Let’s just say Archie Henry Shaw made an entrance to this new world of his. I had joked throughout my pregnancy that I was quote, ‘Going to go early’ and ‘He’s just going to fly out of me!’ Of course it was all wishful thinking as I was in labour with Ella for 30 long hours – but as the saying goes, ‘Be careful what you wish for…’
Some of the memorable occurrences of that day were…
- Waking up at 5:30am 10 days before due date with ‘twinges’.
- Toying with the idea that the baby might be born that day on Ben’s birthday. Ha ha haa, we said. Wouldn’t that be funny, we chortled.
- Walking round the bedroom at 7:30am saying to hubby, ‘I think I’m in labour, yes I definitely ‘think’ that was a contraction.’
- Choose nail polish for toes…
- Twinges are full blown contractions in car en route to nursery. Daughter is very insistent from backseat that I sing, ‘You are my sunshinse’. Sing duet with daughter in between painful contractions…
- 8:30am. Contractions 8 minutes apart. Told by midwife not to come to hospital, wait till morning rush hour traffic clears.
- Arrive home, say to Ben, “
Turn on the f’n alarm and get me to the fecking hospital!!!”“I think we should go now, darling.”
- 9:00am. Move 400 yards in 10 mins – contractions 3 mins apart.
- Ben dials 999, ambulance is requested.
- Pull on to side road – poshest road in Sale called, The Avenue. Get out of car, hold on to passenger door and roar like Mufasa. Kind lady who lives in house opposite hears roars, comes to my side and rubs my back. I can see her eyes are filled with tears but I can’t speak or walk – only roar… (You’ll see a picture of the lovely lady who is named Shirley. I popped in last week to thank her.)
- Ambulance man calls St Mary’s to inform of our arrival. I ‘politely’ request to have my epidural ready. Ambulance man chortles because, apparently it’s a bit late for that.
- 9:35am. Arrive at hospital where there is a faulty smoke alarm. Kneeling upright on stretcher, half naked with a blanket round waist, wheeled past 2 fire engines and full crew whilst howling like King Kong hanging off the Empire State Building.
- Brought super quick to delivery suite. Midwife also says it’s too late for epidural.
- 10:05am. No longer pregnant, instead a beaming proud mother of two. Archie is placed on my chest, all 8lb 6oz of him.
- Emotional and wonderful moment with my wonderful husband who sheds a few tears whilst he cradles his son for the first time.
- 10:15am. Note to self – ‘Thank the heavens above I will NEVER have to go through that again.’
So… here is new man in my life who was in such a great hurry to get here. I proudly present, baby Archie.
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