Home-Birth

Well, yes, we are taking the option of home-birthing seriously. This is new to me and your Daddy; actually the whole family. I have a feeling that Nani is going to flip (I haven’t told her anything yet).

At this juncture, I don’t know if we are going to eventually have a home-birth or hospital birth. But, we are certainly uncomfortable with the hospitals and birthing centers here. I currently have no doctor. My previous doctor wasn’t very keen on having anyone in the Labor and Delivery Room, that is a No-No here in Egypt. They just can’t digest the fact of having ones husband around during the delivery. And, yesterday, Daddy went to check on another doctor who was recommended by the neighbor. She made clear that this is not going to be a drug-free birth! Can you believe that! Apparently, as soon as I go into labor, they are going to hook me on to painkillers whether I like it or not. And, Daddy can’t be around during the delivery time. So, the next best option is home-birth.

Considering that my pregnancy has been normal and healthy, we have warmed up to the idea of delivering you at home. This will cut out any nonsensical medical intervention or impatient doctors wanting to put me under the knife only because they have to get ‘done’ with me. Believe it or not, this is how it works here. The majority of people here don’t care about anyone except themselves. Inshallaah, Daddy is looking into finding a good doctor who has the tools and expertise of home-birthing.

Daddy and I think this will be a good experience for everyone involved. Daddy wants to be a part of the delivery process and wants to deliver you under the guidance of the doctor. I want to be the first to carry you. And, I want Nani to give you your first rub down/bath. Well, this what we were dreaming of yesterday. Inshallaah, whatever is going to happen after 3 weeks will be the best of you and us.

In 2 days we will be in the 37th week, 3 more weeks to go. Inshallaah, very soon you will be a part of our lives and a part of this world.

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Homesick Again

With Nana and Nani back from Hajj, homesickness has set in again. I yearn to go back home. I miss all of them a lot. I really hope we can be together again. Everyone. Nana, Nani, Khala and your two Mamas. And, in this whole mix, Nani is the binder. She keeps us all together. 

I miss everybody a lot today. I really wish I could just pack my bags and leave. 

Yes, today is one of ‘those’ days…

Let the Countdown Begin!

Tomorrow is 16th November 2010! Exactly one month left until you are due and it is Eid al-Adha too. But, I am more excited about it being 4 weeks away from your due date, 16th December. I hope you make your arrival exactly on time or even before. The frustration of waiting even a day past your due date may drive me up the wall and in the process making your Daddy’s life miserable.

In a couple of days I will be packing the hospital bag and buying baby items (except for the Pampers haven’t bought anything yet). Talk about doing things at the last moment! We decided not get a crib or any other fancy stuff for you right now. You will be co-sleeping with us as I think night-feeds would be much easier for me with that set-up. Anyway, I don’t think as a baby you would really be bothered about on what bed you sleep or what color the walls are. Inshallaah, when you grow up I do have every intention of having you in a pink-diva like bedroom, just my thought, you may end up liking another color.

Your Nana’s and Nani’s Hajj is almost coming to an end. They will be back in Bahrain in a couple of days. That means… 2 more weeks for Nani to be here with me… Yayyyyyyyyy!!!! I can’t wait to see her. I can’t. I can’t. I can’t.

My two Fatimahs… whom I love a lot!

Cord Discussion

No, your Daddy and I weren’t having a discussion on whether we should be banking your cord blood. Rather, I was telling him how I would cry when your cord will be clamped! Right now, you are connected to me and with me all the time. To me the clamping of the cord would mean the first step towards you being independent and not physically connected to me.

Don’t get me wrong. I like the idea of you being an independent person and exploring the world by yourself. But, I like the idea of you being close to me (very close to me all the time) even more! I guess that’s why mothers get very emotional when they see their babies grow up quickly. I don’t even like to entertain the idea of you getting married or going to a different country to attend college.

As Allaah has it, time moves on, people move forward and babies grow! Sigh…

Please remain my little teeny-weeny beanie even when you are 40! In other words, don’t act smart in front of me or else you will be smacked upside the head in front of everybody, even if you are 40.

I love you… 😀

Having Siblings

I really hope that you have a brother or sister around. I recently realized what a blessing it is to have a sibling. These are the people with whom hanging around is a lot of fun. I can’t believe I am saying this while still being heavily pregnant with you, I do hope to have a sibling for you soon.

As your Daddy keeps saying, Fatimah and Faris, inshallaah!

The family is one of nature’s masterpieces. ~George Santayana

And, an update on your pregnancy, we have completed our 34th week alhamdullilaah. I got my first false contraction (Braxton-Hicks) the day before yesterday and it was horrible. I don’t want to imagine what a real labor contraction is going to be like! 10 more days and we step into the last month, inshallaah.

Nana and Nani’s Hajj

In 3 days Nana and Nani will be off to Saudi to perform Hajj, 04th November 2010. This year has been really wonderful. They are going for Hajj and inshallaah before the year ends you will be in your Nani’s arms. I can’t wait to see your glowing, happy and proud Nani next month. Yup! Just another month to go and she will be here inshallaah.

We are going to get cuddles, well, you will get most of them and I will be screamed at. Sigh! Inshallaah, you will be the love and light of her eyes. I know she is going to make a whole load of duaas for us during Hajj.

Nani is really excited about Hajj. Inshallaah, one day we will all go together as a big happy family. That would please me and of course, her too!