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She’s here! September 18, 2010

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Our beautiful little bundle of Bunny has arrived. On the 11th of September we did the usual Saturday stuff – had brekkie out, planned dinner, talked about Bunny. We had tickets to see Wicked – not the usual sort of thing we’d do but apparently it’s great, and it’s closing in a few weeks.

About 6:30pm I was cooking risotto before we were going to head out when I felt something that wasn’t totally normal, rushed to the loo and found there was some sort of fluid trickling out. I’d had something similar earlier in the day but wasn’t worried, however this was more and wasn’t really stopping. We rang the delivery suite and the midwife suggested that if it was my waters breaking that I’d probably have period-like cramps too, which I did. So we were told to bring our bags in to hospital asap because we were probably going to have a baby that night.

We’d already been prepped by our ob that if I went in to labour this weekend we’d be looked after by their back-up ob, a guy called Bobby Teo. Stephen said that Bobby wasn’t into letting breech births happen in the traditional fashion, so if Bunny wanted to come on his watch it would be a c-section pretty quickly. So on the drive in to hospital I knew it wasn’t going to be long before I was heading into theatre.

The midwife let us hang in the delivery suite for a bit, I was hooked up to a fetal monitor, and was having regular contractions – lasting about a minute and about five minutes apart. We were watching the Bulldogs vs Sydney and I was trying to use all the calm breathing techniques I’d learnt to deal with the contractions. I have to say I think I’d be rubbish in full blown labour – just the early contractions were enough of a challenge. The midwife held off on calling Bobby and the anaesthetist for a bit, I think to let us have a bit of labour for the baby, but after not too long Bobby arrived as did Clive. Bobby was lovely, very cheery and relaxed. Clive was fairly hilarious – English, a bit bombastic and telling us about his kids, one who lives in Moscow and is a lawyer and the other who does something equally fab sounding but I can’t remember what.

I had the epidural put in and was wheeled off to theatre. It was all pretty surreal. One minute I was cooking risotto and the next I was on a gurney going in for an op. I had the shakes fairly full on from the adrenaline in the anaesthetic, and got nauseous from low blood pressure, but other than that it was all pretty quick – Muz was in scrubs at my head and we first saw her little feet coming out, then they swung her around and held her upright. She was very purple and immediately started yelling, which was pretty funny really. Already she had something to say. She was born at 9:55pm, weighing 3.428kg (7lb 8oz).

I was taken to recovery while Muz and Bunny went up to the ward. After about half an hour I joined them and got to feed her. She was all chubby cheeks and fat arms. It really was kind of weird to suddenly find ourselves in hospital with a baby. Because we were in a shared room Muz couldn’t stay over that night which was a bit of a shame. I tried to sleep but couldn’t – too much adrenaline and my brain going a million miles an hour. Around 6am they brought Bunny back in to me – it was just the best thing to see her again.

So now we’re home after a few days in hospital. She’s chubby and gorgeous, and I can’t believe what a treasure she is. When she sleeps she looks like a perfect little cherub (when she’s screaming she’s a lot less cherub-ish, but still totally cute). We’re both smitten with her and just love her to bits.

Anyway here are a couple of pics taken in hospital…one at a few days old:

And sleeping, dressed ready to go home (cheeks!):

I actually just realised that this time last week we were in delivery suite, knowing that she had decided she wanted to get out and play…that week seems to have gone really fast but also it seems ages ago. She’s sleeping right now in a capsule at my feet, Muz is cooking us dinner (medium rare steak! I’ve also tucked into sashimi and pate post-birth) and we’re watching another final with the Bulldogs, this time playing the Saints. So much has changed yet stays the same.

Oh and her name! Is Josephine Scarlett Wheater. We call her Josie, Bunny, pup…up to you what you call her. And thanks to everyone who sent us beautiful flowers and words, it is a really nice feeling being away from so many of you yet still feeling so close.

lots of love,

Bunny’s mum. xxx

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39 weeks…1 week to go! September 10, 2010

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Okay so officially we are less than a week to go, with Bunny’s due date a mere five days away. Five days!!

I feel pretty lucky with this pregnancy – I’ve had the most minor things to complain about and I’ve only started feeling properly big in the last couple of weeks. This week I found it really hard to shave my legs, but I still managed. It’s increasingly harder to bend over to pick up the ball for Ped in the park, but I still get there. So it’s not like things are tough, but I have noticed things changing. This week I really found I just can’t walk as far any more – and we’re not talking about me walking a few kms, it’s way less than that. It’s more like I walk 500m and I’m like “someone carry me home”. So to tire Ped out, instead of taking him on big walks, I’ve been giving him sudoku to do. Apparently they find mind games more tiring than exercise anyway.

So Bunny’s still in breech, despite my army of alternative therapies – acupuncture, massage, reflexology, yoga, you name it (not to mention the very non-alternative, very medical ECV that we did). There is the story of one of my yoga teacher’s clients being on the table for a c-section, and the baby turning 15 mintues before they were due to start. So I’m hoping Bunny is holding out for drama and gags and that’s what she’s going to do. But even if she doesn’t, that’s okay. We’ll book in for a c-section (breech babies can’t be induced), and if I don’t go in to labour naturally before that date, she’ll arrive into this world via surgical sun roof.

I’m also starting to get excited about life post-pregnancy. Obviously there is the very big thing that we’ll actually have a daughter, but there’s the little things too – like sashimi and soft cheese. Being able to eat whatever you want off a menu, or just grabbing a pack of sushi for lunch will be amazing. And then at some point I’ll be able to exercise again – it’ll be good to feel healthy again. And not to have heartburn. Awesome.

Anyway of course the most exciting thing is that Bunny will actually be here! Crazy. I still can’t quite get my head around the whole thing. You mean the baby grows inside you? Amazing!

xx

 

Quiltastic.

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Check it out! My good friend Bern (Ineke to those who know her, on-hand medical advisor and med student in Geelong) came to visit us a few weeks ago. And she MADE this amazing quilt for Bunny. Isn’t it great? I love it so much, it’s just perfect. I’m also so impressed that she made it – who has time or talent for that normally, let alone when you’re studying med?

I can totally see Bunny lying on it and playing with toys. Cute.

xx

 

Finals fever. September 6, 2010

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Freo played an elimination finals game on Saturday…we watched it at home, despite Muz threatening to fly back to Perth for it (as if, champ). To be a good wife and get in to the spirit of it, I found some ribbon and made a mascot…

The mascot wasn’t totally in love with his bows, but he did wear them for the whole game like a good boy. I’m sure that’s why Freo managed a win over a team that probably should’ve beaten them…

 

Cushions make all the difference.

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Last week involved a very important trip to Ikea to get some finishing bits for Bunny’s room.

We got a little stool, lamp, cushions, a hamper and some storage baskets. I am loving the cushions stupid, I’m just so excited about it. Perhaps unreasonably so. The nice thing is that it’s 1950s Sweden meets 2010s Sweden…

Also I bought this great white bunny figurine which sits on her dresser. I’ll have to get a pic of that…

 

Bunny updates…

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hi gang!

I’ve been bad on the computer the last couple of weeks…have been trying to finish off some stories and get things ready, including important visits to get a facial and to get my hair cut (who knows when I’ll get it cut again).

But here are some bump updates…just over 37 weeks…

and at just over 38 weeks…

So you can see Bunny is growing nicely. We are now officially at T minus 9 days. Amazing, huh. Bunny is still in frank breech (which means she is head up, bum down, with her legs straight up and her feet in front of her face). Ideally she’d be head down, bum up and maybe with legs folded up. I had an ECV just over a week ago to try and manually turn her. I went in to hospital and they hooked me up to monitors and put a drip in me with ventolin in it. The ventolin relaxes the uterine muscles so the obstetrician can try to manually turn the baby by grabbing on to it through your skin. The side effect of the ventolin is that it makes your heart race (and I mean RACE). In my case I felt like it was in my throat, pounding away, and it made me really short of breath. The turning was pretty uncomfortable, compounded by not being able to breathe through it. There are various risks associated with an ECV (placenta becoming detacted, baby’s cord strangling it) and sometimes it can end in an emergency caesar. So before I had to sign all these papers just in case, and my ob was like “oh and the theatres are empty if we need them.” Great. Obviously we didn’t need them which is good.

Anyway Bunny wouldn’t turn, so Muz and I went home. I was fine with it though, I figure if she doesn’t want to, then perhaps there is a reason. I was a bit shaky and sore after the ECV but it’s all fine now, and I’d probably do it again if I had another breech baby.

I’ve also been giving acupuncture, massage, yoga and talking to her a shot – still she remains certain that she’s happy the way she is. So if she doesn’t turn, and if labour doesn’t start naturally, we’re booked in for a c-section on her due date (the 15th). Even if labour does start, there is a good chance it’ll end in an emergency caesar anyway. So there are pros and cons for all of it. Stubborn little miss.

xx

 

Best time of year.

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If there’s one thing I’ve always loved about Sydney, it’s the magnolias in spring. It just makes the place so beautiful, and I always wonder why Perth isn’t so lucky (something to do with climate no doubt). Anyway this was taken on a grey day, so it’s not the best shot, but you can see what I’m going on about. Muz has suggested that we name Bunny ‘Magnolia’ instead, because every time we’re out and I see one, I point and shout “magnolia!”. I really do love them.