This is a discussion on ::Baby Keira Rian born on 11.11.08:: within the The Big Day forum, part of the Pregnancy Forum category; Dear All, I have been meaning to share my birth story but never got around to it. Haha.. So since ...
I have been meaning to share my birth story but never got around to it. Haha.. So since I celebrated Keira Rian's 3-months birthday yesterday, thought I'd share it with you.
I have always enjoyed reading the birth stories of others and I hope my birth story will give confidence to first-time mommies like me that our fears and worries are really quite unfounded. Our body naturally knows what to do when in labour. What a miracle, eh? *smiles*
Ok, here goes my super-duper long and detailed post. Heee....
'Twas the night before I was due to make a presentation on CD *grins*. I did my usual bedtime routine - played the infamous Bush Burger game, ate my dinner, had a mini-facial retreat. Went to bed at about 11plus, dreaming about my next appt with Dr Ang on 19th Nov.
I woke up at about 4.10 a.m. to a wet bed. I thought "Oh gosh.. dont't tell me I wet my own bed!" I turned to my side, wanting to get up and go to the bathroom. The moment I stood up, I felt a mini-gush a.k.a huge trickle of water down my legs. My thoughts, "dont't tell me I can't control my bladder..." I waddled (mind you... I was sporting a huge watermelon in my belly then) to my bathroom. Cleared my bladder and bowels and then went to change my nightie. As I walked back to my bed, I felt ANOTHER mini-gush a.k.a huge trickle of water down my legs. Oh-oh.. I thought to myself, "dont't tell me my water bag has burst! I was exactly ONE month away from my due date. Keira Rian is due on 11th December (also her Daddy's birthdate) and it was only 11th November then.
I remembered reading in my HG pregnancy book (What to Expect When You're Expecting) about how to differentiate between urine and amniotic fluid. I rushed back (more like waddled as fast as I can) to the bathroom and picked up my wet nightie. I pressed it close to my nose and guess what? It smelt sweet!! By then, my heart was beating erratically. I went back to my bed and shook off the comforter. I saw streaks on what I thought looked like blood on the bedsheet. Woke darling up and asked him to verify if it was really blood. Once confirmed by him, I quickly called my mom. She confirmed that it was my water bag which burst. Called Dr Ang. He sounded groggy - not surprising as it was only 4.30 a.m. then. He, too, confirmed my water bag had burst and told me to go Thomson Medical Center at about 7-8 a.m.
Did he really think I was gonna wait that long? Granted, I wasn't having any contractions yet but being a first-time mommy, I didn't know how fast the labour was going to progress. I went to take a nice warm shower first, washed my hair and got dressed into what I had already picked out as my 'going-into-labour' outfit. Darling appeared quite cool as he went about taking my hospital bag and ensuring that the contents are all intact. BUT I knew butterflies were having a dance party in his tummy. LOL! It was only 5.30 a.m. then. I played the infamous Bush Burger game *again*, posted an update on my spree page, checked my mail, etc. Darling even managed to take one last pic of me, sporting that huge watermelon of mine (not gonna post that highly unflattering pic here.. haha).
Time-check: 6 A.M. We called for a cab which arrived in just under 7 minutes. Reached Thomson Medical Center in about 10-15 minutes and we walked over to Admissions. An attendant approached us and asked if I had an appointment for C-Sect. Apparently, I must have looked soooo not-in-pain. I told her, "Nope, my water bag has burst." She quickly held my arm and helped me to the Observation Ward. The nurse there took note of my Gynae and told me which ward to go to. Darling was asked to go to Admissions to settle the registration and stuff. Still no contractions for me yet.
Time-check: 7 A.M. Messaged my dearest friends that I was probably going to deliver that day so not going to work (Yay!). In the Ob Ward, I was asked to change to the gown and clear my bladder. The nurse later asked if I had cleared my bowels and even though I assured her that I had already done so in the early morning, she still had to do her job - insert this solution which will 'activate' my bowel movements. That solution was soooo effective that in less than 2 minutes, I already felt like I got to go. To think that the nurse had asked me to hold for 10 minutes! Anyway, went to clear my bowels then rest in bed again. I was strapped with two sensors from the CTG. I was already 2cm dilated. Still no contractions for me yet.
Time-check: 8 A.M. Darling had already returned from the registration stuff which took about 30 minutes. I was informed that they didn't have any available 1-bedded rooms for us. We were gonna be put in the two-bedded room first after my delivery. *huge disappointment as I was expecting darling to spend the night with me*. Anyway, he sat next to me, reading my HG book. Apparently, in checking the contents of my hospital bag, he had stowed the book in as well. To read and calm myself (more like himself, I think) during the entire labour process. The nurse inserted a drip in me, to get the labour progressing. It was only then that I started getting very, very mild contractions. Once, every half hour, each one lasting no more than 2 minutes.
Time-check: 10 A.M. Things were picking up real fast. I was having contractions every 10 minutes, each one lasting about 1.5 minutes. Darling read in my HG book that I was progressing into the second stage of labour. Each time a contraction came, I couldn't speak. The pain was like menstrual cramps, but about ten times more painful. I was practically curled like a prawn then. I'm sure you wonder how I did it with a watermelon of a belly but trust me, when you're in that painful condition, you can do all sorts of acrobatic movements. My contractions began to get closer, and last longer. So much so that before I could catch my breath and tell darling how much I love him, I was already having another contraction. By then, I was already 4-5cm dilated. The nurse gave me the gas mask to put on (as a form of pain relieve). The first thing I said when I took it from her was "Urghh.. so smelly!". She told me that yeah, it has a certain smell to it. Yucks! Anyway, I think the gas is just a placebo (which I didn't fall for) 'cause I was still experiencing the pains of my contractions. I told darling I need the epidural. He questioned my choice like a million times but seeing how much I was in pain, he called for the nurse. She read out a whole list of side effects and indemnity stuff before passing the form for me to sign. Just as I was about to take the form from her, I got another bout of contractions. Stayed curl for another 2-3 minutes then signed the form. Passed the form back to the nurse but not before darling took the form from me and asked me one last time, "Are you sure you wanna take epidural?". Guess what I said? I practically shouted , "Just GIVE me the epidural!!" Upon reflection, I felt guilty shouting at him but when you're halfway between dead and alive, you really dont't care about your tone of voice anymore.
Time-check: 11+ A.M. The '+' is there because by then I was already in and out of consciousness. So I guessed the gas did have an effect afterall. Halfway thru, I felt and then saw myself being wheeled to the delivery room. This was a point which I will never forget in my life. It was like an out-of-body experience. I could only remember my darling's voice telling me, "You are going into labour, ok?" I couldn't speak as I was too groggy but I remembered showing him our secret sign. The sign that I kept showing as I was delivering our princess. The next time I opened my eyes, I was already in the delivery room. The nurses were busy arranging for an anesthetist to come and administer the epidural on me. I heard them calling for Anesthetist A to E and all were occupied. Anesthetist F could come in 20 minutes time. By then, I was knocked out again. I woke up to the sound of darling talking, "Good job, honey.. You're going through natural labour. Good job!" Wait a sec.. what ever happened to my request for an epidural? I later found out that my labour was progressing so fast that I was already fully dilated then. So there was no point in calling for the anesthetist. Not that it matter much, 'cause by then I was hardly feeling any pain. Actually from the time I was wheeled to the delivery room, I hardly felt any pain. Darling did a SUPER wonderful job of monitoring my contractions. He would tell me to breathe in deeply as soon as he observed a contraction coming and that helped me ALOT. (Can't thank you enough for that, dear.)
Time-check: 12+ P.M. Dr Ang came into the room. My mucus plug came out. The nurses massaged my thighs for me (it sure relaxed me). Remember Dr Ang telling me to push. Telling me to imagine that I had not been to the toilet for 10 days. Haha.. He sure knows how to humor me. One of the nurses took the gas mask away from me, apparently to keep me from knocking out while trying to push my baby out. I grabbed the mask back, and told Dr Ang that if he wasn't going to let me inhale the gas, I wasn't going to push. Haha.. How's that for negotiation? dont't ask me how I managed to think of such stuff. I just did. In just 3 pushes, I could feel my baby's head popping out, followed by the umbilical cord. Heard Dr Ang asking darling to cut it. Also heard Dr Ang saying, "Congratulations! It's a boy!" Errrr.. hold on a sec. Rewind that part a bit. Ok, granted many people had predicted that I was carrying a boy, although the scan shows a girl and although I had bought many pretty pink stuff for my baby. But could it really be a boy? Of course, not! LOL! Anyway, back to Dr Ang's announcement. Darling and the nurse looked at our baby, then back at Dr Ang. They told him, "Isn't this a girl?" And he went like, "Yes, girl. Just now I said boy, ?" Ha.ha.ha.
Time-check: 1247hrs. Keira Rian Zahini was born at a weight of 2.975kg at 47cm, at 36 weeks gestation.
I was then wheeled to the wards. Remembered that I'll be in the two-bedded rooms. Sad. Tired. BUT... just as I was about to be wheeled into one of the corridors, a nurse called after us. A one-bedded room has just been vacant. Can you imagine our luck? Keira is indeed our lucky charm, our stella eterna. *loves*
Hehee.. I spend 30 minutes 'composing' .. But I just wanna remember every single detail while it's still fresh on my mind. It's true what they say.. only a woman who has been a mother can truly feel or understand what another mother goes through.
Thanks for your well-wishes. ^_^
you r welcomez babe.....
wah within 30 mins can compose ...lols!
but its really very detailed....so hows life being a mummy?
First time mommy so very 'sua-ku'. Every bit is like new info to me. See my second baby next time whether I will still write so detailed or not.. Hehe..
Now enjoying my maternity leave but going back to work on 3rd March. Kinda sad to leave baby but also getting sian at home. I hope this feeling of dilemma is normal...
Have been taking care of baby on my own two weeks after the delivery (mom had to go back to work), and so far I am managing ok.. Luckily baby not so cranky. If not, I will go bonkers. Having no adult to talk to in the day can really make you insane (especially for a chatterbox like me!). Why, I even made friends with my mail guy just so I can have some decent conversation in the day. LOL!
chat with me ....msn?
Hee.. Okies! PM you my add..
I'm just so in love in reading all the delivery process..
Well written and very detail too.. How i wish i can write that well and detail when my 3rd dear daughter is due..
you can follow her 'template' and amend ....easier!
What a wonderfully written birth story qristeele!
testing one, two, three.....
i got an msn icon mah (that small man under the green cube on LHS)...lols....testing yr forum skills .....
ok gib you : email@example.com
i am going off at 3pm~ sup to go off at 1pm but rushing some stuff.....
hows yr work?
I dont't mind one bit. In fact, I'll be flattered that you think my 'template' is worth copying. Hehee...[/quote]
OK! So maybe i would reall take into deep consideration using your 'template' to start a blog when i gave birth..
Thanks for your nicely done template..
congrats on having a princess and you wrote so well that I felt that I was there watching the whole process.. and teared when your gal was finally out