) my mom went to recovery with Oscar and went and fetched Arran also, all 3 of them met me in recovery and I was there for about half an hour before they took me back to the ward, where I stayed for the next two days.
Arran went home that night and slept then came back the next day, I didn’t see the point in both of us being really tired! I didn’t sleep much, I just spent all night cuddling my little man, I was in awe and it all felt so surreal having this tiny little life depending on me but I was just so in love with him and obviously still am!
I breastfed him whilst in hospital and for a few days after we got home, but every step of the way was a struggle, I couldn’t get him to latch and and he would just get angry and scream the whole time, eventually after about maybe a week we just switched to formula, I felt guilty for the next week or two everytime he would have a bottle I felt like crying, it felt like I was letting my baby down, but at the same time he was happier and getting what he needed so I was also happier if that makes sense!

So yeah that is the story of Oscars arrival! It didn’t all go as expected but then at the same time I didn’t have a plan anyway, I was just going with the flow and my main focus was to get him here safely, which is what happened!

Here are some other pics of him!

Hopefully I will keep on top of updates from now on! The next one will be his 5 month update, which I will try and do in the next week or so!

Til next time!

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Moving Home… 4 Weeks In.

So a month ago on the 8th I moved back home to my parents house, along with Arran, in preparation for when baby comes (Still no sign of him! he’s now 4 days late!!!)
The last 4 weeks seem to have flown by, maybe because we have been keeping ourselves busy or maybe just cause of our imminent arrival, I’m not really sure, either way I can’t believe it has been a month already!

Living back at home hasn’t been too bad and I feel like Arran has adjusted to it pretty well also, I was worried that it would be awful, losing that freedom of having your own house and doing whatever we want whenever we want, but it has felt more or less the same, granted we don’t have as much space to ourselves here and have to live in a way that is considerate towards my parents but on the whole things have been a lot easier than I thought they were going to be.

The main reason for the move was so that once baby is here we would have the support of all my family, seeing as all of my family live within close proximity of each other it makes being able to drop on someone for help a lot easier than had we still been living in Burton, where we had no family or friends, I also didn’t want to be alone with a newborn once Arran went back to work.

We will also save quite a bit of money by moving back into my parents house which means we can hopefully save up for a nicer house in a nicer area, I will hopefully be able to go back to work even if its only part time a lot sooner than if we had been on our own which means we will have even more money saved up and of course another big thing is we will be able to have time to ourselves without having to always be mom and dad cause there will usually be someone on hand to help look after baby, which will be nice cause there are quite a few movies coming out in the next few weeks that I would love to go see!

So yeah, on a whole moving back home hasn’t been too bad, a lot easier than I thought it would be, but it is definitely not a permanent solution and once baby is here and we’ve had a month or two to adjust we will probably start re-assessing our options and maybe look at getting our own place somewhere close by, that way we have the best of both worlds, our own house and family support close by!

Fingers crossed!

The Mummy Diaries: The Nursery Is Finished!

It is finally finished, clothes are all washed, pictures are hung, Moses basket is here and the room is tidy! 

It’s not a very big room but it will do, baby will mostly be in my bedroom for the first few months anyway so it’s not like he will need a ton of space. We did it fairly neutral although I have sort of gone with a bit of an animal theme, I like animals and baby’s like animals so why not, also that way I get to add colours to the room subtly without making the room look smaller by using bright colours on the walls!

Here are some pics!

His cot is mine from when I was a baby and has just been repainted and had a new mattress bought for it, the pictures on the wall my mom made for us and the colourful door knobs I painted myself, so a lot of effort and love has gone into it and I think it looks pretty damn good!!

Anyone else decorated their nursery with mostly handmade/hand me down items?

The Mummy Diaries: 38 Week Update!!

38 Weeks! I honestly never envisioned going past 37 but here we are and with no signs of him showing his face anytime soon either, I guess he’s all warm and cosy in there!

I had a midwife appointment on the 25th, it was just your usual run of the mill appointment, nothing eventful happened, she took my blood pressure, checked my pee sample, felt for baby and listened to his heartbeat, everything is perfect so all is good on that front, he is also now 3/5ths engaged, which really doesn’t mean all that much cause he was the same 4 weeks ago and then decided to move out of my pelvis, which is annoying but ah well, the braxton hicks contractions have now all but stopped too so I am pretty positive this is going to be a long wait!

He is just as wriggly as ever which is wonderful, I really am going to miss feeling his little kicks inside of me when he’s finally here, but, I am so excited to meet him!
According to Ovia this week he is the same size as a Ukulele, weighs roughly 7lbs and is about 19 and a half inches long! lets hope he doesn’t get too much bigger than that! also apparently if he has hair it has a colour by now and his eye colour is also coming in! although I am thinking he will have lovely blue eyes because both me and Arran have blue eyes, I do hope he has lots of dark hair though, but thats not something you see very often, dark hair and blue eyes, but who knows we shall see, I’m sure he will look utterly adorable whatever he looks like!

Arran starts his paternity leave this week! I can’t wait, its going to be so nice to have him around for a whole 3 weeks, we just gotta hope that baby decides to show up in good time so that Arran gets to spend as much time with him as possible!

Here we go into 39 weeks! I might start taking bets on when he will arrive, feel free to leave your guess in the comments!

P.s. my appetite is out of control… please tell me this is a sign!

The Mummy Diaries: Choosing A Name…

We still haven’t picked a name… Infact our shortlist is not even short and keeps changing!

How? How do people pick names? It is such a huge decision and so hard knowing we have to pick something good and that it will be with him for the rest of his life!!

What if he doesn’t like it? what then!

I do know we don’t want to give him one of these trendy names that will date and sound silly when he’s 60 or when he’s working in a professional setting, we are definitely going to give him something traditional, but also not too old fashioned, though we do like some of the old fashioned names like Arthur, but we aren’t naming him Arthur.

We have at most 3 weeks til we meet him, I just hope that when we finally have him here with us we will be able to look at him and say he looks like a “insert name here” and all will be good!

Hopefully also people will stop asking us what we are going to name him soon, cause
1. we don’t know
2. even if we did we aren’t telling anyone because everyone has an opinion on every name and no doubt someones opinion would taint it for us!

Fingers crossed we think of something soon!!

The Mummy Diaries: 37 Week Update!!

So we finally made it, 37 weeks! I am officially classed as full term now and baby could come any day! Super excited doesn’t even come close to how I feel right now!

Last week I had my 36 week midwife appointment, everything is looking good, however, he had decided to move up out of my pelvis a bit instead of going further in, which was a little disappointing but ah well such is life right, can’t rush these things, he will come when he is good and ready! My next appointment will be tomorrow at 38 weeks, so fingers crossed for a bit of downward movement!!

According to my app Ovia, baby is the size of a tackle box at 37 weeks, weighs just over 6lbs and is about 19 inches tall! All of his organs are fully formed and he is totally ready to come into this world and meet us, hurry up dude!

I finally finished his bedroom this week and his new moses basket arrived as well, I will do a separate post with some pics of the nursery and his moses basket all set up, we also finished washing all of his clothes… he has so many clothes it is insane! ooh and I also finished packing his hospital bag and made a start on packing my own, though most of the stuff going into my bag is stuff that I am still using so will have to all be put in last minute!

Definitely starting to feel a lot more tired now, sleep hasn’t been easy, I tend to wake up loads of times in the night and then once I wake up it takes about an hour or so to get back to sleep, but it will all be worth it, I am definitely looking forward to being able to sleep somewhat normally again once he is here, the things you don’t appreciate like sleeping on your back instead of your side all the time are the things you miss the most I think, so I am really looking forward to being able to do that again and just generally have my body back!

Ooh, I almost forgot, we had a breastfeeding class on the 13th, it was pretty interesting, though the jury is still out on whether I will breast feed or formula, I think I will give it a try for sure for at least a week but my heart is not set on it being the only way I feed him, if I end up bottle feeding I won’t be disappointed, fed is best after all and as long as he is happy it doesn’t matter.

So yeah, I think that is all I have for this weeks update, I am thinking of doing weekly updates now until he arrives, so I guess my next one will be next Sunday/Monday for 38 weeks!

P.s. we still haven’t picked out a name!!!

Happy Easter! 🐣

Just a quick post today and its a day late at that! but,

HAPPY EASTER!! 

Hope you all had a great Easter yesterday, me and Arran spent time with both our families, it was a great weekend and a nice break from unpacking from our recent house move!

We got quite a bit of chocolate, i reckon it’ll last us probably two/three weeks! also this is our last Easter as just the two of us! how exciting, next year we will hopefully be in Cyprus celebrating with our little dude for his first Easter!

Here is a pic of all the chocolate that we got, I think we did pretty well!


Did you guys get much chocolate? 

The Mummy Diaries: Baby Shower!

So it’ll have been 3 weeks tomorrow since my baby shower 😱 I definitely planned on writing this post a lot sooner than now but I have been super busy with baby stuff!

Anyway, my baby shower! It was a great day, if not a little overwhelming but I still had a ton of fun and am very thankful to all of my family and friends who came to celebrate with me! Baby boy got lots of lovely pressies, more clothes than he will ever need and I even got a couple of presents too! Which I wasn’t expecting πŸ˜›

My baby shower was at my parents house as it is a lot bigger than my flat, my mom organised it and my sister and Arran’s mom bought the decorations. It was such a good day, my mom organised some quizzes and a few other games like pin the dummy on the baby and we had a guess how many jelly babies are in the jar too, definitely one of the most fun days I’ve had in a long time! However, I’m not one for being the centre of attention so it was rather overwhelming for me too, having everyone watching me opening presents and just having everyone there to celebrate me and the baby was crazy, I definitely slept well that night cause I was just physically and mentally exhausted!! Still a ton of fun and for anyone who’s thinking of having one I would definitely recommend it, its a great way to get all of your family together!

We had about 25 guests but I didn’t take many pics during the day cause I was just so busy and distracted but here are a few 😊

And some pics of the lovely gifts we received!

So yeah overall it was an awesome day! and now I only have just over 5 weeks to go til my due date!!!

Excited and scared!

The Mummy Diaries: 32 Week Update!

So it’s week 32 already!! Not much has happened in the last two weeks, I haven’t had another midwife appointment yet, my next is at 34 weeks, that will be my last one with my current midwife before I move home and have to change 😒 I love my midwife she’s so nice and never makes me feel silly when I ask dumb questions, but needs must sadly, I’m sure my new midwife will be just as lovely! 

Sleeping has gotten a little more uncomfortable these past two weeks, I’ve had a stuffy nose since about 14 weeks and now that we are getting to hayfever season it just feels even worse, I also can’t sleep on my back anymore, it makes me lightheaded πŸ˜› so I’m stuck with sleeping on my sides which is not exactly comfortable! Ah well only 8 more weeks to go til my due date!

I use Ovia as my pregnancy app, I love all the lite tidbits of info it gives you, so now apparently baby weighs in at almost 4lbs and is roughly 18inches long!! Hes a perfect little person, just needs to put on a bit more chub! I had my baby shower on the 11th, it was overwhelming and great all at the same time, I got so much stuff it’s ridiculous and now I have to sort all of it out into size order! I will do a separate post about my baby shower with all the juicy details at some point this week! 

Here’s some pics from my Ovia app about baby πŸ‘ΆπŸ» 


Hopefully I don’t give birth to an Armadillo… 

Moving House… Again!

It’s official, we are moving house, again, for the 2nd time in a year, but hey needs must right, where we currently live is not big enough for us and a baby, it’s also not in the greatest of areas to be honest, It’s Ok for just the two of us but I wouldn’t want to bring a kid up around here really.

So yeah, we are officially moving home on the 8th of April, we plan to live with my parents for a while so that we can save up some money and afford something bigger and in a nicer area, also we will have the support of all of my family around us to help out with the baby as and when we need it, which lets face it, we will need it at some point!

I gave our landlord our months notice on the 14th of March, so now we gotta get packing, there is so much to do now before baby makes his appearance, here is my To Do list for the next 5-10 weeks:

  • Pack
  • Move House
  • Clean
  • Unpack
  • Wash all of the baby clothes
  • Steralise bottles & dummies
  • Put together a Chest of Drawers
  • Put away baby clothes in size order
  • Buy any last minute things we still need
  • Pick baby’s coming home outfit
  • Pack baby’s hospital bag
  • Pack my hospital bag
  • Get my nails done

Most of this I won’t be able to do though until we move back in April, by then I will have 1-5 weeks to get it all done… that is not scary at all… that is also a lie, oh jeez!!

Are we crazy for moving house this late?!