My Birth Story

My birth story began a week before it was ‘meant’ too. After a discussion with my OB/GYN and my husband we decided that due to hypertension that had begun in the last few weeks of my pregnancy it was best to get this guy out a week early. 

That decision was made at our 38 week appointment. Fast forward to May 17th, we spent the day preparing the house and spending time with our dog, Archie before we left him with our friend Kyra and would return to him with a new family member. Honestly, that day went so fast. We were due at the hospital just before 5pm, I had so many plans for the day wanting to just get everything I possibly could done before we had this baby. In the end we spent most of the day getting ourselves organized and walking Archie.

At 4:15pm we headed to the hospital, after arriving and filling in the necessary paperwork we were taken to ‘Birth Suite 1’ where we made ourselves comfortable before I would be induced later that evening. It’s actually really hard to get ‘comfortable’ in a hospital room. It kind of feels like somewhere you aren’t going to be for a long time so it took us a few hours to actually settle in. 

We ended up getting something to eat – provided by the hospital – before getting changed into some comfortable clothes before my obstetrician came in to begin the induction procedure. For my induction we went with the balloon method. For a little TMI the balloon method involves a water balloon being inserted and then filled with usually around 50mls of water in 2 different balloons to open the cervix. It was definitely not comfortable. After a while I forgot that it was there which was night and we tried to settle in to sleep for the night after being told that my obstetrician would be back at around 8am to remove the balloon, break my waters and get this show on the road. 

Monday night was definitely not the most comfortable night of my pregnancy. I still had to get up and pee constantly and the balloon was causing me a bit of pain. I was given some medication to help with the pain and to help me fall asleep to make sure that I was rested for labour the following day which is something I definitely appreciated. It was a long night for both George and I, there was also a little anxiety mixed in there thinking about what the next day would bring. 

Eventually we both got some sleep and woke up to a lovely hospital provided breakfast. At around 8am my obstetrician returned to remove the balloon and begin the hormone drip that would signal to my body that it was time to kick start labour and get this thing going. 


Throughout the day midwives would come in and increase the amount of the hormone in the IV which slowly helps your body dilate at a more natural pace. It started off really chill. I was playing Animal Crossing: New Horizon on the Nintendo switch and ended up having a great conversation with one of the midwives who has kids and was curious about the game. The progress was pretty slow, which was not ideal but I was trying to just stay as relaxed as possible to let me body do its thing. 

Around lunch time I started to feel the contractions more so George and I decided to try and distract myself from the pain by watching a movie. Obviously, being in labor I got to pick the movie. I thought something funny was in order, no one needs a heavy movie while they are experiencing contractions, so we ended up watching Thor Ragnarok. 

I don’t think I’ll ever forget standing in the middle of a hospital room wearing a massively oversized mens Tee from Kmart and disposable underwear while clinging to an IV pole and dancing through my contractions while watching Thor.

We progressed through lunch using heat packs and Thor to help with the pain, however when we hit around 2pm it started to all get a little to much for me and I asked to use the gas. Initially I was using it more intermittently, for when the contractions felt particularly strong. But as the hormone drip was increased I began using it more consistently for all the contractions. 

It became really difficult to push through the contractions. I honestly thought that I must of been at least 6cm, so when my obstetrician came in to check my progress and told me I was at 4cm I was not excited! It had already been a long day. It was 3pm and I’d been ‘in labor’ since 8am. It was a little disheartening to hear but I also knew there was nothing I could do about it aside from listen to my body. 

Throughout the entire labor my blood pressure was being closely monitored as it had been quite high for the last few weeks of my pregnancy. After laboring for that long my BP began to peak higher than it had all week. With that my Obstetrician thought that the safest bet would be to get an epidural. After experiencing back to back contractions using only the gas as pain management I was 100% ready. 

I didn’t really even feel the epidural needle at that point, I was ready for the edge to be taken off these contractions. Once the epidural was in i felt fantastic! I wasn’t in any pain anymore and I felt as thought I could crush this labor. With this second wind I prepared myself to keep going. Another hour passed and my Obstetrician returned to check my progress which was when I was informed that I was still only at 4cm. To add to that, I’d been monitored more closely in that hour to make sure my blood pressure was going down and during that monitoring they discovered that Hugo’s heart rate would drop significantly each time I had a contraction. Definitely not a good sign. 

After a discussion with George and I the Obstetrician recommended a C section, with how my body was progressing and now Hugo’s distress during contractions I was on board to get him out as quickly as possible to make sure his arrival was a safe one. With the decision made I called my mum to let her know and George got decked out in scrubs to accompany me into the OR. 

It was all such a surreal experience as this point. I definitely said “I feel like I’m on Grey’s Anatomy” out loud, which is definitely very awkward and I definitely thought I was thinking that as opposed to sharing it with a team of doctors. I was rolled into the OR and we waited for the Anesthesiologist to return as he was the only member of the medical team who had headed home for the day when the decision was made. The medical team was amazing, they really put me at ease about the whole situation, chatting with George and myself and reassuring us through out the whole procedure. 

Don’t get me wrong the adrenaline was pumping! But I definitely felt that Hugo and I were in the best possible hands. 

Just before 7pm we got started and my 7:19pm Hugo James had entered the world. It was so bizarre when they lowered the curtain for me to see him. It did not feel like he had been the little nugget that was rolling around in my uterus all these months. Even as they shifted him here there and everywhere he was quiet and content. He only began to cry when the pediatrician gave him his shots while giving him a once over. 

Once he was giving the OK he was bought over and placed on me. There he sat, content as anything looking around at the world. It is definitely an experience I will not forget! 

Overall, my birth experience was pretty good. Birth is something that you really have very little control over. It comes down to trusting your body to do what it’s made to and your medical team to assist you in that – or in my case assisting me when my body decided not to cooperate. The most important thing I took from this entire experience is the importance of finding doctors that you trust, be it a GP, OB or podiatrist. Trust is key. 

Reflecting on May

Renovations

May saw us finally making some headway on our renovations! We officially live in a house with doors, skirting and architraves! Honestly I am so happy with how all this turned out considering how long it took us to find the right team of carpenters to get the job done.We do still need to paint said doors and architraves but that is definitely something that is on the back burner at the moment. 

Its all about getting excited about the small things in life and let me tell you I am in love with my front door lock! 

Reading

May was a busy month for us and I only ended up finishing two books. ‘The Well of Ascension’ by Brandon Sanderson and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets’ by J.K Rowling. 

The Well of Ascension
by Brandon Sanderson

Mistborn book 2

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter book 2

In all honesty the pace of my reading slowing down is a bit upsetting to see but I do need to take into consideration that a lot has happened in May and give myself a chance to find a new routine that allows for a little bit of time each day to read. 

Family

Hugo James arrived this month and we honestly couldn’t be more in love with him! His birth didn’t quite go to ‘plan’ (I say plan loosely as we didn’t really go in with a plan) He arrived at 7:19pm on May 18th 2021. We spent 6 nights in the hospital before finally bringing Hugo home to meet his new best friend Archie. 

Currently we are all just getting into the routine of life at home. It’s a little Topsy turvy at the moment as Victoria is in another lock down, which is making it difficult, but we will get through. 

Life

So we are now parents! Which is a crazy thing in itself. Currently we are working on how to balance Hugo’s needs with those of Archie as well as what we each need to function day to day. We haven’t been home for too long so I think we are doing pretty well but Its something that is important for me to get the hang of sooner rather than later. 

Currently in terms of hobbies and things I enjoy doing, I am still cooking dinners, which I am really enjoying although they are all very simple meals at the moment. I am also trying to finish my book club book, although lock down may be helping with that as we can’t meet up just yet. I am trying to get a chapter read each day and cutting myself some slack if that all I get done in a day. 

We are currently re watching New Girl which I am absolutely loving! I forget just how much I love that show! 

Overall I think we are at the stage where we are managing life, which is a win but not quite where we are in a great routine. 

Reflecting on April

It has really gotten to the time where the cliche ‘time flies’ really applies. April has been a crazy month and I have seen a really big personal shift. I finished up work this month which is a massive milestone in my pregnancy. We are really getting to the nitty gritty now and the reality that when I write my next reflection I will have a tiny earth side human is absolutely crazy!

renovations

In April we made a tiny bit of headway with the renovations! Yay! We managed to find a carpenter that has been able to source doors, skirting and architraves to install in the main living area, dinning, hallway and both bedrooms. Its been exciting to finally be able to begin ordering everything and deciding what doors we want – which is actually a really hard choice! 

reading

My reading has really slowed down in April and I only managed to finish 2 books. I am trying not to be too hard on myself about it considering that will probably be my reality once Bubs arrives. 

I really enjoyed both ‘Mistborn’ by Brandon Sanderson and ‘Rule of Wolves’ by Leigh Bardugo, so definitely worth while reading month. I would definitely recommend ‘Mistborn’ to any

Family

Bubs is still not earth side! However we are at the point now where we are just waiting. At the end of April I had both a midwife and an OB appointment. That was the point in the pregnancy where I needed more blood tests to check my Vitamin D and Iron Levels in preparation for Labor. I also completed my Step B test which came back negative which is great.

We did find out that his growth rate has slowed down a bit so at my next appointment at the beginning of May he’ll be measured again and the OB will decide whether he needs to arrive a little early or if he can keep trying to grow.

April was also a busy, if not stressful month for our fur baby Archie! He turned 1 at the end of the month which meant at the beginning of the month he got neutered. Which was not a fun experience for the poor guy. He gets very anxious at the Vets so getting him sedated enough for them to place the IV was difficult. I am so thankful that the staff at our clinic are absolutely amazing and helped both Archie and I through the experience.

My brother also was finally able to get married to his gorgeous now wife Grace in April! Due to the virus and restrictions they had to push their wedding date twice, however they were both pretty good about it all even though they were thrown so many curve balls! It was definitely worth the wait and it was an absolutely stunning day!

Life

It’s all getting very very real and to make it feel even more like a reality that a baby is going to come out of me and that we are going to be someone’s PARENTS (what?!) I am now officially on my maternity leave. Which feels super crazy. Honestly I already miss my work friends and seeing the kids every day but I cannot wait to take Bubs in to meet everyone and see the kids he’s heard chattering away while I’ve been pregnant. 

My anxiety has been a little more difficult to manage at the moment, but considering I am about to give birth for the first time I am trying to give myself a bit of grace and take some time to relax every day to help. 

Ive started playing a few more video games as of late – not sure if its good timing to start playing additional games, but oh well – I’ve begun the ‘Not so Berry Challenge’ on The Sims 4 which I am really enjoying as well as playing a lot more Stardew Valley on both the Nintendo Switch and PC. 

My husband also picked up Pokemon Snap! Which was released on April 30th. He’s been playing to unwind at night and really enjoying it so far. I’ve only played for about 30 minutes so far but think it will be a great game to have. It’s very relaxing and I’ve been enjoying taking photos of all the cute Pokemon! 

Reflecting on march

Renovations

March is another month where we have continued the pause on our renovations. We are in the process of finding quotes for doors, skirting and architraves which has actually been surprisingly difficult to do. While doing this we are trying to save a little bit more in preparation for completing the bathroom renovations later in the year.

reading

Book wise I ended up reading 10 books for the month which I am pretty happy with. I managed to complete

My favourite read for the month would probably have to be Persephone Station by Stina Leicht which is a science fiction book set on another planet and follows some badass female characters! I also read my first ever book club read, which is really exciting. We read ‘The Weekend’ by Charlotte Wood and are meeting up early this month to discuss and choose out next book.

Family

Baby is still in there and he’s still growing. Right at the end of the month I went into the hospital for some monitoring after having a very persistent headache but both Bub and I are okay! Very grateful for all the nurses and midwives at the hospital who made me feel really comfortable, even though I felt a little like I was being a drama queen! 

Aside from that we were preparing our fur baby Archie for his de sexing, which with an anxious pet can be a bit of work but its all in hopes that he will have a smooth transition when going in for the procedure, so here’s hoping it all helps.

life

The last 4 weeks of Term have been fantastic but a marathon! It’s been really hard to focus on much outside of work trying to get through each day and not be a total exhausted heap when I get home. I have still been playing Animal Crossing for a little each night, I am currently working on collecting Nook Mile Tickets so that I can do a dream villager hunt stream later in April. 

We are also trying to get into a better cleaning routine so that when the baby does come we can hopefully stay on top of everything but that may be a pipe dream!

32 Week Pregnancy Update

We are on the home stretch with bubs, which feels kind of crazy that we are less than 2 months out from meeting him! It feels like it is truly getting real! I figured at this point I would give a little update on what’s been going on in terms of being pregnant (if you aren’t interested in this baby and pregnancy this is definitely not the post for you)

Bump

We’ve got one! I’m not quite feeling large and in charge but I’m definitely feeling the extra weight that comes with growing a person! He is definitely at the point now where he is moving a lot, which is amazing to feel and I definitely find reassuring especially after a long day where I may not have necessarily felt him moving around too much. 

We have been lucky enough that my husband has been able to feel his movements too which has been great for him and definitely makes it a family experience.

How I’ve been feeling

It all really fluctuates. Some days I’ve got enough energy to get through the day others I’m exhausted by 10am. Even with all that I am feeling pretty good in all and really try to keep a positive mindset on the days I am feeling particularly tired.

I’ve even managed to keep up with exercising. Now I’m not an athlete by any means but I usually end up walking between 5-7 days a week which makes me feels equal parts fantastic and crazy tired, some days if I’m back late at work or I’ve had a particularly crazy day then I’ll usually take that day just to manage things around the house or take a relaxing shower instead of joining my husband walking Archie.

What i’ve been doing

I’ve been really struggling with balance if I’m honest. Balancing what needs to be done with what my body needs, whether that’s trying to get all the housework done at home and stay on top of it throughout the week or not taking time to rest or sleep in if that’s what I really need. This is probably contributing to being so tired however, working in education means that this is my last week before we are on School holidays! Which is why I want to get through this week as present as possible. 

We’ve also been preparing the house and our dog Archie for the arrival of bubs. This means completing what we’ve been calling ‘phase 1’ of our renovations as well as clearing out the house of anything that we don’t really need or just hadn’t gotten around to getting rid of. It’s definitely a time consuming task but much needed! 

We also completed a workshop with our hospital covering everything from labor to the most important things to know once we’ve had bub and bring him home. 

Overall, I’d say it’s been pretty busy! 

Appointments

We are really getting to the tail end of things now where the appointments are more frequent. I’ve had an OB GYN appointment each fortnight at the moment which is a lot to schedule but also the best appointments because I get to see the baby! This week we are doing another measurement to see how his weight is tracking and to see if he is still sitting breech. 

We also have a midwife appointment next week which will be great to ask some questions about the hospital stay and labor. 

reflecting on February

Renovations

February has been a slow month for renovations. We have broken up all the things we want to accomplish with the house into phases – kinda like the MCU but not as cool – We are currently in phase one also known as the Pre Baby phase to kind of put back together the parts of the house that were removed during the beginning of the renovation, namely doors and curtains. 

We have spent the month chasing quotes for the skirting, architraves, door jams, and doors. We are hoping to get the ball rolling in March with finally getting things done, but we will just see how we go.

Reading

I honestly had the most intense reaction when I started A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas. I don’t know what it is about Nesta but man I am not a fan. Even though I love the series and the characters overall I did not enjoy reading from Nesta’s point of view!

baby

We ended February at 27 weeks pregnant. I think i’m feeling pretty good, thankfully. The long days at work are definitely tiring but they are also so rewarding and enjoyable that even though I am exhausted at the end of the day I can’t help but look forward to coming back the next!

I recently got my Glucose Tolerance Test which, for those who don’t know, is the Sugar tolerance test that is done to test for Diabetes and is done during week 26-28 of pregnancy to test for gestational diabetes. It takes 2 hours at the blood draw clinic. The clinicians take your first sample then you drink a very sweet drink, wait an hour, another sample taken, wait an hour and then your last sample. It was actually really nice to be able to go and sit in my car and head back into the clinic for my next draw, I was able to watch some YouTube and play some Animal Crossing. Really just living my best life.

life

Throughout the month I continued my obsession with Stardew Valley on the PC while also diving head first back into Animal Crossing which has been taking up a lot of my time. I’ve been patiently anticipating Taylor Swift’s release of fearless as well as discovering the world of digital bullet journalling. 

The Journey So far

Before I get into anything that may be a little TMI, just a disclaimer, this may be a little TMI, but I think it’s important to be open and honest about my experience with pregnancy. It is such an individual experience that no two people will be in the same boat, but everyone who is or has been pregnant can probably relate to some aspect in your own story. 

I must say that regardless of my experience I intend to stay optimistic and feel positive with how my body is and will handle this crazy experience. That is one thing I have learnt from becoming pregnant. Mindset is everything. You may read this and think that it’s looking at pregnancy with rose colored glasses but let me assure you that I am aware that experiencing these things can be awful and it is not all a walk in the park, but I appreciate that my body is doing an incredible thing and I want to appreciate its ability to do so. 

I also feel as though there is a lot of focus on the negative and not by the people experiencing them but by others inquiring about your well being. I’ve found that a lot of the time people are expecting a negative answer and are a little shocked when you say ‘feeling great! Have some morning sickness but what can you do’. Again this is a personal thing. To my closest family and friends I will say that I’m feeling exhausted and king of crummy but to anyone not in that little circle I want to be as positive as possible! 

Finding out

So we found out pretty early on. We were actively trying to get pregnant so I was able to track my period and see where I was in terms of if it was almost ‘that time of the month’. With that being said, I tried to wait until after the date my period was due before taking a test just to avoid disappointment. I am a highly emotional and sensitive person and definitely feel things quickly and intensely. 

This month however, I did not wait, I was too eager and ended up taking a test at 6:30 in the morning a day before my period was due to begin. I told myself it would be negative to try and ease my reaction a little. I was not expecting that second little line to appear and was in shock when it did. Not as much shock as my husband waking up to me walking into our bedroom saying ‘Um.. I think I’m pregnant’. This obviously prompted a trip to the supermarket to get a couple more tests. It is safe to say that I was cautiously optimistic the rest of the day. 

First Trimester

After finding out I booked in with my GP and began the first trimester blood tests and the search for an OB/GYN. After quickly getting my bloods done we discovered that my Iron and vitamin D were both much lower than Ideal and I began taking supplements to make sure that bub would get everything they need to grow. 

About 6 weeks in the morning sickness hit. When they tell you it’s not just in the morning they are not lying. This wasn’t the most fun experience, I was constantly rushing to the toilet at work and struggled to eat much at all. But I am so grateful I was able to eat something each day and know that i definitely had it easy considering the experience some people have with it. 

If you are someone that is experiencing morning sickness that is making you feel blah I can only recommend listening to your GP. For me that meant for me was eating small meals and snack throughout the day, drinking plenty of water, keeping it as bland as possible – I ate a lot of dry white toast- and avoiding anything that triggered the nausea,

Aside from the morning sickness my experience was limited to headaches, which a suffered from prior to pregnancy crazy levels of fatigue – meaning i Feel asleep at like 6pm every night- and my boobs got HUGE (well for me) 

We then hit 8 weeks and were about to finally get an ultrasound to see our little nugget. It was honestly the most exhilarating day. I definitely over filled my bladder taking the instructions to have a full bladder maybe a little too far. It was a little overwhelming seeing that little jelly bean chilling in there. 

With bubs discovery they also found a little bleed in my uterus. It sounds really scary when your GP sits you down and tells you that you have some extra unwanted blood in your uterus and tells you you need to ‘take it easy’. I genuinely googled the meaning of ‘taking it easy’ . I am not a person who likes to stop. But for the health of my uterus I tried my best. I had my husband lift everything and he did a lot of the housework. I was already going crazy! 

Overall I was blessed to experience a more low key first trimester and am so grateful for it.

Second Trimester

I definitely felt a lot of relief when I hit the second trimester. It was amazing to get to share our news with our family and friends. My first trimester symptoms dissipated slowly and I was still feeling some morning sickness until about 15/16 weeks. I definitely had a lot more pep in my step though with my energy slowly returning in about the same time frame. 

Now we sit at the end of the second trimester a few weeks away from the home stretch. I have had an Iron infusion already this year because apparently this baby is Iron Man and is absorbing any iron that I try to put in my body. I’ve also got a weird thing with eggs where I always get sick then I eat them so I don’t think bub is a fan at all. 

Overall I feel great. I am so grateful for the experience of getting to carry bub and start our family and I am looking forward with a lot of excitement and nerves for what the third trimester brings and meeting our tiny little human.