Written to Elle,
Today is… Your finally here!! Today you are 2 weeks old!
You decided to come on 5.5.2015 at 4.10am and weighed a teeny 5lb15oz! Oh and your a beautiful baby girl!!!
10 days late and mummy and daddy were getting super impatient for you to come, we went on a long walk over the road from the flat and walked to riddles down and back ( our old high school)
BIRTH STORY (hope it’s not TMI) !
I started getting contractions at around 5pm but didn’t think much of it, as I’d had a few Brixton hicks before. I got in the bath washed my hair , took a paracetamol and they started getting more frequent. By 11pm I was on all fours in the hall way and daddy was helping me by timing them. We called the hospital who said it would probably be a while. An hour later they were getting very frequent and we decided to go to the hospital…. I was very reluctant and didn’t want to get sent home.
Once we got there it was around 12.30-1 after having contractions walking up the stairs, they told me I was 4cm dilated and they would start to get the birthing pool ready. Daddy helped me breath through and reminded me of what I’d learnt in yoga. He was very supportive. He kept asking the midwife Alison and Joyce (Joyce was awful and took over while Alison was on a break) when I could get in the pool and they said I wasn’t allowed in yet and they would examine me again around 5.30am!
All of a sudden I needed to push, to which they were very shocked and didn’t really believe me! They examined me and said I was 9cm and needed to get you ASAP . No time for the pool! They wheeled me in2 another room and told me they would have to cut me to get you out quickly. With a few contractions I pushed you out daddy saw your head and I felt it! Another push and out you came screaming and put onto my chest. Daddy had a look to see you were a GIRL! I was amazed id just given birth to you! Daddy and I instantly fell in love with you.
Giving birth with no pain relief at all except a paracetamol!! Which did not touch the sides! I was so impressed with myself!
You have had so many visitors and everyone has said how beautiful you are.