Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Me and Mine - April 2019

Another month has gone so quickly. This month we had the Easter holidays and my 30th birthday. we didn't do much for either and just time together as a family. We also had some really lovely weather which was so nice. I can't wait for more to come.

I still love seeing us as a six, it's still so new and just makes me smile from ear to ear. I'm not sure if I will ever feel completely done having children but this is our four and how our family will stay.

I can't wait to watch the children all grow together and for us to grow together as a family. Im excited for all the times ahead we have.

Nicola Xx

Friday, 19 April 2019

Two Week Update - Mum and Baby

Two weeks after delivery and I feel good but I am in a little pain and still a little sore. I keep having back cramps which are actually really painful, the after pains come and go as well. I'm also having headaches every now and again, just from the tiredness. My stomach went from 38 inches to 34 but my muscles are very weak and I have a 3cm gap in my stomach muscles.

At 2 weeks old Kingsley is now 8lb 12oz and was discharged from the midwife, everything is perfect.  He also had his hearing test and passed with flying colours. He is drinking 2-3oz every 3 hours, the longest he slept was a 3.5 hour stretch.

He also started tracking our movements and would follow us with his eyes, so cute!

He is so chilled out but hates his nappy changing. He rarely cries (apart from nappy changes) and loves bath time.

Nicola Xx

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Siblings - April 2019

We are now 5 weeks into having four and I still love it just as much as I did 5 weeks ago. 

The kids are all still obsessed with Kingsley and he loves it too. We couldn't of asked for anything more. They are all so lovely with him, especially Harleigh who won't stop kissing him and asking to cuddle him. 

Paige and Harleigh are like little mums and just want to look after him, Parker loves cuddling him to and just can't wait for Kingsley to be old enough to play with him. 

We are so lucky that so far they've all reacted so well, no jealousy or problems at all. They are such lovely kids and I can't wait to watch them grow up and their bonds to form even more but I am very much enjoying this early stage which is already going so fast.

Nicola Xx

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Siblings - March 2019

I completely forgot to do my sibling post for March, that's totally ok after just having a baby right?! 

Kingsley arrived on March 8th so by the time it cam round to do my sibling post a week later i completely forgot but didn't want to miss it so here it is. 

The kids were so so excited to meet him and couldn't wait to meet him. They came in the morning less than 2 hours after he was born to meet him. It was so cute seeing them altogether. I have individual pictures of them all at hospital but this is the first one i have of them all together right after school the day he was born, just a couple of hours after we got home.

These two pictures are from the first week of his life and I love them. It feels so right seeing them as a four and it just makes my heart melt.

Nicola Xx

Thursday, 11 April 2019

One Week Update - Mum and Baby

I'll start off with my update and then move onto Kingsley.

This was my quickest labour and I went from 4cm to delivery in 1 hour 50 minutes. I did have a 1st degree tear and stitches. In the first week I was really achy and sore from birth but generally I was doing really well. I had quite a few back spasms and after pains. I was also quite swollen in my hands and feet which i've never really experienced after birth before. At the end of pregnancy my belly measured 41 inch, after delivery I was down to 38 inches.

Kingsley passed all his newborn checks with flying colours. He was 8lb 5oz at birth and his head was 33cm. We got released from the birth centre 6 hours after delivery. He had his newborn check before we left and everything was good. He had a slight heart murmur but everything else was perfect. He didn't feed much that first day which is totally normal, his fast delivery took it out of him.

During the first week he ate 1 -2oz every 2-3 hours. He had his heel prick test on day 5 and was weighed again, he'd only lost 1.7% of his weight so was doing really well. On day 7 his cord came off.

He has fitted in so far really well and we are all loving the newborn bubble and don't want it to end. The kids are all obsessed with him and adore him.

Nicola Xx

Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Me and Mine - March 2019

March and possibly my favourite me and mine picture. In hospital just hours after our final addition was born, in fact Kingsley was only 2 hours old.

The kids came to visit us just before school and Mark quickly snapped a family picture and I couldn't love it more!

He has fitted in so perfectly and we all adore him. The kids have adjusted so well, especially Harleigh. The other two are used to having younger siblings and we couldn't be prouder of Harleigh.

I can not wait to see our family develop over the rest of the year.

Nicola Xx

Saturday, 6 April 2019

Birth Story - Baby #4

My due date came and I was still pregnant. I could not believe that I was still pregnant. Everyone seemed convinced that I would go early. I’d given up trying to induce labour and just relaxed. I was ok with going over due and just decided to relax and enjoy the last few days pregnant. I think I would of cried if I’d made 41 weeks though. 

At 3pm I started having pains. I was just about to leave to pick the kids up from school. Pains weren’t unusual for me. I’d had them quite a lot. They even became regular and painful at times so I just ignored them and figured they would just die off like they usually did. I noticed they were quite regularly at every 4-6 minutes. I carried on as normal and sorted the kids out. By 6pm we had finished eating tea and the pains were every 2 minutes and more intense I had to breathe through them. I started to wonder if this was real labour. We got the kids to bed, I tidied the kitchen and I called the birth centre. They wanted me to go in. We called my dad and his partner to come over and watch the kids. 

We got to the hospital and all my pains stopped. I only had 1 since walking through the door and I was gutted. The midwife wanted us to wait around for a couple of hours to see if anything started up again. An hour went by and nothing so I asked to be examined. I figured that it would be nice to know if I was dilated and have a sweep to maybe help things along, I wasn’t booked in for a sweep for 5 more days and since it was my due date the midwife was happy to go ahead. I was 3cm at 9pm and very soft but still quite thick. The midwife could feel babies head and my waters were bulging. They made us stay for another hour after the sweep just incase but still nothing so we decided to go home. The midwife thought the sweep had a good chance of working and said she wouldn't be surprised to see us back during the night. 

She was right. 

At 2:15am I got woken up with contractions, I tried to rest but by 3am they were intense and coming quickly, every 2-3 minutes. The pain then started to travel down my hips and thighs. 

This was it! 

I called the birth centre and they wanted me to go in again so I called my dad again and he came back over. We got to hospital at 4:30am and I was 4cm. We had progress!! 

I laboured out of the water for about an hour before getting in the pool. I didn’t want to get in too quickly. I worked through each contraction with Mark by my side. At around 5:30am I got into the pool, I knew i was getting close. At 6:07am my waters went with a pop in the pool and with each contraction I felt the urge the push. My body was taking over and pushing. At 6:17am the babies head was born and at 6:20am the baby arrived. I reached down and scooped him up out of the water. 

Our second baby boy. 

My fourth water birth, no pain relief and exactly how I wished. 

I feel so lucky and blessed to of had 4 amazing natural water births. Three of which were in the same pool. 

Nicola Xx

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