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January 16, 2004

Take Your Marks

Well that was jolly exciting.

During today, Vicky was getting more and more aware of her Braxton-Hicks contractions. To the point where she was wondering if they were still the practice, warming-up, version any more. All very exciting.

But it then got a bit scary. She came to pick me up from the station (driving a car != operating heavy machinery, honest guv) and had to pull over because she was getting flashing in her eyesight, and pins and needles in her face and hands.

This is, as they say, not a good sign.

After a brief bit of sitting and waiting to see if it would pass - after all, she'd gone suddenly from asleep to driving - we cracked and went to hospital. She was immediately hooked up to the monitoring machines (Hewlett Packard really do have a very wide product range) to keep an eye on the baby's heart rate and her own internal movements.

And there they were on the scrolling printout of the machine. Regular as clockwork. Contractions. Every 5m30s. To the point where I could visually tell Vicky when one was about to kick in.

At this point someone nearly got access to this blog to start posting what was going on.

They decided they'd have a bit of a look inside Vicky and see how she was doing, but sadly she's not dilating yet. And the contractions aren't quite big enough to be the full-on thing.

But how exciting - it's all really happening! And the contractions are definitely getting more and more powerful.

Saturday, we reckon.

Posted by Tom Dolan at January 16, 2004 12:40 AM

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Good Luck to you all. We are thinking of you.

Posted by: Marv at January 16, 2004 05:02 AM

One of the things I forgot to mention is that the tingly feelings might have led to an emergency caesarian. Erk.

But it didn't. So no erk after all.

Posted by: Tom Dolan at January 16, 2004 10:29 AM

Oh noes who will answer all my boring work related queries today?!

Good luck Vix, we are all very excited for you.

Posted by: Clare at January 16, 2004 10:29 AM

Thanks for all the lovely messages. I'm still here, waiting for something to happen, which is actually no great hardship - sitting on a sofa at home is heaven in comparison to being stuck in a bed in hospital.

So Clare, the queries shop is open for business again today. ;-)

Posted by: vicky at January 16, 2004 11:36 AM

Wishing you lots of luck

The next bit will obviously be really hard work but definitely worth every minute in the end. Hopefully it won't be too bad, but I do recommend epidurals if the doc's suggest one !!


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