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Robbie's Birth Story

Well, Robbie would be six weeks old today if he'd arrived on his due date - this is as good a time as any to post his birth story, right?

As you might have guessed from Instagram, I didn't really enjoy pregnancy and I was totally over being pregnant by week 37. I knew that our baby needed to keep cooking until I hit 39 weeks at least, but I was hoping he'd arrive as early as was healthy and so I did most of the things you're supposed to do to encourage labor: drinking red raspberry leaf tea, eating six dates a day, going on lots of walks, etc. I even had a membrane sweet at 39w1d! (My doctor was of the opinion that membrane sweeps don't really work but said that it wouldn't do any harm as long as I didn't mind the severe discomfort of the procedure. I didn't, and it didn't feel that much more invasive than a cervical check.) By December 24th, though, I had accepted that I'd almost certainly be pregnant until - if not past - my due date of Decem…

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