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Offline ruby81

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« Reply #450 on: 19/07/18, 17:02 »
Hi everyone!

Iíve not been on here for ages but so pleased to read about all the safe arrivals! Congratulations to you all and I hope youíre enjoying lots of cuddles with your little ones. I canít believe weíve all come so far!

Clarabelle- I think your swab may be for Strep B? It used to be routine in the uk but that has recently changed and weíre no longer offered it unless something is picked up in urine or they suspect you may have it. If you have it at the time of delivery they hook you up to antibiotics. We discussed it in antenatal class and I also spoke to my obstetrician about it, thereís no risk to the swab.
I hope youíre not stressing too much about your living arrangements, try not to worry, everything will work out in time and the most important thing is having your baby in your arms. (My house is currently a building site, we have no nursery, furniture is in boxes all over the place and it wont be finished before our babies arrival now! But somehow when Iím usually so anxious and stressy, Iím very calm about it all. As long as baby has somewhere to sleep, heís fed, clothed, clean and well, thatís all that really matters! Everything else is just me trying to create the dream scenario Iíve had in my head for so many years)

Nothing much has changed with me, whatever is wrong with my bloods remains undiagnosed but to the complete surprise of everyone involved, there has been no further deterioration and baby has continued to grow well. So the plan now is for a c-section at 39 weeks (booked for 13th Aug providing nothing changes) where Iíll be hooked up to a cell salvage machine (it collects any blood I lose and transfuses it back into me) and donor transfusion. I donít think Iím feeling too apprehensive about it all, I just want our little boy safely in my arms by whatever means it takes now!

Those ladies that have had a c-section, what pants did you wear after?! Iíve bought some huge, cheap, stretchy ones but Iíd also seen some specifically for post c-section. They seem to give light compression to help the wound heal etc. Reviews seem to be positive apart from the price! Just wondered if anyone had experience of them?

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    Offline Clarabelle71

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    « Reply #451 on: 19/07/18, 20:07 »
    ruby, lovely you updated. Yes i believe swab is for strep b. I wonder why they still test here but not in UK? Thanks i know you are right, as long as baby has a place to sleep, fed, clothed, etc should be alright. Baby will certainly be loved too. We ordered the halo bassinest with buttons, its also suppost to be good for after c sections. I still iam told i have a 50% chance of a c section, and tends to be higher if induction. Iam really glad your blood did not get worse and they are prepared with machine and donor blood if needed. Its reasurring during pregnancy they test us for so much as can be so important. Its Aug 13th for me too that is one week before due date of Aug 20. Iam not booked in yet just told it was best iam induced at 39 weeks. Have stress test for baby next Tuesday and will meet the obgyn specialist again ( hopefully the nice one). Sounds like we might deliver around the same time.

    Iam sure there will be less posts with those who have delivered. Hope you all get lots of cuddle time and sleep. X

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    « Reply #452 on: 21/07/18, 14:02 »
    Hi ladies.
    Ruby81- lovely to hear from you and that you have a plan and  for the birth to ensure all is safe for you and babe. All the anticipation with the nursery stuff and being 100% prepared seems so irrelevant once you have your baby in your arms. Ours have spent their life in Moses baskets so far, a changing mat on the sofa or bed and out of a box of clothes I have transferred from their fancy drawers downstairs to make life easier. The biggie is the pram and a bed and lots of Muslins!

    Pants for c-section- the highest to the belly button you can find ( 2/3 sizes bigger)  in cotton . You want them loose and breathable. Not heard about the ones that compress the wound. Just the granny knicker style are so comfy and help keep the area as sweat free and dry with no tightness.

    Clara- fingers crossed its the nicer Dr and that you have your mum for support in the early days. The other stuff will work itself out in time.

    Sm89- thanks, it will soon be here. Even if babe is a little overdue.

     Anileelee- thanks and so glad you are home with your girls.

    Feeding frenzy here but lovely, hubby goes back to work next week. He spent a week of his leave waiting on the induction and me in the hospital . Going to miss him.


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    « Reply #453 on: 22/07/18, 11:51 »
    So pleased to read about all the births - congratulations on your little ones xxxx

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    « Reply #454 on: 24/07/18, 13:47 »
    Dreamer - Thanks for the reassurance on all of the prep. We're done now anyway but I'm still always racking my brain thinking of anything we may have missed. Will give that a knock on the head and just enjoy mat leave before baby arrives. Must be hard with your husband going back to work but will make his time at home even more special. Good tip about the knickers too, I'm going to get some just in case I end up having a section.

    Clarabelle - Good that you've now ordered your bassinet - good luck with everything, will keep an eye out for an update from you over next few weeks  :) I didn't have stress test but did have the diabetes test a while back.

    ruby - glad the baby has continued to grow well, I hope you feel better with a plan in place.  ^hugme^ Good luck with everything.

    lollipops - Hope you're all well. Heat has been difficult but nearly there now  :)

    No change here really, 39 weeks on Wednesday and definitely ready for him to arrive now. Finished work on Friday and already feel like I'm climbing the walls, although I know I should just relax and enjoy the peace and quiet  ;D I have another midwife appointment on 1st of August, a day before my due date but hoping he has arrived before then. We will see. All done so just relaxing now. Good luck to everyone else who is due soon and hope all new Mum's and babies are doing well Xx

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    « Reply #455 on: 26/07/18, 11:58 »
    Dreamer - thanks for the advice on knickers! I found some huge ones in m&s, £7 for pack of 5 so not too expensive either! Iím planning on following your lead and have a big basket downstairs with all the changing kit and clothes etc so I donít keep having to trek upstairs all day! Anything to make life easier! How are you getting on with hubby being back at work? It must be exhausting for you!

    Clarabelle- Think uk just stopped routine strep b testing to save money! Iíve got a Moses basket for baby but Iíve heard a lot of people couldnít get baby to settle in one so Iím on the look out for alternatives in case itís a problem. That said, I may just try him in the cot bed if the Moses basket doesnít work! Itís so hard to second guess how things will pan out! Has everything settled down at home for you?

    Sm89 - 39 weeks for you now? Any sign of an early appearance?! Hope youíre managing to relax a bit now!

    We had another growth scan this week and it looks like his growth is now slowing down. No panic though as movement, fluid, heart rate etc still fine. But have had a course of steroids for his lungs just in case and theyíll keep monitoring and just bring the c-section forward if needed. Iím not letting myself get stressed or worried about it. Iím 36+3 so itís not too early and Iíve always been mentally prepared for him to come early so weíll just go with the flow!! I have had to buy some smaller clothes for him now though! 😂

    Hope everyone is doing ok still and those with their babies already home are enjoying all the cuddles and the sleepless nights arenít taking too much of a toll! Xxx

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    « Reply #456 on: 26/07/18, 20:42 »
    Iam also 36+3. Got the non stress test and strep b swab done on Tuesday. Both went fine but do not know the results of the strep b test yet. The non stress test for baby was quick. They just hooked me up to a machine with a belt and monitor and it took baby's heart rate while sleeping and then awake for 20 mins. I get the same test again monday as well as scan and appointment with the specialist. Regular maternity doctor says what happens is iam put on a list for induction at 39 weeks and it goes by highest priority so i won't know yet my exact date. Sometimes i think just booking a c section would have been easier since iam told i have over 50% chance of it being a c section, but induction is what they advised first.

    Things settled at home and just concentrating on buying baby things, though if the apartment dh wants is available we might be paying from sept 1. Iam planning to stay here until recovered or at least until i can cope being on my own. Having a baby full time would be too much for my parents long term so its better we have our own place. Just wish it was not so expensive here.

    Diaper bag packed and hospital bag half packed. Forgot nursing bra but i have no idea what size i will be. I might need to try on a few and buy a size up. Anyone breastfeeding , is it very difficult?

    Sm89 any day for you now. Waiting on news.
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    « Reply #457 on: 29/07/18, 06:55 »
    Hello everyone

    Just popping in to say our baby girl arrived on Wednesday 27th July at 11.17am weighing 5lbs, 14oz at 38+2 following a stretch and sweep. Our surrogate was amazing and made it all look easy! She delivered in 1h 22mins and I was there throughout as her birth support partner. My husband cut the cord. She was born with her membranes intact- an amazing sight!

    We were all discharged from the delivery suite together after just 5.5 hours. My surrogate and her youngest girl age 6 stayed with us that night at our holiday cottage and our new baby girl obviously in our room, with us. Sheís totally adorable and weíre so in love.  Our current issue is that all the Ďnewborní clothing we have is way too big so today we are going to brave going out to a mothercare to get some Ďtiny bsbyí Clothes.

    I also developed a severe virus in the few days before her birth and Iím now coughing, sneezing, headache. Iím really scared sheís going to catch it and so Iím using gallons of sanitiser and washing my heads a lot. Last night I slept in the extra room as my surrogate had gone to her house for the night and my husband slept on his own next to the baby! I think it worked ok as I could see most and hear everything and so could speak to him and the baby throughout the night.

    Anyway hope youíre all doing well and getting ready to meet your little ones. Itís so exciting and theyíre totally worth it!

    Love ruby xxx

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    « Reply #458 on: 29/07/18, 08:30 »
    ruby100 congrats on your new baby girl.  ^pinkted^ ^storkgirl^

    Hope your virus is better soon and you can cuddle your little girl x

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    « Reply #459 on: 29/07/18, 17:45 »
    Ruby 100-  so chuffed for you and hubby that your precious baby girl is here at last
     ^rainbow^ ^storkgirl^ ^pinkted^ ^storkgirl^ ^rainbow^

                             CONGRATULATIONS

    Sorry to hear you have been so poorly, good that your daughter is close by with hubby and you can hear her near you. That is one comfort, not long until you will be full on mum. Lovely that your surrogate and her daughter have spent time with you all and vice versa.


    Ruby 81- Big knickers are the best  ;D

    36 weeks is a great milestone. You are so close  to meeting your little one .

    Missing hubby for sure but my mum has offered to do a night feed from Monday-TThursday. . Alleluia!!

    We have Moses baskets for nighttime and the twins seem ok, but they are two/ three hourly! So maybe not. It is hard to tell if it is the Moses baskets or their newness making them so hungry/fretful

    Clara belle- tried to breastfeed and gave up a few days ago . The intention was to top up with formula until I had established a supply by pumping. Im back at work though as partly self-  employed ( and employed!) so just pumping as too worn out. Im not pumping enough enough though to keep the Supply coming. Thick and fast and I am cheating with a double pump.
    BBreastfeeding is hard in the early days and does take a while to build up your supply  and baby adapt accordingly. It is a very bonding experience for both though and once you are established much less faff than formula feeding.

    .  Do you have any lactation specialists you could ask for advice nearby, will the hospital support you? Ours were Brilliant the first night which really help build my confidence that if I wanted to do it, I could.



    Tiny baby clothes are just so sweet. Our twins are both over 6lbs and still in them. The micro nappies do fit but we have found the newborn ones are a better fit and less leakage. I suppose clothing size depends upon the build and not just Weight  of your babies though.

    Our babies are starting  to seek peace in the evenings now, so that is a sign of adapting to  their new environment . I  have  been keeping the dining room peaceful and dark for them which has helped them settle of late.

    Keep popping back to see how everyone is getting on and for any news of new arrivals .
    Love to all x