Published on July 4th, 2012 | by Charu Suri33
The Greatest Gift: Introducing Erika Amala Minucci
The wonderful wait is now over…I am now officially a mom!
Erika Amala Minucci was born on Saturday, June 30th, at 3:13 am (I thought she was born on 3:55 am but I stand corrected. Perhaps the fog of the labor process made time fly by). When I arrived at the hospital on Friday evening at 6:00pm (for those of you who have the great fortune to deliver in New Jersey, don’t even blink at selecting Holy Name Hospital when it comes to your baby…they are THE BEST), I was prepared to be induced because I was well on my way to my due date with not one single contraction in sight. But my labor proceeded so rapidly that I was surprised that I delivered the same evening.
Let’s put it this way—I had heard so many stories of long labor sessions, but thankfully, my true “labor” was really short—just 15 minutes. But I’m not going to lie…there was so much prep work before all this amazing stuff happened. And in case you’re wondering, the Epidural ROCKS. Don’t even think about not getting it.
I was definitely on a “high” that entire evening because having your first kid is very much like watching a detective novel unfold before your eyes. You know the ending but have little clue how you’re going to get there. The nurses at the hospital put me so much at ease, and showered me with love and care and I truly felt very blessed…even though the first few hours were definitely painful.
And then, before you could say “Congratulations,” my daughter was born.
It was definitely one of those moments you had read about in books, and heard from friends a million times, but it’s really true and cliched and so wonderful when it happens to you. It is the most wonderful thing in the world to hold that precious miracle in your hands for the first time, and to see your entire, crazily patched world of yours have some true, deeper meaning. Most of all, it’s a crazy feeling to realize that YOU HELPED CREATE this amazing human being.
The endless delicious pieces that make up this head spinning moment, cries of a newborn, a very proud daddy, and of course and ecstatic and drugged up mommy all make for some great screenplays, but this one was so real because I was living and breathing every minute.
Enjoy the first professional pictures of Erika Amala Minucci.
Her skin is like the finest silk….
Believe it or not, Erika allows mommy and daddy to really sleep a lot through the night. We have been getting some remarkable shut eye!
O, what an angel you are!
Here’s looking at you, kid!
A proud family moment!
This is my all time favorite picture of hubby with Erika…
All the photographs were taken by BELLA BABY PHOTOGRAPHY, whom I strongly recommend for anyone who wants to capture those precious memories with their newborns and children in general. They come to your hospital room, set everything up, and really make you feel completely calm throughout the entire process, and even sing to the baby if he or she is crying!