I’ve been a mom for exactly one week today! Wait. Let me say that again. I’m a mom… Yup, still makes me smile every time I say or think it! In some ways, it feels like hardly any time has gone by since the day our daughter was born. In other ways, it feels as though she’s always been a part of our family.
I thought about sharing her birth story, but ultimately I’ve decided against it. However, I will say that my obstetrician and his team were really amazing and kept KB and me in the loop every step of the way. The birth of our daughter and every moment leading up to it is something I’ll never forget. I know I’ve shared a lot of our journey here on my blog – perhaps that’s also why I want to keep some part of it private. Her birth was something incredibly special that KB and I shared. It was such a magical, spectacular and powerful moment. I must admit, I had no expectations regarding how the surgery would go but my cesarian section was a very positive experience overall. Though I’m not keen to share the intimate details of her birth, I can share some info about her!
- We named our daughter Kadin. It’s from Arabic origin and means champion/friend/powerful. We opted for the unisex spelling.
- Born by cesarian section
- Birth weight: 2,9kg
- Length: 48cm
- She has my blood type, but her dad’s fair skin and colouring. It looks like she may be a redhead like him with her strawberry blonde hair!
- Apgar scores: 1 minute = 9 and at 5 minutes = 10
We are incredibly grateful that she is healthy and that there were no complications. I’m on the mend and feel surprisingly good! I have no expectations regarding losing any baby weight or “getting my body back”. However, when I weighed myself this morning I was surprised to see that I weigh less than when I fell pregnant. I only picked up roughly 8kgs throughout my pregnancy, but the fact that I’ve been sick and couldn’t keep all my food down over the past few weeks is definitely a factor.
As mentioned in my previous post, I’ve had a chronic cough over the past few weeks. After consulting with my pulmonologist (lung specialist) and my obstetrician, more tests were run while I was in the hospital. I also had a chest x-ray, a sinus x-ray, and sinus and throat swabs. As it turns out, I have Whooping Cough. In this day and age, I have Whooping Cough… Can you believe it? It’s pretty serious and poses a particular threat to infants. Both K and KB are on a preventative course of antibiotics.
On the upside, today marked one week since K’s birth. She is an absolute delight and makes this motherhood stint seem less daunting. She sleeps well, eats well and is pretty easy in my opinion. Don’t get me wrong. I’m tired, I’m surviving on an hour or 2 of sleep where and when I can. I haven’t eaten my supper warm in a week and have reheated countless cups of coffee. But I’m happy. Oh, my soul, I’m ridiculously happy and wouldn’t change a thing!
I am eternally grateful to Dr Thabo Matsaseng and his team at Tygerberg Fertility Clinic. Without him and his team I wouldn’t be sitting here typing this post with my beautiful girl sleeping soundly beside me. (Read more about our fertility journey here.)