It was a pretty normal day for us! I was hugely enormous (put on 5 stone through massive over eating!!! chip butties here we come!) and so James and Samuel walked and I waddled into town for a wander round the shops.
We came home around midday, James went somewhere (cant remember where! B&Q or something!) and while he was gone I had a small bleed. James arrived back just as I was starting to panic! He had arrived back just in time to then go out and play badminton with Richard! So I rang the hospital and they said they'd send an ambulance, and so I told James - you'll have to ring Richard and cancel badminton!
The ambulance arrived and Richard and Teresa had Samuel for us while we were whisked off to Sheffield with the lights and sirens flashing! By this time, I had actually started having contractions, 5 minutes apart, and the ambulance man was beginning to think we'd have the baby on the M1!!!!
At the hospital, the contractions slowed down and I was only 2cm dilated so we settled in for a long evening! But it being 28th Feb on a leap year, I didnt want Lew coming out late so I was determined he'd be out before midnight!
Around 6pm the contractions came full on again and I discovered the massive benefits of gas and air (so much more effective when you actually know how to use the machine!). By 8.30am (I can remember seeing the clock in a gas and air haze!) the pain was too intense for me and I was also definitely wanting to push push push but they checked and said no, only 6cm - cant push ... arrggghhhhhh! I then decided I HAD to have some more pain relief so they arranged for some diamorphine. Then ... that awful embarrassing thing happened ... I needed the toilet!!!
This made the midwife check me again and YAY 10 cm and I could push and within minutes, Lewis was born and it was totally awesome!! I cant remember the exact time (terrible mother!) but it was around 9.20pm. Hellooooo Lewis! Samuel and Marion were outside waiting so they came in to meet the new brother/grandson. It was all very emotional and totally awesome!
So that was (for us) this day 3 years ago!