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    Tuesday, June 27, 2006
    27/09/03 - Franco Lorenzo's arrival
    i wanted to post FL's birthing story before sharing SA's. I have a draft of SA's birthing story already but have not yet finalized it. Hopefully soon, on his 1st month's birthday :)

    here's kuya FL's birthing kwento... originally composed on October 14,2003. he is now 33-months old today. happy birthday, my dear baby! mommy and daddy loves you so dearly. :)

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    It's me again, the 15-minute express delivery mom. hehehe... BIG THANKS!!! to everyone who greeted me, and welcomed baby Franco. He gained 450grams since birth today and has grown 4cms. more. breastfed baby sya :)

    How do I start? Ok, Sept. 1, I accepted a contract job here, this would serve as my "exercise" and syempre extra income din. Office was a good 40 minutes away from home, plus medyo mahabang lakad din from the bus stop (So, i got a really good "exercise" there!). I was supposed to work for 6 weeks starting 1st of September, since end of October naman ang due date ko, I wasn't really concerned. Plus, they knew I was pregnant (obviously!) and they agreed naman that I can work as long as before I give birth, which could be earlier than expected (but I never imagined it will be 4 weeks early!:).

    So, yun work-work ako... until Sept. 22 came (Monday) I had a bloody show - my liners had blood streaks so I immediately called the hospital to tell them na meron nga akong pinkish discharge. Medyo concerned na ako kasi I was just 35 weeks that time. Baka something wrong is happening. But they told me to change my pads, and observe what happens. The I noticed the discharge at around 10 am, I changed my pads and by the afternoon, the new pad was still clear. So, ok na ako. I was relieved. And everything was clear for the whole work week.

    Saturday, Sept. 27. I woke up at 6am to pee, and when I checked my pad, there was stain on my liners and this time it was bright red! I got a bit concerned and told Francis about this kagad who was still asleep. Didn't call the hospital yet, but what we did was the same thing I was told to do last monday, changed the pads and observed, went back to sleep. Woke up again at 8am for breakfast, again, may show pa rin. I think I changed pads 3x that morning, around 9am, I had cramp-like pains in my tummy na, I think they were contractions already. We called the hospital again, told them about the show and the contractions (they were around 20 mins. apart this time). Ganon pa din, observe daw muna, sabi ko kasi minsan painless minsan bearable pain naman, so ok pa kami, kampante pa din. Di pa naman talaga painful, it's just the show that I was concerned with. Tsaka mataas lang talaga ang tolerance ko sa pain kaya siguro di ko naisip na it that was it na!

    So, tuloy pa din ang umaga, nood pa kami ng DVD, forgot what we watched pero medyo action ata at ang sub-woofer ni hubby eh medyo nakaka-carried away. heheheh... 11am, I was having pains again, and contractions, medyo mas masakit na sya so we decided to call again. 12nn Nakulitan na ata samin sabi ko around 15 mins. apart yung pain and the blood was still there. Kaya sabi sa hospital I can come there na daw for a "quick check" para din makampante na ako. Beside, 36 weeks pa lang daw ako kaya it happens daw talaga. They told me to take my time, take a shower. While I was taking a shower, medyo nagiging intense na ang pain. It was around 1pm na ata. pero take my time pa din ako, we prepared my bag and everything else. Around 2pm we were on the road, this time the contractions were 5 minutes apart and the pain was so intense already. In between contractions, I remembered something! We forgot to bring the camera!!! Grrr!!! Hubby said, don't worry, di pa daw lalabas yan, or so we thought!

    We got to the hospital around 2:10, got a wheel chair, binalandra na lang ni Francis yung kotse sa may entrance dahil sabi ko masakit na talaga and mukhang my actions and facial expression shows na masakit na nga talaga! I told him nga to ignore the stop light na kasi it was too painful na. Pero he was trying to be calm, baka din kasi maaksidente pa kami kung dire-diretso sya. Tsaka mabuti nga yon at kung mag-panic sya eh baka di pa kami umabot sa ospital! So we finally got to the delivery suites. Sabi ko sa receptionist, pakibilisan po at masakit na talaga. They asked me if I can get on the bed, sabi ko NO! hehehe... alangan naman sa wheelchair ako mganganak no! ewan ko, medyo ngarag na ako non eh. pero I eventually got to the bed for the examination. Tahimik yung midwife, I was fully dilated na pala! It was 2:15 then. So they transferred me to the delivery suite na. And I think about 1 minute after I got to the bed, I had the urge to push. But the midwife & doctor said to hold on kasi they still have to pop my water bag. I was asking for pain relief na kasi talagang ang sakit na. Sabi sandali lang daw kasi nga naman nagpeprepare pa sila. Kaso talagang lalabas na eh so after they prepared everything, ayun, pumwesto na sila sa may legs ko and things happened na lang so fast.

    One thing I can say is, yung labor (contractions) ang masakit talaga. When the baby is coming out, best way to describe the feeling is "worst case of constipation" lang. As in I pushed once, Franco's bumbunan was peeping already daw sabi ni Francis.

    May mga sinsabi silang instructions sa kin pero di ko na maintindihan... di ko na marinig ata! Ang tigas daw ng ulo ko sabi ni Francis at hindi ako nakikinig sa kanila :) E hello? ang sakit kaya kasi, no?! :p Then the next contraction, I gave a big push. Ayun, lumabas na buong ulo nya, then slide na sya out. Haay! what a relief bigla nung tapos na yung head. I was asking for pain relief before I started pushing, oo daw, sandali lang. Pero di na umabot! Tuloy-tuloy na sya eh, that was 2:32pm. He was immediately put on my chest so I can hold him na. It was a very good feeling, he immediately opened his eyes daw after coming out, sabi ni hubby. Hubby got to cut the cord, para daw pusit! :)

    I got to experience an all-natural birth. Sa sobrang ire ko, I had 2nd degree tear, I had to have stitches, which was the time I was given gas. Ang sakit pa din, even with the gas. Nahilo pa ako nasobrahan ata.

    I wouldn't say I had an easy birthing experience, but it was quick, maybe that's why It seems easy. Hindi ko nga ma-imagine yung pain kung abutin ako ng hours in labor. We're just thankful everything is well, even if Franco arrived 4weeks early, he was well.

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    Sunday, June 25, 2006
    15 in 24
    that's 15 pieces of nappies in 24 hours.

    SA seems to be enjoying changing nappies! last thursday, from 10pm until friday night, baby brother was able to soil 15 nappies! i felt like crying seeing the nappies pile up, as that would mean we need to buy more! ;p he seemed to poop every after feeding and of course pees every now and then. i don't remember experiencing this with FL.

    but good news for us, our 3-week old seems to be having "regular" nappy changes now. i think he's just using about 7 nappies in 24 hrs. the pooping has decreased, as well.. well, at least not every after feeding. :)

    as they say, it will get better! can't wait for him to sleep thru the night, though! :)
    Sunday, June 18, 2006
    father's day special
    a little something for dear hubby on his 3rd father's day :)

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    A Father means so many things...
    An understanding heart,
    A source of strength and of support
    Right from the very start.
    A constant readiness to help
    In a kind and thoughtful way.
    With encouragement and forgiveness
    No matter what comes your way.
    A special generosity and always affection, too
    A Father means so many things
    When he's a man like you...

    Friday, June 16, 2006
    home alone
    by monday, the 19th, hubby will be back to work from his leave. will now be left alone with a newborn and a very active 2yr/8month. i will be a single mom for a few weeks until my own mom arrives on the 30th. i wonder how our days will be? how will i cope?

    wish us luck! :)
    Thursday, June 15, 2006
    new photos
    i've added two new albums in my blog, while i still have the chance. hubby is still on his paternity leave... check it out at "Our Photos" section, it's "In Switzerland" and "Baby Simon". i'm pretty sure i won't be able to do much updating from next week on. :)

    hope you enjoy viewing the pics! :)
    Tuesday, June 13, 2006
    someone new to love....

    We announce with great joy the birth of our son, Franco Lorenzo's little brother,

    Simon Andreas T. Buenaventura

    on Thursday, 8th of June 2006 at 7:58 a.m.(CET)
    3200 grams, 49 centimetres

    With love,

    - Francis and April Buenaventura


    Wednesday, June 7, 2006
    1. no, not yet...
    2. yes, i still am...

    these are the answers that are mainstays in my emails right now. friends ask (1.) if i've already given birth -or- (2.) if i'm still pregnant.

    my due date is june 8th, i have to admit, it was a relief to not have given birth yesterday... you know, june 6, 2006... it's more of the worry of having my child bear the mockery of being born on the date that (as a friend of mine stated) "This Day, June 6, 2006 Marked the Numbers in Revelation". heavy stuff, huh? well, good news for him, it's already june 7th and i'm still pregnant and running my 40th week. looks like it's not meant to be.

    funny that some relatives and friends were actually (and some secretly) do not want me to give birth on that day, as well. i didn't, too. but if that is the day, then what can i do? i must admit i was counting the hours of that day and keeping a close watch on any signs of labor. but those are to be the least of our worries, what we are constantly praying for right now is to have a safe, relatively easy and complication-free delivery and a healthy, normal and happy baby.

    we still have plans for the weekend so, it would be just fine if our little angel stays put... say, until sunday? :)