My sons first glimpse of the world we know

As promised, above are his recent photos. It was a lovely experience to become a mother for the second time around, trust me. Allow me to share mine with you.

The day before my sons delivery, I was feeling very anxious about not feeling any labor pain, I am seven days past due my EDD and was warned that if I don't go into labor soon, I have to go for induced labor. I was not scared but I am dead worried.

After seeing the doctor that morning, I decided to pass by the office which is just a 10 minutes walk from the health center. I needed to send few emails and I want to ask the driver to drop me home to spare myself from an expensive taxi fare from Shiekh Zayed to Al Ghusais.

With the doctors advice still in my head, instead of going home, I requested the driver to drop me to Dubai Mall. I also informed my husband that I will be in Dubai Mall and that I wanted to do some window shopping, plus the fact that Dubai Mall is a huge mall where I have the chance to walk a lot. I stayed, walked, rested, window shopped from half past nine in the morning until six in the evening. Me and my husband was making a joke out of it that it would be a failure if I will not go into labor after all the walking I did that day.

He was right, at half past twelve midnight, I felt a cutting pain down there and I said to myself that this is it. I knew that it was labor pain and so I started checking the time, I still tried to get a good night sleep but there was pain every forty five minutes and then thirty, down to 20 and so on. At six in the morning of April 6, I wake up Ferald and told him that I am in advance labor already and that we must prepare to go to the hospital. I took a shower, put out the baby bag that was ready for almost two weeks already, check if we have all the things we need and off we go.

At the hospital, the doctors and the nurses allowed my husband to stay beside me, to comfort me, to help me with labor. I was very happy and grateful that he is there. I can still remember the time when I was giving birth to our daughter, he wasn't there, not that it's his intention but the doctors and nurses in Sharjah doesn't allow male companions in the labor and delivery room. Thanks God, I am giving birth in Dubai, Sharjah rules are far more strict than Dubai. Ferald helped me a lot, the nurses rely on him on giving me the sedating medicine so I will not feel too much pain. And PLUS, really a big plus that my husband is there and took part of my pain and experienced such a wonderful moment in our life.

At 4:44 pm Prince Lance Gabriel Dela Cruz Roque was born.
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The Little Prince

Hi folks, salam, hello there everyone, I miss you guys! I am back!

Do you know the book The Little Prince?

I remember reading this book when I was in high school and I've been meaning to read it again however that is not the topic of today's post. I know everyone is waiting for 'the announcement.'

Baby naming is such a challenging job for parents. Since I and my husband got married, we've been dreaming of naming our baby as Lance, we think that it is a very nice name and it is inspired by our first baby-our Mitsubishi lancer-our very first car.

The photos are taken way back in 2003, I was pregnant with our first baby who happens to be a girl and since Lance is meant for a boy, we named her Lanna Micaela, Lanna is Superman's leading lady in SmalleVille who was played by Christine Kruk. Micaela is my husbands favorite baby name for a girl.

After Six Years...

A new inspiration is here and he needs a name. We decided that we will call him Lance Jerard, then we changed our mind and we said we will name him Lance Ferald and again we could not make up our mind and finally we said we will call him Lance Gabriel. Alright, so we are settled with Lance Gabriel.

At the delivery suite #4 at Al Wasl Hospital, my husband just happened to think of another name that he wants to add to the baby's name, he wanted to add Prince. I am already in pain every two minutes and I could not clearly think but the sound of Prince pleases me so I agreed with him. The baby's name became Prince Lance Gabriel. It's a pretty name though some family members and friends says it is too long and joke to us that he will be late for his exams by just writing his name on the paper. We are the parents and I certainly believed that the little prince will be thankful enough for his beautiful name.

Now its time to meet the Prince.....

The above photo was taken seconds after Prince was born. He was kept in my chest skin contact for warmth and bonding of the baby and mother. It was a wonderful feeling to hold him for the very first time. All the labor pain is gone now and only the pain from the wound is there. The warmth of my body calms Prince and he stops crying now reaching for some milk. :)

I promise more photos on upcoming posts. Ciao for now! mommy needs to feed the baby!
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