On 23rd October 2009 at 5:58 pm, Abigail was born weighing 8 lbs 5 oz, with a head circumference of 35 cm.
She came naturally on her own accord the day before being due to be induced. Thursday night I ate a whole pineapple, so I wonder if that coaxed her to come the next day...
She was born at 41 weeks 2 days. I was 10 and a half hours in labour with contractions starting at 7:29 am Friday morning. I had 13 within the first hour! By 11:30 am I had gone to the birth centre with my Kai in Hospital and was examined as 6 cm dilated. The contractions steadily got worse and worse so that by 3 pm I had decided I could no longer bear them and requested an epidural. Until then I had just the gas and air for pain relief, but being a big baby compared to my other boys who weighed 6 lbs 13 and 6 lbs 14, I found the pain unbearable and needed extra relief. I did not have an epidural on them.
So at 3:50 pm, the epidural was administered and started to take some effect at 4:10 pm in-so-much-as the contractions became shorter and milder. I lost all feeling of pain at 5:10 pm which was Heaven!! At 5:30 the midwife said I was ready to push. As I had a lower dose of epidural I did not need assistance in getting baby out, I was able to push for around half an hour, and then she was born.... at 5:58 pm.
Kai and I cried tears of happiness when seeing her for the first time. She took to my breast shortly after and suckled for one hour twenty mins. That was a very proud moment.
She is feeding well via breast feeding and some expressing. She has slept her first night at home only waking the once. She is a contented little baby girl. We are totally in love xxx