Ava is almost three months and I’ve been trying to find time to write her birth story. I am not good at writing but I want keep this beautiful day of my life alive. Today night she slept sooner and here I took a chance and type out my little angel’s birth story –
On 6th January we all were watching Netflix and my baby was moving around very actively. I would have never imaged it to be a sign of labor as she has been actively kicking inside for since the mid of pregnancy. Later the same night, I felt some pressure on my pelvis but I ignored and went back to sleep. Although I was getting minor contractions, I assumed it to be similar to the previous 3 days contractions and I stayed relaxed with the thought of today is not my due date.
Around 2:00 AM I got up by the cramps from the harder contractions; I woke up to check and found some blood out. After that immediately I woke up Senthil, he got worried and said we will count the time between the contractions to confirm if it is labor. The pain was bad, Senthil did call my OB to get confirmation. On the call, she seemed very calm, we thought she was sleepy. She suggested us not to panic and mentioned it might be a labor but not to head out until contractions are 5 minutes apart. I walk around in my room to get me real close to the delivery. Contractions were getting worst and worse and became more distinct; I started to scream, I wasn’t even able to walk.
Around 5:00 AM, we headed to the hospital. My sister and mom took my hospital bags. Contractions were really bad and the pain hit me every 5 min apart. At the maternity triage reception, they put a band on my wrist and sent me sooner to the respective room. The nurse said ‘you will be fine, try to stay relaxed’. They put me up to a monitor and monitor showed I was having contractions, at this point, they were definitely getting stronger. A nurse came in to check my cervix for dilation. She said, you are already 4 cm dilated and yes you are definitely into labor means today you are gonna have your baby. She said, today you are meeting your baby and that gave me a big smile while I was screaming. The pain was something I could not bare so I asked for epidural right away.
I was scared to get epidural as I had been researching all the facts about delivery and people had mentioned taking epidural is a painful process. Around 6 AM I had my epidural and it was not painful as I was thought. epidural dealt with the continuous pain while allowing me to remain fully conscious. After an hour, my legs felt numb and light. I would say, the time after the epidural was the precious and I was excited as each and every second was taking me closer to my baby.
Around 1:00 PM, the doctor checked me and said, I am still 4 cm dilated and said you will be good sooner. Among all three members of my family, my mom was constantly praying to God, my sister was making me smile by taking funny images of mine and my husband was holding my hand all the time. I asked everyone to have food because I was very hungry. But I was able to eat only ice chips; the ice chips felt delicious as I didn’t have any other option. After two hours, the doctor came in to check again and confirmed I am 7 cm now and left. My sister and husband were constantly checking the monitor and said contraction frequency is getting stronger means you are getting closer.
It was 7:10 PM, everyone was so bored and the doctor came in and finally said you are 10 CM dilated. Yaaaaaaaaaay, now everyone got happy; my OB said we would start pushing at 7:30 PM.
Again the pain started now and it was worse. It was back labor pain and the contraction’ were stronger than ever. I was almost broke and started crying. My tears came out, I held Senthil’s hand tight and told why this is happening to me, he just held me back and said Dipti, you will be alright and be completely fine. We were eagerly waited for next 20 min for the nurse to be with us. She came in at 7.45 PM and said you have to breathe and then push. Senthil was on my left side and kept telling me how strong I am to keep my confidence up.
The nurse kept telling me to push, I was trying hard but my body was so weak and I felt like I am gonna break my bones. While pushing I thought of my baby and realized longer I take to push, longer it would be to meet my baby. After 4 long sessions of pushing, I was just so stressed and tired, my eyes were full of tears and I told Senthil that I can’t do this, this is very painful, please help me out. Again he said you are almost there just a one more and done, you are my strong girl. Again I closed my eyes and told myself I can’t give up, I can’t. I am a strong woman and I have been through the pain to have her, now she is here, do it Dipti and then yes, finally I did it. Yeah, I did. Gift of God has been delivered at 8:25 PM. She was 7.4 lb and 19.5 inches.
My body was extremely exhausted. We couldn’t believe, how bright she was just after the birth. Immediately nurse gave her into my arms, I was crazily happy and also cried with pride. I was saying everyone that she is my baby, she is so beautiful, look at her, she looks exactly like her Daddy (exactly as I wished for). I looked at her and said hey we are not new, we have been friends for last 9 months and will be forever, I love you.
Ava was close to my heart, we held her together and tears of happiness came over. She arrived and that turned everything into a beautiful environment, everyone was purely happy, my mom, my sis, doctors, and my dearest husband. What could I say about my baby, she was more than perfect; she truly completes me. She made me realize, how strong I am and she assured me that she will be with me forever inside and outside of my skin. I am still adjusting to motherhood, It’s not easy but it is such an incredible experience to be with her all the time. She is my little fairy and she is just mine. Her tiny snuggle is the best feeling in the world. The day was not only the birth of Ava but also the birth of her mama; I was a woman before and now I am MOTHER.
This pregnancy journey and having a precious child made me a real strong woman. Ava is beginning of our beautiful life together.
Giving birth to human life is a true miracle and God’s greatest blessing.