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Birth story of Rio

It was December 6, 2014 at 9:28 in the evening when I gave birth to my first born. We named him, Rio Isaac, which means river and laughter.

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Our River of Laughter
Luckily, I was able to document ‘every’ details of my labor on my instagram account (@soblessedmama). Maybe because I was anticipating I might forget most of it, or bago ako magkaroon ng “Momnesia”. Hehe! So let me share with you what exactly I wrote there. I will also add some of the things I remembered.

Here’s the story:

MY LABOR AND DELIVERY STORY
Before I forget everything and while it is still fresh, I want to document my labor and delivery story. It will be detailed (so TMI alert!).
The day before my delivery, my mom surprisingly arrived from HK (where she worked), just right in time for the big day (everything has a reason). That night, I’m starting to have some mild contractions/braxton hicks. I ignored it and went to sleep.

My mom looks younger than me here. Hehe
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The next morning, I woke up around 7am feeling energized.

I was 38 weeks going to 39 weeks then.

9am, my husband and I went to supermarket to have some grocery shopping. When suddenly I felt abdominal pain, pinagpapawisan ako ng malamig na kinikilabutan. Haha!
10am, We got home and I went straight to the comfort room. napoopoo lang pala ako. hehe!
11am, I noticed some regular contractions mostly at my lower back area, but the pain was tolerable. So I monitored it for 30mins. Each contraction lasted for 60-70sec and 5 mins interval. I informed my OB right away. He replied and ask me if I have spotting, I said none. He told me to go to his clinic at 5pm.
12nn, I took a bath and had my lunch.
1pm, the pain became intense but still tolerable. I updated my OB then he instructed me to better go to hospital for initial assessment.
2pm, my mom, my husband and I arrived at VRPMC (hospital). Had my initial assesment. I was already 4cm. I was told to stay at the labor room. Then my OB called and said I’m going to be admitted. I’m in pain but I’m not nervous at all. In fact I’m more excited that finally I’ll be seeing my son very soon! yay!
4pm, they administer epidural (anesthesia) to me. whoah! guminhawa pakiramdam ko, felt some relief! The anesthesiologist told me I need to rest so I might have more energy for delivery. Eventhough I want to, but really can’t sleep. I was 6cm that time.

5pm, I was 7cm. Resident OB was checking on me time to time. They put nasal cannula on me for oxygenation and trying to wake my baby up. I have a feeling that there’s something happening wrong to my child.
6pm, I felt some pressure on my perineal area and anus (parang napoopoo). tolerable pa naman kaya ignore lang.
7:30, still in pain, another dose of epidural was administered.. Then Resident OBs manually broke my bag of water. I heard one doctor said, “thinly”.
8pm, my OB doctor, doc Sahagun arrived! Then he explained to me the condition of my baby. My baby’s heart rate is dropping and already defecated (pooped) inside my womb (I guess thinly is the medical term). Doc said they will observe me for an hour. Though he didn’t tell me, I know there will be a possibility for emergency cesarean. That was one of the scariest happened to me. I was so worried for my baby. I tried not to cry coz I need to supply more oxygen for him, but I can’t help it. Frustrated, scared and worried..I prayed. Suddenly God’s word reminded me that “He will never leave me and He’s in control of everything”… then there was peace in my heart.
9pm, resident OB checked on me, I was fully dilated. Thank God! Then, they transferred me immediately to Delivery room

.. I cannot move my lower extremities anymore, it took 4 men to lift me up to the delivery bed. Super bigat ko. he he!
during delivery:

I had a 3 push before my baby came out. But before the final push, I suddenly cannot breathe and became naseaous. They gave me gauze with water to my mouth to quench my thirst and dryness of my throat. Akala ko di ko malalabas si baby through normal delivery. Miraculously at exactly 9:28pm I was able to deliver my child normally. And I heard cord coil pa sya.

With my OB gyne Dr. Rhionell Sahagun

with his poop behind him

First photo with his papa, scared to hold him
All the hardships went away when I finally saw him. The first time I heard him cry was the sweetest sound in my ears. His body against mine was the warmest feeling ever. I cried with tears of joy and fell in love with his beauty… Ganun pala ang feeling… totoo pala ang Love at first sight.

After we transferred from recovery room to ward room

Love at first sight

Weighed 7 lbs. and 49 cm long

Burping session with papa

Rio underwent photo therapy due to jaundice. We stayed 4 days in the hospital to monitor him.

Finally, we can go home!

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What’s in my Hospital bag? 

Waiting game is on!  “D day” is coming near. Makakasama na namin si baby number two! Yay! Pero ready na ba kami?

Disclaimer: Mahaba haba ito. Kung gusto nyo yung mismong list lang ang basahin, you may proceed to the end part of this blog.

A month ago, nag start na ako ayusin ang aming “Hospital Bag” (kahit sa lying in lang naman plan kong manganganak, lol!). Paunti unti lang, para hindi ako mapagod ng bongga at may part din na tinatamad pa ako. Hehe! Pero ideal daw kasi magprepare pag nasa 7th month pregnancy na, para in case lang magkaroon ng emergency ready anytime. This week lang ako nag ayos ng husto, parang nagkaroon ako ng madaming energy. Bigla akong na-excite. Feeling ko nasa “Nesting” phase na ako.

Tip: Pwede kayo mag visit prior to your delivery day, kung saan preferred nyong hospital or lying-in and ask items that you should or could bring. You could also check their facilities.

Share ko lang muna yung hospital bag namin nung first delivery ko kay Rio:

Sayang, nawala ko yung list ng content nyan, pero somehow naalala ko naman yung iba. Halos nagamit namin lahat yan, dahil tumagal kami ng 4 days sa hospital. Actually, kulang pa nga eh, kasi that time mama ko nagbantay sa’min at wala syang dalang gamit. Kaya kumuha ulit sa bahay. Pag-uwi namin triple na dyan yung dala namin. Haha!

So let’s proceed sa Hospital Bag namin ngayon.

Bag for Baby, Mama ang Nursing Pillow

Oh diba, dalawang maleta na. Haha! Feeling ko nga overpacked na ako. Kung sakali kasing sa hospital ako manganak, at least ready pa din. (Unexpectedly, we end up in the hospital)

BABY BAG

Baby clothes:

  • Tie side/ Barubaruan
  • Pajama
  • Onesies
  • Booties
  • Mittens
  • Bonnet
  • Burp cloth/ lampin
  • Receiving blankets/ swaddle
  • Frogsuit (going home outfit)
  • Baby towel

Nakalagay sa isang organizer bag para sama sama sila. Nilagyan ko ng ziplock lahat ng clothes dahil nung nag pack ako last month, after ilang weeks nadiscover kong nilanggam mga damit ni baby. Huhu… So nilabhan ko ulit at nilagay na sa ziplock para wala nang pumasok na insekto. Naka-segregate na din sila according sa klase ng damit or set. Para organize at madaling makita ng magbabantay sa’min, para hindi na sya maghahalungkat. (36hours lang kami sa hospital kaya mga one or two set lang nagamit, madami pang natirang clothes. Onesies hindi din nagamit.)

Set of baby clothes

May name tag at label na ng content. Ganyan din ginawa ko dati kay Rio, kaya madali na-identify ng nurse yung gamit ng baby ko.

Toiletries for baby

  • Baby wash
  • Nappy cream
  • Baby oil
  • Cotton and Q tips
  • 70% Ethyl Alcohol 

(Walang nagamit sa kanila dahil provided ng hospital ang toiletries ni baby, dami din freebies).

    Travel sizes lang para madaling dalhin. I suggest huwag muna  kayo bibili ng big sizes baby products, kasi baka hindi pala hiyang ni baby, sayang lang. Bili na lang kayo pag na-test nyo na na wala naman allergy si baby. And dapat mild lang, delicate pa kasi skin nila, personally mas gusto ko yung mga organic para mas safe. No need na mga perfume, powder, manazanilla, etc. It can trigger allergy din kasi. For me mas gusto ko yung natural scent ng newborn.

    Diaper

    Syempre hindi mawawala ang diaper (newborn size). Pero ‘wag kayo bibili ng super daming stock na isa lang size, kasi mabilis lumaki ang newborn, baka ma-outgrown lang nila agad. Pero it’s good to have bigger size to be ready lang. Saka depende din pala kung anong hiyang ni baby kaya ‘wag mag-stick sa isang brand. You can also use cloth diaper, pero ako after a month or two na lang gagamit nito, yung disposables muna dahil madalas pa sila magpoop at wiwi.

    (Dahil maliit si baby, sulit ang EQ newborn size. Medyo malaki sa kanya yung diaper na binigay ng hospital, tinabi ko muna para paf medyo lumaki na si baby yun papagamit ko)

    Miscellaneous

    Others

    • Breastpump (not able to use, after 2 days pa tumulo milk ko)
    • Ring sling carrier (hindi din nagamit, dahil most of the times nakahiga lang si baby)
    • Extra bag (nagamit namin nung pauwi na kami para sa extra things)

    Not necessary naman pero good to have din. haakaa breast pump if in case na magka breastmilk na ako agad, pang salo lang ng milk (6 weeks pa advisable magpump). Ring sling (yung rainbow na tela), I prefer this carrier kasi madaling gamitin for me and sa newborn. Extra bag (teddy bear print), kung sakaling magkaroon ng excess na gamit pag-uwi namin, may lagayan kami.

    FYI: Bawal ang baby bottle at tsupon sa hospital/lying. Nasa batas (EO Milk 51) yan kaya pwede kayo magsumbong sa DOH pag may sumusuway. To promote breastfeeding na din.

    BAG FOR MAMA


    Reminder on D day
    Content. Ang dami!

     

    Documents

    • Prenatal Book
    • Laboratory and Ultrasound results
    • MDR
    • Philhealth ID and receipt (updated payment)
    • Marriage Contract (you need 2 photocopies para sa birth certificate ni baby)
    • Cash
    • Ballpen

    Gagawa sana ako ng birth plan, tinamad lang ako. Haha! Lying in naman ako manganganak, more on natural method naman sila, kaya feeling ko no need na siguro.

    Clothes for mama


    • Dress (3)
    • Pajama (2)
    • Nursing blouse (2)
    • Shorts (1)
    • Underwear (3), disposables (5)
    • Bra (3)
    • Cardigan (1)
    • Going home outfit (long dress)
    • Bathrobe/Towel
    • Socks (2)
    • Disposable nursing pads

    Yung dala kong underwear yung tipong pwede nang itapon, kasi for sure magbi-bleed ako ng bongga. Meron din ako dalang disposable undies if ever lang magkulang. Then yung bra ko tube lang, hindi ako sanay mag nursing bra.

    Toiletries

    May nanggugulong bata.
    • Toiletries
    • Shampoo
    • Conditioner
    • Feminine wash
    • Facial wash
    • Toothbrush and paste
    • Body wash

    Hopefully makaligo ako sa lying in, dahil for sure sa bahay hindi ako papayagan. Alam nyo na mga kasabihan ng matatanda.

    Makeup/Kikay kit

    Ganyan itsura pag naka-roll
    Spot the photobomber

     

    Kikay kit and other stuff:

    • Lip balm
    • Lip and cheek tint
    • Eyebrow powder/pencil
    • Face powder/foundation
    • Moisturizer
    • Comb
    • Mirror
    • Headband, clips and pony tail
    • Betadine feminine wash
    • Extra toothbrush and toiletries for hubby

    Para maganda pa din ako kahit bagong panganak. Haha! Yung extra toiletries para sa husband ko or kung sino man magbabantay sa’min.

    Multipurpose caddy

    Clothes for Papa and kuya Rio


    Utensils


    • Tumbler
    • Disposable spoon, cup and plates
    • Straw
    • Food and snacks
    • Tissue
    • Wipes

    Maternity Pads/ Adult Diaper


    Mas prefer ko ang maternity pads. Hindi kasi ako kumportable sa diaper.

    Gadget

    • Cellphone/tablet
    • Charger
    • Extention cord
    • Pocket Wifi
    • Powerbank

    Para hindi ma-bored yung bantay ko.

    Extra pillow

    Extra blanket/ malong

    Eyeglasses

    Eye mask

    Slippers

    That’s all! May nakalimutan pa ba ako? Siguro naman wala na. Kulang na lang dalhin ko buong bahay diba? Haha!

     

     

     

     

    SUMMARY CHECK LIST

     

    FOR BABY

    Baby clothes:

    • Tie side/ Barubaruan

    • Pajama

    • Onesies

    • Booties

    • Mittens

    • Bonnet

    • Burp cloth/ lampin

    • Receiving blankets/ swaddle

    • Frogsuit (going home outfit)

    • Baby towel

    Toiletries for baby:

    • Baby wash
    • Nappy cream
    • Baby oil
    • Cotton and Q tips
    • 70% Ethyl Alcohol

    Diaper

    Breastpump

    Ring sling carrier

    Extra bag
    FOR MAMA

    Documents:

    • Prenatal Book
    • Laboratory and Ultrasound results
    • MDR
    • Philhealth ID and receipt
    • Marriage Contract
    • Cash
    • Ballpen

    Clothes for mama:

    • Dress
    • Pajama
    • Nursing blouse
    • Shorts
    • Underwear
    • Nursing Bra
    • Cardigan
    • Going home outfit
    • Bathrobe/Towel
    • Socks (2)
    • Disposable nursing pads

    Toiletries:

    • Shampoo
    • Conditioner
    • Feminine wash
    • Facial wash
    • Toothbrush and paste
    • Body wash/soap

    Maternity Pads/ Adult diaper

    Eyeglasses

    Eye mask

    Slippers

    Makeup/ Kikay kit:

    • Lip balm
    • Lip and cheek tint
    • Eyebrow powder/pencil
    • Face powder/foundation
    • Moisturizer
    • Comb
    • Mirror
    • Headband, clips and pony tail
    • Betadine feminine wash

    OTHERS

    Utensils:

    • Tumbler
    • Disposable spoon, cup and plates
    • Straw
    • Food and snacks
    • Tissue
    • Wipes

    Gadget:

    • Cellphone/Charge
    • Extention cord
    • Pocket Wifi
    • Powerbank

    Clothes for hubby and kuya

    Extra pillow, Blanket or Malong

    Extra toothbrush and toiletries


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    Rio’s 2nd Birthday Celebration at Tubigan Garden Resort


    This December 6, our son will be turning two. Gusto namin mag-enjoy sya. Since mahilig naman sya magbabad sa tubig everytime na naliligo sya. As in pahirapan umahon. Haha! Naisipan namin ni Chris na mag-pool party na lang. 

    Nakita ko sa facebook yung Tubigan Garden Resort, located at Paliparan, Dasma, Cavite. Which is malapit lang sa place namin. Mukhang maganda din amenities nila. So I suggested dun na lang kami mag celebrate.

    Here’s the map

    Tuesday pa talaga ang birthday ni Rio, pero we decided na Sunday (Dec. 4) na lang kami pumunta dahil walang pasok karamihan sa mga kasama namin.
    Nung nag inquire kami sabi ng mga staffs nila, weekends daw ang peak days nila. Kaya before 8 am pa lang nasa Tubigan na kami. 
    Weekend entrance fee is 200 for both adult and child. Free naman ang two years old and below. At 160  for seniors/PWD.

    Day time: 8am-5pm

    Night time: 6pm-4am

    Yung 4am-8am and 5pm-6pm maintainance time nila. So twice a day sila naglilinis. 

    Rate and Schedule

    11 persons lang kami, kaya yung kubo for 12 persons ang ni-rent namin. Pero dapat pala mas malaki pa ng konti yung kinuha namin kasi siksikan na kami dahil sa mga gamit namin. Ayos din naman dahil yung karamihan naman hindi nag stay sa kubo.

    Picture muna with family

    Kubo for 12 persons
    Kubo with Room
    They also have hotel
     

    Expected ko madami na agad tao, pero wala pa masyado sa umaga. Kaya maganda mag-swimming na agad habang bagong linis yung tubig.

    They have 4 pools:

    •Waterpark


    •Lazy River


    •Pool Playground(New Attraction!) 


    •Jr. Olympic Size Pool


    •Kiddie Pool

    Other display and attractions:


    Swimming time!

    Wear proper swimming attire like swimsuit, rash guard or white top/shirt and garterized short. 

    At syempre hindi mawawala ang kainan!

    Reminder: Bawal magdala ng alak at kalan. Pero may grill station naman sila na pwedeng mag-ihaw.

    Pool party was a success! Si Rio ang pinaka nag-enjoy at tumagal sa pool kahit ang lamig ng tubig. Halos makatulog na sya ayaw pa din umahon sa pool. Haha! 


    It was indeed a simple, intimate and yet meaningful celebration with our family. 


    Happy 2nd birthday to our baby loves Rio! 

    Tired from swimming