Danielle’s Labour Story

Friday morning, hubby and I woke up at 5:30 am when my alarm went off. I reset it for quarter to six while we cuddled and talked about the coming day. We had to be at the hospital for induction at 7:30 am.  i made hubby breakfast and myself a cup of raspberry leaf tea. I was too nervous and excited to eat.
Mum came up to the house at 6:30 am to look after miss monkey and master monster while we left for the hospital. The drive into town was quiet and peaceful. We reached the maternity ward just before 7:30 am and were placed into a labour room within minutes of being there. We then waited around for an hour for someone to let us know what was happening.
A hospital midwife came in around 8:30 am to put me on a CTG machine to monitor baby. I was on it for half an hour before my own midwife arrived and checked my cervix to see how ready my body was for labour and to make the decision of whether to break my waters or to insert the gel used to induce labour. To everyone’s surprise, I was already 3-4 cm dilated and she could feel baby’s head easily.  She decided to break my waters. I had to stay on the CTG machine for the next half hour just to monitor baby and see if breaking my waters was enough to start contractions. I began to have some minor niggles in my back but nothing that showed on the CTG machine.
Just before 10 am I was finally allowed off the CTG machine while my midwife prepared the drip for my induction. Hubby and I went for a walk around the ward to get him a cup of coffee from the waiting room. Then it was back on the bed for the CTG machine and the drip to be inserted at 10:30 am. I was also informed at this time that I’ll have to be injected with an antibiotic once labour was established as my Strep B swab test had come back positive. After 15 minutes or so I was allowed to get off the bed and sit on my ball for a while as long as it didn’t interfere with the CTG machine monitoring baby and the contractions. By this time I had already started to feel the contractions started by the drip.
At 11:00 am, hubby, my midwife and I discussed whether he should leave to go pick up Mum and the kids to be there for the birth (something which could take an hour minimum) or whether there was no time. My midwife decided to check my cervix again so we could base our decision on that. I was 5-6 cm dilated and baby’s head was even further down than before. There would be no time for hubby to go pick up Mum and the kids before this baby was going to be born. My midwife increased the drip from 6 ml/hr to 12 ml/hr (second stage of drip induction) and the contractions started to get stronger. I managed to keep breathing through them for the next 45 minutes or so and then I began to need the gas to help get me through them. Within 10 minutes of beginning the gas I began to feel the urge to push as if I needed to do a painful poo. I made a small pained noise alerting my midwife and she came to check my cervix again. I was fully dilated and baby was crowning.
Just minutes after birth
Hubby switched on the camera on his phone and hurried into position so he could film the birth (video to be posted later). The back up midwife was sent for the house doctor who had requested to attend the birth for experience. She didn’t get to our room in time. Miss leprechaun was born within minutes of the first urge to push at 12:06 pm. she was placed straight on my chest and within 10 minutes was mouthing for her first feed.
Miss Leprechaun
While I fed her, I delivered the placenta and received stitches for the tear that was caused by the speed of the birth. After that, miss leprechaun was weighed and measured. She was 8 lb 5 oz and 53 cm long. My heaviest and longest baby yet.

Already an expect feeder

View birth video here.


Sony Vaio Laptop

In August last year, hubby bought me a brand new Sony Vaio laptop as a very early birthday present because I was sick of our HP laptop turning off every time the power cord was pulled out. It was lovely and light and fast and pink.
But in the last month it’s started falling apart. No where near a year old and the plastic around the hinges started breaking bits off. The pink cover on the lid kept unclipping and one of the inner metal hinges has completely come out from the inside. Then the base started to unclip as well.
Now, today, has come the final straw. The keyboard started playing up. The shift button wouldn’t work properly. Then the backspace button stopped working. And the @ sign would randomly press itself a few dozen times without prompting. It got to the stage where I just couldn’t type with it.
So I’m now back on the HP laptop and my pink Sony laptop is being sent for repairs, if it can be repaired, that is.
I don’t seem to have much luck with laptops.


Dying hair while pregnant

There is nothing quite like a change of hair colour to give a woman an upbeat feeling. Especially when she is heavily pregnant and feeling over it! Which is what I did today, and boy, do I feel so much happier. I didn’t go a huge difference in colour. I mostly just wanted to go a little darker for Autumn and to cover the grey hairs that had started to peep through again.
I’ve had grey hairs since just after having miss monkey but I’ve been dying my hair since I was 12 (you can thank my sister for that!). So every now and then, I like to have a bit of a change with my hair and since hubby doesn’t like me cutting my hair too short and too often, my only other option is to dye my hair!
New colour: chestnut brown
Now, there is a lot of controversy about dying your hair while pregnant. There are many in the “don’t do it” camp and many in the “it’s fine” camp and they aren’t just the mums discussing this. This can come from hair dressers and medical staff as well. The main concern is whether or not the chemicals used in dying hair affects the baby at all.
So just a couple of pointers if you’re wanting to dye your hair while you are pregnant:
  • When dying your hair yourself, check the ingredients and the warning labels of the dye you want to use. If you are at all worried about the chemicals in the hair dye, use a natural organic version. You can often find these in your local organic store.
  • When using a professional hair dresser, ask them what their policies are in regards to dying the hair of pregnant clients. Some hairdressers will do it and some will not. Also remember that each hair dresser will probably use different types of chemicals in their dyes and that may be the reason they will not dye the hair of pregnant clients.
  • Most importantly, if you are at all concerned about the affects of dying your hair while pregnant, talk to your leading maternity carer.

The Shark Steam Lite Mop

Shark Steam Lite Mop
My apologies to those who have been waiting for this post which I was meant to do on Wednesday. After my busy day with hospital appointments I just didn’t have the energy to do much housework then and so I decided to try out the steam mop on my usual mopping day which is Friday instead. So here it is.
Ready to roll
I found the mop reasonably easy to use. It is very light, even lighter than the vacuum cleaner, and the head swivels to get into the tighter spaces. The cleaning pad whips on and off so you can chuck them into the wash and you get two of them so you can still mop while one is still being washed.
Kitchen floor pre mop

As with any mopping, you have to either sweep or vacuum beforehand, which I did with the hard floor attachment on my vacuum.

Kitchen floor post mop
It works quite fast and doesn’t take at all long for the water to heat up enough to steam clean. I did have to go over a few spots an extra time to clean up certain marks but otherwise I am happy with the job that it does.
Cleaning pad after use.
It took 2 tank fills to do all my hard floor areas which include kitchen, both bathrooms and toilet, and the lino area in our bedroom but because I could use water straight from the tap, I didn’t have to wait around for a jug to boil or anything like that.


The New Vacuum Part 2 | Product Review

Right, so I’m still pretty impressed with this new vacuum. I vacuumed again today (yes I usually vacuum every day, don’t act so surprised) and still managed to pick up quite a bit!
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Shark Navigator Lift Away Pro
Today rather than judging each room individually I vacuumed all of them in one go and then had a look.
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The contents of all carpet areas in the house in one go on day 2.
Then I went down to mum’s cottage that I have neglected for the last month while the old vacuum was broken.
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The contents of mum’s lounge
It took me 3.5 empties of the container just to do mum’s lounge and one to do her bedroom.
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The contents of mum’s bedroom
After doing this cottage I got out the attachments and tried out the lift away section with the hard floor head and the extended wand.
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Vacuum in lift away hard floor mode
I completed all the hard floors in my house in this mode. This includes the kitchen, the main toilet, the main bathroom/laundry room, our bathroom and the lino area outside it.
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The after results
You would think, seeing as these floors are swept fairly regularly that they would be clean right? Oh well, at least you get 3 of the pads and they they can be chucked straight into the wash afterwards!
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Extended wand mode
Next was the extended wand mode to do the ceilings and corners for spiders etc. I didn’t take an after photo. Spider webs don’t take up a lot of room.
My thoughts, the lift away section was reasonably light enough while doing the hard floors but by the time I got to the extended wand section my arms were starting to feel like they were getting a work out. It was a little bit awkward carrying both the handle and the container while moving around the room but it was manageable and I’ll probably become a pro at it before long. I did find that the extended wand reach wasn’t quite long enough and the tube part not quite stretchy enough to comfortably reach my ceiling but again it’s something that I’ll most likely get used to doing before long.
Over all, I’d rate this vacuum as worth getting and using.
Check in tomorrow for my thoughts on the Shark Steam Mop.

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The Shark Navigator Vacuum

So my new vacuum arrived today much to my excitement. The courier man laughed at me, saying he’s never met anyone so excited about a vacuum cleaner before. I replied to him that he would be excited too if he’d spent the last month trying to vacuum with a broken cleaner and having to resort to getting on hands and knees to do so!
Shark Navigator Lift Away Pro and Shark Steam Mop
Due to getting this through a 30 day trial before actual purchase we also got the steam mop free.
Vacuum set up and ready to go
 Of course before I could try it out I had to finish what I was already in the process of doing which was stripping miss monkey’s bedroom of all her toys and most of her clothing as the warned consequence of not cleaning it on Sunday when she was told to.
Monkey’s room before I hit it
It took me a good couple of hours to clear her room of everything but a few items of clothing and her furniture. The idea is that she has to earn her stuff back through chores and good behaviour.
The stuff that was removed from her room
Only one of the boxes is filled with clothing. The rest are all toys!
Monkey’s room after I hit it with the new vacuum
I was pretty disgusted with what came out of the carpets in monkey’s bedroom.
The contents of dust/dirt that came out of the carpet in monkey’s bedroom
Next I hit the lounge with the vacuum.
The floor before vacuuming
What came out of the lounge carpet
Then was master monster’s bedroom and the hall way.
What came out of monster’s bedroom carpet and the hall way carpet
And lastly and the definite most disgusting award goes to my own bedroom and the baby’s room!
What came out of my bedroom and miss leprechaun’s bedroom carpets
Colour me impressed with this machine!
It is reasonably light and fairly easy to move around the room. There are a few things that I would change if I could such as the cord has to be held to prevent it getting in the way and the power head doesn’t lift up to different levels like my Wertheim 3060 does. But those things are easily enough to live with. The suction is great as you can see from the container which I should point out that I emptied after each photo!
I have yet to try out the hard floor head or the lift away section but I’ll be doing that tomorrow along with a second run of the whole house. I’ll also be trying it out on mum’s cottage which has been sadly neglected since my Wertheim handle broke due to just being too difficult to vacuum the house with let alone attempting her cottage as well! That will be a real test since her carpet is also covered with dog hair.
I also plan to try out the steam mop on Wednesday.


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TTC Series: So what else can you do?

Once you know how your cycle works and understand the readings on your chart it’s time to work out the best method of conceiving your baby. One popular method is the Egg Meets Sperm Plan by Deanna Roy which ties in nicely with charting and works by doing the following:
  • have intercourse every other night
  • test with and OPK (Ovulation Predictor Kit) from day 8 of your cycle
  • when you get a positive OPK, have intercourse that night and the following 2 nights in a row then skip one night and try the following night
  • take a HPT (Home Pregnancy Test) 15 days after your positive OPK
  • if you do not get a positive OPK continue to have intercourse every other night until day 35 of your cycle and then take a HPT.
Deanna designed this method for conceiving a baby for women who have suffered a miscarriage and are trying again however many of my friends in my TTC group tried and successfully conceived a baby using this method even without suffering a miscarriage.
Deanna claims that provided the woman has a normal cycle and is faithful to following the egg meets sperm plan, 40% of women trying it conceive on the first cycle they try it in.