Meet Baby Poppy!

This is certainly the most exciting and special post that will ever be on my blog as it is the one where I introduce my beautiful baby girl, Poppy. Yes that’s right, Poppy is finally here!! I cannot believe I am actually saying this, it hasn’t sunk in yet that I am a mum. Today’s post will be all about my labour story and how we are settling in as a family of three so I hope you enjoy!

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On Friday 15th January I was woken up at 7am with contractions every five minutes and we were filled with excitement that she is on her way. By this point I was 1 week overdue and getting very impatient and the anxiety of a potential induction was kicking in, so I was so happy to finally get contractions. At 10:30am we made our way to hospital for an examination and then was sent back home until 1pm. 

When we returned back to the hospital I was 3cm dilated and the contractions were getting so painful. A lifesaver was my TENS machine – for any pregnant gals here I can’t stress enough how amazing they are, it was the best £30 I have spent! Throughout my whole labour I was sick and annoyingly couldn’t keep any food down so I was straight away given an anti-sickness injection.

Once I reached 4cm I was taken to a birthing room which had a pool and I could finally get on the gas and air. I absolutely loved having gas and air, it gave me something else to think about and also made me feel so drunk haha. I honestly don’t think I spoke to Harry for about 3 hours and had my eyes shut most of the time. At about 10:30pm I got in the pool and I was surprised at how relaxing they had set the room up, the rooms were scented, tea lights were lit and it was so calming (despite the crippling contractions of course haha). 

At 12am the contractions were too much to handle and I was 6cm dilated so I decided to go ahead with the epidural. On my birth plan I wanted to have a water birth with gas and air and I felt a bit worried I would regret going against my original plan by having the epidural but it was honestly the best decision. They then moved me into a different room without a pool where I could get an epidural and the relief it gave me was so so amazing. 

This is where things get a little tough. Poppy wasn’t reacting well to my contractions and the midwives were getting very concerned and the discussion of assisted deliveries and c-sections were happening. At 6:30am I was ready to push and unfortunately I could only push for 20 minutes before they agreed that an assisted delivery was needed. Once I signed the consent forms I was rushed into theatre and honestly it was the scariest thing I have ever been through, going from a dimly lit room with only 3 midwives to a bright clinical theatre with 15 people staring at you was terrifying. All I wanted was my baby to be okay. 

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My poor baby was in the slightly wrong position so the doctors had to try and turn her head around and then deliver her. But we hit more complications, her shoulder got stuck and all I could hear was the doctor shouting for more Band 7 doctors to be rushed in for help and I was panicking like mad. With more doctors in the room an assisted delivery with forceps took place and by 7:28am my beautiful baby girl was born and placed into my arms, hearing her cry was the biggest relief in the world. I was so overwhelmed with joy, I just couldn’t stop crying. She weighed 9 pounds – I cannot believe how big she is haha!! 

My blood loss was very high and just off of a blood transfusion so I had to stay in hospital overnight to try and recover, especially as Poppy had a tricky delivery they wanted to make sure her shoulder was all okay. The first night in hospital was so tough on my own as a first time mum, but the midwives were all so amazing and supportive. 

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On Sunday 17th Harry came to collect us from hospital and go back home as a family of three and it was just the most amazing feeling. I feel so lucky and blessed to have a beautiful family and everything just feels complete now, most of my days now are spent just staring at her little face. As I am writing this we have just had our baby appointment at the hospital and the midwives are so pleased with how healthy she is, which is so nice and reassuring to hear.

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I hope you all enjoyed this post, there will definitely be more baby posts to come. I’m thinking my next one will be my pregnancy must haves, but if you have any suggestions please let me know in the comments below! 

Until next time, 

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37 thoughts on “Meet Baby Poppy!

    • chloeburford says:

      Thank you so much lovely, I definitely feel like a proud mama she’s so gorgeous! Pregnancy really was tough but I have a friend who has had a breeze of a pregnancy so try not to worry about it too much as it’s different for everyone. Plus it’s all worth it when you see their little face 🥰 xx

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  1. Chanelle says:

    Glad to hear you’re both doing well and she was delivered safely! I’d love to know how you settled on the name and if there were other considerations (that you aren’t looking at for future children) xx

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    • chloeburford says:

      Thank you sweet, I am so relieved that despite a tricky delivery she is all healthy and happy. Honestly there isn’t too much of a story to her name apart from it’s one we both loved, but her middle name is the same as mine and the same as my mums so that’s a family tradition. Thank you once again for reading! Xx

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      • Chanelle says:

        Sometimes that’s the easiest rather than spending time thinking of a name that has a grand meaning, go for what you like 😊 the middle name tradition is cute x

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  2. Hannah says:

    Congratulations Chloe! It must have been so scary at the time for the birth not to go according to plan but hopefully it was all worth it now that you have your adorable baby girl in your arms. Is there a reason you initially decided against an epidural? xx

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    • chloeburford says:

      Thank you lovely, it really was the scariest thing I have ever been through but worth every little bit of pain. I wanted a water birth and with a water birth you can’t stay in the water with an epidural. I just really wanted this natural beautiful labour in the pool, but you have to trust your body xx

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  3. Karen Wodstrup says:

    OMG I CANNOT handle her cuteness. Congratulations, I feel so happy for you guys. Remember to be proud of what you’ve just been through, it takes such courage to do what you’ve just done. I hope you’ll have some very enjoyable days together xx

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    • chloeburford says:

      Ahhhhh thank you gorgeous gal!!! She is honestly the cutest bundle of joy ever, I am just the happiest mum ever. It really has been a bit of a tricky time but so worth it, so I really appreciate the support and pat on the back lovely. Xxxx

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  4. mistakesmakeyouclean says:

    WOW!! Congratulations Chloe!! I’m so glad to hear that everything went well in the end despite the difficulties that you had to go through. Poppy is SO adorable and I hope you’re enjoying your days with the addition of your newest family member xx

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    • chloeburford says:

      Awww thank you so much, it feels so nice to have shared this story online. I appreciate the support so much! Although it was tricky I am so relieved that everything is all okay now. She’s such a happy little girl bless her! Xxx

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  5. Nikki says:

    Oh honey this is so beautiful and so scary reading about assisted delivery! brought tears to my eyes as you love your unborn baby more than life itself. Cannot wait till this is all over and Ted can meet his new play mate 🥰🥰xxxx

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  6. Chloe Luna says:

    Oh my goodness congratulations, she is beautiful !! So strange but your delivery story sounds exactly the same as my mum’s was when she had me !! You’re so strong and Poppy is such a lucky girl to have you as a mum – congratulations to you both! xx

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    • chloeburford says:

      Ahhh thank you angel! She really is so perfect, I am such a proud mama! Omg really?! I have spoke to a couple people who’s had similar labours and it’s so scary yet so reassuring to hear other people went through the same thing too. Thank you so much once again lovely xx

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  7. reindeershermaine says:

    congratulations!!!! motherhood is so scary to me, but i always admired mothers because they are so strong for bringing another life to Earth. Poppy is such a beautiful name, and i know she’ll grow up to be just as beautiful ❤

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  8. 50shad3s0fjay says:

    I’m crying babe I’m so happy for you and so thankful that little Poppy is here bringing you so much love and joy!! She is absolutely gorgeous babe and ah this is just beautiful!! I am so happy you’re happy and I wish you Harry and Poppy the most beautiful life. You’re an amazing loving girl Chloe and Poppy is so blessed to have you I already know you two are going to be such a gorgeous mother daughter best friend DUO!! You are already the best Mum I am so happy for you and in awe of how sweet wonderful and loving you are!!! SO MUCH LOVE XXXXXX

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    • chloeburford says:

      Omg thank you so so much gorgeous girl!! It has made me so happy and grateful that I have shared my whole pregnancy journey online and now she is here it just feels amazing to shout from the rooftops!! Thank you so so much for all your kind, thoughtful, loving words – you always make my day!! I cannot wait to share more about her as she grows up. Thank you so much once again for being a gorgeous ray of sunshine brightening my day! xxxxx

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  9. autumngirl says:

    HOW DID I ONLY JUST SEE THIS POST, congratulations chloe omg!!!! i am so happy for you! she is so cute bless her and she’s so lucky to have such an amazing mum! can’t wait for all the baby-related posts xx

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  10. gemmaajaynee says:

    SHE IS JUST THE CUTEST! I am so so happy for you it’s unreal 🥺 that must have been so terrifying having to go through all that, but I am so glad beautiful poppy and yourself are both fine and well! 💚 you are going to be an amazing mummy! Xxx

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