I honestly thought that I would give birth on the 29th through induction. Because my contractions during my 39th week was weak and that I was still on the go, even planning a very busy weekend. Hubby and I even planned of going to a party in Cavite, have my haircut, and have a fulfilling breakfast at Serendra. I wanted to do everything before giving birth because I know that my hands will be full for our newborn baby and the little girl.
But it seems like God has other plans and that Andie wanted to come out of the world on time. :)
Nov 18, 2008.
5:30PM. After Alex and I watched "Chicken Little" and "Barnie" at the family room, we went down with Hubby. I checked my email and let Alex eat her merienda. I was surfing the internet and did a couple of tasks when around 7PM, I felt different. I felt a contraction but it wasn't strong. What I felt was a weird back pain. I even thought that I just needed to do Number 2. LOL! I told Hubby about it, at first I said it was nothing. But deep inside I was actually thinking, what if that was it?
7PM. Hubby and I were having dinner when I felt more contractions coming. It wasn't painful, but I told myself if this was it, I might as well eat a lot. :D So I ate my dinner and had ice cream for dessert (after all, I will be giving birth in a few hours). I convinced Hubby to go to the gasoline station for gas since our car doesn't have gas as of that moment. Finally he agreed. LOL!
7:30PM. I was trying to finish some assignments like las vegas nevada research just to forget about the contractions and to make my mind off of it. But I was feeling a bit weird already.
9PM. My Mom and sister dropped by and we went down to have a chat. They ate dessert and told them that I might give birth in a few hours. They wouldn't believe me because I was still laughing and smiling with them.
10PM. We decided to sleep. But I told Hubby that we should time my contractions already.
11PM. My contractions are getting close but I can't still feel any pain except for the back.
Nov 19, 2008.
2AM. Now, I can feel a little bit of pain so, Hubby texted my OB already giving her the time of my contractions and interval which was around 10mins apart.
5AM. My OB replied and told us that we should go to the hospital so they could do IE. If I'm 4cm she said we should be prepared to be checked in. I was ecstatic. I couldn't believe that I'm actually on labor already. Hubby and I were even exchanging jokes. I packed my stuff (change bags), dress up (how I wish I took a bath then), and leave some instructions to Alex yaya.
530AM. We were at the hospital. Our travel was a breeze. Hubby was not even stressed out. I went straight to the Nurse station, fill up some forms and then off we went to HRPU. I waited for a couple of minutes before they did IE.
6AM. They did IE and found that I was already 3-4cm. Hubby congratulated me because with Alex, I was already screaming when I was 3-4cm. LOL!
The next few hours went by so fast. I can't remember what time I was 5-6cm dilated but what I can remember is that I was already texting Hubby to hurry up (since he was in the admission office trying to fix our room). I can feel a bit of pain but not too much to ask for anesthesia. But I still agreed to call the anesthesiologist anyway. Good thing, I asked for her early because she arrived after a few hours!
I was in total pain when the anesthesiologist arrived. My OB arrived before her and gave me a pill for me to relax. I was so happy to see my OB and the anesthesiologist.
1130AM. I think by this time I was already fully dilated. They were making me push already but I wouldn't because my OB was not yet there (she left to check on a patient at her clinic).
1145AM. They brought me to the delivery room. This time I was already pushing during contractions. It took me a lot of pushes before Andie came out. They even had to help me by leaning on my tummy. I thought I wouldn't make it to a normal delivery because Andie would go down then go back again because she was long!
1245PM. Good thing she came out finally at around 1245pm. She cried as soon as she came out. The cry was loud and I wanted to cry too. I don't know why. Probably because of relief or happiness or the feeling of overwhelmed or maybe because the labor took only for a few hours unlike the last time that I had my labor for almost 24 hours! But one thing I was sure was that I felt REALLY HAPPY.
When I was brought to the room, the first thing that I saw were the flowers that Hubby bought for me. :) Actually it was one of my requests. LOL! Thanks sweetie for doing all my requests. :)
He also ordered Estrel's cake which I really wanted through my brother in law. Thanks again for the cake Kuya!
Now, she's beginning to be a handful. She cries every time she wakes up (makes me realize that she might be a colic baby). She wants to be fed all the time! She's not contented with my milk supply. She cries soooo loud our neighbors can definitely hear her.
But despite of the sleepless nights (maximum of 3 hours of sleep everyday), I still feel happy and blessed that we can finally carry our baby princess in our arms. Not to mention Ate Alex's excitement when she first saw her baby sister. :) But will leave you with this photo for now and be back with that memorable story.