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Birth number 3

Zach’s birth had a lot to live up to after the ease of Anya’s. It didn’t 🙁

Everything was planned to coincide with the Easter holidays and therefore my break from all three school jobs. He was due on the first day of the holiday. He didn’t come. I waited…and waited…and waited… until I had to be induced on the last day of the holiday, two weeks overdue.

I was booked in for my induction on Sunday at lunchtime and I was praying that I would be home in time to take Matthew to his first ever Beavers session on the Monday evening. It didn’t help that when we arrived there was a woman vomiting, weeing and pooing with every contraction on the ward. Not a great impression for Chris’ first experience of the birthing process! Zach was being as uncooperative as ever and I had to spend extra time on the baby heart monitor because he wouldn’t relax after the induction gel was used: little did we know that he just hates sleep!

I sent Chris home to check on Matthew, Anya and (obviously) Ollie. By 5 pm I was getting contractions but not much. By 7pm I was begging for pain relief but the contractions weren’t regular and I felt like a failure needing drugs when I still had such a long way to go.

After a lot of nagging I persuaded them to move me to the labour unit to get my waters broken at 10pm. The midwife suggested I call Chris as things might speed up. So I did but told him not to rush as the contractions still weren’t building up like in my previous two births. I was having all double contractions where one doesn’t fully go before the next one arrives and then there would be a gap of several minutes before the next double.

I was therefore a little surprised when I got the urge to push. Not as surprised as the midwife. She told me to push the button to call for help (not easy to concentrate on doing when a baby is coming out of your bits!). The senior midwife came in in time to say ‘the baby’s coming’ and then with a couple of pushes he was out.


Chris missed it by about a minute but he arrived to cut the cord. I was actually quite relieved as I didn’t really want him seeing me like that. Zach shouted A LOT: he was definitely not happy to be out, maybe the speed was a surprise to him too. Again I had to be stitched up and Chris only told me (after a year) that there was A LOT of blood.

And now here he is as we approach his first birthday in a couple of days! Where did a whole year go?

So to sum up: all of my experiences of birth have been different. The worst experience was actually being my sister’s birth partner and feeling completely useless. I can honestly say the pain is unimaginable if you haven’t been through it. But I would do it again and endure any pain for my beautiful, clever, incredibly annoying children.


  1. I was induced three times and the first two were a breeze. The third one however, baby did not want to come out and he had to come through the sunroof in the end. Not one of my births were similar!!

  2. Fi Ni Neachtain

    Births can never be planned can they? These babies only come when they want to it seems! My youngest kept me waiting a week overdue – the longest week ever! So I can imagine how you felt with two weeks to wait!

  3. Kat

    Thanks for sharing your experiences in such an honest way! And what a shame that Chris was a little bit late- maybe next time :P. Are you planning more kids?

  4. I remember my contractions being all over when my first was induced, I had drugs that time too. You definitely weren’t a failure, it bloody hurts!! Thanks so much for sharing with #Blogstravaganza, hope to see you again next week xx

  5. Oh bless you! It must have been a bit worrying without your partner there, at least he wasn’t too much longer. I am due with my second in a few months and I’m hoping the birth experience is slightly better for me this time round, we shall see though. At least I know it’s all worth it regardless! I don’t really like the idea of being induced, I’m not sure why it just worries me a bit. Hopefully this one will be slightly early like my first! #bigpinklink

  6. I love reading birth stories, it’s so interesting. I was induced with both mine in the end but both births were very different. Sounds like it all happened pretty fast in the end though!

  7. Pen

    wow, that was a super speedy delivery. I guess, after he had waited two weeks, he finally decided that he was coming out and quickly. Pen x #SundayBest

  8. I was induced with my 3rd at 38 weeks due to gestational diabetes but all they had to do was break my waters. They done that and 1 hour 43 minutes later he was here! I spent longer waiting around the hospital for a room on the delivery ward to become available than I did in labour! #MarvMondays

  9. All births are so different, aren’t they? I had three very different births – with my first I never got what they call ‘established labor’ because the contractions were not close together – yet they were very intensifying. This happened with all three of mine! I just wanted text book births lol, but you forget it all when you have that baby in your arms. 🙂

    Thanks for linking to #AnythingGoes

  10. Oh wow, what a story! I cant believe he missed it by a moment! Look at him now though, it goes so fast doesnt it! Thanks for joining us at #SundayBest, hope to see you again tomorrow! x

  11. awww how cute is he? me and rob are ttcing for baby #2 cnt wait to blog all about it 🙂 ive not really told anyone i know personally yet so excitied to finally reveal if where pregnant or not 🙂 #KCACOLS

  12. I was in induced for all three of mine because of a rare condition I had. But I went into labour myself with my third two days before my induction date.

    They grow so fast dont they. #KCACOLS

  13. I had to be induced with one of my three and needed pain relief too – it was awful. Induction is totally unnatural and you shouldn’t feel a failure for needing help! #postsfromtheheart

  14. Sounds really frustrating all round but at least you and Zach are both well and happy. Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday.

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