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The Birth of Sayf Khaleel

This will be a continuation of this post and a LONG ONE !

I was on medical leave the following day (Thursday) and was told to rest, but instead, Mr Sunshine and I went on a date. Haha. I specifically requested we do three things:

  1. Eat at Carl’s Jr
  2. Watch Spectre
  3. Eat coconut ice cream from Sangkaya

And those were exactly what we did.
I told baby that he can come out already, Mummy has drooled over Daniel Craig enough. Haha.

I went for a follow up scan at Hospital Umra on Friday, 13th November 2015.
Dr Ummul Wahiy performed the scan and told us (Mr. Sunshine and I) that my amniotic fluids were still low. She performed a vaginal examination as well and found that my cervix was only a fingertip dilated.

She scheduled me for an induction on Sunday (15th November) night.

So we had lunch and Mr Sunshine dropped me off at Annisa’s new pad to hang out while he went for Friday prayers.

After the vaginal exam, I was feeling very crampy and at Annisa’s house, I found out that I was spotting. I tried to stay calm because Dr Ummul had already told me to expect slight bleeding after the exam. However, the cramps were quite bothersome.

The spotting and cramping continued until I was home. I had a funny feeling that Dr Ummul did a membrane sweep on me !

Membrane Sweep – During an internal examination, a doctor or midwife will try to insert a finger into the opening of your cervix (neck of your womb) and then gently but firmly move her finger around. This action should separate the membranes of the amniotic sac surrounding your baby from your cervix. This separation releases hormones (prostaglandins) which may kick-start your labour. – Babycentre UK

That night, I bounced on my gym ball, with hopes that it will help induce labour naturally.
It actually made me bleed even more. *gasps*

Mr Sunshine’s exact words while I was bouncing on the ball were, “Ayang jangan semangat sangat, nanti bersalin malam ni kang.” Hehe.

I thought that if I do go into labour, it would be on the following day, after Khayla’s school concert. Yes, Khayla’s school concert was on Saturday !

Boy, was I wrong.
I went to sleep at about 2300 hours that night, with the cramps getting worse. I told Mr. Sunshine, “Boleh tahan juga sakit lepas vaginal exam ni.” and told him to go to bed early just in case I go into labour.

I could not sleep.

I was experiencing on and off cramps.

At 0130 hours on Saturday (14th November), I got up from bed and realized that the cramps I was experiencing were actually contractions.

The pain was still bearable so I did not wake Mr. Sunshine up. I tried to clean up the house a bit, put on baby’s bed sheet, packed Khayla’s bag for her concert (I was still thinking that I could go to her concert, haha) etc and sat in the living room monitoring my contractions.

I was still bleeding at the time.

At 0430 hours, I woke Mr. Sunshine up, told him that I am already in labour. Mr Sunshine called his sister, Syahieda to get her to come over to be with Khayla. I started to get emotional thinking about not being able to watch Khayla perform that day.

While waiting for Syahieda to arrive, I felt a gush of fluid down there.
When I checked, I was not too sure whether my waterbag had broke because all I could see was blood.

At around 0500 hours, I felt another gush of fluid flow down there and when I checked, it was yellowish in colour.
It was then when I panicked and told Mr. Sunshine that we needed to go to the hospital stat. Mr. Sunshine told Syahieda to meet us at Umra instead.

We reached Hospital Umra at about 0530 hours, I was brought straight to the labour room. Contractions were getting more intense but still bearable. I was attended to by Dr Karamjit Kaur at about 0600 hours. She told me I was 1 cm dilated and she was going to give it about 2 hours. I was given an enema to help clear my digestive tract before delivery.

Contractions were getting more and more intense. Even Dr Karamjit told us that my contractions were extremely strong for my stage in labour. Yeah, tell me something I didn’t know. Pfft.

Mr. Sunshine held the entonox gas for me every time I had a contraction.
At around 0715 hours, Dr Karamjit came to check on me, and told me that I was still 1-2 cm dilated.
The pain at the time was unbearable, I even asked (more like begged) for an epidural but Mr Sunshine consoled me and told me that I was almost there and could do it without the epidural.
That kinda irked me to the extent I told him, “Jahatlah ayang ni ! Saya yang sakit tau !” Hahaha talk about drama. Sorry ayang !

From then on, things progressed faster than I expected. I went from being 1-2 cm dilated to feeling like I want to poop so badly (read: poop out baby) in less than 45 minutes.
Dr Karamjit was called in, and with a couple of pushes, out came little Sayf Khaleel at 0809 hours !

Alhamdulillah, Alhamdulillah, Alhamdulillah were the words that came out of my mouth after that. After Dr Karamjit stitched me up (yes, I tore, ouch), Mr Sunshine came in to recite the azan to our son. :)

So there you go, the story of how Sayf Khaleel came into this world. I hope I did not bore you. Hehe.
Mr. Sunshine and I both missed Khayla’s concert but am grateful his sister was there with Khayla.

And oh, Dr Ummul confirmed that she did indeed do a membrane sweep on me !

I have more stories to share, but I’ll save them for my next post.

Sayf Khaleel 1

Ok bye !

xoxo

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the birth of dian khayla.

As some of you may already know, it all started with the bloody show on August 11th (Thursday).

It turned out to be a bloody long show.
I kept on bleeding the whole day that day.
At around 1300 hours that same day, I felt a gush of fluid coming out, but when I checked it was still mucus and a blob of blood.
I figured that it was about time I checked into the hospital.
We left for Hospital Sultanah Nur Zahirah, Kuala Terengganu at around 1420 hours and reached about an hour later.
I was advised to go straight to the admissions room, where there so many other expectant mothers waiting.
Can you take a guess what time I managed to get myself examined by the doctor ?
At 2200 hours !!
I was in the room waiting, with blood coming out of me, for MORE THAN SIX HOURS !!
Poor Mr. Sunshine who had to wait outside during the whole process. I got to accompany him during berbuka time in the car. (My last McDonald’s meal before confinement !)
Ridiculous tak ?
Ok ok I won’t start complaining.
Anyway, when the doctor finally did the VE on me, I found out that I wasn’t dilated yet and by using a speculum (OUCH !), she didn’t find any ‘pool of liqua’ indicating that I am not leaking amniotic fluid.
I was admitted that night.

Friday, August 12, 2011.

I had trouble sleeping the night before due to on and off cramps. No contractions, but there was still blood tinged mucus present.
Mum in-law arrived by bus from Batu Pahat that morning at 0630 hours. 
I might have soaked about half a pad with blood since admission. I had blobs of blood coming out too, whenever I went to pee.

0830 hours
A junior medical officer came to see me and told me that the blobs of blood was normal. He thinks that I can be allowed to go home that day and might only be going into labour in about 3 days time but he needed to discuss with a more senior colleague first.
He even told me that there was no problem with me wanting to go back to Batu Pahat that day to deliver my baby.

0930 hours
The same medical officer came along with another senior female doctor who told me I needed to stay another night just for observation.

1120 hours
I was lying on my side, replying smses from friends when I felt fluid gushing out down there. I sat up straight, and fluid was still gushing out.
Then only it occurred to me that my waterbag had broke ! I immediately walked to the nurses’ counter and told me what had happened and a few minutes later a medical officer performed another VE and a speculum test (double OUCH !!). It was confirmed, I was leaking amniotic fluid and my cervix was 1 cm dilated.

1300 hours
I wet my bed with my amniotic fluid. Thought things like that only happened in movies.
Contractions were about an hour apart. Pain was bearable.

2230 hours
My contractions were getting more and more painful, and they were 10 minutes apart. I was literally shivering in pain. A nurse performed another VE on me only to find that my cervix was STILL only 1 cm dilated ! I immediately broke down into tears and had to call Mr. Sunshine to come in for awhile. I just couldn’t comprehend how it could only be 1 cm dilated after hours of pain that has been getting more intense !

Saturday, August 13, 2011

0250 hours
My painful contractions which kept me awake were about 5 minutes apart by now. I was quivering in pain, reciting the Surah Kursi and doa Nabi Yunus over and over again.

0348 hours
A VE was done, my cervix was 4 cm dilated. The nurses told me they’re gonna wheel me into the labour room once I was 5 cm dilated. I was given a glycerin (Ravin) enema to empty my bowels. The nurses understood that I was in a lot of pain that they gave me the number to their counter in front and told me to call them when the pain gets worse.
I couldn’t imagine the pain getting any worse than that.

0430 hours
My contractions were getting unbearable. I called up the nurses, and to my relief, I was already 5 cm dilated. I texted Mr. Sunshine (who was waiting outside the whole time) and told him to get ready as I will be entering the labour room soon.

0500 hours-0830 hours
Mr. Sunshine was with me in the labour room. I was screaming in pain. Yes, I screamed and apparently I was the loudest in the room, according to Mr. Sunshine. Haha. I was twisting and turning on the bed which made it difficult for the doctors and nurses to get a stable heartbeat from the baby. They needed to know that the baby was alright before injecting me with any analgesics. I was already 6 cm dilated so it was too late for an epidural.
They injected me with Pethidine, a narcotic analgesic, which didn’t work at all for me. It just made me a bit groggy.
As a last resort, one of the nurses passed a nitrous oxide gas mask to Mr. Sunshine and told him to give it to me whenever I had my contractions. That worked better for me, although the pain was still excruciating !

0830 hours
I seriously felt like emptying my bowel, and I kept telling Mr. Sunshine that I couldn’t stand it anymore, I am gonna poop ! The nurse checked me and I was already 10 cm dilated ! Finally !

0855 hours – 0859 hours
She gave me instructions on how to push (which I could barely hear because I was high on Pethidine, haha). But I gave it a shot nevertheless, and I could hear the nurse telling Mr Sunshine to take a peek at the baby’s head which was crowning. She told me to push again, after performing an episiotomy, and with all my heart I pushedddddddd !
And out came my little precious gem !
And with that, all the pain disappeared. 
The nurse held her up and asked me to identify the sex of my baby, before cutting the umbilical cord and placing my baby on my chest.
Usually this is the moment where mothers cry at the sight of their newborns, right ? And you would expect a crybaby like me to wail, right ?
Believe it or not, I didn’t shed a tear ! I was so exhausted, I just smiled. Haha.
Mr. Sunshine held baby Khayla and recited the azan. It was such a beautiful picture ! :)

Alhamdulillah, Khayla and I were discharged from the hospital the following Sunday afternoon and made our way back to Batu Pahat with Mr. Sunshine and mum in-law on Monday morning. :)

Am currently at my in-laws, and will be staying here until the end of my confinement period, InshaAllah.

I’ll leave you all with a photo of our baby Khayla at 5 days old.

Ramadhan blessing: Having Mr. Sunshine here with me for the first half of my confinement period. Alhamdulillah.

xoxo

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