July 2017

The Mother Side / 2017 / July

This is my tale of how our gorgeous son, Lorcan, joined our family in the wider world. A tricky history: Lorcan's birth was preceded 2 years earlier by the arrival of our healthy little girl. Despite a healthy and positive pregnancy, it was a truly agonising and traumatic labour: I found myself laying in fear on my back on a hospital bed, under continuous monitoring, attached to a drip to keep me hydrated and under pressure to accept syntocinon. Fifty hours after regular contractions starting and at 9.5cm dilated we were...

I always thought that parenting was going to get easier as my children got older! Once they were young independent adults! If I am totally honest, it was what kept me pushing through in the younger years! ‘When they are more independent this will be easier!’ ‘I can’t wait for the days when we can go away for a few days and leave them at home!’ ‘When they go on holiday with friends and we have some peace and quiet!’ OH, HOW NAIVE I WAS! What I never anticipated (and what hit me like a...

It was early August, we were in the middle of a heatwave and I was 5 days overdue. I had absolutely loved my pregnancy and whilst I wasn't completely fed up yet, I was definitely ready to get things moving! So on a hot and sunny Tuesday afternoon I went for a long, laboured waddle around Audley End park. Later that evening I was sitting on my birthing ball (the only comfortable spot in the house), eating spaghetti bolognese and I felt a twinge. I wondered if this was really it, or just a false alarm. As...