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Leaving @LeedsHack

Leaving @LeedsHack

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I’ve had a few emails this week asking me when the next LeedsHack is and now is about the time when I usually start organising this years event, The truth is, I honestly don’t know when / if LeedsHack is happening.

After more than 5 years, I decided last year (after saying it for a few years) that LeedsHack 2015 was going to be my last one. 

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Back to Blogging.. for now

Back to Blogging.. for now

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Lets be honest, I’m not sure how this little blogging stint will last, I tend to go in cycles of blogging where I build up a small audience, get bored and delete everything and start again.

I’d stared writing down things with the “Dad Stuff’ category in my notepad as a basis of things about having a kid to write a set on that wasn’t just “THEY SHIT EVERYWHERE” but I realised I was writing a lot so I thought might as well put it to good use.

In addition to that Divshot just shutdown and took my 1 page site with them.

I wanted to write a few of the posts about our experience at the Hospital because the staff at the Hospital were genuinely upset by some of the negative reports they see online and if my blog has ANY authority left.. I might be able to help at least a little with that

I’m not intending on writing all about Scarlett and the family, there are some tech things that wouldn’t be appropriate for the company blog, and some of my Arduino projects I’d like to show off but whilst I’m enjoying writing, I’ll keep going.

22nd Feburary 2016 – 10:41pm

22nd Feburary 2016 – 10:41pm

This post is part three, if you've not read part one and two, try them first :)

Scarlett Veronica Hodgson – 5lb 13 and 5 weeks early.

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She obviously gets her impatience from me, Mum had a few hours to rest in the delivery room and I sat with her in silence, refreshing Reddit, texting friends and family and acquiring scarletthodgson.co.uk and .com.

After what seemed like hours but was in reality was less than one, we were moved into the Transitional Ward and that’s where I’m writing this from.

Apart from the stern doctor who told Heather she was going to have the C-Section, every single member of staff that we’ve dealt with at the hospital has been beyond amazing, we are now on our 9th day in the Hospital and in the time we’ve been here, We’ve been to four departments (we didn’t go to neonatal so missed out on a full house).

Heather read a negative review of St. James on the internet so during the pregnancy she switched to the LGI,  I have never been more thankful for a ward to be closed, not that I thought the LGI would be bad, but I was born at St. James so I was happy to be moved there (but you never argue with a pregnant woman)

I wanted to write this message so that if someone searches for St. James Maternity Ward Review, hopefully this will appear and they can see that you are in the very best of hands.

I’ve no doubt I’ll be using this blog to complain when things go wrong with stuff and it’s much easier to write complaints than complements but if your thinking about St. James, I could not ask for more from them (other than a car park pass 😉 )

21st Feburary 2016 – 11:31pm

21st Feburary 2016 – 11:31pm

This post is part two, if you've not read it, read part one

iMessage from Heather Heather: They’ve just done and scan and the baby is in breach, they are going to do a c-section tomorrow

I called Heather straight away and we talked through what had happened, the Doctor had been quiet matter of fact and left after giving the information so we were both upset that she was on her own with this news, we chatted for 5 minutes and agreed that we both needed some sleep.

I ran downstairs and woke my mum up by SHOUTING AT HER,

You’ve got to get up at 6 tomorrow, I need to get up and goto the hospital, baby is in breach so she’s coming tomorrow, I need a bath and you need to drive me!!

I switched the lights off and went back upstairs and then it started to sink in.. we were going to have a baby TOMORROW.. holy shit.. 

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21st February 2016 – 3:30pm

21st February 2016 – 3:30pm

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The day of the World Club Challenge had arrived. I’d been excited about this for months, tickets were booked and I’d upgraded Grandad and I to some prematch VIP hospitality with a three course meal.

Dinner started at 4:00pm so at 3:30pm Grandad and I had our shirts on, the car was packed and we bound towards the door, my hand was on the handle when my phone buzzed..

iMessage from Heather Hodgson : Can you come upstairs please

I trotted up the stairs and walked into our bedroom to find Heather on the bed, “My waters have broke” 

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