A wife of noble character who can find?...She speaks with wisdom and faithful instruction is on her tongue...Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her. Proverbs 31:10, 26 & 28

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Our new little one finally arrived

Well Emily Mikayla finally made it, 5 days late. She weighed 3660gms and was my fastest labour. After 2 false starts I woke up on the 1st Feb with some pains but they were an hour or so apart so I didn't want to say anything. At about 6:30 pm I decided it was the real thing but they were still 20 mins or so apart. Then they stayed around 10 - 15 mins apart for a couple of hours. I thought, here we go again, another slow one, all my other labours have lingered along for around 8 hrs, then all of a sudden the contractions were 4 mins apart and REALLY strong so I told Tim to ring the hospital and let them know we were on the way and to ring his mum and dad and ask them to meet us at the hospital as I knew we wouldn't have time to pick his mum up on the way there. We were out of the door in less than 5 mins and we had a 35 min drive to the hospital. Of course the freeway exit we needed to use was closed for roadworks, but thankfully we were able to take the next one without adding too much time to the journey. We got stuck behind a really slow driver doing 80km in a hundred zone and Tim didn't have time to overtake him before we had to get off and the slow driver got off at the same exit and slowed down to 40km. Tim was so stressed, my contractions were coming hard and fast and I was praying that we'd make it to the hospital before the baby started coming out. When we got to the hospital there was an ambulance in the 5 min parking spot so Tim parked in the ambulance bay and thankfully the ambulance people were there and got me a wheel chair, but they couldn't push me up to the delivery suite, we had to wait for a midwife to come down and get me. The contractions were almost on top of themselves at this stage I knew it wouldn't be long until I needed to push and I thought I was going to break the armrests on the old wheelchair. We finally made it to the delivery suite and I had barely gotten onto the bed and wasn't even comfortable when I felt the need to push. With that contraction my waters broke and the baby's head started coming out. With the next push her head came all the way out and the next she was out completely. Emily Mikayla was born at 11:47pm on the 1st of February beautiful and healthy and only made a little squawk, she didn't cry at all.

Unfortunately for me I've had a separation of the abdominal muscles and am not allowed to do much for the next month, while I wait for them to strengthen and the relaxing hormones to stop being made. I ended up back in hospital again with extreme pain after hanging clothes on the line and getting my bowel pinched in the muscles. I have never been in so much pain, even in childbirth, so I really need to take it easy, which is so hard after not being able to do much while pregnant.

All the family think the baby is adorable and fight to take turns holding her. As soon as Emily's eyes are even the slightest bit open they cry out: "She's awake! Can I get her up?" First thing in the morning Rose and Christian come into my room saying: "Emily! Emily!" I haven't had any sibling rivalry with any of the others and we don't seem to be having any this time either.

We have been so blessed with our little 'Chipmunk'. She's so placid and barely makes a sound. Thank you everyone for you prayers for a safe delivery and healthy baby.