Sunday, 28 February 2016

The baby has arrived!

Alhamdulillah, I have safely delivered my baby 8 days ago (21st Feb 2016) at Wellington Regional Hospital, NZ. I cannot believe there's a new person in our lives now. If you have played the guessing game of my baby's gender, well rest assured that we are blessed with a baby girl. Alhamdulillah. So that means I don't have to give away any dresses and tutu skirts I bought for her. Yeay!

Now I'll tell you briefly about my labour and delivery experience. I had a blood show last Thursday and then followed by minimal contractions about an hour apart. It didn't hurt. It just felt like menstrual cramps. I could still do work at that time, like laundry, watch TV and even did my PhD writing. Then gradually, the next day and the days following that, the contractions got stronger and intense. By Saturday afternoon, I couldn't do any work. Just lie down on the bed while my husband did the housework. My parents were due to arrive on that same Saturday night from Sydney. I wanted to see them before I go to the hospital and Alhamdulillah, perfect timing, they arrived on my door steps 6 hours before my husband rushed me off to the hospital. I woke him up saying that I couldn't hold on anymore. I felt the urge to push!

When we reached the hospital, my midwife said I was 9cm dilated! Not long to go before the baby makes it debut. I had natural birth. No epidural, pain killers, gas and what nots. I opted for a water birth so I had my contractions and did all the pushing in the tub. It was great. I love the warm water around me. Baby was born an hour and half after that. She swam out (figuratively of course) into the water and the midwife picked her up and put her in my arms. It felt surreal. I wanted to cry, I wanted to leap for joy and I guess I was also a bit confused. I was probably thinking like, "Did that just happened?" "Is this the baby in my womb?". Then my husband looked at me and said, "Look at baby!" The baby looked at me with her black round eyes. And I thought, "Hey she looks like me." Wow, the experience was just too beautiful. I could replay the whole event in my head again and again. I fell in love with her right away. She's my everything. If you ask me, does childbirth hurts? Of course it hurts but it wasn't extremely painful. The pain came and went in a just a few seconds. Alhamdulillah. I think reading Surah Maryam helps and prayers from your parents and husband too. Throughout the pushing, I kept saying the selawat over and over again in my head. I got discharged from the hospital the same day as I didn't get any stitches and no complications. Alhamdulillah. 

I love looking at our baby. We named her Amira Medina. May she grow up to be a righteous girl who is kind, brave, trustworthy and smart. InsyaaAllah. Some photos below...





There's this song in my head and I want to dedicate that song to my little princess. 


One Call Away by Charlie Puth.


I'm only one call away
I'll be there to save the day
Superman got nothing on me
I'm only one call away

Call me, baby, if you need a friend
I just wanna give you love
C'mon, c'mon, c'mon
Reaching out to you, so take a chance

No matter where you go
You know you're not alone

I'm only one call away
I'll be there to save the day
Superman got nothing on me
I'm only one call away

Come along with me and don't be scared
I just wanna set you free
C'mon, c'mon, c'mon
You and me can make it anywhere
For now, we can stay here for a while
'Cause you know, I just wanna see you smile

No matter where you go
You know you're not alone

I'm only one call away
I'll be there to save the day
Superman got nothing on me
I'm only one call away

And when you're weak I'll be strong
I'm gonna keep holding on
Now don't you worry, it won't be long
Darling, and when you feel like hope is gone
Just run into my arms

I'm only one call away
I'll be there to save the day
Superman got nothing on me
I'm only one, I'm only one call away
I'll be there to save the day
Superman got nothing on me
I'm only one call away

I'm only one call away


As long as I'm alive, I'll always be there for you, baby. 
Lots of love, Mummy.

Saturday, 13 February 2016

Camping

A little #throwback. Thought I'd write about my camping experience. My friends and I went camping 3 weeks ago. My brother tagged along too as he was in NZ at that time. It was my first time camping here in New Zealand and it certainly was my first time camping while I'm pregnant. I was 35 weeks when we went camping. Crazy huh? But I was confident with myself and everything turned out A okay.

We went camping at Castlecliff Beach, Whanganui. It was a nice place. The campsite was clean and tidy. The bathroom was nice, the kitchen was good and the dining area was huge. We were satisfied with our stay, Alhamdulillah. The only drawback was that, it was a hot summer day that day! It was so hot that we got sunburned. But the good thing about the place was that, the beach is just next door. So we cooled of the heat by soaking in the cold water. 

Our tents

This red one is mine. Shared it with dear hubby and bro of course.

By the beach. The sunset was spectacular.

Whanganui is a nice town. One of its famous landmark is the Durie Hill Tower. When I first set eyes upon it, I immediately thought of 'Rapunzel'. Hehehe... I can't believe the tower from the fairy tale exists in our real world. I had to climb it! It was so high, but I made it up to the top with my pregnant belly. My husband stayed behind though. So I was alone up there. The view from the top is beautiful!

Durie Hill Tower

View from the top of the tower. 

On our way to Wellington, we came across a small, cute town called Foxton. I saw a Dutch Windmill there and of course I had to ask my husband to stop for photos. It's not everyday you get to see a Dutch Windmill in NZ or anywhere else for that matter except in Holland itself. You can actually go in the windmill and watch a demonstration on making flour but we arrived too late so it was closed when we arrived.

De Molen, Foxton.

Alright! That's all for now. Need to get back to my books. Procrastination much? :p
Until next time. Oh, Baby is 38 weeks today! Alhamdulillah. Not long now! Wish me luck!

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Getting closer to the EDD

We are 37 weeks today. Alhamdulillah. When I wrote we, I meant baby and me. The baby is considered full term now. We are getting closer to our meeting! I thought this day will never come. So, I have exactly 3 more weeks until my estimated due date. If baby decides to come out early, then I have less than 3 weeks to go. Oh it is scary when I think about it. My husband and I attended an antennal class in Newtown last week. They showed us a birthing video and we were petrified! Gosh, I'm starting to have cold feet now. 

Anyway, we did a scan last week. My midwife sent me for a scan to make sure my baby is not in a breech position. Thank God the baby is in the right position, head down. We tried to see the baby's gender but the baby's feet were curled up, covering the genital. Very disappointed but that's okay. I think the baby wants to give us a surprise and who doesn't like surprises right?

Nesting is continuous. I've been cleaning the baby's clothes and toys, vacuuming the house, wiping the furniture for dust and the list goes on...

 
ps: I have 3 more weeks to get my interview transcriptions and translation done. Need to do as much as I can before the sweet angel arrives. Wish me luck!!!

Monday, 1 February 2016

Baby's gender

Take a wild guess what my baby's gender will be. You'll know the answer when the baby comes out.


Photo taken from here.

We did a scan when the baby was 24 weeks and two doctors confirmed that it's going to be a girl. However, when the baby was 30 weeks, a lot of people I met looked at me and said it's going to be a boy. I don't know how people can tell just by looking at my tummy's shape. So now we are not sure what the baby will be. But know this for sure, we are going to love the baby unconditionally whether it's a boy or a girl.

ps: But I hope it's a girl because I bought lots of pink stuffs already. Not to mention gowns and tutu skirts! The baby is 36 weeks now. 4 more weeks to go (or less). InsyaaAllah. Excited beyond measure. Alhamdulillah.