On Becoming a Mom

Motherhood is the best thing about being a woman. When I realized that I was pregnant for the first time, I suddenly found myself laughing and crying at the same time. I was not counting on becoming a mother so soon. I had just finished my Masters degree and I fancied myself a career woman then. Little did I know that I was about to begin a monumental chapter of my life. But first, let me take you back a few years before this life event. 

When I was about to turn twenty five years old, I was diagnosed with PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome). I will be saving the details of this horrendous diagnosis for another story. Needless to say, I was told by the doctor that I would risk not having babies if I did not marry soon. The thought of not having children of my own was indeed scary but I was not planning on starting a family yet. It did not seem so urgent at that time but it haunted me like a thief in the night when I thought of the near future. 

As the years went on, I wondered if my career was really that important to me than building my own family. I started to question myself if I was truly capable of conceiving and carrying an offspring. A year later, God answered my uncertainties with two prominent lines- a positive pregnancy result! I did not expect so quick an answer. Mind you, I was not even married yet but I have always wanted to become a mom first. I did not want my future husband to share a childless fate with me if I was not capable of reproducing. 

My pregnancy was definitely not a difficult one. I managed to work in the hospital up to the day before I gave birth. I survived long shifts and the rigorous day to day struggles of a nurse. During the first few months, I experienced nausea and vomiting so bad while on night duty that I was advised admission. I declined and opted to have an IV line to keep me hydrated while I finished my charts. During the last trimester, my belly got so big that backaches and leg cramps were my companions while I worked. Nevertheless, I had colleagues who were kind enough to help me around with some of the workload. 

And on September 11, 2017, I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl and life has not been the same since. A month before my delivery, I had a maternity shoot by a very good friend, Franz Yanez, to celebrate this wonderful milestone and here is one of my favorite shots.