It has been 6 weeks since Aden was born. But the labor thingy is still vividly stored in my mind (Well of course, only we women know how unforgettable it is).
My EDD was supposed to be around 22nd May onwards so everyone were pretty surprise when they knew I delivered (including myself of course, haha). Fortunately I had packed all things ready weeks ago.
7th May, 3am, I woke up feeling wet down there. I knew it wasn't urine leakage cause the flow was heavy. I got up steadily, went to the bathroom, checked and yea I think my water bag just broke :o Called to the hospital and asked if I needed to be admitted right away and the nurse on duty told me YES. Hubby was awaken by all the noise and he was shocked when I told him my water bag broken.
So we left home to the hospital. I felt uneasy cause water kept dripping down =_=
Upon reaching the entrance, the nurse wheeled me to the maternity ward and hubby waited outside. I was told to change to their robe and I was hooked on to the ECG machine to monitor baby's heartbeat and contraction, for about 20 mins. Hubby was outside doing the admission procedure and then was told to go home and come in the morning. I on the other hand was told to sleep =_= You tell me la how to sleep at this point of time? Feeling scared, nervous yet happy thinking that my baby will be here any minute. Anyway my bed was in the middle of 2 other ladies who were going to deliver too.
I din't feel any strong pain yet, just cramping which comes and go like what I used to have during menses. Still tolerable.
At about 8am, I started to feel stronger contractions but still tolerable. I practised the breathing method and it helps. I called my parents and they reached 20 mins later. MIL came too and brought me some breads, I only nibbled abit and had a cup of warm milo.
9am, I was given anema to pass motion. Contractions getting stronger and they came every 10-12 mins. Doctor came after that and did an examination, I was dilated 3cm. He asked if it's ok for him to 'help' me dilate faster with his hands... (>.<) I couldn't bother to answer him cause I was very focus on the pain... I was then being transferred to the labor room. Here contractions getting stronger and more frequent. It hurts so much. The breathing method din't work anymore. The labor room is big and making me feeling even scared. Mum, dad and MIL were allow to come in since I wasn't in actual labor yet. Mum was there helding my hands tight, they talked to me but I was just too tired to answer.
At 11am I asked the nurse for pain relief injection cause I couldn't bear the pain already. I was given pethidine on the thigh at around 11.45am, I did feel slightly dizzy after 30 mins but couldn't sleep still cause the pain was so so unbearable. Midwife came and checked and said I was 5cm dilated. To me, one minute is like one hour in the labor room... =_=
12.30pm, doctor came and had me checked again, 8cm. Contractions getting stronger and more painful and they came every 2-3 mins. Whenever contractions came, I grabbed the edge of bed tight. I was told not to PUSH yet cause I wasn't completely dilated, only God knows how 'suffering' that feeling was.
2pm, I was fully dilated. Midwife told me to push whenever contractions came. So I did. The nurse beside me told me not to scream out loud and saved my energy to push instead. So what I did next was just to take a long and deep breathe, hold, and push! And it repeats.....
After a while, she told me she could see Aden's hair already and asked me to push further. Minutes later, Aden's head is already out and midwife helped me to pull him out. Then I felt something warm coming out and it was my baby! I felt so relief! Nurse brought him to clean and doctor came to remove placenta and stitched me up. I watched Aden being cleaned up but he din't really cry.. I was worried but the midwife told me he is fine. Midwife then brought him to me, he was still purplish and his face was covered with blood and vernix. I called his name, and he looked at me... awwww, my baby is finally here!! ;)
My brother came into the labor room shortly after and managed to snap a few photos of him, fresh from oven :P
My baby Aden, weighing 2.93kg. Born 3.15pm. Mummy loves you forever!
I was ready to transfer to first class ward...
I was very tired yet I couldn't sleep. Guess I was too happy! My family and in laws were in the room to share the happiness! Their first grandson ;) Hmm everyone is expecting you Aden!
With mummy and my brother
Friends and relatives came to visit me too. I knew I looked pale and exhausted, but I am thankful that both baby and I are fine ;) And I am glad and proud that I delivered vaginally, ehem... :P
After receiving all the wishes from friends through sms-es and FB posts, I was even happier receiving this sms from hubs.....
Haha, hubby rarely use sms. That's why I was kinda happy receiving the above sms from him :D
So, friends asked me how was the whole labor experience and is it really painful?? Well I would be lying if I said no.. Those kinda painful contractions feeling, only mummies who went through it would understand.
I have yet to find the most accurate word to describe the so called pain, I only can say, guys, please love and appreciate your mother and wife with all your heart ;)
A little thought to myself, we always say a mother's love is the greatest love of all. But we'll never know the true meaning of 'greatest' until we experience it ourselves. After being a mummy, I have learnt to love myself more, and needless to say I love my mum even more <3
Salute to all mummies out there!
Salute to all mummies out there!
So there goes my long birth story. Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed ;)