||Bonnie Geddes Cannon
Born: 05 January, 2009
Age: 4 years & 339 days
Birthday in: 26 days
Development: See the 32 months page.
Biggest achievement so far:
Original due date: 27th December 2008
Type of delivery: Vaginal (with pain relief)
Duration of labor: 16hours and 45mins (14 hours and 15 mins of labour, 2 hours of pushing and 1/2 hour pushing with vaccuum)
Weight @ birth: 4.085kg or 8.9lbs
Length @ birth: 51.5cm
Well after having no signs of going into labour anytime soon, I was sure that I would be making it to my induction date on the 6th of Jan at 7:30am. I was not looking forward to being induced as I hoped she would come on her own. On Sunday night while talking in a pregnancy chat room and complaining about still being pregnant, I had a contraction @ 8:44pm. At first I didn't think anything of it and thought I might just need to go to the toilet, and I did so I went and sat down. Another one came about 10 mins later and I went to the toilet again. I figured I must have eaten something dodgy. It wasn't until the pains hurt so much I actually started crying that I thought maybe something might be happening, but I think I was still in denial :P
I rang the hospital and explain to the lady that I was having contractions. She asked what time they were coming and for how long. I had no idea....I just knew that they hurt enough for me to want to go to the hospital. She said I was probably in "pre-labour" and it could go for another 14-15hours and to time them. Chris and I timed about 3 contractions before I decided that I could not take this anymore and we were going to the hospital. We arrived at the hospital at about 10:45pm and I was taken into the waiting room. I was having more contractions that seemed to be about 5 mins apart and it hurt so much I threw up a lot (the 1st of many times I threw up!) So eventually someone came and checked me and said I was about 3cm dilated and my cervix was soft, but the babies head was still very high so I was told to stand and rock my pelvis to help the babies head go down. I was given panadine forte to help with the pain, but it didn't even touch it, and I ended up throwing up one of the tablets anyway (as I said, I threw up a lot!) Eventually after a couple of hours it was hurting a lot, so they took me into one of the delivery rooms and told me to get into the shower. The shower REALLY HELPED, I think I was in there from about 2am to 3am because it helped with the pain so much. I wasn't allowed to sit down because they wanted the babies head to move down more so I got really tired. I got out eventually and went and layed down on the bed.
I asked for more pain relief and they asked if I wanted gas and I said yes. So I tried the gas and I didn't like it much because it made me feel stoned and really spacey but it's all I could have so I was sucking to down through the contractions. They checked me again and said I was 5cm dilated. The next part is pretty much a blur I know between about 3:30-5 I asked for an epidural and they had to go find an anaesthetist, they told me it would be about "15 mins". Afterwards the nurse told me it was more like an hour and a half before he arrived to put it in. At this point the contractions where so painful and the only way I could get through it was to literally scream. I'd start out not so loud and then at the peak of the contraction I was scream at the top of my lungs and hit my pillow and move my leg and do all these weird things. Chris said it was like I was possessed and he hated seeing me in so much pain. When the anaesthetist came he was explaining stuff to me and I just didn't care, I tried my hardest to get into the right position because I knew once I got the epidural the pain would decrease. Chris sat with me and told me to breath through the contractions and he held my hand. It helped a lot, and I actually felt a little more in control. Eventually the epidural started to work and I felt nothing. Chris and I just talked and the nurse came and put a catheter in me and did another internal. She told me I was 8cm dilated and the babies head had moved a lot further down. Prior to this she had said if the babies head didn't move down I was looking at a caesarean. I thought that was really rude since she hadn't even checked me for so long. Anyway, everything was looking good at this point and I was feeling pretty good (well as good as someone at this stage can feel). Time ticked on and Chris and I were excited that our baby would be here in a few hours. They checked me again and told me I was now fully dilated but they wanted the babies head to move in the birth canal so they were going to wait an hour or so. The doctor told me I could have my epidural on as little or as much as I wanted. I wanted it on enough so that I could still feel when the contraction hit, but not so much that it was painful.
So I started pushing at about 11am Monday morning. Both Chris and the midwife held my legs and I was told to take a big breath and push down like I was doing a poo. So I did this and was making slow progress. She turned my epidural right down and I started to feel the pain again and after 2 hours I was exhausted and didn't want to be in pain. So it was decided i needed help. They turned my epidural back on and they set everything up to vacuum out my baby. After about 25 minutes of pushing her head was out and then the rest of her came soon after at 1:30pm. They blonked this slimey little person on me and I just couldn't believe she was mine. She looked at both me and Chris when we spoke to her. I'm still in awe of her and looking back on everything, I've never had a more amazing and rewarding experience. I love her more than anyone in my life and she just completes me in every way possible J
||Ollie Geddes Cannon
Born: 11 June, 2010
Age: 3 years & 181 days
Birthday in: 184 days
Development: See the 32 months page.
Biggest achievement so far:
Original due date: 18th June 2010
Type of delivery: Forceps or suction
Duration of labor: 16 and a half hours
Weight @ birth: 4.015kg (8lbs13.5oz)
Length @ birth: 52cm (19.6 inches)
On Thursday the 10th of June, I had just finished my last exam at university and had a doctor’s appointment at the hospital to discuss how to proceed with my birth. I had measuring big for my dates and a growth scan at 37 weeks 4 days estimated his weight was 4.1kg (9lbs 1oz)! They had told me they would probably sweep my membranes that day which is why I had changed my exam (the last one was on the 12th of June) so I would finish on the 10th. His internal exam showed that my cervix was long and closed. His options were pretty depressing. I would have a scan either the next day or the following Tuesday to measure the growth. If the baby came up was being greater than 4.5kg (10lbs) they would offer me a c-section or I could be induced on the Wednesday. He told me all the risks of having a big baby etc and how induction would be hard since I hadn’t progressed, so I felt pretty sad when I left the hospital. I didn’t want to have a c-section and I also hated the idea of forcing him to come out. I had decided that if I had to choose I would go with induction. That night I was quite down about it all. We went to bed that night and I was looking forward to spending a whole day with Bonnie on my own. Bonnie woke up in the middle of the night throwing up, she threw up about 3 times the whole night, so she slept in our bed, and it was nice having a cuddle. I was having a few contraction like pains during the night, but I assumed it was from the internal. I got up a few times to use the toilet and when I wiped I saw bright blood. I called to Chris but he was completely asleep. I decided to go back to bed to get some sleep. Chris eventually ended up in the living room with Bonnie since she kept throwing up and he sat up with her on his chest. I started timing the contractions which were about 10 minutes apart, I kept drifting off and waking up to them. I got up at 5am after Chris came back in the room and started timing them more. They were about 7 minutes apart. Chris got up with Bonnie at 6am and I told him that I might be in labour. I continued timing the contractions that continued at 7 minutes apart, I rang the hospital at 7:30am and they said that I should stay at home till the contraction heat up a little, so I did. At around 9am they were starting to get more and more painful. Chris’s Mum was coming to pick us about around 9:30-10 so I had to wait till then. She eventually arrived close to 10, she timed my contractions in the car and said they were 4 minutes apart. I got to the hospital and they checked me, I was 5cm dialted. I was put into one of the labour rooms, before I even got to the room I asked if I could have an epidural so they arrange that straight away. I basically got the epidural 5 mins later and felt much better. They broke my waters and the rest of the labour was basically just waiting. Eventually they checked me at 2pm and I was only 6cm! I was pretty disappointed. We continued to wait and wait and at around 5pm they said I was 9 ½ cm and had just a tiny bit of cervix lip to go. About half an hour later I was 10cm and she told me I would have to wait for his head to move down. So we waited more and more. We tried pushing around 6:30, I pushed probably for an hour and a half and he moved down to about where Bonnie was when they used the vacuum. The brought a doctor in to see if I could get assistance, the doctor gave me an internal and said the baby was in the right position so there is no reason why he shouldn’t be moving down, they also did an ultrasound to confirm this. While all this was happening they topped up my epidural while I waited to have a theater booked for a forceps delivery plus or minus a c-section. The epidural didn’t work so I was feeling the full force of the contractions and felt like I was dying! I kept yelling out and telling Chris to make them go get the aneathatist to make the epidural work. I think at about 9ish he came in and topped me up and then they wheeled me down the theature. I was so exhausted I didn’t even have time to feel scared about the possibility of surgery. When we got into theature people were asking me things from every direction! They put the forceps around my babies head and his heart rate dropped, but then went back to normal. It scared me so much, I was determined to get him out of me. When they told me to push I pushed as much as I could, it took only 3 contractions and 3 pushes to get his head out, then they cut me, and I gave one more push and he was out at 9:23pm!! He had the cord wrapped around his neck and was facing upwards, which was why he wasn’t moving down well. He gave a cough but didn’t cry, they brought him over to the table and I looked at Chris who was over there, my heart was going so fast. Eventually he started crying and we smiled at each other. Chris took about a million photos and they brought him over to me. He was so upset but calmed down as soon as we started talking to him. I was so happy he was here and safe and I didn’t have to have a c-section. Chris went with the baby while I went to recovery. I was only there for a very short time, but I felt awful being away even for only 10 mins. Chris took him out to see his family who were waiting there for him, so I’m happy he was with people who loved him. He ended up weighing 8lbs 13.5oz a little far off what they thought! He was about 21 inches but with the swelling on his head he was probably only about 20inches. He has a full head of dark hair, completely different than Bonnie did. He looks exactly like his dad J I really think someone was looking out for me, not only did I finish my exams but he came on his own terms and naturally (with a little help) which is exactly what I had hoped for. I feel a lot more relaxed this time round, although it’s only day 4. I’m so proud to be a Mum of two beautiful kids! Chris has been so supportive this whole time and I couldn’t ask for a better partner and father. Well that’s my birth story J looking forward to what’s to come.