Ashley will be celebrating her first month birthday in 5 days. I think I’ll take it as a cue that I really need to start doing my overdue posts about my birthing story and postnatal days I’ve been meaning to share for several weeks now.
So here it goes..
I’ve started experiencing regular a bit painful contractions about 10 minutes apart each on the evening of the 28th. I fell asleep while monitoring it but I was awakened several times in the wee hours of the morning because of the pain while contractions occur.
We were scheduled to do our Christmas shopping in Greenhills in the morning (so I could also do a walking marathon for the baby to descend) and attend the Trick or Treat in the afternoon at Kaje’s place.
Asher and I woke up at about 8 am. Out of the blue, he lied down next to my tummy and whispered “Baby Klong-klong, labas na ikaw. Play na tayo.” By this time, I felt the regular contractions with a lesser interval time of about 8 minutes and were slightly more painful. When I got up, I felt something gushed down there. The bloody show prompted me to shout to the husband…. “This is it! Let’s go!”. We readied, picked up our hospital bags and off we went. I didn’t eat my breakfast anymore because I was thinking that delivery will faster this second time around and if I’ll have a food intake, they might not administer anesthesia on me.
I was admitted to the Labor Room at about 10:30 in the morning where they checked and found out that I was already 5 cm dilated. No wonder the painful regular contractions of about 5 minutes apart were that intense. They performed the necessary prepping (aargghh..the enema was the worst experience at this point), hooked my belly up to the baby monitoring machines, got IV-ed, etc. My OB visited me at 12 noon then gave instructions to the resident doctors and left to hold clinic while waiting for my labor to progress. The resident doctor sat down beside me and religiously monitored further my contractions. I requested for the epidural anesthesia when I progressed to 6 cm as I couldn’t bear the pain anymore. Got a temporary bliss for an hour or so. The anesthesiologist continued to inject but I noticed that I was feeling the pain again every contraction. I was perplexed because with Asher, it was heaven from the moment the epidural was administered until he got out.
At 5 pm, the resident OB said that I’m 10 cm dilated already and that, I have to wait for my OB before I begin pushing. “Mag-blow-blow ka muna pag nararamdaman mong lalabas na siya. Wag ka muna mag-push ha?” A few minutes later, my doctor came and said smilingly “Ang bait naman ng baby mo. Talagang naghintay at pinatapos niya muna akong mag-clinic.” A few minutes more later, they wheeled me to the Delivery Room. I got nostalgic because it was the same Delivery Room, the same OB, the same anesthesiologist-slash-photographer who took care of me when I delivered Asher three years ago. I braced myself at that moment and said “This is it! I’m going to finally meet Ashley in a few minutes”. I then prayed and waited for their signal to start pushing. I could hear my OB instructing the resident doctor to clear some space as they readied to rupture my bag. I also tried to recall the delivery download videos from youtube that I watched. First contraction and there goes my first push. Took a deep breath, second contraction came, second push and there I felt like a strong wave of water gushing out of my body. I heard them say “Uy sumabay na si baby sa tubig”..then I heard Ashley’s wail. “Baby girl out 5:46 pm”, the nurse announced. My mind went blank as I just started to feel my eyes well up with tears. They did the necessary post delivery procedures on me then my anesthesiologist asked me “May masakit ka pa bang nararamdaman? Bakit panay ang ihip mo pa rin?” LOL. That’s when I realized I was unconsciously blowing still. I couldn’t help but laugh at myself, too. I think I was just too occupied thinking about my first glimpse of our little princess. Again, another love at first sight.
After she was cleaned up, they brought her next to me for the first mother-baby skin to skin contact and first latching. The resident Pedia told me “Naku ang anak mo gutom na ata..sinubo agad kamay niya kanina”. At this point, Ashley was still crying and I could see the flowing tears. I remember saying “Hello Ashley…don’t cry na. Mommy’s here.” Whew! Another mommy defining moment for me. So this is how it feels to have a second baby..and this is how overwhelming and blissful it is to be a second time mom.
I was then wheeled out and stopped at the main door of the Delivery Room area. They called in the husband and there he was with my Mother in Law..both in all smiles. They just saw Ashley in the Nursery and they greeted me “Ang cute sobra ni Ashley!”. My OB and the anesthesiologist chatted with us for a moment and even had our picture taken. I took a rest at the Recovery Room where I also had my dinner..my first food and water intake after 24 hours. I was finally reunited with Asher and the husband in my private room at 9 pm.
I’m really thankful that I had a safe and generally easy delivery. Ashley weighed 6.12 lbs and measured 51 cm. She had a perfect Apgar score of 10. The Pediatrician cleared her of any newborn medical condition and we were given the go signal to room in her on the second day. After 2 1/2 days since I was admitted and as soon as she had her newborn screening test, we were both discharged and we brought Ashley to our home sweet home on the evening of 31st.