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