It’s been a while since I’ve updated my blog. It’s because I’m busy with my family. My wife was due for delivery in Sept, and we were both busy preparing for our first born.
There were so many things to prepare in advance, such as buying baby cot, stroller, milk bottles, breast pump, etc … The list can basically goes on and on. Before the baby arrived, we were reading as much baby books and magazines as possible. We knew that once our baby came, we would hardly had any time for ourselves anymore.
About a month before the due date, we cleaned our baby room, washed the clothes, packed the bottles and prepared everything in advance. We did not want to panic, just in case the baby came earlier.
Water Bag Burst
My wife and I were preparing to sleep on 1/9. I was dead tired as I usually woke up around 630am for work. I still remember the time was around 1130pm when I was finally on bed. Thank god I was able to sleep finally. At 1150pm, my wife woke me up. “My water bag had burst!” My wife screamed.
I jumped out of bed immediately, checked on her and grabbed our bag. Off to hospital we went!
At Mt. Alvernia
We went straight into the emergency labor room. The nurses helped us with everything. Basically I just follow what they said. I was still in the shock. After moving into the delivery room, things started to settle down. I thought the baby would be out immediately, but I was wrong. The nurses just told us to wait for the contraction and they told us we would have to wait around another 12 hours!
I could do nothing but to wait patiently. Luckily the room was clean and nice, with a cosy sofa bed for me to rest. I jumped on it and tried to grab as much sleep as possible.
Prepared For Delivery
Time passed slowly, ticking every second. We were waiting, my wife was in so much pain that we decided to take epidural to ease her pain. Many people said there were side effects, but pretty harmless. The pain was too much for her to take and the decision was easy to make – take the epidural!
As miracle as it sounded, after 20 minutes, the pain was completely gone! She could even watch TV, ate biscuits and chatted with me! The decision was definitely right one. We had regretted not taking immediately, suffered for the past 7-8 hours.
The gynea came, and told us it was time to deliver. This was the moment. The head nurse prepared for everything, and taught my wife how to push. The timing was critical too. Pushing at the wrong time did not help, she should push at the start of contraction.
To make things short, my wife pushed for an hour plus without any success. The gynea checked and told us the pelvic bone was too tight for the baby to come out. We had to go for caesarean immediately!
On the way to the surgery room, my wife looked very pale. She was exhausted and now she had to go though caesarean. It was a shock for her. But we did not have much time to lose. I dressed up and went in to the surgery suite with her. I knew she needed me now.
The process was rather fast. I was there to witness the whole process. My wife was on epidural, but fully awake. The nurses had covered up the view from my wife so she did not know what was happening.
The scene was scary, the gynea cut her open, torn open her skin to take out the baby. My wife was shaking, but not painful. After about 30 min, we finally heard the cry of the baby, our baby girl!
Vilena Tan, our new member
She was such a beautiful girl, and healthy. My wife was weak after the operation. I followed the baby to the infant room, and waited for my wife to be back. I felt that I was the happiest man at that moment, with my newly arrived daughter. Nothing could describe that feeling. I just knew that I would do whatever I could to give my family the best possible life, and I had to work extra work now.
1 more mouth to feed. She worth every effort of mine. She’s my princess, my whole world now!
Now, I was in hospital with my wife. Vilena was sleeping. I felt completed. I had a family. Life is wonderful!