Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Still here

So I'm still here and still waiting. I had the membrane sweep last Thursday, but it doesn't seem to have made any difference. The latest news is that if nothing happens before this Friday, I'll be going into hospital then for a caesarian.

The caesarian is by my own choice, not dictated by medical need, but weighing up the options, I believe it's the best choice for me and my family. If I had chosen induction, then it could still have been 24 hours or more and I could still have ended up needing a caesarian. The risks associated with a normal birth after a previous caesarian are also greater for induction.

To me the main advantages in having the caesarian are in the control we (me, DH and DS) have over what happens on the day. I'll go into hospital early on Friday morning and the baby should be with us by the time DS comes out of school on Friday afternoon - meaning minimal disruption for DS and I don't need to worry about where he's going to be and who's going to look after him while I'm in hospital. I also feel more comfortable for DH coming with me for the caesarian - he can be very squeamish and hates hospitals, and I was never entirely sure how he would react to being with me in labour. Don't get me wrong, I don't think it would be a major problem, it was just an unknown factor, and something else I would worry about. With the caesarian, we at least know what we're letting ourselves in for.

Do I sound as if I've persuaded myself that I've made the right decision yet?

In the meantime, here are some photos of another box I've made - I think I like this one even better than the last one.

I chose this design as I wanted to have a go at the folded patchwork lid - I've never done anything like that before and I'm rather pleased with the end result. The folded patchwork was quite straightforward, but a bit fiddly and I cheated, using fabric glue rather than stitching each little fabric triangle in place individually.

I'd like to thank everybody who has been leaving comments and good wishes. I'm really grateful for every kind word and all your support. I'm not sure when I'll get the chance to blog next, perhaps not for a couple of weeks. Hopefully things will settle enough after that!


Kitty said...

I was wondering if the little sproglet had arrived yet ... obviously he/she wants to take his/her time!

That box is beautiful - I really like it.

Take care, and look after yourself. x

Itching To Stitch said...

What an awesome box!!

Hope all goes well Friday ;)

Mary said...

I'm still thinking of you and sending well wishes for Friday:) The box is just gorgeous!

Julie said...

WOW Lesley, that box is fabulous!!!

Good Luck for Friday, hope all goes well for you all

Barbara said...

I think under your circumstances I would also opt for a cesarean. I wish you lots of love during the upcoming days and weeks. I hope everything goes super-smoothly and that your recuperation is quick. :)

But most of all, I wish you unlimited happiness with your new babe!!! :D

Sally said...

Your box is gorgeous!

Good luck for Friday. Keeping you in my thoughts.

Lucy Locket-Pocket said...

Good luck for Friday (or before hopefully!) - can't wait to see the new arrival!!!

Monkee Maker said...

Oooh - so exciting! (Exciting when you're not the one feeling uncomfortable and nervous and just wanting it all over with, that is!)

Good luck for tomorrow, I hope your hubby will be ok (! Just preparing you there, in my experience the midwifery staff always take good care of the menfolk while we're the ones at the sharp end - literally!!)


Jessica said...

Hi Leslie,
I am so happy for you! If you feel it is right in your heart, then it is right. No doubt. I wish you the best of luck. As you know, I am having a c-section in July. I like the control aspect of it too. The baby is born 20 min. into the process! It is so exciting! Many prayers for you and your family.
What a pretty box too!

Wanda said...

By now I hope you have had that baby and will be checking in to see how you are! Best Wishes! the bos is simply stunning, wow!