I just cannot believe that tomorrow my number four baby is in double figures. It truly doesn’t seem possible.
I can still remember where I was when I took the pregnancy test that confirmed I was pregnant with her. And I remember the sick sick days that lasted until I was five months pregnant, and the bleeding I had that spoiled a cinema visit I had taken the other children on but which turned out to be nothing. It all seems like yesterday.
Having had two previous home births I was determined that this baby would be born at home too but had a funny feeling that my rural village midwife was not so keen from the very start. This made my last few weeks of pregnancy a little tense considering we were a 45 minute drive from the hospital. As it turned out labour day came and there were not enough midwives to cover the home birth and after a long drive to the hospital they sent me home telling me that if I could hold on until the next day I may get my home birth. At home my waters broke and as with all my children I needed to push immediately. Luckily as it was an early Sunday morning the roads were clear so we made it to the hospital in record time with me convinced the whole way that my new baby was going to slip out into the footwell of the car. In hindsight I should have let her, but not one to make a fuss I somehow managed to hold on. We got to the hospital; a wheelchair was found and we made it to the labour ward, the first words from the midwife were “Why didn’t you ring us to let us know you were coming?” I was wheeled into a room, stood up and my new baby girl was born weighing 9lb 12oz. Unfortunately just two hours after she was born she began having breathing problems and ended up in the Special Care Baby Unit. As you can imagine she looked like a little Heffalump compared to all the premature babies and I was heartbroken that after expecting to give birth at home and not spending any time away from the other children we ended up staying in hospital for six days.
Anyway, that was ten years ago, she has grown into a healthy girl on the brink of tweendom. She is a very talented singer and dancer and I am a very proud Mummy. She is loving, very caring and kind, hardworking and determined.
So, a huge Happy Birthday to my baby girl….Lots of love Mummy. xx