Never thought in a million years I would love someone the way it began April 18, 2020.
Let’s tell a story.
It all started April 17th 2020, I was 39 weeks, 5 days pregnant. I had my last appointment with the doctor at 10am. Somehow I thought it was only going to be a check-up, but it ended up at the hospital ready to deliver my baby. Now lets go back to the appointment … As the doctor was checking my cervix he said I was already dilated and it was time to head to the hospital. I honestly didn’t think that day was going to be “the day” so I wasn’t even prepared for anything, but my husband was. He told me lets bring everything, diaper bag, car seat, and my luggage just in case it would be time.
We went in the hospital around 11:30 am, my husband had to wait downstairs for the OK for him to come up with me. While he waited they did some tests on me and yes indeed it was time to deliver the baby any time soon. As he came up they changed me into a bigger room and did the covid test on me … I think for me that was one of the most nervous parts about everything. I just wanted to be safe and healthy with my baby and husband throughout this journey. As I waited for the results my husband was already upstairs supporting me all the way. Test came out negative and a huge relief came my way … now it was time for the hard part.
As hours went by now I knew what contractions started to feel like and started to get worse 5 hours later. I was feeling all contractions without medications because I told myself I would only get the epidural when I would be half way dilated or if I could truly not handle the pain anymore. I kept doing exercises, the ball, moving sides, etc.. before I knew it was already 11pm. How did time go by that fast? I was so tired already when suddenly I felt wet all over. I immediately called the nurse and yes indeed my water had broken, but it was a good sign because it accelerated my dilating process. By 2 am I couldn’t handle the contractions anymore and the nurse told me it was time to decide either I wanted the epidural or not. My immediate answer was YES! I always said I was going to get it if pain was harder than I could handle and honestly it was. I was 6cm dilated when I got it and let me tell you from there on everything went smoother than I thought.
I slept for about 3 hours and still no pain … I thought to myself how much longer will I wait for it to be time to push? Then by 7 am the midwife came in ( loveeeed her by the way, my husband and her were my heroes that day) she checked my cervix and she said IT’S TIME. I was so happy and excited I couldn’t wait to start pushing and see this little bundle of joy. Honestly the hardest part for me out of all of this was the pushing part because it was harder than I thought … I don’t know if the epidural started fading away but I literally felt everything, my legs, contractions, and everything else. I started giving up at a certain point when the midwife told me you are a minute away of pushing your baby out, give me all you got. As I gave my last push, I felt everything, so intense, indescribable, but it was the best feeling in the world.
Once I had baby Ahmed in my arms the world stopped. I didn’t hear or see anyone else but this little baby looking at me and holding my hands. I just heard the midwife telling me in echo you have a minor tear not even first degree but we will have to sew and I remember telling her do whatever you have to do, nothing else mattered but my son in my arms at this point. A minute after I looked over at my husband and saw him crying ( minor cry ) but I had never seen him that emotional in my life, I held him close and kissed him thanking him for his support and for holding my hand throughout this process. He kept looking at us as if it was a dream, like he couldn’t believe it was real, but it was, it was a dream come to life and we were happier than ever.
I really want to thank all the nurses who where there throughout this process. They all deserve a gold medal for their patience, support, and positivity … I honestly couldn’t of done it without them either, you guys are amazing!
For now we are home, staying safe and learning each and everyday something new. I am a first time mom so as most of you know I’m like Rachel from Friends on the episode where she calls Dr. Wiener every 5 seconds… I just want to learn everything, What is this? Why does he cry? Literally everything! My mom was here for the first 2 weeks helping me out and she was a great support. She prepared me for the essentials and taught me things I really needed to learn. Now I’m here coping by myself with the help of my husband, learning day by day and loving each moment of it. I can’t say this enough, I don’t think I’ve ever loved this way before, different kind of love, unconditional, and truly will give it my best to be the best mommy out there for him.
We chose the name Ahmed Karim Eldahmy … He was born 8 pounds 1 oz & 20 inches long. We are living a dream right now with him, best day of my life, which I will never forget.