Last Saturday was my son's 2nd birthday. We didn't have any kiddie party for him. The three of us just went on our usual stroll at SM North EDSA. Had our family photo shoot taken at Pic A Boo in The Block, had lunch at KFC, and Trev rode the Carousel after. Before going home, we bought a birthday cake for him at Red Ribbon. Had some pictures taken at home, made some wishes and blew his candle. The next day, we brought Trev to iPlay and he played for one hour. Then he rode the Carousel again (he loves it kasi). It was very simple but our little toddler was very happy. Maybe next year, we can throw a simple party for him. :-)
I'll post about the details of our simple celebration next. For the mean time, I would like to post my labor story. This is the first time I am going to post this. I wrote this a few days after giving birth because I didn't want to forget anything. I want to cherish and treasure each moment. When Trev grows up, I would like for him to know how he was born. Hmm, I wonder how he'd feel like when he reads this.
This is very raw. I didn't edit anything because I wanted it to sound like that day, after I gave birth to our adorable son.
Warning: Very loooong post.
Oct 22 - Prenatal Checkup. I was IE'd by my OB, sabi niya sarado pa daw ang cervix ko at floating pa si baby. Sabi niya kailangan ko daw talaga maglakad lakad para bumaba si baby. Actually, the previous week pa niya ako pinaglalakad lakad pero di ko pa kinarir kasi I was only on my 36th week and natatakot akong mapreterm. When she checked my fundic height, estimated weight ni baby was 6.5-6.8 lbs na so I shouldn't eat too much na daw, else baby will grow bigger and mahihirapan daw akong ideliver siya normally.
|Taken October 22, 2011. After check up. Little did we know that I will give birth pala 4 days after this picture was taken. hihi! :-)|
Since I am now on my 37th week, after ng check up, hubby and I decided na maglakad lakad muna sa mall bago umuwi.
Oct 23 - Hubby and I went to SM North again para maglakad lakad, inabot siguro kami almost 4 hours sa paglalakad. Naggrocery pa kami after. Bigat ko na talaga at super sakit na ng talampakan ko.
Oct 24 - Since nasa office si hubby and mag-isa lang ako sa bahay, I decided na sa loob na lang ng apartment maglakad lakad kahit mukha akong trumpo na paikot-ikot sa loob ng bahay kasi maliit space, hihi! In fairness, inabot rin ako ng isang oras sa pagwalking. :-)
Oct 25 - Andito na sis in law ko, so niyaya ko siya to go to SM North. Nagwalking kami for 2 hours. When we went back home around 6:30pm, I took a pee and may nakita akong konting brown discharge. I thought baka mucos plug, pero wala naman akong ibang nararamdaman na kakaiba like cramps or anything. So sabi ko sa sis in law ko, tomorrow, sa Trinoma naman kami maglalakad lakad. Kailangan ko na karirin ang pagwawalking kasi lagot ako sa OB ko pag di pa bumaba si baby, haha! May check up pa man din kami sa kanya on Thursday, Oct 27.
Oct 26 - The big day.
12 midnight - I woke up in the middle of the night na basa ang underpants ko, medyo kinutuban ako, pero bumangon ako para magwiwi. Iniisip ko na lang, baka discharge lang at ganun talaga, baka medyo bumababa na si baby kaya lumalakas discharge ko. When I went back to bed, I checked what time it was, I thought kasi mga 2-3am na, usually ganung oras kasi ako nagigising sa madaling araw para magwiwi. Nagulat pa ako kasi 12midnight pa lang pala.
Medyo uneasy na ako kasi bigla akong nakaramdam na parang napupupu ako after a few minutes of going back to bed. Medyo pinakiramdaman ko muna. I decided to go back to the comfort room and try. Ayun, success naman. Went back to bed again. Pero weird na talaga ng feeling ko. Maya't maya akong nagigising because pabalik balik yung feeling na parang I want to do number 2 again. Hindi na ako nakatulog. Pabalik-balik din ako sa CR pero di na successful yung mga next attempts ko. I tried to time the contractions pero iba iba siya. Parang 10minutes, tapos sometimes naman parang 5 minutes apart.
3am - Tumunog na ang alam ng hubby ko, pero gising na gising pa rin ako. Pinipigilan ko ang sarili ko na gisingin siya kasi baka false labor lang yung nararamdaman ko. I wasn't sure.
4am - Umabot na ng 4am, pafrequent na nang pafrequent yung contractions. I texted OB na and informed her of what I was feeling. Obviously, walang reply kasi madaling araw pa lang naman yun. I was hoping lang na she would reply as soon as she wakes up.
4:30am - I decided to tell hubby what I was feeling na, he was contemplating whether he would go to work pa or not na. He took a bath pero I told him na ganun pa rin ang feeling ko, contractions pa rin. Sabi ko parang yun na yung inaantay namin. Parang it's time na, kasi pasakit na nang pasakit eh, although manageable pa and tolerable pa.
5am - I decided to take a bath na kasi padalas na nang padalas yung contractions ko. Hubby prepared na my warm bath tapos naligo ako nang mabilisan. Ang hirap maligo habang may contractions, grabe. After I took a bath, hubby decided to call my OB already. Buti na lang gising na si OB nun, she told hubby na kailangan na namin pumunta ng Delgado Hospital. So hubby and my sis in law prepared na our things. Buti na lang I readied everything na weeks before today.
6am - Went to Delgado Hospital na. Buti hindi pa masyadong traffic.
6:25am - I was already inside the Labor Room. The nurse (or resident OB, I'm not sure) made me sit and asked a few questions. Afterwards, she brought me inside a small cubicle. She IE'd me and found out that I was already 7cm dilated! Nagulat talaga ako! Di ko inexpect na nakakaya ko pang tiisin ang contractions eh 7cm dilated na pala ako. She called one of her colleagues and prepared me na, and changed my clothes to a hospital gown. She called my hubby in to hand over my stuffs. So nagkita pa kami ng hubby ko sa loob ng labor room kahit saglit na saglit lang. He isn't allowed inside kasi.
I heard them say na watery nga talaga ako, may ininsert kasi silang something down there to check. I also heard them na tumawag na daw si OB ko sa kanila and informed them of my condition. Wala kasi siyang naibigay na admission letter since biglaan ang labor ko. We're supposed to see her again for my check up the next day pa sana, had I not gone into labor today.
7am - I was brought in one of the beds, still inside the Labor Room. Contractions were still here and there and padalas na nang padalas. I was also strapped na rin to a fetal monitor. May inabot rin sa akin na parang button, pipindutin ko raw pag gumalaw si baby. Kaso when I tried to push the button nung gumalaw si baby, di ko naman mapush, haha! Sinabi ko na lang dun sa nurse na matigas yung button at di ko mapush. Toinks! So binawi na lang sa akin.
Sunod sunod na yung mga pangyayari after that. Kinabitan na rin ako ng IV and may ininject na gamot sa magkabilang braso ko. Pati sa hip ko. Tapos may lumapit sa akin na nurse (or resident OB, I'm not sure again) and ininterview ako. This time, mas mahaba yung interview niya. As in from the time na first time kong mag-Pregnancy Test, hanggang mga meds that I took, ultrasounds, tests, etc etc. The interview was happening in between contractions, nagtatime out ako paminsan minsan kasi masakit talaga siya.
I found out na yung ininject sa akin sa hip was Twilight pala, so sabi sa kin ng nurse, bibilisan na daw niya yung interview or else, baka makatulugan ko siya. Pero, actually, hindi pa ako naantok nun, kaya ko pa. Sabi niya, wag ko daw labanan pag inantok ako. (I opted not to be under epidural, napag-usapan na namin ni OB yun before I reached full term. She suggested Twilight Saddle Block.)
I lost tract of the exact time already, probably around 8-9am na nun, resident OB kept on doing IE on me, even heard one of them say na "Wag kayong IE nang IE sa kanya, mamamaga yan." Ang sakit ng IE, grabe. Sabi nung resident OB, magtry daw akong magwiwi, pero since panay panay na ang contractions ko, di ko na magawang makawiwi, even when she put in the bed pan. So she inserted something down there na super sakit at nadrain yung bladder ko.
Whenever I feel contractions, sinasabihan akong magblow lang nang magblow (exhale), pero parang wala namang effect sa akin. Masakit pa rin. Pinapapush na nga ako, I was trying talaga my best para magpush pero parang wala ring nangyayari, sabi nila mataas pa raw si baby.
OB arrived, don't know exactly what time. Basta, I was just relieved to finally see her. Groggy na ako by the time na kinakausap nila ako, nakapikit lang ako sabay ungol lang nang ungol. Aray lang ako nang aray. Pa-push sila nang pa-push sa akin, yung parang ireng nagna-number 2 daw, pero wala talaga. After a few more moments, I heard OB say "Van, if after 15 minutes, di pa rin bumaba si baby, CS na kita ha." I just knodded, all I wanted was to get it done and over with. Maya maya, may inabot sa aking papel at pinapirma ako. Sabi ni OB, kakausapin na lang daw niya si hubby to discuss about my operation.
After that, naramdaman ko na lang na I was being wheeled somewhere. I was too groggy to care anymore. Sobrang masakit na rin talaga. I was also sure na on and off na ako, minsan tulog, minsan gising and umaaray.
I felt about three people holding me, isa sa legs, sa arms and sa body. Binabaluktot nila ang katawan ko. And I kept hearing my OB say na wag akong magpush. Pero everytime I feel contractions, kusang umiire ang katawan ko. Ang hirap talagang pigilan na hindi magpush. Yun pala, kaya kailangan kong hindi umire kasi the anaesthesiologist was injecting the anaesthesia already. Nahihirapan silang iinject yun sa spine ko because I was uncontrollably and involuntarily pushing whenever I feel the contractions. Narinig ko si OB, sabi niya "Van, wag kang iire, lalo lang tatagal, exhale ka lang." Ang hirap talagang gawin.
Hindi ko na namalayan kung gaano katagal bago nila natapos iinject yung anaesthesia sa akin, I fell asleep again. I woke up na inooperahan na ako, my arms were parang spread beside me and parang nakatali ata and I can see from the big lights on the ceiling na nabuksan na nila ang tiyan ko. And I felt so relieved na finally wala na akong nararamdamang sakit from the contractions.
Then I went off to sleep again. Buti na lang nagising ako when I heard them say "Baby out, 11:53 (am)!". Then I heard OB say, "Oh Van, kamuka ni Allan!". I just smiled, kasi may nakasaksak na oxygen mask sa face ko. At super groggy pa rin ako. I also heard someone say "Doctora, 7 lbs." Then OB said, "Oh, sabi ko sa'yo eh, 7 lbs siya."
|Awww! My little Trev. :-)|
After that, they showed me my little man. He was the most beautiful thing that I have ever seen in my entire life! Ganun pala yung feeling when you finally see that little bean na dating nasa tummy mo lang. I couldn't even describe the happiness. (Awww, teary eyed!) Then they put my baby on me to breastfeed, at last kahit CS ako naranasan ko rin ang Unang Yakap, well, semi. Buti na lang, gising ako that time. I couldn't exactly describe the feeling talaga, I was just so overwhelmed and so happy that baby is safe and healthy and is now with us. The nurse said "Oh, kiss na kay mommy" before they brought baby to the nursery. They removed my oxygen mask and I kissed my baby boy. Ang saya saya nang feeling. His skin into mine, parang sasabog ang puso ko! :-)
|Trev's the one with the light. He was 7 lbs and the biggest baby born that day.|
Pagkatapos ng operation, they wheeled me to the recovery room, I glanced at the clock, around 1pm na. I couldn't move my left leg, sobrang numb. I also kept on falling asleep then waking up from time to time. The nurse told me that they will bring me to my room at 6pm. I was brought to the ward after the resident OB gave me instructions, around past 6pm. In the ward, my hubby and sister in law were waiting. I felt relieved to finally see my husband again after all that happened. Now, I have two men in my life already, my husband and our little boy. I can't thank God enough for all the things He'd given us. I feel so complete and overjoyed. I love my boys so much.
|Relieved to finally see my hubby after my operation. Thank you so much, mahal ko for all the love and care. :-)|
The next day, as what our OB advised, we transferred to a private room. She visited me that night and told me that I even reached 10cm and maganda ang pagpush ko, kaya lang talagang di daw kasya si baby sa sipit sipitan ko (cervix ata ito) and my cord coil pa na isang ikot kay baby so they had to do CS na talaga. Natatawa nga ako kasi sabi pa ni OB, kung anu ano daw ang kinukuwento ko when I was all too groggy na, kaso di daw niya maintindihan kung anu yung mga sinasabi ko. Yikes, anu kaya ang mga pinagsasasabi ko during those moments? Haha!
Anyway, everything was all over and my CS operation was successful. (I was not able to mention it to her but my OB was very nice to do the Bikini Cut on me, buti na lang! hihi!) The labor was almost 12 hours. I could still vividly remember the pain. Whenever there's a contraction, first na sumasakit was my groin, then gagapang yung pain to my thighs then to my back. I don't know but my tummy didn't actually hurt that much, only when I felt my baby moved and "stretched" causing him to reach parts of my ribs, that's when I felt the pain in my tummy.
|Going home after three days in the hospital. Family picture muna. :-)|
We're so happy that we're blessed with a very nice OB. She's been very good to us since day 1. Thanks Doc. And most of all, thank God for all the blessings. Thank you Lord for guiding us when I was giving birth to Trev. Thank you Lord for blessing us with a healthy and bouncing baby boy. Thank you Lord for my husband who's always there for me. I wouldn't have been able to make it if not for him. And thank you for blessing me with the two most beautiful men in my life, my husband and my baby. I couldn't ask for more. My life is now complete. They're the best thing that ever happened to me. (My eyes are welling with tears already. ♥)