Sunday, 3 May 2015

BIRTH STORY | SOFIA FRANCESCA

At long last, I would like to share my birth story with you.

Tuesday 26th August 2014
2am - Started having a few niggly contractions, I lay in bed timing them, they were coming every 10 minutes lasting for about 30 seconds. I fell asleep about 4am and when I woke up at 6am they had stopped. During the day contractions continued to stop and start coming every 30 minutes but they didn't progress and by the evening they had stopped. 

Wednesday 27th August 2014
3am - My contractions started again, this time coming every 5/7 minutes and lasting about 60 seconds. They didn't feel anywhere near as strong as when I was having Isabelle.

5am - I called the hospital maternity ward for advice on when to come in. They advised to make our way to the hospital when the contractions were 3 minutes apart. Like the day before I fell asleep at 6am and when I woke up at 7:30am the contractions had stopped. 

3:30pm - Throughout the day my contractions were regular and as the day went on they became stronger. It was a hot, sunny day and at about 4pm I took Isabelle to the park and vividly remember how painful the contractions were starting to become, There were other people on the park and the contractions were making me stop in my tracks, there was one point where I remember having to kneel down and pretend to get something out of my bag as they were so painful!

4pm - I called John and told him to make his way home as my contractions were getting stronger and they were coming every 5 minutes. When he got home we decided Mr W would take Isabelle to his mum and dads for the night as I knew it wouldn't be long until she arrived (As my lucky number is 27 I was sure she was going to make an appearance before midnight).

8:30pm - Had an early night but couldn't sleep. Contractions were still 5 minutes apart and too strong to sleep through.

Thursday 28th August 2014
12:30am - Ran a hot bath and by 1am my contractions were coming every 3/4 minutes and were quite painful, I dried my hair put a bit of makeup on (of course!) then woke Mr W to tell him it was time to go to the hospital.

2:30am - We arrived at the hospital and my contractions were coming every 3 minutes. The midwife took us in to an examination room and a student midwife examined me and advised I was already 7 cm's dilated (I was so surprised!). The midwife advised the birth pool was free and it was always my plan to have a waterbirth if it was possible.

4:30am - We made our way to the birth pool. The midwife advised Mr W could choose some backing music and he came back with R.Kelly's album!! We have very different taste in music and I didn't want 'I believe I can fly' going round in my head, so I sent him back to choose a meditation cd which was much more relaxing!
5am - In birth pool, contractions every 2/3 minutes. Contractions were getting stronger and I started to panic and wanted to get out of the water but the midwife's helped me find a comfier position. No pain relief so far!

6:30am - Contractions getting much stronger, started to have gas and air.

7:15am - Started pushing

7:27am - SOFIA FRANCESCA ARRIVED!
Having a water birth was an amazing experience and the trainee and senior midwife that delivered Sofia were fantastic! I can't believe how much easier it was compared to my first birth. The placenta was delivered quickly and I breastfed Sofia straight away. We were then left in the the suite for a few hours which enabled me to get a shower and for Mr W and I to have lots of cuddles before being moved on to the ward. Later that day Mr W brought Isabelle to meet her baby sister, she was so excited to meet her!

I stayed in overnight to ensure breastfeeding was established and was discharged the following afternoon.

Jemma 
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Tuesday, 26 August 2014

The Bump: 40 Weeks, 3 days...still...pregnant!

So the due date we had circled on the calendar has been and gone and guess what...we're STILL PREGNANT! It's frustrating but I guess she's too comfy and will come when she's ready!

This past week I've noticed she hasn't been moving so much and at 41 weeks and 1 day I contacted the midwife and went for a non-stress test. This is where they attach two belts around your stomach to monitor the baby's heart rate, I had to press a button when the baby moved so that the heart rate could be seen in relation to the movement. It was just typical that as soon as I got hooked up to the machine she livened up and was very active! I was monitored for an hour before they were happy for me to go home.

The best moment of my week has been watching Isabelle kiss and give my belly hugs. She can't wait to meet her little sister.

This past weekend was POSSIBLY our last weekend as a family of three! We took Isabelle to Liverpool on Saturday to look for school shoes (I can't believe she will be starting nursery in a couple of weeks!) and we went out for lunch with family on Sunday. We have now done everything on our 'to do list', the car seat is in the car, bags are packed and the house has been cleaned from top to bottom.

Last night I had mild contractions (similar to period like pain) for nearly 3 hours followed by a 'bloody show'. They were lasting about 60 seconds and were 10 minutes apart then they suddenly stopped and I fell back asleep! I had my appointment with the midwife today at 12:30pm for a 'sweep' and she said I was 2/3 cm's dilated and was in early labour, the baby's head is 3/5th's engaged. After, the sweep I started to have some more mild contractions but with no pattern, maybe tonight will be the night?!! I will try and keep you posted via instagram.

Come on little girl, were ready when you are!!


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Friday, 15 August 2014

The Bump: 39 Weeks!


























Here we are at the end (I can't believe how fast this pregnancy has gone!). I'm officially 39 weeks   and feel ready to POP!

This week I had an appointment with my midwife and everythings looking like it should. My fundal height is measuring 34 weeks and is following a nice curve around the 25th centile on the graph. She is head down and her head is still 4/5ths engaged, no change from my last check up. The midwife advised her head may not fully engage until labour starts as this is my second pregnancy.

Early this week I felt really faint and disorientated to the point where I could hardly string together a sentence and later that evening I had a headache that lasted all night. I mentioned this to the midwife and she said my blood pressure is on the lower side and it must have dropped and caused these symptoms but advised it was nothing to be concerned about and thankfully it hasn't happened since! 

I have also started having LOADS more Braxton Hicks this week, it sounds weird but I kind of like having them! Hopefully, this is a sign she'll be making an appearance very soon. I don't really have a birth plan as you really can't predict how things will unfold but I would like to try and avoid having Pethidine or an Epidural and just use Gas and Air and if possible have a water birth.

So that's where I am! I hope this little girl makes an appearance sooner rather than later as were SO excited to meet her, but if she's anything like me I know she'll be fashionably late!

Jemma xXx
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Tuesday, 12 August 2014

The Bump: 37 Weeks




























Sorry for the lack of posts over the last few weeks by the time evening comes I have just been too tired to write. I have actually just turned 38 weeks but this is my 37 week update!

Over the last few weeks nesting has been well and truly underway with cleaning, organising and planning for baby number 2's arrival. We have now finished decorating Isabelle's room and have freshened up the nursery ready for her pending arrival.

This week I have been finding it difficult to get comfortable at night especially with all the hot weather we have had recently and I feel like i'm starting to waddle! I think I have had a couple of Braxton Hick contractions lately but apart from this nothing to suggest labour is pending. I have been quite laid back when it comes to packing my hospital bag but finally got round to doing it this week and i'm feeling much more organised now that it's done!

Looking forward to meeting this little princess sometime over the next few weeks!
xxx
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Thursday, 17 July 2014

Dry Like Me Review & Giveaway!

As you may already be aware, I started potty training Isabelle a few weeks ago and I'm proud to say we have finally mastered daytime potty training (which you can read about here) and with it being summer I thought we would go the whole hog and also tackle night time potty training! My challenge is to try and get Isabelle fully potty trained before my next little girl arrives in August.

We are taking part in Dry Like Me's summer campaign 'Potty Training Live', which is an exclusive 6 week summer programme of support to help get you and your little one through the challenge of potty training which launches on July 14th!

Dry Like Me have very kindly sent us 4 boxes of their night time pads and a "How to Potty Train" book. First impressions are really good; I love the use of bright colours and characters on the packaging and book, the pads feel soft and thicker than the day time pads and they have a fun little star design. Each pack contains 14 pads and a re-sealable plastic pouch to keep fresh ones clean or to contain dirty ones if you don't have access to a bin. The pads are like little sanitary towels that you place inside your toddlers knickers or undies, so when they have little accidents, they start to understand and react to what's happening. 
Before I started I made sure I was prepared...what you'll need:
  • I have a waterproof bed sheet and also use Little Angels bed mats from Asda under her sheet for extra protection, so I don't have to wash the waterproof bed sheet everyday!
  • A potty in her room
  • Spare bedding and pyjamas to hand in case of any accidents
  • Dry Like Me Night Time pads 
  • 'How to potty train' story book 
I found the book really useful as it covers every aspect of potty training from preparing your child, recognising the signs that they're ready, through to night time potty training and going out and about. 
It's filled with lots of colourful illustrated stories to read with your child (which Isabelle loved) and also comes with charts and planners, top tips and lots of free stickers.
We have now been using the pads the last 10 nights and we have had some success and some failures (4 out of 10 mornings have been dry), which I expected as she is still quite young. 

For the first few nights she had accidents so Jude and Di (the founders of Dry Like Me) recommended a 'dream wee'. Meaning at about 10:30/11pm you lift your child, place them on the potty/toilet and encourage them to empty their bladder.The first night we did this we found Issy went straight back to sleep and was DRY the next morning...yay! I also like the way you can layer the pads by putting one at the front and one at the back to give extra absorbency and helps to prevent leakage. 

Our bedtime routine goes something like this:
  • A drink of milk about an hour before bed.
  • Potty/toilet last thing before bed between 7/7:30pm
  • 'Dream Wee' at 10:30/11pm
  • Encourage Issy to go straight to the potty/toilet first thing in the morning and reward for doing this.
Overall, I think they are great and definitely worth a try. I would have loved to have known about these when I was potty training during the day. I found some of the instructions about how to insert the pads a little confusing but I soon realised you can use the pads in different ways and can layer the pads by putting one at the front and one at the back to give extra absorbency. One of the main things I found from using the pads is that it definitely helps Isabelle to recognise that she has had an accident. She now takes off her knickers and puts clean ones on if she has had an accident, whereas before I would need to prompt her to take off her pull ups in the morning, They are much cheaper to buy than pull ups so definitely worth a try.

For more information, practical advice and special offers go to www.drylikeme.com.

Dry Like Me are available in most major supermarkets both online and in-store, on Amazon and directly from Dry Like Me on their online potty training shop.

COMPETITION TIME!
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To celebrate the launch of their annual summer potty training programme, potty training live 2014! Dry Like Me are giving my readers a chance to win a 'Smarter Way To Potty Train' pack worth £24 each! They contain four boxes of Dry Like Me pads with a lovely reward chart and stickers - all the tools you need to help your little one achieve potty training success.

For your chance to win just enter the rafflecopter below:
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  1. Closing date for this competition is 31st July 2014.
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