We were recently featured in a three-part series of Preggie Diaries in the Mamas and Papas magazine. The three-part series covered each of the three trimesters of our pregnancy and perfectly surmised our journey.
Here is what we had to say (I have edited the piece so that it is written by me and no longer in the third person)…
Zieyaad and I will hopefully share our 4th wedding anniversary with the birth of our first child. We have created an email account for our first unborn child, where we send our baby emails on a daily basis that talk about anything and everything. Our plan is to continue to email our child about everyday events, attaching pictures and video clips, from the day we first found out we were pregnant, until the day we believe that she is of an age where she will appreciate how we saw and experienced her life. This is an extract of our first email to our first unborn child:
“On the evening of 1 April 2014, Mom and Dad passed a pharmacy in Rondebosch Main Road. Mom told Dad that evening that we should buy a pregnancy test because Mom was late with her period. Mom was convinced that something was happening as she was never late. Dad, on the other hand, did not take Mom seriously because earlier in the year, January 2014, we had a false alarm. Mom told Dad the same thing while we were traveling in Europe. But it turned out that Mom had just calculated her days wrong – silly Mom!
After some debate, we went into the pharmacy to purchase a pregnancy test. There were a variety of different types and brands to choose from. There was an electric one, which was capable of calculating how far along you are in the pregnancy and digitally states ‘pregnant’ or ‘not pregnant’. Or alternatively, there was a simple test which would show in lines whether or not you were pregnant. Because Dad didn’t believe Mom, Dad opted for the simpler option – silly Dad!
When we got home, Mom went to take the test and Dad went to his favourite place – the couch in front of the TV. Mom went to the bathroom and was out in two ticks, wide-eyed and screaming for Dad. Mom showed Dad the simple pregnancy test and wanted Dad to confirm that it was positive. Dad told Mom that you do not get false positives and we both burst into tears. Dad then got into the car and rushed back to the same pharmacy to purchase the digital test, which showed Mom was in fact over 3 weeks pregnant. From that moment, we were both so thankful to the Almighty for granting us the opportunity to become parents and were instantly excited.
Our first appointment with the gynecologist was 10:30am yesterday, May 9th. Dad was very nervous the night before and could not sleep, but Mom was very excited. At our appointment the doctor enquired about Mom’s medical history and then performed our first foetal scan. On the monitor we saw and heard your little heart beat so fast! We burst into tears because we were so happy! The doctor also confirmed that your expected date of arrival would be December 5th 2014 – the date of Mom and Dad’s wedding anniversary. Hearing this news was so special, and Dad took a video and some photos to remember it.
As we drove back home after the doctor had confirmed that you were really our first baby, the first song we heard playing on the radio was one written by Coldplay called ‘Magic’. Mom and Dad both cried, because this truly was a magical moment for us. At that moment we decided that we would dedicate this song to you. Know that your were loved long before we even met you and that we will always love you.”
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