Friday, January 25, 2013

Labour Experience Pt. 2

Back home i was a bit relieved. I drank cups of raspberry leaf tea (helps with contraction) and practiced stooping most of the time to help my cervix open up and widen. Towards afternoon i started throwing up again and by evening, contraction was back with a bang! Helen and I went back to the hospital and just as we walked in, i prayed to God it wont be that husky voiced nurse on duty...she was there! Again she chook hand inside there and i screamed, she brought the gas thing again and it didn’t do nada for me. After much attempt, she said she couldn’t feel anything. She called another nurse and when i saw her height and the size of her hands, i almost passed out. She laughed and said i should relax, that her hands are not even as big as the thing that got me pregnant! Lool! By the time i was done laughing, her hands had gone in and out, and she declared me 3cm dilated!! Yippppieee! 
On to the delivery ward we marched! Omo I couldn’t wait o! And word had gone round the midwives and nurses that i was told back home that i was having a girl and their own scanned showed what looks like a boy. Apparently cases like that are rare there! (Detailed people!) So everyone was waiting for my baby to see whose verdict was right! Lool! I got in the delivery room and met this amazing Zimbabwean nurse, i instantly requested for epidural and she said i cant have that till i’m at least 6cm dilated. So she gave me metamorphine and your sister went gaga! i was high! I started misyarning and the whole room seemed like the entire Africa! My head felt soooo light eh!  I heard Helen ask the nurse if the drug was supposed to make me talk out of point, I didn’t hear the nurse’s response but the last thing i heard before i dozed off was Helen saying “nonye I think you need to stop talking”.

Sunday April 29 2012: The pain woke me up and i looked at the time it was like 12am Sunday morning. Helen was still wide awake beside me! She didn’t even have anything to eat! I ran into the bathroom and threw up, had Helen take a picture before I went back in and requested another metmorph shot and dozed off again. By morning the dose had worn off and I needed another! and my Zimbabwean friend had gone as her shift was over. After what seemed like forever, the anaesthetist came in with the epidural! Meeeeehnnnn see fine bobo, dayuuuuuum!!!!  Very tall and Orlando Bloomish kinda cute! Hehehehehe!  i kid. I didn’t even know when the whole process was done and i slllleeeeeeeept! At around 3pm the nurses woke me  up, burst my water and told me to push. This was when labour began.

I pushed and pushed and pushed! Nothing.  First, i coudnt feel anything becos of the epidural, secondly my baby was  big and was facing up!  Nurses were just putting hand there anyhow and going awwww the baby is so hairy! After much trial, they removed the epidural needle and gave me pitocin to induce more contraction, i still couldn’t feel anything and i was fully dilated.  I started praying, Helen was praying, my aunt was on the phone with me yelling “Nono push in Jesus name! Nono you’re not tired in Jesus name” I was just saying amen and blasting in tongues. I asked one of the nurses if she believed in prayers, she looked at me and said “we need to concentrate on getting your baby out”.  After one hour, baby was not coming and i was getting tired. I over heard them say something about CS and at that point i was like whatever joor. Just then this gorgeous Arabian doctor walked in (female oooo!!), she looked so calm, examined me and said they should wheel in the table.  To be frank, at this time i started wanting to get angry with God, i felt like He brought me this far and abandoned me. When the table was wheeled in, I saw all sorts of things on it and I wasn’t bothered one bit. Then she took up the forceps and said ‘you’re still gonna push for me’, she inserted the forceps and I screamed eh! She took it out and gave me an episiotomy ( a cut) to widen my that side (*wink*) by the third time she put in the forceps I pushed and she gently pulled the baby out, at exactly 4:17pm.  and first voice i heard was Helen’s, she just shouted “its a boy!”...and a swamp of midwives and nurses filled my room to see baby. I was getting injections left right and centre. I didn’t even wanna carry my baby immediately, i just told them to take care of him while i rested a bit. Helen supervised the cleaning and dressed him up herself. I asked what one of the driplike stuff on my hand was and the nurse said it was just ‘fluids’’ cos i lost some blood. When i saw my file, it read that i lost one thousand (1000ml) of blood! But i never felt dizzy or weak after delivery for a second till date! I was given iron drugs and I had some fergon and loads of folic acid while pregnant. Helen helped me take a bath and when I was being wheeled out of the labour room with my baby in my hands, I looked back in there and realized that God never left me! Either of us could have made it out without the other or none at all but God didn’t let that happen,I came out with my son.
Please women, the moment you discover you are pregnant, cut down your sweet tooth, forget cravings, most times its in your head! Eat well, lots of veggies, lots of fruit, folic acid to help with blood and baby formation! Take light walks, pleeeenty water and if you can start taking raspberry leaf tea from 28-30weeks, 2cups a day then gradually increase it as you advance. The tea helps you go into labour on your own without being induced. While it is God who preserves and protect, we have a responsibility to care for what he has put in our hands, yourself and your baby!
Have a blessed weekend and note that childbirth is very very do-able!!! I did it, you too can!

God bless us all!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Labour Experience Pt. 1

I think say i don escape this one o! I was kinda sceptical about doing this post but anyways a lot of people have pressured me to do a post on my labour experience and here it is:

 Friday April 27 2012 - At about 5pmish I was having a bowl of noodles with Helen when i felt a slight sting on my lower back. It felt like the first signs of menstrual pain. I ignored it but it kind of got stronger so i quickly pinged my friend Osaki and first she asked was ''is your hospital bag ready?", lol. Like i was expecting it to happen anytime soon, infact I had just spoken with Helen"s mum and she told me my baby was coming that weekend, my sisters said the same thing too. Well i rushed my noodles and got in the bathroom, while i was there the contraction kept coming stronger and I had Helen record the intervals until we were certain how many minutes apart it was. We called the hospital ad they said I could come in.

When we got there, i had my first nightmare! The midwife who attended to me had this husky voice I didnt particularly like, then when she put her hands in there to check how dilated I was, i screamed my head off! It felt like being disvirgined, Christ! she had this look on her face like 'heck, didnt something go in through here to get you in this situation?" I told her not to put her hands there again and she said there was no other way to check me. She gave me some shisha gas to relax me but I couldnt even hold the pipe well...that thing didnt do jack for me! well her verdict was that my cervix was still high and I wasnt ready. After talking with the doctor, they asked Helen to leave while I stay back so they could be monitoring the baby. I felt so alone when she left. I tried to sleep but so many thoughts were in my head. There was another Nigerian in the cubicle next to mine and i think there was an issue with her baby, I could hear the baby's irregular heart beat on the monitor from where I was and i just felt a bit uneasy. And then when lady was talking to someone on the phone, my heart sank for her. So for a while I didnt pay attention to what was going on with  me till i felt the urge to throw up. Now from day 1 of my pregnancy till that moment, I never threw up, never fell ill, never spat around or had funny cravings, so you can imagine how i felt.  Luckily a midwife came in to check me and while she was still explaining that it was a sign of labour, i let it all out! lol. I felt relieved for a bit and managed to sleep. 

April 28, 2012: early saturday morning Helen came with a delicious bowl of noodles garnished with brocolli and all sorts, I had to hide to eat it cos food isnt allowed in the hospital, kai! that moment reminded me of hiding to eat noodles in FGGC Abuloma....
Few minutes later, contraction stopped and I was discharged! be continued next week

Friday, January 11, 2013

New job, some looks!

Yipppieeeee Friday!!! wooooohooooo!

What a week its been! I've had fun started a new job on Monday and I'm loving it! Job that keeps me on my toes, a boss that totally inspires me, fun and flexible work environment, wonderful colleagues, thats what triiiips me! Oh but I'm glad its Friday!

Below are some looks I rocked within the week and last weekend... enjoy!

Saturday,....dressed for a wedding



 Have a blessed weekend y├íll!!!!

Friday, January 4, 2013

Blast from 2012!

Hey everyone!!! Happy new year!

This is your best year yet! It is the year of holiness and God's righteousness, its the year we experience divine visitation and favour! This year, make a decision to make everything all about Christ, serve Him selflessly and put your eyes on the big picture, rise above pettiness and excel in greatness Amen!!

So 2013 is my colourful year, all things bright and beautiful. This year i intend to add soooo much colour to my life and that includes my wardrobe. I'm coming out of the 'black' box and trying new and exciting colours. I'm not a fashionista and I'm not aspiring to be one, I don't own all them designer stuff, I'm a street label junkie besides I hate most of the outfits the so called fashionistas wear, they come off as ridiculous to me. Below are some looks I rocked in 2012. I'm pretty laid back fashionwise, I no get liver to experiment biko....


Shirt: Newlook, Pants: Arise, Flats: Atmosphere, Nerd glasses: Primark, Earrings: Dorothy Perkins, Wristwatch: Emporio Armani

Dress: Jolie Moi, Bag: Some US brand, cant remember, Pantyhose: Marks&Spencer, Shoes: Next, Wristwatch: Argos, Glasses: Primark, Belt: River Island, Neckpiece: Thrifted

Top: Dani, Pants: Lagos Island, Bangle: Forever 21, Wristwatch: Emporio Armani, Black top: Gift, Shoes: George, Earrings: Handmade (Nairobi Market)

Top: Atmosphere, Harem Pants: George, Espadrilles: Newlook, Armband: Primark, Wristwatch: Argos, Nerdies: Primark

Denim Shirt: Dunnes, Pants: Fl'more, Belt: O'neil, Earrings: Primark, Bracelet: Handmade (local market in Senegal)

Dress: YFF Red goddess dress Ring: Primark, Wristwatch: Emporio Armani

Top: Cant remember, Pants: Atmosphere, Slippers: George, Wristwatch: Kenneth Cole, Neck Piece: Primark, Aviators: Primark