« And on the maternity front | Main | I Suspect She May Be Making This 'Baby' Thing Up. »

January 21, 2004

The Swanwick of the Baby World

(Yes, it's more maternity posts. There may be others this is boring the tits off, and I have been feeling a bit guilty that there have been no politics/tech/link posts recently, but I recently decided to relax and get used to the idea that at the moment Nothing Else Matters To Me. It actually doesn't. So tough. Anyway, onward and upward...)

The latest from the wonderful world of Whipps Cross is that Mrs Tom is going to be induced at some stage soon. Whereas this was rather brutal when we were thinking about it a while ago, Vicky's already 1cm dilated, and having some small contractions, so whopping a pile of hormone-filled gel up her is actually helping something along that was happening anyway.

This could have happened as early as 9am this morning, but the delivery ward is kind of busy, so they've got her in a holding pattern.

So, at some stage between now and the end of tomorrow the regular gels start going in.
At some stage between 4 and 48 hours after that, labour kicks in. Probably.
At some stage after that, we have a baby.
How exciting!

[One little footnote. I spent most of our NCT classes absorbing everything I could about ways to massage vicky, or keep her hips moving so everything is all opened up and pain is minimised. And now it's entirely likely she'll be lying down, with an epidural. I haven't got a clue what I'm supposed to do now. Go to the pub and drink brandy while wearing tweed?]

Posted by Tom Dolan at January 21, 2004 12:10 PM

Trackback Pings

TrackBack URL for this entry:


Don't worry too much if Vicki ends up on her back with an epidural - the last few hours of my labour were just like that and although by no means ideal were not too bad at all. By the time you get to 10 cm the pain relief an epidural offers is welcome compensation for the abandonment of your natural childbirth plans . At the end of the day the baby's the important thing and she'll be fine and you'll forget all about the birth and lead up to it as soon as you hold her in your arms. This bit now, although horrible, will also fade to become a distant memory sooner than you can imagine. Good Luck again, Lots of Love, Lyn xxx

Posted by: Lyn Jones at January 21, 2004 12:24 PM

Thanks Lyn, I'll pass that on when I speak to Vicky later.

And why does nobody mention the plain old *waiting*. At least Vicky's getting some sleep in the interim. I'm stuck at work having to feign interest!

Posted by: Tom Dolan at January 21, 2004 12:42 PM

Hello Tom and Vix...

Very long time no speak. Don't know what made me try and find you today, just had a desire to find you again and I am very glad I did. How exciting that the day I decide to go looking for my old friends is the very day their family grows from 2 to 3.

Congratulations you beautiful people, you are going to make the most wonderful parents.

Good luck, I will keep this web site forever marked so I can track the progress of the latest Dolan.

Big Kiss
Nel xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Posted by: Helen Quelch at January 21, 2004 04:26 PM

And wierdly it's also the day that your christmas card was returned to us in the post as 'not known at this address'. Do email us both with all your details - and news - and we'll catch up properly!

Posted by: Tom Dolan at January 21, 2004 05:37 PM

Post a comment

Thanks for signing in, . Now you can comment. (sign out)

(If you haven't left a comment here before, you may need to be approved by the site owner before your comment will appear. Until then, it won't appear on the entry. Thanks for waiting.)

Remember me?