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BIRTH STORY | HARRISON JACK WILSON


My waters broke at 1am on Friday the 16th whilst lying in bed as I was just trying to drift off to sleep and was thinking of what else I needed to do before my induction on Monday. I felt a pop and then a massive warm gush that wouldn't stop, I turned and said to Andy "I think my waters have gone" so he jumped out of bed and turned the light on. As soon as I got out of bed a massive pool of water ran off the bed and then even more gushed out of me it just wouldn't stop. It was just like how you really do see them go in the movies! I'm so glad it happened at home and not out and about as that would have been embarrassing! Andy ran downstairs and got a bucket for me to stand over as they just wouldn't stop, I was soaking a pad every minute so decided to just stand around butt naked whilst Andy rang the labour ward haha!

We were told to come in at 8.30am to be assessed as my waters were clear and I wasn't having regular contractions. After cleaning up all the mess whilst trying not to wake Amelia up we made our way downstairs to sleep on the sofa as the bed was completely soaked through! My waters kept leaking for another few hours and I tried to get some sleep although I couldn't so just sat on my phone having mild contractions which then started getting more intense. Amelia woke up at 4.30am and she slept next to me on the sofa. I must have drifted off as the next thing I knew it was 7am and my alarm was going off. 


Up we got and I went to get everything ready to head up to the hospital. My mum came over to look after Amelia for the day. I was having mild contractions by this point and my waters were still leaking. When we arrived at the hospital I was checked and was only at 3cm and the midwife said she could feel the head so she gave me a sweep to move things along. As I hadn't felt much movement since my waters going they hooked me up to a monitor to check his movements, heart rate and my contraction patterns. I wasn't in too much pain at this point the contractions were just uncomfortable and a bit stronger than the Braxton hicks I'd been experiencing for weeks as these had been getting more intense the last week I knew that the ones I were having the night before must have been real contractions and thought perhaps I was in slow labour?

We went home at around 11am and I tried relaxing on the sofa, had lunch and played with Amelia before my mum took her out for a walk. I tried to sleep but couldn't. My contractions were getting stronger so I started timing them and they were pretty irregular still anywhere between 5-8 mins apart and lasting about a minute. By 2pm the pain was getting pretty intense and I started walking up and down the living room, I wasn't sure if they were proper contractions as I could still talk through them but then they started going towards my lower back and hips. They got to 2-3 mins apart and we decided to ring the labour ward who suggested we come back in to be checked. Off we went back to the hospital luckily we only live 5 minutes away as when we got there I could barely walk. Andy dropped me off at the doors and went to park. I was mid contraction and must have looked like a right wally without any bags stood in the middle of the reception. We made our way up to the labour ward and they took us to the delivery room where we waited for the midwives to come to see us. 

Whilst the midwives did all their checks and paperwork I was having worse contractions lasting 1-2.5 minutes apart where I needed to hold on to the chair to get through them. I could still talk through them at this point so I assumed I wouldn't have progressed much at all and would only be around 4-5cm. The midwife suggested they checked me at this point so I got onto the bed Andy decided to go out for a cigarette as he doesn't like being there for the checks haha! All that labouring at home must have paid off because I was 8cm nearly a 9 when she checked me which I was in complete shock about and then I suddenly felt the urge to push or do a big poo I wasn't too sure which one haha! Sorry if that's too much information but this is a birth story after all! I still hadn't had any pain relief at all up until this point so I figured I must have a pretty good pain tolerance. The midwife then passed me the gas and air incase I needed to use it which I just held and didn't use. Andy walked back in through the door and I was pushing. She could see the head and said he had hair. Another nurse came in and I could see them rushing around to get everything ready. I couldn't believe how quick this was all happening, I expected to be sat around waiting for hours. Apparently they didn't think I would have progressed so quickly as I was really quiet at this stage breathing through the contractions but I'm not really one for screaming and making a noise. 

I was able to breath through the contractions but my god the pain from the head coming out was the most excruciating pain ever! It kind of feels like a huge watermelon with sandpaper or barbed wire all the way round coming out of your hoohaa. I still hadn't had any gas and air at this point and started panicking saying I couldn't do it, I think I was scared after Amelia's birth and what happened so every time I would push his head would be so far out I would freak out. Finally I took some gas and air and I had horrible heartburn which made me sick. After another push he was out at 5:08PM weighing 8 pound 6 ounces and was 51cm long. He let out a massive cry straight away and Andy cut the cord and he was passed to me for skin to skin contact which I wanted as we didn't get to experience that with Amelia due to being in theatre and how quickly everything happened. He felt so big yet much smaller than his big sister and he had the same button nose as her.


I still can't believe I managed to do it on just gas and air and that was just for the last push. My placenta took a while to come out and was ruptured so the midwife had to manually remove it herself. I needed stitches which I think hurt more than the actual pushing haha! I had more gas and air for that part!!! I actually remember everything after he was born this time which was nice as I was pretty much out of it after Amelia's birth. I went for a shower and then had some toast and we were able to stay in the delivery suite until there was room for us on the labour ward. I'm so glad I was able to get up and about too completely different to Amelia's birth as I couldn't move due to spinal and epidural. 

We still couldn't decide on his name once he was born and it took a good half hour to decide. We eventually agreed on Harrison Jack as Amelia could say Harry already so it just seemed right. Andy left us both around 8pm and I waited to be taken over to the labour ward. As it was now getting quite late and the hospital policy was to stay 6 hours after birth before being discharged we would have to stay the night due to the paediatrician not being able to do his checks until the next day. To be honest I was quite glad as it gave me a bit of bonding time with Harrison before going home and Amelia would be in bed so it also meant we could catch up on some sleep....even though I didn't sleep.


Andy and Amelia came up to the hospital to take us home the next day after we were discharged. It was nice to be able to go home the next day as I had to stay in for two full days after having Amelia as I literally couldn't get out of bed. My recovery this time round has been 100 times better which I think is down to not having any pain relief and probably less stitches. I've been up and about and doing normal everyday things. I said last week that I was looking forward to having an induction and had mentally prepared myself for having one, however looking back now I'm glad that it wasn't needed and Harrison arrived on his own as it was a pretty quick labour.

We didn't really take many photos at the hospital but here are a few of the first photo's of Harrison. For more baby spam you can follow us on Instagram here.

Thankyou for reading our story and also for following our pregnancy journey. It's been such a joy to share and document along the way. Keep an eye out for Harrisons 1 week update shortly and plenty more photos.



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36 comments

  1. He is beautiful and such a lovely name too. Congratulations :) xx

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  2. Wow what an amazing story! My waters went in the same way and I had no idea they would just keep leaking, it's crazy haha. He's gorgeous, congratulations! Xx

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  3. How do you look so good after birth?! Haha! Our stories sound quite similar except mine was at home! Congratulations again, he's beautiful! x

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  4. aw what a lovely story! i remember the "needing to poo" feeling well lol x

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  5. Congratulations on your new bundle of joy!! Baby Harrison is very adorable. My second delivery went faster and better than my first as well. I still had pain meds though. I'm aiming for a natural delivery whenever we decide to have a 3rd. Hope you and baby are well.

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  6. What a fantastic birth. I will always be sad not to have experienced giving birth "properly" to speak.

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  7. Harrison is absolutely adorable, he is making me so broody, and I only had Aria 7 months ago!! I'm glad you had a much easier labour this time round, and can't wait to see more updates and baby spam with your two gorgeous children!! Congratulations again my dear.

    Nicola xx
    www.lovelittlepoppins.co.uk

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  8. Fantastic birth story. You did so well to manage on so little pain relief! He's lovely, congratulations.

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  9. What an amazing way for him to enter the world! Complication free and good for you not having pain relief, I had everything I could get my hands on! I love his name. Well gone Hun xxx

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  10. Congratulations he is gorgeous! He looks so small for being 8lb 6 my son was the same weight and he looked huge. You look amazing for just having had a baby! I hope you enjoy being a family of four xx

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  11. Congratulations! He already looks so much like his big sister!

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  12. congratulations hes lovely. i still remember my daughters delivery as i had no pain relief at all. and i had been in slow labour for about 4 days.(quite a marathon) but i remember sitting up and watching her being born. was amazing. and im like u i didnt make any noise. i just had her. then afterwards hopped off the bed onto the other bed to go to my room. i felt great.

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  13. all I can say is well done!! lol
    Lx
    Http://workingmumy.blogspot.com

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  14. Wow! Quick work, I'm so glad it happened so smoothly for you! Congratulations

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  15. Oh my gosh Kerry! What a superwoman you are! Amazing birth story. Harrison is so beautiful, he's made me extremely broody! Xxx

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  16. Aww he's gorgeous and so glad you had such a good birth this time round :) xx

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  17. Awww well done you! What a gorgeous little boy.

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  18. Well done you! He is absolutely gorgeous :) Congratulations to you and your family xxx

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  19. Oh wow. Love how different experience you had this time compared to Amelia. Goes to show not all labours are the same (if scary) Many congratulations, he is beautiful. Enough for me to want to have a brother or sister for Kels & Kai xx Too broody x

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  20. Well done darling, you and baby Harrison look gorgeous. Huge congrats again x

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  21. Aww what a gorgeous little boy and what an amazing birth - mine was similar first time round although had just a tad more gas and air, lol :) Many congratulations! x

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  22. Many, many congratulations and what a beautiful baby. Enjoy your bigger family. Great post too!

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  23. Amazing birth story.
    I can only relate to the stitches. Horrible!!!! I am not looking forward to those again to be honest. Have to be mentally prepare myself the next 2/3 weeks. Lol

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  24. Congratulations lovely!! What an amazing birth story, you did so well!!! Kay xxx

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  25. Well done Kerry. What a smashing lad you have x

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  26. It was lovely to read your birth story, thanks for sharing. You have such a handsome little boy and you look so proud. Well done and congratulations. x

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  27. It was lovely to read your birth story, thanks for sharing. You have such a handsome little boy and you look so proud. Well done and congratulations. x

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  28. Congratulations. I'm glad your labour went smoothly - it sounds very similar to my experience (arrived at the hospital fully dilated and ready to push!).

    He is simply scrummy and makes me want another baby. :)

    Jenna at Tinyfootsteps xx

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  29. Catching up on my Bloglovin and this popped up! So glad it went so well, he is gorgeous x

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  30. Awww such an incredible story!!! You sound like a super hero through out this!!! You must be so proud, hes absolutely adorable! xx

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  31. Loved reading this Kerry- you sound like you did AMAZINGLY! You superwoman you. Harrison is absolutely gorgeous and I love seeing your instagram photos of him. Keep them coming. x

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  32. Congratulations Kerry! You sound like a super woman only doing it on gas and air! You also look so fab for just giving birth! xx

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  33. Ohh, congratulations! He is just adorable. Such lovely photos of you both :) xx

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  34. Aw congratulations belatedly! He is so ridiculously cute and now I'm so broody!! And you look fab I certainly didn't look so good after either of my labours!!x

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  35. Wow congratulations! What a great birth story. I was induced with my daughter and it sucked but there is hope if we have another that it won't be so bad.

    Jodie x
    www.retrococktail.co.uk

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  36. Wow congratulations! What a great birth story. I was induced with my daughter and it sucked but there is hope if we have another that it won't be so bad.

    Jodie x
    www.retrococktail.co.uk

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