Sanna 2nd baby updates

Warning, a couple of photos and the text are a bit graphic if your squeamish.

Mon 11th June 1am

Its 1am in the morning, Sanna has started her contractions. She noticed a change today, it felt ‘different’ she said. We already knew from scans the baby is currently sideways (known as breech), not head down like it should be, let’s hope when we get to the hospital and they check, it has turned to the correct head down position.

Mon 11th June 1:55am

Oh wow what a rollercoaster ride! Fast forward 55 minutes it all happened so quick! The contractions started so quick and got faster and faster, after just 30 mins the waters broke and Sanna was shouting ‘the babys coming!!’

She was in the bathroom, I was in the bedroom next door and I replied “don’t worry you’re doing well it’s on its way”. Next thing, Sanna let out a large roar of pain and said in a panicking voice, “the babys legs are hanging out!!!” I rushed into the bathroom, looked, and I couldn’t believe it. Sanna was squatting in the bathroom and 2 purple legs were hanging out, blood everywhere and we were in our bathroom at home, not ideal!

I hung up the phone from the midwife who I was talking to about the contractions and phoned emergency 000. They despatched an ambulance straight away and talked me through what to do.

I was really scared of situation we were in, I knew a breech birth at home with no medical professionals around could be extremely dangerous for both mother and child, but I was determined to remain calm and not show my fear to Sanna who was very scared.

There was a guy and a women on the 000 phone, the guy seemed more experienced and they asked us to remain calm and explain everything that was happening very clearly as we were their eyes.

2nd push and the baby was out up to its waist, 3rd push and the left arm and half the chest out, 4th and final push and the head and other arm popped out onto the soft towel I lay beneath on the ground. In just 5 minutes we went from no baby showing to all the way out.

Baby Taylor wasn’t breathing and lay still and a deep purple colour on the towel, still attached to Sanna by the cord. The 000 staff on the phone told me to rub Taylors back to stimulate her to breathe. After a minute (which felt like 5 minutes) she took a tiny breath of air, then after 15 seconds another breath, then a 10 seconds gap and another breath, the gaps between the little breaths got shorter and shorter. After a few minutes she started to breath slowly and regularly and started to make a quiet wheezing sound which was GOOD the 000 person on the other end of the phone said.

I asked Sanna to get off the floor and sit on the closed toilet seat lid and I put baby Taylor in the towel in her arms and took this quick photo.

A few minutes later 4 ambulance staff and Hanna all arrived at my units door at once. Hanna saw all these ambulance crew and wondered what the hell was going on.

The ambulance crew looked at Taylor quickly and everything looked ok, and helped clamp the cord so I could cut it. It was a relief they said everything was ok and we had successfully delivered little Taylor.

Sanna was taken to the Royal Randwick hospital for women in the ambulance and I followed shortly in our car, after cleaning up the bathroom which was a right state.

Sanna and baby Taylor were completely healthy, and she weighed 3.5kg, larger than Zara who was 3.1kg. After reaching the hospital we could start to relax and the happiness started to creep in, and we could start to think back to what happened, what a night!

First time photo of when Zara met her little sister Taylor.

Eating time at the hospital.

Sanna is recovering well at the hospitable and the doctors think she will be home tomorrow.

Cairns to Cape York MTB adventure

I’ve just returned back from the adventure of a lifetime. To ride from the Queensland city of Cairns to the northerly most point in Australia close to 1000km’s by mountain bike.

I’ve been wanting to do this for years and my buddy Ian came along with me. The trip took 10 days, of which 8 were riding, covering around 100km’s off-road per day. We had a 4wd support vehicle, and a team of other riders to share the experience with.
I have put together a video of all the highlights on YouTube. Watch on YouTube Here

and for those that were on the trip with me, you might like to watch the full over an hour long version to relive the experience. Watch on YouTube Here