Due date

Today is Wriggly’s due date. As everyone knows, it is rare for babies to be born on their due date, and none of my babies were. In fact, they were all late. Crevette came two days after the date I had been given as a guide, Beanie five and Jumpy nine.

You can imagine my surprise when I started getting strong, regular contractions all night on Sunday. As my last labour had lasted days, I did not wake Hubby up and just focused on my breathing, the mantra from my hypnotherapy tracks and visualisations my friend Adeline had suggested a couple of days before. I was in pain but I felt I was coping pretty well, considering I would probably be giving birth a day or two later.

At 5.30 a.m. on Monday morning, hubby and I heard a popping sound, to realise that my waters had broken in bed. That was a first! With our three other children, the waters broke as I started pushing and in two cases, mere minutes before I gave birth. We were a bit stunned I have to say and neither of us really knew what to do.

Hubby went with his initial plan. He spoke to his dad and asked him to pack and drive up from Devon. He then called Cé, got her to pack bag and toddler to come and look after our three children. He then warned the hospital we would be there soon.

After he had spoken to Cé, things started happening quicker than ever before. I was in a lot of pain and quite reluctant to leave the toilet. I went in the bath at around 7 a.m. to try and slow labour down, but I soon felt the urge to push.

Hubby, who knows I like to be left alone with the pain, did not bother me too much and stayed downstairs with the children. As I knew I was not going anywhere, I made that mad decision I was going to deliver Wriggly on my own in the bath. I kept talking to her and telling her it would all be fine. Luckily, hubby sent Cé up (much to my annoyance at the time) and she ran downstairs telling him to call for an ambulance straight away.

The bath was slippery and nothing like a birthing pool. It was not wide or deep enough and what I was trying to do was probably dangerous so with hindsight, I am glad the paramedics arrived, even though at the time, I was irritated by their sheer presence, constant chatter and silly questions. If I remember well, I cried when they told me I could not stay in the bath. I insisted I did not think I could give birth out of water… They were really patient with me.

A couple of midwives arrived, with strict orders to close all windows, put the heating on and get towels warm for the baby (I thought they only did that on TV!). I leaned on the bath and looked longingly at the water whist listening to hubby’s encouraging words and the midwives’ advice. Ten minutes later, Wriggly was born, a healthy 3.4 kg little girl, bringing joy to our family one day early.

We stayed at home; the children were over the moon to meet their little sister. We had tea in our own cups, lovely toast and jam and I spent the morning chatting with Cé before beau-papa (hubby’s dad) arrived for more cups of tea and chats. Holding a newborn baby has such a calming effect… No more panic in this house, just peace and happiness.

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    • Mel
      13/06/2014 / 11:31 am

      Thanks Merlinda!

  1. 13/06/2014 / 8:09 am

    Was good to ‘meet’ you on twitter last night. Big, big congrats on your latest arrival. Glad to hear you are both doing well.

    • Mel
      13/06/2014 / 11:30 am

      I am glad Vicki ‘introduced’ us. I have just read your latest post and loved it. Following now! x

  2. 13/06/2014 / 10:37 am

    aaw, congratulation on you new arrival!!

    • Mel
      13/06/2014 / 11:24 am


  3. Congratulations!! Well done on being so brave and trying to do it yourself! I would of been far too scared for that lol! Must have been lovely afterwards though in your own home 🙂 #MBPW

    • Mel
      15/06/2014 / 12:22 am

      Not brave, foolish! I did love being at home afterwards though.

  4. Mama and more aka Zaz
    14/06/2014 / 9:36 pm

    I’m really moved to read your wonderful birth story, especially having just been to a memorial service for a mummy friend, but it is a good reminder that life always follows, and I hope that you are enjoying your amazing precious early baby days! What an amazing home birth too, very efficient! Félicitations et bienvenue à votre petite ange xxx

    • Mel
      15/06/2014 / 12:24 am

      Merci! It was completely surreal and it is such an amazing feeling holding my little girl in my arms.

  5. 15/06/2014 / 8:10 am

    Huge congratulations Mel! And what a wonderful birth story! I bet being at home after was just bliss too 🙂

    Hope you are both well and that you’re enjoying these oh so precious early days with your beautiful bundle of joy.

    With love and pouts, Katie / Pouting In Heels (@KateLPortman on Twitter!) x

    • Mel
      15/06/2014 / 10:35 am

      Thanks Katie. It was really odd giving birth at home, but I have to say being in my own living room chatting with my friend whilst cuddling baby an hour later was bliss…

    • Mel
      16/06/2014 / 11:47 am

      Thanks Zena!

  6. Madaline
    16/06/2014 / 12:19 pm

    Congrats!!! That’s so neat (to have a home birth!) and this truly is a magical moment!!! Found you via Magic Moments!

    • Mel
      16/06/2014 / 12:26 pm

      Thanks Madaline

  7. 16/06/2014 / 1:39 pm

    Congratulations! Both mine were home births and they were perfect #magicmoments.
    Welcome to the world little wriggly!

    • Mel
      16/06/2014 / 1:59 pm

      This really was a magic moment, thanks!

  8. 17/06/2014 / 1:46 pm

    A lovely calm story, has actually given me shivers!! Glad your little one arrived safely and all is well, bet you loved staying at home afterwards #sharewithme

    • Mel
      17/06/2014 / 8:20 pm

      It was bliss being at home afterwards even though staying at home to give birth was not what we had planned.

  9. 18/06/2014 / 9:24 am

    Congratulations, Mel!! I was away last week so this totally passed me by! Hope you’re all doing well x

    • Mel
      18/06/2014 / 10:34 am

      Thanks Jocelyn. All fine. Wriggly is a little bundle of gorgeousness! x

  10. 18/06/2014 / 9:59 am

    Oh wow – huge congratulations! I’d missed this post so have now subscribed via email 🙂 What an amazing experience. I’m so pleased it all turned out OK for you and she arrived safe and well. Births have a habit of going off plan don’t they?! xx

    • Mel
      18/06/2014 / 10:17 am

      Thanks Karen! Giving birth is something you cannot really plan or control and this labour really took me by surprise I have to say. My little lady was in quite a hurry to meet us all and not keen on a hospital visit it seems. x

  11. 19/06/2014 / 9:55 pm

    Félicitations – I didn’t know you were pregnant and this is just such a wonderful story to read. Welcome to this mad world Wriggly! You certainly know how to make an entrance!!

    • Mel
      19/06/2014 / 10:02 pm

      Thanks Rosie! She certainly surprised us. I cannot believe she is 10 days old already. Time flies!

      • 19/06/2014 / 10:30 pm

        Tell me about it – I am busy doing paperwork for my youngest to start collège in September. Hoe did that happen?

        • Mel
          19/06/2014 / 10:39 pm

          Oh la la, I am going to try to slow down a bit more to make sure I enjoy their early years. Time goes too quickly when you are a grown-up!

  12. 14/07/2014 / 5:54 pm

    Wow!!!! How did I miss this?! HUGE congratulations and what a story! It must have been such a surprise but didn’t you cope well with it all? I am in awe of you and so happy for you all x x x

    • Mel
      16/07/2014 / 12:05 am

      She is only 5 weeks old but it feels like a lifetime ago I gave birth to my little girl. It seems like she has always been in our lives. That is a nice feeling. x

  13. 11/11/2014 / 12:20 am

    What a wonderful birth story – you obviously had complete trust in your body’s ability to give birth although I am glad that the midwives arrived before Wriggly did! How lovely to have had her at home x

    • Mel
      11/11/2014 / 12:48 am

      Thanks Louise. I am not sure I trusted my body that much; I think it was the adrenaline having an effect on me. I was so relieved when the midwife arrived!

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