Thursday, October 13, 2011

What happened last Tuesday

If you've been following me on Twitter, you'd have known that I've been ordered to rest by my doctor. As I have never been one to do as she's told, I've still been going to work, playing rough with my toddler, and attending events here and there.

Last Monday, I came home from work at 9pm. The next day, I went to the office early to check on the bible (that's the mock issue) of the November ish before we sent it to the printers then Vince and I drove to Sofitel for Sony's event.

When I got home at around 4pm, I wasn't feeling well. So I decided to skip Jimmy Choo and Bvlgari. But confronted with a super playful Vito, I took him to the playground. After a few rounds, I started feeling dizzy and  very unwell so off we trooped for home.

At 6ish, Vince and I had dinner, but mid-way through, I got up from the table and ran to the bathroom. I had a terribly upset stomach. That was also when I saw there was quite a bit of blood down there. Not in the back but at the front of down there. I was alarmed. I literally felt like fainting. I wiped and wiped and there was still blood. There wasn't supposed to be blood. You see, I'm pregnant.

Vince and I rushed to St. Luke's Global. I called my OB and I was instructed to go directly to the labor room. Vince deposited me at the ER then he drove off to park. "I'll meet you at the labor room," he said.

I walked into the ER and said, "Hello, how do I get to the labor room?"

A cute young man said, "I'll bring you there myself, ma'am. Do you have a relative giving birth?"

"No. I'm the patient."

He glanced at my stomach very quickly and seeing that I had no belly worthy of labor, he very politely said, "Oh! Would you like a wheelchair?"

"No. I need to walk off my nervousness. I'm pregnant, you see, and I started bleeding."

He looked alarmed. "Ma'am, you need a wheelchair!"

"Nah. Just walk with me. Labor room. Now."

Elevator doors opened and we stepped in. Silence. Then he said, "You're very... calm."

And I said, "No use worrying." And I smiled at this young boy who looked like he needed more assurance than I did.

At the Maternity Floor, he very quickly looked for a nurse to assist me. I was taken to the labor room. Vince arrived, looking worried. An OBG did an internal exam and said--to everyone's relief--"Your cervix is still very hard." That means my cervix is still closed, which means a miscarriage is not in progress.

We had to wait a good long while for the sonologist, who was called away from dinner at home. While waiting, Vince wondered aloud, "What does a very hard cervix feel like? I don't feel anything hard in there." And I said, "Well, you're not going anywhere near my cervix!" We laugh, haha, nervous laughter. But it's good to laugh when you're scared. That's why, girls, you marry a man who has a sense of humor!

Finally, the sonologist came and checked on the baby. Baby was alive. Baby had a strong heartbeat. Baby wiggled. It wiggled its little butt! We laughed. We're fine. We're fine!

And this is me at the lobby of St. Luke's. We had just finished paying for our bill. I'm having a cup of milk tea (free at the admissions section), which I had to get to soothe my frazzled nerves. I'm very happy now. Vince, too. He was completely stressed out, poor daddy. So now I'm on complete bed rest. Please please keep me and the little new one in your prayers.

Oh, and we've finally come up with a name for the baby: Wiggle!

53 comments:

  1. a new baby! congrats frances! :)

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  2. Congrats, Frances!
    Praying for you and Wiggle's safety.

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  3. Wow, that was such a scare. I'm glad you and the baby are both okay. :) Congratulations!

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  4. Congratulations Frances. I was already having this "kutob" that you probably are expecting and with your post, another baby indeed!

    Take loads of care. It's a happy news that you and Vince are expecting another surprise from the stork and Vito will be a big brother soon.

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  5. Glaiza! Well, it's nice to see you back here!

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  6. Thanks everybody! It's been an exciting and stressful time all at the same time!

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  7. wow a new baby, Congrats Ms. Frances!

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  8. hi Frances! i found your blog very interesting and i really appreciate your stories about your life and being a mom. I'm also a mother of a 1yr baby boy, but I wish I can do alot of things like you!!! I can't wait to read the rest of your post. wish you luck and congrats for new baby! take care. xoxo, Haus of Gala

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  9. I was holding my breath as i read this post. Whew! :-)

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  10. congrats! nice to hear that everything is fine.

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  11. I KNEW IT!!! Congrats Ms Frances and Vince and Kuya Vito :) God bless!

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  12. I knew it! Congrats on the new baby! Although that was close, happy to hear you're a lot better. Get well soon, we're all looking forward to that little one.

    P.S. Was the milk tea any good?

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  13. congratulations, Ms Frances! :) stay safe! Wow Vito will be a kuya! :) God bless you all! :)

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  14. I figured, from the tweets and teasers, that you are preggy. hee congrats, Frances! Glad you and Baby Wiggle are safe.

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  15. Karla, I made the milk tea from a Lipton tea bag. then I added cream. Try it! It's simple lang!

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  16. Thanks everybody! You're so cute with the "I KNEW IT!" :D

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  17. OMG! this deserves a big fat CONGRATULATIONS!!! Yay! I think we have the same OB Frances, Dra. Singson if I'm not mistaken? Also, my husband and I are planning our second baby next year so I think our kids would be of the same age group as well (Vito & my daughter Gabbie are both a year old) and yes, you are one blooming preggo! :)

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  18. I kneeeeeewww it! I'm so happy for you and that Wiggle is fine. Wiggle and Bean. :)

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  19. i kneeeeeeeeeeeeew it! Congratulations France! I'm glad Wiggle is okay. Wiggle and Bean! How lovely!

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  20. Okay, so I read your post a second time, and I noticed that you look like you're at a party in the last photo. You must be the most gorg patient-in-distress. Kaya pala the male nurse thought you were visiting someone else!

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  21. *whew* natakot ako when I read your first few paragraphs! Glad you're fine!!!!! Health over work for now ha? :D

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  22. Congratulations! Great to hear that everything is ok with your little one! Here's to a healthy mom and baby!

    Hmmmm... I wonder, could this be why Vito weaned himself? I'm not a mom, so I'm just guessing here, but the timing seems peculiar, no?

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  23. Yay! Another baby! Congratulations!

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  24. congrats to you...be careful ha.and to tell you a good news I just bought your mag with Catherine the princess of Cambridge on the cover. I hope this will bring a smile on your face. ingatz... :))

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  25. Whew. Congratulations Frances and Vince! :) I also just learned that a cousin is expecting baby #2 as well. Double yay!

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  26. congratulations... just stay well rested, so happy for you, vince and vito...

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  27. i knew it! haha! congrats frances! you're one blooming mommy!

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  28. i have a godson named wiggle!

    congrats frances and vince! stay safe! :)

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  29. Congratulations! I found your blog when I was doing a search for birth experiences as St. Luke's Global and it's great to see how you went from not wanting to have children to pregnant with baby #2! I hope I'm not coming off as too nosy, but I'm curious to know if baby #2 was planned and also how you've been dealing with pregnancy and a toddler at the same time? :)

    PS. Vito is so adorable!!

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  30. Wiggle and Jelly Bean!!! How cute! Congrats again, Ms. F! Even on the blogosphere, I'm surrounded with preggies. Have a safe and healthy pregnancy! :)

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  31. I got a teeny weeny tiny bit teary eyed reading this. Glad you and wiggle are safe. What a blessing! =)

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  32. NA STRESS AKO SA KWENTO MO TEHHHH!!!!

    Suspense writing skillz!

    Congratulations!!!! See you soon Wiggle!

    Blooming ka teh!

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  33. Oh my!!! another cute baby on the way! I am so jealous now. Thank Gos it was okay. While I was reading I was worried that it would be bad news in the end.

    Thank God!!!

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  34. My hunch was right! Congrats and thank God you and the baby are OK. I just gave birth to my second (a girl again and also a premie) and exclusively breastfeeding for the past month. I visited your mommy blog to read up on your posts on BF and was hoping for tips on how I can sustain BF when I get back to work. My office hours are from 9AM-6:45PM but I have to leave the house at no later than 7AM and I get home at around 9:30PM. Though I have already thought of how I can get to express milk (by locking our office doors during breaks), there is no refrigerator in our pantry for me to store the milk. Hope you could give me some tips because I want to contribute to baby no.2's health. Thanks!

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  35. Congratulations Frances! And take care!

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  36. My hunch was right! Congrats and thank God you and the baby are OK. I just gave birth to my second (a girl again and also a premie) and exclusively breastfeeding for the past month. I visited your mommy blog to read up on your posts on BF and was hoping for tips on how I can sustain BF when I get back to work. My office hours are from 9AM-6:45PM but I have to leave the house at no later than 7AM and I get home at around 9:30PM. Though I have already thought of how I can get to express milk (by locking our office doors during breaks), there is no refrigerator in our pantry for me to store the milk. Hope you could give me some tips because I want to contribute to baby no.2's health. Thanks! - This is Liz of Manila by the way. I did not know that my hubby's account was signed in hence the different username. Hope you would address my query on tips for BF of working mom.

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  37. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE NAME YOUR BABY WIGGLE!!!!! :D as in sa birth certificate! lol :p good to hear you're fine :)

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  38. Oh wow! Congratulations! Sending you good vibes for a happy and safe pregnancy!

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  39. Congratulations Frances! send me some baby dust please :)

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  40. glad to know you and wiggle (such a cute name!! ü) are doing okay. praying for your safe pregnancy and delivery.

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  41. Thanks, thank, thanks! Please keep us in your prayers. We're not out of the woods yet, Wiggle and I!

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  42. Dontaskmetosmile, yep, we think that's why Vito weaned himself. When I got preggo, he'd pull away from the breast and make "Eww!" faces. Guess the taste of my milk changed =(

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  43. Monica, yes, Wiggle was very much a planned baby (haha, Vito was not!). We wanted a dragon baby kasi.

    As for being preggy and having a toddler, it's so hard. =(

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  44. Karotitay, pwede na ba akong maging suspense novel writer???

    Sorry to everyone if you got freaked out. But all's well that ends well =)

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  45. Liz of Manila/Tempus, I've been lucky since I work across the house. I believe Chronicles of a Nursing Mom has entries on your concern =)

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  46. Congrats to your family :). Yey may playmate na si Vito gwapito!

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  47. Ate France, congrats! I'm glad you and baby Wiggle are okay. You look hot in red!

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  48. Thanks!

    Herroyalbleakness, I'm wearing pink!

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  49. Ack! I didn't know :( Sorry!!! How are you feeling na?

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  50. Congrats, Ms. Frances! I was so surprised to see you at the elevator in Cybergate the other day that I just had to read your previous posts to confirm that you are indeed preggo with your 2nd baby. :) Congratulations again!

    Before you think that I'm a stalker (haha!), I actually work at Summit too, and have been a fan of your blog since 2008. Though lately, I have not been able to visit your blog so I was surprised to see you sporting a baby bump the other day. :) I'm not sure if you remember me, but I once met you back in '07 (i think) when you interviewed me for a position in your mag. I didn't get the job but you did jumpstart my contributing/writing stint in OK!. I never got to thank you for that. So here it goes: BIG THANKS! ;)

    I do hope all goes well with your pregnancy. And maybe next time I'll have the courage to say 'hi' to you when I see you around the office. ;) Take care!

    -Krystle

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