Wednesday, December 19, 2007

They're home!

Posted by Chris @ 7:56 PM

I'm pleased to report that both Charlotte and Dawn are now home. They came home Sunday evening, hence it has taken me until Wednesday evening to update the blog!

Charlotte's jaundice is under control at the moment, although she still is a little yellow and may need further treatment if it doesn't clear up in the next few days. Dawn is doing well, and we're both just really really tired. Babies like to feed and poo during the night as well as the day. For some reason Charlotte likes to do particularly large poos during the night, which is nice! Otherwise we're really happy, things are starting to fall into a semi-routine, so once we start getting some decent periods of sleep normal blogging service will resume ;o)

Oh and whilst I'm here another big thanks to everyone who has sent us cards and gifts, we are really overwhelmed with everyone's generosity, thank you!

In other none baby news it was my birthday on Monday and I got amongst other things Guitar Hero III for Wii and Call of Duty 4 for PC - gaming heaven, shame I'm too tired to have the co-ordination to play either!

Friday, December 14, 2007

Baby's first fake tan

Posted by Chris @ 8:58 PM


You've read and seen right, Charlotte is currently enjoying her first fake tan! Sadly it isn't all good news. Whilst Dawn got the OK to be discharged today Charlotte didn't due to her Jaundice. For the uninitiated in Jaundice (like I was a day ago) it is a condition that affects the colour of her skin giving her a yellowish appearance. This is caused by high levels of bilirubin in her body. Whilst most newborns suffer from this because there little bodies can't process it as Charlotte is pre-term she requires some help to bring the levels down. Hence the fake tan - blue light helps to break down the bilirubin. Unfortunately she has to be in there for a number of hours (12+) so Dawn and Charlotte are spending another night in hospital. Hopefully tomorrow the bilirubin will have reduced enough that she can be discharged, and then I'll finally have my girls at home! Fingers crossed.....

Update: Boo, Charlotte's bilirubin levels haven't come down overnight, so she will have to stay under the lights for longer. Which means she might not get discharged until late this evening, or even tomorrow. Boo!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

I'm a dad!

Posted by Chris @ 10:01 PM

Dawn and Charlotte
Well, I've finally found 10 minutes to tell the World the news, and if I haven't told you yet my apologies!

I'm now a dad, and Dawn is a mum, to Charlotte Rose Riley, born at 16:16, weighing 5lb 2oz, 35wks and 4 days (so a couple of weeks off full term). Yesterday was a pretty hectic scary and exciting day so I'll give you a quick rundown.

After arriving home on Sunday evening after a weekend in Carlisle Dawn was taken ill, vomiting with severe stomach pain about 1.30am. We phoned the hospital and they told us to come in. 2am we were there, and after a few tests and a few hours it was confirmed Dawn was suffering from pre-eclampsia. This is a pretty serious condition so she was placed in a high dependency unit and monitored closely. The consultant in the morning said the best thing to do was to leave baby inside as long as it was safe for Dawn (it affects Dawn and not baby you see). However by the afternoon Dawn's blood tests were showing the condition was worsening quite quickly and so the decision was taken to get Charlotte out. So whilst Dawn had the epidural to numb her (so she was still awake) I got into some scrubs! I went into the theatre and within 5 minutes Charlotte was born! It was the most magical moment, and there were a few tears! After that both baby and Dawn went back to the high dependency unit for further monitoring to make sure the toxemia went away and that baby was OK. Having been up for 22 hours straight we were both shattered, so we were very happy to have the chance for some sleep last night!

Today I'm pleased to report that both Dawn and Charlotte are doing fine, now on the normal ward. Charlotte is feeding well, alert with eyes open and very content, I've hardly heard her cry! Dawn is a little sore but on the whole coping well and the consultant says he hopes she'll be able to come home on Thursday, I can't wait!

That about wraps it up for now, suffice to say I don't think it has really sunk in yet, despite having changed 3 nappies so far! There are a few more photos in the photos section, or on Flickr. Oh and Dawn and I are overwhelmed with all the kind messages you've been sending, it means a lot to both of us to know we have so many thinking of us, thank you.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Stravinsky - The Rite of Spring on

Posted by Chris @ 8:50 PM

A while back Dawn and I went to a concert where we heard the Rite of Spring by Stravinsky. I blogged about it back then, but I just wanted to highlight that you can get this, and his other work The Firebird (not heard this yet) on CD from for £2.99! Bargain - we have ours already :o)

Google Reader discover feature is great!

Posted by Chris @ 8:40 PM

Google Reader recently launched a great new feature called discover. You can read more about it here, but essentially Reader now recommends feeds you might be interested in subscribing to based on your current reader habits and web searches.

I've already added a few interesting subscriptions thanks to this feature, and there seems to be some new ones added to my recommendations each day. A jolly useful feature and well implemented, well done. So, if you haven't already have a look and see what they're recommending for you. And if you're not using Google Reader, why not? Genuinely, is there a RSS reader I'm missing out on?