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My name is Andrea Abdelnour, I live in South Florida with my husband Henry and our 14 month old Mattias. I was born and raised in Venezuela. My mom is from Spain, my father is Venezuelan. I’m the oldest of 4 children. I’m currently 28 years old and I’m a psychologist. I’m christian, I love to read, outdoor activities, and I love music but my family is my biggest passion.
Henry and I met and fell in love in my home country of Venezuela 4 years ago. He came back to the States but not without making me the promise that he would come back for me.
After several months in a long distance relationship, he decided to propose to me on Christmas day 2011. After that, he filed an immigration petition to bring me home. Shortly after I was moving to the States to start our new life together. We got married a month after my arrival.
What makes our story so different from others are all the things we had to go through. We spent months away from each other but we never ever lost hope in our love.
In March 2013 my husband and I started talking about having a baby. We were both on the same page about children so we were dying to have a baby. In April 2013 I went to get a pre conception appointment and I got the not so good news that I had an ovarian condition called PCOS. Basically my ovaries weren’t working properly so trying to conceive naturally was way too hard. My OB advised me to start 6 months of birth control pills and then start with a cycle of Clomid.
I was very sad but I decided to trust my body. I told my Dr I wasn’t taking the treatment, not yet. I wanted to give my body the chance. That was on April 22, 2013! Shortly after, on May 23rd, 2013 I had a positive pregnancy test!
No matter how planned a baby can be, nothing prepares you for the emotional shock, the happiness, the anxiety you feel when you see those blue lines appearing on your pregnancy test. I was shaking and crying hysterically. We were so happy we couldn’t hide it for too long. By the next day, all our family and friends knew about our pregnancy.
It was a quiet, healthy and peaceful pregnancy. My due date was January 27, 2014.
On January 17, 2014 (it was a Friday morning) I started experiencing a lot of mild cramping and Braxton hicks contractions. It was uncomfortable but not painful. I tried to walk them off and relax. I was scheduled for an induction on Monday, January 21.
At around 1 pm my contractions started to be more consistent and painful to the point where my mom and my husband advised me to go to the hospital. At this point, I was convinced I was not in labor, so we didn’t even take my bags and stuff (we live 6 mins away from the hospital). We arrived around 2 pm and my OB was there waiting for me. To my surprise, not only was I in labor but I was also dilated to 2.5 cms.
She decided it was baby time, so she told the nurses to get me ready and get a room for me. Everything happened so fast! My mom stayed with me while my husband went home to pick up my bags and take our dog to my neighbors house while we were out.
At around 4 pm my Doctor decided to start the Pitocin (to speed things up) and give me the epidural. I wasn’t in too much pain but I thought it was a great idea to have a painless labor. I fell asleep for a couple of hours and my labor progressed relatively quick. Around 3 am I woke up and while I was checking my phone, my water broke.
I was around 7 cm and that’s when my epidural wore off. It was incredibly hard to go from having no pain at all, to feeling the worst pain ever. I started literally freaking out. My mom (who had 4 babies without any drugs) knew exactly how to make me feel better and how to handle the pain. Thank God I went from 7 to 10 in 40 mins. When the nurse told me I was ready to push I almost cried. One good thing about not having an epidural was the I was able to push right from the 1st attempt.
Mattias Alejandro Abdelnour Diaz was born on January 18, 2014 at 5:56 am. He was 8 lbs and 19 inches. Now he is 14 months old and he is a rambunctious toddler. He is our entire world.
Mattias in the fall of 2014
If you want to follow our story my instagram is @mattiasmom!