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!
  • Follow:

    The Final Countdown To Baby Due Date

    We are now just 3 days away from Due Date but as of yet, there is no movement at all.

    Since the last update, we’ve been a little bored just waiting for something to happen. Pancake is in the right place so we’re now just playing the waiting game.

    I’ve Started Nesting

    Better late than never, we feel we’re actually starting to “nest” as they say.

    The nursery, although unlikely to be used for the first few months, now has everything in situ. Nappies, Water Wipes, cotton wool balls and nappy bags are all in easy reach of the change table so minimum effort is required at 3am.

    The nappy bin lock has been checked, checked again, and checked for the final time to ensure our curious Labradoodle can’t get in and make a mess. Rockers and bouncers are waiting, grandparents are waiting, we’re waiting…

    Tax Free child care vouchers

    Tax Free child care vouchers

    We’ve also managed to properly sort out our finances knowing that J plans to take 12 months maternity and that we want Pancake to go to nursery before her return, it was something that needed to be done so we could take as much advantage of things like the tax free Childcare Voucher scheme offered by employers.

    Also with time on our hands, we’ve decided one of the first things we’re going to do once Pancake has arrived, is to sort out a holiday. Another cruise is most likely. Somewhere warm on a ship that offers baby sitting facilities 🙂

    Waiting For The Arrival

    It is surprisingly boring waiting for a little one to arrive especially if you’ve already done as much as you think is possible prior to their arrival.

    As one last treat and while we can still function, we’ve decide to head out to our favourite restaurant for one last time as a couple 🙂 Next time we go…


    Parenting books for new parents

    With so many parenting books for new parents out there, it’s easy to get carried away spend a huge amount of money (especially with Amazons One Click) when you’re preparing for your first new born.

    After hearing the experiences of a fair few, I was initially put off as the vast majority of books have been described as terrible, and was left wondering if any of them are actually worth the money. Despite this, after a quick search, I stumbled across one that I found quite basic, yet appealing, and wouldn’t break the bank.

    Baby Owners Manual

    After browsing the reviews on Amazon, I plumped for the The Baby Owner’s Manual: Operating Instructions, Trouble-shooting Tips and Advice on First-year Maintenance as it promised to be written in a “male friendly” way. It’s aim is obvious from the front cover, light hearted, yet it gets the serious points across without daunting us men.

    To give you an example of the male friendly language used, some chapter headings include:

    • “Home Installation” (nursery equipment)
    • “Baby’s Power Supply” (feeding)
    • “Troubleshooting Baby’s Audio Cues” (crying)
    • “Programming Sleep Mode” (sleep cycles)
    Baby Owners Manual

    Baby Owners Manual

    How I’m finding the Baby Owners Manual

    Granted, I am only a few pages in, but I’m finding it amusing and a fun read. It covers a lot of material from preparing for the baby’s arrival to feeding and changing to first aid. The “Medical Maintenance” section is also pretty useful, even though we have a NHS Senior Nurse Practitioner in the house, as it explains everything from CPR to birth marks.

    The book is written and laid out similar to a Haynes Motor Manual, uses basic diagrams, refers to the baby as “The Model” and suggests ways to ensure that your baby does not “malfunction”. It puts a different and fresh spin on something that should be taken very seriously, and although while reading it, it feels like I’m reading a joke book, I can hand on heart say I’m also learning a lot at the same time.

    The Baby Owner’s Manual is 12 years old so some may consider it a bit dated but on reflection, for the £1.97 price tag, and ignoring the odd Americanism, I think this new parent book mixed with the all advice you pick up from magazines, friends, family and from the good old NHS, is probably all you need.