Thursday, January 03, 2008

My new year's surprise!

Well, I was planning on posting my latest article in the Guardian Unlimited-reflections about Gaza in 2007. Instead, I got my own little new year's surprise-we welcomed (drum roll please....) little Noor into the world at 1:36pm January 1 ! 13 hours too late for a tax deduction, as Yassine will note :) This girl sets her own rules form the get go.

I would like to post in length about the experience, but I am sure you will forgive me if I seek a little rest :) In brief, let's just call it an unplanned natural delivery! I ignored my own body's signals that I was in labor (not to mention my husband's!) and convinced myself it was nothing, until I was quite in its advanced stages.

We rushed to the hospital, and by the time we got there, little Noor was about ready to pop out of the oven. It took only about an hour for her to show up. Of course I was confronted with the grim news from my doctor and nurse as I screamed my way into the delivery room (epidural please! now!!!) that there was simply no time for pain medication at that point. Talk about nature taking its own course!! All they could manage to give me was a small dose of morphine, which only made me dizzy and gave me delirious recollections of the doctor having a conversation about sushi and pregnancy with Yassine as I pushing ("just think" he said, attempting to comfort me, "you can have sushi again!").

Anyway, I will save you all the painful details, just suffice to say it was certainly all worth it when I saw her precious little face. And Yousuf, of course, is already assuming the role of older brother like a pro-including schooling her in the ways of spiderman (he attempted to pose like Spiderman in all his pictures with her :)).

And for those of you wondering, yes, we took the laptop with us to the hospital :)


Anonymous Thanos said...

Welcome to Noor!
May she grow up in a free and peaceful Palestine!

8:09 PM  
Anonymous bfp said...

ooooh!!! congratulations!!! What a beautiful way to start out the new year!!!!

8:31 PM  
Anonymous emsl said...

As you know from my prior posts, I profoundly disagree with your worldview. Nonetheless, every child is a miracle and I wish her and you all the best.

8:41 PM  
Anonymous Aaminah said...

Asalaamu alaikum.

Mubarak! I am glad to hear you are all well.

9:26 PM  
Blogger John & Anthea Mullis said...


Congratulations to you all. Well done team El-Haddad!

What's all this about epidural Laila? I've had 5 children and it didn't hurt one bit!


9:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a grand way to start 2008, Laila! Congratulations to the four of you. All of you look positively wonderful, but you even more so considering you just gave birth. Welcome little Noor!

KarenM in NC

9:44 PM  
Blogger Miss Froy said...

I've been a regular reader of your blog for a couple of years now..I've never commented before but as this post brought a tear to my eye, i thought I'd say mabrouk to you and your family! She's beautiful, you must be very proud!

10:10 PM  
Anonymous Tony Sayegh said...

Best wishes to you and to Noor, from a former Ghazzawi.

10:13 PM  
Blogger Drop from the Ocean said...

wow ! you have wonderful little pink living thing now :), she's pretty her name ...7amdellah 3la el-salama my dear :) ..

Nice Blog

11:51 PM  
Blogger Farooq said...

Masha Allah, very sweet child. May Allah grant her the best of this world and the Hereafter.

12:42 AM  
Blogger annie said...

She is so beautiful- and what a perfect name!


3:47 AM  
Blogger The Wife said...

How wonderful! She's beautiful!!

4:05 AM  
Blogger landismom said...

So beautiful! And how happy you all look.


4:23 AM  
Blogger umkahlil said...

Mabrook, Laila, to you and your family! Every best wish for the New Year. She is adorable.

6:18 AM  
Blogger JohnB said...

Congratulations to you all, and what a cool name!
Many blessings to you, and may Noor grow up to be a joy to you all!


1:08 PM  
Blogger that chick said...

congratulations!!! may she one day life in saftey and health in her homeland.

4:57 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

She is absolutely stunning. Congrats to all!!

Julie, Halifax, NS

7:10 PM  
Blogger gayda said...

congratulations to you and your family Leyla.. We say in Turkish; Allah analı babalı büyütsün ve inşallah hayırlı bir evlat olsun.


7:26 PM  
Blogger Frances Goodman فرانسيس said...

Masha Allah!

9:21 PM  
Blogger Living Away said...

what a beautiful baby!
congratulations dear noor!

i hope babe noor grows up seeing palestine as a free country!

may allah bless your family!


10:09 PM  
Blogger jarvenpa said...

She is beautiful. I especially love the photo with her big brother at the bottom of the series of photos.
May she grow up in a lovely and peaceful world, and be a blessing to all who know her.

6:51 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Welcome Noor! Congratulations to Laila, Yousuf, and family. She's beautiful. Mazel Tov!

9:06 AM  
Blogger Joe said...

As we say in the UK...

awww what a little pudding.


12:02 PM  
Anonymous rattttu said...

Mabruk um noor
I hope the four of you will be able to go back to Gaza soon

6:59 PM  
Blogger Jundi said...

7amdila 3al salameh :)

7:30 PM  
Anonymous Baraka said...



10:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

alf mabruk leila. hope one day all of you can go back to gaza and live peacfuly.

3:07 AM  
Blogger Mona Um Ibrahim said...

Assalamu Alaikum. Alf Mabrouk and ALhamdulillah on you and the baby's health.

6:10 AM  
OpenID bigdnoe92 said...


I have never written to you before, though I have wanted to many times. You have been in my prayers for years. Your little Noor is stunning, as is Yousuf. And I wish you the best in your jobs as mom, journalist and advocate. Stay strong.


7:46 AM  
Blogger Sandra said...

She's gorgeous. Congratulations and best wishes.

9:45 AM  
Blogger super.devoika said...

Mobarak... May she be the 'Noor" of both you and your husband's eyes... tirba fi 3izkum...

10:11 AM  
Blogger ياسمين حميد said...

Alf Mabrook!
Welcome Noor to this world. May it be a better place for you.
Isn't this a time to rename the Blog? ;-p

7:19 PM  
Blogger Halla said...

Mabrouk! Noor is a beautiful name, she will always be your light! At least it was a quick delivery.......

8:25 PM  
Blogger South African Scenic Beauty said...

Congrats.. you and your family certainly look happy all the best!

1:59 PM  
Blogger Helena said...

Laila, al-hamdu lillah ala salamtik, habibti!

Allah yukhallilik yaha, al basbousa Sitt Nur! Hiya tunawwir al-dunya kulaha!

Salamat min lubnan!

2:21 PM  
Blogger Manila Ryce said...

Congratulations. Yousuf now has a little sister to look after. Maybe he can have a blog in the future called Raising Noor.

10:48 PM  
Blogger Cakes said...

oh Laila!
She is absolutely perfect. *swoon*
as is your beautiful family. Congratulations! Have a lovely babymoon!

8:14 AM  
Anonymous sarit said...

She's beautiful! Mazel tov!

1:32 PM  
Blogger heba said...

Alf mabrook honey ..she is sooo beautiful so happy for you ..and Yousef will have a nice time with a sibling .Heba

1:46 PM  
Blogger Montessori Mama said...

What a beautiful baby and a special way to bring in the new year!
I am new to your blog and am enjoying it very much. Visit me at mine when time allows you. Congratulations

8:38 PM  
Blogger Angela said...

Congratulations on you new bundle of joy and best wishes. I just started reading your blogs and I have received such an education on the issues facing Palestine. Keep the good work.

9:52 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

Alf Mabrook!

She is a beautiful addition to your lovely family.

10:21 PM  
Blogger thecutter said...

beautiful! You all look wonderful and I am so thrilled for you and wish you all happiness and love.

3:15 PM  
Blogger bb_aisha said...

mabrook! she's so beautiful, mashallah. i echo thanos- 'may she and yusuf grow up in a free & peaceful palestine'

5:15 PM  
Anonymous CleverGirl said...

Alif Mabrook.

She's adorable.

5:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

...7amdellah 3la el-salama
Mabarouk and take care of your self and your babay

9:09 AM  
Blogger Um Zakarya said...

Alf Mabruk!

Masha Allah, what a beautiful baby.

Let's hope she will blog about a peaceful and united Palestine!

Mabruk to all the family.

2:49 PM  
Anonymous Hil said...

Oh Laila she's gorgeous. Congratulations. Mabruk. Masha Allah. Can't wait to actually meet her - we can all share sushi!

10:15 PM  
Blogger WBS said...

Congratulations! You have such a beautiful family. Good health & Good times to you all.

5:11 AM  
Anonymous Haitham Sabbah said...

Alf Mabrook :)

2:23 PM  
Blogger الفلسطينية said...

sooo cute mashallah! alf mabrook! can't wait to see more adorable pics of her and yousuf ;)

11:49 PM  
Blogger Kelly Kilmer said...

Congratulations on the latest blessing to your family!!! What a wonderful way to bring in the New Year.


6:14 AM  
Blogger Tim said...

Congrats! She is beautiful =)

9:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations and blessings!

5:41 AM  
Blogger Jill said...

Assalamu Alakum,
Mashallah, Your family is beautiful. Welcome Little Noor! May you all live in peace and happiness. I have been following your blog for some time now and am so impressed with how intelligent, insightful and witty you are. You certainly have opened many eyes with your insightful and educational Blogs. You have given invaluable insight to the life in Gaza. Inshallah, I hope to go back one day to visit my husband's family and my childrens many, many cousins. I look forward to your blog. Inshallah, you will still have time to keep blogging with all your motherly duties.

3:28 AM  
Blogger homeinkabul said...

shukur! Congratulations!

5:05 AM  
Blogger Miriam said...


8:33 PM  
Blogger SoulSearch said...

Alf Mabrook, oo 7amdillah 3la salemtik. May Noor walk by Al-Quds Al-Sharif with you in a free indepnedent Palestine.

9:26 AM  
Blogger SoulSearch said...

Alf Mabrook, and 7amdillah 3la saleimtik...tetraba fee 3ezkoum inshallah. May Noor walk by Al-Aqsa Al-Sharif with her family by her side in a free and independent Palestine.

9:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

noor is such a beautiful name -- congrats!

11:48 PM  
Blogger Aida said...

Your blog looks very interseting! Cant wait till I have some free time to really go through your posts insha Allah! The fact that you're a Palestinian blogger really caught my eyes. I'm new to blogging, so its nice that I have afellow Palestinian on here. :)

Alf Mabrooch on your new babygirl! Masha Allah what a pure and innocent litte babuskha! ^.^ take care! =)


4:39 AM  
Anonymous Fida said...

i know its too late to say Congratulations , but Congratulations for the nice this Gift , Noor , that is the name which i love so much , which light .
ربنا يباركلك فيها ويحميها الكم جميعا وانشالله تكون نور وهنا عليكم جميا .

شوفي الوصله واحكيلي رأيك انا حاولت اعمل شي اقدر عليه .
اختك في الله , فدا

Fida Qishta

3:40 PM  
Anonymous Rime said...

Alf mabrouk, tetrabba bi 3ezkom inshallah. And congratulations to our handsome little Yousuf on his beautiful little sister.

2:18 AM  
Blogger Jocelyn said...

What a beautiful girl. Congratulations! I hope you and your family are doing well.

I am in NC-in Wilmington and just want to say I thoroughly enjoy your blog. You are an amazing woman and an inspiration to me. As an American who grew up overseas, in some 3rd world countries. I have seen some horrors but nothing like you describe in Gaza. I now find myself trying to be patient with Americans who complain about little things.

I wish all the peace and happiness that life can bring to you, your family and country.

6:34 PM  
Blogger moomin13 said...

alf mabrouk !

2:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations! She's beautiful.
Just a note that maybe it's just here in California, but i've heard you can claim a child deduction from pregnancy. I was pregnant with my son Omar (half Palestinian, half Ohioan born in California)last year and was told after i filed my taxes that i could have claimed him for 2006.
However, since it's FEDERAL taxes, it should be nationwide! :)

7:53 PM  
Blogger Fatima said...

oh, alf alf mabrouk ya laila! she's so beautiful mashaAllah, may Allah make her and yusuf a blessing for you.

1:12 AM  
Blogger Islamic ChoCoHoLic said...

alf mabrook layla!! its been ages ! HOW HAVE U BEEN?! how is your family!
Its dina from uae! MASHALA U have a baby girl now too!! SHE is adorable! in the midst of all the balawee goin on in gaza inshala God wil yifijha 3aliekum soon and she will be the beginning of happy events :)

SHE IS ADORABLE!! you must chagne ur blog title to Raising yousef and noor! :)

hamdila 3al salameh wa 2albna ma3akm

1:36 PM  

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