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Welcome Aerlind Victoria
Recovering from Birth
I woke up in the recuperating room. Both my upper arms are so numb. The nurse said that they constantly monitored by blood pressure while I was giving birth and when I was in the recuperating room. My legs seemed immovable with heaviness. The nurse gave me a pill to manage my blood pressure. They both dropped to my hospital gown, so the nurse looked for one. I was wheeled out to room 412. I saw my honeypot again and he seemed so relieved that I am doing okay. It was 4:00 pm already.
With the way he look, I know my baby is doing fine. I saw two guys, one I thought was Kuya Joe, while the other one is not recognizable. Later, I found out it was JC and his brother, Joshua, sons of Kuya Joe.
The instruction of the nurse is for me to urinate in a bedpan before 11:00 pm. I could only stand up after I have urinated and only after 11:00 pm. I tried my best to urinate before that time.
Birth of Aerlind Victoria
After more than 20 push, Aerlind
My Birthing Experience
March 24 -Start of my 30-hour labor to give birth to my first baby.
7:30am – I felt a gush of liquid, but I ignored it thinking that it is just the usual heavy flow of white blood.
8:30 am –Several boobies were near the seashore and I am reciting the part of the rhyme "Call a doctor very quick, doctor, doctor, shall I…." then I woke up.
11:00 am - After eating a bowl of muesli and mik, I packed some of my personal things and baby things. I also brough with me my exam booklet and commercials codals for Intellectual Property Laws final exam scheduled at 1:00 pm, Jimmy brought me to the hospital.
At the hospital, I was told to undress fully and wear a blue hospital gown. A series of examination was conducted by the resident doctorm, and I was wheelchaired to the labor room at almost noontime. That started several hours of lying in the hospital bed of the labor room. I was not allowed to get up.
I sent a short note to my honeypot asking him to text either Teresa or Vivian that I won't be able to take the final exam in IPL becaause I am already in the hospital and will give birth. During the entire labor, my honeypot gave me 2 short notes telling me to relax. He was telling me to relax ever since I got pregnant. Before we went to the hospital, he was constantly telling me to relax.
My ob-gyn showed up around 4:00 pm. I was given fluid to induce labor. She expected me to give birth around 10:00 pm. At 8:00 pm, I asked to be allowed to eat. My ob-gyn suggested fruit juice, but I bid to be allowed to eat a piece of bread and milk.
The time in the labor room was spent having small talks with the resident doctors, interns, and with the other patients near me. I slept in between. I saw other pregnant women who came in after me being wheeled to the delivery room. I know I am in for a long labor. The ob-gyn showed up at around 10:00 pm. My blood pressure shoot up to 160/80 and they subjected me to ECG and blood tests to make sure I am doing well. Around 5:00 am the next day, I was still not in active labor. A cardiologist came to check on me. The resident doctor checked my cervical dilation. I was still between 2-3 cm dilated. I guess at around 9:00 am, they performed an amniotomy to send me to active labor. By 9:30, I can feel the pain in pubic bone already. I am in active labor. Before the overwhelming pain came, I saw my honeypot outside the labor room. He was finally allowed to see me. We just waved at each other because he is not alloed to enter the labor room.
When the pain is escalating, I asked for anesthesia already. They gave me a general anesthesia. I desperately asked that they give me the epidural because I am in so much pain already. By 10:30 am, the anesthesiologist is not yet around. I overheard a resident doctor telling the anesthesiologist that the patient (referring to me) is fine. I was in so much pain already. By 11:00 am, I was lying on my side, trying my best to endure the pain, and I am already crying. Fortunately, the ob-gyn showed up. I told her I was asking for anesthesia at around 9:30 am and that the resident doctors called up the anesthesiologist and that too much time have lapsed, and no anesthesiologist showed up. I can hear her scolding the doctors and interns telling them that if the patient is in pain and crying, they should tell the anesthesiologist that the patient is not okay,. She checked my dilation. I was 6-7 cm dilated then. They are supposed to give me the epidural when I am 4-5 cm dilated. The ob-gyn massaged my back while waiting for the anesthesiologist. I was in too much pain already when the anesthesiologist arrived. I know she had difficulty injecting the anesthesia because I have involuntary movements already due to the pain. I fall asleep and when I woke up, I am already in the delivery room and ready to give birth.
we visited our ob-gyne today. i gained 5 pounds for the last three weeks. this is good because last visit, i gained 8 months for the previous 4 weeks. it was alarming and my husband sent me on a diet.
my fundal height is just right for the baby's gestation age. dr. ana said that there is a big chance that i will have a normal delivery. our baby is already positioned for birth, head first. baby eve is facing left and is very much healthy.
this is our last monthly visit. from now on, we will se dr. ana every other two weeks.
i experienced pain in my tummy today. baby is only 7 months and i am so afraid that i will have a pre-term delivery. i was crying already and is in a panic. me and honeypot took an early shower for a sunday to go to the hospital.
honeypot called the hospital already. i was relieved that he called the hospital and have somehow spoken to the resident ob-gyne on duty. i think i was just too tired the day before. i need just need rest...a lot of rest.
after eating banana cue and one scoop of ice cream, me and honeypot proceeded to the mall to buy things for baby.
the saleslady handed us a checklist. we are already decided that baby eve will be breastfed. we bought 3 small feeding bottles only and a microwavable sterilizer. we also bought newborn diapers, baby toiletries, and bibs.
our shopping lasted for 2 hours. i was so tired when we got home. i was crying on the way home already. i cried due to tiredness. i cry anytime when i do not feel good and i want to appease myself.
baby eve has her first portrait today. at last, we know that we will have baby eve, not baby yakov.
me and honeypot are going to have a baby girl. during the ultrasound, she waves at us. she looks like she is smiling. she also opens her mouth. i think she swallowed a lot of amniotic fluid everytime baby does it.
she also moves a lot. the ob-gyne had difficulty completing the ultrasound because the baby moves a lot.
honeypot is still hopeful that baby will come out a boy.
he cannot wait to have a baby to play with his leica. i am sure baby eve will grow up with the best photography skills ever.
I dreamed of Lola Joli. She is prettier and younger than when she died. We were in the entrance of the compound. Her cat gladly welcomed her arrival and excitedly perched on her right shoulders.
And then I saw my aunties and uncles including my mother, Lola's children, cheefully chatting with each other and on their way to greet Lola.
Our class party was held at Captain Alvin's office. I fetched Ardhem from the MRT station so we could go together to the event's venue. When we arrived, our professor was busy with the simulator. It was great. It simulates the sound of the wave and the course of the ship. You can also drive the ship's wheel. There is a huge screen there, around 4m x 1.5m. The incident simulated is a near-collision of 2 cargo ships in the ocean.
May God Bless the Girl
I was on my way home from work. I took a jeep to MRT station. A girl, about my age, grabbed my arm and motioned me to sit beside her. I just looked at her. Later, two guys got in the jeep sat beside me. So, the seating arrangement was: tall guy, me, short guy, girl. When the jeep has ran 2 blocks, the girl told me to be careful because the tall guy is 'bastos'. I asked why. She said, "I was victimized by that guy yesterday. Look at his bag."
At work, I was not busy with assigned work. Instead, I used my time to learn new things. I finished 2 e-learning courses for the Harvard Leadership Essentials Certification. However, towards the end of the day, my frustration builds up. The courses I finished did not reflect in my learning history. It is as if I did not finished them at all.
Last Class Day for 2005
Today is the last day of classes for 2005. There is an activity in the campus. So many food booths are there. I arrived past 6pm at school. I thought that the classroom adjacent to 208 would be vacant, so I can study there peacefully. Much to my dismay and annoyance, my classmates were there because the library closed earlier.
Totally uneventful day. I went home and watched "Jewel in the Palace".
Pasiklab and Inter-E Party
Jimmy brought me with him to Pasiklab Carnival for a kiddie party. He was asked by Shell to shoot the event. There were many kids from 5 orphanages. However, I feel that the corporate sponsors were using the kids. A tv network, the major sponsor, was shooting the event for tv. The event lasted until 7p.m. The kids were not able to enjoy the rides because it was raining until the end of the program. A few kids were able to ride the carrousel.
After the event, I asked Jimmy to bring me to Aurora Blvd., the venue of the Inter-E party. It was fun. I arrived on time for the dinner. There were parlor games. I joined the vice relay and get to smoke one stick of cigarette non-stop and the egg breaking game. It was lots of fun.