It was around 11 pm when i felt my waterbag break.. I didn't get that dramatic giant gush of water (like that in the movies) but rather a slow trickle. I wasn't really sure at first so i waited an hour or so
before i told Jim. As soon as i did, he stood up, dressed hurriedly, looked for our hospital bag and headed straight for the door. Instead of going with him, i went to our washroom and proceeded to do my makeup and curl my hair. My darling husband couldn't believe what i was doing. I was fat and swollen but ill be damned if ill look ugly.Yes I'm a bit vain but hey, it paid off. I looked semi-decent in my delivery room and post birth photos.
Anyway, after i was satisfied with how i looked we then went to the hospital. We chose The Medical City because it was near and it looked modern AND clean. We went to the emergency room and a nurse brought me to the labor room. A doctor did an internal exam and found that i was 5 cm dilated already. (Sidenote: Having an Internal Exam is like having menstrual cramps multiplied by 20. It was one of the most painful experiences ever.)
I was then wheeled to a bed and two types of monitors were strapped to my tummy.One to check the strength of contractions and the other to monitor the baby's heart rate. I was told to relax, get some rest and tell them when i cant bear the pain anymore so they'll give me an epidural. Yes, i did ask for one eventually. Not gonna lie, no matter how high my pain tolerance was, at the very end, it was painful as hell. It felt like being sucker punched every 10 seconds. It was a good thing Jim was there with me because i don't know how i could've survived it. The moment the epidural kicked in, i felt instant relief.
|Jim entertaining himself in the Labor Room|
|Tired but happy :)|
My OB told me to push one more time and out came my River Brynn. As soon as Jim cut her cord, she was immediately placed on my chest. Nothing could have prepared me for the sudden rush of happiness and love i felt for my baby.
|A family at last..|
It was an incredible feeling. She was so soft and warm and even though she was still covered in that white film, she smelled so good. I looked at Jim and i could'nt stop smiling. The three of us were finally together.
Jim kissed the top of her head and it was just so beautiful. I tried to keep her on my chest as long as i can. She latched on beautifully. Our first breastfeeding. Unang Yakap. It all came so naturally. I cant help but think that i was made for this.
|River Brynn Laguna Gow|
|Inside the Recovery Room.|
|Happily changing her diaper..|
Finally I'm a mother. The most important job in the world was mine.