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Overdue and now Overjoyed

So, our Sweets was born 8 days late… and is a girl 🙂 I had a pretty quick straightforward labour with no medical pain management, but after pushing for over 2 hours ended up having an epidural and episiotomy so that they could use forceps to ease her out.

Sweets is a big girl and weighed in at 4.38kg. Her head circumference was also >90th percentile. She’s what is known as large for dates. Hmm.

I had hoped to be able to give birth without any medical interventions, but at the time I appreciated that I was tired and that it wasn’t going to do me or Sweets any favours to be a martyr about it. I felt really well supported by my Beau, my Muggle, my Mum and my midwife. I’m proud of myself for labouring well. It’s kind of amazing to me that the breathing techniques in yoga were so effective. The labour progressed well, starting at about 4am, moving onto 2nd stage (fully dilated and pushing) at about 11.30am. This is considered especially quick for a first time labour.

While the acupuncture and acupressure didn’t bring the labour on before christmas, I’m wondering if it did have an effect in preparing my body for birth. I also did a fair amount of standing/walking and even when I reached second stage favoured upright positions. These are all supposed to help, and whether they did or not, they felt *right* to me at the time. My least favourite thing was lying passively (actually my least-least favourite thing was sitting still and hunched over while they sorted out the epidural)!

The best thing, of course, is that I/we got a lovely, healthy baby out of it. She is two weeks old today and I catch myself just staring at her and marvelling over just how much I love her. It helps that she is currently sleeping well. I’m told that this is likely to change. I’m just going to enjoy her as she is right now.

Point of Fashion: Breastfeeding.
Current Obsession: Is she going to look like me at all???

{ 9 } Comments

  1. Debbie | January 11 2010 at 5:43 pm | Permalink

    Yay! It was great seeing you guys and your lovely little (or rather not so little for a newborn 🙂 ) one. I was looking back at photos of Dom when he was a similar age and he looks nothing like he did back then now. No doubt she’ll keep changing every day and sometimes she’ll look more like her mum, other points she’ll look more like her dad. She’ll be a cutie either way. 🙂

  2. Matt | January 11 2010 at 6:09 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations! She’s a very cute little pudding indeed 😛

  3. Hest | January 11 2010 at 9:19 pm | Permalink

    She’s so lovely! It was so cool to see you.
    I felt nervous holding her because she seemed so tiny and vulnerable compared to the big noisy drool monster I have now, even though six months ago he was even smaller than her. Time has flown. Savour her while she is teeny and sleeping!

  4. Sally | January 11 2010 at 11:11 pm | Permalink

    <3 We havent forgotten you two love. In fact I have small somethings for you. We will try and pop by soon.

  5. Debbie | January 11 2010 at 11:22 pm | Permalink


    Glad it went well, and I look forward to meeting her in July!

  6. Kate | January 12 2010 at 3:40 am | Permalink

    Congratulations! A wonderful story 🙂

  7. Kerryn Olsen | January 12 2010 at 10:38 am | Permalink

    Congratulations! I’m really glad you had a safe delivery. 2 weeks overdue does make for a big baby!

  8. Giffy | January 12 2010 at 6:54 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for all the congratulations 🙂

    Sally: I realise you are super busy with house stuff. Hope all that is going well <3

    Kerryn: 8 days overdue actually. I shudder to think about how big she might have gotten if she'd stayed in another 6 days!

  9. sam | January 22 2010 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

    She was so cute sleeping like a doll when we popped in. Ayla was amazed and started playing with her doll a whole heap moe after we visited.

    I must admit having had two epidurals the first time was the worst. It didn’t help that I was shaking with nervous energy, it must have been hellish for you sitting there while contracting.

    Enjoy your wee bundle of love, they are so cute and portable at this age.

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