Friday, 4 July 2014


22nd June, 2014 - the day my life changed forever - I became a Mammy.

Three weeks early, nobody was expecting a surprise arrival. Being my first baby, everybody warned I would go at least 1 - 2 weeks over; even the doctor. 
This little guy had other plans.

At 21.45 on June 21st, my waters broke and I went into hospital. Despite one nurses initial request for me to go home, I was admit to the ante-natal ward where I waited from 23.30 - 05.45 to be told I was finally in active labor (1cm). NO ONE in all my ante natal classes told me there was so much pain before labor even begins!! I mean seriously!!!
Hours into the battle, I was asked if I wanted pain relief to which I shouted YES! The nurse came back with 2 Panadol. Really? We thought maybe they were for Alan's headache.

At 06.20 I was finally brought to the labor ward, in massive pain, thinking I still had hours to go but ecstatic I could finally get the Epidural. Once again, this little guy wasn't hanging around. I was already at about 9cm! I don't think I wanted anything more at that point than to get that needle into my back as soon as possible! For someone who is terrified of injections or a bit of blood, I would have happily allowed them inject Epidural into my eye balls if required.

At 07.18, we welcomed our 5lbs, 8ounce tiny baby Noah into this world. It was a beautiful Sunday morning with the sun shining in through the windows. What a nice time to come into this life. Without doubt, the most amazing moment of my life. The smell of a new born baby is something I will never forget. He smelled so so sweet, I can't compare it to anything or describe it more than that - just so sweet. {I hope it's not a direct result of the amount of sweets I ate throughout the pregnancy?} The feel of him on my chest, the little noises he made, and that smell are things I will never forget.

Just moments of life...

Meeting his Auntie for the first time. Love at first sight

Getting ready to go home!

With Papi!

After 3 days in hospital, so happy to be home...

Excited to be 5 days old!

Thank you to my Dutch family for my first book! I was doing some good reading! 

I am so grateful to all of my family and friends, near and far (and very far) for their unbelievable generosity with gifts and cards flying through the international mail services.
Mostly, I feel incredibly lucky to have such an amazing family so close to me and who can watch Noah growing up to be the amazing boy I know he will.

Visits with Auntie Dearbh
I definitely have a whole new appreciation for all the mommies out there. Being at home with a new born is definitely a full full full time job. Everyone always makes it look so easy. I find it hard to get time to go to the bathroom, let alone take a shower or eat when I am home alone. Only positive of that is, I should lose my extra pregnancy pounds pretty rapidly!

Celebrating ONE WEEK last Sunday!

I can't believe it's almost time to celebrate two weeks.

What an amazing time.

Thank you Auntie Dearbhla for my little outfit and Eva for my amazing blanket! 

To all the mommies out there - All tips and advice welcome!!!

Have a great weekend! 


  1. I am looking at this pictures over and over again!!
    I always enjoy your posts but this one is my favourite so far. Noah is such a beautiful baby and I love to see how proud his parents are!!
    I wish I could be closer to stop by and help you taking care of yoy boy. However, we can always take advantage of our time difference and maybe we can chat or talk while he is awake on a long night. No experiences as a mom but for being an aunt and a older sister, I know you will be able to do more than you imagine for your baby.
    You are such a great person and such a woneful woman, you will be an awesome mother. No doubt!!!
    Noah, get ready to receive love from all arround the world!! You will have the chance tu visit so many places.
    LOVEEEEE YOUUU FRIEND!! I am so proud of you and your NEW family!! I hope to meet you all in the near future.
    By the way, nice apartment!



    1. Beluchis! Thank you so much for your lovely words and for completely being a part of this whole thing. I really do feel like I've shared it with you even though you are far away. I love you so much and I know Noah will as well. Thank you for everything.

  2. Congrate habibti I love this baby and can not wait to see him god protect this little family...and please kiss him for me . .

    1. Thank you so much!! :) But who is this? You didn't write your name here and it does not show up automatically!

  3. Congratulations mama! Many prayers and blessings on your new family =)

  4. Congratulations! What a wonderful time, having a new baby. We had our first 15 months ago and I'm still marveling at the duty the pleasure, and the awe of it all! :)

    By the way, my biggest piece of 'advice' is to let it all go and know that you're always doing your best - yes, even when you're so exhausted, you can't think, you haven't eaten, and you smell terribly! :mama hugs:

    Swinging over from Mama Moments Mondays!

    1. Thank you for your advice! I appreciate it!! :) It is a wonderful time! I am VERY much looking forward to a time he will sleep more than 2 hours in a row!! :)