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Sandra Lemonon Recalls Sol Mercado Watched Her CS While 'Holding My Hand, Playing Music'
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  • Sandra Lemonon and Sol Mercado welcomed their first child on June 21, 2022. They've named their son Zaiah Rafael Mercado, whom they also call Baby Z.

    Two weeks later, Sandra took to Instagram to share  the first part of "Z's birth story" and a few snaps taken from that momentous event.

    The Filipino-French beauty, who represented Taguig City in Miss Universe Philippines 2020, recalled in her post that she and her hushand, a Filipino-American professional basketball player, were taken by surprise by her unscheduled childbirth.

    She described in the caption her experience as "everything I ever feared & didn’t prepared for, yet it was still one of the most life changing & favourite memories I have ever made."

    She went on narrating what happened: "From wanting & preparing for a natural home/water birth to an Emergency C-section just hours after our casual 41week Ob appointment. To rushing home & grabbing what we needed."

    Sandra admitted to "melting down" to Sol for a long list of reasons:

    • "Because of how scared I was to have my first surgery"
    • "That baby Z wasn’t 'safe' in my womb anymore"
    • "How I wasn’t prepared mentally/emotionally & physically for what was about to happen"
    • "Building all my courage & accepting that this would ensure our safety & trust that everything will go well"
    • Deciding to "let go of being in 'control' to actually doing the surgery"
    • "On day 1 of recovery not being able to stand up because I was still numb"
    • "Couldn’t get up & walk to the toilet so I decided to be creative & pee in a cup since they never brought me the urinal"
    • "Having food poisoning"
    • "Crying uncontrollably (thank you hormones + being sleep deprived)
    • Finding out baby Z had an infection & we had to stay 10 days in the hospital"
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    In summation: "It was for sure one of the most hardest moments of my life."

    The first-time mom explained, "It reminded me that anything & everything can happen/change in an instant… & how little control we actually have in some situations… the only thing we do have control over is how we perceive/look & react to it. So we decided to make the best out of it & so we did."

    Sandra then gave "a big shoutout" to Baby Z's Papa Sol, telling him, "You are an incredible life partner, papa & friend."

    She went on enumerating how her husband supported her: "You never left my side nor ever once complained about anything. I still cannot believe how you watched the operation from start to finish & lied to me that you couldn’t see what was happening when you obviously could."

    She remembered her husband as "super calm, holding my hand & playing me some music," adding "while I was doing my best to not 'fall asleep' as I felt faintish, as I was losing a lot of blood."

    The new mom said she lost around 1.9 liters of blood from the emergency CS operation, when the average is 1 liter or less.

    Sandra ended her post with more words of gratitute for Sol: "Me and Baby Z, adore/respect/appreciate & love you so so so much. Thank you for showing up, being present & taking extremely good care of us. We are so blessed to have you in our life."

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