Friday, March 14, 2008

New baby worries and a poll of sorts

I've been looking at a lot of Elliot's newborn photos lately in an attempt to remind myself what it was like to have a newborn in the house. I thought maybe it might not be such a shock to the system when I do have this baby. I'm glad we took photos of Elliot every single day, because there's so much I don't remember, even after just 2 years. So many different facial expressions, the way he cried was different, the way he smiled. And he was so impossibly small. But there will be so many differences this time around.

Gone will be the time I used to spend in between Elliot's feeds reading a book or napping. I'm worried that I'll be tired all the time and impatient with Elliot. I'm worried that I'll continuously snap at Elliot and be constantly grouchy and that Elliot will come to resent me and the baby. I worry that I won't have enough time for the both of them and that I won't be able to find the right balance. I worry that I won't be very good at being a mother to two children.

But I try not to dwell on that part too much. I'll cross that bridge when I come to it, right now I'm focussed on delivering a happy, healthy baby. Maybe you want to take a guess with me as to when that will be? It'll be like a competition, see who gets the closest. Here is the backround information:

I went into labour with Elliot exactly one week before his due date. But he was born 6 days before the due date. I was in labour for 4 hours and 5 minutes exactly. My bump measured quite small and I was told Elliot would be underweight - he actually weighed 7lbs 6oz.

OK, so my due date is officially the 1st of April and my bump is roughly the same size as with Elliot, based on that and the above,

1) When do you think this second baby will arrive?

2) How long will labour last?

3) How much will this baby weigh?

I would love to hear what you think.


  1. hahah! i saw the baby photos and thought i missed something!!! :)
    then i scrolled down. hmmm. i wish i could even make a guess on labor for you. but because my second birth was so totally different, i'm scarred! they told me he'd fall out, instead i pushed for three hours because he was stuck! the first one i pushed for 40 minutes! anyway, i'm sending short labor vibes your way!

    yes, try not to worry about being a good mom to two. of course you will be! we moms have enough to feel guilty over, and yes, you'll always feel like you're not doing enough for your kids individually, but know that deep down, yes! you are doing enough! i swear!

  2. oh and pounds... sorry, i say 7 lbs 8 ounces.

  3. I'd thought the same thing as Christie!


    I think that this little mite will turn up while I'm on holiday and will hopefully turn up quickly for you (not going to guess how long it'll take, just quick!). As for weight... 7 lbs 7 oz.

    As for Gormenghast, it's just one of those books that gets missed I think, it's not as imbedded into popular culture as LOTR. If you've got any kind of watch again tv the last Worlds prog was on last Wed at 9pm, or I think it'll be on the BBC site somewhere.

  4. I too got confused when I saw the photo. I was thinking, wow, I missed a post & things went fast!

    Okay so here goes.

    I think baby will arrive about 2 days before your due date or possibly after. He may not want to be an April fool's baby :)

    Labor will be longer than it was with Elliot. Sorry

    Weight, 7lbs 10 ozs or more :-)

  5. I am hoping this labor will be easier for you! I will say that mine all were much quicker each time! They all came earlier each time, too!


  6. Okay. So, I know I have visited before, then I lost the link and now I found it again and it looks like there will be a new baby any day now so "good bye blogging" for you for a bit, anyway.

    Baby's head engaged and I am fully uncomfortable. Honey, if that isn't understatement, I don't know what is!

    I am thinking...well lest see...any day now. And this labor will last longer, because, I am thinking, you have felt like you have been in labor the last two or three weeks, and really, don't let the doctor kid you, YOU HAVE been! Whoever said labor lasts hours is a liar. For most women, it lasts a month at least. The pain part is only hours. But the part of bringing the baby into the world takes forever, cause every contraction counts!

    I know your worried. I bet your obsessing. No. It will never go away. Just focus on the positive.

    I am so excited for you. I love new babies. Look at me, talking like we are best girl freinds.

    Okay. I will shut up now.


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