It all kicked off on Wednesday when my midwife dropped off my homebirth box (!), did routine check-up only to discover baby's head was now on my right side...little munchkin!
So I literally had to drop everything and head into hospital to confirm baby's position. The midwife said if the transverse position is confirmed they will be wanting to keep me in...WHAT?! I have only ever spent 1 night in hospital in my life and that was after I had Luca. And I HATED it and spent most of my time crying because I just wanted to be at HOME....
Anyhoo, my midwife (who is a friend) looked after the boys until Aunty Gretchie could get there (she did so within an hour because she's awesome!) while I quickly grabbed a few changes of clothes, undies and my crochet (the important stuff), ran for the bus (literally - also hoped that maybe the 50 meter dash for the bus might cause baby to go head-down again...), and met Austin outside the hospital all within about 10 minutes to spare before the Maternity Day Assessment closed which would have meant we would need to wait in triage for possibly hours to be seen...
So this really was God's favour on us as we were able to walk into the scan room upon arrival, get 2 scans done and see a Doctor without having to wait more than 2 minutes (truth!) between each of these.
But unfortunately it was confirmed baby had moved and, because I was classed as full-term (37 weeks) I would be staying in hospital from that moment until baby decides to turn (in which I could go home) or I go into labour. Reason for staying in is because of difficulties that arise when waters break or contractions start and the baby is transverse, they need to act quickly.
So yeah, that's the latest. It's now been 4 days and I was moved to a private room yesterday (thank you God!) as I wasn't getting any sleep being on the ward with ladies in early stages of labour all around me... And then there was the random screams from the labour ward up the corridor. Not cool.
Austin & the boys have visited me every day and I totally HANG OUT for their visits! I miss them very much. It was so weird going from a busy home environment with my wee men to being half bored to death and therefore thinking about them and missing them.
There have, once again, been many tears. Not only because i'm missing Austin, Luca and Beni and just want to be at HOME, but also because I had to let go of my 'ideals' for the delivery of this baby and just trust God and the medical staff that they know best.
Beni greeted me on my 2nd day here with a lovely bunch of roses. Of course I bawled my face off.
I am SO thankful to have my sister on hand to help out at the drop of a hat and friends who take our children for the night so Austin and I can snuggle up on the hospital bed and watch DVD's and just hang out together.
So family in NZ don't worry we are being looked after well!
Granny & Pop (austin's parents) arrive on Thursday (HOORAY!!) which will be a massive help also. SO EXCITED about seeing them and having them here with us over this exciting, and what has turned out to be eventful, time.
So I'm in here at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital until either baby turns on it's own or I get to 39 weeks in which case they will try turning the baby and if successful will induce labour. If unsuccessful it will need to be cesarean delivery which obviously wasn't even on the cards when I opted for a home birth (!), but hey, my number one priority is that this baby is healthy and safe.
I don't have Internet access here except for what I can get on my iPhone and I've just found an app I can use for blogger so we'll see if this works...?!
I'll do my best to keep you updated with the turning baby saga.
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