This post is all about how I gave birth to Alessandra Monique aka Alex or Ayex.
As per my OB’s assessment, my EDD is January 10. So I decided to report to work until December 29. Thanks to my team for organizing a baby shower for ayex! ^.^
Since the next coming days are holidays, I filed my maternity leave starting Jan 8 so I can maximize it. Maternity leave in PH is not at all nice because it’s by calendar days, which includes Saturdays and Sundays. It sucks because in reality, I don’t really work on these days. So going back, during these days that I’m on vacation leave, I was busy preparing myself to give birth. I wanted ayex to come out early because Mon is going to China on the 7th and will be back after 2 weeks. Not a nice situation, right?
I did a lot of walking in the morning and in the afternoon. Para daw matagtag ako and hindi mahirapan manganak. So on Jan 5, Friday, I went to SM Southmall for a walk because walking in our subdivision everyday is becoming boring. We walked a lot. Whenever I felt tired, we would stop so I could sit down. My tummy hurt from time to time but not so much.
The next day, Mon woke up early because he had to go to QC for his aunt’s funeral. He’d also get his stuffs which he would be bringing to China. He woke me up before he left and promised to be back by lunch time. I went back to sleep after he left. I went out of the bed at around 11 AM to pee. To my surprise, it seemed to me that my pee had some blood with it. I got a little tensed so I asked my sisters if they have their cycle and they forgot to flush the toilet. My sisters don’t have their cycle yet. This made me a bit more tensed. Iinom ako ng tubig para ma wiwi ako uli tapos titignan ko kung may dugo nga. I drank some more water and when I felt some discharge (sorry if you just ate or something), I went to the bathroom right away. There’s blood!
I’m not supposed to panic. I called my Mom, who’s in work to tell her about the blood but no one is answering their phone. I called Mon to ask him where he is and told him about the blood. I called my doctor and he told me to see him on that day. I’m not scared, but I’m not confident either. We left our home at around 2 PM to go to the hospital. I was fine. We reached the hospital at around 3 PM.
In the hospital, they took my BP, weight and performed other procedures. After a while, they told me that they will already put IV. I declined because I told them that I will still see my OB. It happened that my OB is one of the hospital’s owners so the nurses took my word and didn’t put anything on me, not even the gown.
When my OB arrived, he asked the nurses why is it that I don’t have IV and why am I not wearing the gown. Yeah, napagalitan sila dahil sa’kin. I was kinda rushed to put on the gown. They put me the IV and ushered to my OB’s clinic. After that, my OB told me that I would to stay in the Labor room for observation. I told him that I still want to walk around but he said no. Hindi na ako matatagtag.
Mon left me with my Mom. We realized that this was better than if he stayed with me at the hospital. There were 7 more expectant mothers to be who went inside the labor room at different hours. All of them already gave birth and I’m still on 2 cm. I can’t sleep, maybe because I’m not sleepy but even if I was already sleepy, I was still unable to sleep. I was also a bit hungry. They only fed me with two crackers and tea. According to them, this is procedure. You already know why.
Mon’s flight was at 6 AM. He visited me at 3 AM and left after a few minutes because he had to go to the airport already. By 9 AM, I was already very very sleepy but can’t sleep because I’m in pain. I didn’t like the nurses on that shift because they were not as helpful and accommodating as the nurses during the night. I remembered I was able to finish a Sunday mass and even saw SOP or ASAP. I saw every single TV program that Saturday to Sunday lunch time.
The nurse woke me up and told me that she’d be transferring me to another bed. I knew this. Even when my lipbalm fell on that floor, I knew it. I was taken to the delivery room. I even said hello to my OB. I followed the instructions given to me by my anesthesiologist. I knew I was trying to help my OB with his concern with his mobile phone. He was trying to call overseas but he couldn’t dial the number. I remembered my OB saying “Nicole, ikaw lang makakapaglabas ng baby. Cge, gusto mo bang ma-caesarian?” After hearing that, I pushed and pushed and pushed. Then, it was finished. Ayex went out at 3:45 PM. Her dad was already in China and I, I was asleep.
Note: This is already the shorter version. I couldn’t put everything into writing anymore because this post is becoming long.