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Ted’s Birth – Blink & You’ll Miss It

So 12 weeks after Ted was born I thought I should finally get round to writing this down before I forget.

Monday 6th April 2015 – Easter Monday
I woke at around 2.45am for my regular early hours toilet trip. On my way back to the bedroom after paying a visit I could feel a trickle down my leg. I momentarily wondered if I had got the point in pregnancy where I had lost all bladder control but I quickly realised that my waters had broken. This was different to my experience with Elsa where my waters broke with a mighty gush.

As I had no pains at all I expected that, like my previous experience, I was in for the long haul so I went back to bed and back to sleep.

Elsa woke me at 4am with a request for a drink (!) so after I put her back to bed I told S I thought we would be having a baby that day. His face was a picture given that it was 10 days before due date.
After speaking to the hospital, we went down at 8.30am for them to check me over. After monitoring the baby’s heartbeat for 10 minutes I was given the option of staying there & going on the drop to get contractions going or going home to wait for things to happen.

Wanting as little medical intervention as possible I opted to go back home. Plus I had my grocery shopping due to arrive between 12noon and 2pm!

Back at home I pottered around, packed my business parcels, bounced on the ball and had another shower. At about 11am things had cranked up enough for me to take a couple of paracetamol. Things then began to move quite quickly with contractions being intense but fairly short and not consistent. The gap between contractions was varying from 2 and a half minutes to seven minutes.

At 1pm I decided that I should think about making a move. But the bloody shopping still had not arrived. And the week would be thrown into chaos without the Asda shop.

At 2.06pm we left for the LGI. I was examined in the Maternity Assessment Ward at 2.50pm where they told me I was 6-7cm dilated. I could have kissed those midwives. Then everyone jumped into action. I was bundled into a wheelchair and raced down the corridor towards delivery.

On the way I was asked what kind of birth I fancied. This was a bit of a novelty after being strapped to a monitor and on my back for hours and hours with Elsa.

“Was a birthing pool available?” I enquired. “Get that water running” they shouted ahead.

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We got the Myleene Klass Suite. All mood lighting and a massive pool. Unfortunately we didn’t spot the mood lighting until several hours after Ted’s birth.

There was a dribble of water in the pool when we got there but I dived in anyway. Being on all fours in a virtually empty birthing pool whilst mooing like a cow is not the most elegant way to be. But dignity and the rest of it goes out of the window when there is a human being trying to get out of you.

The midwife kept emphasising to me not to push yet. What was this woman talking about? I was only 6-7 cm dilated, I had hours yet. Approximately 3 minutes later the urge to push was overwhelming. It’s mad. Having had an epidural for Elsa’s birth I never felt the pushing urges. This time I never made a concious decision to push Ted out, my body just did it.

Within a couple of contractions Ted’s head was out. And then you have the most surreal few minutes of your life where you are just hanging about waiting with a baby’s head between your legs.

Then he was here. At 3.21pm, Ted arrived.

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I picked him out of the water and we sat for a few minutes before S cut the cord.

Ted was born about 50 minutes after arriving at the LGI and 20 minutes after getting in the birthing pool. It wasn’t even half full! To be honest it was all pretty easy. Not to say that it wasn’t painful, but it was all so quick this time and it only took a couple of big pushes to get him out. All in all I only had any pain for about 4 hours.

This was exactly the birth I had hoped for but had feared that I wouldn’t get after my previous experience. I cannot recommend a water birth enough and I also highly recommend acupuncture to shorten labour and avoid going overdue. But that’s another story!

 

Introducing Ted

Easter Monday was rather eventful in the What Elsa Wears household with our newest team member putting in a bit of a surprise appearance. 

Ted Maxwell arrived in a rather speedy fashion at 3.21pm weighing 8lb 1oz and 10 days early. 

He’s pretty cute & we can’t wait to show off Ted’s Togs! 

   

         

Pregnancy | 34 Week Growth Scan

The six weeks since the last growth scan have flown by scarily quickly & to think that it is now less than 6 weeks until due date is pretty terrifying. We really need to get sorted! 

So this was the last of the pre-booked growth scans. All is good with Baby. Despite Baby wriggling A LOT & us having to abandon the first attempt at a scan until it had calmed down we managed to get there in the end. All measurements are perfectly average and tracking slightly below average on the personalised growth chart that was done for me. Meaning that this baby could be smaller than the 8lbs that Elsa was. 

Baby currently weighs an estimated 5lbs 2oz which does put us on track for another 8lb-er. 



Because of the size of Baby there is a lot less room in there so the scan picture is pretty rubbish. 

I now have no more hospital appointments so the next time I’m in the LGI should hopefully be to give birth. Eeekkkk. 





Pregnancy | Dressing A Bump: Maternity Style On A Budget

During my last pregnancy I worked up to 36 weeks so my essentials were a decent pair of work trousers and a few roomy shirts & blouses that would grow with me. This, combined with a pair of jeans and a few casual tops saw me right through the pregnancy.

 

This time around I have not been in an office type work place so my maternity wear needs were slightly different. But I still didn’t want to spend a fortune on clothes that would only be worn for a few months. Below are a few of my maternity best buys and essentials this time around.

 

Jeans

A couple of decent pairs of jeans have been truly essential. Having ‘popped’ out much earlier in this pregnancy I have been wearing maternity jeans since 12 weeks pregnant. I have good and bad pairs. My favourite pair(s) by far have been ASOS Elgin Overbump Skinny Jeans. I have these in both blue & black & have pretty much lived in these. They fit well, have good bump coverage and the waistband on the jeans provides support under the bump. This is particularly important now that my belly is very large and feels like it needs all the supportive help it can get! These jeans are the very reasonable price of £30, which I think is good value considering that I have worn them constantly for 6 months!

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Tops

Long black tops have been another wardrobe staple. The best range of longline tops I have found has been at H&M (non maternity). I prefer normal styles over maternity as they seem to snug and support a bump better. All it takes then is a nice colourful cardigan to brighten up an outfit. Top tip: Size up in tight tops for that extra coverage as your bump grows.

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Dressing Up

I have attended both a wedding and a ball whilst quite pregnant and I didn’t want to spend a fortune on dresses that would never get worn again. For both occasions I have chosen simple dresses by New Look (at ASOS) which could be dressed up with accessories. Both dresses have cost less than £20.

This red wrap style dress is knee length and was ideal to wear to a wedding.

And on the occasion of the Ball the black jersey maxi was ideal.

There are many beautiful ‘designer’ maternity pieces out there but I have struggled to justify the price of them based on a cost per wear basis. Dressing a bump on a budget is perfectly do-able and the high street has some excellent & affordable choices.

Pregnancy | Dressing A Bump: Alexander’s Ball

Pretty much as soon as I found out I was pregnant my thoughts turned to Alexander’s Ball & what I would wear at almost 32 weeks pregnant.

Months of searching followed with me coming across some beautiful but totally unaffordable dresses.

In the end I opted to keep it simple and affordable (as lovely as some of the dresses were I simply don’t have £250 to spend on any dress, let alone a maternity ball gown!) with the outfit below.

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Dress: New Look Maternity at ASOS – the bargain price of £19.99 (!!!!!!)
Shoes (out of shot): Comfortable sparkly flats from George at Asda – £8
Jewellery: Bespoke necklace & bracelet by Niteo Jewellery

Maternity wear on a budget is the way to go!

Pregnancy | 28 Week Growth Scan

During my pregnancy with Elsa I measured slightly big at 28 weeks so I was sent for a growth scan. She was a perfectly average size, it turned out that I had quite a lot of water. But as a result of this I was automatically booked in for two growth scans during this pregnancy.

The first of which was yesterday, at 28 weeks & 1 day pregnant.

This gave us another opportunity to have a sneaky peek at Baby, although the sonographer on this occasion was not particularly chatty it up for sharing.

But we saw Baby wriggling away, all measurements were checked & it is estimated that Baby is weighing 2lbs 9oz at the moment. This is bang on the national 50th centile & slightly below on my personalised growth chart. This baby could be smaller than Elsa?

The scan pictures we got are not amazing, but here is Baby at 28 weeks.

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In the 8 weeks since our last scan we have made no progress with a name so I am hoping that by the time we have the next scan in 6 weeks we should at least have some potential names! Fingers crossed.

Pregnancy | Half Way There – 20 Week Anomaly Scan

 

 

It’s hard to believe that I am now more than half way through this pregnancy. The last 16 weeks of knowing about this pregnancy have flown by and in another 16 weeks we will almost be there!

 

Yesterday, at 20 weeks and 4 days we had our 20 week anomaly scan.

 

All is good with baby, measurements bang on what they should be for my due date and everything where it should be.

 

And we know what baby is! We can get working on names now 🙂
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The Nine – A Pregnancy Countdown Journal from Burp! Boutique – Review

During my first pregnancy I kept absolutely no record or detail of the experience so with a second baby on the way I had every intention of keeping a journal of sorts. Haha, me and my good intentions! Obviously life got in the way and it didn’t happen. But then the lovely Kate at Burp! Boutique offered ‘The Nine – A Pregnancy Countdown Journal’ for review and I thought it looked ideal.

 

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Being short on time, patience and with a memory like a sieve I wanted something simple and inviting to use that wasn’t going to be a complete chore to fill in.

 

‘The Nine’ by Kelly Sopp is split into the nine months of pregnancy with colourful dividers and further split down into weeks. Each week there is space to write a little bit about what’s going on in your head, which body bits are expanding at an exponential rate and one other section which changes every week, such as family, relationship, work etc.

 

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There is a space each month to stick in a belly photo and also sections for scan pics, details of names that you like and a final section at the end to fill in details of the birth and a couple of weeks after.

 

This journal is American so there are certain dates that fit with the US pregnancy care system rather than the UK. But overall this is a lovely, simple to use journal that guides you through making notes during your pregnancy and will make a lovely keepsake to look back on.

 

This journal will shortly be available at Burp! Boutique, along with lots of other gorgeous clothes. books and toys for your little one. Pop over and have a browse!

 

*The Nine – A pregnancy countdown journal’ was provide by Burp! Boutique for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own*

Mama Academy – Positive About Pregnancy

Being almost 18 weeks pregnant I am discovering once again the joys of midwife appointments, hospital visits and the importance of carrying your pregnancy notes with you everywhere.

I am also aware of the changes in anti-natal care in the two years since I gave birth.

So when I recently came across Mama Academy on Twitter I was more than happy to get involved with the launch of their Wellbeing Wallets. The ‘Wellbeing Wallet’ is a practical and attractive zip-lock style wallet designed to keep antenatal notes throughout pregnancy. The wallets are printed with practical tips and advice for a healthy pregnancy and keep those key messages visible and to hand.

 

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Not 100% on whether you can eat that cheese or not? The information is right there on the wallet. Unsure about calling the midwife? The information is right there on the wallet.

 

TV’s Dr Ranj has got behind the ‘Wellbeing Wallet’ campaign and the Mama Academy aim is that all maternity service providers adopt the use of the wallets by the end of 2015. In the meantime, if you are waiting for your area to sign up, you can purchase one of these wallets for just £2 from their online shop.

 

It’s a fantastic idea from a fantastic charity so if you are pregnant buy a wallet and show your support!

 

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Pregnancy | Pregnant!

Eeekk, so Friday 8th August is the day I found out that Baby No 2 is on the way.

A busy & potentially boozy weekend made me think that I really should check before consuming my body weight in Sauvignon Blanc.

My cheapo eBay tests showed nothing & I was testing super early but I still felt the urge to double check with a Clearblue Digital.

And here we have it!

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