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Priceless moment: when Benji was placed on my bosom within minutes after birth

Here’s my story under the cut (warning: graphic descriptions and a super long post!!!):

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Baby Benji is finally here! After about 30 hours of labor and more than an hour of pushing. It was the most physically demanding and mentally challenging job of my entire life but I am so glad it was all worth it.

Benji was born 27th November 2011 at 1059am, weighing 3.5kg and measuring 49.5cm. We are so in love with him and so grateful for this precious gift of new life.

A most unglamorous shot of me but hey that’s childbirth for you. More updates later.

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My mom’s in town and since sunnyboy’s not here yet we are getting to spend some nice, quality time together. Here is a shot of us both after church on Sunday, brunching at the Auction Rooms in North Melbourne. It’s nice having mommy around; she’s been doing so much cooking and cleaning for us voluntarily — actually, insistently. I hope to one day be as self-sacrificial as my mom was to me and my siblings, to my own children. The list of the things she’s done for us all over the last few decades is probably infinite at this point.

Thank you, mom! x

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This is how sunnyboy is sitting in my uterus right now. Head down, legs up cutting into my left ribs. That’s why I’m so sore where his legs are. He’s so cute even when he’s kicking me hard. You’re a silly boy, sunnyboy, and we love you!!!

 

So it’s been said that more women go into labor when it’s full moon and I was kinda hoping that would hold true for me. But alas, the full moon was last night and…uhm, I’m still pregnant without any new symptoms or signs that the baby is possibly coming out anytime soon.

Which is totally fine because I got to try out the best coffee in Melbourne with Bry this morning @ the Seven Seeds Cafe (and yes, it is SO good!!!!), rest up my swollen feet today at nail spa and get a nice pedicure, and clean up our apartment even more (to prep for our move to Canada in about 2 months – another story for another post).

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(Giving my swollen and disgustingly dry feet a treat.)

Oh, and my mom arrives in Melbourne in 5 days; am really looking forward to that! 🙂

Some of my friends threw me a surprise baby shower. It was such a sweet gesture and I felt completely loved and blessed with good friends. Here are some photos:

I’m also currently in the midst of creating a “Sunnyboy scrapbook” which will include photos of monumental events that took place during this pregnancy. I’m excited to share this with him when he gets older!