Big NCT Meet Up

Today was the day we got to have an official meet up with the lovely NCT couples. When I look back and think of when me and Danny were booking it I give my past self a high-five!

It was brilliant seeing everyone, they really are all lovely. I’m glad that we all keep in touch. The lovely Zerin was there too and it was so nice to speak to her.

Can you believe there are 21 people in this photo!

I think were all doing a great job being parents!

Keira x

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Well Needed Catch Up

I still can’t drive at the moment but I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to see my friends from the NCT group and snuggly all the scrummy babies!

My dad bless him drove me around and I got to have a good catch up with some of the ladies and admire their little bundles of joy! Its great having these ladies in my life, they’re a great support ❤

Much Love

Keira x

My Hospital Stay

Me and Thea spent 2 nights in hospital being observed. Thea was being observed every 4 hours and having checks done incase she had swallowed any of the amniotic fluid.

The first night was hard. I was still numb from the epidural and had a catheter in so was unable to get out of bed. I had to call the nurses every time I needed to change Thea’s nappy or get anything from my bag.

Honestly I just wanted to go home, I was breastfeeding and it felt like she was permanently attached to me. I was on iron tablets and blood thinning injections and I just wanted to be in my own home, in my own bed. Danny was able to spend most of the day with me but I didn’t sleep. The whole time I was there I didn’t sleep, with the ward lights on and hearing other babies crying as well as my own sleep didn’t exist.

My family came to meet little Thea and they all loved and adored her. She was showered with love and gifts.

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On my second day the nurses came round to help me up out of bed. Oh My Word! the pain was awful I still had a dressing over my wound but they let me have a shower and get some clean pyjamas on.

The observations started to overlap so they were coming over every 2 hours for Thea and 2 hours for me, every time they woke Thea up to check her temperature and heart rate, I was so exhausted. All through the night I could hear babies crying which would set Thea off and the nurses pulling drip carts through the corridors, no sleep for me again. The days felt like they were merging together but I was just so happy that I had my little Thea in my arms. The next day I was able to move around a little better and Danny came to the hospital first thing in the morning. We had a lovely lady from Bounty to see if we would like newborn photos which we clearly did as we took out the whole package! Rhea had made a lovely blanket that we used as her backdrop. We spent the morning adoring and loving Thea, I had spoken to the nurse to see if we were ok to go home that day. We packed our bags and loaded the car to take our little precious home, Finally!

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Much love,

Keira x

 

Home…Finally!

I still can’t believe our little bundle of joy is finally here! We are still taking it all in and enjoying the newborn snuggles.

Let me tell you about the birth experience…

After being on the ward until around 9:45pm on the 9th Feb, they were ready for me to go onto the labour ward. I was nervous as partners aren’t allowed on this ward and there are 4 beds on the ward.

They induced me straight away with a pessary and I was fine, I tried to get some shut-eye as I knew that things were going to start happening soon.

The nurses hooked me up to a monitor and within half an hour I started to get very mild cramps, I was still ok but was uncomfortable, I was having to lie on my back with monitor round me and my pelvis was killing from my SPD.

After 2 hours the nurse came round to check on me and to see if I was dilating, I was only 1cm. The cramps were getting stronger and were a bit painful, she offered me some paracetamol and I took it. I laid there with my earphones in listening to relaxing music and pregnancy affirmations to stay focused and relaxed.

Another 2 hours passed, the cramps were STRONG. I was having to breathe through them a bit more now and they were getting more painful. I was so tired but I just couldn’t sleep.

After another hour I was in full-blown pain, I was griping hold to the side of the bed and holding it with all my might going through these cramps and I kept having to get up for a wee, and then stopping in the corridor to breathe through it.

The nurse came round again and could see I was in a lot of pain, she took the pessary out and checked my cervix again, still 1cm…. I cried. Nothing was happening and I was getting frustrated. I was still on the monitor while all this was going on and then all of a sudden it started to go off. Four nurses rushed in turned all the lights on and was next to my bedside. They were turning me over and checking the monitor results. I was in complete panic. The next minute was a blur but I ended up with an IV drip with saline and some more paracetamol and everything went back to calm. I was still in complete agony at this point and around 7am the nurses and doctors checked the monitor and I was still only 1cm. They decided they were going to break my waters.

They took me into a separate room and put me on Gas and Air (great stuff!) they broke my waters and came to the realisation that I had meconium in it.

The nurses called Danny and my mum as I wanted them both there and I laid there and waited for them to arrive. I was still on gas and air at this point and the contractions were getting stronger and stronger.

As soon as they arrived they explained everything to them. the baby was still in distress and they decided the best option would be an emergency C-section. I was gutted but also wanted my baby to be safe.

My mum went into a separate waiting room and Danny got suited and booted ready to come be by my side.

I was most nervous about the epidural but the staff and doctors were so lovely and reassuring that I didn’t feel a thing (plus I was on gas and air).

They laid me down and Danny came in, I could hear the radio playing in the back ground. Sam Smith was on which coincidentally I was listening to earlier as I love his music and have concert tickets to see him next month, anyway I digress, The nurse put the sheet up and poked me all over to see if I could feel anything. I was completely numb from the chest down, it was such a weird feeling.

They started opening me up and through out they were talking to me asking how I was feeling and reassuring me.

Then I heard the cry, the newborn cry that you just don’t forget. They held up this little bundle of flesh over the curtain so Danny could tell me what gender our baby is.

It’s a Girl! I was in disbelief, this whole time me and Danny had a feeling the baby was a boy. I was over the moon. Danny sat there holding our daughter. I wanted to hold her so bad but was really shaky from the anaesthetic.

Danny took her out of the room to show my mum whilst the sewed me up. Whilst he was out of the room they transferred me to a bed and the weirdest thing was seeing my leg being dangled in front of me like it wasn’t attached to my body.

As soon as I was out of theatre my naked baby was put on my bare chest and she started to feed straight away. We hadn’t really discussed girl names but I turned to Danny and said “How about Thea” (Pronounced Thee-ah). He loved it, he said about using Olive as a middle name as it was his Grandma’s first name. Thea Olive, I love it.

I will do another post about my recovery and hospital stay…

Much love

Keira x

Unconditional Love

Welcome to the world Thea Olive Pratt

Born 10/02/2018 at 10:02am Weighing 8lbs 3.5oz

My little love is here, Let me present to you our little girl, Thea.

I’m still in hospital at the moment but will tell you all about my birth in the next post.

I’m so in love.

Keira x

 

Hospital

I came back in to the hospital at 9am to be observed again. Nothing happened in the night and I could feel pudding moving away nicely.

Being as I am now 4 days over due (feels like 4 years) they have decided to induce me. I know that my birth plan has pretty much gone out the window now, as long as baby is happy and healthy I don’t care how bubs arrives, as long as he/she is safe.

I’m waiting on a ward for a bed in the labour ward to become free, It’s been a few hours now but I’m happy as Danny was allowed to stay with me until 9:30pm.

Plus bonus I got food!

Maybe we will meet pudding soon…

Much love,

Keira x

Sweep…

So due date has been and gone (euughhh) but today we celebrated my grandad’s life.

He had a lovely service and it was brilliant to see all the family come together to reminisce over the good days, we laughed and cried but we supported each other.

It’s been a really long day and although it was so nice to talk to family that I haven’t seen in a while we had to leave for a midwife appointment. I had been booked in for a sweep.

I had read a lot about these sweeps and they sounded uncomfortable and painful, and they were right, she attempted to do the sweep but couldn’t do it as I have something called an unfavourable cervix, Brilliant!

I had also mentioned to her that I was feeling reduced movements again, she said being as I’m overdue to go straight to the hospital and she will call it in. She explained to me that there is a high possibility of me being induced. I was so flipping nervous when she said that.

We went home to pick the hospital bag and folder with all my maternity notes and went straight to the hospital.

I was put on the monitor and yet again baby heart rate was fluctuating too much. They kept me in for further observations and after a couple of hours they gave me the option to stay in and observe me or go home and keep and eye on things, as long as I came back in the morning to be observed again, I took the latter option.

I think baby Pratt is going to make an appearance soon…

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Keira x