Let me start my pregnancy journey by saying I was one week working already in burnaby as qa analyst in BBY when I found out I was pregnant. My period came late, it was February 18 , when I tried to use our pregnancy kit and I found out that I was pregnant. I can still remember the initial reaction I had and I gave thanks to the Lord for He has heard our prayer for a child. So when I told my husband that I am pregnant, he was sleepy that time because it’s a weekend and around 5am in the morning. So he just said yeah and go back to sleep. When he woke up, he got his phone and took a picture of the pregnancy kit test and send it to our family. My husband is a bit excited for the new blessing that we have.
The first three months of my pregnancy journey was a roller coaster ride for us. Getting up to work in the morning, was so hard. All I want to do was to sleep but this momma has to work. We also went to our family doctor to confirm that I am really pregnant. Indeed the doctor confirmed that we are pregnant. We are then transferred to Richmond Hospital for my pre natal check up. Some pregnant women has severe morning sickness, but mine was in the afternoon after getting out of the office. I had to puke after getting out of the bus. Not only that I also experienced several food cravings which includes fried chicken of Churches and Siopao Asado of New Towns. I always ask my husband to get me one of those comfort food. I don’t know but i like them a lot. To tell you the truth, when we dine in churches, we will order 2 piece chicken for both of us (hubby and me). I will surely finish them and even asked for the other piece from my husband. I guess I have a little one that loves a chicken. There was one incident when I want to eat siopao, We came from the office and it was past 5pm when my husband and I decided to go to new town to get my siopao. When we reached our destination, we found out that the siopao was sold out. So I honestly asked them, if they had one so I could eat them and I even told them I am pregnant. But they did not give me, they saw me crying going back to my husband where he parked.
Then on my third month, I received a phone call from my OB that I need to immediately have my blood tested because they see something on the last test about our baby. I was at the office that time, doing my test scripts when I went to my manager and asked his permission if I can go to richmond hospital for emergency. He approved it immediately and gave his phone number to contact him for any help. I was really touched knowing that my manager cares for me. When I got to the hospital the OB mentioned to me that Jared’s test came out nearing the border of Down Syndrome. My heart sunk, my body shivers, and everything is a blur to me that moment. The OB consoled me and advice me to have a second test that will take my blood and have it sent to ontario for further testing. While waiting for it I was already googling how to take care for an infant with down syndrome. My fear is so high that I came to the point that I asked God why would he allowed jared to be like that. But my husband is so calm and even mentioned to me that everything is going to be ok. We continued praying for a good result, when the test came, the OB mentioned to me that Jared is negative for the Down Syndrome and we knew that our baby is a HE. We were so happy and we knew that God was with us all through out this first trimester.
Here’s our pregnancy kit test showing 2 lines confirming that what we prayed during prayer and fasting 2017 was answered :
Here’s my little bump:
Here’s a video link of our first ultrasound of Jared for first trimester: First ultrasound of Jared.
My second trimester is easy peasy. I feel like everything is a bit easy. No more vomiting and i feel my energy bump up a bit that time. The second trimester I was more focused on working on my crm projects along side with epos and pos testing. I also noticed when I was on my second trimester, I always help people in need and always give my best smile to everyone. During this period I always read bible stories to Jared and we always talk to Jared. We may not feel yet his movements but as the doctor said, we can feel his movements more during the third trimester.
Here’s a baby bump of momma :
As my third trimester approaches, my tummy gets bigger and i am literally fat.But on the 7th month I noticed that my foot are so swollen and my wedding ring needs to be removed because my hands are swelling. We had received also a great favor from my team in BBY, they gave me a crib for my little jared. Honestly, I was having mixed emotions, excited to held my son and i fear that I might not be enough and the things I will be doing for my son will not be enough. Maybe it’s just the pregnancy hormones. But when jared tried to kick while inside my tummy, I giggled and realize that I will be taking care of this little blessing from God and God will never leave me nor for sake me.
It was 1st of September when we had our normal routine check up with our OB. They weighed me and of course took my blood pressure. The doctor told me are you tired? I answered back, nope. She tried measuring again my blood pressure. She then told me your BP is 140/100. She then write a letter and told me I will be sent upstairs in maternity section for further test. So we went to third floor and we had a machine they will use to check jared’s heartbeat. They call the test as non stress testing to check on jared’s heart beat. After finishing the test, my husband and I went to the waiting area and waited for the OB for her verdict. When the OB came back to see and talk to us, her face seems serious. She started with saying, we found out that you have a high blood pressure that makes you a high risk in pregnancy because of this we concluded that you are preclamtic and we have to admit today for further testing and we will have you take the labetalol. She mentioned also it’s not your diet it’s just that the placenta has an issue. We were admitted on the same day together with my husband. I was on labetalol for the rest of the night while my husband stayed with me by my side. I thank the Lord for providing me a husband who knows how to make me laugh despite our situation. The next day we were allowed to go home but I got a little note from the doctor that I need to take an early leave in the office.
So we applied for an emergency leave for 7 days and after that we applied for disability leave which was approved by my manager. I am super beyond blessed to have working with BBY who take cares of their employees, we finally find an amazing company that God provided us.
We were scheduled for non stress testing for a couple of weeks and a lot of ultra sound. I thank the Lord for providing me people who are more than willing to provide their time with me. I was not driving that time so, either my husband , my sister in law ate marivi and her husband kuya jun will drop us in richmond hospital. I thank the Lord for they blessed me and surely the Lord will bless ate marivi and her husband and family for everything they did to us.
I was admitted again for almost 3 days now and was allowed to go home. It was the second week of September which were due to a spike again in my blood pressure: 180/110. We were supposed to be prepping for Jared’s stuff but unfortunately we can’t do it anymore due to my blood pressure. They put me on labetalol from 50mg to 100mg 3x a day. I still remember that we were able to attend our baby shower before we found out on our non stress testing that my placenta water is decreasing and Dr. Rivera advised me to stay at the hospital.
So I stayed at the hospital, and was on monitor and labetalol. This was not an easy task, it was so boring for me. But I asked my husband to bring my bible and it was the time when I realize that I was not listening to God but instead I was just praying and asking for this and that. Every night I will be reading my bible and have an OB talk to me about my status if I am going to have jared be out early. Until one OB saw my bible. She asked me what is that, i told I was just reading a book. She said do you know that my husband is a pastor and she prayed with me. At that moment, I knew that God was with us and that Doctor hugged me and told me to be strong for our baby. They wanted Jared to stay until 37 weeks.
It was September 22 when they decided that Jared needs to come out because of the decline in amniotic fluid. So the plan was to induce labor for me and they put a thing inside me to cause dilation where jared will come out. It was not a very good experience. I even scratched my husband hand because of the pain. They keep monitoring Jared’s heartbeat during the induced labor phase. So how do i explain the feeling, have you ever felt cramps in your tummy but it felt like a gazillion waves of cramps in tummy which makes you feel like you need to pee or no poop, I just don’t know how to explain it but in few word, PAINFUL.
The next day September 23 2017, my husband and ate marivi bought food in well tea yes, food this momma likes food a lot, we ate a lot.After eating lunch, Dr Kawalsik, mentioned to us that Jared’s heart beat is slowing during contraction and she presented us two option:
- They will inject something to make the fluid increase inside my womb to make jared stay longer in my womb.
We chose option 2, we were prepped immediately. I went inside the operating room and ready to be C-sectioned. The procedure was really simple, they will inject something in your backbone, it was called anesthesia. My anesthesiologist asks me if I feel something on my leg, then I told him just put my feet properly as I thought it was crossleg. He said it was already properly put. Then that signals that I feel nothing on my lower extremities. By the way my husband is with me and he was awesome in his gown and cap and of course his mask. I don’t see any marks of fear in him, but I knew God is with us and this was the day God made for us to see our little Jared. I was awake all throughout the operation and then I heard a loud cry, and they let me see Jared. He was so cute 🙂 My husband was the one who cut his umbilical cord and was able to bond more time with Jared. Jared was moved to NICU for he was born at 35 weeks and 6 days.
After they stitched me up, I went to the recovery area and waited until my lower limbs are back to normal. But the noticed that I have a high blood pressure again. My blood pressure is 200/110, they put labetalol and IV on me but my blood pressure is high again. When I went up, to see my husband waiting for me in my room I thank the Lord for protecting me. The Lord provided nurse for us to guide us overnight because the first night was critical. I was able to hold jared for the first time, but I was on high pain killer dosage. The feeling was magical and it was that moment that I realize that I was so blessed to have Jared and Jap in my life. That very moment, I praise the Lord for granting us our prayer.
Jared was in the NICU and we wanted to make his weight a bit higher. My husband and I was able to go home without jared. It was painful to leave jared at NICU but we have to endure it and be strong. God sustained us all throughout this pregnancy journey, from Day 1 till this day. We were able to bring Jared home after 10 days of staying in NICU.
We praise and Honor God for providing us people and loved ones who prepared and even helped us in the best way they can.
Here’s some of our picture during the third trimester:
At the operation room:
Everyone we are pleased to introduce you to our bundle of joy :
Hi, Im Jared Seth Lee, I was born last Sept 23 2017 at 2:25 pm.
Thank you for praying with us. 👪
Born at 35 weeks and 6 days.
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
James 1:17 NIV