So here I am, 3 weeks (almost 4 weeks) postpartum. It has been a real roller coaster of a ride welcoming our new adventure. We’ve had sleepless nights because of gas, cramps and breast milk that is not filling enough for our little superstar. But we look back and can safely say, from here it doesn’t look that bad.
Even though the past 3 weeks were intense, the workaholic in me can’t seem to slow down. I barely have any time available with baby demanding so much attention, but yet I have this insane urge to be working. I currently work for my company from home in my general manager capacity (let’s face it, perfectionist and control freak that I am, I couldn’t let go of my work for even a week!). I squeeze in time here and there but heavily rely on the time hubby is home to take care of baby. There are just so many things that I still need to take care of in the company I work for, I cannot afford to drop the ball.
If I am not busy with my general manager duties, I’m thinking up and working on entrepreneurial ideas. I work on marketing and business plans, I knit and crochet, I work on photos in photoshop and lightroom, to name but a few things.
You see, my mind goes crazy when I am not busy with anything. I need to constantly feed it otherwise I feel like I am just wasting my time on earth. Strange but true. Which also makes me wonder how some people can be at home and do nothing. That is one art I am yet to learn.
Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE spending time with my little one and hubby, but I also need to be me, the person my husband fell in love with and the person my little one has learnt to love since he was growing inside me. So yes, I am a workaholic, perfectionist and control freak and I thrive on deadlines and projects.
So far I have a lot on my plate but always looking for more. So if you have anything that will tickle my work fancy, let me know! I’m always looking for new things to get my mind working on. ☺
I have been contemplating whether I wanted to share our birth story on a global scale such as our blog since before our baby was born and in the end decided that such a joyous occasion in our life is worth so much more than a mention. So here goes.
On Friday, 05 May 2017, I was at home and decided not to do anything. I cancelled all my plans and was just laying from one side of the bed to the next watching movies and series. I was on maternity leave afterall. I called hubby and told him that the house will be dirty and there won’t be any food for dinner when he comes home because I am taking a break. Just as the sweetheart I know him to be, he was perfectly fine with it because he has been wanting me to slow down for a while now. However, my ocd had me up and I at least cleaned the kitchen.
When hubby came home we just had a light meal and I started feeling light cramps. I just thought it’s one of those annoying discomfort pains that has been coming and going. Later that evening we were laying in bed, listening to Bob Marley (Legend) and just taking in an easy Friday evening. I was 39 weeks and 1 day at the time. Then the pain started to grow a little stronger and our little mister was still kicking like he normally does on a Friday (it’s like he always knew Friday meant weekend! 😁). After a while Marc was not happy with the look of discomfort on my face and insisted we go to the hospital. I didn’t want to go because I didn’t want to be sent home again to wait things out. I decided to stop being so stubborn and let Marc get his way. On the way I still asked Marc to stop at the garage for some gas cooldrink and snacks. If this was it, we could be in for quite a wait and I wanted to at least snack.
We arrived at the hospital at around 23:00. They offered me a wheel chair and I politely declined. I told Marc that I’m just pregnant, not disabled. When we got to the maternity ward, they did a couple of checks and called the doctor on call for the weekend, Dr Michelle Mark. After some checks they confirmed that I was having contractions and in labour. Dr asked what pain relief I wanted and I immediately told her epidural. She also offered me a mild pain reliever to get me through the night. At around 4am the contractions became more intense and I asked the nurse for my epidural. It helped me sleep till morning. At around 7am the nurses had a shift change and after 8am doctor came to check on me. I was only 4cm dialated since 4am. They broke my water and put me on some meds to get things going but our little one was having his own way. Around 10:30 I was still only 4cm dialated and the meds seemed to not be working too well with baby. Dr then recommended a c-section to be safe. I just wanted our little one to be safe, no matter what they needed to do to me.
After 11am I was rolled into theatre. I loved the atmosphere as everyone was smiling and having light chatter. I was like “Operations aren’t that scary with staff this chirpy!” Maybe I was still high on pain meds. 😅 Hubby still forgot the camera and they waited for him to get it before they got to cutting. It felt like I was in a scene from Grey’s Anatomy! I had my dr Alex and dr Arizona. 😅 Our beautiful baby boy arrived with a healthy scream at 11:40 on 06 May 2017. He was 3.58kg and 51cm in length. We experienced a sense of euphoria when we first laid eyes on him. He was and is still PERFECT! We got to hold our precious bundle of joy and tried to keep the tears at bay.
What I loved about the hospital and the staff was how friendly and caring they were. We were constantly checked on and my pain levels were closely monitored. To be honest, the pain I had was not as bad as I imagined it. We would like to thank the staff of Milnerton Mediclinic for making our birth experience as smooth and pleasant as possible.
As my due date was fast approaching, I almost forgot to do my maternity shoot. It was in the back of my mind but with all the baby stuff and still working from home I kept pushing it back. I was 38 weeks which is a bit late as I’ve read that most people do theirs around 30 weeks. Nonetheless, I finally got them done by my good friend from university days, Nicole. I was in awe at how amazing they came out! Big thank you to Nicole for these great pictures and a relaxed environment for this perfectionist. 😊
Ps. Pictures taken at Milnerton beach, Cape Town, South Africa on Freedom Day, 27 April 2017.