August 11, 2005- Three little angels were sent to us and marking the culmination and the beginning of our journey into parenthood. Jonathan, Natalie and Kaitlyn arrived weighing in at 2.47, 2.015 and 1.65 kg respectively. Because Kaitlyn came in smaller than the rest, she was kept under monitoring in NICU just to make sure she gets all the extra care and attention that a preemie needs.
Ai Ling and I could not be more happy and excited with how things turned out on the Big Day. Lesson learng: You can prepare for everything, but somebody out here will always have some other plans for you and you just go with the flow...
Morning of Aug 11, 8:00 am
AL was scheduled for her routine detailed scan followed by a visit to Dr. Paul to see how the scans went. We got up real early and drove out to the hospital. This being our third such scan, we pretty much knew how it was going to unravel. We knew which room to go to for the scan so that the chair would not be so tiring for Ai Ling. Instead of the same sonographer whom we had been seeing, we were greeted by a new lady. I must admit that this person was quite rough with her demeanor and affected AL to the point where she was really just not very happy having to listen to what she was saying. Preliminarily, this lady told us that little Kaitlyn was still underweight. While we were waiting for the results, I called Guo Min, our friend, to ask him for some good dates for delivery just in case we had to deliver before Aug 14. (He had earlier suggested Aug 14 or 17.)
10:00 am Dr. Paul's Office:
Dr. Paul seemed to think the scans were quite positive for us to keep the babies inside and wait until Aug 17 (another week). We even talked about how to prepare for the GA before undergoing the C Section for AL. Everything was set up for noon on Aug 17 and we stepped out of his office fully expecting to see him in about a week's time.
Guo Min calls and says that any delivery before Aug 14 would be best to have it before 1:00 pm on Aug 11. We chuckled at the fact that we were only 2 hours away and decided that Aug 17 was going to be more likely.
Dad calls and asks for the status. I confidently told him Aug 17 as we just saw the doctor and got the results as well.
10:40 am Back in Dr. Paul's Office:
Well, that week's time was about a 5 minute time. Not much longer after we stepped out, AL went to take a routine urine test and came up visibly shaken that there was abnormal bleeding that was going on. She wanted to see Dr. Paul immediately and good thing for us, we found a helpful nurse who went into Dr. Paul's office (despite him being with another patient) and told him the condition. By the time we went in and he saw the bleeding (and there was quite a lot), he looked up and said, "I think it's time." Those words would forever change our lives.
We have many things to be thankful for:
We were right there at the clinic when the water bag burst.
Good thing we had picked a good time and Guo Min could not have made a better call.
Sometimes, things in life have a way of happening for a reason.
11:00 am Delivery Ward
With AL rushed into the delivery ward, I had to make calls to AL's Mom (who was staying at our place), my Dad (who was on his way down to Singapore anyway) and my Mom to tell them all what was going on. Fortunately, AL's Mom managed to bring some key documents over for our registration. I made these calls as I sat in the waiting lounge and not much longer than 4 minutes later, AL's Mom shows up.
I take all of AL's stuff, and walked her to the doors leading to the operating room. In Singapore, the rule is that if the mom goes under for a c-section, then husbands are not allowed in the operating theater. I remember looking at AL as she sat upright in the hospital bed being wheeled through the doors and flashing her some sign like a thumbs up sign of sorts.
12:00 pm Meet the Kids!
"Mr. Song, please come and see your kids!" Those were the words that came from the nurse. AL's Mom and I ran to the greeting area to see the pediatrician, a nurse and the three kids. The sight was magical and we were there counting fingers, toes and weighing them. Everyone was too concerned about their weights and health for us to even take many pictures.
The magical moment for me was reaching over into their cot and gently laying my hand on their wrapped bodies and soothing them from crying. It was truly magical!