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.