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Thursday, 21 May 2015

A New Arrival and New Beginnings

A couple of weeks ago I followed the news of the Royal baby birth from my hospital bed, and for some time it looked as if our little baby bundle would share a similar birthday to Baby Charlotte. No doubt our birth experiences will be very different and I am not sure I can imagine what it would be like to have so many people eagerly awaiting baby news. However as the duchess stood on the steps of Lindo wing cradling her newborn daughter I was getting ready for the all clear, ready for home with baby bump still intact. It did strike a chord that despite everything she has just welcomed her new baby daughter into the world.

 Although a far cry from carrying a child who is potentially in line for the throne, it did get me thinking about the future and hopes for baby number three and how my own little prince or princess will find their feet in this world.

 As a mother I have always worked hard to provide the same for each of my children and will work just as hard to do this for number three, and although my two boys have such differing personalities they have each had the same start in life.

Personalities can often influence our futures and many believe that our star sign can define our characteristics. I wonder if the Royal baby Charlotte, will have the typical traits of a Taurus woman and how my child will differ being a likely Gemini.

Regardless of  personality like any other mother, health, and happiness are some of non material wishes for baby number three. I would also like to create the perfect family unit and be able to provide for all of my children's need and although wealth may sometimes be an issue, one thing that I am sure I will have in common with the Duchess is the amount of love that I have for my children.

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Saturday, 16 May 2015

A 32 week bump update

Well it's certainly been an eventful week it terms of baby bump. I started the week really struggling with back pain, assuming it was just the way that baby was lay I carried on and started my working week as normal. However by the end if the day on Tuesday I wasn't feeling too well and had started to experience contraction type pains. Airing on the side of caution as tiny man was early I decided to give maternity triage a call expecting to be given some advice and just to keep an eye in my symptoms, but due to my history the decided I needed to seen.

I arrived at maternity triage and although I did really expect to be sent home, I had packed an overnight bag just in case. On arrival I was hooked up to the monitor to check on baby and my basic observations were done. Shortly after I was seen by a consultant registrar who again covered my history and did some further observations  took blood and advised that I would be admitted for the night. I had a temperature, my heart rate was higher than normal and was slightly dehydrated along with protein in my urine.

An hour later a midwife came to admit me and to my surprise I was taken through to the delivery suite for monitoring. I was shocked to find myself in the delivery suite a room with a crib, and everything ready for a baby's arrival. I was seen by numerous doctors and consultants and again hooked to the monitor to keep an eye on the contractions. I was also put on IV fluids and antibiotics, and given anti-sickness medication.

After a restless night were in which I was monitored every few hours I was seen by a further consultant who advised that I would be transferred to a general maternity ward and kept in for a further 24hours until all the test results had come back, and I would remain on IV antibiotics and fluids.

On the general maternity ward I was given further medication for blood thinning and also steroids for the baby's lungs should baby decide to make an early appearance. Results came back to show that infection markers where higher, further confirmation of the group b strep and protein and key tones in my urine. All was well with baby, and it was assumed that the infections were causing the contractions.

I spent five long nights in hospital before being given the all clear to go home. I was also given further appointments for Doppler scans and consultant reviews over the coming weeks.

I found it really hard being in hospital with the boys at home, and despite their visits home times were really hard. Both the boys made me lovely cards which did cheer me up but the constant monitoring and noise throughout the ward meant that sleep was at a premium.

We have been booked in for a growth scan at 34 weeks I will keep you posted.

Sunday, 19 April 2015

20 week consultants review

I recently wrote about my 20 week scan, following this I saw the consultant to discuss my care plan and actions for the remainder of my pregnancy and labour.

Although I have had these appointments before, I presumed it would just be the usual blood pressure, urine and blood tests that would be done, and advised to speak to the community midwife if I had any  questions or concerns.However I was pleasantly surprised to be greeted by a consultant registrar who had fully read my notes and was aware of my history and had a care plan ready to discuss. Probably due to the fact that tiny man decided to put in his appearance five weeks early.

Firstly I was offered serial growth scans at 28, 32 and 36 weeks gestation as both the boys have weighed a little on the small side based on the midwives growth charts. I  was lucky enough to have
these with both the boys and these were a lovely opportunity to capture more sneaky peeks at baby.

Secondly was the discussion about birth options, I wasn't quite expecting this conversation so early in pregnancy but knew that I would like to try for a VBAC as I had a normal delivery with little man. So I came away armed with literature regarding VBAC and invited to attend a workshop to discuss the topic in greater detail.

I was also made appointments to have routine blood tests, thyroid test and those to indicate whether there would be any concerns regarding blood group incompatibility which me and the tiny man had.

I left with  dates for numerous appointments over the coming months, but reassured knowing that a care plan had been put in place for the remainder of this pregnancy and that I would have the opportunity to discuss any issues or concerns over the coming months.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

A promise to you little man

Dear Little Man,

Firstly I want to tell you how proud I am of you and what an amazing little character you are and if I could freeze time right now I would.

Tonight is the night before we find out which primary school you have been allocated, and although I really don't want to think about you starting school I know that you are probably more than ready. You have a desire to learn and really absorb any sort of information, but you are still my little man.

The process of choosing a short list of schools was hard, but we selected a short list of schools that we think would be perfect for you, it was so hard I think I was in denial about you starting school.

A lot of your friends at nursery have applied for different schools and although you are only four I know you have developed some really close friendships.

This decision is one of the hardest I have had to make and I promise that we have put lots and lots of thought into it as we want whats best for you little man, to find a school were you will be so happy, where you can grow and have fun whilst learn, where you can express yourself.

Tonight I feel a little delicate, we find out tomorrow your allocated school, but just remember little man that mummy and daddy have made a promise that we will always do what we think is best for you


Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Five Reasons why I didn't find out baby's gender.

Now don't get me wrong I love a good gender reveal and am probably up there with the rest of them when it comes to asking that question 'are you finding out what you are having?'

I completely get the reasons why people choose to find out the gender from organisation, through to a burning desire to know.

Here are five reasons why I won't be finding out bean bags gender.

1) Surprise, I didn't find out the gender with the boys, and loved the element of surprise whilst in labour ( and it was definitely a motivator at times) and the midwife handing baby over and saying it's a..... I guess I am a little old school and think if I didn't do it for the others I shouldn't do it for this one either, same start and all that. It's also really nice to be able to announce to the family  full details of baby's arrival, after all there aren't many surprises in life.

2) Uncooperative bump, at our twenty week scan we told the sonographer that we didn't want to find out bean bag's gender, she informed us that even if we did want to find out baby was crossed leg and not willing to reveal themselves. A sure fire sign that we had made the right decision.

3) Names and personality, this might just be me and I am certainly no expert but I think if I knew bean bag's gender we would have a name already picked out, have an idea about their personality and maybe even refer to bump with their chosen names. Now with my first two we have chosen names for both boys and girls, but when the arrived the names didn't seem the right fit, and with little man it tooks us 48 hours to decide on the 'right' name and with tiny man it took well over a week! This time I am not focusing on choosing names, don't get me wrong there are names we both like, but we will see what baby looks like first.

4) No exchange, being a mum to two boys I often get the question or statements do you want a girl or will it be a girl next?  Now don't get me wrong I would absolutely love a little girl to add to our little family ( I have always thought I would have both boys and girls) but baby's gender is decided and what will be was meant to be and these little babas don't come with an exchange policy and once you know you know.This little bump will be another little miracle and when baby is cuddled in my arms I will cherish the thought that I have been blessed to be a mummy again

5) Shopping, I can't resist newborn clothes and although believe it or not I bought very little for this one as yet I am relishing the thought of not one shopping spree prior to babies arrival for the neutral colours but another when baby puts in there appearance for either baby girls or baby boys clobber.

Do I wish i had found out, there is an odd moment when I think it may have been nice to know, but that soon passes and I am so excited not to know the gender.

Did you find out your littles ones gender?

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

The 20 Week Scan

Firstly I apologise this post is long long overdue but here goes.....

So the 20 week scan or the anomaly scan as its also known , my appointment fell exactly on my 20 weeks gestation date and although I was excited to see our little bean bag live on screen I was also filled with nerves and apprehension. Luckily enough the other half was able to book time off work so that he could attend the appointment too.

We arrived in advance of our appointment, and were told that our appointment would be conducted in the Ante Natal day care unit, which is one of the newer parts of  the maternity unit and seems a lot more relaxed.

The sonographer called us through to the scan room, took my notes and checked my previous history.  Shortly after the cold gel was applied to my tummy and the scan probe applied, those first few moments whilst the sonographer checks baby and baby's position seemed like an age, before the screen is turned towards us both and we see bean bag wriggling around in front of us.

This scan always amazes me as to all the detail that can be seen, from the heart chambers, limbs and vertebrae, it also seems to take a lot longer than the twelve week scan as measurements are carefully taken. On this occasion bean bag was also not playing ball and was not lying in the right positions to get all the measurements without beeing prodded and poked.

Baby Yawning
Cheeky Baby waving fingers

Just over twenty minutes later, feeling over the moon we exit the scan room armed with several shots of little bean bag and ready to wait and see the consultant.

As for the gender, did we find out ? Keep your eyes peeled for my next post.

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Beauty and the Beast - Epstein Theatre Liverpool

On Good Friday, we made the short trip down the M62 to the Epstein Theatre in Liverpool to watch the Easter pantomime  Beauty and the Beast. The boys have never been to a pantomime, and  so I didn't know how they would react to the their first experience of seeing a performance live on stage.

The production features 5ive's Ritchie Neville who takes on one of the lead roles of Anton, who is desperately trying to capture the heart of Belle. As with any panto there is the role bad guy which is the Countess De Champagne, the loveable character of Loopy Louie and the Dame Dolly Doughnut who is armed with one liners throughout the show (which had a lot of the adults chuckling along too although the references to Everton Football Club did not impress the other half who is a passionate Blue )

The staging and props were well thought out, and scene changes flowed well. The Beast was a little scary for my two and as this was one of the opening performances I think there was the odd technical hitch here and there (nothing that the kids would pick up and covered up with a bit of ad-hoc humour)

For us although the first half was packed with story and plenty of singing and dancing it did lack a little on the audience participation. The second have soon picked up and the boys loved the 'if I wasn't in a pantomime' rendition especially when the Dame went wild with the water guns.

The final scenes were great as Belle changed into her stunning golden gown, and the rest of the cast donned their finery for the wedding. At the end the boys were clapping along and recalling their favourite parts of the show.

Beauty and the Beast runs from April 2nd through to April 12th at the Epstein Theatre

Disclaimer: We were invited to the performance free of charge for the purpose of this review, all opinions are our own.

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