41 weeks and 2 days old Isabella Savitri Blok started wriggling in my bump the night between 28th and 29th July. by 2:30 am I knew -finally this is it ! (and honestly I was so exhausted by the weeks long false labour and alarm that by the time the contraction meter confirmed a regular pattern of intense pain - I was jolly happy and flying.
we went to Simpsons at Royal Infirmary around 4:30 am. I was dilated only 1 cm (despite 2 previous sweeps the week before). Untill 7:30 i used TENS and oscillated between contractions and deep sleep ( i would say large;y it was deep sleep apart from intense pain and associated moans every 3 minutes).
I choose to stay in hospital instead of going home (too many family members).
at 7:30 am i was 3 cms and they moved me to labour ward under the care of a really nice midwife Leah (FINALLY I got a brilliant midwife!)
I decided to have epidural straight away (my pain tolerance level it seems is much lower). The Anesthetists, all 3, were very handsome and the TENS machine was useless (what i realized the time between removal of machine and epidural to work).
around 12 noon they broke my water in hope for contractions to get more near and regular. by 4 pm there was some pattern although not regular yet.
I was starving by then and I think epidural was less effective with an empty stomach. My husband sneaked me a nectarine.
8:00 pm finally i was fully dilated without the need for induction (YAY!). contracts were still irregular (but to me the pressure felt more regular than it showed on the contraction monitor).
The best part so far was that all these 13 hours after epidural i was happy, no pain at all I was joking around and it was so much fun.
around 8:00 pm my pulse rate went high and so did Isabella's heart rate.
I was asked to push (I could hear myself fart ! sorry tmi :P) but that made me laugh so much.
around 9 a team of doctors came in. By this time everyone was starring at my vagina and one of the doctors asked if they can also bring a student doctor. I was like "Yeah sure I dont ,mind, just get my baby to me I want to go home now !"
they pulled her out with forceps. The head came out and the contraction monitor (probably) stopped. It was so funny as I was telling them I can feel another contraction and i can push the rest of the baby and everyone in the room was looking at the contraction monitor to know if i was actually having a contraction. But ofcourse they believed me and Isabella was right there in our arms.
and first thing she did was to stare at me right into my eyes. Since than my baby has never rolled her eyes while looking at people.
and first thing the doctors said was - "So its a girl with mum's black thick hair, do you want us to take her with us". I said "Ofcourse not! give her to me" (that came after i joked with doctors few minutes prior that if its a boy they have to keep him )
and honestly the level of cuteness in the world just went a little higher as my princess from the fairy tale of snow-white just came to life. she has that skin as white as snow and beautiful red lips and ofcourse mom's dark hair and eyes
who says fairy tales are not true - for me its the second fairy tale coming alive in just 13 months time