Sweet Escape – August 16, 2007
Posted by: Sharmila Rajah, 22-Aug-2007
What began as a routine visit to the doctor ended up being the day Ayanna chose to make her ‘sweet escape,’ a week earlier than scheduled. The little one was determined to pick her own date rather than allow mum and dad the liberty to do so. Her delivery was, however, not glitch-free.
Sweet baby Ayanna
10:30 am – Weekly appointment. The ultrasound detects meconium in the amniotic fluid, which is an indication that the baby is in distress. This can be due to a variety of reasons. Meconium is the first stool of an infant that is passed the first few days of postpartum life. Doctor decides it is best to deliver the baby today.
12 noon – I’m prepped for surgery. While thoughts are on the safety of the baby, I can’t help but think of the essential overnight bag that had not been packed. After all, technically I had a week left for some last-minute preparations. Or the Gwen Stefani concert that I would most certainly have to give up.
2pm – I’m wheeled in for surgery. First stop – the anesthesiologist for an epidural shot. This turns out to be a rather painless visit. You feel the warmth spread down your legs before you feel completely numb waist down.
Then I’m moved into the operating theater. My husband joins me as the doctor prepares for the Cesarean procedure.
2:32 pm – Ayanna makes her sweet escape. Weighing about 5 pounds and 2 ounces, the little one proves she has a pair of strong lungs with her first cry. I see her briefly before she’s whisked away to the intensive care unit for monitoring.
August 21 - Mummy and baby are doing fine. We’re home and it’s been round the clock feeding, burping and diaper changing. More on that and being a first-time parent later. It is time for yet another feed. Got to run.
Mummy and baby
What a contrast!
what a sweetie! with such a pretty name too... congratulations S + A.
Congratulations, Sharmila! :-)