So 12 weeks ago, I gave birth to my second girl. Towards the end of my third trimester I stopped writing as I had so much going on in my life personally finding time to write was just not possible. Twelve weeks in – I am finally finding my feet, feeling more like me again.
I spent weeks 34 to 38 of my pregnancy in and out of hospital appointments, scans and of all things breast clinics. On top of my gestational diabetes, my baby decided to stop growing and I discovered a lump in my right breast. Of all the things I had been through the lump was the worst. I couldn’t find it in me to write without bursting into tears and what my life had become – I was a ball of anxiety and fear.
In week 37, I got my lump biopsied and luckily it was a fibroadenoma which is a non – malignant lump. This horrible lump will be getting removed when I stop feeding my baby as I hate it with a passion. It needs to go.
In week 38, I got induced as my girl’s weight according to scans plummeted from the 90th percentile, to the 50th – in reality she was born in the 20th percentile which is all the more horrifying because how could all those scans be so so wrong?!
The labour was 2 hours long from start to finish once it started but my girls heart beat kept dropping to below safe levels. There was no calm labour for this small girl. She was pulled into this world as quickly as possible. She was not breathing when she arrived – I saw her for 30 seconds max, before they took her away. It was 15 – 20 minutes before they brought her back to me.
But my girl is here. She is safe. We are 12 weeks in, that’s right, 3 months and how that time has flown. For all the stress, anxiety and health problems I faced – we made it. Through the 4 days in hospital due to small miss having low blood sugar, the jaundice which nearly saw us hospitalised again, the anxiety around would I be able to breast feed or not and the many sleepless nights. We made it.
So to all the mama’s to be out there and, well, to the all the mama’s in general facing their very own battles – I hear you. I have your back. We have to stick together. Pregnancy, birthing, motherhood – what a journey it takes us on.
Oh and welcome to the world Isla Dawn – You are very much loved and adored.