Baby Tiffany's Birth StoryWednesday, October 12, 2016
Been silent for awhile now because I went into labour on the 4th of October and have been spending the past week getting used to life as a mama of 2 ♥︎
Tiffany was born on 4th October 2016 at about 12:10pm; 37weeks at 2.5kg
My labour process this time was sooo different from my first (read post here) because I didn't feel any painful contractions or experience a bloody show. Instead, I felt period-like cramps and strong braxton hicks contractions for a couple of days continuously before heading to the hospital. To be honest, if not for my doctor telling me to be prepared for Tiffany to come anytime that week cos she's really low and engaged, I would have not gone to the hospital because my memory of what contractions are supposed to feel like was so different!
(In case you didn't know) 3rd October is actually my birthday hehe, so I was out on both the 2nd and 3rd to celebrate with family and close friends. After dinner on the 2nd, I went home with super strong braxton hicks contractions, it was so strong I thought I might just give birth that night! But then late at night it suddenly went away -_- Again I started feeling strong braxton hicks contractions and cramping again on the 3rd after dinner, this time I kept telling myself its probably another false alarm. But then the contractions persisted, and even though it wasn't the unbearably painful kind, it became more regular and intense. Finally at 5am, I decided to take a shower just in case, and woke D up telling him we might have to go to the hospital heh. We decided to call the nurse first just to be sure and she told me to quickly head to the hospital.
We got to the hospital at about 6 in the morning and still had time to go through the registration and administration process hahaha. Think the lady processing the admin work for us was really stressed though! She was like telling us that she's already explaining everything to us in "express" format haha. When I was finally settled down in the delivery ward the contractions eased and I was like omg is it false alarm?! Thank God the nurse checked me and I was already 3cm dilated. My doctor came by shortly after and told me she's expecting me to deliver by midday (how is she so accurate?!), so in the end I had time to eat breakfast and sleep first before baby came! This labour is seriously so relaxing?! The epidural worked perfectly this time as well so I literally felt no pain lol, and then I woke at 11plus feeling intense contractions and called the nurse.. I was 9.5cm dilated already! And after 10mins of pushing.. baby Tiffany is out!!
The epidural had a horrible side effect on me this time though; after delivery I started shaking uncontrollably for the next 2hours and puking along the way. It was so bad that I could hardly carry Tiffany at all and only managed to let her latch for the first time after all the shaking stopped. After I was wheeled back to the ward, I had fever and super bad cramps for the whole of the first day. Am so glad that's all over now!
The happiest part of this whole process was seeing my Kayla's reaction to myself and her new baby sister, she really is so sweet ♥︎
D managed to convince the nurses to allow Kayla into the delivery ward for awhile and she came in and started inspecting everything to make sure mama is fine! After I was wheeled back to the ward she went straight into the room and did the same thing before coming to my bedside and reaching out to me and calling "mama mama mama" hehehe.
And when Kayla saw Tiffany on the first day, she was so happy she kept looking at us and smiling brightly while trying to pat her baby sister's head! We were wondering if she thought we got her a new toy? All my worries about her feeling jealous or neglected were for nothing hehe
We also ended up extending our stay from 2nights to 4nights because Tiffany has high jaundice levels and would need to stay in for phototherapy. It's kinda a blessing in disguise because mama here got to rest A LOT hahaha. For the last 2 nights it was literally them passing me baby to feed and me returning baby once she's done cos she needs her treatment; the rest of the time I'm just resting/chatting with whoever is visiting me/watching drama, and everything else I need I just have to call the nurse lol. Only downside is that this time it's so relaxing I barely lost any weight hehh, the last time I was sooo exhausted I dropped 5kg by day 5 postpartum! But honestly, I'd rather go through the more relaxing experience and lose the weight slowly so yay hehe.
Guess that's about it for baby Tiffany's birth story ♥︎ We're back home now and enjoying experiencing life as a new family of 4!