Monday, 9 June 2008

Turns out it was Nesting after all.

Originally uploaded by Crit Chicken
Here's a rundown of my Thursday 5/6/08

2am, wake up for a wee and as I'm getting out of bed think "hmm, that would be my waters breaking". Wake up beloved.

2.30 ring midwife "my waters just broke". She said to go back to bed and try to get some sleep.

4.30am get up again as the contrations are getting more intense and I keep thinking of things that I need to pack in my bag. Ring my mum to come and be with D'Arcy.

5am (ish) contractions are regular and 4 mins apart, so ring midwife again. She says "meet me at tthe birth centre at 5:45"

5:45 arrive at birth centre and get settled in our room.

6:15 midwife does an exam and says "you're only 3 cm dilated, if it was your first baby I'd send you home, but let's see if you crack on in the next hour and a half"

Needless to say we did crack on, and at 8:15 I was holding our new son in the bath where he was born.

D'Arcy was rung, just as he was about to leave for school, and the news was delivered to him. Plans were changed and he and my mum went to her house for a few hours, before coming to the birth centre for a first look at Erik.

Later that day D'Arcy came back to the birth centre to spend the night with us (they have fold out sofas in the rooms for such events, which they encourage) and this photo was taken the next morning (Friday) before D'Arcy did go off to school to tell all his friends his news. As you can see from this photo he is a very proud big brother.

Vital statistics: Weight 3.21kg (7lb1½oz) Length: 50 cm (no imperial translation, sorry) So pretty average size all round. Feeding pretty well, and when the midwife weighed him today he'd only lost 120g)

Forgive us if we're somewhat off the air for the next little while.


Ampersand Duck said...

Oh! Oh! Oh!
Erik the Viking!
You clever woman, you!

Check ur emails!

Michelle said...

How fantastic! Congratulations to all three of you, but especially you, you brilliant and clever girl!

I love the name Erik. Oh, and Scott says congratulations as well.

Eric TF Bat said...

Ooh! Good name! I approve!

Also: yay! And the Beloved sends her congratulations too. We are Most Pleased around here, I can tell you.


Anonymous said...

Congratulations from your Veach/Snow family.
We are celebrating my mom Aunt joyces birthday here on Friday, so I'm thrilled to have wedding and Erik and D'Arcy photos to show all.

We love you,

Anne & Mel

Sara said...

We are so thrilled for you (and it sounds like the birth went smoothly)! Fabulous name, beautiful boys. How are D and the beloved doing? Tell them both congratulations.

We love you and can't wait to meet your guys.

Love, Sara David Mary Else ;)

Zoe said...

Ah, well done. Welcome little Erik!

Enny said...


Mummy/Crit said...

Thank you all for your lovely comments!

He is indeed a Viking the beloved claims his family can trace back to Eirikur Blood-Ax in Norway, so there is one of the origins of his name.

American family - we miss you too - we'll try and get more photos up for the Joyces to see soon.

Sara, hurry up and visit, damn it!

liz said...

Ohohohohoh!!!! I missed it!

Sweet, sweet baby!!!!! What a lovely birth story!


Julie said...

Congratulations! What a wonderful birth story! I can't wait for more photos...

Are you going to change the name of your blog now? :)

Mummy/Crit said...

Julie - I"ve been wondering about that. the URL is already 'mummy developments' so I've been considering it as an alternate title...