Oskar’s tongue tie updateΒ 

This is just going to be a very quick update!:) 

Yesterday morning I was getting ready to take Oskar to his hospital appointment when they rang me and said they had to cancel his appointment. (So annoying!) they said that they had an emergency and had to cancel all appointments after that (slightly unsettling haha) so he didn’t get it done – poor bubba!! 

We are re-booked in for Monday 6th Feb so hopefully he will actually get it done this time! 

                         Kirsty x 

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Health Visitor & Oskar’s Tongue Tie!

Hello!

I know I haven’t posted in a while, been super busy with my little man.. (and ill at the same time 😦 ) The flu is not fun with an almost 3 week old baby! Cannot believe that this time next week ill be saying that I have a 1 month old! Thats just ridiculous, its gone so quick..

Anyway, the health visitor came to see us on Monday 23rd January she weighed him and he was weighing just over his birth weight so 7lbs 14.5 πŸ™‚ She fed me so much ‘information’ it was pretty hard to take in, I think thats why they overload you with leaflets. My little man is doing much better now with his feeding, he’s now taking 4oz every 3 hours in the day time and every 5 hours at night πŸ™‚

His cord finally fell off this week, think it was Wednesday. So I gave him his first bath πŸ™‚ (ill post a photo below) he loved it, he was kicking his legs! which is a good job really seeing as we are starting swimming next month πŸ™‚

I am not looking forward to tomorrow.. I’ve got to take Oskar to his tongue tie appointment, they’re going to snip it to hopefully correct it and make it more comfortable for him πŸ™‚ Hopefully it all goes smoothly, they say its an easy procedure. They just won’t let us leave until he’s had a feed as using the tongue helps it to heal. I’ll post an update on how it goes! πŸ™‚

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Kirsty x

One week postpartum

Okay so one week after giving birth.. already! After my episiotomy I am still feeling pretty sore, but compared to the first couple of days where I was bed bound and couldn’t walk I am doing pretty well.

The only thing that is really bothering me at the moment is the pain I’m feeling down there when I’m stood up, standing is okay for a couple of minutes and then I have to sit down, it is a hard feeling to explain but I’m happy I’m not so swollen and in as much pain as I was.

I think the heaviest I got in my pregnancy was 7 stone 8, I am now currently 7 stone 4 and 3/4. Which is still quite a bit heavier than what I was before I was pregnant. My boobs are alright, the other day they were SO sore and as I’m not breastfeeding I literally couldn’t do anything with them apart from take paracetamol.

I’m not sure whether I wrote about it in much detail on here as I wasn’t feeling up to much in hospital but I lost a lot of iron and therefore had to have 2 blood transfusions. So now I’m home I have to take iron 3 times a day for 6 weeks!

Here are my one week postpartum pictures:

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I’m missing my bump already! But I wouldn’t change my baby boy for the world! πŸ™‚

 

Kirsty x

1 week old!

I can not believe my baby is a week old already! It feels so much better being back home in my own environment rather than in the hospital..

Heres a bit about Oskar..

Oskar is a very alert baby.. I’m told this can be common for babies that were over due. He opens his eyes and scans his environment, his hearing is all good as he had his hearing test at the hospital, he also gets startled pretty easily by the dog barking, loud voices etc. OskarΒ is a very good sleeper. He hardly has me up in the night, I have to set my alarm and wake him for feeds (as recommended by my midwife). He goes straight back to sleep after being fed and changed.

He likes his lights on his spaceship wall light, I turn it on and he lays there for ages just staring at it! He likes to lay on me on his tummy whilst having cuddles. He will stay like this for ages πŸ™‚

Oskar currently has an 80% tongue tie, which made it difficult for him to feed at the beginning. I was aiming to breast feed and because of his tongue tie I was unable to as it would make it challenging for the both of us which could lead to him becoming distressed. In the hospital Oskar wasn’t feeding very much at all, I was using the SMA starter pack bottles which come ready made. He was only having about 25ml of this to begin with, at this point I wasn’t waking him every 3 hours for feeds. He was going longer periods of time without feeds so I decided I would start to wake him every 3 -4 hours for his feed. Now back at home, Oskar is feeding so much better and is taking 2oz every 3 – 4 hours.

We have an appointment at the end of the month to see someone about his tongue tie and hopefully get it clipped πŸ™‚ It is a very easy procedure and apparently isn’t that distressing for newborns, hopefully it will make it more comfortable for him while feeding and won’t affect his speech when he’s older πŸ™‚

Oskar enjoys being spoken or sung to, he will just lay there with wide eyes looking at you. He makes little noises which are just the cutest, I love laying and listening to him πŸ™‚ I’ve only washed his hair once as doing it at the hospital would have been a nightmare. He loved it though, didn’t kick up a fuss, just laid there looking content πŸ™‚

Oskar isn’t a fan of being changed, both his clothes and his nappy. Although he is getting much better now. Whilst dressing him if he doesn’t want you to dress him he locks his legs and arms so you can’t get them in haha.

My dog has taken soo well to him! The night we came home he was so excited to see me – I missed him! He walked over to the car seat and had a sniff etc. I thought he was going to be majorly jealous or react badly, but he seems to be really chilled and it hasn’t really affected him. The only time he has really cried is when Oskar is crying as I think he thinks we are doing something to him!

He had his last Health Visitor appointment on Saturday 14th January, they said he is doing well! His cord hasn’t fallen off yet but looks pretty good. He had his heel prick test which he literally slept through.. I was expecting him to cry and then for me to cry. But he was not bothered by it at all. He lost about 4.5% of his birth weight and weighed in at around 7lbs 5oz.

Here is my little man, one week old πŸ™‚Β img_2053-2

Kirsty x

My Birth Story.. & Meet Baby Oskar :)

So now I’ve finally had my baby and he’s made his appearance 13 days overdue I am going to write a bit about my birth.. just like everybody says if you don’t like reading TMI etc. then probably just don’t carry on reading my post as it is a birth story ‘n’ all πŸ˜‰

I can’t remember a lot of times etc because for the most part I was feeling out of it! But Saturday 7th December 2017 I went into hospital for my induction around 8am. They inserted the pessary around 9:30am and then it was basically a waiting game, I walked around and used the birthing ball. At around 5pm / 6pm I started feeling the contractions. At this point it was mainly cramping. Severe cramping but in the most random place, I could feel it all down my bottom half, I tried walking it off which ended up in what should have been a 15 minute walk turning into a 45 minute walk as I had to keep stopping. Weirdly, going up the stairs back to the ward was much easier than coming down!

At around 7pm my contractions got a little stronger and they put me back onto the heartbeat monitor. My boyfriend (I haven’t made a post about this yet – I will!) was obsessed by the monitor.. watching the numbers go up as I had contractions..

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At around 8:30 – 9pm they decided to take the pessary out of me as I was contracting 6 times every 10 minutes and they thought that I was contracting way too much. My body is hyper-sensitive to contractions so they told me..

Seeing as my mum and sister were my birthing partners, my boyfriend went home at 9pm and my sister came to the hospital as we believed that he was coming.. By about 11pm my contractions came to a halt and we were again back to nothing which was pretty frustrating. My mum stayed at the hospital with me that night..

The next day, I don’t remember much of what happened.. they were deciding whether to put a pessary back inside me but by the time they had gotten around to examining me I was far enough dilated for them to be able to break my waters. The ward was sooo busy so it was just about waiting to be taken downstairs to the labour ward / delivery suite to have my waters broken. My boyfriend came and stayed at hospital with me that night πŸ™‚

7am the next morning (9.1.2017) one of the midwives woke us up telling me that they were ready for me to go down and to get all of my things ready, I rang my mum so that she could get ready and I don’t think I’ve ever felt so nervous.. They gave me some toast and got us settled into the room I had my boyfriend and my mum with me at this point. They examined me and told me that I was 2cm dilated. They broke my waters – they were pretty difficult to break it took 2 midwives to have a go at breaking them.

They then hooked me up to the hormone drip to start my contractions yet again. this was probably at around 7:30 – 8am.. it didn’t take long for them to start, after a while I started to feel them properly. I was able to manage with them for a few hours, I then had a bit of gas and air and had a go on the birthing ball. I could not believe how much water there was! At around 10:30 – 11:00 am we called my sister to get her to come to the hospital. I didn’t want my boyfriend to leave as he was pretty good at chilling me out but things were arranged before we met and I think he needed some sleep anyway.

At around 12 or half 12ish my mum and sister were now with me, the pain started to get worse and if anyone is bad with pain its me. I knew it was going to hurt but as each contraction came it was such a weird feeling, pretty difficult to explain but I knew they were painful. I managed to keep up with it for another half an hour, I started to feel involuntary pushes and it freaked me out. They examined me and said I went from 3cm to 7cm in 20 minutes. This is when I asked for an epidural. I waited for the anaesthetist to come – It felt like forever!! When she finally came in she wanted to go through the risks etc with me, she kept saying I’ll wait for your contraction to stop etc. But in the end she just ended up annoying me because my contractions were so close together, she kept stopping and I just wanted the damn epidural before the baby came out.

I told her to just keep telling me through the contractions, so she did. In the end she gave me a version of drug that would work a bit quicker than a normal epidural as I don’t think they thought I had enough time. Here, I think is when they took me off of the hormone drip as they thought my contractions were yet, hypersensitive. Once I was now feeling pretty numb and heavy the contractions started to die off as they’d turned the drip off.. thats when we ended up waiting for hours.. Oskar’sΒ heartbeat kept dipping so they kept a close eye on that.

At around 6:15pm I started pushing, I felt like my eyes were going to pop out! I ended up pushing for about 2 hours and his head had moved but not as much as they would have liked. They called for the doctor who suggested that I had forceps. Oh my gosh, forceps does not feel anything like I thought it would.. even if I was pretty numb. They actually need to pull really hard as you push, I’m glad all I could feel was pressure.. I was pretty freaked out when they were preparing for the forceps. There was so many people in the room, doctors, midwives etc. I felt his head come out and I pushed once more and he was finally born at 20:58 weighing at 7lbs 14 oz. I’m not sure when he did but the doctor had to cut me to help him to come out so after I had Oskar I felt him stitch me up. That also, I am glad I only felt the pressure as it seemed like he pulled so hard!

Probably not the best of photos but here is his very first photo…

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So finally, I can say meet my beautiful baby boy Oskar George. Born 09.01.2017 at 20:58pm Weighing 7lbs 14oz.

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Hopefully you can still see the photo clear enough. I just feel a little bit unsure of putting a lot of photos of him on my blog un-watermarked as there can be some weirdos out there..

Kirsty x

 

I finally have a baby!!Β 

Currently sitting in my hospital bed awaiting a blood transfusion and drugged up on paracetemol to help with the pain of the stitches.. but I have a baby! At long last.. 

 

Oskar was born 09.01.2017 at 20:58 weighing 7lbs 14oz. Such a chunk! I will write a post about what went on etc. When I feel abit better and more with it. I feel so guilty at the mo because I can’t do very much with him as I’m stuck to a hospital bed 😦 

I’ll put up another post soon:)

                      Kirsty x 

41 weeks and 2 days pregnant!

Hope everyone had a good Christmas and New Year!! 

Still waiting for my baby boy!!

Had my midwife appointment today and she did my sweep and finally booked me in to be induced! Finally, there is an end in sight haha..

Im booked in to be induced on Saturday so hoping he’s here then but the latest he should be here is Monday πŸ™‚ everyone is getting so excited but I am actually so scared right now!! The sweep wasn’t too bad, it was uncomfortable.. it hurt me a bit but thats because she had to pull my cervix forward slightly..

Apparently I am 1cm dilated and she said my cervix is nice and soft, she managed to sweep around the baby’s head. I went for a long walk afterwards about an hour or so. I was knackered afterwards! Drinking pineapple juice too.. trying to get things moving πŸ™‚ even though I’m actually petrified.. But I can’t wait to meet my baby boy πŸ™‚

I’ve not really had any labour signs e.g. back ache, braxton hicks, show etc. until today.. after my sweep I had a little bit of a show and I’ve been getting a few contractions.. hopefully he is on his way before I need to be induced πŸ˜‰ (yeah right!) my child is too stubborn and lazy haha.

Here is my 41 week 2 day bump!

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This photo also melts my heart!! ❀

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Kirsty x