Were you as excited to meet Mummy as I am to meet you? You came into this world on 23rd September 2016, one week earlier than your expected due date (30th September 2016) - and Mummy wants to share your birth story with you!
- The following events occurred on 23rd September 2016 -
9.10am - We took the bus to Thomson Women's Clinic (Choa Chu Kang Branch) for our weekly check-up with the obstetrician, Dr Adrian Woodworth.
9.30am - We had a plate of Roasted Duck Rice with Roasted Pork and a cup of Chrysanthemum Tea for breakfast. Mummy had an uncomfortable time eating as I felt some minor cramp-like pain in my lower abdomen, started to have a feeling that you may be coming soon!
10.10am - It's our turn at the clinic! Dr Woodworth helped Mummy to check how far along you're coming, and he said I'm 2-3cm dilated already - we were asked to get home and prepare to "check-in" at Thomson Medical Center (TMC) in the afternoon. You gave Mummy a scare, you're a week early from your due date!
10.45am - We took a bus ride back home to rest and prepare to head to TMC, Grandpa was really anxious and went to buy lunch for us while Grandma accompanied us home. Mummy was feeling somewhat uncomfortable with the minor contractions, but I was still able to do everything!
11.10am - Took a warm bath & washed my hair, it'll be a while till the next time that Mummy is allowed to wash her hair! The warm water from the bath helped to sooth the pain, Mummy gave you a quick massage too - still can't believe that I'll be able to hold you in my arms soon.
11.45am - Dr Woodworth said to "check-in" between 1pm and 3pm, Mummy got bored and decided to do some surveys on iPanel & Toluna to pass time, earn some points while waiting for you to make your way to this world hehe.
12.30pm - Grandpa was like a kanchiong spider, so much for Mummy's plan to stay home as long as possible for your arrival. Got changed and Grandpa called for a taxi to TMC, see how much your Grandpa loves you?
1pm - Arrived at TMC, the bumpy ride made Mummy feel like peeing. Took some time to find the washroom (which were down a flight of stairs, how do you expect patients to get to the washroom if they were in active labour or have difficulty walking?) and the place to get "checked-in" - haha, seemed like we were going on a vacation in some hotel.
1.20pm - Mummy changed into the hospital gown (it took a while because those things are complicated, it's just a piece of cloth with a few strings here and there), Grandma and Grandpa proceeded with the admission procedures while Mummy was changing.
1.30pm - The nurse came in and help to attach a fetal doppler on Mummy's tummy so they could monitor your heartbeats and my contractions. Your heart rate was going between 130 and 160, going strong my little one! Told the nurse that Mummy wanted to try having you through a natural birth without pain relief.
2.20pm - Dr Woodworth dropped by and checked on us, he also burst Mummy's water bag! He didn't even warn Mummy, I only realised when I felt the water flowing onto the bed - not a nice feeling but it means I'll see you soon! We were at a dilation of 3cm at this point.
2.45pm - The nurse came over to give Mummy some laxatives to help clear the bowel in preparation for your arrival, I guess they didn't want poop action at the delivery room! Mummy ended up hogging the washroom for a while, hehe oops.
3.10pm - Nurse came over again when Mummy was out of the washroom. She said she'll have to insert a needle on my right hand so that an IV drip can be placed. Grandma says it has glucose (since I can no longer eat or drink from this point onwards) and some chemicals (or is it drugs o.o) to help move the contractions along.
3.15pm - We made our way to the Birth Room (also known as the place where you're born), the nurses had to move the ENTIRE bed over - Mummy was feeling like a VIP but sorry at the same time, it must've been hard for them to push Mummy over .. I was over 76kg.
4pm - The IV drip must be working well because the contractions started to get horrible. Everything else from this point onwards is a rough estimate as Mummy was in quite a lot of pain to keep recording things down, didn't get Grandma or Grandpa to help because they'd probably get mad at me for wanting to note everything down while still in pain :X
5.30pm - Mummy's around 4-5cm dilated now and I was tempted to get an epidural shot as the pain started to get beyond my threshold. The nurse started to explain to Grandma about the side effects of getting an epidural shot and the cost of it, Mummy decided to use "laughing gas" (nitrous oxide mixed with oxygen) since it's safe for both of us - I guess it was effective since it made Mummy feel drowsy and light-headed, even felt "high on drugs" for quite a while.
6.15pm - The nurse didn't check for dilation anymore because Mummy was yelling my lungs out at this point, probably startled them a little - oops! I also started to push prematurely (was only around 8cm) due to all the urge and pressure built up, I guess you couldn't wait to come! The nurses started to yell back at Mummy because pushing prematurely could've put us both in danger, so thankfully we're both okay :)
7.40pm - Somewhere around here, Mummy was feeling "high" on the gas. I guess it did help reduce the pain since I was too light-headed to think about it, but it was of no use when it came to the time for contractions (which was happening every 2 minutes or so). Dr Woodworth came and I could hear all the hussling around in preparation to get you out, felt my legs getting lifted but I couldn't do much but yell and scream at them to hurry - my apologies to the nurses for being mean!
7.50pm - Was in a hurry to push because you were so eager to come out, but Dr Woodworth told Mummy to wait till everything has been prepared before pushing. I think he gave Mummy an episiotomy (I'm not sure, I was semi-conscious due to the gas) and then he gave the green light to push!
7.57pm - You have no idea how relieved Mummy was to hear that I am finally allowed to push. Only did a quick push and suddenly felt something being placed in my arms. My little prince is born! Still couldn't believed that you came out so quickly, Mummy was so thankful to hear your first cry that I started tearing up.
8.00pm - The nurses helped to clean you up and measured you while Grandma was tasked to help you take your first pictures. Mummy was in pain as Dr Woodworth was still helping to stitch Mummy up, but I was really glad to hear that you're healthy and well.
Gordon Lim Jing Chang
Born on 23rd September 2016, 7.57pm
Thank you so much for being a good boy and helping Mummy get through delivery smoothly. Labour was only for a couple of hours, depending on how you count it - 4 hours if you count it from the time that the water bag broke AND contractions started becoming regular, or 11 hours if you count from the time that the slightest sign of labour started.
I guess you already know this, but Mummy loves you from the very moment I found out about you - and I'm sorry that I couldn't give you a complete family because your father isn't ready to be a Daddy yet. You'll grow up a little different from your friends, but don't ever feel upset because Mummy loves you and I'm here for you every step of the way!