Wednesday, May 23, 2007


.He's 6 days old already, and I just can't seem to find the time even to check emails! So here's a quick update for anyone who checks this blog and doesn't already know...

Our little boy, Byron, was finally born, 8 days overdue, and after a 20-hour labor. All 3 of us are recovered and well, and adjusting to life as a slightly bigger but very different family. Nathan has gone back to work today, so Byron and I are living the quiet life today, and are just about to have a sleep... in fact, I think he's started without me...

The short story: I went in to see the midwives clinic, as I've been doing every Tuesday, being 6 days overdue. They found my blood pressure to be a little high, so they decided to keep me in hospital overnight for observation. Before long they had decided just to induce me and get it over with. lol.

Needless to say, I didn't sleep much, and labor started properly the next morning. I won't go into any details (so don't worry) but I will say that I ended up having an epidural drip at midnight, and Byron was born at 6:15am on Thursday, May 17. He weighed 3270 grams (which is 7lb, 3.5oz in the old measure) and was bruised all over his poor little face!

Nathan went home to catch up on some sleep, and I had a pretty nice sleep myself. After lunch he came back in and we rang all the relatives (except for Matt, who's phone was off or something, and Kelly, because we only had a $5 phone card). Nathan told all of them that there was a new baby, and he wasn't giving out any more details except in person! Gave me a laugh, and also enticed everyone in the family (but Kelly) to come in to visit us that day!

The only problem we ran into while in hospital was that Byron turned out to be rather more of a sleep-lover than a milk-lover. He refused to 'eat' quite a bit, and got a little dehydrated. But he was doing well enough to still go home on the 19th, after some checkup blood tests, and once he was home he started eating quite well. He had gone down to 3020g by Monday, and today he is back up to 3150. All good!

Today he got his first piece of mail... a huge box all the way from Auntie Kelly in America! So I decided that, if Kelly has already had time to post a parcel from California and put pictures of Byron on her blog, it was high time I sat down and wrote my own!

Now we're going to have a bit of a sleep...

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Still waiting... sigh.

I am actually getting a bit sick of sitting around on the couch all day, knitting, reading or playing polka. I don't really have the energy to do anything useful, or it's too awkward. I'm not sick of waiting for this baby to be born. I do feel a bit like everyone is impatient with me, though! People keep telling me to hurry up, as if I can do anything about it. lol.

Got a bunch of (neutral colored) 0000 clothes yesterday, which I bought from ebay. They are all as good as new, and I unpacked them and put them in the drawers. All cute! People say not to buy too many, but I got about 20 things for $24, and since they're neutral they'll do for future kids as well as this one. We've got a second hand cradle and pram, a brand new cot, the car seat in the car, the drawers full of clothes and the change table full of stuff. There are about 400 nappies in the cupboard (for 4-8 kilo "infants"), as they were a good price, and we bought a lamp and CD player for the bub's room. It's going to be sleeping in the parents' lounge for starters, which is next to our room.

We've also been letting the answering machine get all our phone calls. Saves me from having to say, "yes, I'm still here". It's a bit frustrating... feels like people are trying to find out if I might be in labor. It's bad enough that people at Nathan's work might know, if I have to call him there.

Well, I might go have some lunch, and then get back to either reading or polka. I'm reading the 4th HP book again (which is looking a tiny bit battered, now!). I should be finished it by now, but I keep falling asleep on the couch or something silly. The other day I had to take the car to be fixed, because stones from a resurfaced road had broken a headlight. I picked a servo right near the mall, and then I sat in Starbucks for 2 hours, reading "Goblet of Fire" on a soft leather couch in front of their fireplace. Very comfortable! Had a sausage roll for lunch and two of their hot chocolates. Nathan's idea! He didn't want me to be uncomfortable walking around the street. As it was, the car wasn't ready at 2, so I spent a while walking around in Lincraft anyway. I've also been playing "Texas Hold'em" online with Nathan's xbox. I like playing the free games and winning him a bit of (pretend) money (as I have to play on his profile). Think I've won him about $10,000 so far, like a good little wife. he he.