a daughter’s first love.
Olive’s Birth Story
13th Oct 4am: Started experiencing Braxton Hicks.
14th Oct 10pm: Regular contractions commenced. 40 seconds to a minute of pain, 5 minutes interval.
14th Oct 11pm: Admitted to the hospital. 2cm dilated. Enema administered.
14th Oct 2am: Needed rest and sleep badly but the pain was getting to me. Caved and signed the indemnity form for epidural.
14th Oct 3am: 4-5cm dilated.
14th Oct 5am: 7cm dilated.
14th Oct 7.30am: 10cm dilated. Pushing with the encouragement of the oldest nurse/midwife in Singapore started. Comically choked while exerting, spat at her, and laughed like a mad woman.
14th Oct 8.15am: Nurse called for the Doc and Olive was delivered at 0838hrs after 2 rounds of contractions/pushing.
No birth plan, just went with the flow, and eternally grateful for the very encouraging and supportive husband who stuck by me the whole time.
I think I should have daily posts titled ‘My Husband Says the Darndest Things’.
Today, over a lunch date with Oska, we were on the topic of our daughter (yes, she is always a topic in all our conversations ever since I got pregnant with her). I was asked to rate Olive on a scale of 1 to 10 for the following questions which Oska ended up rating on his own before I could even respond:
1. Cuteness – His response: “20. She is the ultimate cute. She is going to be the cutest now right?”
2. Expressiveness – His response: “20. When she is happy and when she is angry, she is oh my God…”
3. Fats content – His response: “Above average.”
4. Thigh ratio (I think he meant thigh to body ratio) – His response: “Above average.”
You see, Olive is so lovable in her Daddy’s eyes that she cannot even be placed within a scale, whatever the scale might be.
Because I am not just Olive’s mama. I’m me, I have my own identity, and I am also Oska’s wife, lover, and friend.
Therefore, I posted this on Facebook on 10.11.14:
Only been a year since 10.11.13 and we have been blessed with the cutest, sweetest, (insert all positive adjectives)-est baby girl, Olive.
Now I’ve not one, but two babies to love because you have been and always will be the first. Happy 1st wedding anniversary Oska.
Posted this on my Facebook account:
Another moment that reminds me just how precious and beautiful life is.
Thank you Oska, for being the ever endearing and reliable friend, lover, husband, and now daddy.
Thank you baby Olive for such a fuss free and enjoyable pregnancy, and for coming to this world healthy.
They say it takes a village to raise a child but it feels as though Sophie and I have an entire military contingent looking out for us. So thank you, family and friends, for all the support and pampering. I hope Olive continues to bring you joy.
the extremely grateful new mummy.
A Daddy, his girl, his passion for photography, and some great parenting = World’s Greatest Dad – The Guy to Beat!
Time to follow his blog for laughs and inspiration: World’s Best Father – Dave Engledow