I woke in the night with chagrin,
The babe sought to escape from within
We did a quick race
From our home to The Base
And out popped sweet Timothy Flynn.
Which is quite corny, but I liked it. Our public hospital is called the Base Hospital, and it's referred to as "the Base" - I hope that makes sense.
I hadn't gone out of my way to tell my blog that we knew we were having a little boy, but it wasn't exactly a secret. Now that it's definitely out though, I can post this one I wrote after the ultrasound:
We're having (from the ultrasound) another little DUDE.
It seems it would be prudent to start budgeting for food.
Although the food, financially, will surely be the worst,
It seems that we will need another fridge and freezer first.
Maybe I'd posted that already and forgot, and now I don't have time to go back and check. Sorry if you'd heard that one before.
He was born the day before his due date, about 30 hours before I was booked for an induction - something the doctor wanted to avoid after a previous caesarean. Many things were tried, but they all failed one by one: walking, hot food, essential oils, etc. In the end, a day of bouncing gently on an exercise ball did the trick - or maybe it was the Thai for lunch and Mexican for dinner - or maybe it was the psychological power of LOOKING at a bottle of castor oil that I was too nervous to actually TAKE for fear of too-strong contractions. At any rate, by midnight we were wondering if it was 'Time', by 2am we were calling my Mum and Birth Suite, by 3am the midwife was thinking that it was certainly 'Time' ... and then things are fuzzy for me. I guess that because he was born at 3:23am, whatever happened in those gas-hazed moments was pretty crucial.
Feeding is fun with expressed milk in a bottle! Soon this fun will be over and we'll feed the usual way (prayforus), but for the moment, everyone is enjoying this bit (and so am I, because I have chosen to do it this way BEFORE the crying and blood and countless people checking the attachment only to declare that it's right, it just hurts.)
This little superhero turned three, and we bought a proper cake from a shop, after my disastrous attempt with Jessie's cake in April which I didn't blog because - sigh. We are seriously considering buying cakes for family birthdays from now on because they are SO NICE! This one was superb! 'Bleurgh' to homemade cakes, particularly mine because I cut corners.
And now I will get back to snuggling with this handsome little prince, as well as driving our new car (where can I unnecessarily drive to today? Whee!), fixing interminable problems with Woody's birthday gifts, driving Buzz and Jessie to and from school, breaking up fights, managing the kitchen and the laundry as best I can, trying to cap my unreasonable rage at some highly-expensive, professionally-fitted, terribly-posh maternity bras that ceased to fit me a week after I bought them (and now there's no hope), and dealing with potential depressive illness in a sadly neglected family dog. And hugging Mr de Elba, who helps me with all of the above except the bra issue.