Finally I am at the point where I was able to write and relive my labour experience. It wasn’t what you would have classed as ‘bad’ as I didn’t have to have an emergency C section, lose blood, Liberty wasn’t in danger but to me it was horrific. I say that as I am traumatised by the pain I experienced during it to the point that I would honestly say that I would be scared to have another.
Continue reading “Times up Liberty! – My Labour Story – PART ONE”
Liberty Raven Hughes, 6lb 4oz, born at 20:49 on Thursday 6th September 2018. All was good in the end! We are so in love with her! Our 🌍 and greatest achievement ever!
Labour story to follow
OFFICIALLY 7 DAYS OVERDUE! I never thought that I would have to wait this long to meet her! I am trying to hold it together and thank everyone for their love, support and encouragement to help and distract me from stressing! So far I have had 2 failed sweeps over the last week and I tried all the methods to get her moving (and I mean all of them) but to no avail. I have the final sweep this afternoon and 🙏🙏 she will come soon! But if not she will be evicted on Friday following the public vote! #votefixing 🗳 I just want to hold her and see her face!
The August due date has been and gone and still no Liberty! I think that subconsciously Liberty knew that I wanted a September baby hence why she is holding on! (You can come out now!) The reason being is that I wanted a baby that would be the oldest in the school year.
Continue reading “Hello September – Hello to be being one of the oldest in the school year Liberty!”
DUE DATE! She isn’t giving me any signs! I am starting to let her know that her eviction is imminent so she can make the choice whether to leave on her one accord or not! Have a stretch and sweep at 4pm today so should get her moving 🤞🏻
As you have seen, I have prepared everything from Liberty’s nursery to my visual birth plan, met with my care team several million times to prepare myself medically and packed my bags ready for labour. With all this, you could say that I was ready! That couldn’t be any further from the truth! I am so unprepared mentally. You hear many stories that fear and mental blocks can physically stop something from happening , this can apparently be the same with labour. Once you have spoken out loud and released the negative thoughts and fear and let them go, things start to happen. With 5 days to go, I need to learn to let go and become mentally prepared.
Back to the Birth Bible (Milli’s book) there is a section about overcoming fears and mental blocks so I have decided to review the list of ideas (Page 142) and chosen to write a letter to Liberty. This letter will explain how I feel about the birth and how I feel about her. I know this letter won’t be easy to write but will be an honest open letter of all the feelings I have addressed to my daughter. So here goes…
Continue reading “Are you prepared? Physically ✅ Medically ✅ Mentally – ❌ – Overcoming my Fear and Mental Blocks – Open Letter to Liberty”
As time is ticking down to her arrival, we (I mean me) have finally finished off decorating Liberty’s nursery. #anothertasktickedoffthelist
As soon as I knew I was having a girl, I knew instantly that I would be able to live out my fantasy of having a room to decorate with rainbows, clouds and unicorns! The first port of call for inspiration for my dream nursery was Pinterest. Only took a matter of minutes to put together a mood board of ideas (see above)
Continue reading “Rainbows, clouds and unicorns 🌈☁️🦄 – Decorating Liberty’s nursery – From idea to finished project”
With 2 weeks to go before Liberty is due to arrive, I have finally packed my hospital bag! (This meaning I have put things in the bag as I had already prepared it weeks ago #superorganised😊). I had read so many different sites, blogs and forums about what to pack and decided I would use a mixture of Baby Centre’s, Milli’s (from the Positive Birth Book) and the one I was provided from the Hospital.
Continue reading “The scariest packing that I have ever done – What to pack in your hospital bag”
Following on from creating my Visual Birth Plan, you may have noticed that there were two plans which needed to be referred to separately, these being:
- Special Requirements – After birth care plan
- Breastfeeding Plan
After the Perinatal mental health meeting, it was noted that a plan needed to be created for my aftercare once Liberty is here to ensure that if I am showing any signs of either postnatal depression or postpartum psychosis, then I can get the support I need quickly. Also a plan would need to be created if I was to breastfeed following on from further research relating to the whole lamotrigine in breastmilk situation where I am able to still take my medication and how much transfer into my milk is kept to a minimum.
Continue reading “WE HAVE A COMPLETE PLAN: The missing pieces to the mental health birth plan have been finalised (only taken 4 months) – Aftercare and Breastfeeding Plans”
Happy 37 weeks! Classed as ‘full term’ so Lib is safe to come out at anytime! How about now please Liberty 🙏 I just CAN’T WAIT to meet you! My baby girl! #futurebestfriend
21 days until due date ! So feet up with living in a dressing gown, drinking tea and watching morning TV and taking advantage of this time now ! Happy maternity leave!