The Best Christmas Gift from Above



Christmas is the most celebrated holiday in the world, and definitely my favorite season! Back when I was a child, I remember doing a countdown as early as 60 days before Christmas. I loved receiving gifts from my grandparents, aunts and uncles and I always enjoyed shopping and wrapping gifts for my brothers and cousins with my Mom.

Every year is different but this Christmas is particularly special and memorable for our little family of three. We're now four! Our little bundle of joy, Samara Akasha or Kassy for short, was born on December 14, 2012, 9:30 AM at the Immaculate Conception Medical Center via LCCS (Lower Cervical Cesarean Section). Her body measurements at birth are 33.5cm (Head Circumference), 33cm (Chest Circumference), 30.5cm (Abdominal Circumference) and 54cm (Body Length). She weighed 3.3kgs.
The Cesarean Section was supposed to be until four days later (December 18th) but contractions started on the evening of December 13th. I thought it was just the watermelon I had during dinner that night, but the contractions became more painful and frequent at dawn. I finally called my OB-Gyn Dra. Marlene Palilio 6:00AM in the morning of December 14th, when I'm really really sure that it's more than just Braxton Hicks. She ordered to go to the hospital immediately. 

We reached the hospital at 9:00AM and before I knew it, baby Kassy is already crying her lungs out in the delivery room. With my first born and my first C-Section, I was put to sleep. But this time around, I was awake the whole time. The anesthesiologist, Dr. Martin Domingo was nice, documenting Kassy's first few minutes out of my womb with his reliable camera. He even showed me a video of Kassy crying while being bathed in the nursery. (Doc Martin gave me the printed souvenir photo the next day when he visited me in my room.) Everything happened so fast and I was taken to my room in less than an hour! The C-Section itself only took a maximum of 20minutes, and I think I spent another 30minutes in the recovery room.

The anesthesia made me dizzy though, I vomited twice while in the delivery room and one more time in the recovery room. It also made my skin itchy all over, especially my face! And even though the room was fully air-conditioned, I was bathed in sweat. All because of the anesthesia, the nurses said.

Anyways, back to baby Kassy, a Newborn Screening (NBS) was done on December 16th but we don't have the results yet. Please join my family in praying that the results of Kassy's NBS are favorable. Also, my baby did not pass the Otoacoustic Emissions Test or the Newborn Hearing Test and she needs a follow up test within one week. She's scheduled for a re-test on December 22nd. Again, I hope everything turns out well for my little girl.

How about you? What's the best Christmas gift you ever received?

20 comments:

  1. Welcome Kassy. This would be the best Christmas gift parents would possibly have. ^_^

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  2. Congratulations on your new baby! she's so cute and indeed a blessing to your family. I'll join you in your prayers for the favorable results of Kassy's lab tests.

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  3. congatulations for a new angel in the family , it is truly an early gift for christmas ...bless your family

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  4. congratulaitons dear!! will pray for you guys! eveyrhtings gonna be ok! have faith in god!! It is such a wonderful blessing! xx

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  5. Weeee!!! I am not a mom yet but I have to say that I can feel your happiness.

    Your newest bundle of joy is so cute, your best Christmas gift ever! Congratulations!

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  6. Congratulations for your new baby girl and I hope and pray that she passes all the new born screening test.

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  7. Congrats for your beautiful baby girl! Definitely agree on the headline, she's the best gift God gave you this Christmas! =)

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  8. Congrats to your new born Kassy. Ang ganda naman ng gift ni Lord sa inyo this Christmas. Merry Christmas sa iyo kaibigan.

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  9. Congrats for the new Angel in the family. Kassy surely is the best Christmas present.

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  10. Congratulations on the new addition to your family! She's a beautiful baby :D

    The best Christmas gift I've ever received was last year, the first Christmas which I spent with my girlfriend's family. That was special to me.

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  11. She's really the best Christmas gift, no question with that. Your moment reminds me when I was also having a CS. Hmmm... not easy.

    Congratulations mommy and welcome to the world Kassy!

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  12. Such a lovely gift from heaven! Awww..I remember the first Christmas too with my baby, it was and always the happiest :), congratulations!

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  13. Congratulations! magandang regalo ni Santa sayo yan haha.

    pinaka masayang araw ninyo yan.

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  14. Congratulations! what a perfect and timely gift from above. Hope everything is well.

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  15. I'm still waiting for that best Christmas gift this year, but to be with the family is more than enough.. congrats to the new member of your family.. Merry Christmas :)

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  16. Congratulations to both of you. That's an early Christmas gift. =) God bless to your family especially to the newborn baby.

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  17. Congrats for having a baby, everything will be alright. God will make a way for every problem we are facing.

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  18. Congrats on the new baby!! another great reason to be happy this season.. and the name Kassy is so cool!! :)

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  19. I wish for a healthy and happy baby Kassy. May your family be filled with love and warmth this holiday season and may all your worries disappear as Baby Kassy passes all her NBS tests with flying colors. :)

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  20. Congratulations! An angel was sent to you and your family. How's the follow up checkups? I hope everything turned okay.

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