The midwife quickly filled up the pool for me whilst I sucked in the gas and air through the now piercing contractions.
I was a little bit out of it when James and the midwife wanted to move me across from the bed to the pool. I remember having a contraction but not being able to really talk and tell. I think the midwife thought I didn't want to get in the pool!
I took the slow walk with each arm in one of theirs over to the pool and the steps into it were hard work.
Instantly I relaxed in the water, the warm water helped so much with the pain. I no longer took any of the gas and air.
I was knelt down with my hands either Ron the pool handles on in James's hands.
I instantly got the pushing sensation and got the go ahead from midwife to do so. My waters went (something that's not happened to me naturally before) and shortly after the head was born.
I was exhausted and really felt like I didn't have it in me for the next few pushes but itstill weird how your body just takes over!
He was born at 11.35pm, making the last stage of labour only 30mins!
I was quite in shock when he was born I must admit when first holding him I was in a bit of a daze. He seemed to come so quickly!!!
He must have been eager to be one of the 5% of babies born on their due date as he only just made it with 25mins to spare!
And yes, it was another beautiful baby boy.
Atb7lb 12oz he wasn't even my biggest baby despite being born a week later than the other boys.
After the placenta (which came without needing the injection) I sat back on the bed and had the check for stitches (which I definitely needed the gas and air again for)! Thankfully I didn't need any (never have woop) and after the gas and air wore off I had those all important skin to skin snuggles ans feed with our new little man.
James text our parents and even rang his older brother who lives in America as he'd knew they be around unlike most of our family due to it being past midnight.
The quiet time was perfect ano he even slept in the hospital crib after his checks.
I had a shower (always a horrifying experience post birth) and felt much more refreshed. We tried a little sleep but I was running on adrenaline...James on the otherhand was snoring so loud!!
I couldn't stop looking at our bundle of joy!
James asked when it would be possible to go home as we knew we'd be comfortable there. After all the paperwork etc we were let out about 5 or 6am.
And there we left the hospital with Zachary tucked up safe in his car seat.
After a little snooze back home we woke around 8ish and worked on choosing his middle name as we were far too tired beforehand to think of one.
Zachary Jack Spencer