Today on my Celebrating Every Birth Story series is the lovely Victoria who is Mummy To My Little Cheeky Monkey . Victoria writes beautifully about her journey into motherhood and life as she find its.
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Freddie Andrew Tinline Hockley made his entrance into our crazy family on 25th November 2015 at 1219pm weighing 7lbs 2oz. His name comes from his great grandad on Andy’s side, Andrew which is of course daddy’s name & Tinline was my grandads middle name, but also his mums maiden name.
At my 38 week midwife appointment I was really hoping they would refer me back to the consultant as the complications I had with James were starting to play on my mind and to be honest I was terrified the same (slow labour for a week & a fast entrance from James left me needing tear repair) would happen all over again. Lucky for me my midwife was able to ring the hospital there and then getting me an appointment for the following Tuesday when I would be 39 weeks pregnant. I had started to suffer a lot of pain from the awkward position Freddie had got himself into from about 36 weeks. Freddie was head down but he had his body on my side so it was extremely uncomfortable trying to sit or lie down.
We (Andy, myself & my mum) went along to the appointment thinking they would probably induce me on my due date, But we were advised that a c section was our best option. Another appointment was made for me to go in on the Friday at 39+3 to make all the plans.
So 25th November when I was 40+1 weeks pregnant came! The date we were given for the section. I had to be in the RVI (Royal Victoria Infirmary) for 0730am. James had stayed with my parents the night before and that once we were in recovery Andy would let them know. We also arranged that once we were back in enhanced recovery Andy would ring them to come in with James.
I was third on the list for that morning so once I had all obs done, we chilled out and as we hadn’t had much sleep the night before we both crashed out, plus it had been an early start for the hospital.
They took me down at 1120 and I did start to get a little nervous as I knew we would soon be holding Freddie. First thing done was a cannula in my wrist as I have pathetic veins in my hands. All too soon they had the spinal in and I was lying down. The combination of the medications made me feel sick so anti sickness medication was given. While they were putting the spinal in Freddie was sticking his feet into my ribs which was agony! His feet actually hurt more than the spinal being put in!
The first I was aware of Freddie being born was hearing him cry which made me cry! When I had James because he came so fast I was more stunned than emotional. The midwife brought him over to me then took him to be cleaned and weighed. I couldn’t believe he was 7lbs 2oz – 3oz bigger than his big brother!
He was brought over to me for skin to skin which was something I didn’t get with James, so this time it was important I got it and also that I did his first feed as again I also missed this with James. I did have some more nausea so more anti sickness medication was given while Andy had cuddles with his second born son. I remember saying how much like James he was!
Once we were in recovery, I gave Freddie his first bottle which he guzzled down. I then got his wind up first attempt. We also started letting people know that he had arrived. We had made a decision that nothing would be posted on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram etc till after James had met him.
Once I was able to start moving my legs, I was transferred to what is called enhanced recovery. It was once I was in here that mum, dad & James were able to come in and see us. I was so happy to see James as I had really missed him. At about half past six the midwife got me up for a walk, then the catheter was taken out. I was then able to put on my own night clothes and once i was able to walk on my own I was transferred to postnatal ward. Once I was in there Andy and James went home and I finally got a chance to rest although I did spend most of my time staring at Freddie.
The next morning I was told they were looking at a late afternoon/early evening discharge. The doctor came round the early afternoon and I was cleared for discharge, I also saw the physio who gave me information on how soon I could do things at home after the section. We had a bit of a wait for my painkillers, but once we had them we booked a taxi and home we came to start our life as a family of four!
The care we received from the community midwifes and the staff of the RVI was amazing. I can’t thank them enough for bringing our second beautiful little boy into the world safely, and giving me a birth I would want to remember.
Why not pop over and see what else Victoria is writing about over on her blog Mummy To My Little Cheeky Monkey.