Saturday, 25 July 2015

My baby girl is here!

Yep! I had my baby at 35 weeks! She just couldn't wait to be here :) If you follow me on instagram, you will now that I was admitted to the hospital on my 28th birthday (15.07), because I started bleeding all of a sudden. 

It was scary and I totally panicked. Thank god I had my hospital bag packed. I was just over 34 weeks pregnant at the time and still needed some bits and bobs for me and baby. Long story short... I was kept in the hospital for a couple of days and the night before I was meant to go home, my waters broke and I started getting contractions. Typical, eh? I couldn't believe it. There was no stopping my little girl and she was coming one way or another. 

I was supposed to have an elective section due to her size anyway, so I knew what was going to happen, I just imagined that I will know the date and it will be around 38 weeks, not totally unexpected and 5 weeks before my due date. 

On Friday, after my waters broke, I was up all night with contractions and strapped to a CTG machine to keep an eye on baby's heartbeat. After seeing lots of doctors etc, a decision was made that I need a section asap and it will happen on Saturday morning. My belly was on a a verge of bursting with veins popping out and new stretch marks appearing daily... Seriously... Turns out that I had severe polyhydramnios, which means that there was a ridiculous amount of water around the baby. They sucked upover 4 litres and there was even more on the floor, plus whatever I lost when my waters broke the night before. The midwives were shocked and apparently they have never seen polyhydramnios that severe! 

It was a totally different experience than my 1st emergency section, as I was fully aware of what was happening. With Zachary, I was in full -blown labour, in another world, high on gas & air etc and I thought I was dying. This time was much more relaxed, although... I was freaking out because I was aware of all the needles, drips etc... Oh... You should see my arms... covered in bruises :(

After all the prep, I was taken into the theatre and Mia Eve was born at 13.12, weighing... wait for it... 10lb 10oz (4.810kg)!!! I was in shock! I am not surprised that she decided to appear early. Can you imagine the size of her at 40 weeks? And I was planning to do it naturally... Thankfully, the doctors knew better and advised me against it. 

Considering the fact, that I was only diagnosed with gestational diabetes a week before Mia was born, I am pretty sure that my condition was simply undetected for a while. Well... we will never know. The good thing is - my sugar levels are back to normal and I don't need insulin or anything so it's a massive relief! I am going for a 6 week check-up at the clinic just to make sure obviously, but I have been eating normally for a week now, checking my glucose levels after meals etc and they are fine.

Unfortunately, due to the gestational diabetes, Mia's insulin levels were affected, so she had to be kept in Intensive Care for a while to stabilise things etc. It is heartbreaking not having her home with me yet (she is a week old today!), but I am sure she will be with us soon. Obviously, my exclusive breastfeeding plans were out the window due to her being pre-term etc, but I will keep expressing as much as I can and might introduce her to the breast soon. We will see. I will get advice from my midwives and doctors to help me decide what to do. At the moment, we visit her every day and I express my breast milk for her. Not much, but it's better than nothing. More about that in future blog posts.

My c-section recovery is going ok. There isn't much pain anymore and I am only taking paracetamol when I am going to the hospital (just in case I end up in agony), but it just feels like I have no core strength and I still waddle a bit. Also... my wound started to open up a bit... VOM! It's not as bad as it sounds though, just a 1cm gap and it's not sore or anything. It will heal.

Because they pump you full of fluids during the c-section, my left leg is all swollen and it looks like I have elephantitis, but hey... it will go down soon. I also experienced an allergic reaction to the anti-clotting injections and I have two massive red, inflamed and super itchy circles of rash on both sides of my tummy. It looks disgusting, I am not gonna lie.

Not what I imagined and totally unexpected, but I am now a mum of 2! I can't believe it! Zachary and daddy are absolutely in love with out little girl as well and she is doing well, so it's all good. She will be with us in no time, I just have to stay strong, recover quickly and try not to cry too much.

On top of all that, my husband had a car accident the weekend before I was admitted to the hospital. A girl who just passed her test crashed into him. He's ok (except the whiplash and some scratches on his neck from the seatbelt), but his car is his business so he's out of work and we were given a hire car by insurance etc and it's a bit of a pain. We will get through it though.

Sandra x



  1. Blimey she is big but adorable! Glad you are all well, I'm sure she will be home soon an will want lots of mummy cuddles!
    Kirsty x


  2. Aww what a beaut! Congrats to you all. My SIL had my nephew 2 weeks ago and thought 8 pounds 15 was big!

  3. Congratulations! She is absolutely beautiful! X
    Charlotte - Charlotte Sophia Roberts

  4. Gosh what crazy couple of weeks you've had! Congratulations again lovely, Mia is such a beauty! x

    Liza | Glambeautys | YouTube

  5. Congratulations she's beautiful!!
    Asia x
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  6. Woah, what a birth story! And wow what an incredible weight at only 35 weeks, blimey! She is scrummy, congratulations xx

  7. Congratulations she's is lovely! I hope she's home with you all soon x

    Jenny | That Northern Gal

  8. She is so beautiful, congratulations to you all! I hope she will be home with you very soon xx

  9. Well done to you all - so pleased for you, but I hope that Mia will be home soon. Lots of love x

  10. Blimey, sounds like you've been through a lot in the last week. I still can't get over how big she is considering she was five weeks early. My little girl were only 9 days early and weighed 5lb 9oz. She seems like she'll thrive, and I think she'll be home before you know it. Congratulations and good luck xx

    Kate | A British Sparkle

  11. Such a chubby little bunny, congratulations Sandra, and good luck with baby number two :) xx

  12. Congratulations! She is beautiful xx

  13. Congratulaions, my baby girl (also called Mia) was born at 35 weeks too, after the doctors found out I had really bad preeclampsia and induced me, it was all very crazy! I hope your little one will be home with you soon and you can settle down as a lovely family of 4 :) xxx

  14. She's a beaut! My 'little' sister was 10-09 and her daughter was 10-10! Having said that my Dad was only 5 1/2 lbs & he ended up 6' 3"! Fingers crossed she'll be home soon xxx

  15. A lot of congratulations and wish you good health and happiness tiny princess and her mother! Mia is a beautiful baby, and you've got to be very proud of her :) Whether you meet only good things, Lea (sorry for my English, I do not write often comment on nothing, but here I had to :)

  16. Congratulations Sandra! You've been through everything haven't you, bless you! Glad to see she is doing well <3

    Megan xo
    Thumbelina Lillie | UK Beauty & Fashion Blog

  17. Congratulations Sandra! She looks beautiful. Glad you are all doing ok (husband included!) xx

  18. Congratulations.... She's gorgeous. All the best for your recovery.

  19. My gosh, Sandra. Congratulations!!

  20. Congrats on the beautiful baby girl! I'm sure soon she will be coming home and spending tons of times with her big bro .

  21. Cute baby, hope she grow up healthy.

  22. Congratulations Sandra :) I saw your post on insta and I was shocked at how much she weighs! I'm glad you don't need insulin etc anymore!

    Emily // Beauty and Lifestyle Blog


  23. Congrats! <3

    It's important that you are all okay <3


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