After two months, I can finally take hold of the laptop again and take advantage while my husband takes care of the baby. Yes! I finally gave birth last month. I was due first week of October but things didn't seem to happened the way we expected them to, plus with all the adjustments that came next. Anyway, here's a glimpse of what transcended that week.
While I was due October 4, I had a feeling even during the first trimester that I will deliver on September. So as early as July, I was nesting and dragging my butt to accomplish what I have on my checklist. By September, we're ready and waiting!
|I was 37 weeks and 1 day and little did I know this was going to be my last photo with a bump.|
That week, we went for my regular check-up. Everything was well except my blood pressure was slightly high which made my obstetrician a bit worried, followed by presence of protein in my urine. My o.b always tells me I am an ideal patient, like there's never an issue at all, until that week. In fact, our trip to the clinic is more lengthy compared to my check-up time. I was advised that day to monitor my blood pressure and go to the nearest hospital if it goes up. Apparently, it went even higher and was confined for a few hours (I was discharged around 3 in the morning.) at the hospital near our home. My obstetrician called that morning and instructed us to go to another hospital where I gave birth.
While I prayed during the whole pregnancy for a swift labor and delivery, what happened was unanticipated. What I had in mind was to labor for a few hours only, deliver in less than an hour and go home the next day. What happened was I labored for 21 hours and pushed for 4 hours. Initially, I planned not to have an epidural anesthesia but the pain was causing my blood pressure to shoot up (160/100) and I had to rest to reserve some energy. My eyes were swollen from all the crying and pushing but Elijah's head can't go down so a vacuum was used to let him out.
Despite being stuck for hours, Elijah cried as soon as he came out. He's a strong boy. It didn't end there though. Elijah's blood glucose went down that he had to stay at the NICU for 2 nights. I, on the other hand underwent other diagnostic procedures which extended our stay at the hospital. My legs swelled more too, increasing 2 inches of their circumference (I thought they're going to explode. They were that huge!), plus I was limping because of the epidural anesthesia (until now actually).
After 3 nights at the hospital, we finally went home and I recovered real quick. The pain down there went away and my legs went back to normal before Elijah turned one week old. I found myself giggling as I stared at my legs for hours and told my husband, "I didn't know my legs were slim!" Looking back now, I can still remember almost every detail, especially the pain. I have to admit, most of the experience wasn't good at all, but I want to highlight one thing and that's God at the center of it. At that time, my heart was comforted and there was peace because I know God is in control. Sure, I can brag all day about my labor and delivery story, but I choose to magnify my king who planned it all. That day, I witnessed a miracle. A promise fulfilled and came to life. Since Elijah checked out of my womb, Bryan and I were thriving every single day. I never thought I could love this much. Because of Elijah, I loved my husband even more and our team (#TeamPerlas) is getting even stronger everyday.
Here are some photos that I want to share.
|I'm laboring here but no pain yet.|
|Finally, a glimpse of our Elijah Gavin, our Little Pearl! He was born on September 19. That swollen part on his head was the vacuumed part.|
|Our first family photo was taken at the NICU. I'm a nurse, but it's really different when your child's the one being pricked with needles and undergoing different tests. Our Elijah's a brave boy.|
|He's one week old here and sleeps most of the time. He looks so much like his daddy.|
|Elijah at one month.|
....more stories and adventures to come!! This is just an introduction! :)