Very early arrival of Matilda Grace

Announcement of pregnancy and birth following assisted reproductive treatment.
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Fiona L
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Very early arrival of Matilda Grace

Post by Fiona L » Mon Dec 27, 2004 2:32 pm

This baby has been difficult from day one so her delivery was never going to be straightforward!!!

Last Tuesday night at around 9.30 I felt a sudden gush of liquid which I assumed was because I hadn't done enough pelvic floor exercises!! On closer inspection I discovered it was blood. I rang DP who was on his way back from Gatwick having done a round trip to Switzerland. He had insisted on coming back that night, thank God, although I had told him to stay over. He arrived in a minute and we dropped my sleepy children off at my mothers and belted down the motorway to Oxford, setting off at least one speed camera.

The hospital were fab. They examined me and concluded my waters had broken. We spent the night there, with DP sleeping on a mattress on the floor, and jumped the queue the next morning for a section.

Matilda (Tilly) Grace was born at 9.30am on Wednesday 22nd weighing 4lb 4 and a half ounces. Amazingly, she didn't need to go to Special Care. She may be tiny but she's a strong little thing. She has a slight heart murmur due to a small hole between the ventricles but this should heal itself in the next 6 months.

The hospital discharged us at lunchtime on Christmas Day and we came home with the best Christmas present ever.

I am feeling pretty tired as she sleeps non-stop during the day but is awake in the night! Standard behaviour for a baby!

I hope you all had a good Christmas and I wish you a fantastic New Year with your babies.

Love Fiona


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Post by gem » Mon Dec 27, 2004 4:26 pm

Fiona dp
Congratulations on the birth of your daughter how early was she?

Bet you all had a brill christmas how are your other children with her??

Take care
Love Gemxxxxxx
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Post by LORRAINE G » Tue Dec 28, 2004 10:11 am

Congatulations Fiona, my love and best wishes to you all.

Matilda was my grandmothers name, her birthday was the 22nd of Dec - as is mine. I was her first grandchild, she was the first to hold me. Your post brings me many happy memories!

Enjoy your new daughter
much love

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Post by DebraP » Wed Dec 29, 2004 1:29 pm

Congratulations Fiona. I'm glad Tilly arrived safely, if a little early. What a wonderful gift.


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Post by caz1 » Thu Dec 30, 2004 10:35 am

oh wow!!!!!!!!!!!
Thats amazing :D :D :D :D
I LOVE the name Matilda (its on our short list as well!! :) )

Have lost many weeks were you? Its so great you got to take her home - what an AMAZING Christmas you have had!

Best love to you all

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Post by Tracey S » Sat Jan 01, 2005 9:33 am


Trust you! Congratulations to you both on Tilly's arrival - my niece is Mathilda slightly different spelling. We are both thrilled and what a little fighter. Enjoy her - I am sure you will.
Tracey, Emily and Alice
ttc 9 years. 38 yrs old, dh 8 hrs younger!First IVF in Aug 2002 and had ectopic.2nd IVF neg.3rd FET and negative.4th FET and positive but sadly lost our little boy at 20 weeks.5th FET and Alice Isobel and Emily Charlotte born 5th Aug 2004!

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Post by Shellie » Mon Jan 03, 2005 9:20 pm

Congratulations Fiona on the safe arrival of Matilda.
Enjoy being a new mum.

DH 37, me 28 with Endometriosis
First attempt at IVF in May, now pregnant with twins. Fingers still crossed.

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Post by Fiona L » Tue Jan 04, 2005 3:42 pm

Thank you all for your kind wishes. They brought tears to my eyes - tho I am doing a lot of crying at the moment. I thought the hormones might have settled down by now.

Matilda was exactly 36 weeks when she was born. We had a week at home just the 3 of us which was very relaxing and peaceful. We got to know her and her funny expressions. Then my children came back from staying with their father. Since then life has been much harder work. They adore her and want to be involved with everything, particularly my 6 year old daughter but it is hard work juggling their needs with a little baby. They went back to school today so things should get easier. I am very tired but still ecstatic!

Lorraine - what an amazing coincidence. The 22nd is obviously a magical date.

Everyone else - hurry up and join the sleepless nights club!!!!!!!

Love Fiona

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Post by phil » Tue Jan 04, 2005 6:57 pm

Fiona, many congratulations on the arrival of baby Tilly.

phil x

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Post by gem » Tue Jan 04, 2005 8:14 pm

Cant wait to join the club,wish my bubs would hurry up and arrive.

Glad to hear your children have taken to Tilly and want to help,got your rest in while they are at school,

Take care Love Gemxxx
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Post by ogr1 » Fri Jan 07, 2005 7:45 pm

from montana..
finaly some great news for christmas..
sorry that this is so late.. i didnt know that there was such great news.

we werent blessed with our babies to raise here but we our blessed with our grandaughter
and all of our many adopted and foster children that touch our lives
and i am glad to add that our 6th grandchild will be born this spring!!!!

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Post by alicia » Thu Jan 13, 2005 7:12 pm


CONGRATULATIONS!!! SO happy to hear your news, and what a lovely name! Sorry to write so late - we have been away. I've been following your story since you had some testing scares early on and we have as well. So you must be especially thrilled to have her with you and healthy.


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Post by Dagny » Sat Jan 15, 2005 10:14 pm

Dear Fiona

Many, many, many CONGRATULATIONS on the birth of your daughter Matilda Grace. You must be so relieved. You have had a very stressfull pregnancy so I am so glad all is well.

I hope she continues to thrive and the hole in her ventrical manages to repair its self.

What a wonderful Christmas you and your family must have had. Such fantastic news.

Much love Dagny xkx
Me 38 DH 40
1st 2nd & 4th IVF/ICSI -ve
3rd +ve DD Katelyn born @ 24wks & sadly died
5th +ve m/c 9wks
6th +ve Twins Sadly DD Leah stillborn @20wks and DS Kieran born @22wks but sadly died too
7th +ve - DD Chloë Mae born @38wks our precious miracle

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Post by bubblymichelle » Mon Jan 17, 2005 6:10 am

Congratulations Fiona on the birth of your baby girl
welcome to the world.
Shell & Alex

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