After spending 3 days in the hospital, my husband and his parents brought Iqzaf and me home. While on maternity leave, I will live at my in-laws’ house outside of the village.
Having a child is a wonderful thing. I am really enjoying the day-to-day aspects of being a wife and a mother. Iqzaf is growing and is never sick. Perhaps this is one of the benefits of breast milk – it provides so many antibodies that babies need. I’m holding true to my promise to exclusively breastfeed Iqzaf for the first 6 months.
Two weeks after his birth, I found red spots on Iqzaf’s right cheek near his ear. They looked like little strawberries. They gradually started to get bigger. Iqzaf wasn’t fussy and didn’t have a fever. Still, I was worried and took him to see the pediatrician. The doctor told me that Iqzaf had developed a case of Hemanagioma, a benign vascular tumor that usually appears during the first few weeks of life. I consulted three other doctors who all said the same thing. One doctor told me that if two of the spots got bigger, then they should be operated on.
I returned to the first pediatrician. That doctor told me not to worry because Iqzaf’s hemangioma would disappear on its own. I also did my own research online. Some information I uncovered suggested that Iqzaf’s “strawberry hemangioma” generally resolves itself after a few years (typically by the age of 10). Unlike cancerous tumors, hemangioma is not a malignant disease. However, what causes the formation of hemangiomas is still unknown. Knowing more about the condition and these consultations with the doctor put me more at ease.
I will have 3 months of maternity leave. Perhaps I would have returned home to the village sooner had my birth been standard, but the Caesarean section did not allow for that. I hope I will recover quickly and that Iqzaf will stay healthy, so I can return to my work as midwife as soon as possible.