Giving Birth To My Son, Dimitri-Maxime

It’s been two and a half months since Dimitri-Maxime was born, and I still try to find the words to express the love and happiness we are experiencing. I could never imagine the plethora of feelings that come with the birth of your baby, not even when I was pregnant.

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Dimitri-Maxime was born on Friday, February 23rd at 13:25, weighing 3,800 kg and measuring 54 cm long. It was Thursday evening when we arrived at the hospital with Anestis. I was going to be induced to labor since I didn’t have any serious contractions yet, so we knew that would be a long night. I tried to get some sleep during the day but it was completely impossible, knowing that the next day I would be holding my baby, and not knowing what to expect from labor and all. I was already 41 weeks pregnant.

When we arrived at the hospital, I panicked. Everyone from the staff that I had met during my prenatal visits was not working that night, and I suddenly felt completely lost and insecure. However, my panic disappeared as soon as my doctor arrived a few minutes after us. He really calmed me down by explaining again the procedure and telling me he would be next to me from the beginning until the end.

As soon as I was induced, I relaxed with some classical music and my favorite candle, trying to imagine how it would be, to finally hold my little angel. I was excited. But labor turned to be long and difficult. Anestis was next to me, holding my hand the whole time. I don’t even know what I would’ve done without him. I have never been so scared in my entire life. Labor is a dynamic situation where anything can happen, so when things go rough, your mind can play some scary scenarios. Thankfully, none of them came true. A bit more than twelve hours, a lot of Pitocin, blood, sweat and tears, my precious little boy was born.

The moment I saw Dimitri-Maxime, I forgot everything. They placed him gently on me, in order to bond ‘skin-to-skin”, and I nursed him right away. I couldn’t even believe he was mine, and sometimes I still can’t to be honest. I still stare at him with awe, like I did these very first moments of his life. The first thing that I told him was “thank you”, and then how much I love him. I remember these first moments like a dream…

We spent the next 3 days at the hospital. No visitors, just the three of us. We had decided on rooming-in very early (both for the baby and Anestis haha), in order to bond as a family and learn in action as much as possible from the midwives. It’s much different to read books about breastfeeding and taking care of a newborn from doing these things in action. But with their precious help, I felt more than ready when we went back home.

Seventy-four days later, the magic still goes on. Right when we thought we couldn’t be happier, our son came to prove us that we actually can. He brought so much love into our lives, that sometimes I think I will wake up from just another dream. Every day we love him even more, if that’s even possible. I think the word “love” is just so small. Dimitri-Maxime is a part of me, and I am a part of him. I feel that the day he was born, life as I knew it ended. The “old me” died and a “new me” was born. I am a mother now, and I am so happy about it.

PS: I would like to thank Dr. George Michos & Dr. Isaac Tosounidis for being part of the happiest day of our lives, as well as the midwives for their precious help. Also, I would like to thank all of you for your amazing support during all these months. Your thoughtful messages and encouraging words have really helped me through my pregnancy. I feel so grateful and blessed that you are with me on this journey, and I can’t wait to share with you my experience and most beautiful moments of motherhood. Thank you.

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  1. 07/05/2018 / 11:23

    Congratulations again Stella! I can’t wait to meet the mini you.
    Your words truly touched me. I could feel all the love through your words. Dimitri-Maxime is the most fortunate little boy to have you for his mommy.
    xx Veronika

    • Stella Asteria
      07/05/2018 / 11:52

      Thank you so much Veronika for your sweet words, you are so sweet! I can’t wait for you to meet him either, hope to see you in Paris in July! Kisses xoxo

  2. Jo
    07/05/2018 / 12:52

    Beautiful, miraculous , gorgeous. They are my thoughts. And having monochrome photos are soo cool.
    It seems we were both out of it for
    12 hours. It is a new beginnings for
    all off us along the happy road of Life. Further to no more complications, I hope to leave hospital tomorrow.
    Lots of love, Jojo xoxo

    • Stella Asteria
      07/05/2018 / 13:14

      My dearest Jojo… I am still trying to finish the email I began writing to you yesterday! I am so happy that everything went well! Please let me know more when you are ready! Wishing you the fastest recovery and sending much love your way! xoxo

  3. Susanne - Bag at you
    07/05/2018 / 13:00

    OMG, I’m crying right now. What a wonderful story, so much Love as a young family!! I’m sorry to read that it was difficult for you, but so happy to see that it was all worth it!! Big Xx and wish you all the Love happiness Health and luck! Susanne –

    • Stella Asteria
      07/05/2018 / 13:13

      It was definitely worth it! 🙂 I wish you all the best for your pregnancy and the arrival of your little boy Susanne! I am so happy and excited for you! xoxo

  4. Anestis iliadis
    07/05/2018 / 13:23

    Completely Totally Proud of You! Love you both so much ❤️

    • Stella Asteria
      07/05/2018 / 16:44

      Love you so much! <3

  5. 07/05/2018 / 18:43

    This brought tears to my eyes! So beautiful! Congratulations on your baby boy!

    • Stella Asteria
      07/05/2018 / 18:54

      Thank you so much Tomma! xoxo

    • Stella Asteria
      08/05/2018 / 10:31

      Thanks so much Tania! xoxo

  6. 07/05/2018 / 22:20

    Congratulations Stella ! Evidently this little one has been keeping you busy. A big hug!

    • Stella Asteria
      08/05/2018 / 10:31

      True, I can’t take my hands off of him! 🙂 Thank you Lorena!

  7. 08/05/2018 / 12:36

    What a beautiful miracle💖
    May your new bundle of joy bring happiness in your life and take pride in loving and raising your little baby Angel. I know you will be the best mom you can possibly be.

    With love,
    Sara Bazzouni

    • Stella Asteria
      08/05/2018 / 21:10

      Thank you so much Sara. Your words melt my heart! Sending love your way! <3

  8. 10/05/2018 / 19:40

    Dear Stella, today I finally took my time to visit your blog and was exciting to read especially this article about the birth of your son. You make me remember about the situation 24 years ago as my own son was born… it was completely another situation but the same feeling of happiness. It’s more as one year ago as I have to interrupted my second pregnancy and I was able to “survive” because of my dear boyfriend and my passion for my blog. You were one of the first inspirring bloggers I met in e-world and till now I met any other (better) one, who makes such a good job as you. I’m sure that you are/will be the best mother for your son, cause I know you give always the best of you for everything/everyone you love. Sweet regards, Martina

    • Stella Asteria
      10/05/2018 / 19:52

      Thank you so much for your sweet words Martina, I am so happy to read your thoughtful message and honoured by your appreciation. You are the sweetest! xoxo

  9. 15/05/2018 / 04:14

    This is such a beautiful story dear. Thank you so much for sharing, and congratulations to the both of you. He’s sooo perfect!

    Jessica |

    • Stella Asteria
      15/05/2018 / 12:19

      Thank you so much Jessica! xoxo

  10. 15/05/2018 / 06:35

    Congrats again to you both! As I read your birth story, I could feel the overwhelming love you and Anestis have for your son. He’s so precious and beautiful. And it’s so wonderful and amazing that the hospital gives you the time to bond as a strong family unit. Thank you for sharing with us.

    xo, Jackie

    • Stella Asteria
      15/05/2018 / 12:20

      Thank you so much Jackie! xoxo

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