By Eddie Ndichu

It has been over 14 months but I remember the day vividly. I was escorted to the doctors changing rooms to wear pair of scrubs. I was shaking with nerves. I couldn’t feel my entire body as I changed. The thoughts going through my head were that this is really happening and that my wife is on a table all by herself. I should rush. Is there something I could have done to prepare for this moment?

I make it into the theatre and find her small body lay on the table all covered in surgical cloth. She smiles and I see she is awake and nervous. She says, “I can’t feel anything”. So I hold her hand and kiss her forehead gently. I said to her, “This is really happening”. Our charming Doctor narrates, “Not far to go… any minute now”, as his team operates on my wife. By this time I am sweating. All I could hope is that he is going to be in one piece. Two eyes, two ears, ten fingers and toes. Is he going to be of sound mind? Have all his body parts developed completely? Will he breathe, will he cry? Then in a matter of seconds the doctor literally flings him in the air and says ‘Here he is’! This tiny little body hanging in the air covered in mucus. I barely got a glimpse of his face before they sent him have his cord cut. I see tears on my wife’s face as she lays helplessly. I could see how badly she wanted to hold him. I clench her hand even tighter and console her.

He was whisked away for normal checks and a wipe down. The doctor allows me to go around and watch the nurse and him. In my excitement I go around the from where my dear wife is cut open…. That’s for another blog!!!

I get there and now fully see his features. His little limbs, toes fingers ears and eyes, all there! His hair, oh my so much hair, thats definitely not from me! He is so pale and light and can’t quite make out who he looks like. Then a sound comes out. I am excited. I am now a father, I could even explain the feeling. It was an overwhelming sense of responsibility mixed with a strong sense of accomplishment and joy. The nurse quickly wraps him and hands him over to me to take to my wife. I couldn’t help feel like I was going to drop him. I finally make it to her. She could barely hold him so I move him close to her face. She touches him and rubs him on her face. Her eyes filled with tears.



The doctor asks me to now reel him out of the theatre with the nurse to the nursery as he finishes up with my wife. The nurse proceeds to give me directions and says she is right behind me. I can’t believe it. She is just going to leave me with newborn Baby Ethan Huru Ndichu! What do I do with him? I gather courage and roll out. Gently. Scared. I can’t take my eyes off him.

The following months to this day have never been the same. The sense of fatherhood really hit home the day we left the hospital. No nurses, no doctors, just him, my wife and I. I brought the car around to take them home. We got to the hospital only two of us and now we go back with an extra human being. We got home and the nerves kicked in. Do we feed him, wash him or breastfeed him?

The following weeks the routines checked in. The sleepless nights when my wife had to rest so I had to take over. Learning to sleep on a two hour cycle. Feeding him milk numerous times throughout the day and night. The living room couch was my spot with Ethan, so we let mum sleep.

How do I make sure I raise my son to be the best person he can be?

The journey continues…



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164 Discussion to this post

  1. Janice Kimani says:

    I am hopeful to get on the journey and guess reading your posts to see if I’m ready for a small human. It scares me sometimes but I know I really want one.

    Nice info u have hear, continue sharing for us new ones to learn.

  2. Chebet Rono says:

    I love your work based on the fact that they are reality and you directly relate to them, it’s amazing how much emotions this particular post has triggered. Thank you for continuously sharing.

  3. Wambui says:

    Inspired 🙏🏼

  4. Brian Mahehu says:

    inspired by all the posts. keep sharing, keep being a blessing!

    • Janet Mbugua says:

      Thank you so much for reading and being inspired by my posts, Brian. That means a lot to me. God bless 💙❤️🙌🏾

  5. Brian Mahehu says:

    awesome blogs. am inspired by all. Am only 23 but am confident I will succeed. keep sharing keep being a blessing!

    • Janet Mbugua says:

      Yes you will succeed! Keep the faith, surround yourself with positivity and goodness. All the best dear 🙏🏾

  6. Fedinah Feddy says:

    Janet been trying to reach you but it’s impossible don’t know why…… This is because I love all your encouragements and again have something great to do seeking guidance please

  7. Fedinah Feddy says:

    Janet great one especially on the teachability….. I love it ‘hongera’ despite that young ladies like me still need you in our lives for more motivation like seriously Janet I have been having a great idea but don’t know where to start from and who to ask for help but East or west… Turning to you having hopes you will be of great help….. Don’t turn me down please…… Thanks once again and may God bless you always together with your family!!!!! Mentor indeed I mean it!!!!!!!

  8. Sally says:

    This post got me all teary. Such a beautiful story. God bless your family always.


  9. Charlene says:

    Each post on your blog is such an inspiration to me
    This is beyond beautiful.
    God bless you Janet❤

  10. Leonard says:

    Great piece,lots of lessons.

  11. Happy Kasichana says:

    Wow what a good piece to read written by a loving dad like him.. Janet you are blessed. May God continue to bless your family and protect you from attack. Janet you inspire me a lot and now this??? Aawwww! Soo touching.

  12. Monicah says:

    This is so cool.. awesomeness! Beautiful family! Congratulations Janet and Eddie 😚

  13. maryann says:

    love this great article…you are blessed…am happy for you Janet…u will never stop being my role model.

  14. Pauline says:

    Loved this story! Baraka tele

  15. Muthoni says:

    Ooowh Lord, being long since we’ve heard such awesome stories of great dad’s out there…
    Thank you for sharing the story…
    So sweet and encouraging..
    May Ethan grow to b great lke his dad..

  16. Nelly wairimu says:

    Am in tears …that’s inspiration post very encouraging.Hongera to Ethan’s Dad..God bless you Mama

  17. Perry says:

    How i love this such words Janet you truely blessed with a great hubby… How and looking forward having such a great man, my God continue blessing this family, you inspire many you give hope to many i love this

    • Janet Mbugua says:

      Thank you dear Perry! There’s no one perfect out there, we have to learn to love ourselves and pray for the right person! Much love ❤

  18. Lydia Mutanu says:

    This one leaves tears rolling down.Its like am there already and I can see you two the confussion happiness Baby Huru.I loved the artistic way its written and the ending😙nice one

  19. Emmah says:

    So surreal. When I left hospital with my new born, I almost told them to keep me a little longer. What would be my next step? But I THANK GOD. My hubs is so supportive. Do you believe he washed her daily form day 1 to 8 months? And lots more. Thank God for the support that is Baba Huru

    • Janet Mbugua says:

      Oh wow Emmah! Do give your hubs a big hug from me and your little one a big kiss from me! Bless you and your family!

  20. James Maina says:

    I don’t know what it is but the narration by Mr. Ndichu, though short, is surreal. I can see the pride and joy of being a father in his words. All the best to your lovely family.

  21. Lilian Mungai says:

    Children are a gift ,an amazing blessing from God. May baby Huru grow in favour and wisdom.May good health be his portion. Janet you’re an amazing lady and May the Good Lord truly make His face shine upon you and your family.Husbands are supposed to be leaders in their homes.Kudos to Mr.Ndichu for been a good example of a good leader and a great Daddy. My wish for your family is Psalms 20. Showers of blessings

    • Janet Mbugua says:

      Lilian my dear, I hope all the things you’ve wished upon my family and I also bless you in turn. Thank you for your beautiful words. Much love and God bless you 🙏🏾❤

  22. Anne cheche says:

    You’re Blessed love period.

  23. Kui says:

    Looking back at your earlier posts when baby Huru was just months and Being a new mum I am more than inspired.God bless you and your family always.

  24. calita says:

    Wow wow this seemed soo real when i read it and i wish all men could emulate this…you are blessed janet you’re always my role model i love your family especially everything you did and you kept the baby away from the public till he was 1,u soo humble …bless u n ur hubs n Ethan

  25. Evelyne Muchiri says:

    Isn’t this just awesome❤One can’t help admiring you and family Janet.
    I just love your articles,,,You are an inspiration to many people.
    Continue with the good work and may God bless y’all.

  26. Mercy ceciliaz says:

    Aaw this is so breathtaking, nice and very inspiration blog from #babaHuru, May God bless you and your family abundantly
    Congratulations 👊👊

  27. Mercy says:

    Oh my Janet mbugua my mentor such an inspiration.your blog is such a gem and your social media accounts am a big fan.May God bless you and your family.you are such an inspiration .Blessings Mama Huru!

  28. Audrey says:

    Oooh this is awesome Janet all the best as you continue to raise baby Huru to be a Godfearing boy.

  29. Miss Kithinji says:

    So I read the whole article and am like.. Wow.. Wow.. After every paragraph. I can’t wait to walk this journey and hopefully have someone responsible by my side to share such nostalgic beautiful moments.
    Oh.. another thing.. It takes humility and passion for you to respond to each and everyone’s comment like you always do. I bet everyone feels appreciated including me. 😍😍. Keep doing what you do, we look up to you. We love you Janet. Gods blessings!!

    • Janet Mbugua says:

      Thanks a lot dear! I appreciate each and everyone one of you, taking the time to read and respond to my posts! It’s humbling. I pray you get the partner you hope for. 💙❤

  30. Maureen says:

    I hang on every word of this post. Very blessed to have a supportive hubs I’ve heard afew stories from ladies who had no support even after C Section. Baby Huru will grow up to be a fine gentleman

    • Janet Mbugua says:

      Thanks Maureen! True not everyone has that support but in the end God takes care of those that do everything right to look after their little ones. Thanks for your comment 😊

  31. Agnes Nzambi says:

    Awww,an excellent piece to any dad out here.Underwent a cs to deliver my twins and i thank God because he was there for me from their conception till delivery.Real men still exist.Thanks to you for this blog,i read it to gain some knowledge on taking care of my little ones as a first time mom.GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY!

    • Janet Mbugua says:

      Agnes congratulations on your twins! How is that coming along? Yes God bless those that stand by us, it helps a lot! Bless you too my dear 😘

  32. Purity says:

    I love your journey Janet .. God bless you so you can bless us some more with your articles

  33. Purity says:

    next time nikiulizwa my role model ni nani ill know whom to say.. love you and what you do Janet.. real inspiration… may God expand you biiiig!!!!

    • Janet Mbugua says:

      Asante my dear, I’m working hard to be the best version of me that I can and I’m glad some of my posts inspire someone out there to believe in life and all its possibilities! Bless you ❤❤❤

  34. Joy says:

    Tearing all through!!He sure will make a good dad!!

  35. Rachel Odhiambo says:

    I feel like any man who is about to go through this experience should just read this. Very inspiring and touching at the same time. Good job baba na mama Huru. May God bless you and give you the wisdom you require to raise Baby Huru. You are wonderful parents. Happy new year!


    • Janet Mbugua says:

      Thank you so much for those words of encouragement Rachel! I hope it inspires a new father out there somewhere. God bless you too, may He guide your journey as well 🙏🏾❤️

      • Esther Njuguna says:

        Hi Janet, Ndichu and not to forget baby Huru… You are such a lovely family. I personally admire you and love watching you on TV anytime I turn on to citizen TV. You are a great inspiration and may you continue being humble. About your hubby’s appreciation message wow!! Its just reminded me about where I was last year Oct 2016 wearing those theatre clothing. But thanks God I triumph and gave birth to a healthy baby boy. Congrats to that beautiful family

  36. Elizabeth Kasimu says:

    One word, awesome. Baba Huru has spoken on behalf of many fathers, my husband included.

    I have followed your blogs from the word go. (I have been walking a similar journey). Your blogs have been very informative and a source of encouragement. Almost a year later I still remember what you said about; signing admission papers before hand, what to pack and carry to the hospital, formula feeding, experience with nannies…. You’ve been like a big sister to me👭.

    Seeing your photos with extended family (socialising baby Huru) is always spot on. You have a support group around you which I believe is also an accountability circle👊👊

    Keep doing what you do. You may never get an award for it but you touch soo many lives. Very influential, a good role model for girls, young adults & young mothers.👏👏

    May God bless your family, your marriage and your son.

    • Janet Mbugua says:

      Elizabeth your comment has moved me deeply, thank you! I appreciate you following me from day 1. I’m sure you know it isn’t the easiest of journeys but like you said, with the right support group and frame of mind, you take those baby steps to being the best parent you can be to your little one. May God bless you and your family so very much. Thank you and I hope you’ll continue to follow my posts! Bless 🙏🏾🙏🏾❤❤

  37. Liz Midega says:

    A beautiful piece…exactly what’s going on in my home with a 6 weeks old girl. Good men still do exist
    May God bless your family

    • Janet Mbugua says:

      Oh congrats on the birth of your little angel dear! I hope you’re healing well? Yes we thank God for good support systems! Wishing you the very best in your journey. God bless 🙏🏾💙

  38. Eve says:

    When are you ever short of blessings Janet! Such himility, beauty, perfect family not to mention a supportive and handsome #thehubs. I appreciate you Janet for just being you. I hope Baby Huru grows up to acquire such positive characters, more so the ones #thehubs shows by being supportive. You are such an inspirition. I adore you Janet. Bless you!

    • Janet Mbugua says:

      Eve you’re making me smile from ear to ear! Asante dear 😘 Much love, thank you for your kind words 💞

  39. Rachel says:

    I feel like this will inspire so many young men out there who are about to go through the same experience. So touching and inspiring at the same time. Your husband has writing skills for sure. Very vivid. Good Job baba na mama Huru. Happy new year.


  40. Eunice Diru says:

    This is just too beautiful may God bless you guys as you parent baby Huru :-)

  41. Karambu Peter says:

    Wow wow aaw aaaw! thats all i can say Janet ;guys i look up to you ,

    you have no idea, i wish you many more beautiful moments, and for sure that helping hand from Mr. Ndichu got me thinking how blessed you are girl!!!

  42. Eunice Njauini says:

    Great inspiration… Be blessed Janet

  43. Grace kavindu kivinda says:

    Amazing blog…Got me to tears…God bless you Janet and Ndichu…You are an epitome of great great parents…God preserve you

    • Janet Mbugua says:

      Oh asante Grace! We’re certainly just learning the ropes! There’s no manual so we hope we’re doing the best as parents. God bless 🙌🏾

  44. Esther says:

    Well put. Infact i shed a tear #thejourneycontinues

  45. Nicole says:

    This is beautiful. May you continue to be a role model and may God continue to guide you and grow you that you may guide others towards Him. He loves you with a love that is indescribable. God bless you and your family. 😊😊

  46. Jane says:

    Wow,Janet I love you so much, you inspire me everyday

  47. beaty says:

    Wow so inspiring …blesss you all

  48. Marion mwende says:

    What a nice way to start a year by reading your beautiful blogs. You are such an amazing lady/wife /mother, above all you are super role model. Thank you for sharing wisdom and great insights with us. May God continually give you more wisdom to share with us. You are blessed , and your boy is super hunk. Cheers to the good work beautiful Janet.

  49. RACHAEL MWENDE says:

    May God bless Janet. Your life inspires me a lot darling! Am past my EDD n this has inspired me a lot. God bless the Ndichu’s

    • Janet Mbugua says:

      Oh all the best Marion! Praying you have a safe delivery and begin the amazing journey that is parenthood! Keep me posted! Thanks for reading my post and being inspired. Much love to you and your growing family ❤️❤️❤️

  50. Hilda says:

    This is so beautiful Janet. Congrats to you and Ndichu for the journey of parenthood. God Bless Your Family

  51. Valerie says:

    So inspiring..be blessed😊☺

  52. Janet Gaithuma says:

    What an amazing journey! I had my baby girl around the same time as you and I can’t believe how time flies! She’s gonna leave my laps soooooon! Oh am gonna miss cuddling her.
    Motherhood is bliss yet among the hardest jobs you’ll forever love.
    I celebrate all the supportive husbands out there. It ain’t easy but very fulfilling.
    Blessing to you Namesake, Huru and to your husband.
    Thank you for the women you bless and encourage 💞💞💞
    Lots of love Jay.

    • Janet Mbugua says:

      I know! I can’t believe how fast they grow! No wonder people keep adding babies to their families 😂We miss the attention! Bless you too dear namesake. Hugs and much love to you and your little one 😙

  53. Appofia says:

    Wao! This is great, I can’t imagine how many men will pen their experiences of fatherhood. Its a beautiful journey. I pray that God will knit your family together and impact the same to our wanting society that requires the gift of family. Baraka tele. I wish you all the best.

    • Janet Mbugua says:

      Thank you dear! men should write more…they keep so much inside but when they share, it’s powerful! Thanks for your feedback 😊

  54. Mercy says:

    Great piece Janet,so inspiring

  55. Mercy says:

    Great piece Janet

  56. Fedinah Feddy says:

    Great great blog wow I love it coz it’s encouraging young ladies like me still hoping to have a family one day…… May God bless you always and keep you going…. Thaz what I use as my slogan Janet though still a teenager as am your blogs are encouraging looking forward to more and more….. Meet soon God willing

    • Janet Mbugua says:

      Awww thank you Fedinah! Very kind of you to say, I’m hoping you’ll achieve all you set out to in your journey ahead. God bless and thank you for follwobg my posts! ❤💙💖

  57. Judith says:

    This is encouraging and honestly as a teenager it’s good for us to hear the posive side of the story sometimes.
    Just the other day my sisters were scaring the sh*t out of me narrating the ‘horror’of giving birth…and for a minute thea i wasn’t sure it’s a path il ever be ready for… But reading this, it just shows it’s worthy it. So am optimistic about the future as a mum one day.

    • Janet Mbugua says:

      😂 Judith I think your sister is jut being honest about it all. Kudos to her! Giving birth, whether naturally or via CS is certainly a process but it shouldn’t scare you! When the time comes, of that’s the journey you’re hoping for, you’ll find the courage and strength. Thanks again!

  58. Ciru. says:

    Blessings to you and yours Janet! Sending you all so much love!❤

  59. Mary says:

    This waz the best making smeone want to ask for more ..may God alwys bless your family

  60. beingrosemary says:

    this is so inspiring you are blessed Janet!
    your baby so cuuuute!

  61. Marion mwende says:

    Janet this is beautiful, thank you for enlightening us. You are such an amazing lady/ wife/ mother and above all a role model. I pray that God will continue giving you wisdom to share with us. May his Grace be sufficient always.
    This was really a nice way to start the year with such beautiful blogs. Yes am loving them all they way. Cheers to the good work janet

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  63. Diana says:

    Nice and touching ,be blessed.

  64. Lynette Muthamia says:

    This is so touching…!! God bless your family Janet.

  65. Lynette Muthamia says:

    This is so touching…!! God bless your family Janet..

  66. Diana says:

    Nice story Janet ,you are my icon.Every time I’m on instagram you’re among the people I go to just to read your post and get encouraged.You are a blessings to many.
    All the best.

  67. Naomi says:

    Waaaoohh i Love Love this Blog, What a good way to start the year…..Janet you are Blessed Woman count yourself lucky.Thanks for always being a good mentor to those of us who are still not yet in the journey of marriage. How I pray to God that when my time comes, I will have such a caring Husband.

    • Janet Mbugua says:

      What a beautiful message Naomi, thank you! Marriage is work and commitment, certainly not a bed of roses but very fulfilling. Keep praying and keep seeking guidance, but don’t feel pressure at all! Much love ❤️

  68. Shiku Johnson says:

    Waow….thats a beautiful blog from Ethan’s daddy. I thank God I was blessed with a baby boy 3 weeks ago and I assure you that there is nothing as beautiful as being a mom. Big ups to all husbands out there who go an extra mile to help their wives coz for sure we need that support. And thanks to you Janet, I have been following your blog, The Journey with Janet and I can tell you that you have taught me alot, through pregnancy n birth. Stay blessed n keep up the good work.

    • Janet Mbugua says:

      Oh congratulations my dear! Oh yeah, motherhood can be hard but it’s the most beautiful type of hard! Yes we ought to be so grateful to the husbands, mothers, friends, aunties and so many others who support us through it all! Wishing you the very best my dear and thank you for following my journey thus far and for finding it helpful! ❤🙏🏾

  69. Christine says:

    This is awesome.God bless you and your family Janet.I hope to one day have a family as good as yours…

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  71. Ree Nzamsa says:

    Barikiweni sana. Thank you for sharing.

  72. Ree Nzamsa says:

    Barikiweni sana. Thank you for sharing.

  73. carolyne says:

    The best blog of all times,just lost of words,so sweet and emotional at the same time

  74. Navo says:

    Wow nice and touching story just wanted to read and read and read hhhh.Janet your blessed and may God bless and protect the love in that family.Many look up to you and a role model many out here.Much love gal

    • Janet Mbugua says:

      Oh thank you Navo. Trust me I don’t always get it right and sometimes I don’t quite know what I’m doing but I’m just grateful that God has walked with me along this journey. Thanks a lot for your kind words 💙

  75. Immaculate Thomas says:

    You are a blessed mummy. May God guide you through this journey of parenting.

  76. juliet sungu says:

    this reminds me when I was in theatre a month ago. .despite the pain I had, I thank God for my bundle of joy jude castro. .I love your story Janet. .we need more babies from you Janet. .baby huru is just too cute

    • Janet Mbugua says:

      Congratulations on your bundle of joy my dear! Haha! Yes I hope God blesses us with more ‘babies’…maybe one more 😁 All the best in your motherhood journey and thank you for taking the time to read and comment on my post ❤❤❤

  77. Phyllis says:

    A good one from baba Ethan. U husband is such a courageous guy.n I relate him with my hubby.he was with me through out the days I spent in hospital.let’s thank God for husbands who do care.bless baba huru

    • Janet Mbugua says:

      How thankful for the men who are right there with us in theatre right? And helping us along our journey. I know we have our ups and downs with them but ultimately, that support is amazing. Thanks for sharing dear ❤

  78. Betty says:

    Aaaawww:-) this piece took me back to last year Dec 21st when I was wheeled in for CS. I can so relate to this 100%. May God bless these dads. One thing I have seen since we had our daughter is that they make so much efforts to leave a good mark in their children’s lives. God bless all caring fathers out there!

    • Janet Mbugua says:

      Oh that’s beautiful Betty! And yes we are lucky, blessed even, to walk this journey with our support systems. Bless you and your family big time! 👨‍👩‍👧😊

  79. Shelmith ng'ang'a says:

    I almost cried while reading this.
    A very beautiful blog from a dad..
    Janet you smiled while in that room.. You just a strong woman
    Bless you and your dear

  80. Mary says:

    Waoh. Such a blessed family with a loving father and husband. You truly are an example of how a family should be. I tap that anointing in Jesus name, am about to get married.

  81. Isaya L says:

    Being a parent is the best thing that can happen to anyone. A few months ago We (I and my wife) were blessed with a baby boy.. I remember the first time I saw Him I was full of joy…I literally wanted to shout out loud with Joy, while I went out to get some supplies for my wife and boy the first person I met was my mother in law…and I proudly said..I’ve seen my boyyy!!!!…unfortunately Aaron only lived for 10 days (thats for another day). I appreciate the 10 days that I was a Father and looking forward to another opportunity to become one in the future.

    • Janet Mbugua says:

      Oh Isaya, thank you for sharing your story about your little angel. My heart goes out to you and your wife. That you have found the time to comment having been through such a trying ordeal shows me you have strength beyond what you think. Thank you and may you heal. Much love to your wife ❤❤❤

  82. Ruth says:

    Wonderful indeed…

  83. Khakasa says:

    What an awesome read!!, my favourite so far.

  84. ida wambui says:

    This is such a touching post Janet. I cried. Parenthood is indeed beautiful!

  85. Joyce W says:

    A very beautiful blog from a father. Our greatest challenge as parents, will we be a reflection of our parents character which is already very good though highly influenced by traditional habits or will we be better parents to our children.

    • Janet Mbugua says:

      Well said Joyce. That’s why we have to try be the best versions of ourselves, so that our children can emulate us best as they can. Thank you so much for your feedback! Bless ☺

  86. Maureen Wanjiku says:

    This is awesome. I love it ❤❤❤

  87. Judy Muturi says:

    Was almost crying too!!!!
    So so sweet!
    God bless your family Janet.

  88. Trizah says:

    Nice one ……Fatherhood is good…i can relate his story with my husbands’.Janet you are so blessed good husbands/fathers are rare to find.

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