Posts Tagged ‘Squishy’

Squishy’s Birth Story


2010
08.27

I’ve been meaning to post Squishy’s birth story for ages, but everyone’s been ill & I haven’t got round to it! Today I had to tell someone the brief version of her birth (breech, quick) and I was surprised how gutted I felt when I didn’t get much of a response. To be fair it was an older man (the osteopath) and her birth wasn’t the reason I was there! But it brought home to me how proud I am of it…even though it wasn’t really in my control. I wrote this birth story when she was a day old, and I’ve just edited it a bit…this is how she was born…yes it was out of my control, but I’m proud of how I handled it.

Squish’s Arrival!

It was all a bit quick so it’s still a bit of a blur. Our daughter arrived yesterday at 4.41am. 7 lb 4 oz. Here’s how it happened…

I woke up at 2.50 with what felt more contraction-like than the mega-long brackston hicks I’d been having for a week. The next one came at 3am & was really quite strong, so I knew it was really happening. Remembering Twink’s birth when I got all excited & got up really early, I tried to go back to sleep, but at twenty past three my waters broke so I woke Hubby up to fill the pool (which I’d insisted we inflate the night before). Contractions continued every 10 minutes, but were WAY more painful than I remembered from last time. I finally called the labour ward just before 4am…& the midwife on call phoned me a couple of minutes later…& it was my named midwife!!! I was so worried about getting a midwife I didn’t relate to…never thought I’d actually get my lovely named MW for the birth…but anyway, I was a little distracted by the pain by this point to be grateful for that. I also tried to call my best friend who was supposed to be my birth partner, but she didn’t answer.

I got DH to put the TENS machine on my back as the contractions had suddenly gone to every 5 minutes…from this point they just sped up (I know all this because the iphone really does have an app for everything…including labour!), so at twenty past they were 2 or 3 minutes apart & I REALLY didn’t think I could handle it for much longer…the TENS was now just on boost constantly. At some point in the next few minutes I realised I was needing to push…so I started trying to convince DH. He blatantly didn’t believe me…was very calm…”yes dear, don’t worry, we’ll get the pool filled, I’ll help you in, your bff will get here, the midwife will get here”…I think he thought I was panicking. Which I was, but I was also right! I insisted he call the MW a few times to find out where she was & to hurry her up, but there was absolutely NO sense of urgency in him! He didn’t even tell her she needed to hurry! He got through to my bff at some point but he didn’t hurry her along either!

So I’m leaning over the pool (from the outside), staring at the water that half filled it. I really wanted to be in there as I knew it would help with the pain, so I felt a little sad about that, but I was distracted by trying to convince DH that the baby was going to arrive any minute, & that I could feel the head (so I thought!)…he didn’t even feel the need to check!! Still, he let me squeeze his hand to death each time I had a contraction (& pushed!). He kept trying to get me to be quiet as Twink was asleep…but it’s actually lucky I wasn’t quiet as my bff was outside having a last cigarette (naughty girl!) when she heard me & rushed inside (I’d at least managed to convince DH to unlock the door…that’s nearly a miracle if you know him…he’s a little security conscious!). According to my phone the last time we called the midwife was 4.36am, so my bff came in some time after that. She was a little bit shocked to say the least, but she did realise that the baby was about to arrive, & she got in place to catch it…next contraction had her screaming ‘it’s breech, call an ambulance’…DH just carried on having his hand squeezed to death!…then the midwife came through the door, & Squish was born with the next contraction & my bff caught her at 4.41am.

Sadly, although my bff can tell a bum from a head, she isn’t so accurate with the boy/girl thing…so we thought Squishy was a boy for the first few minutes of her life! Squish was screaming her little lungs out about the whole thing, & we were all a bit in shock (including my lovely MW…her first breech birth & she only got to watch!), but she had a bit of a feed after about 10 minutes, & we just sat & cuddled while I waited desperately for the placenta to be delivered. Except it took a long time to arrive…after an hour and ten minutes I decided to have the injection as it was apparently (sorry if tmi!) half way through my cervix & was VERY uncomfortable. By 6am I was in the shower & by half past I was in bed, leaving the MW to write up her notes (which were almost entirely a work of fiction…I could have told her when I was in established labour by my contractions as I had all the info on an iphone app, but I was lying in bed trying to sleep) & my bff & DH fighting over newborn cuddles.

Twink was pretty oblivious to start with when he woke up…he just ignored her. But before long, he gave her a couple of kisses, & even included her in the family nose check (the nose was the first body part he could identify, so every now & then he insists on touching his nose, then mine, then DH’s…it might be silly, but the fact he includes Squishy, really makes me feel that he knows she’s part of the family). Today he’s also started to come up & cuddle her when she cries…so utterly adorable!

Phew…sorry it’s so long…think it took longer to write than it actually took…& if births get quicker each time, I probably won’t even have time to get out of bed next time!!

Squishy’s birth was much more intense than Twink’s, and as she was breech, the number of things that could have gone wrong makes my mind boggle, but I’m still glad I was at home & I will still plan to be at home the next time I give birth. With established labour only about 20 – 25 minutes long, there wasn’t enough time to settle in and enjoy it like there was with Twink…I had to concentrate very hard to cope with the contractions. I know birth is just one day in a child’s life, but you know what? I am still bloody proud of my body for delivering my daughter safely at home, with no help other than the TENS machine and my husband’s hand to squeeze.

Still wish I could have had a swim in that pool though!

Squishy 9 (Friday)


2010
06.26

My camera has been playing up today, so this is the best of a bad bunch of photos…Hubby has played around with the settings & assures me that my photos should be normally coloured from tomorrow.

Squishy 8 (Thursday)


2010
06.25

She hasn’t gone to sleep on time for a lot of this week…

Squishy 7 (Wednesday)


2010
06.25

Hubby wears Squishy in the evenings if she’s still awake when I get Twink to sleep. I love the way she’s looking up at her daddy in this picture.Hubby wears Squishy in the evenings if she’s still awake when I get Twink to sleep.

Squishy 6 (Tuesday)


2010
06.22

It’s been so hot today, so Squishy has spent most of the day in just a nappy.

Squishy 5 (Monday)


2010
06.21

Well, it had to happen sooner or later, although I was hopefully thinking that it would be later…I forgot to take today’s photo. All was not lost though…I simply had to investigate some of the more obscure camera settings so I could take a picture of her sleeping without using the flash (which would almost certainly have woken her up). This was my first attempt:

Then some blurry ones:

Then I got it!

I’m pretty amazed that all those pictures were taken in the same lighting…all it took was fiddling with some settings (and finding a steady surface to rest on…damn shaky hands!).

Squishy 4


2010
06.20

We’ve had a lovely father’s day, pottering in the garden (i.e. Hubby doing gardening, me wandering aimlessly, looking after the children and letting him get on with it!). Twink learned how to saw up a tree into bits, and I melted slightly over the 3 of them having a group hug with Twink being so gentle with Squishy.

Hubby says she looks like an alien…she’s just frowning at having a camera pointed in her face again.

Little dimpled Squishy hand, investigating the elephants and tigers on her mat.

Squishy 3


2010
06.19

I’m having to be sneaky writing this post as Hubby is right next to me, & these photos contain clues about his Father’s Day cards…but I don’t think he reads my blog much, so hopefully I’ll be okay!!

I love my big brother

I've been painting!

For the record – Crayola washable paints? Only washable in the sense that you can get rid of all traces of paint except the colour if you wash the foot immediately…hopefully the colour will fade…I’ve had to keep her feet hidden all day so DH wouldn’t ask why she had funny coloured feet!

One of her favourite things is to blow bubbles and chat away to us…she gets so loud at times! Definitely likes the sound of her own voice!

Squishy 2


2010
06.19

Only my second daily photo post & I’m a day late…these are Friday’s photos!

She still seems a bit too tiny for the bumbo

Quality time with her friend Flora (Twink's birth day gift to her)

Squishy


2010
06.17

I’ve recently upgraded my laptop from a second hand Acer to a second hand MacBook Pro (there’s a second hand theme here…). So I’ve been transferring all my photos and have been amazed at how many thousands of pictures of Twink I have….and saddened at how few of Squishy I have. This may be second child syndrome, but only by default I think…every time Twink sees my camera he wants to play with it (a.k.a take close up photos of his own eyes) so I can’t use it as frequently as I did with him. In fact, I take the easy way and rarely use it at all if he’s around. It also ran off AA batteries, which lasted about 5 minutes, so every time I picked it up I had to replace them.

Anyway, I got a new camera for my birthday from my dad who was shocked at the poor picture quality of my old camera (I tried to explain that I’m just not a good photographer…I just don’t have steady hands!). So I’m  setting myself a challenge. I have to take a photo (with a camera, not a phone) of Squishy every day. I may not be able to post it every day as…well I get busy sometimes! But I have to take a new picture each day. I’d like to do that until she is at least 6 months (7th August)…although then we’re getting into the messy photo op fun that is baby led weaning, so I might continue.

Here are today’s pictures. They were taken in bed as she was looking so adorable despite having kept me awake all night…she doesn’t look tired though!

As you can see from the black and white shot, I will also be playing around with the editing stuff in iphoto…lots of fun to be had! So far I’m finding it much easier than photoshop. Sorry if any of these shots are blurry…I’ll check back later, but my glasses are on the bed next to Squishy, and now she’s asleep I am NOT risking waking her! Besides…I’m not very blind ;-)

I’m glad I’ve started this…was feeling a little guilty for having so few photos of her…especially as I love the whole newborn stage!


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