Pancakes Grand Entrance Blow By Blow

Baby Boy. 9lbs 2oz. 24 August 2015 at 9:10pm

9:10pm saw Pancake take his first breath and open his eyes to the big wide world! 10 fingers, 10 toes, 2 eyes – yup everything was present and correct. What an experience 🙂

The Birth Minute By Minute


  • 1:30am – J started to feel cramps and twinges so on went the Mama Tens Pregnancy Machine which helped massively.
  • 9:00pm – Pain had intensified to the level that we phoned up the maternity ward and after a few questions, we were told to head on in for a check.
  • 9:30pm – A sweep showed that J was only 1cm dilated
  • 10:30pm – dropped off our Labradoodle at my parents… the cat was now out of the bag!
  • Monday

  • 10:00am – Headed back to hospital for codine and another sweep. As it now showed we were only 3cm dilated, we were sent back home.
  • 12:30pm – Gardners arrive as J is screaming from the nursery all types of obscenities while doubled over a maternity ball.
  • 2:00pm – we head back in and are told she is now 5cm dilated. Headed straight to our own suite and J jumped in the water birthing pool that gave instant relief.
  • 6:00pm – shift change at hospital saw us say goodbye to two very relaxed and comical midwives and hello to a good old fashioned matron “Get on with it” style midwife.
  • 2:30pm > 8:30pm – pretty much a blur of swearing, splashing, eating toast, drinking water and chugging on gas.
  • 8:30pm > 9:00pm – air taken off J as she now had to concentrate on pushing. This was it, Pancake was on his way!
  • 9:05pm – his head is halfway out before the contractions decide to stop
  • 9:10pm – one final huge contraction and out comes Pancake
  • 11:00pm – after repairs and time to relax, we decide to start texting family and discuss between us whether he looks like a Burt, Alfie or Archie.
  • Tuesday

  • 1:00am – I was sent out for a McDonald’s which sadly turned out not to be a 24hr one. Headed home and made up a cool bag of sandwiches, yoghurts, sweets, flapjacks, drinks and bananas for J to eat though the night.
  • 2:00am – J & G-man were moved to the ward, so as I had been ordered home to get as much sleep as possible for the next few days, said goodbye and headed off home as a Dad!
  • 9:00am – Spent the rest of the day with the biggest smile on my face and learning all about latches.
  • 9:54am – Texted the world about the arrival of Pancake. Still not decided on a name but we’re getting there.
  • 3:00pm – Decided we wanted to stay another night in hospital to ensure that we knew what we were doing. Also let the parents know that visiting would be in hospital tomorrow, giving us a day to ourselves to get used to the little man.
  • 5:34am – Decided on Little G-Mans name and once again texted everyone. (First name after my Granddad and middle name after my “Uncle” who played a pivotal role in my life would have been thrilled by the news).
  • 9:50pm – Sent out for Pizza Express takeaway which was enjoyed back in our hospital room while Little G-Man slept.
  • Wednesday

  • 9:00am – Back at hospital, this time getting ready for all the visitors. Given them each 30min slots to ensure people come and go, giving us enough time to pack up and head home.
  • 11:00am – Introduced to Granddad & Jen
  • 11:30am – Introduced to Grandpa
  • 12:00pm – Introduced to Grandma
  • 2:42pm – Waved goodbye to the hospital staff and headed off home for the first time!
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