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The Norks
18-10-2006, 10:05:21
Hi all,

hope you are all well!

This is to announce that baby Blake was born on Oct 14 at 17.43 weighing 6 pounds 3!

He had a dramatic entrance to the world, as my planned water homebirth went awry- I was in labour for 38 hours and following all natural methods and still not dilating, having taken painkillers and used TENS etc, I was exhausted and in agony so went in for epidural (I would have gone in sooner but they have a policy about not going in until you are in established labour, which I never got to.) 15 minutes after I had the epi, his heartbeat plummeted to 30 beats per min, then up to 170 and then down again. There was an urgent call for assistance and a consultant appeared and I was told the baby was in distress and had to be born NOW by caesarean. I was literally wheeled in immediately, and he was born within minutes.

When I came round they put him in front of me and I just remember his big blue eyes looking at me, and being instantly besotted. They put him to the breast straight away.

Later, we found out that what had happened is that he had the cord round his neck 3 times, and had got stuck in an awkward position (posterior) and he couldn't descend down the cervix normally, which in turn meant that th cervix wasn't being stimulated to open so I wasn't establishing labour. When I had the epi, I must have relaxed enough that I had a big contraction and he effectively got strangled and went into distress. When he came out he was covered in meconium (poo!) which is another sign of distress.

We've been told that he is just constitutionally small (Jason was the same weight at birth, and his Mum was smaller) and is neurologically fine, so no damage appears to have been done. In fact he's as bright as a button now despite a bit of jaundice which they are monitoring.

Unfortunately, because the NHS don't routinely scan in late pregnancy, the cord issue wasn't detected and the rest of our vital signs were completely normal, so we were allowed to try natural labour at home (which i otherwise think I would have coped with as it really wasn't that painful until I was so tired, and posterior birth is worse than normal). If it had been detected we would have had a planned section. However, the NHS saved his life for sure, and mine too effectively, for which I will be eternally grateful. The staff were fantastic and reacted brilliantly and professionally (some of the aftercare was a bit lacking tho as some nurses had graduated from the Nurse Ratched school of charm).

I am pleased now to be at home, recovering slowly, processing it slowly (I'm very emotional about it all still and think I will probably ask for some postnatal counselling as its a huge shock and was very traumatic). I hope to be back to nearly normal as soon as I can, as I'm very incapacitated right now, and feel like I have woken up in my Nan's body!

He is absolutely beautiful, (even the nurses kept saying how gorgeous he is, although I suppose they are kind of paid to lol!) and i can't stop looking at him and all his little expressions and noises etc are endlessly fascinating, as I'm sure all the parents here will know! I think the most shocking thing for me was hearing from the midwife that we were very lucky he survived, it really makes him all the more special. I am so glad that we have him, and Jason has been an incredible and tireless support all through the pregnancy, the birth, and now, and we are closer than ever. Its just fantastic to be a family and not just a couple!

Anyway, enough of my emotional gushing, I just wanted to tell you all the good news, and I will see about getting some piccies sorted.

Love to all, Susan, Jason & Blake xxx

PS, thanks for all th congratulations on the other thread- i would join you in a drink, but i have to take antibiotics for two weeks !!!

Funko
18-10-2006, 10:09:01
Congratulations again. :beer:

mr_G
18-10-2006, 10:09:37
:beer:
no pics of the birth pleezzz

Tizzy
18-10-2006, 10:10:25
More congratulations :beer:

Chris
18-10-2006, 10:16:56
I remmeber just a few years ago you wanted no part of having kids.

Now you see we were right, and how often is THAT said around this dump?

Congrats.

Nills Lagerbaak
18-10-2006, 10:20:31
Well done and hearty congratulations!!! Sounds quite dramatic and messy!

JM^3
18-10-2006, 10:26:50
I am glad everything turned out fine.

JM

Gary
18-10-2006, 10:28:52
Best of luck.

Well done the NHS for responding to the situation, not so well done that what appears to be an obvious need for scans near the end, aren't done. Glad you are all ok now, but the question remains, why weren't you here telling us on the 14th ? :confused:

Mr. Bas
18-10-2006, 10:33:30
Congrats again, and I'm very glad everything turned out well! :beer:

MOBIUS
18-10-2006, 10:39:20
:beer:

You can drink it now!:)

Funko
18-10-2006, 10:41:30
Originally posted by The Norks
PS, thanks for all th congratulations on the other thread- i would join you in a drink, but i have to take antibiotics for two weeks !!!

:p

Nills Lagerbaak
18-10-2006, 10:44:14
Official statement on drinking and anti-biotics - "Moderat alchohol consumption is acceptable"

Hmm, I guess that does exclude and CG organised meeting.

Kitsuki
18-10-2006, 10:56:27
Congratulations and good luck! :beer:

alsieboo
18-10-2006, 11:16:59
Aww yaay! Congrats to you both, glad the little tyke's fine now, pics soon though I hope! Anyway, rest up and take care :) :bounce: :beer:

MDA
18-10-2006, 11:32:16
friend of mine had half a beer (right after a feeding to avoid carryover) almost as soon as she got home from the hospital, she said it never tasted so good

:beer: all's well that ends well, and it doesn't hurt to be born lucky!

maroule
18-10-2006, 11:41:36
:beer:

Nav
18-10-2006, 12:20:20
well done norks and baby! :beer:

King_Ghidra
18-10-2006, 12:52:11
:grats: scary birth story though :eek:

self biased
18-10-2006, 13:20:12
congratulations.

C.G.B. Spender
18-10-2006, 13:25:05
congrats

Oerdin
18-10-2006, 13:32:55
:Beer:

Caligastia
18-10-2006, 14:04:51
Congrats! Your life is over!:beer:

Drekkus
18-10-2006, 14:20:11
congrats Norks! Is Blake the first of 7?

mr_G
18-10-2006, 14:20:35
:lol:

King_Ghidra
18-10-2006, 14:24:01
drekkus = mose

mr_G
18-10-2006, 14:30:37
nono drekkus = funneeeeeh

Drekkus
18-10-2006, 14:47:00
Originally posted by King_Ghidra
drekkus = mose I do not snore!! :mad:

Beta1
18-10-2006, 17:29:44
:beer: again.

Debaser
18-10-2006, 20:46:38
:beer:

Immortal Wombat
18-10-2006, 22:12:20
Congrats :beer:

http://webhome.idirect.com/~cgorman/b7/images/characters/blake.jpg

Shining1
18-10-2006, 22:33:25
:beer: and :bounce:

Grats!

*End Is Forever*
18-10-2006, 23:19:53
Congratulations!

Greg W
19-10-2006, 00:39:39
Wow, congrats Sue. :beer:

Very scary story I must say. And yes, I will get around to writing that email, I promise. Things have just been rather busy. You know, chasing Roos and all. Really! :cute:

notyoueither
19-10-2006, 04:30:36
Congratulations!

:beer:

Skanky Burns
19-10-2006, 07:26:28
Congrats, and well done getting through the ordeal too.

The Norks
19-10-2006, 15:51:36
cheers everyone!! I am going to upload some pics to his site later and I'll post his website link for anyone who wants to see them. He got the all clear from the hospital yesterday for his jaundice, which has gone, and my milk came in today (woke up in a pool of milky goodness!!) so he is glugging from the norks whenever he can so everything looks to be going well so far!

Am amused that I can very quickly separate those under and over 30 by mention of Blake's Seven LOL!! Have also heard Blake Carrington (smooth!) and Blakey from On the Buses mentioned (over 50's).

Are there any official CG baby t-shirts yet? There's been a whole crop of tiny CGers this year!

And yes you lazy Aussie, you STILL owe me an email!!! In fact I've gestated a whole other human in the time you've had to mail me!!!

paiktis
20-10-2006, 01:44:53
:beer:
frightening but with a so happy ending/beggining

Spartak
20-10-2006, 06:34:03
Hopefully lots of :sleep: and not much :cry:

:beer:

Greg W
20-10-2006, 11:33:32
Originally posted by The Norks
And yes you lazy Aussie, you STILL owe me an email!!! In fact I've gestated a whole other human in the time you've had to mail me!!! Well, to be fair, I have been busy. Working lots (6 day weeks have become the norm), and undergoing a bit of stress relationship wise. Which doesn't really bear going into here (I know, what will the people say? Well, other than "thank god for that"). I will fill you in, promise. Might be sometime next week though, as I am working all this weekend. :(

devilmunchkin
21-10-2006, 07:48:30
congrats norks! omg! *hops up and down* i don't think i can find the words to say how amazing this is.

Ginfizwithatwist
21-10-2006, 14:41:39
heartiest congratulations on your son and sad for you that your birthing plan went out of the window and it ended in him being distressed and a traumatic birthing process for you, you are indeed right that he is extra special because of it and am glad you have him home and are enjoying watching him grow and change day by day.
We should have a mini- CG'er thread for all the pictures of the new additions to the CG clan
Anyway all the joy and happines to the three of you in this new chapter of your lives
champagne all round !!
(but since this is primarily a blokie site we shall have to do with the beer smiley)
:beer:

chagarra
21-10-2006, 23:38:52
Congrats Norks... Great news

Lifechanging emotional occurences should not be suppressed... So gush away... It's one of the few real posts worth reading here anyway......

:beer: well at least a nice cup o chai..