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Monday, November 13, 2006

Welcome Bianca Charize F. Liwanag...

It is with utmost joy to welcome the new addition to our family...a bouncing baby girl named Bianca Charize F. Liwanag. She came out to the world last November 5, 2006 at 9:18am via Normal Spontaneous Delivery at The Medical City. Bianca weighs 7.1 pounds and 19 inches in height.

You may view a special audio-visual presentation of her actual delivery courtesy of my anesthesiologist, Dr. Rene Berdan. It is fortunate that photography and videography are his hobbies! Thanks doc!

Now, for the birthing story... (brace's kinda long)

November 2 - I started to feel some crampiness in my stomach already but since I have a high tolerance to pain, I wasn't really concentrating on it. But I knew then that the time was already near. Told myself to just wait for our next OB check-up on November 4, saturday.

November 4 - I prepared early that morning for my OB checkup at 12nn. Dicky accompanied me and brought along Margaux. We came in the clinic of Dra Aguilar before 12nn. We just got a number to be cued and left first to go to Shangrila Mall to meet my mother-in-law and nephew, Deshawn. We were just walking around the Mall since we took our lunch already at home before we left. Margaux enjoyed riding the carousel at the second floor. I even got the 2 ceramic plates I painted in Color Me Mine. Friends were already texting if I'm due to give birth na cause they knew that I was due for check-up. With my pregnancy with Margaux, we also came from Shangrila Mall that time, went for check-up and viola, I was already in labor without me knowing! I was hoping the same thing would happen this time. True enough, we went back to the clinic of Dra Aguilar around 130pm and I was cued 4th to be checked already.

Dra Aguilar performed an (painful!) IE to me. She said after..."ang galing mo! planner ka talaga, pati delivery schedule mo, planado! you are already 3cm!" Wow, I felt excitement already. My OB knew that I want to give birth early november since I need to get back to work quickly for my December events. My 40th week is November 25 and I didn't want to wait that too long. I was exactly 37weeks that saturday, making the baby full term already and fine for delivery. Dra Aguilar asked me to just go home for a while, take it easy first and just go to the hospital after dinner. Dicky was excited also that time. He started calling our families. We just need to pick up Margaux and her yaya back in Shangrila where we left them with my mother-in-law.

We were cool, we knew already what to expect so we weren't so in panic. In fact, when we got home, Dicky even cooked spaghetti for me as I requested. I was even able to blog that I was actually in labor. We ate dinner at home, prayed the rosary, brought Margaux to sleep first before proceeding to The Medical City. Bags were packed and we were ready to go.

We arrived in Medical City at 915pm. We initially went to Admission to check available rooms. I was still walking at ease. After which, we proceeded at the 5/F with my admission slip from my OB presented to the pre-labor room. Texted Dra Aguilar that we were in the hospital already. A resident doctor perfomed an IE to me and I was hooked up to a monitoring device to check my contractions for around 20 minutes. Dicky was left outside the pre-labor room. I was kinda dissapointed when I learned that I was still in 3cm after the IE. I thought, I might have progressed. I texted my OB if I cannot be admitted yet so I can do some walking but she didn't agree. That 3cm according to her can last for days and me walking will not be a good idea cause cervix is starting to effaced and might get infection so I just agreed to be admitted.

As indicated in my admission order, we wanted to use the lamaze room (just like what we did when Margaux was delivered). I didn't intend to do lamaze but I just want Dicky to be beside me when I give birth. He can't be allowed in an ordinary labor/delivery room kasi.

I was transported to the Lamaze Room at 1025pm. Dicky was advised to get a room already. It has been agreed also that he will get a smaller room first and then we will just upgrade when delivery is done. Why? due to charges...hehehe...we already did it with my delivery with Margaux and it was effective. We made our research and computations about it already. Dicky knew what to do.

When I entered the Lamaze Room, I was suprised to see a mural painting on the wall and a TV set. Last year, it wasn't there yet though we used Lamaze Room2 last time, it was Lamaze Room1 this time.

I was hooked up to the monitoring device. As per advise also of Dra Aguilar, they will administer an IV to me with oxytocin (for contraction) and will also put buscopan to make my cervix effaced since it was still kinda thick. Buscopan was painful when inserted through an IV. I had to massage my hand after it has been administered.

Another resident doctor performed an IE to me around 1130pm and I was at 3-4 cm, 60% effaced. I was getting impatient. I was counting the number of hours we were in Lamaze Room cause rate is per hour! Hehehe, lumabas ang pagkakuripot ko. But I realized that we only came in at the around 1025pm. The resident doctors are actually advising Dra Aguilar of my status. I still didn't feel any pain of contractions but based on the monitoring device, I was already in active labor cause contractions are timed at every 3-4 minutes already.

Dicky was already with me in the Lamaze Room. He was given a pillow by the midwife. He was able to sleep pa. I was able to sleep too. I told myself to sleep this time cause previously with Margaux, I was awake the whole time while being monitored. I just can't put myself to sleep. But this time, I took advantage to sleep cause I knew that I need some rest to keep myself in good level of performance during "pushing" time.

I was sleeping lightly from 1am to 5am. With occasional check of IE from the resident doctors. I was progressing very slowly.

November 5 - At 6am, Dra Aguilar arrived already. She performed a (painful again) IE to me and said that I was already 4 to 5cm, cervix still a little thick. She told me that she will already rupture my water bag to make labor quick. I insisted to have an epidural first before rupturing but my anesthesiologist was still on his way. I was afraid it will be painful but she said that rupturing is not, what will be painful will be the contractions that I would feel already. So I just agreed for her to rupture my water bag.

From then on, I was feeling all the contractions already, every 2-3 minutes this time and it was painful. We were still waiting for my anesthesiologist, a different one from my last delivery. Dr. Rene Berdan came in at 630am. Dicky and I was introduced to him by Dra. Aguilar. I was joking Dr. Berdan that if he didn't arrive in the next 15minutes, eh sisigaw na ako! hehehe. I was brought to another room (i think it was the operating room) to administer the epidural anesthesia cause Dr Berdan wants to do it in a flat bed.

Dr. Berdan even prayed for me before he performed the task. I appreciated it very much. When I was brought back to the Lamaze room, Dr Berdan already prepared his camera. I realized that photography was his hobby and he usually brings his own camera during patient's delivery. Dra Aguilar was teasing Dicky that he will have more pictures this time cause we've got a photographer already in the room. Last time kasi, si Dicky ang taga-kuha ng pictures and then he has to coach me pa during delivery. But Dicky knew better also this time, we already bought a tripod so the videocam was already set to capture the whole thing.

I didn't realize that the camera of Dr. Berdan was for photo and video as well so I was suprised to see the AVP that he did.

At 730am, Dra Aguilar performed another IE to me. This time, epidural anesthesia was already at work! I was joking Dra Aguilar..."IE all you want!" hehehe. It was a light atmosphere in the room. I was already 6-7cm. Wow, rupturing the bag of water really made it quick.

At 815am, another IE was perfomed, I was 8cm already. We practiced pushing 3 times.

At 840am, I was almost there. According to Dra Aguilar, she can almost feel the head of Bianca. She went out of the room and instructed the resident doctors to prep me. 10 minutes after, the Lamaze Room was full. Dr Berdan was beside me all throughout. The pediatrician arrived already with nurses from huggery, 2 other resident OBs arrived. 2 midwives prepared me already. They propped up my feet na rin. Dicky, who had a quick sleep was suprised that they were preparing me already.

The midwife was telling me to resist the urge to push cause Dra Aguilar was still out suit scrubbing. Few minutes after, Dra Aguilar came back to the room. Checked me again and said it was time already. Dicky was already beside me holding my right hand. I was telling him, I was excited already. He told me, "kaya mo yan! i love you!"

The 2 OB residents were coaching me when to start pushing. It usually has to be during the peak of contractions. They were telling me to "inhale, hold breath...push...1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9, and 10" In the video that Dicky captured (with the help of tripod), it was a total of 4 pushes. It was quick, really quick. I was expecting it to be longer cause with Margaux, it took us a while before she came out. The doctors even have to perform a fundal push to me. But this time, no need for that. Bianca came out naturally! It was just like coming out from the comfort room! Hahaha, what a description!

It was 9:18am when Bianca arrived. I was still widely awake, very much conscious. Dicky then took snapshots and video already of Bianca while being cleaned. At 930am, Dra Aguilar was done with episiotomy. Bianca was brought to me for latching to encourage breastfeeding. But it was just quick. We had photo sessions of course. Dr Berdan was even coaching us to pose. It was really cool!

Bianca was then brought to the nursery. I told Dicky to make sure she has a hospital tag already. I even asked for the Apgar Score. It was 9. I was brought to the recovery room and Dicky went back to our room and informed already our families about my delivery. I was the only one in the recovery room cause luckily, I was the only patient that time. I was the only one giving birth that time. Not even in labor room,wala akong kasabay. Oh, I'm sure di napalitan ang baby! It was the same thing with Margaux last year. Wala rin akong kasabay nanganak.

As per Dr. Berdan, I can already eat. No restrictions. So Dicky bought food for me and requested the nurse to give it to me in the recovery room. Stayed in the RR for 2 hours. I was able to rest there a bit.

I was brought to the room before 12nn. Dicky was waiting for me. He asked me to eat my lunch first. We were waiting for the advise of the admission dept if we can already transfer to a bigger room. While room was still not available, I wanted to see the baby already and go to the breastfeeding room. Dicky wheeled me there using a wheelchair. But I can already walk.

Bianca was brought to me in the breastfeeding room. The moment I saw her, I was teary-eyed. She looks like Margaux! I was suprised to know that she was a 7-pounder baby. Margaux was just 6.15lbs and yet Bianca came out so easily and quickly. Well, it's my second anyway.

I took her pictures. I need to cause Dicky needs to bring the copies to Adworks in preparation for the chocolate souvenirs for our hospital guests. I took note also of the details to include in the cover.

After an hour of breastfeeding, went back to the room and we were ready to transfer to a bigger room. Our families arrived in the afternoon. They were able to view Bianca during the viewing hours. I was happy to see Margaux as well. She climed up in my bed and kissed me. She was with her daddy when they went to the nursery and she was pointing to Bianca.

We stayed for another 2 days in the hospital. Went home last November 7. I was just going to the breastfeeding room when called or every 3 hours. We didn't room her in so I can still take some rest and sleep.

When we went home last Nov 7, I was anxious as to how Margaux will accept her baby sister. How will she feel if she sees me carrying Bianca? Dicky and I were suprised when she held Bianca in the head. She was very happy with the arrival of her baby sister. She kisses Bianca always on the head and on her hands. She's even very protective. She says "no!" to the yaya whenever the yaya will hold Bianca.

We now have 2 princesses. Dicky was telling me the other night, 3 na kaming babae sa buhay nya! Our life has changed again this time...the Lord is so good for his blessings. Our family is a blessing!

For pictures, you may want to check the link below.

Thanks for reading this far.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

This is it...

After 37 weeks of waiting...our 2nd baby is ready to come out to the world!

Just came from an OB check-up, 2 hours ago and I was already 3 to 4 cm according to her. She advised us to go to the hospital after dinner tonight. It was de javu! It's the same thing that happened when I was about to deliver to Margaux a year ago. She asked us to just get our stuff from the house, take a bath and proceed to the hospital.

I'm actually in labor as of this writing...but barely can feel the pain!

Hoping for a normal and safe delivery! Hope Bianca is also healthy and normal. Please pray for us!