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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Allah Loves the One's He Tests

Salam alaikum sisters.

Alhamdulilah this past week has been full of tests. A week ago I had started getting a sharp pain in my lower right abdomen, it for sure wasn't afterbirth pains, especially with being 2 weeks postpartum by that time. So when my husband returned home from work, we packed the children up and went to the ER. We waited 4 hours to be seen! Finally they concluded, after various test, that I had appendicitis and in a few hours I would be operated on. Before operation they gave me an antibiotic which caused a severe allergic reaction, my mouth and tongue had begun to swell and I felt like one huge hive. Alhamdulilah, the surgery went well, and we found a friend of mine to watch the children while I was in the hospital that day. Alhamdulilah again that I had quite a bit of milk pumped and stored in the freezer as I could not breastfeed for 24 hours after the surgery due to the medications they gave me. They wanted me to stay night, but I insisted that they had to discharge me. 

Alhamdulilah, Allah has blessed me with only a few friends, but wonderful friends that are always there for me when I need them. The sister who watched the children for me insisted I come back with them the next day to her house so she could help me tend to them and so I could rest. Then for the next 3 days another sister came to help me with Ahmad. Alhamdulilah, by the 5th day I was feeling much better and much like myself. 

Now Hamoodi has caught a cold, inshallah Hamida will not catch it, she is still so young, only 3 weeks old.

Our washer machine also broke a few days after we came home with Hamida (2 1/2 weeks ago) inshallah it will finally be fixed by this Monday.

Inshallah all of you are well, I hope that one day I can be better at posting, but we are still adjusting to a new addition. With all the things that have been going on, hasn't made the adjustment any easier. Alhamdulilah for everything. :)

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Hamida's Induced Labor and Delivery Story~ 02.25.2014

Salam alaikum sisters.

I am here to share the story of Hamida's birth. Mashallah, alhamdulilah, Allah was very beneficent and merciful to me.

I was very scared to be induced. I have always been very natural minded but my OBGYN felt it was for the best since it seemed Hamida was not thriving in the womb. 

February 25th, 2014 our induction was scheduled. It was so strange to wake up, walk into the hospital and not be in labor. We were told to be there at 6am, so we had dropped Ahmad off at a friends house around 5am.

We arrived at the hospital a little early, around 5:30am. We were checked in and walked up to the Labor and Delivery ward. The nurses got me settled, put my IV in, and we signed all the consent forms. At 6am the nurses shifts changed and my actual nurse who would be attending to me that day came in. Alhamdulilah, Allah is all knowing and provided me with a nurse who was so lovely and amazing. She is very natural minded herself and loved the birth plan I had written up. She even said she would remind my OBGYN to give me a chance to have Hamida naturally before any pitocin would be given.

Alhamdulilah, once again, Allah provided and instead of my OBGYN inducing me (breaking my water) the midwife who works with my OB came to induce me. I have a close relationship with the midwife and was so happy she was able to do it instead. They figured since I was being induced my labor wouldn't go as quickly as it had with Ahmad (my labor with him, from start to finish, was 2 hours and 15 minutes).

So at 8:20am the midwife broke my water, and said I was already dilated to 3cm and she said was able to stretch me to 4cm. She said she would pop back in around 12 to check how I was doing and if nothing had progressed they would give me pitocin.

After 15 minutes of my water breaking the contractions came. They became more and more intense and were becoming more focused in my back. I did not have back labor with Ahmad, and I will admit, the contractions with this birth were more painful then they were with Ahmad.

My husband hadn't eaten breakfast yet so I told him to go ahead and eat something down in the cafeteria, and while he was headed that way to tell the nurse I would like for her to come to the room. The nurse came and I asked if I could take a warm shower since the contractions were getting more intense. She said she wanted to take my vitals real quick and I could shower. My contractions were now 2 minutes apart. I asked her to check how far dilated I was before preparing my shower. She checked and I was 8cm!

She said, "You can not shower, we may not be able to get you back out of it!"

She called the midwife to come (who had already drove back to the clinic).

Before I knew it, there where nurses in the room. My nurse was amazing and would alleviate the back labor by pressing on my hips with every contraction. She checked me again and I was 9cms. I then wanted to start pushing. Because of the back labor, the only position comfortable for me was on my knees, and alhamdulilah, my nurse said I could position myself in any way I wanted.

I pushed for about 5 minutes (with no coaching, but letting my body do what it wanted, again, my nurse was amazing and respected all my wishes in my birth plan) and little Hamida was born at 10:12am. Only 1 hour 52 minutes of labor, delivered by my amazing nurse. Directly after Hamida was born she was passed through my legs and went straight to my chest. We were able to delay clamping the cord until the midwife came to deliver the placenta. We were able to do skin to skin for a whole hour after birth, getting a great latch only 30 minutes after!

After an hour of skin to skin the nurses weighed Hamida, she was 6lbs 1oz and 19 inches long.

Hamida at 2 days old.

Despite having to be induced, alhamdulilah, I am so happy and satisfied with my labor and delivery. 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

38 Week Pregnancy Update~ Baby #2

Salam alaikum sisters!

Alhamdulilah, I went to my OBGYN today. Did I ever mention my OB also has a midwife who works with them? So I was able to see her today, I love her dearly, I really relate to her more than the nurses who work with my OB. She checked me for dilation and alhamdulilah, I am measuring at 2cms! She knows how much I want to go into labor naturally before my scheduled induction. So she advised me to try primrose oil and start drinking red raspberry tea. Which I have started now, inshallah, we will see where it gets me. 

After going to the OB, we picked up the primrose oil and raspberry leaf tea, then we took a long walk in the park. It was very nice to take a walk with my husband and son. Normally my husband is working and on his day off we are so busy with appointments, so I decided to be bad today and skipped my ultrasound and NST. I just really wanted some time with the family, imagine, this is myhusbands last day off that we will be only a family of 3! If I do not have Hamida before next Tuesday, I will then be induced! Subhanallah!

Now concerning rather or not we are ready for little Hamida? Alhamdulilah, we have everything ready and prepared. If she comes tonight or if she comes in a week we will be ready for her. We ordered some cloth diapers and they came in a few days ago, I got them all washed up and snapped to newborn size. I finished sewing a few things that were not necessities, but more of conveniences. I sewed up a maxi skirt, which I am wearing in my maternity picture, a little house robe, nursing pads, and a nursing cover. I have cleaned the house topped to bottom, literally. I even moved furniture around to clean under them and in hopes it would onset labor, sadly it didn't. I even scrubbed- with a scrub brush- the hard floors in hopes that it too would onset labor, but it seems Hamida is very content where she is. 

Friday, February 14, 2014

Pregnancy Update~ 37 1/2 Weeks

Alhamdulilah! The progesterone shots have done their job and kept little Hamida inside until full term, and of course I am sure all the dua's you ladies made for me helped too. Jazakalkhair. 

As you all know, or perhaps I didn't write about it on here? I have been seeing specialists besides my regular OBGYN. At my 36 week check up, they found Hamida has not been growing the way she should. Initially, she was staying in the 30th percentile, and this is absolutely fine. For some reason though, she has dropped BELOW the 10th percentile. I am now having to go into the clinic to have NST's and ultrasounds two times a week. 

Due to Hamida being so small and not being able to properly thrive in the womb, my OBGYN wants to induce me on the 25th of February if I have not gone into labor by then. So now it is just the waiting game. 

It is so hard to imagine I will for sure have my little Hamida in my arms by the 25th!

Make dua for me that the induction goes smoothly and quickly. My biggest fear is ending up with a c-section which I want to avoid at all costs!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Finished Projects

Salam alaikum!

I have finished quite a few projects so I thought I would post pictures of them to share with you all! I really enjoyed working on these, and as much as I love having my little boy Ahmad, girls are so fun to prepare for! Alhamdulilah, Allah is blessing me with the best of both!

So I will start off with my most favourite project. It has been 5 years since I sewed up a quilt, and yes, there are mistakes in this one I made for Hamida. Mostly in the binding as I wasn't about to go tacking it down by hand! A mother of a toddler has no time for that. No, no, no. 

Basically what I did, I pieced together the center block, called the "exploding pineapple", appliqued it on a square piece of fabric, and covered the applique seams with lace.

I then went about crocheting a back part. I really wanted this quilt to be unique and different, so I combined lots of colors and patterns hoping it would turn out, and alhamdulilah, I *think* I pulled it off. LOL Did I manage it?

Considering how quickly babies grow, I honestly didn't want to invest a ton of time sewing particular fancy dresses. So I stuck with a really easy, throw it together, pattern. The peasant dress pattern. 

This maroony/burgandy dress with black and white sleeves were all re-purposed from old clothes of mine. :) The maroon part is this really slinky slippery jersey material that I felt would be so cool during the summer, so I didn't put elastic in the sleeves, just for the purpose of keeping it breathable for our hot Florida summer days. I think this dress will last for quite a while as it can be easily used as a shirt once Hamida is older.

Last but not least, here is a little vest I knitted. I didn't make it long sleeved as it doesn't get too cold here in Florida, so if it happens to get a little chilly in Hamida's first months of life, I will just put a long sleeved shirt underneath. 

So these are the projects I have finished, and in all honesty I can't say I have anymore sewing that needs to be done. Well, I take that back, I do have a few burps clothes which need to be serged and such but nothing too exciting. 

Inshallah all of you are well!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

The Baby Shower

Two of my friends decided to surprise me with a baby shower. I never had one with Ahmad since my husband and I were both new to Florida and we really didn't know anybody.

It was very lovely and the decorations were very cute. There were several fun and entertaining games, great company, and good food. Alhamdulilah.

Alhamdulilah, I was gifted a lot of clothes, which was something we really needed. If we would have been expecting a boy, clothes wouldn't be an issue obviously. :) One of my friends that helped throw the shower, gifted me a moby wrap! Ya Allah, I was so happy about it. I know I will be putting it to good use, inshallah. She also gave us a store bought cloth diaper, my husband is so impressed by them he said he wants me to buy only store bought clothe diapers. I am not going to argue with that, haha, it just means less sewing and another item off of my list of to-do's. 

It is really hard to imagine I will soon be 34 weeks pregnant! This pregnancy has gone by much faster then it did with Ahmad. I think it is because Ahmad keeps me so busy I don't have time to dwell on the pregnancy.

Did you find your other pregnancies to go faster then your first? 

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