Sunday, July 6, 2008

Patrick Marcus

...was born on 3rd July 2008 at 6:16 a.m. It was a difficult birth, my feet ached from standing, my thumbs became a little strained from massaging Knickers' shoulders and all her moans and shrieks became tiresome.

As far as mother and baby go all went well. The waters broke at 1:20, Knickers woke me up to say that she wasn't sure if both fluid sacks had broken (both? that was news to me too) but a sudden pop, gush, splash confirmed that they both definitely were now.

Too excited to sleep we rose and made tea and snacks and turned Wimbledon on. We were very cosy until the contractions started. I had the same notebook to hand in which I documented the contractions for the Noodle. Knickers was concerned about being turned back from the hospital if she wasn't advanced enough and wanted to have statistics to back up her claim.

Within twenty minutes she had gone from, 'I think I'm having one,' to ',Mother of God make it stop.'

I called her parents to come and fetch the Noodle, who was quite happy to be bundled into their car in the middle of the night. 'Good sleeps' he announced - this signifies for him the end of the sleep process and prefixes the start of the playing and eating. Not a good sign for his poor grandparents, but the least of our concern at the time.

Drove through the near deserted city, past prowling taxis and a lone garbage truck and into the assessment office of the WCH. Knickers was 7cm dilated, so no chance of being sent away. The midwife took her up to the birthing room while I went and parked the car. I was fortunate enough to get a park nearby as I only had one disgruntled possum to compete with.

Knickers was determined to have an epidural this birth but there just wasn't time in the end. She made do with hearty gasps of the gas and Patrick was born within an hour of me returning to the room.

We're still all operating under seige mentality as we adjust to the arrival of the newest member of the clan. Sleep is being snatched in hourly increments rather than swathes of the day, and an outing is taking the hounds for a wander around the oval, but all our friends and family have been fantastic. Of special note have been the care packages from Nana and Granddad containing the finest soups known to humanity; and the books from Aunty Margie Ping is about all I can handle at the moment.



At July 11, 2008 at 7:47 PM , Blogger Sam said...

CONGRATULATIONS Knickers, Cockle and The Noodle.

Welcome to the blogosphere Patrick;
glad to read that you didn't call him Valencia!

At July 12, 2008 at 12:30 PM , Blogger Kath Lockett said...

Welcome to the world, Patrick Marcus! A nice name, too - nothing that rhymes with poo or willy and can be shortened or lengthened depending on coolness and friendship needs at the time.

I love the first photo - he seems to thinking to himself, "What the f**k is going on out here?" Knickers has pulled up extremely well considering she had no epidural whereas the one of you holding PM in hospital looks as though YOU were the one who gave birth.

Well done chaps - I kept my eye out for your blog, wondering just when Noodle II would show up....

May PM learn very quickly to sleep in night time increments of four hours-plus as soon as is humanly possible.

Oh and you do realise that your blogofamily is now named
The Noodle
and Patrick Marcus? Unless he develops a nickname of his own soon.

At July 12, 2008 at 12:40 PM , Blogger squib said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! Bless his little toes, what a cutie

At July 12, 2008 at 10:57 PM , Blogger franzy said...

Much laughter and serendipity to PM - he sure does have a great start to it all!

At July 30, 2008 at 1:26 PM , Blogger wiretherapy said...

i'm going to reserve judgement on this new one til i can see the cut of his jib.

oh.. er.. you know what i mean..

i just like the way the nood goes about his business, and so far he's still my favourite.

well done to all, and you too sundry.

At July 30, 2008 at 6:01 PM , Blogger franzy said...

Right - enough parenting.
Back to blogging!

At August 4, 2008 at 1:22 PM , Blogger Kath Lockett said...

Hey Myninjacockle - Franzy's just sung your praises on Audrey and the Bad Apples - think yourself lucky!


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