When anyone said, “No two babies are the same,” I never believed it. So when my dear little girl Florence, my second born, flew in to the world in a swift manner (read my birth story here if you want the full deets) I had NO idea the level of shock that I was about to be presented with.
I *thought* Henry’s reflux was bad. But his is not comparable to what I was faced with my latest addition, Florence. Her first few days were purely spent with her bringing up (what felt like) gallons of mucus – common with babies born very quickly as they have little time to expel any substances as they enter the world! It became apparent that Florence had reflux that I had never previously witnessed, combined with the most awful case of “milk spots” I have ever seen. Red, painful and circa 300 acne-type pimples graced her beautiful little face and yet without complaint. *Cue the post-baby tears, anxiety and more from this mama!*
During this time I learned that she didn’t like to be put down. For the first 6-8 weeks of her life she was unsettled and distressed whenever she wasn’t in my arms. And her continuous regurgitating of my breast milk was heart breaking. Wasted, painful and time consuming. (And no, this was not a dairy matter.)
By week 5 I was at my wits end with her reflux. Her milk spots had almost passed, she was starting to be more at ease with the world and a little more chilled. The bond began to really blossom. I ADORE HER WITH ALL MY EVERYTHING.
However, her weight was proving to become a concern and now with regular weekly visits from the health visitor I had to react and was willing to try anything to soothe her reflux pains and to try and stop the vomiting. A few had mentioned trying CranioSacral therapy. A little “woo” and holistic for some, and even I was open minded about it. But as I say, I was willing to try anything. Natasha of CST FOR ME was recommended to me by a few so I booked in with Natasha was not disappointed.
I’ve been off radar (again) as 6 weeks ago I gave birth to my second little pot of gold. Florence Louise flew in to the world In a rather speedy fashion on 17th May 2019. She’s obviously adorable (I am biased) and Henry is such a proud big brother. How blessed do I feel right now!
After my ‘far-from-desired’ birth experience with my son Henry, whereby I endured a 3 day induction process, resulting in the (dreaded) hormone drip, an epidural, a catheter… (have I missed anything?) and making the whole process very ‘medical’ and completely out of my control. When I was expecting this time round, I REALLY wanted a natural birth. I was desperate to experience what it felt like to spontaneously go in to labour, and to feel/connect with my birth, to give me the option to ‘cope’ without unneeded intervention and to look forward to meeting my little bundle with every contraction that passed by…
As some say, “be careful what you wish for”. A spontaneous labour? No. A natural labour? Yes.
I want to share my birth story, partly as it was with huge thanks to the birth preparation classes I attended which allowed me to stay in control of my decisions and contributed to my birth experience. I believe it really helps to inform each other of how things can pan out. No matter what kind of labour you have, we’re all heroes!
Hello. 🙂 By day, I am a freelance marketing consultant and provide a variety of marketing services to small businesses and individuals, predominantly based in Essex, UK. I also enjoy the occasional dabble of writing a lifestyle and parenting blog here at flamingomonroe.com and I often “ghost” write/blog for others.
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* Head of Marketing – HELLO! magazine – 8.5 years
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* Events and Marketing roles at Hearst magazines
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