Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Making an Entrance

Well the newest arrival at Various Cushions Towers is settling in happily. This day last week I spent getting to know the hospital staircase exceedingly well, climbing up and down them during "early" labour - apparently it speeds things up - so the midwives kept telling me, and if I hadn't done that I might be there yet, because he took his sweet time (a full 24 hours) getting to the stage where they'd let me in to the labour suite for the "2nd Stage" of labour. (On second thoughts now I'm beginning to think they just told me to walk around alot in order to get me out of their ward, pestering them for my next hit of paracetomol - yes early labour is blessed with very little in the line of pain killer options)
Anyway - the next bit passed a good bit quicker, with the help of gas, air and the magical epidural, but ended with some high drama getting rushed to Theatre, (and not to see a play) for a hurried help out - luckily not a section (after 31 hours total - that would have sucked). There were some funny moments - with the midwife saying "Are you sure now you want an epidural or do you want to have a nice cup of tea and think about it?" - such a Father Ted moment, when I replied "Ah no thanks, I'll just have the epidural" and later at the very end when he finally arrived safe and sound and I was squeezing Mr VC's hand lovingly on the operating table, only to turn and find a very nice late middle aged anaesthologist trying to tactfully get rid of my attentions and get on with his job.
The baby is fantastic, and contrary to my not wanting to be a stereotypical gushing mother, I have to tell you - he is without doubt the cutest, most perfect, smartest, best sleeper, all round most fantastic and magical creature that ever breathed.
I'll get a pic up some time in the next month - am ridiculously tired and helpless here.
Oh - and his name is Micheál.
xxx

94 comments:

Maura said...

Of course he is! Well done to you and can't wait to see the wonderful boy, and his parents!

120 Socks said...

Well done,and good to have you back. Motherly advice, sleep whenever baba allows, you need it! X

Lorenzo — Alchemist's Pillow said...

Congratulations, Niamh! Glad to hear all is well. Rest up as much as possible and enjoy every minute of your now forever changed and blessed life.

Titus said...

Yay! I knew you'd have the best baby ever! Apart from D'Oub's best baby ever.

Huge congratulations to you and Mr VC! Great name too.
My best advice is to not listen to any advice, just bang your head on the kitchen counter occasionally. And can I have that cup of tea?

davidmohan said...

Ahh, I'm sure he is - looking forward to seeing a photo. Take care.

NanU said...

Hooray for you all!

The Dead Acorn said...

Both woo AND hoo!

The Bug said...

I'm so glad it went well (in the end at least) - but I'm also glad that you have some stories to tell about it. It's only proper. Welcome to your wee cushion!

Helen said...

This was a delicious post ... I inhaled each word. Congratulations to the happy family.

Peter Goulding said...

Jeez, about time, woman. (I said the same to my wife after our first.)
Welcome to the world to Miceal and I go with Titus. We all pretend to be experts but we're not. Delighted all went well.

Emerging Writer said...

I'm welling up reading this. Well done. He took his time though. Have to nip that one in the bud. Worth waiting for though. Will drop over in a week or two

Totalfeckineejit said...

YABBADABBABABBACUSHION!!

Domestic Oub said...

Can confirm he is utterly fab baba :) Gorgeous and snuggly!

Have informed Baby D'Oub that she is past it at 6 months.

Be careful, I saw her heading out, in the direction of the N4, with a look of thunder onher face...

Domestic Oub said...

Oh, meant to ask you, did u not get the hot anaesthologist? I'm guessing from the 'nice middle aged' comment that u didn't... I wouldn't have minded squeeezing a part of my one...


(How interesting - the word verification is 'apedgar', which is very close to 'apgar' which is the scale they use to rate baby's health upon emergence. Looks like the universe is aware of baby cushions arrival...)

Rachel Fox said...

Exciting! Welcome perfect baby!
x

Words A Day said...

Congratulations! And warm welcomes to baby Micheálx

Niamh B said...

Thanks Maura - got the amazon package today, they're gorgeous, Micheál loves them.
Thanks Socks - am trying!!
Thanks Lorenzo, feel like life is one long rest with lots of work at unreasonable hours!
Thanks Titus, most diplomatic comment!! Yes advice is made to wash over head I think, twould be a fine cup of tea that would beat that epidural!
Thanks David, I've been very slow with photos haven't I? Still negotiating with "Hello"
Thanks NanU, Acorn, Bug and Helen!!
Peter - your wife is a saint.:-)
Thanks EW, look forward to seeing you then.
Tis True TFE, very true. :-)
Oub - we'll just have to wrestle them!! And all the anaesthologists were hot... in my state anyone with pain relief was hot.
Thanks Rachel and Niamh!

swiss said...

hurrah! and not before time. now the fun really starts. congratulations!

the watercats said...

FANEFFINGTASTIC!.. enjoy! There's no nicer feeling really than the fuzzy, tired beyond belief armchair dozes with a fresh new bundle of evolution warm and snuffling on your chest... sending all the best things to you and your new small fella (and your other big fella) :-D

Anil P said...

Sure he is. Happy times :-)

Jessica said...

Oh congrats! I demand a whole fleet of mini cushions. Can't think of a better future for Dubland than they.

Emma Bagnell said...

great post, great to hear all about. epidural definately trumps tea everytime.

Niamh B said...

thanks all, emma, they should do epidurals in starbucks!

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