Cassius – A Birth Story

Cassius has now been in our lives for two weeks, TWO weeks! Pretty crazy that I should only be 36 weeks pregnant at this point! After what felt like a whirlwind of a birth and whilst it is still pretty fresh in my mind I thought I would write a post about the birth!

Thursday 4th January, I was feeling a bit iffy as I had been having some tummy cramps. I assumed as I was 34 weeks (exactly) that it was a combination of feeling constipated and braxton hicks. Plus the fact baby had been sitting pretty low since my 28 week check up and I’d had pains like I’d been riding a bike every day! That morning my midwife came to see me for a check up… I had been transferred to the home birth team as I had requested and because I was having a textbook straight forward and healthy pregnancy. I was asked during the check up if I was feeling okay, I mentioned the pains down low and asked the midwife if this was because of how the baby was lying to which she replied “more than likely”. 

As the day passed I continued to feel pretty iffy. I went to my parents house as it was my little sisters birthday. I was still getting these pretty intense pains and at times they were really catching my breath. My mum even said to me “last time you were like this you were going into labour with Aoife”. As a side note, I gave birth to Aoife at 36 weeks (exactly!). Anyway I was getting tired so I drove (!!) home to get Aoife settled and myself into bed, this was about 8pm. When I got home I started to worry the pains really weren’t going away and I had taken paracetamol which didn’t even touch it, every time I drifted off I was being awoken again by these pains and I kept needing to go to the loo. Alarm bells began to ring about 10ish I told Luke I thought we should go to the hospital and get the pains checked out. I rang the MAU and they confirmed to come in and get checked out. I rang my parents, as I was in no state to drive and Luke can’t drive we needed a lift to the hospital and someone to watch Aoife. Unfortunately, my parents couldn’t as they had had a drink for my sister’s bday. We rang Luke’s parents his mum can’t drive and his dad had had a drink! So then we rang Luke’s brother who thankfully could help us and luckily only lives round the corner. He collected Luke’s parents to come and watch Aoife and came to pick us up. By this point I could barely talk through the pain and they were coming thick and fast. I was terrified, my baby was only 34 weeks! I honestly must of gone into shut down as I still, despite the strength of the pains, refused to believe I was in labour. 

When we arrived at the hospital at about 11.35pm, which is luckily only a 5/10 minute drive away, I was sent up to the Maternity Assessment Unit. I think we spent all of 5 minutes in there before someone came to say they were taking us up to see a doctor in the delivery suite as it looked like I was in “quite a bit of pain”. There was me thinking I was keeping it subtle haha!

When we got to the Delivery Suite I sat for a couple of minutes on the exercise ball. I was so uncomfortable. The pains were becoming excruciating and I hadn’t had any paracetamol since 8pm! I was asked to remove my leggings and underwear, again probably a sign people could tell things were happening quicker than me! A doctor came in at around 11.50pm and examined me… now he is when Luke and I really went into shock… the doctor then says “okay, so you are 9cm dilated”. Luke and I looked at each other and laughed, all I could say was “oh shit!”. We let our parents know what was happening! My mum couldn’t believe how calm I was when I rang saying “yeah, so it turns out I am in labour and i’m currently 9cm dilated”.

The next bit seemed to happen in a big blur. I was very conscious of the fact that I was about to give birth and had to calmly, mentally prepare myself whilst in the midst of panic! The first thing I knew was I did not want to give birth on my back! The midwife was great and moved the bed into a position so I could kneel right up and lean against it. She then offered the gas and air but already being as into the labour as I was I couldn’t concentrate on using it! I think I had about 4 puffs in total. The urge to push happened quite quickly, it felt heavy and difficult but my waters hadn’t broken yet (much like during Aoife’s birth) so I was pushing to break those. 

I attended pregnancy yoga during my pregnancy which aids in teaching breathing techniques that can be used in labour. I did my best to keep my breathing calm but given the circumstance it wasn’t the best. I was very aware of keeping the sounds I was making low, whenever I could feel myself about to go into a highpitched squeal I gave myself a mental slap round the face and ended up mooing into the bed! Literally, mooing is the only way I can describe it!

My waters broke and the relief was instant, Luke said my body sort of relaxed once that was done. Now here is the crazy bit! 3 minutes after my waters broke, I could feel the head and gave push. Out came the head and ridiculously quickly followed his body! He was out in pretty much one push and then I could just hear him screaming away! Cassius was born at 12.21am on Friday 5th January… about 45 minutes after we arrived at the hospital.

I feel very happy with the birth experience. I think it helps that midwife I had was great! I was a little disappointed I didn’t get my home birth but because I had such a positive birth experience I don’t feel too bad about it. As you can tell from the photo below I was feeling pretty emotional afterwards!

Thank you for reading 🙂 

I’ll talk more about settling into the newborn period in another post!

Siobhan x

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100 Blogger Truths 2018

Fancy getting to know more about me? Well that is exactly what this tag is all about! 

This tag was created by Debbie at My Random Musings. I was tagged by Ruth of Mummy and the Mexicans in her 100 Blogger Truths post and now it is my turn to answer the questions! I may not answer all the questions we’ll see haha!

If you would like to join in, the instructions are at the bottom of the post. Don’t forget to tag other bloggers and keep the tag going! 

Here we go…

The Basics…

1. What is your name? Siobhan 

2. Any nickname or aliases? Some friends call me “Shuv”

3. Your gender? Female

4. Your star sign? Aries

5. How old are you? 26

6. Your relationship status? In a relationship

7. Any children? 2 year old daughter, Aoife and 10 day old son, Cassius

8. Any pets? A ginger tom cat called Reggie

9. Any tattoos or piercings? 3 tattoos; a rose on my right calf, a sun on my right foot and a moon on my left foot. I am hoping for more when i’m done nursing the children. 7 piercings; 2 in each ear lobe, 1 on my left helix, 1 in my septum and 1 in my tongue.  I used to have my belly button pierced too but that came out during my pregnancy with Aoife. 

10. What do you like about yourself? I have a empathetic personality and see a lot of good in people. I also despite my own problems “get on with it” and try not to dwell on things.

11. What do you dislike about yourself? Well the obvious answer here would be my alopecia. The condition has completely changed my appearence; I have no eyebrows, minimal eyelashes and patches in my very short, ridiculous looking hair but no… what is the point in disliking something that is now a huge part of me. I embrace it as much as I can.

12. Righty or Lefty? Right-handed

Lasts…

13. The last thing you drank? Strawberry and Apple cordial.

14. The last thing you ate? Chocolate coated raisins.

15. Your last phone call? According to my phone it was my Grandma.

16. Your last text message? A reply from Luke after I asked him to bring me a tea upstairs.

17. Your last email? Something to do with work.

18. The last song you listened to? Lullaby versions of Bob Marley songs.

19. The last book you read? Currently reading “Happy” by Fearne Cotton.

20. The last time you cried? Probably in hospital following Cassius’ birth. 

21. The last blog you read? From what I can remember it was What the Redhead Said

22. The last person you spoke to? Luke

23. The last place you visited? Luke’s parents house

24. Your last holiday abroad? April 2012 when I went to Salou, Spain with my university hockey team for Sports Tour. 

Have you ever…

Along with fellow bloggers I have skipped this section.

Your Beliefs and Opinions…

45. Do you believe in God? It was not something I was brought up with but I respect those that do.

46. Do you believe in yourself? Yes.

47. Do you believe in Santa Claus? I did as a child. 

48. Do you believe in ghosts? I believe in the possibilty of ghosts.

49. Do you believe in aliens? I believe in the possibility of other life forms.

50. Do you believe in miracles? I believe things happen by chance that could be perceived as miracles.

51. Do you believe in the power of positive thinking? Definately.

52. Do you believe in love at first sight? No.

53. Can money make you happy? To a certain extent and on a purely superficial basis.

54. Would you describe yourself as a feminist? Yes.

55. Are you pro-life or pro-choice? Pro-choice. Who am I to say what another human being can or can’t do with their own body?!

56. Do you have strong political beliefs? I would say more strong ideals although I certainly agree with more opinions of a particular party. Honestly though, my personal opinion is politics needs to become more about politics again and less to do with media!

57. Do you have strong religious beliefs? No.

58. What do you think the most important thing you can give a child is? Empathy, Love and Attention.

Right Now…

59. Are you eating anything right now? No.

60. Are you drinking anything right now? I have a bottle filled with Strawberry and Apple cordial.

61. What are you listening to right now? The fan heater, the children breathing and Luke singing a song from “The Lorax” haha!

62. What are you thinking about right now? Stuff I need to do tomorrow.

63. What are you waiting for right now? The right moment to change the newborns nappy!

64. What are you most excited about right now? The year ahead with my beautiful babies.

65. What’s your pet hate right now? Pet fur. It gets everywhere haha!

66. What’s is your favourite thing right now? Kisses and cuddles with my children!

67. If you weren’t answering these questions what would you be doing right now? I should probably be sleeping seeing as it’s 5.50am but the babies woke up to nurse hence why I started doing this instead. I am going to be changing Cassius’s nappy in a moment. 

Firsts…

68. Your first best friend? A girl called Katie.

69. Your first kiss? You know what I can’t remember!

70. Your first celebrity crush? Nicki from Westlife haha.

71. Your first holiday? Ladram Bay Holiday Park, in Devon.

72. Your first pet? A cat called Fudge.

73. Your first regret? No idea. I try not to dwell on “regrets”… everything happens for a reason and all that jazz.

74. Your first job? Shop assistant in my grandparents bathroom showroom.

75. Your first childhood memory? Playing with my siblings.

Which Would You Choose…

76. Love or Money? Love

77. Twitter or Facebook? Facebook

78. Hook Up or Relationship? Relationship

79. Dogs or Cats? Cats

80. Coffee or Tea? Tea

81. Beer or Wine? Wine

82. Sweet or Savoury? Savoury

83. Introvert or Extrovert? Introvert

84. Vampires or Werewolves? Vampires

85. Seaside or Countryside? Seaside

86. Summer or Winter? Summer

87. Books or Movies? Books

88. Horror or Comedy? Comedy

A Few Random Questions to Finish on…

89. Do you wish you could change your past? No

90. What’s your dream job? To own my own nursery

91. What’s your guilty pleasure? Reality TV

92. What are you afraid of? Spiders, Moths and The Dark

93. What was the first thing you wanted to be when you grew up? A vet

94. If you could have any superpower, what would it be? Invisibility

95. If you could change anything about your life what would it be? I don’t think there is much I would change.

96. Would you want immortality? No

97. If you could interview anyone alive or dead who would you choose? Alive: Tamara Ecclestone. Dead: Audrey Hepburn.

98. Would you say you are happy? Yes.

99. What piece of advice would you give to yourself at eighteen? Work hard and be wary of who you trust.

100. Where would you like to be in 5 years time? Still happy with my family and doing well career wise.

I’m tagging…

HOW TO JOIN IN!

Just follow the simple rules below…

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the questions honestly (skip any you don’t feel comfortable with).
  3. Tag 10-20 bloggers to take part.
  4. Paste the questions without your answers at the bottom of your post so they are easy to copy and paste for the people in your tag.

Enjoy!
Here are the original 100 questions:

The basics

1 What’s your name?

2 Any nicknames or aliases?

3 Your gender?

4 Your star sign?

5 How old are you?

6 Your relationship status?

7 Any children?

8 Any pets?

9 Any tattoos or piercings?

10 What do you like about yourself?

11 What do you dislike about yourself?

12 Righty or lefty?

Lasts

13 The last thing you drank:

14 The last thing you ate:

15 Your last phone call:

16 Your last text message:

17 Your last email:

18 The last song you listened to:

19 The last book you read:

20 The last time you cried:

21 The last blog you read:

22 The last person you spoke to:

23 The last place you visited:

24 Your last holiday abroad:

Have you ever?

25 Have you ever gotten back with an ex?

26 Have you ever been cheated on?

27 Have you ever cheated on someone?

28 Have you ever lost someone special to you?

29 Have you ever been so drunk you threw up?

30 Have you ever fallen out of love with someone?

31 Have you ever met someone who changed you?

32 Have you ever been in a situation where you found out who your real friends are?

33 Have you ever kissed someone you probably shouldn’t have?

34 Have you ever found out people were talking about you behind your back?

35 Have you ever broken someone’s heart?

36 Have you ever kissed a stranger?

37 Have you ever had your own heart broken?

38 Have you ever had sex on the first date?

39 Have you ever been arrested?

40 Have you ever been attracted to someone that isn’t the gender you usually find attractive?

41 Have you ever done something you regret?

42 Have you ever had a threesome?

43 Have you ever embarrassed yourself in public?

44 Have you ever misjudged someone?

Your beliefs and opinions

45 Do you believe in God?

46 Do you believe in yourself?

47 Do you believe in Santa Claus?

48 Do you believe in ghosts?

49 Do you believe in aliens?

50 Do you believe in miracles?

51 Do you believe in the power of positive thinking?

52 Do you believe in love at first sight?

53 Can money make you happy?

54 Would you describe yourself as a feminist?

55 Are you pro-life or pro-choice?

56 Do you have strong political beliefs?

57 Do you have strong religious beliefs?

58 What do you think the most important thing you can give a child is?

Right now

59 Are you eating anything right now?

60 Are you drinking anything right now?

61 What are you listening to right now?

62 What are you thinking about right now?

63 What are you waiting for right now?

64 What are you most excited about right now?

65 What’s your pet hate right now?

66 What’s your favourite thing right now?

67 If you weren’t answering these questions, what would you be doing right now?

Firsts

68 Your first best friend:

69 Your first kiss:

70 Your first celebrity crush:

71 Your first holiday:

72 Your first pet:

73 Your first regret:

74 Your first job:

75: Your first childhood memory:

Which would you choose?

76 Love or money?

77 Twitter or Facebook?

78 Hook up or relationship?

79 Dogs or cats?

80 Coffee or tea?

81 Beer or wine?

82 Sweet or savoury?

83 Introvert or extrovert?

84 Vampires or werewolves?

85 Seaside or countryside?

86 Summer or winter?

87 Books or movies

88 Horror or comedy

A few random questions to finish on

89 Do you wish you could change your past?

90 What’s your dream job?

91 What’s your guilty pleasure?

92 What are you afraid of?

93 What was the first thing you wanted to be when you grew up?

94 If you could have any super power, what would it be?

95 If you could change anything about your life what would it be?

96 Would you want immortality?

97 If you could interview anyone alive or dead who would you choose?

98 Would you say you are happy?

99 What one piece of advice would you give to yourself at age eighteen?

100 Where would you like to be in five years’ time? 

The Siblings Project (January 2018)

I had always intended to join in with The Siblings Project this year, although I didn’t think I would be joining in until next month as baby wasn’t due until mid February! 

Cassius was born at the beginning of the month and well and truly sent us all into shock (he was born at 34+1 weeks gestation). Despite the shock of her baby brother’s early arrival, Aoife is adjusting well! She shows care and love for him already. The biggest shock for her is having to share “googie” with him, which is what Aoife calls nursing. But they have had some beautiful moments when she has held his hand whilst they are both feeding! Made my heart melt! I look forward to seeing how their relationship develops over the next month!

I couldn’t pick just one sibling photo this month

See you again next month! 

Siobhan x




The Siblings Project - Dear Beautiful


Living Arrows – 3/53 (2018)

You are the bows from which you children as Living Arrows are sent forth” – Kahlil Gibran

The last couple of years I have done my own version of Project 52, this year I decided to join in with Living Arrows devised by Karen over at What the Redhead Said

The Living Arrows project will comprise of me sharing a photo of displaying childhood from both Aoife and Cassius’ life each week! 

You may have noticed I have changed it to out of 53 weeks, that is because there is an extra Monday this year and not because I don’t know how many weeks there are in a year!

This week has been a rather quiet week compared to last weeks Living Arrows, as we have tried to settle into home life with two little ones. In all honesty, Cassius has just slotted in. Aoife on the other hand has been a bit challenging but I empathise some big changes happened very suddenly! 

Welcome to The Baby Boat Diaries edition of Living Arrows! 

Aoife – 2.1 Years Old

After feeling a bit cabin fevered we all took a walk out together to the local Aldi. We decided to take Aoife to the little park on the way but unfortunately a lot of the stuff was wet! She did enjoy splashing in muddy puddles and playing on the seesaw with Daddy though!

Cassius – 10 Days Old

This little gem has definately slotted right into the madness of home life with Aoife. Obviously being this young he sleeps and feeds and occasionally has wide eyed moments like the one above! According to midwife checks he lost 8.3% of his birth weight (5lb4oz to 4lb15oz) at his 5 day check but on Saturday he had gone back up to 5lb 1oz! Yay for boobs! 

I did say last week to look out for a birth story but haven’t yet finished that one but I hoping to post it on Thursday to celebrate two weeks of Cassius being here! 

Thanks for stopping by!

Siobhan x

Project 365 – 2/52

As part of my goal to take more meaninful photos and get more involved in blogging linky’s, this year I am taking part in project 365.

Project 365 involves taking a photo everyday and then sharing a weeks worth of photos at the end of every week. Here we have week 2…

Day 7 – 7/1/18


2 days after the birth of Cassius, it was discovered he was a bit jaundice. Aoife came with Luke to visit us at the hospital. She is completely smitten and couldn’t stop looking at baby! 

Day 8 – 8/1/18

Day 4 in hospital following Cassius’ birth! It was a bit of a lonely one to be honest with you as I didn’t really have any visitors, and really missed seeing Aoife and Luke! 

Day 9 – 9/1/18

After what felt like forever we finally came home from the hospital! Luke had set up the Next-to-Me crib ready but Cassius is looking very lost in it! 

Day 10 – 10/1/18

Managed to get both of the babies asleep and settled 😍 yay for boobs!

Day 11 – 11/1/18

My first venture out since Cassius’ birth. We went for a stroll down to the local park and popped into Aldi for some bits. I definately felt it after 🙈 you forget how long it takes to body to heal and be able to do the things you used to do!

Day 12 – 12/1/18

Some attempt to get a nice sibling photo! Aoife wanted to hold him by herself! 

Day 13 – 13/1/18

A post party, tired toddler face!

Thanks for popping by!

See you again next week, 

Siobhan x

Living Arrows – 2/53 (2018)

You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth” – Kahlil Gibran

The last couple of years I have done my own version of Project 52, this year I have decided to join in with Living Arrows devised by What The Redhead Said

Living Arrows will comprise of me sharing a moment of childhood from Aoife’s life each week, and will include Baby Boat 2 a.k.a. Cassius from this week seeing as he decided to arrive 6 weeks earlier than expected!

Week 2 of 2018 has certainly been a busy week full of surprises so not only do I have an image of Aoife to share with you, I also have a photo of Baby Boat 2; our little Cassius!

Welcome to The Baby Boat Diaries edition of Living Arrows. 

Aoife, 2.1 Years Old.

Here we have Aoife attempting to fit in the cot at the hospital 😂 the little angel has coped so well with all the change thrown at her! Cannot wait to get home and catch up on cuddles with her!

Cassius, 3 Days Old.

My teeny tiny little man made his entry earthside this week, only 5 weeks and 6 days before his expected due date! We are still in hospital at the moment but he is a little trooper and has taken to the breast like a little champ! Look out for a birth story post hopefully at some point this week!

See you again next week!

Siobhan x

Project 365 – 1/52

As part of my process to take more meaningful photos and get more involved in blogging linky’s, this year I am taking part in Project 365. 

Project 365 involves taking a photo everyday and then sharing a weeks worth of photos at the end of every week! So here goes nothing! Welcome to week 1 of 2018!

Day 1 – 1/1/18

The only photo I have on my camera roll of 1st January! The effects of a late night on N.Y.E. taking a toll on Aoife!

Day 2 – 2/1/18

There is nothing like taking some time out to relax together. I am making most of opportunities like these with my big girl as I have no idea if these moments will be able to happen as much one Baby Boat 2 arrives!

Day 3 – 3/1/18

I couldn’t resist this gorgeous Winnie the Pooh set from Primark!

Day 4 – 4/1/18

No photos on this day and you’ll soon see why!

Day 5 – 5/1/18

Our little dude having snuggles with his super proud daddy 💙 this little guy decided to come earthside 6 weeks before his due date! 

Day 6 – 6/1/18

After being incredibly sleepy most of his first day, little dude finally latched and had a feed from the breast! Boobs ftw!

See you next week!

Hopefully it’s a little less eventful haha!

Siobhan xxx

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