Archive for the ‘birth’ Category

Introducing Elliot James

Three hours old and sleeping peacefully

Our second beautiful boy entered the world at 6am on January 6, weighing in at 3.720kg and measuring 50cm. He was 10 days late just like his big brother – I’m very pleased I won’t be having to apologise for a Christmas or new year birthday for the next 20 years!

So far he’s been very chilled indeed and already showing more tendency to sleep than big brother!! I guess I better stop with the comparisons but before I do I’ll let you decide yourself whether you think they look alike.

Big brother, little brother at home - one day old.

Lenny is very proud, announcing several times today that “Elliot is MY baby brother” but he’s also a little cautious, telling his cousins in no uncertain terms that I am HIS mummy.

Family portrait on first day at home.

Five minutes after birth - it's true about second time being easier!

p.s. I’m pleased to let all my pregnant friends know that this birth was much faster and much less traumatic than Lenny’s was but having said that I won’t be rushing to do it again anytime soon!


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Off the air

We sent the families into chaos today by going to a morning movie session then forgetting to turn the mobiles back on. When we finally realised after dinner there was a flurry of banked up texts and voice messages. The grandmothers seem convinced we’re going to forget to call them when there’s news. I know we’ll be preoccupied when things do start but I don’t think we’ll forget to release the birds or set the flares off or whatever it is we’re meant to do. Oh and blog it here, post updates on Facebook, upload progress pics on flickr, put some video on YouTube…

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D-day comes … and goes

As I suspected it seems the little boy wasn’t listening when it was calculated that today would be his birth-day. Technically there’s still three hours left but that would make it among one of the fastest first births I’ve ever heard of. Apparently the first ones usually take at least 12 hours (ahhhh!) so I guess he could still come while it’s the 23rd of July in the northern hemisphere if he got a move on.

The midwife at the birth centre said they’d let me go 14 days over before they got serious about making him come out. But she said there’s lots of things I could try before it got to that stage. I could send in a brochure of the Target toy sale perhaps? Or go for some 5-chili rated Indonesian at Shalom?

Anyway I won’t take any drastic action before the end of the week cause I’m still in the running for the baby sweep at work and with maternity leave well established now the winnings could come in handy.

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“Any day now”

Finally with some time to myself after finishing work and coming back home from mum’s I’ve spent the last couple of days wandering round op shops and lingering in bakeries. Every time I buy something the shop assistants say something along the lines of “Oh you must be due any day now”. When I confirm the due date is Monday they start to look worried. You can see them processing: “Wednesday, Thursday, oh my god 5 days … I hope she doesn’t go now, here.”

I can understand. In fact I feel the same way. I’ve a massage booked for tomorrow, dinner Thursday night and I’d like to catch a movie while I still can. So I don’t mind. But when women who’ve had children say things like “Gee you’re brave coming out now” it freaks me out a little. Surely if I were so brave I’d be doing something a bit more spectacular like giving birth while skydiving or swimming with sharks…

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38 weeks

38 weeks

Well the countdown has now begun! We’re due in two weeks but if he were to turn up today he’d be considered full term. Basically he’s just hanging out getting fatter at the moment helped along by my continuing weakness for chocolate and ice cream. I wonder whether my savoury taste buds will return post birth or if I’m going to be a sweet tooth from now on?

My belly is growing so fast now that it actually rests on my lap when I sit down! When I misplace the nail file or something the first thing I do is lift my belly off my legs and check if it found it’s way in there with all the crumbs and old receipts.

I have my next appointment with the midwife today so I should find out if he’s more engaged than the 2/5 he was last week. I reckon he is considering how strong the downward pressure is getting but I still don’t feel like he’s about to turn up this week…

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Wanted: floors to scrub

Free help available. Will scrub, polish or shine the old fashioned way. No floors too dirty, no job too big or small. CALL NOW!

We attended a class on Active Labour at RPA last week where the midwife described posterior deliveries (where the baby’s spine is laying along the mother’s spine) as “horrendous”. Apparently they’re on the increase and apparently it’s all because us women these days just don’t spend enough time on our hands and knees – and she wasn’t talking about in the bedroom.

We just don’t do as much hands-on cleaning as our grandmothers and their mothers did. We’re all too busy sitting in recliner chairs drinking chardonnay it seems. In the 50s women prepared for labour by getting down on all fours and scrubbing the kitchen and bathroom floors – their’s, their in-law’s, the church’s. This forward bending helped the baby rotate into the right position and slip down past the tailbone which, rather inconveniently, kind of bends under towards your front.

So I’m hoping it’s not too late to avoid this worst kind of back pain. No more slouching on the lounge in front of the TV … I’ve bought some knee pads and a new scrubbing brush and I’m ready for some serious cleaning!

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I’ve only a few days left at work until my 12 months maternity leave begins. To celebrate the occassion my boss has instigated a baby draw. Entrants pay $2 and guess the date, time and weight of the baby … winner takes all.

Considering bub is still lying sideways (and despite my efforts to pre-stretch all the necessary parts he just isn’t going to fit out that way) I think he’s going to give me that extra week I’ve asked him for. So I’ve placed the following order (rather than bet):

Day: Monday 30 July (due date is 23 July)

Time 9.36am

Weight: 7.4 pounds (3.35kg)

UPDATE: Despite being two days and 100 grams out, I won!

On another note, one week after surgery mum is due to come out of hospital tomorrow. She’s had a really good recovery so far which I’m sure has been aided both by her fitness and positive attitude. So now I just need to unwind myself from the knot I’ve managed to tie myself in over the past few weeks so the little man knows it’s safe to turn round and face the exit. Being worried not only scares him but makes it harder for mum to stay calm and focus on her recovery, which is the best thing for all of us right now.

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