the waiting game
The waiting game started the moment I got to St. Lukes bgc. We were on the dot, November 1, 2016, Right on time. Well, so we thought. We decided to not alarm our parents yet because I decided today might be the day as soon as I started waking up to my contractions. I had an easy pregnancy and didn't really go through morning sickness and bad braxton hicks so when these contractions were out of the ordinary, I woke Paolo up to prepare, took a shower, did my eyebrows (just in case we were in for the long haul hahaha), grabbed our hospital bags and dashed. It was 7 or 8am and we got there in 10 mins!
No one freaking prepared me for the pain. Not from the pushing or the the epidural, but from the contractions. I cant even explain what I felt. Its like... I don't know.. like being stuck in traffic on the freeway having to take a crap badly (sorry but I have to be honest ahehehe) but you cant and will have to hold it in for 5 more hours. That plus someone stabbing you on your lower back over and over again. I felt like giving up my 9 months of hard work for those first 3cms. Yes, 3cms. The longest 3cms ever that lasted for 4 or 7 hours. I forget. All I remember was me shushing my mom because she was breathing too loud (not really but I guess I was in that much pain that every sound annoyed me) and having my husband stay by my feet so I can kick him! hahahaha Now I get the movies.
As soon as I got to my 4th cm I was allowed to get my epidural. I've never been so excited to get injected. If you don't know me, I dread injections but on this day, I was so happy to see the scariest needle ever, I didn't budge, it was H E A V E N. After that the whole labor was a breeze.
Finally, after 15 hours, I reach my 10th cm which meant I was ready to start pushing. The anesthesia slowly wore off but the pain was tolerable so my OB suggested I try pushing without the help of the anesthesia first. After pushing for a few they decided to give me some anesthesia (not because of the pain but just in case hehe) and still no improvement. Leia would go out a bit and after pushing she'd slip back in. Playing peek a boo so soon (ahehehehe). We were doing this for 40 mins which was when my OB finally decided to cut me open. She told me its been a little too long of pushing and kawawa Leias head. She also said sorry to me but hello, do what you gotta do! The doc knows best! whats best for the baby is all I care about. Pao had to step out as they were preparing the room and sterilized everything. They added a curtain below my chest covering the lower part of my body as well. While he was out they were doing prick tests to see if I could feel anything before they cut me... I was panicking of course coz I still felt the needle after every prick! hahahaha! When Pao got back I started to panicking coz I suddenly felt nothing waist down. It felt like an elephant was sitting on top of me!! Im claustrophobic so I started to hyperventilate. My arms were tied I guess to keep some panicky patients from touching their stomachs during the procedure so I asked to be untied and I had Pao distract me by showing photos he took the whole day while chewing on a damp cloth. I passed out for a few minuteS and woke up while they were pulling Leia out. I felt the tugging but no pain. I hear a cry, they place her on my chest and the rest is history <3
p.s. despite the rule of the limit of visitors in the waiting area, thank you fambam for hogging the entire place and throwing a party while waiting the entire time I was in labor! love you all! hahahaha
CELEBRATING ME. I MEAN LEIA;p
Baby showers are usually for.... babies, but if you really think about it, its for the soon to be parents to help them not start a new chapter broke! hahahaha! Aaaaanyway... I cant even begin to explain how thankful I am to everyone that planned these amazing parties for our little princess' arrival. All equally fun and unique with all the people that I love. Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedules to plan and help us prepare for the 24/7 alarm clock. Here are some snippets of each shower!
1ST shower: #samanthalovesaprica
My first shower was sponsored by Aprica! :) yes, so nice of them right? They threw me a baby shower and I got to invite a few of my girl cousins, church friends and family! Thank you Aprica for being so gracious and for also gifting us our very first stroller, car seat & baby carrier from Aprica of course! <3 what a treat!
Special thanks to @insta_mug, @kalamilkph, @benefitph, @bottledupph & @havaianasphils for the giveaways, @annayorkflowers for the bouquet, @topcakesph for our beautiful cake & lastly Jerson from @toniandguyph for my hair <3
2ND shower: #eLEIAphant
Our 2nd shower was planned by one of our bible study groups and because 2 of us were pregnant, we had a joint baby shower! :) Pineapples and Elephant themed because Micah Chase (The other preggo) loves pineapples and if you know me well you know how I love elephants! This semi surprise shower was done in Privato Hotel; a hotel run by Arianna Kaimo, one of Leias's ninangs and styled by my favourite events stylist, Maja Angeles of passion cooks catering<3
Special thanks to @castedtreasure for my belly cast <3 what a beautiful way to remember my little journey with our little princess.
3RD shower: Sunset baby shower at Solaire <3
Our 3rd shower was planned by my mom, tita Lizzy Razon, Joy Wassmer and a few of my cousins. Such a pretty and yummy set up at the chairmans villa in Solaire. Loved celebrating with my family:)
4TH shower: Le Petit Shower
And last but not the least, the Pangilinan shower thrown by ninang Maricel & Julia Arenas at Le Petit in BGC<3 Didnt get to take much because I was busy enjoying the food and watching the grownups play the diaper games haha! thank you for putting this together for us!