H is for hatchling 

E oddly enough, thinks she’s a hatchling (snake) and it’s funny how much she absolutely loves snakes and bugs. Most nights when we talk to her, she thinks she “pop(ped) out of an egg”. Thanks, the very hungry catepillar.

So it comes as no surprise that she thinks mummy is going to pop her Brother out. 

That’s us, this afternoon, Son: you are 35w+ 2 days and already you’re wanting to come out. 2 cm Dilated and one massive contraction (and 2 small ones) in the 12 minutes we were hooked up to the cardiotocograph. 

We’re heading home, cos G may come as soon as tonight, or in the next few days — so we’re to wait until.. something else happens. Nudge hard if you’re coming Son, mummy didn’t even know she was contracting up to the visit to the clinic! 

I’m fine, and our spirits are up! Daddy is trying to sleep as much as he can, while he can. I Guess everyone worries about different things going into this birth– mummy worries about becoming an emotional basket case, and daddy worries about physically coping with the stress of having a tiny person depending on you for his every need + handling what would likely be a Wife who is an emotional basket case + not knowing how E would react to G. 

Well, come what may. 


E is for excitement

Dear Gabriel,

Hello Son — we’re at 34w5d now and we have been told that you’d likely come in the next two weeks. That’s great, but if you could, please try and hold off? You’re a little undercooked at the moment and need to stay in a while more. 

We went to see you today: daddy and I. Your Sister was not feeling particularly cooperative so she was left at home. Seems like every time we go and see you, you’d be hiding your face– and twice now, we caught you sucking on your little fists.

You’re clearly active, and strong (and heavy) and mummy is struggling to walk – my pelvis hurts and I have to wear a brace to stagger around the house. I have to apologise for all the crazy emotions you’re receiving – it’s a stressful time with work and I’m trying to keep as calm as possible for you. Sometimes I feel like the top of my head is going to blow off – and your patient little tapping reminds me to keep myself in check.

E is not so very interested in you at the moment, and to be honest, since she is only 2, it’s probably better this way. She will struggle to share her things with you, but this is a lesson for her and not you. It is my prayer that you take after your daddy’s patience and fortitude – and not mummy’s dramatic tendencies.

We’re ready for you. But stay in there a little longer please.