As Xoli pulled Maya out of me, her umbilical cord still attached, she paced her on my chest. Hein was spouting tears, taking photos and kissing me and I was shaking with emotion. This long pink baby had been living inside of me? How? Yes she looked like Benjamin Button but I loved her the moment I laid eyes on her.
The entire labour had been seven hours long. And Maya was born just before 7 in the morning. After a visit from uncle Howard and auntie Zan, the three of us checked out of the hospital four hours later. The wonder of normal delivery! Still, next time, I'm seriously considering caesarean birth. What an excruciatingly painful miracle!