Special Delivery

Following up from my last post, our darling little boy has arrived!

Eizac Chen Kai En – God’s special delivery to our home.

His birth story is not as eventful as his older brother’s (thankfully) but quite an experience by itself. Before my post-delivery cotton brains become more fluffy; here goes the story:

30th January 2013; 9am

It was Week 37 + 3 days of gestation for Baby Eizac. I had the next week planned out before the scheduled caesarean on 6th Feb 2013. There were a million and one more things to complete before Baby Eizac’s arrival. With the pending Chinese New Year festival season; we were trying to get ready for the festive days; settle Xi En into his not-so-new school + get ready the house & resources for Eizac’s arrival.

I drove Xi En to school at 9am and my mum decided to take the day off to visit my nephew in the west.

10:30am

Cleared most of my work-related matters. Passed some documents and keys to my colleague who drove by to take over my work. Settled down at home to finish up on my Korean drama serial. Last few episodes to go; best to finish up before my life is all about washing milk bottles; breastfeeding; soiled diapers and more soiled diapers. 😛

12-2pm

Had my lunch. I recalled it was instant noodles. Was hungry again at 130pm. Ate some chips and chocolates. Finally full by 2pm.

Decided to nap at 2pm. Such luxury is only reserved for the heavily pregnant. 🙂 Before I could even lie down on the bed, I felt a gush of discharge. Experience tells me it’s not too good.

Quick check in the loo to discover a river of unstoppable bleed.

That’s it – I told myself. Eizac must have decided to go heads on with the placenta!

It was a moment of panic. I was A.L.O.N.E at home. The hospital bag which was meant to be packed is still somewhere in my head.

I don’t want to be delivering my baby at home!

Breathe-in; Breathe-out; I told myself. Think straight. Yes – In & Out; In & Out (no, not the burgers!)

While trying to stop the bleed; I called 995. Amidst my panicky voice, I managed to tell the operator my address and explained the situation.

And amazingly; I managed to grab a bag and threw in most of the essential stuff which I might need (told you the hospital bag was “in my head”).

Called Kim next and told him baby’s on his way!

Sent a SMS to my obstetrician next.  I was so worried that she wasn’t back from her travels. She did highlighted that she was travelling during the week and I wasn’t sure if she was back in town.  Thankfully, she replied almost immediately to say she will see me directly at the delivery suite. Phew… it was a huge relief to know that my trusted obstetrician will be delivering Eizac.

210pm

Ambulance arrived with the paramedics in 10 mins flat. I managed to lug the bag, my tummy and myself to the door. The paramedics asked me to get onto the stretcher (propped in a sitting position).

I told them I need to lock the doors first because no one is at home. I wasn’t thinking straight I think. They scolded me and told me they will lock up. Asked me to get on asap.

Errm.. I forgot I called for help, hey. :S

230pm

It was taking so long to get to the hospital. I whipped out my trusty iPhone and turned on the GPS. Found out that the driver was taking a longer route than what I would have taken. Told the paramedics so and they assured me that the driver knew where he’s going. But of course.

Kim reached earlier than me. His cab was faster than the ambulance.

I arrived at the delivery suite by 230/240pm. It’s all so familiar again…. déjà vu. Seemed like just yesterday I was here; struggling with my first pregnancy.

Settled in; CTG machine on. I text Dr again to let her know I reached.

3pm

Dr came and did all the necessary checks. No dilation. CTG readings seemed ok. No distress signs.

She consulted with us and we all agreed to go ahead with the caesarean today. But my last intake of food was at 2pm and a safer guide will be to do the operation 6 hours after last meal.

Because of placenta previa major, she was undecided if we should go with an epidural or a full-on anaesthesia. The concern is – if the loss of blood was heavy during the caesarean; they would need to transfer me to another theatre and put me on anaesthesia to stop the bleeding.

After consultation with the anaesthetist, we opt for the half body epidural… first.

730pm

Dr came in again and said that we need to wait a while more for the operating theatre to be freed and the anaesthetist to finish up with the last operation.

And so we waited; I waited; Eizac waited.

750pm

Finally! Everyone was ready!

The nurses pushed me down the special passage way and handed over to the OT nurses. Kim was led away to another “secret” waiting area for all the daddies. He wasn’t allowed into the OT because we choose to be in a subsided ward + it was considered an emergency caesarean (again). He was happier this way ‘cos he’s not a huge fan of anything bloody (except medium-rare beef). 🙂

8pm

Though it wasn’t my first caesarean operation, I was still a pack of nerves.  There were at least 10 staff buzzing around in the theatre; doing their daily jobs; while I wait like a lamb to be slaughter. Ok; not really. Just almost akin to that. 😛

The anaesthetist was a confident man and called the shots in the theatre. He prepped and started off with the long needle.

One nurse was holding my shoulders to keep me from jerking (it was cold and I was all nerves). Another nurse came over and asked that nurse if she want to go for her break first; she can take over. “NO!” I almost screamed. I asked that 2nd nurse to go away. Leave the first nurse in her position. I can’t guarantee that I won’t move in the midst of the administration of the epidural! Don’t mess with a pregnant woman in the middle of a epidural administration! Grrrggg…..

815 – 830pm

Obstetrician came in her scrubs. Reassured me that she will do her best.

The assistant anaesthetist tested me with an ice pack. This time round, they waited for me to give an all-clear before Dr proceeded with her knife.

During Xi En’s time, I remembered they couldn’t wait for the whole effect of the epidural.

830pm – 850pm

I felt the tugs and nudges. Oh and the familiar coldness of the effect of the epidural.

They tug and pull and pushed. Finally, the anaesthetist (a slightly bigger-built guy) helped to push Baby Eizac from the upper half of my abdomen. Man.. he has some strength!

Wail!!!!!!!! I heard the cries. It’s so relieving to hear him. Dr exclaimed that he’s huge!

The nurses whisked him off for a clean up and checks. But they didn’t bring him back!!!

I thought this time round, I could have a warm fuzzy shot of my newly delivered baby on my chest. Ermm.. not so.

They didn’t tell me what happened. Just said that the doctor was checking him.

9pm

It was taking longer than usual to sew me up. I was staring at the clock and almost dozing off with the calming medicine they pumped into my iv drips.

Subsequently Dr told me that she purposefully waited to see if there were more bleeds before she proceeded with closing me up. Thank God, the bleeds from the placenta weren’t that bad.

Finally I was done. The nurses came back and told me that Eizac was sent to the Special Care Nursery (SCN) due to some breathing issues. My heart skipped a beat while I was sent to the recovery ward.

920pm

Dr came by to see how I was and told me she will help to go to SCN to check on Eizac.

She came back and reassured me that everything seemed fine. Eizac was opening his eyes and drinking milk while she was there.

It’s probably a transient issue.

950pm

I was sent to the post operating area (POA). It’s not the usual ward as Dr decided to be more careful due to my hyperthyroidism issue coupled with placenta previa major.

Kim came by and told me that he saw baby Eizac.

He’s so cute and round! Of a very healthy weight too – 3.235kg! 51cm.

All was good. They just need to keep him in SCN for a night to observe him further.

31st April 2013

Baby Eizac Chen Kai En – our 2nd precious darling boy – was discharged from SCN.

Both of us were finally in the regular wards.

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It’s day 51 today and he went through 6 jaundice and 2 thyroid checks. We were in and out of KKH and the polyclinic throughout Chinese New Year till now.

Finally his prolonged jaundice was cleared up after 1+ month and the doctor gave him an all clear for his thyroid panels as well.

He’s a cute little bundle of joy and I am so happy to celebrate motherhood 2nd time round!

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Week 34– Rolling and Turning

It’s amazing how we far we came till now.

From the “not-sure-if-baby-will-make-it-thru-first-trimester” stage to the final lap now, I am encouraged by his spins and kicks in my womb. Smile

The final trimester is also a stage which I have never experienced before (Xi En was born at Week 31 previously). It’s a whole new experience for me.

In summary, this is how I feel now (ha ha but so true!):

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And of course I felt pregnant for the longest time… That is on top of feeling like an always-hungry big whale with lots of blubber.

Moving from a sitting/lying down position to a standing position requires much effort and I had to roll and turn myself with much awkwardness before I could pick myself up.

Please forgive this pregnant whale if you caught me fumbling around during this season.

Updates: We just had an ultrasound scan last week and the situation was still status-quo. It’s still placenta previa major and the placenta isn’t bungling much.

The good news is: no bleeding experienced thus far; which is always a good sign.

The not-so-good news is: It will definitely be another caesarean delivery for me (safest option). I am not against caesarean. It’s just the longer recovery process which puts me off. Further to that, my obstetrician explained that if the placenta is in front of the baby, she will need to cut through the placenta to reach the baby. This potentially will cause life-threatening haemorrhage and pose danger to both mother and child. If that happens, we will be whisked to ICU operating theatre in the midst of delivery. I really hope NOT! *__*

Thankfully, from the recent scan; the placenta is currently located at the back of the womb. i.e. the baby is in front. So hopefully, she can deliver the baby before the placenta pops out.

It’s scary hearing the potential risk from her. But she is encouraging and reassured that she will be doing her best to ensure safety to us all.

And so, we are going for the homestretch real soon. Till then, I will still be rolling and turning around pretty much. 🙂

Week 32+ (at last)

Finally crossing over to the 3rd trimester of this 2nd pregnancy. It seemed forever! A great achievement for us all, I must say – considering that my first pregnancy with Xi En ended at 31 weeks.

Some updates after my last post on this pregnancy – We visited the obstetrician before Christmas and did a simple quick scan. Unfortunately the placenta seemed not to be budging from the cervix. It’s still pretty much where it was when it was first discovered. Well.. the good news is – I am still here with No. 2 kicking and squirming around.

It’s surreal to feel a life in you. This pregnancy is almost entirely different from my first one. With enough amniotic fluid to go around, No. 2 can swim and move around easier. During my No. 1,  Xi En had to be contented with being tucked in the right corner of my womb from Week 21 till 31. It was difficult to feel much movements then. It’s amazing how he survived the odds.

With No. 2, I am much more mobile than before. The pros are: I can do everyday things and continue life as per usual; save reducing work load and physical activities. The cons are: I am putting on much more weight as compared to No 1’s – catching up with hubby’s weight is no fun. I am feeling the weight of the 3rd trimester now; together with the back aches, frequent pee trips and totally uncomfortable sleeping positions.

But hey; I can’t be complaining. It’s a thankful feeling that I can feel a heavy No. 2 in me and so so comforted that he is holding out well thus far. It’s a nervous feeling of not being sure when he might start fighting for space with the placenta. The obstetrician did warned that once No. 2 starts turning and taking position for birth, there is a risk of his head putting pressure on the placenta (if it’s still in the same place as now).

I dare not over think the future now. Just praying somehow all will remain smooth till a planned caesarean in Feb 2013. As for my thyroid issues, it’s under control for this pregnancy and doctor said we will deal with the rest after baby is born. Right now, we are praying No. 2 will not be affected by the medication that I am taking now. As all parents’ wishes are:  we only want the baby to be healthy.


Aside from all above and the festive holiday mood , I was somewhat affected by a shocking news I received today. A long time dear friend was diagnosed of a late stage rare cancer and is suffering from it now. No words can describe what I believing she is going through now. We are similar in age and it’s disheartening to hear that there might be no cure; just trying all means to prolong the time for her. As a mother, I felt strongly for her and her young infant and family. Life is so unpredictable; so fragile sometimes…

I am thankful for our years of friendship and praying hard for her to survive this ordeal; praying for a miracle; a fulfilling long life for her. If you are reading this, my dear friend – know that you are very much-loved and cherished. It’s not easy; but please hold on to hope; will be cheering and supporting you.

“When you go through deep waters, I will be with you.

When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown.

When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.”

Isaiah 43:2 (NIV)