Well, the short version is as follows:
Late on Monday 6th March I started getting cramps and from midnight onwards I was having regular, painful contractions. After 10 hours of this at home, lots of warm baths and paracetamol (and not a minute of sleep), we went into hospital (expecting to be sent home again until they got more regular) only to find out I was already 4cm dilated at 11am and wouldn't be leaving hospital without a baby! Started using gas and air (which made me a bit giggly) They examined me again at about 3pm and I was still only 4cm. Then my waters broke,* lots more pain* – much more intense, overdid it on the gas and air, momentarily passed out, then came round and started being very sick so I asked for an epidural – bliss…. The consultant came in and said labour wasn't progressing enough and if I wasn't 8cm by 6.30pm she would recommend a Caesarean section. At 6pm I was only 5–6cm so she said we should call it a day.
Got taken down to theatre, hubby dressed in scrubs – hehehe and baby Jacob Dylan was born at 18.39 on Tues 7th March weighing 6lb10oz, so their estimates of a 8–9 pounder were way out! So much for having a plan – never did get to have a week of pampering myself and eating out that was planned for this week!
Now feeling very bruised and not getting much sleep, but have been home a couple of days and am loving every bit about being a mum. Am going to put a bunch of photos of the little man in my Family gallery, so feel free to take a peek!