Month: July 2016

To epidural or to not epidural..

I had an epidural on my first two babies. I was a huge believer in pain relief, and I suppose looking back really didn’t know too much about the side effects of having an epidural and really didn’t care. I was too scared to do it without and totally thought there is nobody handing out medals at the end for bravery! I blame age, lack of education and definitely lack of explanation in my midwifery care and hospital.

On my first, Kyle in 2009 I had an epidural. He was a forceps delivery. Afterward I experienced horrific migraines to the point where I couldn’t open my eyes… The epidural had gone too far and pierced my spinal cord. I had to have a blood patch done. Another epidural (basically) but it fed blood from my arm into my back to patch up the little tear. It worked immediately but I suffered with back pain for years as a result. And I was hospitalised again when he was 10 months old for horrific migraines again… 
When I was having Noa I thought I could try do without but once in labour with her the fear took over and I asked for an epidural. I had a long labour. I got the epidural at 2cm and it slowed everything down. By the time I was 10cm 10 hours later the epidural had semi worn off and I couldn’t get another. She was born “star gazing” and got into difficulty which resulted in an episiotomy.. I felt everything.

I had all intention of getting an epidural on Briar again mainly out of fear. That I wouldn’t be strong enough, capable enough, brave enough to do it without. How wrong I was….
All my intentions went out the window when she decided to arrive 6 mins after I got to the hospital. No time to get an epidural, no time to take a Panadol, no time to take my clothes off!!!! 
And what an easy birth hers was. Coincidence maybe but I think not…. I stayed at home doing things and walking around and this was my first pro during childbirth- gravity for sure helped my body with contracting effectively. When I was in transition I instinctively got onto all fours (in my hallway!!!) and this helped hugely with that… 
Lying in a hospital bed on your back with your legs numb is really not how Mother Nature intended us to give birth. 
I gave birth to her with one push and there was absolutely no intervention then or after. No stitches, no stinging, vertually no pain afterwards. I could walk, I could dance. I was on cloud nine! 
Briar was my third time to give birth so that could have played a big role but I am so thrilled to have proven to myself and maybe others that you don’t need an epidural to give birth and if you are planning on one just be completely informed on pros, cons and side effects. 
Of course everyone is different. Every mothers preference and choice is different and no choice is right or wrong. The main thing is baby makes a safe arrival! 

Baby now teething ball…

My poor little baby has started teething months before her brother or sister ever did. So these teething balls came at just the right time! As soon as I took it out of the box the rattle inside caught Briar’s attention… And still now two weeks later as soon as she hears it her head turns. So that is a great feature. For B it took her a while (she’s still not a pro) to learn to grasp it. With all the bits to chew it did take her a while to learn which ones she likes and which ones she didn’t. But once she did she absolutely loved it! Since receiving it I have given it to her every single day. It’s my go to when she’s cranky. And the little rattle noise stops her crying every single time.

We have a Sophie the giraffe too which she absolutely loves but she does get a bit frustrated with Sophie as it’s hard to find an easy but to chew on. But with the Babynow teething ball the little bits are the perfect size for her to chew on. Each and every one of them!

It’s 100% BPA free and child safe. Designed in Ireland! Two balls come in the box, in bright colours and textured surfaces to stimulate your child’s senses! The surfaces help massage babies gums! 

Two come in each box in different colours so I gave one to a friend who’s baby is just a little older than Briar Rose…. This was her opinion…. 
“Tom loves it, he really enjoys chewing the different textures. Sometimes I notice he finds one he really likes and no matter which way I give him the ball he chews that one. The only negative I would say is the bell inside, it’s pretty annoying and now sure it’s needed. Thanks again for sharing with us”
You can get yours from babynowbrand.com 
Disclaimer- I received this product for free for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

Instead I held you….

Briar is going through her 4th leap at the moment and wants nothing but my arms….. 

It can be stressful but this time around… With baby number 3, I chose to embrace it! 
Today while Noa was having her nap B was so cranky I lay on the couch with her on my chest and she fell asleep… And so this blog post was inspired… 
I should be cleaning the kitchen and putting away the grocerys but instead I cuddled you…  
I should be hoovering the floors and mopping afterwards. But instead I kissed you and let you sleep…. 
I should be re-washing the clothes I left out in the rain last night and forgot to take in… But instead I held you tighter. 
I could be doing my hair and putting a little bit of make up on but instead I held you.. 
I should be running the piles of clothes in our kitchen through the dryer and put them away… But instead I kiss your tiny hand that is resting on my chest… 
Because one day that tiny little hand won’t reach for me.
One day my chest won’t be where she rests her head. 
One day her tiny hand won’t fit in mine like this. 
And one day her tiny calm body won’t fit on my chest anymore. 
So today….
I held you.