We were planning to have the elective C-section for David on 18 Jan but moved it forward to 15 Jan because he was putting on weight too slowly inside. Long story, but it had something to do with my placenta being resistant to delivering nutrients to the baby. Meh.
So on Tuesday night, we headed to Balestier for some bak kut teh before going to the hospital just after 11.30pm. I was supposed to stop eating by midnight so I sat in a corner wolfing down tau huay while Adrian got us registered. We were shown to the room very quickly and after checking the baby’s heartbeat and my blood pressure, etc., we settled down for the night.
I was woken up at 6.30am and prepped for the operation. Although I knew what to expect, I was really very tense and nervous. After the drip and epidural were put in, my doctor came in and Adrian appeared shortly after. I made the mistake of looking up at the reflective bits of the lights above me and briefly glimpsed my bloody insides and instantly felt like throwing up. With great effort, I managed to keep last night’s supper in my tummy. I was shivering quite a bit from the epidural though.
I wasn’t in any sort of pain but was a bit uncomfortable. But all that was forgotten when David made his appearance and was quickly cleaned up, wrapped up and deposited on my chest. Such a relief to have him out safe and sound! He was healthy and also heavier than hoped for. Thank God!
Adrian followed David out of the room and my doctor continued the operation. However, there were some complications. The scar tissue from my previous two c-sections kept on bleeding when she was trying to close me up. The area affected was also above the epidural area and I kept wincing from the discomfort, so eventually my doctor made the decision to put me under GA.
The last thing I heard her say was, “Cancel all my appointments!” and she worked on me for about 2 hours, while back at her clinic, her clinic assistants prayed for me and the bleeding stopped. Phew! She called Adrian when she was done, and because it had taken so much longer than expected, he thought she was calling to say I had died or something along those lines!
When I eventually woke up, I was feeling really groggy and out of it. Took a few more hours before I felt clear-headed. Was very happy to see the two older ones though. They were so enthusiastic about their new little brother and couldn’t get enough of him. Thank God that Baby David arrived safely and that everything turned out well! This is the start of an amazing journey. :)