Getting ready for the big day
5:35AM – I woke up and it took me a while to wake Nada up for our big day. We have to be at the hospital sometime around 6:30-7:00AM. I made sure all bags are packed with no missing items, got dressed all excited and waited for a long – long – time for Nada to get ready. Apart from the fact she was obviously scared to give birth and wanted me to reschedule, she took her sweet time in the shower, and had the time to do a facial mask. And of course topped it with taking her time in getting ready. It was obvious how nervous she was which is completely understandable. I mean in a couple of hours we will be meeting Ryan!
7:23AM – We just moved on our way to the hospital, super late, the doctor was not happy about it and the hospital is atleast 1 hour drive away from the insane traffic ahead! So I was driving like a nuthead, responsibly!
8:48AM – We arrive to the hospital. It was Nada, Mom, My aunt and myself. Late, but we eventually did safe and sound!
Admission and getting comfortable
9:05AM – Nada is finally admitted. They put her in the delivery room and after some monitoring, they gave her a pill to encourage induced labor.
9:30AM – So I went up to check on her suite and God it was sweet! The maternity floor is wonderful in Trad Hospital and everyone had a constant warm smile on, which is comforting.
10:55AM – I went down to the delivery room again to check up on her. The doctor has just arrived to also check up on her and the baby. He clearly said this might take a little while, more like 3-4 hours until the uterus is dilated and ready for delivery.
11:28AM – I went back up to the suite, took off my shoes and thought I’ll take a nap since I haven’t slept properly and this way I’ll pass time by until delivery. In all cases Nada told me she will call me if there was any update or urgency.
2:40PM – I wake up to a call from Nada. I pickup the phone and she says: “Nader! Come now! They’re taking me to surgery, birth won’t be natural it’ll be c-section!“. It took me seconds to put on my shoes and run down the stairs to be next to her because this was completely unexpected. The baby was suffocating and the umbilical cord was choking him so they had to take immediate action.
3:00PM – Nurses gave me scrubs and gloves and they were prepping me mentally for what I am about to witness. I played it cool but from the inside I was very, very close to literally shitting my pants
3:26PM – We were in the surgery room. They put on a chair next to Nada’s face so I can be close and comfort her. I held her hand and was mortified! She had this look on her face – scared yet reassured. And all my mouth could speak is: “Baby it’s all gonna be okay!“. And then the procedure started!
3:30PM – I start shooting a video of the entire thing, and I finally see my Ryan out of her! I can’t begin to describe the feeling I felt when I saw him and heard his voice for the first time. It’s like everything we went through is totally worth it. My life is worth living. I was overwhelmed with emotions. And that moment he cried I look at Nada, and I see her with a big smile on her face and tears in her eyes as if she feels the exact same feeling I have! That was a moment I will never forget for the rest of my life!
3:35PM – During the entire pregnancy, we would sing to Ryan and talk to him. Sidenote: His favorite song was Hero by Enrique Iglesias. I believe this explains the magical moment caught on video that we witnessed. While they cleaned him and prepped him for maternity, he was crying like it’s the end of the world! I was so happy and upset and felt like punching all nurses and doctors in the face just because I felt he’s in pain. I know he wasn’t but it was just an impulse that I felt for a moment. Then while working on getting Nada back together, they put him next to her… She called him and talked to him… And he was quiet! He heard her voice and he was instantly silent. The flood of emotions I felt at this moment was something beyond any emotions I have ever felt in my life. It was breathtaking in every meaning!
I am grateful that Ryan was born in good health and Nada came out perfectly fine from surgery. All I can think about now is… The fatherhood journey has just begun!