Omar is a fella I’ve known for years – we used to work together and via the medium of Facebook, despite both going in other directions, we’ve managed to stay in touch! When I was asking for your Birth Story on the Mum’s Days Facebook page, Omar piped up saying, is he allowed to send his story of becoming a father? But of course!

He has in fact become a father 3 times and it is really interesting to hear the Dad’s perspective on child birth…

Becoming a Father – Omar’s Birth Story

Well we have three, Adam, Aisha and Yousef…

Adam was a breach baby that the doctors and midwives tried to turn and couldn’t. As a result Louise battled, and I mean battled, for 22 hours before they conceded and said let’s go caesarean. They gave her an epidural, which caused them to puncture her spine and cause spinal fluid leak resulting in the most excruciating headache imaginable for three days before they sorted it out with a spinal tap… not to be confused with the band, but in fact another needle in the spine with fluid, etc. I was 22 and Louise 23… I had just graduated without a job and Louise had started her first Job…between us we had £11k per year…we made do with what we had.

Aisha (the moosh) came in the middle of the night. I couldn’t leave Adam as he was asleep and needed to be at school the next day. So I sent Louise to hospital, with my mum in law, fully expecting her to still be in labour by the time I showed up. Imagine my surprise when I turned up and saw a platinum blond, pink eyed girl… I have people with albinism in my family and knew straight away that this bundle of joy is going to take some extra looking after… she is registered blind and is partially sighted though she copes well. She also has to be creamed up against UV light which she has no protection from. Oh and she was born with only gas and air!

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The Mooch with Yoyo

Yousef was a different matter all together…timed perfectly… into hospital at 11:30am and came into the world by 14.30pm. Another touch and go birth as the umbilical cord was wrapped around his head when he came out and, making light of the situation, I said if he drops at least he’ll spring back like a yoyo…hence he is nicknamed yoyo!

Becoming a father

Yoyo

The three of them are the elements that keep me alive!

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Looking tired but proud of becoming a father for the third time with baby Yoyo

Thank you so much for your stories on becoming a father, Omar!

I like that – to the point, it is fact based but still really touching! I really must get Mike to write his thoughts on Reuben’s birth…see how it differs from my soliloquy!

If you’re a dad, or you think your partner would be willing to write one, please do send in your “Becoming a Father” stories to mumsdays@gmail.com.