I have had a pretty smooth pregnancy with not a single bout of vomiting except for a dash with chicken pox. I went to the office, attended ante-natal classes, shifted home and made some great friends during that time.
My due date was 12th June 2012 and there were no pains by then. Since 29th May 2012, the doc was telling me that I could see her any time and I ended up having 3 more consultations with her. Finally, on 11th, she told me to get admitted on 14th and she will induce me as she didn’t see any point in waiting further. So 14th was scheduled for us to welcome our princess and I got admitted to the hospital at 6:30 in the morning. After changing, the nurse cleaned me (that was gross) and gave enema. The duty doc did an internal examination and told me that I am 3-4 cms dilated. That was a relief to me as it meant only 6 more cms to go. I was then wheeled to the labor and delivery room. That was the first time in my life that I sat on a wheelchair. I told the nurse that I can walk to the LDR but she didn’t listen.
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I was induced at 8:30 and the NST machine was attached. The doc told me that I’ll be delivering after evening. Till 9:30 am there were very mild contractions and hardly any progress. So the doctor came and broke my water bag, also called Artificial Rupture of Membranes (ARM). After that, the frequency of the contractions increased greatly. I was not liking being touched or talked to. I was shouting at the nurses who were telling me to take deep breaths. It was difficult for me to breathe, how could she expect me to take deep breaths. Hubby was constant support though it was difficult for him to see me like that and I really thank Cloud nine for allowing husbands inside the delivery rooms.
After another internal examination, they told me to push whenever I feel like it. The baby is such a sweetheart, she didn’t want to trouble me much, s after some 5-6 pushes, at 12:24 PM she greeted the world. I was out of my senses, could just hear that "It's a girl" and those were the magic words for me as I always wanted a girl. They cleaned her up and by the time, the doctor stitched me. She was then handed over to me. I took her in my arms and kissed her. It was the biggest moment of my life - unforgettable.
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he first 10 days were a bit difficult. I was under the influence of hormones, would cry at the drop of the hat, had cracked nipples, my parents were leaving, I would be dead tired sometimes and the stitches would hurt. The fact that a tiny being is completely dependent on me for its existence was overwhelming. The three of us were learning. My doll was learning the ways of the world and we were learning her ways.
I now understand that after having children, the respect and gratitude for your own parents increase manifold. When I used to get up at 3 in the morning for her feeds, I used to realize that my mother would have done the same for me.
Initially, I didn’t have time for anything else. I would forget to do routine tasks such as brushing my teeth, etc., but gradually, I got back to my routine. I joined work when she was 8.5 months old. Nowadays, go to the gym, read books, cook my favourite dishes, keep in touch with my friends and do everything I used to do before, albeit with a bit of time management. And all this is possible due to the support of my husband and family.
After a lot of brainstorming sessions, we named her "Ojasvi". It's a Sanskrit word which means brilliant.
Ojasvi is truly our bundle of joy. She will complete 20 months this Valentine's day. I sometimes wonder how life used to be before her. It took a while for me to come to terms with the fact that I was a mother and was going to be one forever. But today, looking back, I cannot help but smile. It is a feeling of fulfilment beyond words.
Every milestone of hers was a kind of personal victory for me. Her first smile, Her first word, Her first step, I was just amazed and once again overwhelmed at what a little miracle she is.
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As the months passed things started to get very challenging and sometimes I found myself in very difficult situations. The mess made, the tantrum and the other millions of naughty things really stressed me out. I have agonised over many of the decisions I had to make when it came to discipline. I have had many arguments with her dad. But in time we learnt to parent as a team. We still have our differences of opinion but have learned to listen to each other.
The times I was affected the most was when she was sick. Flu, fever, visits to the doctor, sleepless nights, antibiotics, shots.
Now I have learnt to take things in my stride and deal with them with a calm mind. The one thing that helped me tremendously through the toughest of times was her smile - that 1000 watt glow made me forget everything and realize it was all worth it.
I have learnt so much from her and will continue to do so for the years to come. How to forgive, how to love unconditionally not expecting anything in return, how to be innocent, how to enjoy the small things in life, how to be carefree. The list is endless. Thank you, princess! You have made my life worthwhile! God bless you!
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