Monday, October 14, 2013

Sticky Bean's Birth Story at 34 weeks - Premature Baby

and so as predicted by our gynae, Dr James Lee where i will probably give birth by the weekend, Sticky Bean chose to arrive on 27th September 2013, Friday, prematurely at 34 weeks.
(read about my admission to Mt A the week before) premature baby at 34 weeks

As i was already admitted to Mount Alvernia on Monday which i truly appreciate now given the panic and sense of loss when my water bag burst, seriously i can't imagine if i'm at home and i kept leaking water like that, how am i supposed to get to the hospital without looking as though i'm wetting my pants or wetting anyone's transport.

The Bursting of the Water Bag premature baby at 34 weeks

It all happened at 3pm when i was prepared to take a nice, warm shower after my pee. When i was about to pee, i felt a "pop" sensation and a gush of water together with my pee. Was thinking something is not very right as the water is still gushing out like pee but i've finished peeing. Ok this is disgusting but when it comes to situation like this, you really need to know if that's your water bag bursting or if that's your pee hence i went to dabbed toilet paper with some of the "unknown" liquid and smelled it. No ammonia smell, i was quite convinced that must be the water bag. i was kind of stuck to the toilet bowl since whenever i stand up, the water just came gushing out. THank god there's this emergency button at just beside the toilet bowl and i've to called a nurse in for help.

she got the maternity pad for me to put on, lead me to my bed to lie down and helped to start packing my things to move me to the delivery ward.
Thank goodness Mr. Keir is still on leave, been asking him to go back to work on that day actually. Called him to inform him of the news and have him rushed over asap.

Very soon i was settled in the delivery ward and the contractions started kicking in, omg it is nothing like menses cramp, it is 100X worse. initially i still can manage as it comes on every 15-20 minutes.
Dr. James Lee came at 5 ish and i was still only 2 cm dilated so he predicted i'll probably give birth later the night or maybe even the next morning.
I thought so too as i've read that for first labour, the standard is dilation of 1cm every hour.

Who knows shortly after he left, the contraction got worse and unbearable, perhaps the nurse ain't aware that i am dilating really fast so my request for epidural wasn't acted on immediately. grrr....i thought i have a high threshold for pain but i was so wrong! i started to scream and whine..oops..when the contraction was at its peak, i actually burst out crying, leaving Mr. Keir no choice but to feel so helpless.

Seeing me in so much pain, they immediately act on it, informed the gynae and pushed me to the delivery suite where i'm already losing control and screaming by then. they have to put me on laughing gas and omg that was a complete life saver while waiting for the epiduralist to come.

Compared to the contractions pain the epidural injection is nothing at all, just merely like an ant bite and you have to keep very still and not move. i was totally oblivious to their instructions eventually as i was too high on laughing gas.

So by 7+ pm, i was fully dilated. been trying to push for 1 hour +, dying of hunger and pushing till my face turn blue and no progress at all.
oh did i add on, the cervix check is super uncomfy la, i totally hate it!!

so the finale came when my gyane suggested to try for 15 more minutes and if there's still no progress, if i'd like a c-sect. of cos i'd say yes by then, i'm so tired of pushing and although there's epidural i can still feel the pain from the contraction though it's much more manageable.

And so i was pushed to the surgery theatre for an emergency c-sect.
somehow the epidural drip seems stuck and not working and another doctor suggested some spina injection thing, she tried a few times and my body seemed to be immune to it. Ultimately i was put on GA, poor Mr. Keir who has changed into the surgery gown was refused entry and feeling lost while medical staff was busying around. Heard that it was a super busy day at the surgery theatre they have non-stop surgery going on the whole day.

So eventually baby ashlene finally arrived at 10pm, 2.6kg, was blessed that she 's supposed to be a good sized baby, reaching the 100th percentile at 30 weeks. though pre mature absolutely doesn't look like a premature baby.

The shock of how a newborn look premature baby at 34 weeks
After such a traumatizing labour, i was even more shocked when Mr. Keir showed me how our newborn daughter looks like. it was nothing like i've imagined!! later did i realized this is common among new mummies and that their looks eventually changed over the next few days..phewz.

To be honest i was quite depressed for the first 2 days, firstly from her pre mature birth to how her looks was far from my imagination to not being able to deliver naturally and not being able to latch her on and have her room in with us since she needs to stay in NICU and the fact that i have not seen my baby in person till the very next evening when i was officially off the drip and catheter and allowed to be off the bed and the pain the wound is causing me!

Thankfully MR. Keir was a perfect husband during those few days where he took absolute great care of me, to the extent of helping me to the toilet, changing pad, washing my stained pajamas etc. and tons of words of encouragement.

Actually i wasn't really ready for visitors the next day, perhaps it's from the side effects of GA, i was feeling drowsy throughout and find it hard to focus to hold a proper conversation.

By Day 3 i started feeling better and make it a point to get out of the bed often and walk over to NICU to see baby Ashlene.

On the day i was discharged, i've finally discovered a life saver for c-sect mummies! Thanks to a fellow mummy who recommended this.

You can request for this from the nurses and the nurses at Mt A were super nice! they actually advised Mr. Keir to buy it from the pharmacy downstairs as it;s cheaper at $60++ if we purchase from the hospital direct its $90++.
The nurse also taught us and Mr. Keir how to wear this binder for me. It makes walking around, getting on and off the bed a breeze.

Ashlene stayed in NICU for 8 days as she has episodes of shallow breathing which is common among preemies since their lungs weren't fully developed.

She's finally given a clean bill of health having no such episodes for 3 days consecutively.
Here're some pictures of Baby ashlene and how her looks changes each day. With each passing day, she's simply getting more and more adorable!

With each passing day, my love for her grew and the bond is back again compared to the initial 3 days where i actually feel distanced from her.

Day 2

DAy 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 4 - yes mummy finally get to carry Baby Ashlene

Day 5

Day 5

Day 6

Day 6

Day 6 - nurses at NICU start to "train" us how to bottle feed Ashlene and things to take note of

DAy 7

Day 8 - Ashlene is finally ready to come home with us!! 

Spotting and Contractions at 33 weeks

Haven't been updating for quite a while, well this was what happened, I was actually admitted to Mt Alvernia at 33 weeks, sometime around 23rd September and eventually gave birth prematurely at 34 weeks when sticky bean a.k.a Ashlene is supposed to arrive during 37 weeks will be updating the birth story and ashlene soon. Baby ashlene is now coming to 3 weeks old!

These were the last few shots of my preggie tummy at 32 weeks before i pop so suddenly, haven't even got to taking more shots and a friend of ours is supposed to help take some maternity shots..

The story
ok so it all started when i went to the toilet one friday night, to my horror there's pinkish stain when i wipe and thereafter spotting on the pantyliner for about an hour.

Somehow i felt uneasy especially when my tummy feels tight all the time. Unfortunately, my gynae was not in town and 6th sense actually brought us to Mt Alvernia just to play safe.

As SOP, as long as you are more than 20 weeks pregnant, you have to admit to the delivery ward directly.
There, they strapped me to the CTG machine to monitor the contractions.
Also when your gynae is not in town, they always have a "back up gynae" hence the nurse will inform the gynae of your condition.

It was 10+ pm at night when we were admitted.

So there i was, strapped to the machine. To our surprise, the nurse mentioned that i'm actually having contractions every 3-4 minutes which is super close and the covering gynae advised to put me on drip and prescribed medications to bring down the contractions.

According to the nurse, my contractions took quite a while to come down. I was surprised as i can't feel anything at all except that my tummy feels tight all the time. if it's not for the spotting, i probably wouldn't have admit to Mt A for a check and probably wouldn't know of the contractions at all.

As a safety measure, in case i give birth there and then, they injected me with steroids to help baby's lungs mature since she will be considered quite pre mature at 33 weeks.

by next morning the contractions subsided, the back up gynae came and asked if i'd like to go home since contractions subsided. Of course i want to go home. They charge like $250 per day for the room only excluding doctor's fees and medications. the whole bill for one night stay came up to be $900+!

Since my gynae is coming back on Monday, the back up gynae advised me to see my gynae when he's back.
So i went back to Dr James Lee on Monday. I was secretly rejoicing when he first made a casual comment that i will probably not be going back to work till i give birth. I thought it just meant i need bed rest all the way till 37 weeks.
Little did i know that it was because my cervix is already 2 cm dilated and he would want me to admit back to Mt. A as he's worried that my water bag may just burst anytime, given the pressure he would rather play safe and not risk me having my water bag burst at home in case of cord collapse where the baby can be suffocated by the cord if it happens during the pressure of a water bag burst.

To be honest, Dr. James lee never failed to impress us with his premonitions. He predicted that my water  bag may burst anytime hence i asked for medications to drag the labour. My intention is to keep baby inside for as long as possible. But Dr. James Lee's stand is medication can delay the labour probably by a week maximum and he predicted that i will give birth by weekend.

So there i was staying in Mt A from Monday. Indeed my water bag burst on Friday! will share the details in the birth story.

Anyway that stay at Mt A was really pleasant and the food's pretty good except for the fact that i seriously miss home and sleeping in my own bed.

Just that it's really difficult to rest well and have proper sleep during my stay there with nurses coming in every 2-3 hours to take your temperature and blood pressure or to give you medication.

I was on oral medication to control the contractions and thankfully not on drip this time round. Absolutely hate the drip, it makes going toilet so inconvenient, you have to call the nurse for help and you know being so preggie, you need to go pee all the time.
The hubby took time off the whole week to visit me at the hospital. Feel so "sayang" for him wasting his leave like that, i'd rather he save the leave for baby ashlene's arrival instead. but i feel so blessed with a loving hubby. Besides having to company me at Mt. A, he needs to run lots of last minute errand to get the baby's stuff.

The cot's not even delivered as we are so totally unprepared for Ashlene's early arrival. I wanted to get all the last minute things during Rise and Shine EXpo and Baby expo end sept and early oct initially.