Kai’s Story

Kai’s pregnancy went by too fast.  I remember the day I found out I was pregnant – Zayn and I walked to the bus stop to meet Mohammad, and Zayn wore a shirt that proclaimed he was going to be a “Big Brother!”  Mohammad grinned from ear to ear and then our little family of 3.5 walked down to the Farmer’s Market to pick up supplies for dinner.  And then the remaining 9 months were a blur.  Well, the remaining 9 months minus a week if we are going to be exact.  I should have known Kai was in a hurry, but I still had one week to go, why not hop in the car to take Zayn on our weekly cookie-date?  Which turned out to be our last solo cookie-date before baby brother joined us.  Kai, just like his big brother, must love the smell of freshly baked goods.

At 4:45pm, on our way home from the bakery, I messaged Mohammad that he should probably consider coming home – I wasn’t feeling anything too intense, but I thought maybe it was a good idea for him to come home just in case.  He caught the next bus home, and we still wonder to this day what would have happened if he didn’t.  He ran up the steps at 5:30pm, we dropped Zayn off at a friend’s house at 5:35pm, and made it JUST in time to the hospital where baby Kai was born at 6:09pm.  Weighing 8 pounds, 7 ounces, measuring 21 inches, and with the longest legs and fingers we ever did see.  Kai’s birth was like a scene out of a movie – Mohammad zig-zagging through traffic while I screamed through each contraction, the frantic valet man rushing to get a wheelchair, the receptionist at the hospital’s front desk yelling to hold the elevator for the pregnant lady (who was begging for an epidural) coming through.  Needless to say there was no time for an epidural, and the doctor didn’t even make it.  I remember looking into the nurse’s eyes telling her there was no way I could do this, and she said hang in 5 more minutes.  I looked back with tears in my eyes and said “You’re lying.”  But, she was right.  It was fast, and perfect, and I’m really glad that I got to experience a natural birth.

And as much as I want to give Kai his own birth story, I think it can only be given justice by mentioning Zayn’s.  As Mohammad and I sat with our new baby in our arms we couldn’t help but comment how surreal it felt.  How normal it felt.  How “boring” it was.  We were just like everyone else – wheeled to recovery room 4522 as patients, with a barcode number, set to go home in 48 hours with no extra baggage or doctor’s appointments.  No one extra came to our room to congratulate us, to check our baby’s breathing, to make sure we were ok.  And although boring, you can’t imagine how nice that feeling was.  To know that everything went smoothly, to know that our baby was healthy. I don’t think I could have ever truly appreciated the feeling of a “typical” birth without knowing what it was like on the other side.  And since we’ve had both, we can tell you that they were both equally as special, equally as important, and made us both equally as happy.  We are so grateful that we have two beautiful, healthy boys to love and raise.  We know we’re lucky.

Really lucky.

13 Responses to “Kai’s Story”

  1. Grammy Says:

    Wonderful birth story, I am still having fun telling it Love our boys

  2. hamid Says:

    yes u both are lucky and we are lucky too to have u all 4 :)

  3. Lani Says:

    So beautiful.

  4. Joy Says:

    Congratulations Azimi family! Kai is beautiful and we can’t wait to meet him. I LOVE the family picture with Zayn watching Kai while cuddling you…precious!

  5. Ann Randall Says:

    This is beautiful! Thank you for sharing…. I love this story & your writing, which is amazing! You should be an author!
    We are excited to meet your new addition & to see Zayn! We are so happy for you! Xoxo Ann & Jim

  6. Garrett and Amy Says:

    Congratulations! You have a beautiful family. We look forward to meeting Kai soon!

  7. Evonne Says:

    …. and I can’t believe your Mom wasn’t even exaggerating about the timing of events that day ;-)
    So happy for all of you. I loved the part of your blog where you mentioned how this birth was so “boring”. For a moment I forgot about your “special” first birth.

    Motherhood looks so great on you Anna!!

  8. Evonne Says:

    And PS, you’re making me want to get back to writing my blog!! ;-)

  9. rachel Says:

    i love the hospital bed-family picture. those are my favorite.
    and way to go super mama for a natural birth.
    now you can do anything.

  10. Leia Desnoyer Says:

    Such a wonderful story and Kai is gorgeous. Congratulations! I love your family!

  11. Gabe Says:

    Anna!!! Congratulations! I didn’t even know you were pregnant, let alone, had the baby. I’m so proud of you Anna. What a beautiful family!

    Love you guys :-)


  12. Xindy Holliday Says:

    Oh Anna, thank you for sharing Kai’s birth story. It made me tear up, pearl’s birth story is quite similar to kai’s and it couldn’t agree with you more when you described how lucky you are to experience both a not so typical birth and a natural and “boring” typical birth. Your boys are so lucky too, to have you as their mama.

    Sending you all lots of love. I look forward to seeing more posts and pics of Zayn and Kai.

    Love, Xindy, Royal and Pearl

  13. Katherine Byrnes Says:

    I’m in tears. You write beautifully and I love watching your family’s story unfold. Xoxo

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