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(no subject) [Mar. 21st, 2006|02:28 pm]
babywhiteley
Zachary
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(no subject) [Oct. 5th, 2005|08:23 pm]
babywhiteley
So last months positives were all a hoax... they were false :-( I got my period as normal.

But then I hit lucky this month, and have got positives with real tests like clearblue & not just the crappy brands.

Due June 12th! yay!
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Here we go again! [Aug. 31st, 2005|04:45 pm]
babywhiteley
we hit lucky on 3rd try!Collapse )

My due date is May 13th 2006! :-)
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5 months old! [Aug. 28th, 2005|09:49 pm]
babywhiteley
My baby is over 5 months old! Time has gone scarily fast.

Zach now has 2 teeth.
He rolls over non-stop.
He's *almost* sitting up on his own (he can manage about 10 seconds without support).
He's on solids & he loves his food.

So he's developing really fast.

Here's some pics of my gorgeous boy:

ZacharyCollapse )
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3 months old [Jun. 27th, 2005|09:52 am]
babywhiteley
[Current Mood |happyhappy]

My babe is now over 3 months old!!!! He is now sleeping through the night in his own room, he can laugh, & he loves to play with his toys. He's also on the verge of rolling over and he tries to hold his own bottle. Mummy is very impressed!

Here's some pics of the little dude click hereCollapse )

I've taken hundreds of pictures since he was born, and those are the most recent ones. I know I'm biased, but he really is the most beautiful little boy.

Me & Nick are also trying for #2 already, so this journal will soon be to note the progress of 2 babies.

Becoming a Mum is by far the best thing that has ever happened to me.
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My boy arrived! [Apr. 11th, 2005|09:20 pm]
babywhiteley
Sorry it's been so long since I updated here.

Zachary Nicholas Whiteley was born 3 weeks ago today, on the 21st of March 2005, at 12:00pm. He weighed in at 9lbs 1oz, which was bigger than I ever imagined! He still looked incredibly teeny to me though. He's the most gorgeous thing I've ever seen & I'm besotted with him.

My labour was induced at 40+12 with a prostin pessary and it lasted 21 hours. I ended up with every kind of pain relief on offer: tonnes of gas n air, 2 shots of diamorphine, and finally an epidural, which was administered 10 hours into the labour. I got stuck at 6cm & ended up with a syntocinon drip to speed things up. It was unsuccessful & I almost needed a C-section, but little Zachary managed to come out vaginally in the end! He was posteria and consequently failed to engage, which was why I didn't dilate efficiently. He turned around at the last minute & I went from 6 to 10 in the space of 2 hours. I ended up with an episiotomy & I then tore into the cut. To top that, my epidural stopped working for the last 4 or 5 hours, so the final stretch was really difficult, especially as I was so exhausted. I can safely say that it was the most agonising experience of my life! Nothing even comes close.

I've had sleepless nights for the past 3 weeks. My little boy is not a very good sleeper! Especially as he refuses to sleep in his cot, & I have resorted to taking him to bed with me which is a very bad habit to be getting into. Despite feeling like a zombie and having practically no time to myself, I'm loving every bit of being a Mummy. I highly recommend it!
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How much longer???? [Feb. 24th, 2005|04:30 pm]
babywhiteley
[Current Mood |exanimateimpatient]

I am officially fed up of being fat. I am now 38+1, and that's going by my LMP date. If you use the hospital date, I'm even further ahead.

I just about have my hospital bags packed & the house in a decent enough state to bring the baby back to.

I've had a reflexology appointment, eaten 3 curries in less than a week, taken more raspberry leaf tea than I should, and even started on evening primrose oil; Yet there's still no baby. I thought my waters broke the other night, but they didn't, so I have no idea where my head was then!

I took a trip to the delivery ward on Tuesday since Zach was being worryingly quiet, so they hooked me up to a CTG monitor. It was pretty cool watching his heartbeat go up & down for an hour! I must be pretty sad to find something like that interesting! I was having lots of irregular contractions as well - maybe that means there's not too long to go?

Sophie (my younger sister) has decided that she's leaving school as soon as Zach is born. I think she's planned for my Mum to pick her up as soon as the news of his arrival gets to them (which my Mum insists on knowing immediately, no matter what hour of the day - *sigh*) I thought I'd have a peaceful life for a while after his birth, but I'm beginning to realise that won't happen. My house will be bombarded with visitors from day 1. I don't really mind that much with those who live close enough to go back home again, but Nick's parents will have to stay here for a while because they live 300 miles away, and that's stressing me out. I really don't want to put people up in the house while I'm trying to adapt to motherhood.

I hope my baby comes out soon. And I hope he doesn't hurt me too much on the way!
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Full-Term Tomorrow!!! [Feb. 13th, 2005|09:38 pm]
babywhiteley
I hit 37 weeks on Wednesday! But since the hospital have my due date down as the 7th of March as opposed to the 9th, I am considered full-term tomorrow. (scary!)

I have Raspberry Leaf Tea, pineapple & Clary Sage oil coming out of my ears, in attempts to get my body ready for labour. I'm fed-up of being pregnant & I want this kid out of me now. None of them seem to be working though.

My cervix is really soft and maybe even partially dilated. It's hard to tell since I'm not educated in these things, but I can get my finger in it, so I figured that must mean something. I'm also losing a lot of clumpy mucus - last week I even lost a bit of pinkish blood with it, so I'm assuming that I am having a gradual show. On top of that, I've been getting pains very low down in my pelvis for about a week and a half now, which I'm assuming is a sign of baby moving down. I'm hoping that this all means that labour isn't too far off, but I don't want to start thinking wishfully incase nothing happens til after my EDD.

The builders are back in the house this week thanks to the fact that they buggered up the undertile heating, so if I do go into labour soon, then my homebirth will be off the table. I'm hoping they will finish the job promptly with minimal interruption, but considering how long they took to get the bathroom done, I'm not getting my hopes up.

In good news, I recently heard that I got into UCL!! It's great knowing that I have a university place secured, even though I won't be starting the degree until September 2006. This way, I can focus on bringing up Zach without having to stress about career plans.
As well as that, I also passed my driving test on Tuesday. I managed to get a late cancellation, and although I was convinced that I'd fail for a 5th time, I surprised myself by passing with only 4 minors! So I'm now waiting for my drivers license to arrive in the post & Nick and I are in the process of buying a car. We're getting a brand new Smart-for-four. It's very ideal for the baby & I really like it, so things are good all round.

Other than the builder-issues, things are going really well. Only I'm feeling quite low at the moment, which I can only attribute to hormones since it doesn't make sense for me to be feeling this miserable.

Here is my most recent belly pic, taken at 36+2!
Me looking huge!Collapse )
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34 weeks [Jan. 27th, 2005|06:16 pm]
babywhiteley
5 weeks & 6 days left.... roll on due date!!

Bub is head down, but not engaged. I reckon he must be getting lower though, as I have recently developed piles which is the grossest thing ever. I know they're only bound to get worse as he drops. It sucks!

We've decided to spell his abbreviated name as Zach. And his middle name is definitely Nicholas. (both Nick's decision!)

Other than that, there's not much to report. I'm getting fatter & counting down the days & I can't bloody wait to get this pregnancy over with.
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33 week update [Jan. 22nd, 2005|06:21 pm]
babywhiteley
Here is some stuff x-posted from my main journal, amylouise

Entry 1; Feeling the effects:
I can safely say that I hate this part of pregnancy. The only good parts are feeling the baby move (although this can be just as bad as it is good, depending on my mood and where he's kicking!), and admiring my bump. I often stop when I pass mirrors as I can't believe it's me. I'm proud of the fact that I've come this far & I like looking pregnant. But, unfortunately, I don't like feeling pregnant. I move like an elephant. Getting up from sitting is such a task, bending over is seriously painful; even putting my own socks on has me out of breath and exhausted. I never thought it'd be so hard to reach my feet. I can no longer see my 'bits' either, and according to Nick, my bikini line has got a bit out of control! I looked in the mirror, and he's right, but I don't care cos I'm always oblivious to it. I think I will start caring if the midwife ever wants to examine me though, so I think I need to get Nick to trim me (I would probably cut myself pretty badly if I attempted it since I can see fuck-all!) I also detest maternity clothes. They suck! I much prefer my jogging bottoms that sit under my bump. They are a million times more comfy than the stupid maternity clothes that make a dire attempt at covering my belly. I am now thinking that I will just lounge about in the house for the next 7 weeks without leaving, so I can be naked for the rest of my pregnancy. It's a lot nicer than getting dressed. Plus, I don't have anything that makes me look nice. I'm actually thinking of going out to buy some nice maternity clothes for the final stretch because I'm getting fucking sick of the casual ugly crap that I've got.
My skin & hair have gone grease mad over the past week as well, which I can only assume is pregnancy related. I use moisturiser & make up that usually prevents greasiness, but my skin gets shiny so easily despite it. I used to be able to wash my hair twice a week, and now it's greasy within a day of washing it. So, in summary, I am a hairy, minging, sedated elephant that has just stepped out of a chip-pan. I cannot wait to be 'normal' again. I will be so happy when I have my energy back, when I can reach my feet & shave my own bikini line. Here's to hoping the next 7 weeks go fast!

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Entry2; Baby Gush:
awwww... I've just been reading back on all my scan entries and looking at my scan pics, and my little bubby is so cute!!! I love him! I've decided to make him an album with all the scan pics & my belly pics in, and when he's born, I'm not gonna stop getting baby pics developed for it. I'm also gonna be framing loads of them & sending them to everyone, so I'll probably be spending a fair bit of money on photo development once he's born. I don't want to buy a typical photo album though, I want more of a scrap book type thing that I can personalise for him, with his name on and stuff. Then when he's older, he'll have a special book to look in & he can see how he's grown from as early as being in utero. I'd love to see the pics of my baby scans, but my Mum doesn't have them (I don't even know if she was given any) How cool would it be to see yourself as a 5cm blobby thing inside the womb? I'm seriously amazed by pregnancy & scan pics fascinate me. I actually had a scan pic taken of Zac as an EGG! I had my scan appointment at the fertility clinic the morning before I conceived, & she pointed out the fact that I was about to release an egg & she photgraphed it for my records. And that is the egg that became my baby! I'm tempted to phone them and ask them to send me my records so I can have the pic, but I don't know if they will or not.

My 34-week midwife appointment is on Tuesday. I've been measuring perfectly at all of my appointments so far, and hopefully I'll be measuring perfectly for this one too. She's said each time that I'm "spot-on" for my dates, which hopefully means my baby will be an average size at term & not a tiny elephant! I really want him now... I hope time goes fast!

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And here are some recent belly pics
Bump!Collapse )

I quite like my bump!

The bad news is that I have my first belly stretch marks

Only 6 weeks and 4 days left!
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