3– Paapu Birth Story

‘Paapu’ ( meaning the ‘sweet little baby’ in my mother-tongue), was born on the 26th of Feb 2010 at 5:57 AM in a normal delivery.

Her birth story, however, begins on Feb 25, the day before..

With more than 10 days to go for the due date, I was as relaxed and cheerful as possible when I went to a routine doctor checkup with the hubby.The doctor checked my cervix,and commented, Β “Wow lady, you are already 3 centimeters dilated. It takes 10 centimeters for the baby to come and most women go though extreme pain to reach even 3. You don’t seem to have pain so far! I am guessing your labor will be easy without complications”. Now, that indeed was a great beginning! πŸ™‚

I asked to check if that means I will go into labor soon for which she clarified that it was normal for the body to start preparing early.Β Nothing seemed to be happening right then, of course.

Later in the evening, I was in one of my favorite shops leisure shopping for maternity stuff. My cart was half loaded when the uneasiness began. I cringed for a second and moved on to the next aisle. It wasn’t exactly ‘pain’ per se, but a considerable discomfort emerging from the lower abdomen. I kept shopping while thinking “Gosh, I need to Β slow down. This is the result of too much walking around!”

By the time I was ready to bill my items, the queue in the billing counter was as long as a python. I could picture myself crashing down if I stood much longer with the heavy tummy and the discomfort for long. So, I made a hasty beeline to the front and requested for a quick check out. The lady there took one quick look at me and without an extra word, got my things billed in a jiffy. I had no clue that my face, by that time, projected an image of a woman in labor Β πŸ˜€

Late that evening was a pre-planned dinner get together at home. My mom , who flew down from hometown, India, had well settled in the ‘phoren’ country and invited some of our close friends/cousins for her home cooked supercilious dinner πŸ™‚

Everyone came in early and sat around chatting and laughing, mostly on jokes about weird baby names! Innocent sounding Indian names like ‘Gopi’ or ‘Deepshit’ turn out to be a lifetime embarrassment to the kids living in the US Β ( go on..read those names from an English perspective, see what I mean? πŸ˜› ).Β The dinner happened late by around 10 PM and Amma was mighty praised for her yummy gourmet cooking πŸ˜€

What was I doing all this while? Wincing, clenching my teeth, taking deep breath..generally acting wierd every few minutes. Whenever anyone asked “Are you okay?”, I managed a smile and kept saying “Yeah, some slight uneasiness. Nothing much. All’s fine! Hehe.”

Amma got really suspicious after a while and asked me some questions to describe the pain. My answers made her spring up and say “Oh dear, you are in labor!”. The hubby gulped down hard and ran to get his book from the childbirth preparation class. After all, he was the main ‘support person’ , specially trained to handle this day with me! πŸ˜€ The hospital bags and the baby car seat were set in place.The crib, came to life with all the beautiful decorations within a hurried 30 minutes with the help of all who were present. The crib setup was so much fun that way, in fact couldn’t be better πŸ™‚

While each one at the dinner got up and moved around to help the hubby get set, I kept repeating, “I am not in labor folks, no way! This is probably false pains. Relax, am allright!”.

Yep, I was in perfect denial.

The D day for me was atleast 10 days away and I did not want to handle it all so soon. Not that day, no, no, it could not be true already!

The pain intensified and I couldn’t get away with just flinching or clenching my teeth. I think I knew it at that point , but still kept denying the fact. To not believe was to make it pain lesser…maybe.

The guests left early wishing us the very best..and hoping to hear the big news very soon. I was still trying to laugh and say “Haha! This might just be false labor after all!.There is still lot of time for the actual due date.”

I tried going to bed and falling asleep, but paapu already had her mind made up πŸ˜€ The intense contractions started coming and I decided to time it and see the frequency ( still hoping to prove everyone it was just false alarm). At around midnight, I went through my frequency marked timesheet carefully one last time. And then, it hit hard…
“THIS IS IT! THE BABY IS COMING TODAY!”.

I wanted to cry, wanted to laugh, Β wanted to relax, I wanted to shout…all at the same time.

While hubby slept in the bedroom tired after a long day, Amma could not sleep and sat beside me in the living room. If you don’t know this already, trust me when I tell – There’s nothing in the entire world as soothing as your moms caring hands holding and caressing you in times of pain.

I must say, I also made myself proud by remaining as calm as possible, putting all the breathing techniques I learnt for this day, into good use.

Finally, by 3 AM next morning we were on the way to the hospital, after having called in to the delivery department about the contractions occurring every Β 5-minutes.

At the hospital, it took me a solid 20 minutes to cover a distance of 20 steps into the ward. In fact, the attendent lady grabbed a wheelchair for me to cover the last few steps. I was checked again and told I am at 6 centimeters and doing well, before being wheeled into the delivery room.

Ideally, a natural delivery without medication would have been very much possible in my case. But, I chose to relieve some pain with medication, just because I knew my body too well. If I spent all energy on handling contraction pains, I was sure I’d be totally exahusted when it was time to ‘push’. What fun is it to give your best in the semi finals, but fall apart during the grand finale’? I requested for epidural and was smiling away to glory within 5 minutes of that miracle potion sinking inside me πŸ˜€

The doctor came in to check me again sometime later and announced “9 centimeters”. I literally sat up in the bed, shocked! ” Wha..? 9 already in just 2 hours?? Just 1 more to go ?!!”. The doctor smiled a “Am impressed!” smile πŸ™‚

I always had this wish to put up my delivery status on networking sites as it happened..to see how people would react ( okay, am weird, so what? :P). The pain relief gave me the opportunity and I grabbed the laptop to put this up –

The contractions got closer in frequency and much much intense..so much that the pain relief seemed to stop working Β ( in fact, in my case, it was a low dosage and did not cause total numbness).

Within just one more hour, I was told I was ready at 10 centimeters! Whoa! Time to PUSH! πŸ™‚

The nurse in charge of my delivery was such a cheerleader, she made me focus and direct every ounce of energy in getting the baby out. The hubby played his part obediently by repeating after her and kept saying “good job, well done” about 50267 times πŸ˜›

The typical movie style comedy scene happened when he switched from “good job” to “congratulations!” every other minute.

I was in severe pain and using all my might to do my task well and his words kept confusing me. Why congratulate? Is the baby out already? Nope, he was just using it to inspire me. WT#$%^&**!!

“SHUT UP!!”, I yelled as loud as possible and startled everyone.

The polite nurse drew herself away and softly asked , “Uh..okay, you want me to shut up?”

“No, no, not you..him!”, I pointed to the confused looking hubby. πŸ˜€

Afte about 15 minutes of more pushing, I saw a wonderful Β gleam in hubby’s eyes…jaws dropped and hyperventilating, he announced “She is here!!” before breaking into uncontrolled tears.

As the doctor handed the pinkish red little being into my arms the next second, I was sobbing my heart out with happiness.

Holding the hubby in one arm and the newborn in the other and kissing both of them …. am unable to type those moments without crying now….

And, with that moment, Life, my friends, changed forever Β πŸ™‚

33 Responses to 3– Paapu Birth Story

  1. wishesgalore says:

    hey congratulations..
    it seems i am the first one..:)
    have been to your blog earlier too but first time commenting n whoa what a occasion..
    congratulations again!!

  2. Silvara says:

    Hugggge grin πŸ˜€

  3. Nu says:

    amazing account ! Worth every bit na ? Congratulations πŸ™‚

  4. πŸ™‚ Antijinx-ing that picture.. very sweet!

  5. BlueMist says:

    Can feel excitement in every word. and written from heart ! left me almost in tears dunno why.
    Congratulations to new mommy and daddy πŸ™‚

  6. Titaxy says:

    Congratulations Happy Mommy and family πŸ™‚

  7. La Vida Loca says:

    congrats again πŸ™‚
    big hug

  8. sraikh says:

    A perfect labor. I am impressed with how cool you were, having dinner through contractions..
    YAY!!
    Congrats and we love her!

  9. revsjoiedevivre says:

    {sniff} I am so proud of you!

  10. E-Chikkamma is sooooooo happy !!!! πŸ˜€

    Well done gurl, really well done πŸ™‚ God bless πŸ™‚ happy parenting πŸ™‚

    *hugs*

  11. I am so J and so so very happy for you.. That was quick.. good girl Paapu.. came out without troubling Mom too much πŸ™‚

    Loads of love to her and hugs to you πŸ™‚

  12. Hey! Congratulations!!

    Cutie baby!!

  13. Lakshmi says:

    AHK, Hearty Congratulations to you!!! May God Bless your wonderful family with all the happiness.

  14. Abirami R says:

    Lovely! Congratulations to the mom, dad and the munchkin ! πŸ™‚

  15. *touchwood*

    AHK you are a brave brave girl!
    πŸ˜€

  16. Anu says:

    Reading the birth story I was in tears! I am soo happy for you that everything went so well!
    Congratulations and God bless! πŸ™‚

  17. (Touchwood)

    And god bless! It was a lovely account. And you’ve done awesomely babes!

    Happy parenting!

  18. Enchanted says:

    What an amazing detailed account. I felt as if i experienced it first hand. was almost in tears myself towards the end. God bless you and you family…Hugs!!!

  19. Dee says:

    Congratulations!! Your bundle of joy is really cute!!

  20. hey congrats. Felt the tears too. All the very bestbest

  21. Mads says:

    Congratulations!! Paapu is beautiful! And you are one brave lady.. Enjoy the ride πŸ™‚

  22. Never Mind says:

    So much for you being scared, you had one smooth ride. I am so happy for you. Cannot wait to see the little Paapu πŸ™‚

  23. Congratulations AHK..You’re really Brave

  24. Swaram says:

    God bless u all πŸ™‚
    Kudos Paapu’s Amma for handling it all so well!

  25. AW says:

    Heartiest Congratulations and God bless!! She is just beautiful.

  26. Abha says:

    OMG!! such a beautiful post!! made me bawl like crazy! πŸ™‚

    hugs to the gorgeous family!!

  27. roop says:

    πŸ™‚

    i have tears in me eyes too!! god bless you and your family, a. always be happy. πŸ™‚

  28. Lively says:

    WOW AHK, that sure looks like a tiny cuppy cake. She s so very lovely, I just want to come through this stupid monitor and cuddle her.
    Welcome Paapu. your mom has introduced you to blog world already πŸ™‚ So you’ll be all the bloggers aankhon ka tara.

  29. su says:

    first time here … congratulations on having Paapu. god bless you all πŸ™‚

  30. Aww that was one sweet post πŸ˜₯ I can so well relate to it.

    ROFL at not you Shut him up! :mrgreen: I am glad I was in India when my baby was born and the doc didn’t ask the hubby to come in. I am sure I would have kicked him rather than scream 😳

    Ps: Paapu sure looks a darling muaaaah

  31. scorpria says:

    Wow! That was quite a read.

    Maybe I’m not that scared of ‘having a baby’ anymore πŸ˜€

    That pic is to die for!! Splendid click! πŸ™‚

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