Ahead of Schedule

Welcome to the World

Introducing our little Dylan James.

July 10th 2018

5lb 0.5oz

45cm long


Dylan arrived 6 weeks early when I was just 34 weeks, 2 days pregnant. I’d been in and out of hospital for the month beforehand with high blood pressure and some symptoms of pre-eclampsia. I spent the Saturday night before Dylan arrived in hospital and as I was leaving on Sunday was told that I would likely be induced at 36 weeks.

However, Dylan had other ideas and my waters broke at 3.30am on Tuesday 10th July. The day before my hypnobirth classes were due to start – typical (although at least we’d managed to just about finish the nursery)! Luckily I had been listening to the mp3s for a few weeks beforehand and had literally just read the book the week before so I managed to remember the breathing techniques which actually really helped me through the labour.

Just two hours after my water broke, the midwife in the assessment ward examined me and we were all surprised to find that I was already 8cm dilated. I was quickly moved to the labour ward and at that point felt a bit panicked as we hadn’t even gotten round to writing our birth plan yet! I wanted to use the pool but unfortunately was told that as baby was so early I would need to be hooked up to monitors so that wasn’t possible.

Dylan arrived a few hours later at 9.41am. I ended up not having any pain relief which is not what I expected at all as I’ve always thought I had a very low pain threshold!

Neonatal Unit

After Dylan arrived he was whisked off by the neonatal team so I didn’t get chance to have skin on skin time which was disappointing but we needed to make sure he was ok. Then there were some complications delivering the placenta so I ended up being wheeled into surgery for a general anaesthetic. Poor Mik was left alone in the delivery room but he was taken to see Dylan fairly soon after.

It was later that afternoon by the time I finally got to meet Dylan properly and give him a first cuddle. It was the most amazing feeling!

Dylan spent almost three weeks in the neonatal unit. Luckily there was nothing seriously wrong but as he was so early he wasn’t able to suck/swallow properly so needed help with feeding. As we had been expecting an early-ish delivery I had been given steroids to help with lung development and thankfully those worked so Dylan doesn’t have any issues with his lungs. Leaving him in the neonatal unit overnight was the hardest thing in the world but all of the nurses were lovely which made it a tiny bit easier.

After 10 days in the unit, once Dylan was a bit stronger, we were given a room where all three of us could stay to establish breastfeeding. It’s been a challenging start but we’re so happy to finally have Dylan home!

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Hello, I'm Helena. Mum to two beautiful boys and wife to Mik. Born and bred in South Wales but now living in North East Scotland where I've given up my job as an engineer to be a stay-at-home Mum. I hope you enjoy following along with our parenting journey here.

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