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Little M

3 Months Old…

Weight: 13lbs 10oz

Clothes size: 0-3 months and starting to go into 3-6 months

Nappy size: Size 3

Vocals: Chatting away more and more each day

Milestones: So very close to giggles but not quit there yet.

Favourite thing to do: Little M loves playing on his Octopus play mat (review to come!) and he’s starting to enjoy tummy time more.

Living Arrows | 06.03.2017

“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth”
 
This week’s Livinig Arrows post is also celebrating the birth of my nephew, Cub. Above are photos of him with Mini K at 3 days old and Little M at 4 days old.
I’m so proud of my big sister and I know her and her husband are going to be amazing parents.
It’s funny the feeling you get when you become an Aunt, I instantly felt love for this little dude and I hadn’t even met him. I cannot wait for Little M and Cub to grow up together.
PS. Can you believe there is only 11 weeks between Little M & Cub?!
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Living Arrows | 20.02.2017

“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth”
I have decided to take part in the Living Arrows weekly project. Here I will post a few of my favourite pictures from the following week.
Last week we celebrated Valentines Day by going out for the day to the Transport Museum and then that evening C and Mini K made a den in the living room and we watched a few movies and ate lots of crap!
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If You Don’t Know… Now You Know!

“Why the hell did no one tell me that!”

This was something that repeatedly popped into my head after having Mini K and I quite shocked that 6 years on this is still things people fail to be honest with you about.

So you’ve just created and carried a beautiful baby for 9 months, you’ve then just been through an agonising birth – what else could there be?

Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t naive, I was expecting some pains and I didn’t expect to have a flat tummy right away – but I wasn’t sure what I was expecting and to be honest I was that busy been told and reading about pregnancy and birth that I also didn’t think too much about what happened afterwards.

  1. Keep pushing!
    What?! I’ve just pushed a baby out and now your telling me to push again?!
    Don’t worry, your not suddenly having twins (or one more than you expected) this is just the placenta your to push out.
  2. Aye that’s just afterpains
    I remember being told to expect “afterpains” but what exactly does this mean?
    These kind of feel like contractions and they mostly happen when you are feeding your baby.
  3. Geez a swatch!
    So you’ve just gave birth which already involved your dignity going out the window, well anytime a midwife comes to check on you expect this. In fact it can get to the point you say “Hi” and instantly open your legs.
    Every midwife in town who see’s you the following days post birth will want to see.
  4. Shittin’ it to pee!
    Holy crap.
    Worst. Pain. Ever.
    Well, bar labour obviously! The first pee is certainly the worst but I will tell you now it takes days to get better!! I got to the point I was terrified to go to the toilet because of the pain. It stings so bad.
  5. The first shite…
    If you remember when your in the pushing stage of labour the midwife will be telling you to “push into your bottum” (not actually out your bottom, but into it)
    Now this isn’t painful it’s more the thought of doing the poo that terrifies you. You may feel like all your inside are going to come out but don’t worry they’re not!
  6. Hunners a blood
    Yes, as most of you may know there will be bleeding/blood clots post birth.
    Make sure you have lots and lots of maternity pads, change this every time you pee and expect this to last anywhere from 2 weeks to 4 weeks.
  7. Am I preggo again?
    Ahhh, the wonderful wobbly pouch you are left with post-birth.
    This will of course start going down in the days/weeks to come but it really does feel weird!
  8. Am goni greet
    Your hormones are everywhere, your exhausted and everything has changed.
    As much as you were preparing for this for the last 9 months it still feels like a huge shock to the system.
    Don’t worry, it really is ok to cry. 2 days after having Little M I was making a sandwich, dropped literally everything I took out the fridge and then stood there crying about it.
  9. Leaky boobs!
    Yes, the most glamours of all things to happen…
    If your breastfeeding or not you will get wonderful leaky boobs! Make sure you wear breast pads and also be prepared to wake up with a wet top.
  10. Everyone will want to see your new bundle of joy
    Of course family and friends will want to come round to see your new baby but you’ll be surprised at how many people you’ve not seen/spoke to in ages or even those your not that close too try to come round.
    Remember you have just had a baby and it is ok to say to people your not up for visitors.
    It’s also ok to cancel on close friends and even family! Again, you’ve just had a baby! If you’ve arranged for someone to come over but on the morning of that day you’ve had an hours sleep, no shower and feel shitty – thats ok!

 

So, that would be my top 10 things people seem to “forget” to tell you. Is there anything you would add?

2 Months Old…

Weight: 10lbs 11oz

Clothes size: 0-3 months

Nappy size: Size 2

Vocals: Little M is becoming quite the chatter box

Milestones: Lots if smiles and I’ve noticed he’s tried to do a few giggles but not quit there yet.

Favourite thing to do: He love’s looking at his monkey teddy, if you follow us on Instagram you’ll have seen this appear in a few videos.

Birth Story | Little M

I cannot believe it’s been 6 weeks since Little M was born!

I thought it was time to share my birth story about how Little M came into the world.

As you know with this pregnancy I struggled quite a bit with pain and it turns out I had extra fluid as well so my midwife was keen to not let me go past my due date (14th December).

12th December @ 9am:
I had an appointment at the Queen Elizabeth Maternity Unit in Glasgow where we got to see Little M again (this was to check the fluid levels) and then met with a consultant to come up with a plan as to when I would be induced.
We saw the consultant around 11am and discussed our options, it was decided that if Little M hadn’t made an appearance by Friday I would go in at 8pm to be induced. I was also given a sweep, which was so sore!

We then went home and chilled out for a bit.

I was feeling done in, exhausted, in agony and a bit annoyed by how the appointment had went as I really couldn’t cope with this much longer.

C went and picked Mini K up from school and then I decided Mini K and I would curl up in bed, watch a movie and eat pizza while one of C’s pals were up (he was going over the plan for our dog with him for when I go into labour.)

12th December @ 6:30pm:
Myself and Mini K were watching a film (I cannot remember what now!) I was feeling so drained and very crampy. I got up to go to the loo and came back into the bedroom and felt a gush of water – I honestly thought I’d just peed myself! This was of course my waters breaking.

12th December @ 7:30pm:
I phoned the hospital and explained my waters had broken and I was having contractions every 3-4 mins, the midwife on the phone asked me to lie down for half an hour and then get up and walk about for 20mins and then phone back around 8:30pm. So I went to sleep for 30 mins then got up and went for a shower. I also texted my mum to let them know what was happening as they would come up to get Mini K.

12th December @ 8:30pm:
Phoned the hospital  back, by this point I was showered, hair straightened and put a little bit of makeup on and then double checked I had everything in my bags. The midwife asked I come in within the next hour – my labour with Mini K was very quick so they were certain it would be again this time.

12th December @ 9:30pm:
We arrived at the hospital, contractions were still every 3-4 mins. I was put on a monitor for 2o mins and told I was 2cm dilated but they wanted to keep me in – again because Mini K was so quick. So they took us up to the pre-labour ward.

12th December @ 11pm:
We were on the pre-labour ward, there was one midwife on the ward and other nurses. The midwife on that night unfortunalty wasn’t very nice, nor good (turns out she was leaving and this was a common issue with her). She came and took my bloods and then said “right I don’t want to hear from you until your about to push” and then walked out.

During that night my contractions became really intense and were happening roughly every 1-2 mins. I was in lots of pain. I was trying to bounce on the ball, walk about, went for baths – anything to relieve the pain! I was offered cocodamol around 3am but I take a reaction to that so was then told I could only have paracetamol which I took although didn’t want too as I knew it would do nothing.

The Nasty Midwife then said she would come and see me at 6am as that would be 12 hours since my waters broke… 6am came and went.

13th December @ 8:30am:
Finally, after C going out and explaining to the new staff (a shift change had just happened) a new midwife came to see us. She apologised and was shocked I wasn’t offered any other pain relief. She also checked me over and I was still only 2cm dilated.

13th December @ 12:30pm:
Still not getting any further. I was then give diamorphine to help me get some sleep. I slept for 20mins and was then just out my face for a few hours.

13th December @ 3pm:
I went for another bath. Contractions were still happening every 1-2 mins. I was told that at 8pm I would be moved downstairs to the labour ward to be induced.

I was feeling awful. I’d had no sleep and was in so much pain – I just wanted this baby out!

13th December @ 8pm:
8pm came and went. The ward was too busy so they couldn’t take me down yet and I was told to wait. I cried my eyes out as I was feeling done and couldn’t take it anymore. I felt like this was never ending and as much as I tried to keep positive I was starting to become very anxious and stressed.

14th December @ 3:30am:
We were finally moved to the labour ward. This was also the first time that C was offered a cup of tea and a sandwich!
I was put on a hormone drip to move things along

14th December @ 6:30am:
I suddenly got the overwhelming sensation to push – hallalujah!

14th December @ 8:30am:
Still pushing, no baby. Midwife checked me over and I was only 6cm dilated!!!!!!!!

I started to panic and didn’t understand why I was feeling the need to push, there must’ve been something wrong??!!

The midwife went and got doctors to talk about my options – at this point I was sick of everyone saying “oh you had such a quick natural birth with Mini K, you can do it again”

I wanted to burst and start screaming at everyone. Thank god C was there.

C demanded we come up with a plan if baby isn’t here by 12 and thats what we did.

14th December @ 12pm:
Still no baby and I had had my second dose of diamorphine. I ended up getting an epidural – this for me was a big deal. I really didn’t want one as I’d heard so many horror stories (from people I know) plus I didn’t like the idea of not being able to move for hours after the birth.

14th December @ 12:45pm:
I suddenly felt the urge to push again!

14th December @ 1:18pm:
Little M was born!!

I cried so much with relief. Relief that he was safe and well and that it was all over.

This birth was so different from my first – I still feel I could never go through that again but looking at Little M it was certainly worth it.

Overall, the staff at the hospital were fantastic and I’m so glad I ended up taking the drugs I needed too in order for Little M to arrive. I was so stuck in the way of thinking I’d only have gas & air again because that’s how it was with Mini K.

My advice to all expecting mothers – it is all well and good to have a birth plan and but be prepared to change things and don’t be upset or disappointed with yourself if you don’t stick to the plan.

1 Month Old!

I for one cannot believe that this little one is already 4 weeks old! How on earth did that happen and what the hell happened in the last 4 weeks…

So here we are, the first monthly update for Little M!

 

Weight: 10lbs 1oz

Clothes size: Upto 1 month and starting to go into a few 0-3 months

Nappy size: Size 2 as of today (I wanted to cry about this)

Vocals: Starting to make a few cooing noises

Milestones: Smiles!