little c: a birth story

27 February 2008

Calla (aka Lil Chick or Lil C) was born on February 15, 2008 at 10 am on the dot. She was born on a Friday just like her big brother, and came right after I turned 37 weeks (big brother was born at 38 weeks)!

Her delivery was so fast it seemed so surreal –almost as if I was just watching one of those “A Baby Story” shows on TLC or something! It all started when I felt my water trickle a little before 4 am. My first thoughts: oh shit, I think my water is leaking… Hm..should I tell the hubs? I wonder if I can still go to work for a little bit and then go the hospital? Yeah. Who thinks about work when their water breaks, right? But I go back to bed and lie there for a while before I tell the hubs. After he was officially put on notice, I call the doc who tells me to go to the hospital. Before we go the hospital though, I call my parents to come over, cleaned up our room (yes, I tidied up a bit), gathered all my stuff, and wrote emails to my supervisor, and an email to cancel Rockstar Baby’s party at Chuck E. Cheese.

We get to the hospital and I’m in a delivery bed by 6 am. I only had minimal contractions so I tell the hubs I think I’ll probably be there the whole day or even the next! We chill, and I even read a book while waiting around. Then the doc comes, orders pitocin (to induce labor and contractions), pulls out the rest of my “bag of waters,” and says “don’t worry, the contractions will be gradual.” What.A.Lie. I think 15 minutes after she left, the contractions came like lightning. Epidural. Please!! I think the longest part was just writhing there until the epidural lady came. They even turned off the pitocin because the contractions were just too much (although in hindsight, they were not nearly as bad as the first time around).

So after I get the epidural, I got to somewhat rest for about 10 minutes. But all of a sudden, it seemed everyone was suddenly poised for action. More nurses came, there was a flurry of activity, and I was being told to start pushing! Hell, I just got the darn epidural so I felt as if everything has happening so fast; I couldn’t even feel my legs! I pushed but didn’t even feel a thing which made it so surreal. My little Calla came out after only about 15 minutes of pushing! (As it turned out, her umbilical cord was wrapped around her neck and that’s why everyone acted so fast).

Everything went well and smoothly. The only snag was that the Lil Chick developed jaundice (like her big brother), and wasn’t discharged from the hospital until Monday night! Otherwise, we would have had a very nice homecoming on Sunday.

I had/am having a speedy recovery and was up and about the very next day. The thing with having a toddler is that you’re forced to be up and about even if you don’t want to! So when the hubs and rockstar baby came to visit, I was already running after him and carrying him even though I wasn’t really supposed to. We also celebrated Rockstar Baby’s 2nd birthday (Feb. 17th) at the hospital since his party was cancelled.

Happy Birthday my little guy!
birthday cake

Post-delivery, the hubs took the week off last week to help me out. For the rest of the time, however, it’ll be me, rockstar baby, and the little chickie! Let me just say, it’s only Day 2 and I’ve already run out of patience. It’s pretty hard to breastfeed with a meddlesome toddler hovering over your shoulder! He’s been a great brother though –always trying to kiss her, soothing her when she cries, and trying to carry her all the time.

So far, so good.

Li’l C in her homecoming outfit…



  1. wow rsb’s and lil c’s bdays are 2 years and 2 days apart. cute! 🙂 i’m happy to hear that you had an easy delivery. hope lil c recovers from her jaundice soon. take care!

    Hi Meeya! Thanks so much! Actually, they are 2 days shy of being 2 years apart! She came just in time for her bro’s 2nd birthday! She’s recovering from her jaundice and isn’t so yellow like a Simpson anymore! p.s. thanks so much for working on my template! And for the lovely present you sent us! You’re the bestest!

  2. cute nick–Lil C! (i call my girls chicken egg and quail egg).

    and that is one cool homecoming outfit!!!

    take care, and enjoy!

    Mamajo! Those are cute nicknames. I call Calla little chicken sometimes because she’s still in that little bow-legged stage where changing her diaper means you have to pry her legs open (she looks like a chicken to me!) Thanks so much for your well-wishes!

  3. Ooooh! Lil C is a cutie!!! 🙂 Love her homecoming outfit too. And yey for you and your easy delivery!!!

    Thanks so much Toni! The delivery was fairly easy, but taking care of two little kids is SO not! Hahah..

  4. Is her name from the wolves of calla? I’ve never read the book but that is the only place I’ve ever seen the name mentioned.

    Anyway, you’re in for a ride but I know you can do it! Enjoy the littlies and give each a kiss for me. And here’s one for you, mwah!

    Hey Tintin! Thanks for the support! I got “Calla” from my mom’s favorite flower –Calla lily. Also from the Gummi Bears cartoon show when I was young! Hahah.. (there’s a character named Princess Calla and it stuck w/ me ever since). Never read the book either! I call her Callie sometimes.

  5. glad to know you’re recovering pretty well. i like calla’s nick, too!

    Tin! Thanks so much! And thank you also for working on my template as usual!

  6. Glad your recovering well… Love the polka dots homecoming outfit of Lil C.

    February is such a blessed month for the rockstar family…and come to think of it… its nice to have all your kids’ birthday on the same month, coz you can have a 2-in-1 party which saves time (planning and all) and money too 😀 hehehehe!!!

    Hi Shiena! Thanks for the love! Yeah, I think the kids will hate sharing a birthday (but it will definitely be a time and money saver for mom and dad!)

  7. glad to know you had a fairly easy delivery! i was wondering why you were quiet since your last post. 🙂 and again, love calla’s name, it suits her perfectly!

  8. I’ve always loved the name Calla. It’s been on the top of my list of girl names for when I have a daugther. But now that I have a goddaughter named Calla, it’s since moved to #2.

    Anyhoo, I’ll see you guys next weekend! *mwaaah*

  9. i don’t think i can do all that before heading to the hospital. i’ll be out of my mind by then. you are always original when it come to aliases.

  10. OMG! That was a great birth story Kat! You must be such a happy mommy with Little C (she’s adorable BTW) and Rockstar Baby! All the best!

  11. you’re amazing! how could you think about work when your water’s leaking?.. and hey, you’re working up to the last day? shame la france, here, we stop 6 weeks before due date, and most of the time, we get 2 extra weeks because we’re “tired”..

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