Xi En waves hullo to the world!

10 weeks after my water bag ruptured , our miracle boy – Xi En – finally arrived into this world on 31st July 2009 through an emergency caesarean (c-sect). We concluded that he decided to arrive in time to celebrate Daddy’s and Mummy’s 12th year “dating anniversary”. His parents decided to “park tor” (date officially) on 31st July 1997. 🙂

We are thankful that God has really been in control of the whole situation. From an initial situation where many doctors do not even dare to place much hope in our case (at an early gestational age of 21+ weeks) to the current birth of our miracle baby (at 31+ weeks); we knew that only God could have done this. What happened on the eventful day? Ethen Chen Xi En’s birth journey as below:

31st July 2009; 7am

I started with my regular cadiotocograph (CTG) reading early in the morning. The reading showed that baby was a little “sleepy” and there wasn’t enough variation in his heartbeat. One of the obstetrician (Dr L) whom I trusted the most, was on her regular rounds and came by to see me. She decided to ask me to repeat the CTG readings. Initially I was reluctant mainly because I had to repeat such readings so often in the past and most of the time, the end results remained in the “safe” zone. However, I kind of felt that I needed to “follow” instructions today.

31st July 2009; 10+am

I repeated a 2nd CTG reading. This time, baby’s heartbeat showed one deceleration. The medical officer who signed for the readings requested a 2nd repeat on the readings.

31st July 2009; 2+pm

This is the 3rd CTG reading for the day. This time round, there were 2 decelerations in baby’s heartbeat. I became concerned and knew that a journey to the labour ward seemed unavoidable. Asked mum to pack my bag to get ready. Sure enough, within 1/2 hour, I was told to proceed to the delivery suite for continuous monitoring.

31st July 2009; 4+pm

During the admission at the delivery suite; I even requested for a “window view” as I was a “regular” there and thought that it will be just “another one of those times” (I didn’t knew what was coming up!). Kim rushed down and bought some of my favourite food to “celebrate” our 12 years of being together. 🙂 I was strapped onto the CTG machine immediately and left there for monitoring.

31st July 2009; 7+pm

It was a surprise that we found out that Dr L happened to be the overall senior doctor on duty for the night! Praise the Lord! We knew that she is seldom roster for duty and thus is thankful that she is the doctor-in-charge for the night (we knew that if anything is to happen, we will be in safe hands). She came by to see me and said that she had to attend to an emergency c-sect for another patient and will come by thereafter. Meanwhile, baby’s heartbeat continued to show several decelerations…..

31st July 2009; 8+pm

This stay at the delivery suite proved to be different. We were paying close attention to the CTG machine and it began to dawned upon us that baby’s heartbeat was decelerating drastically and recovering at a very slow pace. I started experiencing contractions too. With every contraction, baby’s heartbeat was compromised. We knew that “something” was brewing up. As Dr L was still away, 2 other medical officers attended to me with a fair bit of apprehension written all over their eyes and movements. I was praying hard for Dr L to come back asap. At the right moment, she walked in; checked me, read the graphs and turned to us saying in her ever calm voice – “This is it. We are delivering baby tonight.” Though we are “expecting” it, we were still blow away by what was coming up.

31st July 2009; 9+pm

It was an organised team of midwives, doctors, anaesthetists, nurses and etc who got me ready; pushed me into the operating theatre within minutes, got my half body sedated and comforted me at the same time. I can never be fully prepared for such an event. Shivers and cold sweat kept running through my entire body. Dr L was great – she came next to me; explained some necessary risks in such an operation but assured me that they will do their best. I am thankful God answers prayers. We had always wanted her to deliver Xi En when the time is right; but we knew we didn’t have a choice of doctors as we were on subsided rates. It had to be a “God-incident” that Dr L “happened” to be on duty, finished the other c-sect in time to deliver Xi En. 🙂

31st July 2009; 10+pm

The operation was a success. Dr L went out to tell Kim that mother and child is safe. I was wheeled into the post-operation room and thereafter transferred back to the normal ward once my condition stabilised.

Once out, Kim told me the neo-natal doctors were working on baby; he didn’t get a chance to see our precious baby yet. He needed a lot of help due to his pre-maturity and lack of amniotic fluid. We were relieved that baby was delivered; but couldn’t rest till we knew he was “safe”. Kim went back to the Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) several times to get more updates. I couldn’t sleep without at least seeing a photo of him…seriously which parents could rest without seeing their new born at all? Finally at 3+ am, the doctors allowed Kim one glimpse and one photo of Xi En to bring back to to the waiting mother. 🙂

When Kim registered his birth certificate, he commented that this paper is probably worth more than any other certificates he has held in his entire life. I couldn’t agree less. After 10 weeks of anticipation, it is no wonder that the harvest tasted sweet to the farmer. 🙂

Ethen Chen Xi En's birth cert

Currently, our little fighter is progressing well in NICU. He started from a big ventilator to a small ventilator to zero dependency on ventilator. From numerous tubes on his small body to just 2 tubes yesterday as well. 6 days after his birth, he cried for the first time; a good sign to show that he is working his lungs! He had also started feeding on breast milk and yesterday, Kim could touch and stroke him for the first time too! (making me so jealous that I wasn’t there to join him… another motivation for me to recover asap!). We are hopeful that very soon, he can “graduate” from the NICU and move on to the step-down unit and subsequently to the special care nursery! 🙂

God is good all the time and all the time God is good!

18 thoughts on “Xi En waves hullo to the world!

    • Thks, San! 🙂 Yes.. Ethen had gone through a lot.. and still going through it now! ha… But he is definitely a strong fighter and is doing well in NICU now. 🙂


  1. Hi EVE! I just came back from my holiday and i just checked out your blog cos i have been following your pregnancy journey, you’re a great woman of faith and God is indeed GOOD! I just wanna congratulate you & your husband :). Praying for Xi En for a good progress and a speedy recovery for you as well. Looking forward to seeing your baby Xi En photos loaded here! Happy for you 🙂


    • Hi Leny,
      Thks for following my blog and keeping us in prayers. 🙂 Can’t agree more with you that God is good! 🙂 Thks for sharing our happiness too! Will update Ethen’s photos once available. 🙂


  2. Hi Evelyn,

    I am so glad to know that Xi En is doing well. Praise God! Your baby definitely has a great fighting spirit, just like his parents 🙂 After reading your blog, I am so encouraged by all the posts of your pregnancy journey. You are a very strong woman and your faith in God has truly touched my heart. I believe nothing happens by chance. God has great plans for you and your baby. Have a speedy recovery and look forward to see you and Xi En real soon.

    Praying for you.


  3. Hello Cousin!

    Congratulations on the successful delivery of your baby. He’ll definitely grow up to be a very strong individual after having gone through so much.

    Reading your posts also made me realize that the road from pregnancy to childbirth isn’t easy at all. I’ll treasure my mom even more now and be even more thankful for what I have.

    Sorry for not visiting you whilst you were in the hospital. Wish you and baby speedy recovery. Take care.

    Jensen Aka Jiexin
    9th August 2009, 1:00am


    • Hullo Jiexin
      Thks and congrats on being an “uncle” also! haa.. 🙂 Pregnancy and child birth and raising up children is a journey and seldom is easy. But my case is just more complicated than normal cases. I heard from my mum that your parents also had a tough time when you and your bro was born… think you know what I mean. So, yes – please take good care of your parents now and DON’T STAY OUT TOO LATE AT NIGHT! Remember that family is always there for you even if friends might leave you. 🙂

      Don’t worry about visiting me. When your “nephew” is out of hospital, then we can gather again and celebrate lah! 🙂


  4. I happen to stubble upon your blog the other day, as I was searching for others who have gone through a similar situation as we did. Your blog is the first I came upon and I was so excited as I read how similar our stories were and that you, too, have Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. I have 3 boys and found out right before Christmas that we were having a baby girl and she looked perfect and healthy. 1 week later on New Years Eve, my water broke. The doctor on call that night told me that I would most likely go into labor within two weeks and gave me the option of inducing labor and losing the baby. My husband and I were not okay with this option and my doctor saw me the next day and told us there is a very small chance that I could continue with the pregancy if I’d go on bed rest. That is what we decided and hoped for week 24. (week of viability if baby would be born). We knew we served a God of Miracles and He could do this if this be His will. We made it and were so very excited. Unfortunately, when we arrived at the hospital at week 24 to continue bedrest there, an ultra sound showed that our sweet baby girl also had a diaphragmatic hernia (unrelated to the ruptured membranes). This condition has a very high mortality rate after baby is born due to a hole in the diaphragm pushing the liver up into the chest cavity, creating underdeveloped lungs. We hoped and prayed for a miracle and God allowed us to continue carrying this baby for 10 weeks since my water had broke. Our time with her was so precious and such a gift. On March 6, 2009 we gave birth to our daughter, Gabriella Hope. She lived 7 beautiful hours and then returned to Our Heavenly Father. If it weren’t for the Diaphragmatic Hernia, she would have made it. God chose to heal her in a way we would not have planned. But he used this little girl to touch so many lives. I have been praying for you and your baby boy because I so badly want to give other women hope when faced with a situation similar to ours. God gave us such a precious gift of our daughter and I still believe that He could have healed her. He had other plans for her, just as he has awesome plans for your son. I will share your story with many. Thank you so much and I am praying for baby Xi en. I am praising God for another miracle.


    • Hi Becca,

      Thks for dropping by my blog and sharing your story with me. My heart goes out to you as I read your story and blog too. Indeed we share many similarities in our pregnancy stories. The strength Luke and you displayed touches my husband and me deeply. Probably no words can fully describe what we have gone through. But you are so right that God is in control and He knows the deepest desires of our hearts. We will be praying for you from this part of Asia too. Do take good care and enjoy your 3 adorable boys! 🙂



    • yup.. we are so happy that Xi En is progressing well too. 🙂 I am recovering better by the day. Aiming to go and visit him in the hospital next week. 🙂 Will keep updating his progress on the blog. Stay tuned. 🙂


  5. Dearest Evelyn,

    PRAISE GOD!! Ive been praying for you and Xi En and so so glad to hear of your joyful news!! 🙂 🙂 Congratulations and will continue to pray for yr family!

    Alas, my OBGYN exams will come next week. 4 major papers and its our toughest module ever. I’ve been bombarded with many issues to think of lately- abortions, ethics, when conception starts etc, and now really appreciate what you said to me when you prayed for medical students to grow to be doctors of righteousness. Hope you can continue to keep me/us in prayer as I am believing God to lead me down this journey to do OBGYN in His missions field in His time. But first, need to pass exams first- appreciate yr prayers as this round will be really tough and feel very inadequate.

    Thank you so much. Hope to hear yr updates soon.

    Praying for you,
    Wai Jia


    • thks, wai jia! 🙂 Thks for all the prayers and encouragement too. 🙂 Indeed our prayers are answered! Xi en is progressing well in NICU too.

      Seemed like a lot is going on in your life too! Jia u jia u! Believing you can do it through Christ who strengthen you! 🙂

      Keeping u in prayers too. 🙂


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