I’ve finally given birth last Thursday, January 15, 2009, to a healthy baby boy, Phoenix Sebastian. After nine long months of infanticipation, the little guy is finally here! We are all so thrilled. Zoe is taking her “ate” role seriously and she couldn’t get enough of her baby sibling.
My birthing story to follow soon! I’m just sneaking this in between catnaps, breastfeeding, and nappy duties. = )
Zoe’s latest loot from grandma was a bunch of Dr. Seuss books. While I was in the bathroom, I heard hubby chanting like a tribesman from elsewhere. Well, I wasn’t surprised to see him reading a Dr. Seuss book to Zoe. Zoe had a serious look on her face as she tried to decipher every word and non-word. She loves Dr. Seuss and, after her dad finished one book, she got another one. To say that reading a Dr. Seuss book takes your breath away is an understatement. When Zoe showed her dad the second book, my hubby, out of exasperation or frustration over Dr. Seuss’ tongue-twisting narration, says, “I can only ready one Dr. Seuss a night!” But then, the little girl is her daddy’s darling and it only took one kiss from her for her dad to read a second book = )
that I’m still here. So far, the little guy is still snug inside my tummy. Hubby and I already thought we were gonna give birth last Sunday early morning. Last Saturday, we went out on a movie date to catch The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Come to think of it, it has been such a long time since we went out on a date without Zoe along. After a filling dinner at Mexicali, we went to Festival Mall for the last full show and I started feeling my tummy hardening. I couldn’t really say they were real contractions because the hardening was concentrated on my tummy but the contractions were getting more frequent. All throughout the movie I was distracted by my contracting tummy. When we got home we prepared everything we needed for the hospital then went to bed to gather enough strength for labor. It was almost noon when I woke up the next day. It was a false alarm apparently, and I spent the whole day in anticipation that I’d be in active labor any moment. As of writing I have yet to feel the contractions again. And we thought Baby Sibling will cooperate and come out when his dad’s home! So I’m just home, waiting and waiting and waiting…
I’m not sure if it’s just me getting paranoid but I think I’ve been getting weird stares lately. Strangers would almost instantly zero-in on my pointed, bulging tummy as if I’m an alien who just landed from outerspace. Can’t blame them really. I now waddle like a duck and my belly has dropped already. My tummy also looks so huge now, they’re probably wondering how on earth I can still stand upright.
Yesterday was my check-up with my OB. She says I’m 1 cm dilated. Depending on the progress, I am due to give birth any day, any moment now.
The crib is half-ready, the baby’s clothes are washed, and the room is, more or less, clean. With my firstborn, who came out 3 weeks ahead of the estimated due date, we hardly had any time to prepare at all. This time we’re a bit more ahead, just in case we’d be caught offguard again. Nevertheless, we are all sooo excited already. Zoe is eager to be an “ate” and keeps on kissing my belly. She can’t wait to see her baby sibling.
Like my first delivery, I intend to give birth drug-free, without any pain reliever, painful instead of painless, hehe. I hope my baby will cooperate.
My OB is a natural childbirth advocate so I’m sure I’ll be in good hands. We’re praying everything will go smoothly.
Right now I have some nesting to do. Still so many things to attend to before the stork’s visit. Will keep you all posted : )
I’ll try to put in words how I feel about us. I still can’t believe it’s been 5 years already! That’s how fast time flies and how far we’ve traveled. I still get all mushy, senti, and teary-eyed reminiscing how our love story started…the many rocks and boulders we’ve stumbled upon…and the wonderful moments we’ve shared (and continue to share).
I am so blessed to have you for a husband, a partner, and a best friend. It’s amazing how we are so different, yet so alike on things that matter. I’m living my life to the fullest knowing I’m living it with my one true love.
I love you.