Monday, September 30, 2013

Blessed to the Max

We are blessed beyond measure! Ephesians 1:3 says: Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms of Christ Jesus. How many words with the rootword "bless" were used in that verse? Threeee! Because Paul wants us to get the message right-WE ARE SUPERDUPER BLESSED. I went on reading the chapter because I got so excited with those spiritual blessings that I have. And here they are:

1. God chose us because we are perfect in His sight because of His love for us. This embracing love is a constant comfort to us. God loves us, no buts and ifs. (Eph 1:4-10)

2. We are God's and we are designed to show His glory. We don't belong to our parents, not even to our spouse! God owns us and it feels so right! (Eph 1:11-12)

3. We are filled with the Holy Spirit. We just have to listen and believe that we are saved. (Eph 1:13-14)

I read the first chapter of Ephesians several times today and I can't help but feel grateful. Thank you Lord for blessing us more that what we deserve. You are such a generous God!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Kaitlin's Birth Story

Tomorrow is Kaitlin's baptism and we are now preparing for the party. I can't help but recall my pregnancy days until the day she was born. These memories fill my heart with gratefulness. And I was reminded I haven't posted her birth story here. So here's how our princess came out of her castle...

July 23, 2013

11:30 AM. 41 weeks+1 day of pregnancy. We had our weekly check up with the OB. Baby was ok. Bag of waters still ok (13cm). Placenta maturing (grade 3). Cervix was 2-3cm dilated with bloody discharge. OB advised induction of labor.

2:00 PM. We checked into the hospital for induction of labor.

our hospital luggage bag

waiting in the ER

4:00 PM. Half dose of oxytocin was injected on my IV fluid.

4:30 PM. I felt the first painful contraction so we started timing the intervals. Next contraction came after 40 minutes but it was not painful. Following contractions were not painful. I could actually sleep through it.

7:30 PM. OB visited for another internal exam. Cervix was still 3 cm dilated. She advised for full dose of oxytocin.

daddy timing contraction intervals

July 24, 2013

12:00 AM. I was already feeling painful but tolerable contractions. I tried to sleep.

2:00 AM. I couldn’t sleep with the pain anymore. I was having more bloody discharge.

3:00 AM. I woke up Totskie to hold me during contractions. My body was trembling every time I feel the pain.

4:00 AM. Resident doctor came to do another internal exam. My cervix was already 4-5cm. I was transferred to the labor room. Totskie and Mama transferred to the waiting room. We thought that baby would come in a few hours. In the labor room, I asked for pain reliever because I couldn’t control the trembling of my body during contractions. A fetal heart monitor was attached on my tummy. Other machines were attached to different parts of my body for vital signs monitoring.

9:00 AM. OB did an internal exam. My cervix was already 7cm dilated. My bag of waters was pierced to further induce labor.

10:00 AM. Cervix is still 7cm dilated. I prayed with every pain, grasping the bed post to contain the feeling. Then I realized, I was already jumbling the words in Hail Mary, Glory Be and Our Father. I know God didn't mind. I just held on to Him. I couldn't focus anymore. I couldn't absorb the instructions of my OB. My contractions were coming at 1 minute interval. So one minute I was asleep, the next minute I was in excruciating pain.

11:00 AM. Cervix stopped dilating at 7cm. OB said that it seemed like the baby didn't like to go out through my v. There might be a need for an emergency section. She asked me if I wanted to wait another 30 minutes and check if my cervix would still dilate. She called Totskie so we could discuss. When Totskie saw me, he knew I was exhausted. In my mind I knew I would not be able to continue with the pain. I couldn't even pee on the bed pan even if I wanted to. Since my bag of waters were already broken, baby could be at risk if we prolong the waiting. OB came back into the labor room and we gave her our go signal for emergency CS.

11:30 AM. I was transferred in the operating room. I was shivering probably because of tiredness or nervousness about the operation. But I was not afraid.

My anesthesiologist lectured about regional anesthesia then plunged the injection on my lumbar area. Numbness embraced my lower torso. A nurse said she would do a skin test. Another said she’ll inject me with anti-shivering drug. In my mind, I didn't care about the pain anymore. I just wanted to see Kaitlin soonest.

Then they used my scrub suit to cover my view to my tummy. I could feel the excitement in the air. The doctors and the nurses seemed like preparing for a party, not an operation.

12:15 PM. I heard Kaitlin cry. It’s as if the party popper has finally exploded. The doctors and the nurses exclaimed with excitement that the baby is finally out.

Ah talagang nakapwesto yung pwet n’ya dun o,” said my OB.

My anes asked, “Sinong kamukha?”

Naku, Tin, p*p* lang and contribution mo. Kamukha ng Daddy.” 

my tummy days before due date (nakakembot ang baby)

Then finally, I saw her. The pedia placed her face beside mine and somebody took a picture.
The anes wiped my mouth with cold and wet cotton ball to take away my thirst. And I dozed off.

2:00 PM. I woke up shivering inside the recovery room. I saw another mother beside me sleeping. The nurses were monitoring my vitals. I prayed hard once again, “God please take away this trembling, I’m so tired.” Then I heard Kaitlin cry. The nurse brought her to me for breastfeeding.

3:30 PM. God answered my prayer. I was not shivering anymore. I heard the nurses talking about me. My body temperature was 40 degrees Celsius and my BP was 140/90. I asked the nurse when I can go back to my room. He said it was not yet time to go back because I was having high fever.

4:30 PM. I was already alone in the recovery room. The nurses were giving me frequent sponge baths to decrease my temp.

5:30 PM. The nurses rejoiced because my temp was already 37.7. I could finally return to my room together with my baby.

When we arrived in our room, my family and relatives were already waiting. Finally, we were home. :D Welcome to the real world, my princess. 

hello world!

Monday, September 9, 2013

To Our Most Beautiful Mother

Dear Mama Mary,

We've been thru a lot since the day I met you. Your life is the best example of purity, obedience, and beauty. I'll forever be grateful that I have a mother like you, whom I can turn to all the time.

Lately I felt much closer to you than ever. I know you were with me during my pregnancy, and you embraced me while I was giving birth. And now that I'm also a mother, you are my guiding light and comforting protection. 

I love you Mama Mary. Thanks for bringing us closer to Jesus. Happy birthday!