Yup, that's correct, it's me! The Life of Mrs O is BACK!
If you follow me on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram then you will know that Baby O finally arrived - 6 months ago!
I literally 'popped'! This is how big I got to...
Look at my massive feet!
I wont bore you all with loads of info or photos but....
He was born on 30th January at 7:13am by an emergency C Section and weighed 6lbs 4oz
It was a week of my nightmares finished off with a real bump into motherhood but it was all worth it. I just remember waking up and asking Mr O about 4 times 'What have we had?' and then when I finally came around (as I was given a general due to implications of my epidural that didn't work) I remember Mr O tried to be funny and told me that we had called Baby O: Rupert Digby Jonty. To which I nearly cried! I said we can't call him that! I want an Albert! He told me that he had told all our friends and family that we had called him that. With that I told him that he had to call them all and tell them that it was a mistake - he then reassured me that he hadn't told everyone that at all! Family knew that we had a baby boy before me!
Anyway, Baby O and I enjoyed getting used to each other, our middle of the night cuddles and our time at home. However, Baby O was losing weight after re-gaining his post-weight birth loss. I could just tell that something was wrong as he looked so grey compared to other babies. He was alert and all his developmental signs were fine but he just kept on being sick and was therefore looking really ill and loosing weight.
So, at 5 weeks he got re-admitted back into hospital. This to me was worse than being in hospital for a week when having him. I actually cried one day. On the maternity ward I couldn't fault the staff at all. Every member of staff from the cleaners right through to the consultants (minus one) was lovely and supportive. However, on the childrens' ward this was a different case. I had nurses telling me that he was hungry and that he needed this and needed that. I even had one nurse take Baby O off me at one point as she said he was hungry (he had only recently been fed) and fed him! How happy was I though when the paediatrician and the dietician came in and told me that the shortest amount of time that I could feed him was 2 1/2 hrs - that nurse then looked in shame! I will say though that there was however one nurse that was agency and she was like my guardian angel - she was amazing. She's the one I broke down to after having that nurse the day before and a night nurse that wasn't interested in either of us at all.
Baby O was given a change of milk (now a prescribed high calorie, soft tummy milk) and put on medication - which I took him off a few weeks later as it was making him more sick. And my word! It was like he was a new baby that next morning that he was put on the new milk. He continued to put weight on and grow - very happy Mr & Mrs O!
We now could continue to grow and learn about each other and enjoy our time together. We have already in these short 6 months had such great fun :)
Trips around London...
The Salvation Army's congress...
Fun walks and trips around parks and shops of course!
We got him dedicated back to God... (Christened)
Trips to Ikea
And each month he becomes a new 'month age' I have done this....
A quick update about myself...
Firstly, as said above, I had a C Section, but I also had an epidural. I have already decided that if there is a next time, I WILL NOT have another epidural. It didn't work and not only that, it's left me with no feeling down the sides of my legs :(
Secondly I took a detour from the world of Weight Watchers and went on the journey of a Slimming World Member. I lost over a stone doing it but my word it was tough! It's a really easy plan to follow and it's all about eating healthy but I just could not digest the amount of carbs that I was consuming. Being a lady who has PCOS (Polycystic Ovaries Syndrome) one of the side effects is that your body can't break down carbohydrates in the same way as other people can. I think that is also a reason why I just couldn't get any more weight shifted off.
The food however, was amazing.... Which for some reason I can't get the photos up :(
Then finally, the classes now fall in a time that just doesn't work with Baby O. I will really miss the classes as the friends there that I have made were brilliant and really supportive and the leader, Heidi, was fantastic. She was really supportive and really spurred me on.
So, whilst on holiday the other week I decided that I wanted to go back to my beloved Weight Watchers and back to the Life Of Mrs O. I decided that I would enjoy my holiday but still eat sensibly as much as I could, but as soon as I got back, that Monday morning I would sign back up for WW.
Now, I will not say that these 6 months have been easy and a walk in the past. They have been very testing and at times I just have had to cry! Mr O has been my rock and although he didn't take paternity leave, he has been there for me at the end of the phone for me whenever I have needed to talk. I have also made some amazing friends these last months that have added to my friends and family network and they have also helped me realise that I'm not the only one going through it all.
One thing that is for sure is that God has blessed me in many ways but more so than ever with giving me the gift of Baby O. My baby that is a constant smiler and has shown and taught me so many things including how love can be so unconditional.
As I have been, should I say, 'busy' these last few months, that's why The Life of Mrs O has had to be put on hold. I did have plans to have this with a week by week account of how motherhood has gone, but I just literally not had any time! Hats off to those who can do that, plus be a mother, run a household, get dinner on the table as well as looking stunning all at once. At first, it was amazing if I managed to walk out the door with both having had a shower and make up on my face!!
Just so you know, The Life of Mrs O will now also have a few additional features - later to be released. But, it will be like old times too - about my journey through life, getting back to being a healthier human, crafts and of course some fab recipes :)
So, we should now be a little up to date with life and let the fun of 'The Life of Mrs O' resume!
Sorry for the lots of writing - just a few months to catch up on (!), but back to normal on my next post....
So as always, With Love, Mrs O xxx