Life has completely changed for us in the last two weeks or so. We have been overwhelmed, overjoyed and deliriously happy by the arrival of a brother for Maryam- Hassan Akber Rajabali. Thank you so much for all your Facebook messages, emails and tweets.
So many of you have asked to see photos of our sweet little man. The first few weeks are always difficult and I have found it hard to find much time to do much else but look after our little man, let alone take many photos. Many sleepless nights, midnight snack cravings, constant nursing- I had forgotten how much time newborns take up.
Maryam is naturally smitten with her little brother. On her first day back at nursery, she innocently asked if she could take Hassan to school in her bag. When I said the bag was too small she brought a larger plastic bag! She is relishing the role of big sister and taking it very seriously. On the other hand, it has been hard to be able to give equal attention to her as well but I hope to find a balance.....Soon I hope.
In the mean time, we have been spending all our time and energy around Hassan- spending hours just staring at his little face, his funny newborn expressions, his smiles when he sleeps, the way he completely shuts his mouth when he is full. Such a little guy and so much personality already.
I am so grateful to have my Mom and Mother in law cooking for us in the last few weeks. Although I have felt the urge to get straight back into the kitchen (Maryam requested carrot cupcakes and noodles as soon I got home from the hospital), I have taken this time to bond with the family. I realise with how fast Maryam has grown that these times won't come back.
And so I'm loving each moment, saving each memory, making the most of each day....