“And then my soul saw you and it kind of went “Oh, there you are. I’ve been looking for you.”
It was a day after Qatar’s National Day, I was 37 weeks and 3 days pregnant and was scheduled for induced labour. My OB-GYN was against in waiting until my due date since I have Gestational Diabetes and asthma. But he allowed me to try normal delivery through induced labour.
I was scheduled to be induced at 8AM, 19th December 2018. My husband didn’t have any sleep as he came directly from a restless workweek due to the celebrations. He was so tired, but he was with me at the labour room waiting for the contractions to happen.
We waited for around 3-4 hours for any strong contractions that would help me in my labour and they already gave me the full dose of medicine, still, I could only feel slight thumps on my belly. They checked the baby if she was in any distress or anything was wrong. They found nothing, the baby was just sleeping soundly inside and my OB-GYN said she was just too big for me to come out normally.
At around 11AM, my OB-GYN finally decided that I’d be on an emergency cesarian section at 130PM since he didn’t want to wait for the baby to be distressed. He was so nice to explain to me in English then to my husband in Arabic (my OB-GYN is Egyptian and my husband is Moroccan) so that we both know the situation. My husband who had not been able to sleep for even a while had to go back to the restaurant he manages to check his staff and eat something as his last meal was the night before.
It was already 130PM and my husband was nowhere to be found. His battery was empty and we couldn’t reach his work phone as well. The OB-GYN was waiting for my husband since I couldn’t be sent to the operating room without his consent as it was major surgery. We tried all ways to contact him until finally, he came before 230PM stating he was stuck in traffic and had no time to charge his phone.
I was sent to the operating room at 230PM and the last thing I remembered was that I was being told to just calm down and relax. And boom! Off to dreamland.
My baby came out at exactly 258PM, 19th December 2018, weighing 3.65kgs and has the chubbiest cheeks ever! She has the cutest red lips and chinky eyes. I wasn’t able to see her until I was brought back to my room (I was knocked out from the anaesthesia for an hour). My husband was the one who held her first (I am uberly jealous!).
And just like that ~ I am completely, madly in love with this little Filipino-Moroccan… ♥♥♥
Our little Sky Saidie Rae is now 34 weeks!
During my early months of pregnancy, my fears were all about how healthy Sky will be. If only I can have an ultrasound every time I visit my OB-GYN just to assure myself that my baby is healthy – good heart rate, complete fingers and toes, limbs etc. I was like that until up to the 19th-week anomaly scan that assured me my baby is complete and no congenital issues. Continue reading Home Stretch
Pregnancy? Baby? Motherhood? Marriage? Wife?
Naaaahhhh. Not in my immediate plan.
I even have doubts if I can bear a child due to my health issues. It has never crossed my mind.
A few years back, all I wanted was to have a new adventure in life outside my country — have a stable job, help my family, try to travel more often than I did before. Simple pleasures in life a single lady like me wishes.
It wasn’t a smooth transition in a foreign land especially this was my first time to work overseas. I have experienced a lot of failed applications and frustrations before I landed a job in a good company. It was a good start for me. Continue reading Unexpected…