For as long as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to be a mom. I couldn’t wait to be pregnant, have a baby and be Mommy.
Now, I am Mommy. It never happened the way I thought it would when I was a young girl. And I certainly wouldn’t change my journey to motherhood one bit – it lead me to my Noah, after all!
Having gone through the adoption process, I’ve only ever been a visitor in maternity wards. I’ve never seen a lady in active labour, let alone been inside a delivery room before. Until yesterday, that is.
Yesterday, I had the privilege of leading a team of ladies in visiting the maternity ward at False Bay Hospital. What a meaningful time it was! We were armed with gifts for moms, babies and nurses. We visited with a new mom and her gorgeous son, only one-day old. We chatted to three labouring moms, one of whom was on the verge of giving birth at any minute. We even got to hear her baby’s heartbeat and chat to one excited dad-to-be.
The faithful nurses, moms themselves, were amazing. They work tirelessly, caring for labouring moms, and moms with their newborn babies. The nurses showed such care and compassion to to each mom in their ward, all the while with such lovely smiles on their faces. It was a delight to give each nurse a gift, honouring them for all that they do.
I left False Bay Hospital yesterday feeling such a sense of joy. I was able to wait with a nervously excited dad, just outside the delivery room, while he waited to hear his baby’s first cry. I left the hospital, having heard a newborn baby’s first cry as he was being born. It was a sound I heard for the very first time. It was incredible!
It was a joy to team up with such dedicated ladies, living in the Valley. Each lady on our team worked so hard, sourcing donations for the gift bags. Thank you to each one of you, for the part you played in making yesterday everything that it was. And thank you to each one of the sponsors, who gave so generously:
- AP Jones
- Pick n Pay Fish Hoek
- Sheila Bredankamp – Gran to our team member, Nicki Sisson
- Candice Miller
- Each team member who made their own personal donations
I can’t wait to do this again, next Mothers Day!
*Chevone Petersen was a part of our team, and wrote a beautifully personal post about her experience yesterday, on her blog, Chevs Life.