motherhood, parenting

On doubling joy, dividing sleep, and multiplying joy tenfold

Have you ever had something you really wanted to talk about but kept putting it off because you were waiting for the right moment, or time, or phrase? And then before you know it, strangers stop to smile side-ways at you and the bag boy insists he carry your groceries to the car and you realize that as much as you might think things are going at snail’s pace, reality is in fact hurtling along faster than you really really realize?

It’s the reality that we need to start shopping for the toddler bed sooner rather than later. That I need to sift through brown boxes gathering dust in the basement. That my toes are soon to be hypothetical digits I believe in purely because I had once upon a time in fact laid eyes on them. It’s the reality that soon I will be doubling my joy, dividing my sleep, and multiplying my joy tenfold.Β 

It’s also the reality that nothing is certain until it is. I don’t know if I’m the only one who along with the excitement, and anticipation, also feels a slight undercurrent of fear. Because blessings like this are not a given. They are not a right. And they are never certain until they are. While this time around, the journey has been smoother, it’s not something I take for granted. This must be why, despite dreams of little girls, and different cravings, and an early ultrasound [that led to us naming our little ‘girl’] when the doctor announced boy I felt a moment of surprise and then, a heaping outpouring of joy and gratitude. I’m gobsmacked to be here. Soon my son is going to be a big brother. I’m more thankful and hopeful than words can properly allow.

Please keep us in your prayers. Nothing in life is ever guaranteed, but here’s hoping for a healthy happy little guy come January. Ameen.

30 thoughts on “On doubling joy, dividing sleep, and multiplying joy tenfold”

  1. Have I mentioned recently how very happy I am for you? πŸ™‚ Seriously, it makes me smile every time I imagine how you must be looking/feeling/being right about now. Oh how I wish that we lived closer. So many congratulations. Here's to a few more months of smooth sailing and then a multiplying of your joy–what a perfect title, what a wonderful way to put it.


  2. Mabruk! This is wonderful news. May you have smooth pregnancy and a healthy baby Insh'Allah. I very much understand the slight undercurrent of fear – I felt the same both times.

    Take good care of yourself,


  3. Alhumdullilah! Congratulations!

    On a side note, I thought about you when I went to ATL last week. The city is sprawled. I understand why you chose to get out of the suburbs!


  4. Marie, thanks for delurking and leaving such a kind message, I really appreciate it! πŸ™‚

    Thanks Sunny, joining the mom to boys club πŸ™‚

    Natalie, thank you so much for your well wishes and for relating to the apprehension!

    Anon, thanks πŸ™‚ And yes, ATL is the very definition of urban sprawl. Very disheartening. Hope you had a good time here anyways!


  5. I've been reading your blog since you had waleed and have loved the writing ever since :). I have since had my own little one and wish you and your family all the very best with your new arrival. May Allah swt bless you with ease and happiness πŸ™‚


  6. Awww how did I miss this announcement? Mashallah you deserve every happiness in the world. Here's hoping and praying that everything goes smoothly and you soon have another healthy baby boy to hold and love πŸ™‚


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