Birth story of baby 5 – Caesarian is birth TOO

I share this story to go hand in hand with my previous post Caesarian IS birth

This is the birth of our son Elias. It was a very very hard pregnancy followed by an equally hard delivery. But I happily say that it was completely worth every pain and hardship.

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Oh my aching ovaries !! He was such a beautiful baby ❤

Here is my birth story on the hardest delivery I have ever had!

The long story of our little son Elias’s birth begins when at 38 weeks and 3 days pregnant I am told by ultrasound that our not so little boy is measuring at 10 pounds. Then begins the preparations for an induction the following week. Filled with nervous excitement we go to our scheduled admission to the hospital on Tuesday the 4th May 2010.

 

After 4 previous inductions I was admitted with complete inner confidence that this would be another “routine” induction where they burst my waters and throw up the syntocin drip and out comes baby within about 5 hours.

 

Boy was I WRONG!!

 

After discussion with my own OB and the specialist OB at the hospital the risks and benefits of early induction are weighed against the induction and my allowing my body to go into labour alone naturally and we make the mutual choice that induction is safer as the chance of the baby becoming stuck in the birth canal with his shoulders causing shoulder dystocia are greater if baby is left to grow any further.

 

( Shoulder dystocia occurs when, after delivery of the fetal head, the baby’s anterior shoulder gets stuck behind the mother’s pubic bone. If this happens, the remainder of the baby does not follow the head easily out of the vagina as it usually does during vaginal deliveries. The subsequent methods of either forcing the delivery or pushing the head of the baby back into the uterus to allow a caesarian birth can cause life threatening injuries to the infant in worst cases. )

 

After a painful examination it is found that the neck of my uterus is still closed and firm and that the mouth to my cervix is barely 1cm open so they are unable to get to my waters to break them the decision to use a foley’s catheter is made for that afternoon to mechanically force the cervix to ripen and open ( A Foley’s catheter is basically a long tube with a balloon on the end that they place between the womb and the membranes then fill the balloon with saline so that it forces the cervix to open slowly over a matter of hours and then falls out when it’s done it’s job ). I am told this is a basically no fail method of ripening the cervix. At 4:30pm that day we are taken back to the labour ward to have the foley’s put into place. After being reassured that it is uncomfortable but not painful I am shocked when it hurts so much and am told that my womb is very firm and they need to force it inside there. The placing of the catheter is tried twice before they say that they need to use a smaller catheter. By now I am shaking in shock and pain and just wishing so much that I never came in to be induced to begin with. Sucking on the gas and air like it was nothing more than oxygen they finally get it in with try number 3 and I’m told jokingly that 3rd times the charm for sure this time and that it will fall out within 12 hours and labour should either start on it’s own or they’ll simply break my waters and labour will follow from there on.

 

After a long night of mild contractions and backpain I am excited by the midwife’s constantly telling me ooohhh this is great things are happening and we’ll have a baby by tomorrow lunch my OB comes in and asks if the foley’s has fallen out, I tell him no it hasn’t and another painful examination shows that I have only dialated to 2cm and the neck of my cervix is still firm so the foley’s was a failure and he manipulates it out of me and the specialist OB comes back to discuss where to go from here. It is decided that I will have prostin Gel placed into my vagina and that will work.

 

That evening I am again examined and there is no change inside from the prostin so they give me another dose with the assurance that “this’ll do it” and that they will hope I go into labour that night. Again a night of mild contractions and the midwife’s telling me it’s all good and the baby will be here soon. The morning comes and I am again examined and told finally my cervix is soft and elastic so they can break my waters.

 

Water is broken to grins around from the two OB’s and the midwife’s on the ward. Relief is in the air and he is told she’ll do it herself now. After 4 babies they were SURE it’ll happen easily for me.

 

Fast forward 3 hours of mild contractions that begin to subside slowly they decide to put up the syntocin drip to kickstart things a bit. I am examined and baby is very very high and has moved away from his side on position, I am assured he’ll move down into my pelvis when good contractions come and then birth will come fast after that. The syntocin works for 1 hour giving me pretty good contractions 3 minutes apart and then they again slowly go away to 1 every 10 minutes but remaining strong and painful.

 

This time my two OB’s come to me worried about our baby and say that we are having an emergency caesarian as baby is still very high and is in a strange position and I have not gone past 3cms dialated.

 

I am very fast prepared for the surgery, given a spinal and hubby is brought in with haste and before I know it they pull our gorgeous little boy out of me amongst sighs and comments of relief that he is healthy and happy and that nothing else went wrong with his birth. He was found to be sunny side up inside of me, his spine along my spine and his neck flexed in such a manner that he physically could not come down into the pelvis and the contractions only made his neck stretch further so this is why I could not go into proper labour.

 

He is weighed and checked and I am told he is a very healthy 4.385kg baby who came out of the delivery better than they were expecting and crying with gusto. I am crying tears of shock, joy and relief and hubby is grinning like crazy and joking around with our OB.

 

So ends our long journey from beginning to end of the exciting, scary, anxious and happy birth of our lovely son Elias

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He sure was a big bruiser hahahhaa
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Moving is hard work!

So the family and I are moving into a gorgeous new home. While I am so so so overwhelmingly excited and happy I am at the same time beyond exhausted and ready to hire a huge skip bin and just throw out all that is remaining so I don’t have to pack anymore lol

Do you hate that final stage of packing the house? and there’s STILL cleaning to do for the vacate ARGHHH

The one amazing thing in the home that I am looking forward to the most is the kitchen, it’s HUGE and with a dishwasher *sighs* I’ve hand washed dishes for my entire life and i’m tired of it. Surely a girl with 6 kids deserves a dish washer? hahaha

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Isn’t this DIVINE !!?? 

There’s SO much bench space in this kitchen, I’m not going to know what to do with it all. The house we are currently in has such a tiny kitchen that when two people enter the kitchen is full and there’s this strange corner shaped space of benchtop that’s useless as it’s deep to the window but not wide at all.

I think my FIRST meal that i’m cooking in my new kitchen is a good butter chicken with naan breads. I’m going to use ALL of that glorious space, and then that lovely dishwasher can clean up for me YAY !!

I cannot wait to show photo’s of the food I cook up in the kitchen, GAS COOKING TOO!! woop woop !!! looking forward to sharing many new recipes coming up.

Madame Flavour Tea 💕

This Mother’s Day, Madame Flavour released some limited edition tins of tea to some stores and no matter how far I roamed I could not get my hands on one of the beautiful very much desired and what became an obsession to find one tins of tea. 

Being the annoying person I am when I go onto a mission I was messaging Madame Flavour on Twitter almost daily bemoaning the fact that the very much wanted tin was not to be found in any of my surrounding stores. I am guessing that because they were sooooo beautiful the stores sold out of them very fast. 

Yesterday I received a delightfully divine tin of tea from Madame Flavour thanks to their wonderful kindness and generosity. And oh wow I was not disappointed in both the tin and the gorgeous tea within. It is hard to pinpoint the delicate flavour and aroma notes in this tea but it is quite robust yet perfect for both morning and afternoon tea enjoyment. 

I love Madame Flavour tea and have been a happy consumer of their high quality products for a long time now. I can honestly say I have never been left unsatisfied. If you are yet to try their tea please do yourself a favour and buy some today, you will not regret it I promise!

Thank you Madame Flavour for this delicious gift, we are moving home and I was just thinking that it must be tea time when the postie knocked on my door and delivered my parcel 😃 fantastic timing !! 

Today was surgery day!

Today I put on on of my many many mum hats to be a surgeon, specifically a teddy surgeon.

Baby doggy has been in a bad way for about a year sitting in the closet waiting for his surgery. Can’t blame me, it’s the SYSTEM I tell ya!!! Being so overwhelmed with other surgeries on the waiting list the system cannot keep up and some patients with less life threatening conditions get pushed down the list. 😂😂

Anyway today was his day, in the middle of surgery it was discovered that he was sicker than we booked him in for so surgery took a bit longer than it normally would have but I’m happy to announce that he lived through the anaesthetic and will only have minimum scarring as a reminder of his surgery today.


So my surgeons hat has been removed for now and I’m about to change into my army Sargent hat to motivate some little bottoms into cleaning their rooms lol 

Review – Nescafe Special Edition

As is well known amongst my friends and family network, I LOVE coffee. I like it strong and in abundance. I’m not one to buy an espresso because a mouthful of coffee is just a tease and I prefer a great big mug/glass instead.

Today I was at BigW and found the new Nescafe Special Edition Salted Caramel Latte in store. Being the coffee lover I am, when I see a new coffee i’m on it at full speed!

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But i’m disappointed. I normally do not buy sachet style coffees, Rather I brew my own in my old trusted Delonghi thankyou to my mate Melissa for the hand me down of the machine ❤ and add my own flavouring syrups to my liking. Or have it plain with milk.

Now don’t get me wrong here, the taste is nice. It’s subtle and pleasing but it’s the serving size that gets me down. I wish I had of read the side of the box before purchasing.

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Now I don’t know about you, but 150mls of coffee does not make a coffee for me. It’s almost a taste test size you would get at a stall in the supermarket to show a new brand. I ended up using two of the sachets and that’s only just over a cup of coffee 300mls and still quite a small coffee by most people’s standards *at least by the people I know and have asked*

Nescafe, Whilst the flavour was nice, I wonder if you could cater to the coffee addicted amongst us and create LARGER sized servings? Ideally I like a coffee to be about 400ml not 150ml. So how about it? you’ll have many happy consumers I am sure if you did this for us.

Overall if I am rating this product according to taste and ignoring the size I would give it 4 out of 5. It’s nice, give it a go and tell me what you think 🙂

 

Baked Fish

I love baked fish, it’s about the only way I find I can actually enjoy it. I don’t mind it in a stew but i’m not fond of it really. Made like this though and i’ll eat it forever very happily.

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This delicious recipe is from a lady named Hanan on a Facebook group I belong to. I hope that you love her recipe as much as I do.

Olive Oil
Salt
Mixed spices (I’m guessing some cumin, paprika, chilli powder)
Bit of garlic
Lemon
Chilli flakes
And Garnished with Parsley

It looks like it’s served with a basic greek type of salad.

Have fun playing with it 🙂

‘Australia Post lost my breast milk jewellery’, WA mother says

As a mum this really hits me in the feels, I have always loved the idea of keeping such personal little momentos forever in pieces of jewellery. There’s one particular business that I know of at Beyond The Willow Tree that makes gorgeous Pandora style beads for breastmilk, placenta, baby’s first curl, glitter, flowers and so many more wonderful things you can put in with their jewellery. Really the options are as endless as your imagination.

I cannot imagine how it would feel to send away such personal an irreplaceable (in some cases) pieces of yourself and your life only for it to be lost in the post. I would be devastated as this Mum is.

I would love for you to share this post, maybe through the power of social media her very precious jewellery can be found and finally delivered to her.

There’s no reason for anyone else to keep jewellery made from breastmilk when it does not belong to them.

I hope you find your keepsake mama 😦

via ‘Australia Post lost my breast milk jewellery’, WA mother says