There’s a bit of a spoiler alert in the title really! Sadly my efforts to get the baby to turn have been in vain and baby is still breech. It’s what I’ve been expecting given that her sister was breech from 28 weeks until the bitter end, so now I just need to get myself into the right headspace for a second caesarean.
Edit: Okay, so I wrote that first paragraph while I was waiting to see the consultant after my scan. I was expecting the rest of this post to be about spending the next few weeks preparing myself for the c-section that I was booked in for at 39+4. Except it turns out that the baby is measuring small, as well as being breech, so they want to get her out during week 37. That’s next week. Next week!
So now I need to prepare myself for having this baby in less than one week from now. It was only the other night I was writing on social media that I hadn’t packed my hospital bag yet! Time to get that sorted, I think! I’m also thinking about what I need to say to the anaesthetist at my pre-op, as I felt truly dreadful after my c-section with M. My Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) means that I’m unable to take any kind of anti-inflammatory painkillers. This meant I was given oromorph and paracetamol to see me through after M was born, and I could barely lift my head in recovery. It was an hour between M being born and us having skin to skin.
Obviously I don’t want to have to wait that long with this baby, so I’m hoping that the anaesthetist can devise some other treatment plan for me in order to avoid replaying the same scenario second time around. I’m determined to do everything I can to make this c-section as positive an experience as possible!
Part of that is dealing with the practicalities. I’ve been digging out and washing all of the bedding for the Snüzpod and sorting out ordering the various attachments that we need to use our pushchair as a tandem. Thankfully I’d already washed all of M’s first size clothes ready for use by the new baby, so at least that’s one job already ticked off the list. I also want to spend some quality time with M before the baby arrives, as well as fitting in a smidgen more supply work to help ease the financial pain of hubby being on maternity leave! Part of that also involves phoning the HMRC people to ensure my Class 2 National Insurance Contributions are up to date and making sure my Maternity Allowance will be paid on time.
In addition to all of this, I’ve also been frantically planning, writing and scheduling blog posts for the next couple of weeks. So please don’t worry if there’s not an immediate birth announcement or new baby goes unmentioned for a little bit. We’ll just be enjoying newborn life and our little bubble as a new family of four.