He arrived on Wednesday 11th January at 7.40pm, 7 weeks early! What an experience. I woke up on the tuesday morning having what I felt must be contractions. Painful cramps every 10-15 minutes. I thought it may be a false alarm and nearly went in to work! Good job I didn't. By the time mum got back from work to take me to the hospital they were starting to hurt quite a bit and by the time I got to the hospital I was in agony! They gave me some gas and air which helped a bit. It was all a bit confusing really, one doc was sure I wasn't in labour and that the cramps were the result of a suspected infection which I was still waiting for the results for. Still, they gave me a steroid injection to help baby breath if he did come early, and then some tablets to stop the contractions. I wasn't really that aware of what was going on at this point, that gas and air is pretty pokey stuff! I had to be transferred to another hospital as there were no special care beds at the John Radcliffe in Oxford, so I went to Banbury in an ambulance. Then had the worst night of my life. I was in AGONY, the tablets had worn off and each contraction had me doubling over in pain. The nurse looking after me was awful . I was crying my eyes out and begging for some pain relief but she just kept telling me it was the suspected UTI and the niggles would come and go, she wouldn't give me anything. It was awful. In the morning she took me up to the maternity ward only for them to bring me straight back down again because I was actually in Labour!! By this time I was exhausted. God knows how I managed it as I was completely knackered and dazed from the gas and air and Mepid, but I battled through and pushed Harry Jake in to the world at 7.40pm. Phew. I don't think I'll be doing it again in a hurry lol. Harry Jake is in special care. He weighed 4Ib10oz at birth. He's lost a little now but apparantly thats normal. He was jaundiced too but thats all better now. I still haven't quite taken it all in. I'm overwhelmed and just spend hours staring at him in his little incubator. I can't wait to get him home! My partner Jake was amazing throughout. He arrived just in time for the actual birth, about ten minutes before! He held my hand and mopped my head and did everything just right. I was worried about how he'd cope, but really needn't have been at all. He was my hero. I'll pop some pictures up very soon.