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Our New Baby Arrived, & What A Month It's Been...

The honest, refreshing, heart-warming parenting blog you’ve been waiting for… Follow Pamela as she navigates unknown territories as a mom of 3!

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He's here!

Our third son, Ben, arrived on August 2nd and we have been head over heels for him since!

A quick summary of his arrival (for anyone who enjoys reading other mothers birth stories): I woke up to hear our middle son, Jamie, crying in his sleep around 6am. I turned to push my husband out of the bed and heard a little 'pop'. Once we got to hospital, it was confirmed that my hind waters had indeed gone, and they decided to keep me despite the fact I wasn't actually in labour due to a history of fast labours.

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After spending the day trying to kick start things but not getting anywhere, I was hooked up to the CTG machine when it came to light that Ben's heart rate was accelerated. After an hour of constant monitoring, there was no change and the decision was made to check my remaining waters in case of meconium.

Waters were clear, but about 20 minutes after they had gone, I started to get some strong contractions. I found it so hard labouring on my back, due to the wires from the CTG machine, so haggled a bit til I was helped up into a kneeling position on the bed.

With the help of my trusty ObiTens, my wonderful husband who ensured I always had a wet face cloth on the back of my neck, and the support of two amazing midwives, our gorgeous Ben made his debut around 90 minutes after my fore waters had been broken.

 

He arrived gently onto the bed between my knees and from the first glance, first touch, first smell he had me completely enchanted.

 

We brought him home two days later and our little world was forever changed.

My husband had two weeks holidays from work, so I had plenty of help and our older boys had Daddy on tap during this time which was great!

 

The hard work started on Monday 15th, the day before my husband went back to work, which was the day before Ben turned two weeks old. Jamie, my hardy two-year-old who has never been sick with anything other than a head cold, woke around 10.30pm and threw up everywhere! He continued to throw up til I was out of clean bed clothes and fresh pajamas, eventually passing out lying at the foot of his big brother's bed.

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So, thrown in at the deep end, the following morning as we all bid Daddy farewell, I struggled to keep everyone happy. Jamie developed a roaring temperature that wouldn't come down, but by Wednesday it seemed to have passed. It was late that evening when I noticed a rash on his chin and after a trip to the chemist followed by a trip to the out of hours doctor, he was diagnosed with hand foot and mouth!

What a disaster!

Immediately my inner germaphobe emerged! Anti-bacterial soap, gel, wipes - anything I could use to stop the infection spreading through the house and inevitably to our little Ben!

Alas, it was not to be. By Friday Will had the tell-tale temperature, and Saturday saw the spots beginning to appear. By Sunday, Ben had the spots too, though thankfully he didn't get a temperature with it.

If I'm honest I have to say after all my effort trying to stop Ben from catching it, I felt somewhat relieved once I saw the spots appear. My inner control freak could relax as I could no longer try to control it! Luckily he got a very, very mild dose and was only unsettled for about two days.

 

It was without a shadow of a doubt the most stress-filled week of my whole entire life.

 

I had initially been nervous being left home with three under the age of 5, but what ended up happening was so much harder than I could have anticipated. One good thing did come from this baptism of fire, and that has been that I now know I can handle just about anything that gets thrown at me!

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So as we bid goodbye to August, the month our family became complete, when we experienced massive highs and unbelievable lows, we welcome the changes September will assuredly bring, as we close the sale on our first family home and our first born starts primary school.

I wonder what September will bring? Keep an eye our for my next article to be updated! Pamela x

 

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About the Author

Pamela O'Rourke is a full time wife and mother. She loves to spend her days helping to build her sons' imaginations and shaping them into the men they will someday become. When she has a spare moment or two she enjoys planning the family's next trip to their favourite place on earth, Walt Disney World!

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