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Still here! Still waddling around at a tempo called molto largo. I was able to finish off work and now this week has been all about concentrating on the impending birth. I’ve packed the hospital bag/s, wrote a birth plan (I can hear God laughing at that from here) and pimped myself up with a haircut and a manicure.

Well as you know, every birth is SO different and there is no way of telling when it will start or how long it will take. With every twitch I feel, I think I am going into labour, poor TSH, he gets a lot of ‘I think this is it’ phone calls!

Because this is my second baby, I’ve been told it should be a quicker and easier experience, although no one will pin down exactly what they mean by that. They also say the second baby can be bigger than the first. This is not good news to me considering our first baby was a whopper with a coconut head and the whole experience nearly killed me – she was clinging to my ribs and just wouldn’t come out.

I’ve been thinking a lot about the birth itself and the following are some snippets of what I want to include in my birth story when I call my sister in Sydney and tell her The Big News:

BIRTH STORY – In my dreams at night:

  • Nup, I didn’t even need any drugs, it was a truly beautiful and natural experience.
  • Well you know how it is with a second baby and all, I coughed three times and it just flew out…
  • My Swedish isn’t top top, but I clearly heard the nurses using the words; ‘champion’, ‘goddess’ and ‘an inspiration to all’.
  • The nurses said it was the quickest and cleanest delivery they had ever seen.
  • Yep, the newspaper wants a picture of me, something about Non-Swedish Swedish Mother of the Year…
  • The nurses all agreed, they said it was the most beautiful baby they had ever seen!

BIRTH STORY – In the harsh reality of daylight:

  • They had to put me under a general anesthetic…no, no, not for medical reasons, just to shut me up
  • If you thought Bubba’s head looked big, you should see this one’s nugget.
  • I’ll have to call you back, I’ve been in labour for a week and it’s still not out…
  • The nurses union said they are going to sue us.
  • And then someone had to duck out to pick up more epidural, apparently I’d used up the hospitals whole supply…
  • No don’t worry, they said I’ll be able walk again in the next 1 to 5 years.
  • The nurses all agreed, they said it was the biggest baby they had ever seen!


28 Comments Post a comment
  1. Eleni #

    I’ve been thinking of you and wishing you Luck all along. 🙂
    Can’t wait to hear the news!

    July 3, 2012
  2. nudetopia #

    Good luck Louise!

    July 3, 2012
  3. jenkakio #

    I hope I am not too late…but good luck! OMG!!! How exciting. I can’t wait to meet the little bear. I can’t believe you are in the paper! That’s so cool. Interesting for the paper to do a story about that. Man, I still regret not being able to go to Sweden during my Euro trip.

    July 4, 2012
  4. Good luck girl, I’m sure it’ll be the mixture of the 2 lists. Need more drugs, shut her up, and beautiful-est baby they’d ever seen 😉

    July 4, 2012
  5. Peta #

    Fingers and toes love….I’m SURE it will be scenario No. 1 you’ll be calling with!! xxx

    July 4, 2012
  6. Oh LL you will be fine, subsequent deliveries are better as you are clued in & know what to expect – not so much about the actual delivery, but how things roll with the hospital staff. I had a big girl first with forceps (3 days of labour) she didn’t want to come out; then i had twins (one normal head first, the other breach) combined 6kg but hey, it’s all about head circumference; then i had a boy, practically delivered himself, 4th baby & all. As the twins don’t really count for size, my babies got smaller but they also decided to come faster than my stubborn first (41+ weeks) so it’s all a matter of timings. I just adored being handed each baby, no oxygen, super healthy, best of all – no more morning sickness & i avoided Caesareans!!
    Enjoy it, relax & don’t let your husband eat all the hospital food like mine did, i kept wondering why i was hungry?? Most babies do come faster than the first, as my Obstetrician said “your first lights the way” which i thought was adorable as she is a leader!! Loves Posie

    July 4, 2012
    • 3 days of labour, OMG! And twins! you did great! I am looking forward to the being handed the baby bit!!!!!! I would love to avoid a c-section too. My sister in law said that too, a kilo here and kilo there it’s all about the size of the head. I will keep an eye on the husband, although I have found it is best to keep him feed and watered on a regular basis for all concerned. Your ob. was more poetic than mine!

      July 4, 2012
  7. samallen1975 #

    I laughed out loud. CAN’T WSit for the story. You know how different my 3 were…

    July 4, 2012
    • Yes they were diffferent, that’s noice… glad I didn’t pull of J though, hoping for a little less drama …. fingers and toes..

      July 4, 2012
  8. Hilarious and I hope everything goes well! (And hope it reflects the dream more than the harsh reality!)


    July 4, 2012
  9. Goooooood Luck ! Be thinking of you darlin’ , hope its goes all very much like your dreams :))

    July 5, 2012
  10. hey, there! can’t believe you’re almost due! i remember having my second child… but i was more scared than the first because i knew what to expect and remembered how painful it was… i will keep you in my thoughts and i wish you a safe and painless delivery. 🙂

    July 5, 2012
  11. Haha, you’re too funny. Yes birth is a bitch but I bet you’ll do great (if you haven’t done already). Go you !

    July 6, 2012
    • Still a big fat nothing. Everything is totally ready to go, it’s just waiting time now…

      July 7, 2012
  12. I like that you admitted that God laughed at your birth plan. 🙂 I’m sure all the nurses rolled their eyes when I rolled in with mine. Best wishes! My second was fast and furious. 5 hours total. And I cursed like a sailor the whole time.

    July 7, 2012
    • Fast and furious sounds fab to me! I’m gonna curse too, in 2 languages so everyone in the room can understand just exactly how much pain I’m in…

      July 7, 2012
  13. I am sending some luck, prayers, and blessings. I had a hard labor, too, so I’m hoping yours is as smooth and effortless as possible.

    July 7, 2012

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