Alexander's birth story

I was initially scheduled for a c-section mid-September due to gestational diabetes. So mentally, that was what I had prepared myself for. I had imagined the birth as a very organised and civilized affair where we would just show up at the scheduled hour, get an epidural and then Tada!

BUT as it turns out, Alexander had some other plans...
It had been a particularly hot and gusty Spring day in September. (Stu told me later when he woke up that morning he had a strange feeling this change in weather might bring on an early labour.) At around 7 in the evening, I was in the kitchen cooking dinner when I suddenly felt an uncontrollable gush of water that came from deep inside me. It was the WEIRDEST feeling.

I cleaned myself up and rang Stu at work to let him know. He told me he would head home straight away and that I should ring the hospital and get myself ready to go. At that time, I was unconvinced that my waters had broken as the contractions hadn't started and the gushing had stopped. I even told Stu there was no need to hurry and that I'd ring the hospital after making dinner!

Luckily, Stu insisted that I ring the hospital immediately. As I stood up to move, another HUGE gush of water ran down my legs. And then another. Within minutes the contractions started - just mildly at first and then rapidly progressing to strong pains so great I couldn't even walk. Shortly after the contractions started, Stu got home and drove me to the hospital. In about 20 minutes, we arrived at the Mater Hospital. It was so obvious I was in labour that the people at reception immediately had me wheeled up to the maternity unit. My obstetrician was already there - it was such a huge relief to see her I managed a big smile despite the pain.

Soon, we met our mid-wife, Ben, who told us about "the plan". I was to have an emergency c-section in 30 minutes time. At that stage, all I could think about was pain relief and focusing on breathing to get through each contraction. I got dressed, a shave, my blood tested and a check for dilation (It was 3 centimetres). Then I was wheeled into the operating theatre, at which point the contractions were coming on so quickly and strongly I was barely aware of my surroundings, utterly exhausted and moaning like an animal.

I quickly received a spinal and an epidural, after which I was completely pain free from the abdomen down - what bliss! I was able to smile and talk like a normal person. By that time, Stu had changed into a hospital gown and joined me in theatre. We held hands and whispered I love yous to each other. All this time, an incision was being made in my abdomen. Apart from from some tugging and pulling, I felt absolutely no pain. Then there was pressure on my upper abdomen (like an elephant was sitting on me), the screen was lowered and there was my baby boy Alexander!

My eyes filled with happy tears. Alexander was wiped down and Stu did the cutting of the umbilical cord as I watched on a TV screen. Then a bawling, red, squirming Alexander was placed next to me. I turned, said hello to him and smiled at him and talked to him. I was so overwhelmed with emotions - elation, joy, relief, surprise, amazement. There are absolutely no words that can fully describe how I felt at that moment
After that, Stu left the operating theatre with Alexander for a weigh in and a series of tests while I got stitched up and monitored. Stu spent the first hour of Alexander's life with him in the nursery, cuddling, talking and getting to know his little boy.
After spending an hour in the recovery room, I was wheeled into the maternity ward where Alexander was brought to me for his first feed. He latched onto my breast quickly and started suckling immediately. Watching my little boy feed, I felt all that pain and discomfort and difficulties of the past nine months suddenly disappear and there was nothing but love for him and I know I would absolutely do this all over again.

60 Responses to Alexander's birth story

Ice Pandora said...

Oh sweetie, what a journey
you've gone through! Luckily
the procedure went good and
Alexander is all safe and
sound c; What a cutiepie,
and look at those hair! Xx

THERESA S said...

I love the way you tell your story. So real. I felt a real sense of presence and awareness for you. Congratulations on your beautiful boy. x

Jessica said...

You have such a beautiful family. I am so glad that everything went well and now you have an adorable little boy.

Tracy @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

Deanne Langford said...

glad he arrived safely and was able to feed so well!

FAIIINT said...

Huge congratulations Trishie! He is beautiful! I'm so glad that everything went well, despite the drama! :)

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

I had a c section too. I cried the moment they showed her to me. It was so overwhelmingly awesome. So glad everything turned out good. He's soooo handsome.

Our Neck of the Woods said...

Wow, he did have some plans of his own! It sounds like you had some pretty bad pain, but luckily you were able to get the epidural fairly quickly. I've never had any kids, but I can't imagine going through it without an epidural! I'm glad to hear everything went well :)

Beauty Box said...

Babies have a mind of their own, eh? So glad that everything turned out okay - healthy baby and mum are all that matters in the end. He's so cute and can't wait to see more posts about how both of you are doing :) Take care and rest well.

LittoMokaa said...

Congratulations!! Your baby boy is so adorable!

Rhiannon said...

Congratulations!

A beautiful birth story.

Pamela RG said...

Congratulations Trishie. I'm glad the birth of Alexander went well. He is a gorgeous baby!

My Garden Diaries said...

How beautiful!!!! Yes....doing it all over again is so worth it!!! It is the best joy there is in life!!!!!! I loved reading your story and am so glad that your husband told you to phone the hospital!!!! You enjoy your sweet bean friend!!!! What a blessing!!!!!

OtherMix said...

What a journey! I am very happy for the both of you! :]

Feronia said...

What a lovely birth story! And such lovely photos :)

burntfeather said...

What an incredible story, I love how life throws us on different paths, though so happy it ended in a beautiful baby :)

aliceinbo said...

Really beautiful!!!
Big kiss to your family!


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aliceinbo said...

Really beautiful!!!
Big kiss to your family!


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Andrea_TheKitchenLioness said...

Trishie, I am so very glad that you area all safe and happy and healthy - congratulations again on the birth of your very cute baby boy! We love his name, Alexander sounds wonderful!
Take the best of care of yourself and get plenty of rest (if possible)!
Hugs from all my girls and the best to you and your family!
Andrea

Belinda said...

What an amazing birth story! I can't wait to write mine when Rexy finally arrives!! :)

Belinda said...

What an amazing birth story! I can't wait to write mine when Rexy finally arrives!! :)

lizchewy said...

Congratulations!!! Alexander is such a precious baby boy and you have a beautiful family~~

Liz
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Tamara F said...

And during that time I was thinking of you, cause you told me you were in the hospital... What a journey you've been through! But you have a lovely baby boy now! :)

kissandmakeupsbeautyblog.com said...

What a story! It gave me goosebumps. You have a beautiful family :-)

Tina Bradley said...

Lovely story! Sounds like little Alexander is going to be a man in charge of his own destiny. :) So glad all are healthy and happily settled in! Hugs, T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

Peach Macarons said...

Loved hearing about your experience. It's so special and intimate. Just beautiful x
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Sarah Jane said...

Alexander is so adorable & you wrote about his birth so well. Congrats again to you both!!!
Sarah x

Diva In Me said...

Aww..congrats to both of you! Welcome to the world, Alexander. You are one lucky boy =)
Alexander is a nice name. I'm glad everything went well with you and Stu was with you all the time =)

Imogen Eve said...

Congratulations. What a lovely birth story. And what a gorgeous name, for a gorgeous baby boy.

Sam said...

Aww thanks for sharing your wonderful heartwarming story with us. Alexander is so sweet!

Mary Jo @trustyourstyle said...

Your story and the photos just bring tears to my eyes, it's really such a miracle, the whole process. Can't wait to see more photos of your sweet new baby :)
xo Mary Jo

MaysaAndSunshine said...

Congratulations on the birth of your angel. What a wonderful birth story, it is one of those memories which will always hold a special place in your heart for years to come.

Hanna Lee said...

Utterly precious :) Thank u for sharing this wonderful new chapter in ur life! Many congratulations!!
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Jane said...

so beautiful~ thank you for sharing this lovely story~~ congrats once again~~~

Joyce Olson said...

Oh, such a precious birth story-brought tears to my eyes. You are a beautiful and dear family-many Blessings always!
Jemma

Anouka K said...

Trishie, thanks for sharing this personal story! Alexander is so handsome, and great to finally see Stu as well. Sending you lots of love.

Winnie said...

Oh this is so lovely. I have no idea about childbirth but this was so detailed - but in a completely unscary way. I am so pleased you had an uncomplicated birth and that little Alexander was healthy and doing well! Congratulations to a brand new little family!!

Victoria // Oh So Pretty said...

Oh my goodness, Trish your story is amazing, made my heart melt and brought tears to my eyes! Thank God for such a beautiful, healthy baby baby - Alexander!! Thank you so much for sharing the story with us, I'm so glad everything went well! xo

Jessica (Coco/Mingo) said...

Congrats Trishie! Alexander is the cutest ever, and what a story!! A moment you will treasure forever. xo!!

Julia said...

What a wonderful birth story. I am so glad everything went well for you. Your have such a beautiful family! Enjoy your new little bundle of joy.

jo said...

Hey Trishie, I love your story and what a journey! Thank goodness for the epidural. I had one too, best thing ever! Congratulations on your beautiful boy and I'm happy that you're enjoying motherhood.

xo Jo

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cquek said...

thanks for sharing your story with us. "The moments. The moments that you will remember forever. The ones of laughing until you cried, that perfect night, and the feeling of love in your arms.

Gaby said...

Great story Trish. And i think it's awesome that Alexander chose his own birth day. You know he was ready, which is so important. xx

susan@avintagefarmwife said...

What a little doll! Congratulations on the birth of your little angel! I related to so much of your birth story because it is similar to mine. I ended up having an unplanned C-section and the way you described it was just the way it was. My water broke too-how crazy was that?!

Enjoy your sweet little boy!

Kate Sullivan Corpuz said...

Congratulations! Your son is just precious~

always, koru kate

Angel Y. said...

Such a beautiful story! I'm so glad the C section went well. Alexander is such a cutie! I hope you are doing well <3

Mitha Komala said...

aww he is just too cute! congratulations for your new member dear<3

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Imogen said...

Wow that is quite a story. My sister was born in that same hospital (although obviously quite awhile ago now). So beautiful, amazing pictures. This is truly gorgeous

Hi! I am LiLi! said...

So precious. I was just in California last July to be with my sister-in-law and my big brother in the delivery room for the arrival of their second child, a son.

Congrats again, Trishie and Stu. Such a beautiful boy.

Gillian said...

So lovely! Thanks for sharing your birth story with us. I had a c-section for my youngest and know what you mean about the blessed relief of the epidural! Hope you're all doing ok. xx

Linda said...

Beautifully written...
You and Stu are a lovely couple...
And...
Alexander makes 3!!!

Cheers!
Linda :o)

rooth said...

What a sweet looking little boy and I'm so happy he's finally here. Alexander, we've been waiting for you!

Susannah said...

First up, you're on to a good thing with Stu. He's really in tune with everything! Thanks for sharing all the details of your birth story. I'm so glad everything turned out so well in spite of the rush. What a lovely family you are, I wish you all the best for the future :D xx sparkle2day.com

Amy @ Elephant Eats said...

So glad you shared your birth story! Sometimes you just have to expect the unexpected...it sounds like Alex wanted to meet you even sooner :) I can't even imagine how emotional it must be to give birth!

Arni @ Travel Gourmande said...

Oh wow! Happy to hear how well it all went. Congratulations! I can feel your elation while reading your post.

:: Lavender's Green :: said...

Oh, he is just perfect! What a gorgeous little man you have.

x Jasmine

Not Just A Pretty Dress said...

Trishie, Alexander is so beautiful and I'm glad to hear that everything went well. I really wish you all the best! Caterina

caise said...

congratulations!

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Trishie,

How beautiful reading of the safe arrival of darling little Alexander.
He is so precious and adorable and so happy for your little family.
Sending hugs
Carolyn

TalkingThirty said...

What a beautiful story! Love that you were able to watch your hubby cut the cord and see what was going on through a TV screen! I am also a c-section mama, but they didn't have a TV screen in my OR! I didn't even know they offered that at some hospitals. Now I feel a bit jealous that you got to see all that! But glad for you. :) Congratulations!

Pink Ronnie said...

Oh wow, I only just read this Trishie, thanks so much for sharing this story with us!
Ronnie xo