Daily Archives: February 23, 2012

The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men

We had been eagerly awaiting the arrival of Giraffe, as my due date drew closer, we made childcare arrangements, packed the bags…etc. Then the due date came and went, Giraffe was still warm and comfy in the womb. Finally , 8 days past my due date, Giraffe decided to make its appearance.

I can honestly say towards the end I was depressed and emotionally very tired. I was sick of everyone asking when the baby would arrive, I was sick of the constant back pains and I think most of all, I was upset that there was nothing I could do about the situation.

I had decided that we would opt for another natural birth without any pain medication. It was such a wonderful experience with Max. His birth was short and straightforward, compared to Ally’s it was a dream come true. On the day of Giraffe’s arrival, I walked into my doctor’s clinic, fat and unhappy. We discussed our options and decided that if nothing happened within the next 24 hours, we’ll talk about induction.

That evening we bought food home for the family and tucked the kids into bed at grandma’s. I was still feeling depressed that Giraffe wasn’t here so I decided to go to bed. Around 11pm my water broke so we headed to Mt Alvernia, Matt and I were still talking, excited to find out if Giraffe was a boy or a girl. We reached Mt Alvernia within 20 minutes and headed to the delivery suites.

Prior to this I had never thought of having a water birth. But once I got into the tub, the warm water was so soothing that I stayed in. Less than 2 hours later, Giraffe emerged, calm and quiet. Matt excitedly announced ” We have a boy!!”

Man did we have a boy, a BIG boy. At 3.75kg and 55cm long, Luke is our biggest child! I think he looks a lot like Max when Max was born. Luke obviously had his own time line, so far he is a really relaxed, chilled out little man. Ally is smitten with him while Max is slowly warming up to the idea of a baby in the family. I love having a newborn in my arms once again, nothing beats that lovely baby smell!

Luke George Kellady

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