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1st-Sep-2008 04:55 pm

Holy fucking shit, he's here!

So. The smart money was always on the baby arriving a couple of weeks early as its a family habit on liz's side of things. However, we weren't expecting him 4 weeks early.

Saturday, goldengrove thought that maybe the sprout had shifted around and moved into position. Also, she was complaining about digestion issues. Which didn't go away... and then there was signs that maybe the show had appeared. The hospital says no, we decided to go and grab all the stuff we wanted for a labour bag anyway. Annnd then these digestion issues were clearly contractions. Maybe they're false ones, being tricky, say the brave heroes, desperately in denial. Annnnd then goldengrove's waters broke. Denial curls up in a ball and starts to rock.

To truly contemplate the horror - the "labour bag" is the half unpacked shopping on the dining room table. The "nursery" has bunches of irrelevant furniture and guff in it, including filling the cot. The "newborn child seat" is in a box it came in, because my car got rammed a week ago and has been off getting fixed. (btw, it is all pretty again now).

So, off to the hospital we go at midnight to discover that she was 4 or 5cm dilated. The midwife takes one look at her (screaming, nauseous, no, actually throwing up) and says "epidural". So, despite it being pretty low down on her list, goldengrove gets a needle in the spine and it brings sweet sweet relief to her pain (and my ears:)).

Hours pass, with her being topped up with extra hormones to counter act the slowing effect of the drugs in her spine. At 5am I message my boss, knowing he'd be on the train from Traralgon - "I'm not coming to work. Guess why?". Contractions continue a bit erratically but by 6am, the resident says "totally dilated, start pushing in an hour". Neither of us have slept by this point.

3 hours and a bit later, and one suction cupping, we have a brand new baby boy. He's 4 weeks prem, but weighs 3.2kg, leading to horrors when considering how big he might have got. He had some trouble breathing and had to go to the special nursery for a few hours, but he came back about 2.5hours later and got lots of cuddles and a couple of mil of colustrum. He has to stay in the nursery overnight (due to quibbling about whether he was 36 weeks or 35 weeks and 6 days, that being the borderline), but there's no real expectation that he'll have hassles. I left the hospital with him sleeping soundly next to goldengrove who was also wrecked.

Epidural was a good call, and we're both happy about the lack of any other real issues (some minor stitching for goldengrove).

Thanks to all the folks who wished us well, its appreciated. Sorry for the small number of people left hanging by the messages that things were "90% good" a bit earlier in the day :)

liz n sproutsprout

So, I'm home to write this, organise the car seat, wash some baby clothes, have a shower and head back to the hospital for a couple of hours, then come home and collapse.

If folks feel the urge to visit, give us a call or sms ahead of time. Hours are between 2-4 and 6-8, and we'll prob be in a 3-person room, so we don't really want to overload the place :) If you'd rather wait and see the human wormbaby a bit later, we won't be in the least bit offended :)

Oh, and no, like many of the other baby related things, we didn't have a name 100% ready. We'll let y'all know, ok? :)
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1st-Sep-2008 07:05 am (UTC)
two photos now :)

We're hoping to have a chance to establish a bit of a routine once we're at home, but after a few weeks, visitors would be welcome :)
1st-Sep-2008 07:04 am (UTC)
Eeeee :D

He's gorgeous, congratulations, and forgiven on the messages :) Fingers crossed I will make it out there tomorrow.
1st-Sep-2008 07:17 am (UTC)
Awwww. He's so gorgeous. If I wasn't already preggers, I'd be in clucky overdrive!

Many congratulations to you both. Sounds like things are earlier than expected but good, therefore good.


1st-Sep-2008 07:21 am (UTC)
I'm miffed that I got left off the message list! :-)

Congratulations and love to all 3 of you. You are two of the best people I know and that's gotta count for something as parents. He's starting off with the best of opportunities.
1st-Sep-2008 11:59 am (UTC)
ha :) It consisted of about 2 or 3 people. Basically Liz didn't wanna tell anyone when she went into labour, but at the time I had been interacting with a couple of folks, so they got "oh crap, lag... oh crapulous. Bye!"

It seemed fair to send them "most things are ok" at some point :) but he wasn't back with us, so didn't want to say "100%" ok :)
1st-Sep-2008 07:25 am (UTC)

Glad everyone is well. :)
1st-Sep-2008 12:06 pm (UTC)
ta :) Doin' fine so far.
1st-Sep-2008 07:42 am (UTC)
wow... cool.

A big "Be well" to all of you
1st-Sep-2008 12:06 pm (UTC)
thank you :)
1st-Sep-2008 07:43 am (UTC)
Woo freakin hoo! Congratulations! Hugs all around.
1st-Sep-2008 12:07 pm (UTC)
I laughed, given Rupert's "You're fucking huge" during the day. :)
1st-Sep-2008 07:43 am (UTC)
Yaaay! Well done everyone!
1st-Sep-2008 12:08 pm (UTC)
:-) The 4 weeks early will teach liz to say "i want this over"
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1st-Sep-2008 12:08 pm (UTC)
He does look like Ken
1st-Sep-2008 08:11 am (UTC)
Awww! Congratulations! :-D
1st-Sep-2008 08:19 am (UTC)
Congratulations! :D

He looks lovely :-)
1st-Sep-2008 08:21 am (UTC)

Congratulations my good friends
1st-Sep-2008 12:09 pm (UTC)
"7pound naked homeless man found in woman's vagina"
1st-Sep-2008 08:38 am (UTC)
he's such an adorable human wormbaby ^_^
1st-Sep-2008 12:10 pm (UTC)
He is hilarious to watch - sucks on his hand, then flails it, then SCREAMS about how the universe HAS THWARTED HIS SUCKING until he hits himself in the face again.
1st-Sep-2008 08:39 am (UTC)
Congratulations! :D
1st-Sep-2008 12:10 pm (UTC)
ta :)
1st-Sep-2008 09:09 am (UTC)


Sorry to shout. Hope I didn't wake the baby. Oh - and... congrats!!
1st-Sep-2008 12:11 pm (UTC)
We're sacrificing hospital for home quietness, but also regimenting visitors to limited numbers :)
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