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I had a pretty normal pregnancy. Although, I developed hyperemesis gravidarum between weeks 7 and 14, I was vomiting up to 30 times a day, couldn't even keep water down and lost my job because I was never at my desk. Apart from that, it was a very normal pregnancy.

We found out at 20 weeks that we were having a girl, and already had a name picked out for both sexes. Amelia for a girl, Chase for a boy. My pregnancy progressed well and the whole time, bub was measuring a week smaller than she should of. But a week either side is considered okay so we didn't panic. At week 33+6 I started developing lower back pains, @ 9pm I took a shower to relieve the pain and it did the job. I sat up waiting for my fiancé Matt's work clothes to finish in the dryer. By 10.30-11pm I had some stomach pains but brushed them off as Braxton Hicks contractions. But by 11.30pm they were getting more intense and closer together. Sitting on the toilet seemed to help, but not for long. I jumped back in the shower to try and ease the pain again. They were so bad at this point I couldn't get off the ground. I got out of the shower and walked straight to the spare bed and laid down, my contractions were now 1.5 minutes apart called the hospital and they said come in. By now it is 1.30am.

I call my mother-in-law and ask her to come get me, she immediately could tell that I was in labour for real. We arrived at the hospital 2.30am and I was fully dilated. No time for an epidural. Amelia Jaelyn is born at 3.10am May 23rd 2012. To this day I am not sure why she decided to make an appearance early. Everything seemed fine. Although the placenta was a bit discoloured and unhealthy, the midwife said that may have something to do with it.

Amelia was taken to the Special Care Nursery after a quick cuddle and she is weighed up at 2090 grams - 4lbs 6oz and 44 cm long. She was treated for early hyaline membrane disease and was on CPAP for 1 day. She required some phototherapy for jaundice and a few tube feeds but she progressed quite well quite fast. She was released home on June 6th when she would have been 36 weeks and we were so excited. She is now just over 3 months old and doing wonderfully. She is smiling, laughing, making sounds and can sit up with something to lean on. She is a happy little girl and we are so grateful to have her safe and sound.

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