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Yesterday Craig and i done our final Christmas shopping. Now we have everyone covered, all tats left to do is wrap!!! I shall do that today.

Our shower base also finally started being fixed! Had to come back today to continue on with the job. In the meantime we have to have bath’s, and ours is soooo tiny. 1 cup of water and it’s full (only joking, but not far off it) LOL.

Chelsea also had her 2 week check up (all though she is 3 weeks old today).
The latest growths are:
* Weight: 3850g (8lb 7oz) a gain of 190g since last Monday and growth of 465g since birth
* Length: 50.8 cm growth of 2.8cm since birth
* Head circumference: 35.8 cm growth of 1.8cm since birth

All hips, reflexes, grip, head lifting etc all great!!

Only 3 more sleeps til we head off to NSW on our road trip and cant wait!!

Saturday Mel come down!!! But she left yesterday :( :( :(

Through the week we all went on big shopping days, full days to mind you!! We done the christmas shopping, checked out all the cool toys Chelsea can have when she is older (or the ones id love to have myself), had yummy lunches and had a great time.
Was sad the see Mel leave, after having such a good week it felt like the end of the world. Having a great friend here made me feel i wasn’t isolated from the world i used to live in, but back to reality again. THANKS MEL :D

Kathy and Angela also arrived yesterday and have been enjoying their time here with Chelsea.

Chelsea also had a check up on Monday and she is growing big and strong. She is now 3.6kg :)

Chelsea Rose’s Birth Story

It all started 3am Monday 27th November. I woke up to go to the toilet and discovered mucus. Thinking to myself this must be the show and got slightly excited. When Craig woke up at 6am i told him that id found the show and by then was in immense pain. We began timing the pain and they were coming every 7-8 minutes, then they slowed down to 12 minutes. Because my parents live in NSW i gave mum the call, ‘Your grandchild could be on its way today, but standby til further notice’. She was so excited and happy.

Some friends come over to pick up Craig for work, but were quickly in ‘Kims in labour happy mode’ and Craig stayed home for the day. Had some breaky and by 11am the pains had gone. Not a slight little niggle pain could be felt. I was so upset, i was thinking my baby would be here, and then they vanished. It stayed like that all day and i began to worry, i couldnt feel my baby moving so at 7pm i called the hospital to touch base and let them know, they told us to come in for a CTG. We arrived a little after 8am where i was put on the monitor, but it showed nothing but a happy active baby….with no contractions. We were sent home to rest.

Monday night, early tuesday morning they were back. I was in pain again but could hardly move. Everytime one would hit id try and walk it out but end up racing to the loo, i had the worst runs (i have since been told thats a good sign of labour and my body was getting prepared). Craig had to go to work, he was only working down the road at our friends place who, again decided that Kim was in labour so they wouldnt go into the city office, but stay local incase we needed them!

The pains were on and off all day, never really making much progress. I took advantage of sleeping through each pain i had. I had a feeling i was in for a long night. When Craig got home from work i was feeling a bit better so we headed out to get some dinner and a few groceries. At 7pm again i was getting immense pains and was curled up in so much pain. I went to the loo and discovered i was bleeding and screamed for Craig to call the hospital. They told me to come in and it was probably just part of the show. Off we went again…they hooked me up to the CTG again and done an internal. It hurt so much. The doctor said he thought i had an UTI and gave me a script and sent me packing….AGAIN. On the way to the chemist i began getting pains, stronger and longer. By the time we got home they were 4 minutes apart. Around midnight i was in agony, Craig called hopsital, they said to come back in and we called our friends who drove us back because Craig was so tired.

We arrived and our friends left. I was hooked up to the CTG once again, the nurse tried to tell me i wasnt in labour, she could not find any contractions and if they were there they were mild and bub was a long way off. But due to me being so tired and not have slept in days i was given a pethadine shot around 330am to help me sleep. Craig curled up on the bean bag on the floor and we both got some shut eye…..we were going to need it.

7am the nurse and dr come in to check on me. It turned out i was 6cm dialated. The doctor called me his silent dialater and the nurse was beside herself, after telling me i wasnt in labour and had no contractions, she kept asking the doctor if he was sure i was 6cm…LOL. They both said maybe i should have my waters broken and get the show on the road, once they did boy-o-boy did it speed things up!

My 2 midwives come in and things got started. I didnt want any drugs but said ok to gas and if i needed it id use it. Which i did, but only now and then. I prepared myself to breathe through as many contractions naturally as i could and for the severe ones i used the gas. All i wanted to do was push but kept being told ‘NO’ or ‘OK now u can’ and i tried my hardest. DH was shown bubs head and they kept saying ‘Not much longer’ and i remember saying ‘How much longer, whats the time’. Over and over again! The OB came in after 1 hour 40 mins of pushing to check on me. Bubs heart rate was dropping and they kept loosing the trace and it was decided a vacumm exctraction was needed. Again i asked was i going to be cut because thats what id learnt in birth class. I was told no but it might need to happen but they would see. I didnt. In it went and the ouch factor was turned up….along with the gas 70% nitrogen 30% oxygen. I heard the dr say push, but from what i have now been told no one including me heard him say stop pushing…and it resulted in Chelsea coming out like a torpedo, where the doctor literally had to catch her on the fly. (He also said its the first time thats ever happened to him and had to catch a speedy baby) LOL. It also ment i ended up with a 2nd degree tear, lucky all external!

Then the ‘Its a girl was screamed’, Craig had tears and i was over the moon. It wasnt until i held her i heard her first cry. She took to the breast straight away and had a good feed for over an hour. The midwife said she must have been a thumbsucker to latch on so quickly.

She was weighed and Apgars of 10 at 1 minute and 10 at 5 minutes. Cant get much better then that.

Chelsea weighed 3385 grams (7 pounds 4 ounces), 48cm long and head circumferance of 34cm.

Total labour was 10 hours 25 mins.

I thought it was only 4 hours but when i got the discharge papers they started labour time from when i arrived in the early hours of Wednesday morning, not from when they broke my waters.

It’s a GIRL

FINALLY…..Our little bundle of joy has entered the world, only 3 days early!!

Introducing CHELSEA ROSE MARCHANT born on Wednesday 29th November 2006 at 11.22am

Weighing 3.385 kg (or 7 pound 4 ounces), 48cm long and head circumference of 34cm.

Apgars of 10 at 1 minute and 10 at 5 minutes, cant get beter then 10/10 :)

I will post an extended blog ASAP….

For the moment if you want to see what she looks like head to her own site at

Lilypie 1st Birthday PicLilypie 1st Birthday Ticker

Lilypie Expecting a baby Ticker

Last night we had our 4th class. We learnt about breastfeeding-how to do it, nappies-different options and how to fold and put cloth nappies on a baby.

Was only a short class, finished by 8pm. The lady in our class who got upset last week in the delivery room, she was due this Saturday, 1 week before me. Well Tuesday (21st) she had a baby girl and they named her Rose.

All the other couples in our group said next week will be my turn. I sure hope so!!

Had a hospital appointment yesterday as well. Everything is going ok. Heart beat was the clearest and loudest I’ve heard all pregnancy. Dr said ‘all the heart beat tells us is your baby is alive, not if theres any problems’. Not something id have expected to come out of a doctors mouth! We discussed induction, but they wont give me one because as it is i have a 10%chance of needing a c-section and if they induced it would jump to 30%. Dr is allowing me to go 14 days over..which would mean our bubba will be here no later then 16th December……soooooo far away!!

Well last night we had yet another huff and puff class. It was the class id been waiting the last 3 weeks for. The night we got the grand tour of the birthing suites and post natal ward.

However, i now wish id never wanted to see it so badly :(

The class started off with us learning about different methods of delivery, those being forceps, suction cup, empisiotomy, caesarean both elective and emergency, induction and augmentation. We also watched a video on a c-section being done. That’s one that i would like to avoid. Not only for the recovery time, stitches and so on, but because once bub is born i would get to hold it for a little bit and then Craig and bub go away to show off bub (if any family had arrived by then of course) while i get left behind in recovery with no one but nurses and doctors. I guess i don’t like the idea of not having Craig or bub by my side after all id just gone through. Like they have the easy pass, ‘Kim does all the work and then we just pack up and leave her in pain while we go enjoy the moment’.

Any way back to the dreaded tour. After the video and discussions we had a quick break and then made our way up to Level 5. Labour ward and post natal ward. We walked down a long corridor which seemed to go on forever, before arriving at the birthing suites. I was ok walking around the midwives station and all the other ‘rooms’, but the moment we stepped into a empty room that wasn’t being used i freaked. All i could see was a bed, in the middle of an empty room. I don’t know what i was expecting but it sure as hell was not that. There was a few chairs, toilet and a shower. Some windows with curtains. The room was HOT and not welcoming. Another lady who is due a week before me burst into tears. I think its hitting home with her just how close it is for her. I didn’t feel much better. I just kept gazing around the room. I guess i felt like i had no privacy in there. Because its so open and nothing is close by. Just a bed in a room. When Liz our ‘teacher’ said we were moving on to the post natal wards, i was out of there.

The walk to the post natal wards was a quite one, Craig was talking to me, i was answering but no idea what was asked or said. I was frozen. Walking around the post natal wasn’t much better. It looked feral, the rooms were tiny and visitors were packed/cramed into see new mums. Again, it wasn’t very inviting. I was disappointed in fact. Now i’m glad they only keep you in 2 nights, because any more then that wouldn’t be fun. I remember looking at the midwifes and none of them looked friendly, but more angry and not happy to be there, or the type that would look at you stupid if you asked something. Oh well, to late now i have to give birth somewhere.

Class ended at 8. Thirty minutes earlier then normal, but i was glad. I couldn’t have handled any more time there. Went from the class id been looking forward to, to the class i regret attending the most.

Off that topic for the moment. Yesterday morning i had a fall in the shower. Slipped on some shampoo and split the shower floor even more then what it was prior to my accident. Have told real estate, but still no word on if they are going to come and get it repaired. I landed heavily on my left side/back. No damage just bit tender and sore now.

That’s about all i have to report on.

All good

Had another hospital visit today…beginning to get a bit sick of them. Any how, BP was good 138/80. My feet are like balloons but the OB was ok with it. Told her I’m over the pregnancy and just want bub out!! She laughed and said ‘had your BP been high today i would have admitted you and got you induced..’. DAMN!!

But any ways, bub is fine and bp good. So they are not seeing me for another 2 weeks now as everything is going well.

Tonight we have our huff and puff classes on again, this week we watch videos and learn about pain relief….yay!

Had the car seat installed the other day…. and the bloody thing is so big when you are a passenger you sit on a 90 degree angle and your knees are up on the dash….so now thinking we need to do something about the car situation. It definitely wont be a Melbourne to Sydney drive i will be going on cramped like that.

Had a good birthday on the weekend. :D

Yesterday i had my weekly check up at the hospital. Everything is going really well. BP was creeping up a little again 120/85 but the Dr was fine with it. Still getting pains down low and they getting worse. So dr had a feel around and discovered bub has moved very low into my pelvis. With the words of ‘Your baby could be born any day now’ was music to my ears… followed by ‘….Or it could make you hang in there a bit longer’ such as the next 4 weeks that i have remaining.

Started parenting and birth classes as well. Learnt about the different stages of labour, breathing techniques, when to come/call the hospital, common symptoms of pregnancy and the do/dont’s of what to buy for bub.

Most of the other couples are not due until Jan-March, but there is another couple who are due 29th Nov, so im not the only ‘due soon’ person in the class.

Fingers crossed i make it to at least class 3 as thats when they do the tour of the wards and delivery rooms. Next week we learn about pain relief and watch videos.

When we left at 8.20pm the first thing i said to Craig was ‘ I cant do this, its to scary, is it to late to back out…?’. But I’ll be ok…. think positive :)

Only 2 days to my 24th birthday :D