|One of the first pictures of my beautiful baby girl Isla|
As some of you will know, we were planning and hoping for a home birth but unfortunately that didn't end up being the case. In the last few days and checks leading up to the birth, there were a few "warning signs" if you like that led to midwives/consultants advising that we go into hospital. Not what we wanted admittedly but of course we were going to take their recommendations if that's what they thought was best. We actually ended up going a little past the due date, 40 weeks plus 4 days to be precise and the staff at the hospital decided that they thought it was best for Issy to be induced. So we ended up getting booked in for Tuesday 22nd July. I think Issy was happy just to know that something was going to happen.
|Issy and Isla in the post natal ward the day after the birth|
|All strapped in and ready for the journey home|
|Little Isla having a nap|
From there on it was a bit of a marathon to get the finish. I certainly wasn't going to be home for bed that night! I actually managed to get a couple of hours sleep in the chair that thankfully did recline a little. I wasn't exactly trying to sleep but I just got to the point where I could barely keep my eyes open. It's hard work for us Dads too you know (just kidding.... sort of)! The worst part at this point for me was sitting there for hour after hour having to watch Issy suffering in pain, knowing there was absolutely nothing I could do and that she just had to get through it. They also would not allow Issy to have the intermediate pain relief, pethidine, as Isla's heartbeat was to steady and she was too sleepy already, which are pretty much the effects of pethidine on the baby anyway, and they just couldn't risk is. So apparently, it was an epidural or nothing. Poor old Issy battled her way through on gas and air for a couple of hours but after a while it just wouldn't cut it. Of course, we were also told that induced labour can be considerably more painful that naturally started labour too, so in the end Issy opted for the epidural. We also had to bear in mind that due to the induction, she was also to be given a hormone drip to regulate the contractions, but this can also make the labour more painful.
|Issy and I with our baby girl|
|Isla with our cat Pixie|
|Fast asleep in her Moses basket|