Introducing to you... Baby Hughes!
We are both so very ecstatic to tell you all that our beautiful daughter, *Emilia Isabelle Prisha Hughes, has finally graced us with her presence! Little Miss Emmie was born at 2:37am on 30th April 2016, weighing a cuddly 7 lbs & 6 oz. She is the most beautiful, perfect little lady we have ever set eyes on!
- Emilia: Excelling / Isabelle: God is my oath (also, the Spanish name for Elizabeth) / Prisha: God's Gift
I know this part will totally bore some people, however throughout my pregnancy I loved to hear about other peoples experiences and their advice, so I thought I would share it. Plus, some people want to know but don't know how to ask! I've broken it into subheadings, incase you're interested in a certain part. For those who aren't really interested, feel free to skip to the photographs! Ha!
Pregnancy - The longest road I've ever walked!
As soon as you announce that you're expecting, people want to share their stories with you... And the majority of them are usually horror stories of labour! But no one really dwells on their pregnancy! For me, being pregnant was an epic journey! Yes, I'd had my fair share of ailments, but that doesn't take away from the fact that finding out I was having a baby was the most incredible thing ever!
There was ups and downs, highs and lows, even pro's and cons of pregnancy - but what no-one tells you is that it is all over in a blink! Yes, as I said - I had my fair share of ailments during pregnancy: morning sickness that lasted 4 months, water infections, chest infections, the flu, food poisoning, weakened immune system, anaemia (again!), SPD (Pelvic Girdle Pain), Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, oedema, Braxton Hicks, paralysis of my legs... I could continue but I won't bore you... However, despite each "down" I had, there was so many amazing "ups" too! For example: hearing the baby's heart beat for the first time, seeing the baby on the screen at scans, being told that she has a perfect & strong spine (important thing with having Spina Bifida in the family!), feeling her kick for the first time, watching how my body grew and changed to make room for her to flourish! It was the most amazing experience in my life! Yes, I have moaned, I have groaned, I have bored Phil to tears with aches and pains and "please can you do this", "can you help me with that", and worst of all for him "will you rub my feet please?"... But it doesn't take away from the fact that pregnancy in itself is a total and utter miracle. A miraculous thing was happening inside of me, and okay I may not have been able to do some of the things I wanted too, I wouldn't have changed it for the world! Ladies, if you are pregnant, plan to get pregnant or even have been pregnant... Always remember how much your body has honoured you in the changes it had to make to bless you with your little bundle(s) of joy! And most importantly... Remember, it took 9 months for your body to change to be the perfect environment for your little one(s) to flourish, it's not going to spring back to your pre-pregnancy body over night! Embrace it, love it, and remember how hard it worked to produce your pride and joy!
Quick Facts: We found out we were expecting in September 2015 (the evening of the Apple Conference, what a day for Phil!), sickness kicked in at 4 weeks, continued til 16 weeks, both scans were perfect, felt her wiggle for the first time on my mum's birthday (19-12-15), belly popped at about 26 weeks, tested for gestational diabetes which came back clear... Growth scan at 33 weeks showed that she was measuring on the rather large side. At 35 weeks, I was booked in to be induced on the 29th April 2016. Statistically, this was the safest option for both Baby & Me! So then we just had to wait for the day to arrive!
Labour & Delivery - The Nasty Business...
The morning of the 29th April arrived in no time at all, literally a blink! We were up early and off to the hospital to meet our little munchkin! We were so very ready to get the ball rolling!
We arrived at the hospital at 7:30am and spent 12 hours in the Induction Suite. Here, I received two internal examinations and hormone gels inserted to try and get things moving.
I was moved to the delivery suite at 8pm, to be told I was still only 1cm dilated and there was nothing they could do at this point. Midnight arrived - well 11:45pm - and they decided to break my waters... At only 1cm dilated! It was a trial and error thing, which involved a lot of pain, but we got there eventually. A hormone drip was inserted and I was told they would be back to examine me 4-6 hours later. If that had been the case, they'd have been too late! At 2:10am, I began pushing and Emilia arrived in our world at 2:37am. My labour was recorded as 2 hours 50 minutes, and only 20 minutes of pushing. All without any pain relief, might I add! That all went to plan, until... Upon inspection, a senior doctor informed me that I had a 3rd degree tear from delivering Emilia (sorry for the gory details!). I'd also suffered a postpartum haemorrhage. The decision to take me to theatre was made rather quickly, and off I went. Surgery was a great success though, even down to Phil having Emmie on his own for 2.5 hours... Despite the fact I was only supposed to be gone 30 minutes.
We spent 4 days in hospital, but it was the best place for our little princess. We wanted her fit, healthy, feeding well and content before she came home. It was probably the best place for me to recover too, receiving the right care.
Soppy moment: all in all, I could not have done it without my amazing husband. He was my rock and my strength through it all. He's been amazing since day one, and is already showing he is the perfect father for Emilia. I am truly blessed to have them both in my life!
Rambling done! I shall leave you with some photographs of our little Princess!
Thank you all for your love and prayers, big hugs!