The Beginning

Photography by Kelly Tunney

How should this story begin?
With the entire log of Taylor’s pregnancy or just a little glimpse?
What does it really matter now? She’s here with us, like we’ve never been without her really.

I am looking forward to growing up with her and finding out how much of her character which I think that I’ve seen now, stays with her when she’s older. It’s definitely going to be a fun and interesting time.
Maybe I should make note right now, If I was told she should be doing one thing whilst I was carrying her, she was definitely off doing it her own way, in her own time… Even in delivery.

Just over two weeks ago Chris and I welcomed our little girl into the world- In her own way.
I had the waters break at 430am on 17th April 2010 and Taylor was not born until 8:08pm that night.
As the waters broke pre contractions, we had to head to the hospital fairly early on and spent the entire time in the delivery suite and wandering around the adjacent hockey fields. Sort of funny when you think I spent my childhood playing on them and Chris spent his swimming at the Oasis pool right next door.
All the way to the hospital we were laughing and joking about wetting the bed and how I wasn’t in labor it was a ruse to cover my incontinence. Chris’s humour at its greatest.

We got to experience labor in all its glory, then syntocin, epidural, a forcepts attempt and then finally we had to have an emergency c-section as baby Taylor’s heart was becoming slower and slower and she showed no sign of moving from her comfy belly. The OB had a fantastic fight with her to try to get her to turn over but Taylor being our child was adamant she was not rolling over for anybody.

We had not planned for the C-section and it was the absolute last resort in our birth plan. Chris made the decisions very easy for the both of us with his support and love the entire day. Every time things changed we would talk and re group our thoughts. Our Calmbirth course really did cement home the importance of remaining calm and going with whatever birth threw at us. I do belive this really helped me make the decision that 8 hours of labor was a good effort and that by changing the method of delivery was not a fail or a dissapointment by any stretch. We had tried and now we could experience another side to it all.
I must admit, the epidural was a welcome relief once the Syntocin began working its magic.

The staff we had surrounding us were absolutly brilliant. I can’t imagine her coming into the world in better hands. They allowed us to labor as we had wanted to and as plans changed, they were with us every step of the way with support, information and comfort.

Posted by: Mum Emonson-Clyde

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