She’s Arrived!

After a long hard slog Erin Mae Ford finally put in an appearance at 02.22 today. Weighing 8lb 1.

I meant to post lots of pictures, but I’ve bought the wrong lead for the camera with me. Here’s two I took with the phone. I’ll post more when I get home.

Booked in…

So, this morning was Laura’s 41 week check with the midwife.

She’s now booked in to be induced on Monday.  We’re still hoping baby will make an appearance before then.

Baby Update – 40 weeks 1 day.

Just back from the midwife’s, everything continues to be fine. So it’s just a waiting game still.

Laura’s cooked Chilli for dinner, I think the plan is to have a curry Tommorow (that’ll be the third in a week); she’s also got the reflexology appointment booked.

So here’s hoping something happens soon.


Today is D-day, the baby is now officially “due” to arrive.

Given the false starts we’ve had over the last couple of weeks (Laura’s had a few bouts of contractions lasting a few hours and then just stopping) neither Laura or I expected to still be waiting today. Still here we are.

Laura has a load of stuff arranged for the next few days to keep her occupied (friends & family visiting, midwife & reflexology appointments etc.). Meantime I’m stuck at work with butterflies in my stomach going slowly mad.

Baby update – 38 week check

Today’s Midwife appointment was pretty uneventful. The results from Laura’s Glucose & Iron tests where fine; baby’s heart rate is fine. It’s lying in the correct position, so that’s fine too :o)

Laura is extremely uncomfortable and pretty fed up now and I can’t say I blame her. We are both just looking forward to baby Ford making an appearance now.

Baby update

We’ve been for the 36 week check today.

The midwife seems happy with everything so that’s all good; Laura has got to go for a blood sugar level test next week as the dipstick showed slightly raised levels of glucose. We’re not overly concerned about that though because she had the same thing with Isla.

Next check in two weeks time.

No baby Today – or at least not so far

By the time we got to the hospital the contractions had all stopped; Laura was put on a monitor for nearly an hour and had a few other checks with midwife and a doctor.

Everything seems fine at the moment, we don’t know what caused the contractions to start (or stop again for that matter) so we’ll just have to play it by ear.

Baby Update – Is this it?

I got rudely awoken about 04:30 Today by Laura with what she described as a “very sore tummy”.
Since then she’s been having contractions varying in strength and frequency, but no further apart than 10 minutes. She has just phoned the hospital and they want her to go in for an assessment at 10:00.

The baby isn’t due for another five weeks and we are nowhere near ready.
Watch this space

Sam is off for a walk…

A good friend of mine Sam is off to walk the great wall of china in a couple of days.

As well as getting some much needed excersize he’ll be raising a good sum of money for whizz-kidz. I’ll be adding my sponsorship on payday.
Sam’s organisational skills are about as good as mine, so five days before the trip there’s still an awful lot of preparation to do; from the sounds of things he’s had fun and games getting the equipment he needs up together.

He’s a keen photographer, so I’m expecting lot’s of good pictures to appear on his blog as the trip progresses.

Good luck Sam!

Fancy calling a car dealership “Mark”

Following on from a thread on the sitepoint forums I decided to see if “” was available.

It turns out it isn’t. is registered to a Ford dealer in the US of A. This is a downside to having the surname Ford, the only other one I can think of is people pronouncing it “Fouwd”.

Woah! this is a bit spooky!! I just looked up; it’s not being used at the moment, but it’s registered to another Mark Ford in the same town as me! I didn’t realise my name was that common.