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being comfy


Sweater and Vest - Topshop
Jeans - Hollister

Dylan has been at work for 5 days so I've been living like a single mama. It's actually not been too bad but I am so glad he is coming home tomorrow, I really miss my husband and Fletcher misses his daddy.  Today has been a good day though.  My gorgeous little man slept whilst I spent a good half hour in the bath relaxing, well done little Fletch.  I then decided as he was still sleeping that I would actually make a bit of an effort and do my hair, make-up and wear something other than sweatpants, but it still needed to be comfy.




I then took a trip to Sainsbury's to pick up my final Bounty Pack (they are free packs that you get when pregnant/new mummy) and also picked up Look mag and a couple of beauty items which I will be doing a separate post on.  My wonderful mum then came over and cooked my dinner and I have just devoured the above dessert, its my new fave thing.

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xxx

shrove tuesday









Today has been a super productive day...... After another night of broken sleep {1-2 hourly feeds with my boy, but so worth it} I managed to drag myself out of bed, get washed up, put a bit of make-up on because hell I may feel tired but I refuse to look it.....thank you YSL touche eclat! Baby and Mama then did the food shop whilst Daddy Cool was ripping out the bathroom {our timing is great for starting new projects I tell ya}.  I managed to make a cup of tea and lunch for the both of us and eat it with TWO HANDS because Fletcher was asleep.  I then miraculously found time to bake a banana cake.  It felt soooo good to bake again and boy did it smell good.  Dinner involved an array of pancakes, my fave will always be banana with squirty cream and I'm now sat here trying to decide what to give up for lent?? What are you guys giving up? I need some inspiration.  Happy Pancake Day :-)

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xxx    

Birth Story : Fletcher William


Fletcher William 
3 February 2012 8lb 9oz ¼
A Birth Story

First Family Photo - literally minutes old

Keeping warm under mama's nightie

Our beautiful baby boy Fletcher was born on Friday 3rd February, 2 days over his due date.  I had been to my 40 week midwife appointment the day before where I was offered a stretch and sweep if the baby’s head was low enough.  I happily accepted the stretch and sweep as I had been starting to feel uncomfortable the past week and my husband Dylan was due to go back to work on the Monday, he is based about 240miles away from Cornwall in the RAF and so i was getting rather anxious about him not being here for the labour.  The midwife informed me that my cervix was very favourable and that she was almost certain that it would get things moving along………she wasn’t wrong.

I woke up on Friday morning after another restless nights sleep, a little disheartened that I hadn’t gone into labour yet but by 9:45am I had a mild contraction followed by another at 10:05am and midway through that contraction my waters broke.  Dylan contacted the Delivery Suite at my local hospital (where I also work)  to let them know that my waters had gone, they informed us that I would need to be seen by the on-call midwife to confirm it was my waters.  I saw the midwife who confirmed that it was definitely my waters and if I didn’t go into natural labour I would need to be induced within 24 hours due to the high risk of infection.

At 11:30am the contractions started coming thick and fast, I closed my eyes and focused on breathing through them keeping my jaw,mouth and palette soft, making the horse lips noise as described in Ina May’s book (guide to childbirth), I found it helped.  My contractions then started to really pick up in pace and by 1:15pm they got so intense that I was struggling to speak through them so we made our way to the hospital.  Once I arrived at the hospital I was taken to my room to get myself comfortable, the midwife read through my birth plan thoroughly and even confirmed the important points that I had requested, (No Pethidine, Dylan to announce the gender, Dylan to cut the cord after it had stopped pulsating) I was really happy with how things were going.  She performed an examination at 2:15pm I was 4-5cm dilated PROGRESS!  At this point my waters were flooding everywhere (I think even the midwife was surprised at the amount) My midwife stressed that she would need to keep examinations to a minimum due to the risk of infection and that she would examine me again in 4 hours time as most people progress about 1cm an hour…… but by 4:15pm the contractions were so intense and I needed to know how far along I was, my body was already starting to feel the urge to push.  She examined me and I was 7-8cm dilated…..I was so close, I knew I could do it but I at this point I needed some gas and air to take the edge off.  I found a way to use the Entinox so that I never lost focus and I still felt in total control of everything.  By 6:15pm the urge to push was so overpowering that I knew I must be fully dilated, the midwife confirmed this for me but said I still had a pocket of waters in front of baby’s head that she would need to break first.  This pocket of waters was broken and I was good to go – raring to go in fact!!

After 1 hour and 40 minutes of active pushing using only my breath I could feel my beautful baby moving down with every contraction.  I worked with my body and then with an almighty relief I pushed his head out (along with his hand, I think he was trying to be Superman) and with the next contraction the rest of his body was delivered.  I felt euphoric and totally empowered by what I had achieved.  Dylan revealed that he was a boy and Baby Fletcher was placed straight onto my chest for skin-to-skin contact.  Dylan cut the cord after it had stopped pulsating and within the hour Fletcher had nuzzled his way to my breast for his first feed. Dylan was an absolute trooper throughout the whole labour, giving me words of encouragement, letting me squeeze the life out of his hand.  I couldn't have done it without him really.  Immediately after the birth is such a special emotional moment that I will never forget and seeing the effect it has on your husband is just the most beautiful thing ever.  After delivering the placenta the 3 of us were then left to enjoy our time together as a family.  I needed a couple of stitches for a small tear but after this I enjoyed a cuppa tea and toast and popped a couple of arnica tablets (great for bruising ladies). 

I found the whole experience of pregnancy, labour, delivery, becoming a family totally empowering and if im totally honest, I feel really rather proud of myself.  I can't believe my body is this amazing machine that carried and brought my Son into my life.  And it doesn't finish there, now my body is creating nutritious milk that's permanently at the right temperature to give him all the nutrients and antibodies he could ever need......Amaze-balls! Big up to all the ladies out there we are the better species.

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xxx


and baby makes 3





Just checking in quickly to let you all know that the 3 of us are doing good.  Thank you so much for all your lovely messages and comments.  Our little man is 11 days old today and according to the midwives/doctors/health visitors he is gaining weight nicely and passing all his tests so far.

Dylan and I spend most of our days either staring at him, laughing at his little frog arms and legs when he's naked, singing made up songs or talking about baby poo, wet nappies and boobs. The lack of sleep was quite a shocker for the first couple of nights but its amazing how your body can cope with such little sleep and when I look into my little Fletcher's eyes and I see him focusing on me it doesn't matter how tired I am.......he's worth every sleepless night.

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xxx

Its a BOY!


Welcoming
Fletcher William
Born 3 February 2012 at 19:57hrs
8lb 9oz 1/4 of pure gorgeousness
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I didn't realise love like this existed

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(I literally can't stop)
xxx


due date







Well............I was supposed to have a baby today apparently??  Rather than feeling disappointing about the fact that said baby is still tucked up rather nicely in my womb we decided to celebrate the day by eating cinnamon swirls, taking a stroll along the beach in the glorious Cornish sunshine where husband kindly informed me that I had snot hanging out of my nose (the cold air does it to me alright) and then told me to run because it would induce labour......... I tried it........it didn't work.......but Dylan did get a good laugh at watching a 9 month pregnant lady trying to run.  Finished the afternoon off drinking rhubarb white hot chocolate, I even treated myself to Look mag.

Come on baby.... I know you've probably set up quite a nice little home in my womb, and whilst you might find it comfortable being permanently tucked under my ribs, I'm starting to find it a little uncomfortable.  Its time you moved out already, mama and dada are dying to meet you x

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xxx 


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