Thursday, January 31, 2008

Baby Review - Amelia Rose Briddon

OK, so you all know that Victoria finally gave birth to a lovely little girl last Sunday and that she is called Amelia, but like a shiny new gadget, the excitement could easily ware off after a few days use. So, what is having Amelia in your home like after a few days and how do I think she will be after a longer test period?

Well, as you know, initial results were good. Firstly Victoria's waters broke when she was on the toilet which saved cleaning up a lot of mess. Once this stuff starts flowing there is nothing you can do to stop it and boy is there a lot of it!! Waters breaking on the loo is a great start for any new baby.

Although the labour and delivery were both very quick I'm afraid I'm going to have to mark Amelia down a point for being too fast!!! If the birth had started while I was at work I would have NEVER made it home and then to the hospital in time and I would have had to deliver her myself, probably in the car!!! This would also mean I would have to replace the seats in the car as all that gunk does not wash out!!

Once at the hospital however all went well. We arrived at 4am and after a VERY fast inspection the nurse said "You are 10cm dilated and are having the baby now." She then said in a panicked voice, "Please don't have it here". I've never seen someone moved from one room to another so fast as Victoria was wheel chaired to the delivery room!

The birth was extremely quick. Victoria gave six pushes and Amelia was out. The first push moved Amelia down towards the exit and after the second push I could see the top of the head. Push three saw the top of the head emerge and push four got the whole head out. Push five got the shoulders and arms and push six got the rest. When I say the rest I mean the rest of Amelia and about 3 gallons of amniotic fluid, blood and general gunk. Honestly, it was like a Nightmare on Elm Street when Johnny Depp got sucked into his bed! Still, after such a quick birth with relatively little pain (Victoria had zero pain relief) you have to mark Amelia up an extra point.

After the birth and the expulsion of the placenta I cut the cord and we took a look at our new family member. I would say she is damn cute. She obviously takes after Victoria where as poor Alice takes after me so I would say Amelia has a head start in the looks department (not that Alice is doing badly with what she was blessed with!). We think she is going to be dark haired and although her eyes started out as bright blue they are darkening every day. All you need to do though is look at the picture above. How cute is she? Very cute is the answer.

After the birth Amelia was bathed by the midwife and Victoria had a bath. We then tucked into some tea and toast while listening to the woman in the neighbouring room scream the hospital down. Amelia however just slept. In fact for most of the day in hospital that is all she did. She woke up a few times for a feed and was obviously awake during all of the inspections new born babies have to go through but apart from that she was in the land of nod all day! She was pooing almost continuously and it was a tar like poo that is really sticky, but that is not her fault so I can't deduct points for that.

We were luckily allowed home on the same day Amelia was born so what would the first night bring? I sadly made the same mistake as I did with Alice when she was first brought home and had a few glasses of wine to celebrate the birth. Not enough to get drunk but enough to hurt when at 3am you are trying to get a crying infant to sleep. Just like Alice then she failed the first night booze test.

Night two was not much better. Amelia seemed to wake up every half hour and Victoria was knackered. Night three was a little better with Amelia 'only' being awake from 12am - 3am. Night four however (last night) was much better. Amelia woke up at 11:00 and 04:30 so we (Victoria) were able to get a decent nights sleep. After such a short time she really seems to be working hard at addressing her night time shortcomings. Well Done Amelia! Alice slept through from seven weeks so lets see if we can beat that!!

Apart from that all Amelia has done is sleep and feed. She is fed every four to five hours (whenever she wakes up and starts smacking her lips) and then she goes back to sleep. No trouble at all.

So in conclusion I would say that Amelia is a most excellent baby and I can see us being very happy with her in the long term. If you are in the market for a baby I can highly recommend you picking up an Amelia. But of course you can't can you. Because she is all ours. :-) You will have to get your own perfect baby.

New pictures Here.

Final Score : 10/10

1 comments:

David Callaghan said...

I would also award an additional "bonus" point for Amelia helping me win my bet!

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