So while I have the time (a.k.a. about Ayla)…

… I’m taking this short break to write about the adventures and challenges my second daughter has brought me and my family.

The previous post didn’t encapsulate much of the excitement and anxiety brought about by the coming of Ayla Maria. The adventure started way back April of 2014, when I learned about my unexpected pregnancy. Hubby and I didn’t really plan on having another baby, so this caused some anxiety on my part.

Some 3 or 4 months on the way, I had threatened miscarriage (or threatened abortion) so I had to rest for a week. Also contracted UTI during my first trimester, which recurred a couple of weeks before I gave birth. Needless to say, the pregnancy was quite stressful for me (not to mention that work was stressful as well).

The actual birthing experience last December 2 was less worrisome. From my pregnancy journey to that point on, I had great support from my hubby, friends, and my OB, Dra. Flor Nucum. Of course, my fear of needles and knives still kicked in, but because the anesthesiologist administered Demerol before the operation, I was kinda in-and-out during while on the operating table (heck, I didn’t even get to yell at the nurse holding me while they gave me anesthesia, haha!). I would have slept through the delivery if not for my OB and her crew talking about the latest Hunger Games movie installment (I believe they were debating on whether Peeta died or something) and taking selfies with my baby. No, really, they were.

We spent 3 days at Salve Regina General Hospital, in which I learned the feeling of having a suppository pushed inside my butt, the ickiness of an adult diaper, and what my hubby will do for love (LOL!). Come discharge day, I was okay — but not my baby, who contracted UTI and had to have antibiotic shots for a total of 10 days. Ayla was discharged with a hep lock, which accidentally came off 5 days before we completed the medication (she had to be administered shots on the thighs, poor thing).

So far, after the medication, my daughter’s urinalysis results showed relatively normal levels. As of this writing, though, I received word from the hospital that my daughter’s newborn screening results are in, which showed something about G6PD (did some research about it and it concerns the red blood cells). She would probably have to take another test for this.

Compared to my experience with my firstborn, this one is quite stressful. Whereas Zee only had to undergo phototherapy because of infant jaundice, Ayla underwent a lot, and will still go through some more tough times, now that we’ve received her newborn screening results.

Actually, I kinda blame myself for this. I guess I didn’t take much care of myself during my pregnancy. And now I reap what I sow. Let this be a lesson for future moms: take great care of yourself before, during, and after pregnancy. You owe that not only to yourself but your baby as well. Take it from me.

Still, I consider my bunso a great gift from above. Right now, I have to take real good care of her and make sure she’ll grow up healthy. That’s all I can do for now.

I’ve much to knowΒ on how to be a great mom. And now with 2 babies in the house, the learning experience continues. So help me, God.

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  • Em Nuqui-Alejandrino January 28, 2015 at 11:59 pm

    Prayers for you and your baby. God bless.

  • Alex Carpio March 14, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    Hi! I am planning to have a check up with Dr. Flor Nucum and also, if all is well, have her as my OB till I give birth. I tried contacting the numbers she has on the web, I just don’t know if they’re still accurate. Was wondering if you could share her contact details with me. πŸ™‚ Thank you!

    • Michelle Roldan March 14, 2015 at 5:29 pm

      Hi, Alex! Here are the numbers I have:

      Dra. Nucum (mobile phone): 09232183700
      My Choice Clinic (in Santolan, Pasig): 9841762

      You’ll like her, I’m sure. She’s very friendly and approachable. Congrats and good luck to you!

  • ellabonkers August 6, 2015 at 11:18 pm

    Hi! Dra. Nucum is also my current OB. I hope you don;t mind me asking, pero CS ka ba? πŸ™‚

    • Michelle Roldan August 8, 2015 at 8:49 pm

      Hi! Yes, CS ako. Anything I can help you with? πŸ™‚

      • ellabonkers August 11, 2015 at 2:17 pm

        Hi Michelle, thank you for replying! Wala lang, I have noticed na maraming CS patients si Dra. I’m just hoping na ma-normal ako. Although alam ko na wala talga akong say dyan kase anything can happen. πŸ™‚ Just sharing my thoughts. Congrats with the baby btw! πŸ™‚

        • Michelle Roldan August 12, 2015 at 8:06 am

          Is this your first baby? In my case kasi, 2nd baby ko na yung bunso. Emergency CS ako sa panganay ko so ni-consider din niya yun. Also, I had a few complications din sa latest pregnancy ko kaya minabuti na niyang mag-CS ako. Don’t worry, you can talk to her about your preference. She can also assess kung kaya mo mag-normal delivery. Good luck and congrats, soon-to-be mommy! πŸ™‚

  • Alex Carpio August 26, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    Now on my 31st week and it has been a rollersoaster ride. Right now I am on complete bed rest till I give birth because according to Dra. Nucum I’m very prone to pre term labor πŸ™ She’s been ver nice & caring all this time. Thank God I found your blog and got her contact number from you!

    Might be giving birth in Salve Regina Hospital too! Would you mind me asking how much your delivery package was? Still need to discuss packages pa kasi with Dra.

    • Michelle Roldan August 27, 2015 at 9:55 am

      Hi, Alex! Aww, get lots of bed rest, don’t move about muna and take care of yourself and the baby. As for the delivery package, we prepared around 70K (for CS) but if I remember correctly, hindi naman nagastos yun lahat. It will depend if you’re going to give birth via normal or CS delivery, also the room that you’ll be in. I’ll have to check our receipts again.

      Tell Dra. Nucum about your budget concerns, she’s also flexible and understandable about it. First-hand experience ko yan. πŸ™‚

      Nga pala, Salve Regina is a small but good hospital. Just a note: they’d ask you to bring feeding bottles and milk (Dra. Nucum will also give you a list of what to bring) but if you want to breastfeed exclusively, tell the hospital beforehand. Or you can check out VT Maternity Hospital in Marikina. Accredited din si Dra. doon, I believe, and they are a breastfeeding advocate hospital. πŸ™‚

  • edelyn October 15, 2015 at 7:02 am

    Hi ask ko lang if until now ganun pa din ung range ng cs sa salve regina .. 70K packages ano ano po ung kasama nun.. First time mom here..

    • Michelle Roldan October 15, 2015 at 8:26 am

      Baka ganun pa rin yung range, pero it’s best to ask your OB since the PFs will differ depende kung sino ang kukunin mong doctor and team for the operation. Depende rin yung rate sa room na kukunin. Good luck and God bless, mommy!

  • Yvette Atanacio May 17, 2016 at 6:41 am

    Hi! Just want to ask kung okay ba ang facilities sa Salve Regina? I mean, dati kasi sabi nila marumi daw and kulang ang gamit pero sabi ng friend ko narenovate na raw. I’m planning to give birth there sa Dec. πŸ™‚ sa 2 hospital lang kasi nagpapaanak yung OB ko, TMC and Salve. Since ang mahal sa TMC, choice namin sa Salve na. πŸ™‚

    • Michelle Roldan May 17, 2016 at 8:43 am

      Hi, Yvette! From experience, okay naman sa Salve Regina. It’s not as high-end as TMC and the rooms are more basic, pero malinis naman. Mas maaliwalas na siya kesa dati nung hindi pa na-renovate. Fair warning, though, walang elevator sa Salve, ramp lang yung meron para ma-wheel in ka sa room and nursery. Anyway, if you want a feel of the place, you can drop by the hospital para ma-gauge mo kung okay siya sa iyo. Good luck and God bless!

      • julie July 28, 2016 at 5:56 pm

        Hi, first time mom here… any idea how much ung CS sa salve ngaun?

        • Michelle Roldan August 1, 2016 at 4:48 pm

          Hi, Julie! I’m not sure how much the CS is now. You can contact Salve Regina Hospital at 477-4832 or 682-3597 to inquire. If your OB-Gyne is from Salve, you can ask him/her para meron kang idea (ask the PF na rin so you can factor that in sa costs). God bless and have a safe pregnancy!


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