Offline for two days

no blogging for over a week, anyone would think I’d had a baby ๐Ÿ™‚

Smallest of all arrived punctually last Tuesday on her due date. Apparently only 4% of babies do that. Labour in the form of irregular contractions started overnight Monday, just at the level to interrupt my sleep so that I was nicely tired as they built up gradually during the day.

Rang around lunchtime to let my midwife know that I wouldn’t be coming into clinic and why, and discovered she was off. Mw I spoke too said it sounded like I had a while to go (how do they tell that over a phoneline? they were wrong about it with Big too), but I was back on the phone to her at 16.30 as I was beginning to feel pressure. That meant we had the two nearest mws with us within half an hour ๐Ÿ™‚

At that point though, I was only 2-3 cms ๐Ÿ™ Not the news I wanted to hear. So L went away again, and R decided she’d hang on til D, the mw actually covering could get there, as she was somewhere with minimal phone coverage and proving difficult to reach. She advised that I get moving about and have some food, so Tim made me some toast.

Either the food or the toast made the difference and slightly less than two hours later I was on the bed on my side, just past 8cm. Good for the toast. R was calling L back as she didn’t think D was going to make it in time, in the end it was in the nick of time to hand me the entonox just as we got to the pushing part.

(I think she walked in and said hi, I’m D, ooh are we catching a baby? and proper introductions had to wait ๐Ÿ™‚ )

Baby was born with just two pushes I think, a whole 5 minutes after the 8cm. She still had membranes round her shoulders as she was passed to me, and she was kind of cross about the whole thing. Have to say that the little bit of entonox made a lot of difference to that final couple of minutes – it’s the bit that I’d remembered from Small’s birth and had been dreading. Could also have been that he was that little bit bigger – he came in at 9lb 9oz and 56cm long, while s-o-a was 8lb 12oz and 52cm. A very respectable size I thought.

After we’d had skin to skin for a little while R wrapped her up and passed her to Tim so that we could concentrate on the placenta. That was delivered after about 15 minutes and then we all took a look, as it was quite an impressive size ๐Ÿ™‚

Next order of play was shower for me while Tim and R sorted out the bedroom. And then I got to retire to my own bed with my new daughter – gotta love home birth ๐Ÿ™‚

Since then she’s getting the hang of this feeding lark though she really hasn’t worked out night and day yet. We had a couple of days of mucousy coughing which were less than fun, but we’re well into milk now and it’s beginning to show through ๐Ÿ˜‰

And that will have to do for a first post about our newest family member.

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  1. woohoo and welcome to SmallestOfAll!! congratulations and celebrations!! [can you hear Cliff?]
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  2. Congratulations and welcome to smallest too ๐Ÿ™‚
    I needed some good news today and this has just made me so happy for you.Hugs and kisses to you all xx

  3. Wow, what fabulous news! Just what we need to cheer us up and give us hope at a time like this. Fondest congratulations to all of you there. xx
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  4. Congratulations – sounds blissfully perfect in lots of ways ๐Ÿ™‚

    Welcome to Smallest ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. lovely.

  6. Congratulations! I love to hear birth stories, they make me feel all warm and gooey!
    Enjoy. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. That does sound lovely ๐Ÿ™‚ Looking forward to seeing more photos and meeting SOA in January ๐Ÿ™‚
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  8. Really lovely to read about Smallest Of All, welcome to her and well done you!

  9. Congratulations on the safe arrival of your daughter. Welcome to the world. Your home birth sounded lovely.
    .-= Emma´s last blog ..Healthy eating and finger pricking =-.

  10. Well done – I’ve been checking back every day and I KNEW you must have…

    Sounds like it all went very smoothly.

    I’ve always been fascinated by placentas too ๐Ÿ™‚
    .-= kellyi´s last blog ..piano love =-.

  11. Yah! Congrats on the birth of your baby daughter :-))))


  12. Sounds absolutely lovely.

  13. Congratulations ๐Ÿ™‚
    .-= Sam´s last blog ..AEDM – 17th November =-.

  14. Huge congrats from us too. (Another one fascinated by the placenta and who spent ages examining it while second child snuggled)

  15. Your birth (or rather your lovely daughter’s birth) sounds brilliant, Jax. Well done, and welcome to your new little girl.


  16. Congratulations. I am a homebirth mummy too, they really are special. We are terribly broody, but decided 4 is enough, so i will just have to come here and hear about your little baby.
    Big mummy hugs to you and baby.

  17. Sounds wonderful!! Never underestimate the power of a slice of toast!!
    .-= Elizabeth´s last blog ..Iรขโ‚ฌโ„ขve Never Been so Angry =-.

  18. Congratulations Jax ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Whoooo-Hoooo!!!!!!! Congratulations!!!! I’m so so happy for you all. Welcome, new baby ๐Ÿ™‚
    .-= Hazel´s last blog ..November =-.

  20. congratulations! and a special bravo to you!
    .-= grit´s last blog ..I should timetable an extra hour for emergencies and natural disasters =-.

  21. Congratulations again Jax. Sounds like a really lovely birthing experience ๐Ÿ™‚
    .-= Hannah´s last blog ..List of things to do – taking a blog break =-.

  22. Congratulations! Brilliant news. ๐Ÿ˜€
    .-= Helen P´s last blog ..Random drivel =-.

  23. Fab to have a post from you about it – congrats and all that – not sure when I’ll get to meet her so please put more photos somewhere!
    .-= Sarah´s last blog ..TV Day =-.

  24. yayayyayay! love ‘smallest of all’ as a blog name – did you go with a D name in r/l in the end?!

    so glad it all went ok xxx

    ‘I think she walked in and said hi, Iรขโ‚ฌโ„ขm D, ooh are we catching a baby? and proper introductions had to wait ‘

    lol, i’ve had ones like that!
    .-= mamacrow´s last blog ..slightly late Wordless Wednesday… =-.

  25. Hurray! Glad everything went so well, lots of love to all involved!

  26. Lovely news, well done and welcome to the world smallest of all. x

  27. Ah I’ve been waiting to hear all about her! V. lovely ๐Ÿ™‚

    I finally got a good look at my placenta with Nellie – I even made them get pictures of it, think they thought I was slightly odd ๐Ÿ˜‰

  28. Yay! Welcome to Soa, well done Tim (oh, and Jax :P) and congratulations to all five of you ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. Lovely story, thanks for sharing. Congratulations again and of course welcome to SOA!

  30. Oh congratulations Jax! She is a beauty. I hope that she is bringing you all much joy and that you are enjoying your babymoon. Glad it went smoothly for you. Lisa x x

  31. Lovely post, Jax :), so nice to read. Congratulations to the whole family with smallest of all, and happy landings to her. Enjoy (and get some sleep every now and then) xx
    .-= mieke´s last blog ..Diverse but Powerful =-.

  32. Oooh, big big congrats!
    .-= Elizabeth@Frabjous Days´s last blog ..Joining the fray =-.

  33. Biggest congratulations and welcome, Smallest of All!

  34. Well done. So lovely to hear you had such a good home birthing experience. I really wish i’d done it with at least one of my three. Just a bit of gas & air too… you brave thing! xx
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