I have been deeply contemplating whether I will vote in this year’s election. And it is not because I am undecided about the candidates I’m voting for. No. Actually, this time more than ever I am passionate about the leaders I want to vote for. I honestly really want to vote. There is only one problem – I have an infant. Now before you start shouting about how that is not a hindrance let me explain. Before I got a baby whenever I wanted to leave the house I showered, dressed and simply stepped out. My son has come into my world and literally turned it upside down. While babies are adorable and bundles of joy (most times), mothers will agree with me that leaving the house with them can be quite a hassle. I have left the house thrice so far since my baby was born and these three times I came back to the house as quickly as I could. Because they were all hospital visits my husband came with me which made the travel much easier. When I think of leaving the house in this cold weather with a young baby to go to a crowded polling station to vote to be honest it just makes me want to stay home. And I am not alone. Many women are facing this and many more challenges when it comes to elections and voting. Let’s look at some challenges faced by women voters in Kenya. [Read more…]
Last night Keith (now 7 weeks) decided sleep is for the weak. So at 1:50 am he woke up and fed but decided we should just sit staring at each other. And because he’s the boss we looked at each other – him with wide curious eyes and me with half open sleepy eyes. Then he slept an hour later and I was excited – as excited as a tired sleep deprived mother can be. My heart was celebrating but my body was limp with exhaustion. Now, he usually sleeps for 3-4 hours at night so I knew we would be up again at around 6am. But so we can see how long mum can go without sleep he decided to wake up at 4:15am. Yap. He slept for 1 hour. one hour! I almost cried. And what’s worse, he didn’t really want to feed he just wanted us to hang out and stare at each other’s eyes with love. Anyway he finally slept at 5am – but not without drama. The moment I put him in his crib he opened his eyes and I had to duck to the floor like a ninja. Honestly babies are lucky they’re cute because the things they put you through! I remember immediately I got into bed at that time thinking, “what if there were two of them?” I quickly refused to think about that because that’s how people lose sleep. And I was already too sleep to afford losing sleep, right? [Read more…]
Keith turned one month last week.
I have typed that opening line 6 times and I still don’t believe it. I have a baby in arms – not right now of course 🙂 I’m writing this as he sleeps. But seriously, I have a baby!! Most times I don’t believe he’s mine. I constantly stare at him as he sleeps; out of awe at how amazing God has been to me. And to make sure he is breathing. The latter is a major struggle for mums who’ve lost a baby – But I will write about that another day. Today though I’m remembering how this adorable little man came to this world and I am so very grateful for the miracle of childbirth.
Keith was born at 37 weeks and boy did he make a dramatic entrance… [Read more…]