And then She Came (Himig’s Birth Story)Happiness, Nanayhood/March 6, 2014
Disclaimer: A long storytelling post will follow :p
After almost 10 months of anticipation, all the waiting ended on that faithful Sunday when everything seems to fade away and all I can see is my precious darling, the one who knows my heart better than anyone else.
We excitedly waited for almost 2 weeks since my 36 week follow up. Upon checking, My fundic height (the size of my tummy) didn’t grow from 33 weeks onwards. Dra. Menie then asked us to have another ultrasound just to check the baby’s growth. Upon seeing the results, Himig was less than ten percent of her expected weight and my placenta is already grade 3 (too old for a 36-week). We were asked to come back again after 2 days for a non stress test only to find out that I’m already contracting and was 1-2cms dilated. Anticipation kicked in since my doctor predicted that she might be out in a few days. But then, I stopped dilating. Days and days of follow up revealed that my cervix was still too thick and narrow for the baby to come out. Anticipation changed to frustration as we spent thousands on lab tests just to make sure she’s still alright inside. I felt guilty having been binging on my food intake just to make sure that I’m within the range of the accepted weight gain. We were very happy to know that she gained a few ounces after a week.
I lowered down my expectation that she’ll come sooner than what we expected. I continued to do my daily routine just to take my mind out feeling the contractions and waiting. I cleaned the house, re-arrange her closet and tidied up her crib for the nth time.
Come Valentines Day, Jhopet and I had our short but sweet Valentines Day lunch at Shine Bakery and Cafe at SM Aura. After our lunch, I finally felt contractions that made me uncomfortable. I waited for it to be consistent enough before I texted Dra. Reyes. She then replied that we can already proceed to the hospital.
Time Check: 1:10 am Saturday Feb 15- The Doctors hooked me up on the machine again. I had consistent contractions that felt like waves increasing from my tummy to my back. However I was just 3 cms dilated and my water didn’t break yet so I was asked to walk around the hospital and come back at around 5am.
5am-Contractions lessened and I was still 3cms dilated. We were asked to just eat breakfast and come back after for reassessment. We decided to rest first and come back when contractions are really unbearable
11:30am- Dra Reyes checked me again and decided to admit me already for IV doses of oxytocin (to induced contractions) and buscopan (to ripen my cervix). I was put in the HRPU of St. Lukes Medical Center Quezon City so that Jhopet can wait with me.
7pm-With few doses of oxytocin, I started to feel really painful contractions. It felt like my bones were breaking and that a big mass was blocking my lower abdomen. I already asked for an epidural but the Drs. said I need to be 6cms dilated for the epidural to be effective. They lowered down the dosage of the oxytocin to lessen the pain and I was given liquid diet for dinner.
4am of February 16- Finally, I was 6 cm dilated and was put into epidural anesthesia. I fell asleep right after and didn’t feel any pain even though they already tripled the dosage of oxytocin.
5:30am- My bag of water finally broke and was 8cms dilated! And so I thought that it’s gonna be soon!
12:30pm- I was still 8cms dilated but fully effaced. 2 more cms and I’m gonna be ready for labor.
2:00pm- Still on 8cms. Dra Reyes checked me again and found out that Himig’s head is already “Caput” ( getting longer and taking the shape of the canal) since she was really trying to come out amidst the small opening. She asked us if we wanted to do a Ceasarian delivery already taking into consideration Himig’s safety. I was so tired already. I figured out that this will be the best option.
2:45pm- After a heartfelt prayer lead by Dra. Reyes, I was wheeled to the operating room. Jhopet was with me the whole time. Because I witnessed quiet a few minor operations performed in our clinic, I was a little bit nervous as I pictured my tummy being sliced. But then after just a few minutes at 3:20pm, I heard a small squeak and then there she was- small, “balbon”, white, chinky-eyed and so beautiful.
As we are both wheeled in towards our room where our whole family was waiting, I cant help but smile and feel all the more blessed for I am given a chance to be a “nanay” to this little one.