Wednesday, 6 January 2010

W - O - W!

Charlie has landed! The most amazing couple of days have totally changed our lives.

From Charlie Birth - Jan 2010 - New Years Day 10 km

He popped out at 6.15 am on Tuesday the 5th after 12 hours of labour. P was an absolute hero and worked so hard to be a great mum while managing somehow to try and be thoughtful for all the staff who were caring for her (she didn't even swear!!!!!!!!!!!!). She also made what seemed to me to be the wisest decision in the world and had an epidural - what she was going through requires me to recalibrate my pain-scale. It's not patronising to say how incredibly proud I am of her, it brought tears to my eyes to see her working so hard and to think of how difficult the last 37 weeks (and esp the last 3 weeks) have been. I think an easy(ish!) birth is the least she deserves after a tough pregnancy.

From Charlie Birth - Jan 2010 - New Years Day 10 km
(Charlie 5 mins old)

We are fantastically lucky to have had such amazing doctors, midwives and healthcare assistants looking after P and Charlie. Not only was the quality of care second to none, but the amount of support offered blew us away. The consultant stayed late to check on P and break her waters, and then called in the middle of the night to check all was ok. All the midwives were wonderful and for the 12 hours of P's labour we had 1-to-1 care and attention. When Charlie was struggling to breath when he was first born he was whisked to the SCBU and not only looked after with supreme efficiency and care but time and energy was put into making sure I knew what was going on and could be with him all the time (even typing this makes my eyes go a bit moist - must be something in them!). We honestly couldn't thank them all enough, they made a huge difference to the whole process.

From Charlie Birth - Jan 2010 - New Years Day 10 km

P had another night in hosp to just recover a bit and get her head round caring for a nipper and to try boob-feeding. I picked them both up this morning and drove them home though the snow - a beautiful first day outside.

We even took him out for his first walk, on a front holder thingy and wrapped up in my puffer - brilliant.

From Charlie Day2

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