IF and the City

I used to feel sad when I watched the episodes with Charlotte failing over and over again while trying to get pregnant. Little did I know that my own attempts would lead me on the same sad journey. We've now passed 4 years in the trenches. 6 failed IVF/ICSI cycles = nothing. Time for something new - donor eggs. Success at last. Now for round 2.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

She's Here

She arrived at 8.37am on Thursday 20th September - a day before our 5th wedding anniversary!

She weighed in at 3.94 kgs (just under 9lbs) and measured 52cm.

The 'ribbon' did the trick! I had it inserted at around 8pm, then around 12.30pm felt a 'pop' and realised my waters had broken. The nurses were sure that I'd then settle back down and go to sleep ready for the drip in the morning.

But my contractions started, Mr. S had to come speeding back to the hospital at 2am and at 3am - on my request I was assessed and found to be 8cm dilated!

Me - in wheelchair - Mr S. running behind with my bag were rushed into the Labour Ward - where I was told and I was now fully dilated and that the baby would arrive before an epidural.

I had a quick go with the gas - but have now realised I'm one of the ones who get nauseous - so I'm now having a 'drug free birth'!

Since I'd gone so fast, the doc. expected the next stage would go the same way - unfortunately 4 hours later it became apparent that while I'd pushed the baby down and round the corner - she was then 'wedged' - I'm pushing and she's moving then retreating. I'd had the drip set up and been given the Syntocinon to increase my contractions and make them last longer(!)

At 7.30am - the doc. decided I would have to have an assisted delivery and that they'd get an anaesthetist and give me an epidural for it.

Once that happened - lord how do they just 'switch off' pain like that? - I pushed when told and the doc. got her out with forceps.

She's beautiful - we can't believe we're parents.

Will get a pic up here soon.


At September 25, 2007 9:00 pm , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations Sparkles to you and your DH...welcome to the world to a beautiful new miracle. I couldn't been happier for you - it has been a thrill to share your path to parenthood. I hope mine and the rest of us still blogging's time waiting won't be for much longer either! YOu have given me hope and that is no small act of kindness.
Love and kind wishes
Justice/Marcia x

At September 25, 2007 11:11 pm , Blogger three minute palaver said...

Congratulations. I am so very happy for you.

At September 25, 2007 11:36 pm , Blogger Luann said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!! Big girl! Does she have a name? Twinkle perhaps?

At September 26, 2007 12:34 am , Anonymous mary ellen said...

Congratulations Sparkle! I can't wait to see the pictures!!

At September 26, 2007 3:04 am , Blogger suzzcq70 said...

congrats and best wishes to all! welcome to parenthood and a whole new ride!

At September 26, 2007 4:07 am , Blogger The Town Criers said...


At September 26, 2007 4:56 am , Blogger Nina said...

Oh so happy for you. Congratulations. I am looking forward to the upcoming pictures.

At September 26, 2007 8:36 am , Blogger Heather.PNR said...


At September 27, 2007 2:13 am , Blogger millie said...

Congrats!!! And welcome to the world, baby girl. So very very happy for all of you.

Where's that pic????

At September 27, 2007 7:36 am , Blogger Lut C. said...


Sounds like quite a big baby, the drug-free part must have been quite hard!

I hope the next days are spent on cloud number 9.

At September 27, 2007 4:53 pm , Blogger Drowned Girl said...



At September 28, 2007 9:12 am , Blogger Mony said...

Well...I have been waiting on this news for such a long time! Congrats to you all & welcome special girl!
(Great Labour story too!)

At September 29, 2007 10:42 pm , Blogger M said...

Congratulations Sparkle! wonderful news! x

At September 30, 2007 9:21 am , Anonymous seepi said...

CONGRATULATIONS to you - a new MUM!!!!

At October 05, 2007 8:42 am , Blogger Bumble said...

Wonderful beautiful news! Congratulations! So sorry I'm a bit late at reading this but I hope you're having a lovely time with your new bundle!


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