And so, at 6.15pm yesterday, there was a huge crack of thunder, a massive downpour of rain, the power went out and Alphaseynou (Alfie) Harry Fenton was born. He was big (4kg), hence everyone telling us there were two – they did the same with Gulliver.
It had been hot and sticky all day with blue skies. Khady started contracting in the morning, carried on with breakfast and calmly told me we needed to go to hospital. She was in pain all afternoon and my job was to fan her as her Aunts brought food, water and fussed around – typically in African hospitals, it is the families responsibility to organise food, bedding and so on.
The nurses were competent, although not exactly blessed with a bedside manner and it was typical that we lost electricity (hence lights lights – it had gotten very dark) but there was a back up battery. No big deal, this is Africa.
Alfie immediately started feeding and hadn’t stopped when I left to go home. Khady was very tired but fine.
Here’s a picture of Khady’s family – her sisters Mam Fatou and Mimi, brother Lamin, mother Ida and her late father: Alphaseynou Mane.