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Huxley

An Instagram Birth Story

June 8, 2012
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  The very last pregnancy photo / trying to relax with Balamory In my naive, blissed-out natural birth-planning state, labour was to go one way, and one way only. The labour niggles would begin, I’d take a paracetamol and get some sleep, take a bath, strap on my TENS machine if it all got a bit much and head into hospital. I’d be bout 6cm dilated and use gas and air before asking for an epidural and get told it…

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Huxley Pregnancy

The Homecoming

May 23, 2012
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  We came home yesterday. Let me tell you, a whole week in hospital on a hot, noisy maternity ward with your new baby really makes you think about and appreciate the small things. Especially when neither of you are ill so the stay seems kind of futile. I  tried to view it as extra healing time for me and extra bonding time with Hux, but I missed Elfie and our home so so much. Our families were brilliant and…

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Pregnancy

36 Weeks Pregnant

April 23, 2012
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  I AM SO TIRED. If you follow me on Twitter you may or may not have noticed me mention that maybe once or twice recently. Or eighty-two times. But it’s very true, this stage of pregnancy is so physically demanding it’s difficult not to fall into bed at every opportunity, or moan about it on the internet whilst on the sofa watching the haircut episode of Balamory for the twentieth time. Luckily Elfie is still napping for around 2…

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Elfie

A Birth Story

April 17, 2012

Don’t worry – I haven’t secretly given birth over the weekend (though the contractions I’ve been having since I overdid it on the wedding dancefloor on Saturday night have been something else). As we’ve been making plans for this next birth I’ve enjoyed reminiscing about the experience I had with  Elfie. An ‘Elective’ Caesarian (though I hate the word ‘Elective’, she was breech so there was nothing elective about it) it was a wonderful experience and  I can’t believe this was…

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Elfie

Life with Elfie as a Poorly Baby

July 14, 2011
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I‘ve been wanting to write about Elfie’s condition for a little while, to record what it’s like to live with a little one who has different needs to normal babies. Elfie was born with a very very rare genetic condition. She is about one in a very small number of people in the whole world who suffer with this: it’s so rare that there isn’t much research to go on so Googling (my usual saviour) didn’t help when she was…

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Elfie

Archived: Hospital Beds

April 12, 2011
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I originally wrote this on 22nd October 2010, around the time Elfie was first diagnosed with her condition. It’s still hard for me to read; I feel a lot of guilt even though I logically know it wasn’t my fault she was so very poorly but the thought that we could have lost our little girl is unbearable. I write this in hospital, sitting by Elfie’s bedside, which is where I’ve been since 5pm on Tuesday. We have been so…

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Elfie

….what now?

April 11, 2011
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I started this blog really excited about the possibilities that lay ahead, and so pleased I’d have somewhere to write. Since then it hasn’t gone as planned as I have channeled most of my innermost thoughts into writing Digital Strategies and perfecting the art of getting up at 5.30am on a three glass of wine hangover. I have mastered one of these things so far; I will let you decide which. Our weekend was horrendously busy, in completely the wrong way. Rather…

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Elfie

Hospital Beds, part II

October 29, 2010

This post originally appeared in my old blog, www.the-alice.co.uk Saturday and Sunday were great. It was so nice to be home, to have a glass of wine in front of the TV (my latest business idea: wine bars in hospitals). Proper food tasted amazing! On Monday morning we were back to the hospital for more blood tests. The results were fair, a couple of dosages of drugs were increased but that’s to be expected as her diagnosis is ironed out.…

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Elfie

Homecoming!

October 24, 2010

This post originally appeared at my old blog, www.the-alice.co.uk. Phew. We are home. We got back yesterday afternoon and spent the rest of the day all snuggling on the sofa, exhausted after our 5 night stay. My home was a fold-out camp bed next to Elfie’s cot, lumpy and cold. Will stayed with us until 4am the first night in a hard chair next to us, then the next night in a free hospital bed, but was made to go…

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Elfie

Hospital beds

October 22, 2010

This post originally appeared in my old blog, www.the-alice.co.uk I write this in hospital, sitting by Elfie’s bedside, which is where I’ve been since 5pm on Tuesday. We have been so concerned about Elfie’s weight and after another disappointing visit from a paediatric nurse last week I decided enough was enough and rushed her to the GP. He referred her to the Paeds clinic at the hospital and after alarming results from a blood test on Tuesday morning we were…

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Elfie Pregnancy

Happy Birthday, Elfie!

July 12, 2010

This post originally appeared in my old blog, www.the-alice.co.uk When I first found out I was pregnant and started writing my blog, the ‘Birth Story’ post was the one I was looking forward to writing the most. I imagined it would involve a birthing pool, a bit of hypnobirthing and if I’m honest a good old measure of pain relief. But we know that wasn’t the birth I was to have, so really my birth story began 2 weeks before…

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