Wot no midwife?

Again I have left it a couple of days since updating the website, my spare time is dictated by Éowyn, as it should be and probably how it will be from now on.  So, what has happened since Sunday’s update?  We had our first bad night Sunday night; it wasn’t just that Éowyn would not settle, but she would not stop crying and there was very little that we could do to placate her for any length of time.  In the cold light of day I think that she was suffering from colic, which was possibly brought on either by the Chinese takeaway that Lucinda ate on Saturday or overstimulation during Sunday with all the cuddles, or just the first wave that she could suffer from for the next few months.  Apparently it is something that many babies suffer from and there is little that you can do, although some people swear by massaging your baby while changing their nappy.  I will let you know how that goes.

Thus colic made it to the list of questions to ask the midwife when she came on Monday.  Only she never came on Monday.  We waited in all day afraid to go out in case we missed her, but by 16:00 we decided that we would call the Topaz suite at Ashford hospital.  It transpires that although the midwife told us that she would visit on Monday, we were supposed to call on Monday morning so that they could tell us when they would arrive.  Since, we didn’t call them, they assumed that we were out so they didn’t come.  Serves me right for using man logic to think that because someone told me that they would come to the house on Monday that they would actually come to the house on Monday; it is my fault that they didn’t come because I didn’t call them for them to tell me when they would come.  Ok, now I know the rules.  Or do I?

So we rebooked the midwife to come the next day, since 16:00 was a little late for them to come the same day.  We told the midwife that we would make ourselves available all day if she could tell us when they would come.  That is not part of the game.  Although we are booked in for a visit we would still have to phone at 09:00 to find out whether the midwife would come in the morning or the afternoon, it is impossible for them to tell us the day before.  So, this morning I tried calling the midwife team, it took until 09:40 before I got through.  The midwife on the other end of the phonecall made me feel like the worst kind of parent because we didn’t call the previous day.  Then, in the very next breath, told me that they would not be able to fit me in until Thursday.  I said that I thought that we had been booked in yesterday.  Apparently we had but they still couldn’t fit us in.  Then she told me off that the 10 day check up wouldn’t occur until Éowyn’s 14th day.  She then hung up before I had a chance to reply.

Since we were now free for the day, we went for a walk around the lake in the north west of the village, followed by a hot chocolate at the cafe at the eastern side, where we were joined by one of our friends Kerry.  All four of us then returned to the house where we were joined by our next door neighbour Vicky and her neighbour Gwen.  It is really heart warming to feel part of a community and how a baby brings everyone together.

Tomorrow we have another adventure planned, a trip to Walton-Upon-Thames as we are booked in with the registrar to register Éowyn’s birth.  We can then follow this with a visit to the doctors where we can register her with the surgery.  Thursday, my last day before I go back to work we will stay in as we have visits from the midwife and the health visitor, as well as friends who will be popping in to meet the baguette.  Had better buy some nice biscuits!

Enough of my ramblings, here are the latest photos.

Peace and love

Baggie and Lucinda

You sleep, we'll keep guard
You sleep, we'll keep guard
Someone's talking about me
Someone's talking about me
Auntie Kerry
Auntie Kerry
What are you saying about my driving?
What are you saying about my driving?
Hands up if you are tired
Hands up if you are tired
Sleeping
Sleeping
I've had a hard day
I've had a hard day
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