my newest little man, Benjamin James.
Isn't he just gorgeous?
I went into hospital on Tuesday 14th April to be induced, mainly due to my other 2 boys both being overdue and large (9lb 5oz and 8lb 2oz respectively) and partly because I went private this time and was calling the shots! With three other kids at home, and being school holidays, it was easier to schedule babysitting and "holidays" for Paul from work too. I was given the gel at 4.30pm and told to expect it to work quickly as this was my fourth labour, but alas....much like his older brothers, young Benjamin was in no hurry to greet the world either! By 10.30pm I hadn't even had a niggle, so at 11pm another dose of gel was followed by a horrendous hour of furious contractions, only to stop at 12.30am. *sigh* so much for my April 14 baby!
The midwife suggested I have a shower to see if gravity would do the trick, and sure enough the contractions started. By 2.30am they were 2-3 minutes apart and by 3am I was taken down to delivery. I was a bit sceptical that the epidural was correctly placed since the "practice"dosage of local anaesthetic only numbed my right leg, and with my previous labour I felt everything down the left side as well. And....I was right. The right side was blissfully pain free, the left side felt every bloody thing! By 5am I told them I was ready to push and the midwife laughed at me...until she checked and found I was fully dilated! The OB was called from her slumber for the delivery and arrived at 5.54am, said "let's have a baby by 6am" and was pleasantly surprised when, after just 2 pushes later, that Benjamin arrived at 5.56am.
Benjamin James Gordon weighed 3480 grams (or just a tad under 7lb 11oz) and was 50cm long, head circumference 34.5cm. 10 perfect fingers, 10 perfect toes and everything else where it should be!
He also has 1 very proud sister, 1 very chuffed big brother and another brother that, quite frankly, couldn't give a ........ !!!!
I stayed for 3 nights in hospital and had a lovely rest before coming home to the chaos. Reality bites, but life goes on and Ben is proving to be a model baby that only wakes up once a night for a feed...lets hope that continues! I am itching to scrap some photos but finding no energy in between feeds and dealing witht the other kids....hopefully once school goes back I will find some mojo.
Thank you to everyone who has sent me messages via email, Facebook and text too...
Some pics to share....we also celebrated Ella's 7th birthday yesterday and mine falls on Friday (I am turning 54, according to Jack!) so April is busy busy busy for us!