Last Monday, I woke up with a gas pains in my tummy. I already thought of taking the day off to rest, so I slept hoping to pass gas and wake up feeling better but I didn't. I woke up with sharp pains in my right abdomen. I can't stand up or walk properly with the pain. So I called my OB to tell her about it and she told me to go to the hospital and I might be on labor already.
I told the BOS. We changed clothes. Brought my hospital bag (baby's bag wasn't even ready!!!) with us and went to the hospital and straight to the delivery room. I was expecting it to be nothing and will be released right after I was examined. I still had a list of things to buy the next day since it was a holiday, thinking I can still do a last minute shopping!
I changed into the hospital robe and was asked to wait. The maternity ward that day was busy! Operating rooms were full. When it was my turn, I lied down and they strapped me with this monitoring device. Nurses were asking me my medical history etc. When my OB came, she told the nurse, based on looking at the monitoring sheet, I was already on labor and contracting every 2 to 4 minutes! Say whattt?!! Then my OB did an IE, I hate this part, I was already 2cm. She said she had to take the baby out today. Say whattttt again?!
I wasn't ready. The hubby and I were really caught off guard. We were texting the whole time I was in the maternity ward since he can't go inside. I called my mom, amma, and texted some friends that I'll be giving birth na that day.
By 12:30PM, I was wheeled to the operating room. Dun na ako kinabahan. Good thing the nurse that was with me is chatty and funny. She put my IV, and asked me to lie down the operating bed (is that what you call it?) and wait for the anaesthesiologist. When he came, he put the epidural, which was painful by the way! And the next thing, I started to feel numb na. 23 minutes later, the baby was out!
Sayang we didn't bring our camera! We weren't able to document the birth. Good thing my OB has a camera and she always takes pictures of her patients after giving birth with the baby. Can't wait to see those!
The cleaning and closing me up took longer. I was getting inip na, buti they gave me more pain killers to let me fall asleep na. I slept for 2 hours I think in the recovery room, but since there was so many moms who gave birth that day, I was wheeled to my room at 5pm, which supposed be 4pm.
The BOS was waiting for me there. I rested for the first two days and didn't room in the baby. I don't know if it's just me but the sugat was more painful this time around. We roomed in the baby the 3rd day.
He's such a well-behaved baby. We slept so soundly in the hospital.
We had a hard time breastfeeding at first, he won't latch properly. He would cry out of frustration. So we sorted to cup feeding him with my achi's and achi's SIL's expressed breast milk. We brought the milk the first night anticipating something like this would happen, I asked the NICU not give him anything until I had milk or I would give them expressed breast milk. I had to make a waiver for that. Since the baby still won't latch, my achi gifted me with a lactation massage by Zenny Feliciano (another post on that, if I find the time to blog!), she came the 4th day before we were discharged from the hospital. The breast milk finally came out!
Now, we're home. R is already 1 week old! Ang bilis! We're exclusively breastfeeding. Breastfeeding was smooth sailing after Abbie came to see me at home! More on that too later!
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