18 May 2005

Da Brat Is In Da House

We reached due date today and the baby still didn't seem to want to come out. Given that my time in Singapore was severely limited, it was decided that we should checked into the hospital and proceed with induction to get the baby out. No late check-out for you, Gabriel!

We got to the hospital at 1am this morning and the induction process was started at 2. Then it's off the sleep for the both of us with periodic checks by the nurses in between. I was just too tired (having played golf, dropping off a couple of books at Belle's place and dinner at Les' home), that I slept through it all. Woke up at around 10am only to realised that it still wasn't time yet. So we decided to just hang around reading the papers and chatting the morning away.

Wifey was moved to the delivery suite at noon and epidural was applied at 12.57pm. We continue to yak away to kill time and it kinda took her mind off the contractions. It wasn't for the fact that the midwife came over to check on wifey that she realised that the baby was already crowning. We were so engrossed in chit chatting that we didn't even notice the baby's about to pop. Then there was a mad rush to page for the doctor and I must say that I was very impressed with everyone at KK Hospital. There, I saw our gynae (Chinese), another doctor (Indian), senior staff nurse (Chinese) and midwife (Malay) all working seamlessly together as a team. With all the recent talks about racial issues on the blogosphere, I was glad, for a change, to witness how these Singaporeans were working together as "One United People".

The pushing starts at 3pm exactly and by 3:10pm, the baby was out. It seemed almost effortless as we calmly delivered our baby boy, coming in at 3.3kg. Mom-in-law was kan cheong like spider to know how much that was in pounds.

Curiously, I asked the purpose of her query.

"To buy 4D." she replied. I should have known. *face palm*

In all, we thank the Lord for a safe delivery and we also like to thank everybody at KK Hospital for an excellent job well done.

- Voxeros

1. a reader left...
Thursday, 19 May 2005 2:37 pm
What a smooth delivery! Congrats!

2. a reader left...
Thursday, 19 May 2005 2:50 pm
Congrats, sugar daddy. Pop comes Gabriel from the toaster oven! =D

3. a reader left...
Thursday, 19 May 2005 4:23 pm
hey, congrats. Lots of love for ur baby.

4. a reader left...
Thursday, 19 May 2005 8:18 pm
Jaywalk, CONGRATULATIONS man! Can't wait to see the pictures sheena will take of your baby...Hope you're er enjoying singapore!1

5. JayWalk left...
Friday, 20 May 2005 11:20 am
Hey everybody,
Thanks for the well wishes!
Glad to be finally out of the hospital after 3 nights of back-breaking sleep on the bladdy recliner.

6. a reader left...
Friday, 20 May 2005 6:41 pm
Congrats on Gabe! Now you can join me in having twice as little sleep! Bwahahahahahaha!

7. a reader left...
Saturday, 21 May 2005 1:01 am
congrats to adding another bundle of joy. honestly seeing the 10 min pushing time, it kinda ease the fear of delivery for us ladies in the future.
say hi to gabriel for us. :D

8. JayWalk left...
Saturday, 21 May 2005 4:59 pm
mb: Thanks. Sleep will indeed become a rare luxury from now on.
whateverstreet: The first baby will always be more difficult for the ladies. Subsequent deliveries will be a lot easier.

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