ISABELLE SIM has arrived!!
Sorry for the lack of updates as I have been really busy looking after our little Issy for the last 2 weeks. Sleepless nights has officially started for both papasim and I but we are just enjoying every moment of looking after her. Thank God for my parents who have come so far to help with my confinement and every now and then we managed to sneak in little naps while they look after Issy. I can’t believe that she is already 2 weeks old and gosh where did all the time go.
This post I’m just gonna share my birthing and delivery experience. On the 1st of May at 2am I could feel that my contractions were getting stronger. However I could still bear with the pain and did not alarm Sean or anyone as I do not want any false labour. At this stage I was already 5 days overdue. I tried to sleep through my contractions but was woken up every few minutes by the pain and I could literally feel it getting stronger each time.
At around 4am I had an urge to go to the toilet to poo. The pain was mainly at my lower abdominal and felt as though you are gonna poo. I sat on the toilet groaning in pain while trying to do my bowel motions to relieve that pain but unfortunately it didn’t work.
At 5am I was in the living room trying to pull myself together while still in pain but this time Sean realised and wanted me to go to the hospital immediately. At that time I refused and wanted to wait a bit longer however he rang up the hospital and they wanted me to go into the birthing suite right then.
We arrived at the hospital, I got hooked up to tocometer – a machine which just monitors the baby’s heartbeat as well as any contractions. At this point my contractions were very irregular. There were high and low ones and after a couple of hours I felt that the contractions was milder. I knew that baby was not going to be out as the pain was really bearable. The midwife did an internal examination on me to find out how much I have dilated till this point and I was only 1cm dilated. We were given the option to stay back in the hospital as the midwife felt that baby is gonna be out sooner or later or go home. I really wanted to go home as I do not like the feeling of staying in the hospital.
That afternoon we went home and I managed to catch up with some rest but was just broken sleep as I was still having the contractions. I could bear with the contractions till the whole night and still managed to cook some hot food for myself.
On the 2nd of May at approximately 1am, the contractions were getting stronger and closer together. I was groaning in pain and I knew that I have to go to the hospital soon. I woke Sean up and we did some final packing of my hospital bag and baby bag.
When I was admitted to the hospital they did the same thing by hooking me up with the tocometer. As I arrived the hospital I started to see ‘the show’ which is some sort of bleeding. At some stage they noticed that babysim was not moving a lot and they became a bit concern and decided to put me on drips to regulate water for her to move about. My OB mentioned to the midwife to break my water bag by 6am if it doesn’t happen naturally. It felt pretty uncomfortable and at that stage I was already 6cm dilated. Once the water bag was broken I could feel that the pain was getting more intense. Sean wanted me to have the gas but I refused all the time which I do not know why and finally I got the gas and air. I was just breathing through the contractions using gas & air which definitely helped to take the edge off!
By I do not know what time I was really really in pain. At this point I was in so much pain everytime a contraction would start. It sucks because in between them everything is normal and you think “oh I’m fine now!” and then you feel it start again and you think “noooooo! not again!” I could totally feel what labour pain is all about.
I told the midwife that I could actually feel this huge urge to push like it was the most natural thing to do at that time. They did another internal examination and I was 10cm dilated!! YAY!! I can start pushing. The pushing was really tiring and sometimes I felt like I was pushing for centuries. I pushed for one and a half hours!! That was a long time and I got so SO SOOO tired and felt like I’m gonna just give up and asked for C-section. Her head was almost out but not quite and it came to a point that babysim’s heart rate shot up instantly and I started bleeding from somewhere. All of a sudden as I opened my eyes I could see so many people around me. Doctors, nurses and midwives were all around me and Sean was panicking also. Right at that point the doctor needed to use the ventrose/vacuum as otherwise I most likely would have had to push for another 2 hours. I needed an episiotomy at this stage which was one thing I really wanted to avoid but apparently I needed one. Oh wells baby’s safety is most important at that time. I just did my final 3 pushes and babyish was out. She was immediately placed on my chest for as long as possible.
Isabelle Sim was born on the 2nd of May at 9.31am weighing 3kg with the height of 50cm. I could not believe I was actually cuddling our daughter. She was just perfect and cried of a little while when we were trying to just admire what a blessing God has given us. We started to get a bit emotional but I was totally relieved at that time. The pain was totally gone! How amazing can that be when my pain was escalated to the peak and the moment the baby was born, the pain just disappeared. I think the worst part of my whole labour & delivery was not so much the actual pushing but rather what happened after giving birth. I had needed an episiotomy so my OB had to stitch me up. Even though I was still pretty numb down there it felt very uncomfortable and felt like it took forever. All I wanted was for it to be over and to be alone with my baby & husband but unfortunately it took a while to be stitched up ;( However the doctor and midwives were so respectful of this and we could tell they were trying to finish up as soon as possible.
I had more bleeding when I got off the bed and at that time I was already light headed and fainted. They needed to insert a catheter for urination Which means I was suffering both the pain from the stitches plus the catheter. Baby Issy had to be taken away from me for awhile. It wasn’t the best experience I would say for my labour as I get to experience a lot of pain and some complications. However after looking at baby Issy, the pain was not my focus anymore.
We were discharged after 2 days of staying in the hospital however after being back for a day, Issy had to be re-admitted to the hospital in special care due to Jaundice and weight loss Sean and I were given a room to stay unfortunately not with her. She had to go through phototherapy and I started to feel so emotional because I wanted to be with her so badly. I trusted the midwives so much and they did a fantastic job in looking after our little one. With that, every 3 hours I had to go and feed her and we can visit her anytime of the day too. Thank God all is well now.
A photo taken with Issy after nursing her.
I really want to thank God for His protection over baby and I throughout my pregnancy and even the delivery. Though there was some complications, God was still in control and everything went well after. We are truly blessed to have little Isabelle in our life. I’m just so in love with her already.
I also want to thank all the doctors, nurses and midwives in Angliss hospital. It’s crazy to think how you meet these people and develop what feels like such a strong relationship with them, go through a life-changing experience together and then never see them again. It’s kind of sad actually! They have done such a fantastic job in providing quality care to baby Issy and even me. I felt so comfortable with them and believe me or not, I literally know all of the midwives after staying there for 4 full days.
Last but not least all glory to God!!
Sorry for this super long post but it was definitely a significant event for me and I would do it all over again but hopefully the next time with less pain