Ivaan - Our second Baby, When I first saw him in hospital after birth , It was like most excellent and overwhelming feeling . There is no greater feeling on earth than that of being a father.
But to get this feeling , there is a long 9 month's journey which goes from different phases- Enjoyment, maternal photography sessions, Pregnancy yoga classes, doctor consultations, finding a hospital, cesarean vs normal delivery, listing advices from everyone, Labor pains, sometimes tiredness and many more.
And it all starts with 2 red lines, though we were expecting it so it was not a surprise for us but yes we both entered in a new exciting and challenging zone from that moment. We were experienced in this matter as we already had our first kid who was 5 year old at that time. If we see this entire journey as a movie, From here my wife was the lead character of this movie and I (and our elder son) started working as supporting role.
In these 9 months everyone talks about expecting mother and baby only. So many advices - Eat this, don’t eat that, walk like this, sit like that, do this , don’t do this .. Bla bla. From here starts a new search for doctor. Start finding best doctors in the city, calling friends for suggestions, finding rating and reviews on multiple online platforms etc. We also got one , though we changed 4 doctors in these 9 months.
Most exciting part of these 9 months journey was photography shoot. And yes we took around 10 days to find one good professional photographer. As it was our first shoot after wedding we don’t wanted to take any risk. After all we are living in world of FB, Instagram. Deys photography helped us to get best memories of this journey and then we realized that these 9 months are not only about sonographies , doctors or hospitals, we can have fun too. Thanks for the Deys photography for giving such a beautiful and amazing memories for lifetime.
Few exciting moments of this journey were shopping for to be born baby, listening his heartbeats, feeling his kicks, talking to him, seeing his face in the sonography, getting toys for him. And one plus point for me was that I could eat "Golgappe - Pani Patashe" on regular basis on account of my wife.
One funny thing happened was group Yoga classes where I had to help my wife Swati in Yoga. I mean I never did Yoga on myself and then suddenly I was given responsibility to handle her during Yoga that too in front of other expecting mothers.
But yes few scary days were also part of this journey (At least for me). I mean every moment you have a fear of happening something wrong, mostly while walking, in kitchen etc. But that’s fine.
One difficult moment for us was when doctor mentioned that there might be some complexities in normal delivery and we should go for cesarean. For us it was fine but yes somewhere in our life we had heard that normal is preferred one over cesarean and these days doctors asks for the cesarean just for sake of money. I must say that this is just a myth. Doctors know better than us , let them do their work. They are there for us and they will take care of it. This should not be our business.
Anyways , We opted for cesarean and funny part was that doctor asked to select a date for pregnancy and when I told this to my parents they consulted with a PANDIT and got an auspicious time for the delivery.
So day arrived when delivery was planned. I was bit nervous though my sister and my father's sister was there with me for the help thankfully. Birth went fine and I was informed about it after 1.5 hours but those 1.5 hours were like a day for me. And then this wait was over and baby was with us. Touching baby skin was like most amazing touch, those soft tiny hands holds your fingers makes you feel like on top of the world. Selfie with new born, announcing it to relatives and then on social media , explaining the process of changing nappy by nurse, being tensed when baby cries were few exciting and amazing moments of my life which are unforgettable.
I must say that newborn brings peace and love to the home, When a newborn arrives, everyone starts smiling and there is a peaceful co-existence in the house.