She’s Here! (And why last week was the best week ever)

She’s here! I can hardly believe it myself. Our little Ella was born on November 4, 2010. She’s the primary reason for my week-long silence ( and bloodshot eyes and bushy eyebrows AND overgrown toenails – oh dear, I just described Big Foot didn’t I? ). I have so much to say about labor (not what I expected), newborns (definitely not what I expected) and my life as a rookie mom (ok, I saw this one coming) but I have no time to say it! I’ll take a moment to organize my thoughts (and life in general) but while I do so, feast your eyes on this picture of the much awaited little princess.

Wrapped up like a burrito!

And as if last week was not already the best week ever:

1. The Green Calabash got nominated (by some awesome gals) for a Mommy blog award! Wanna vote for me? Just click on the badge below and go right ahead!

2.  The Green Calabash was featured as blog of the week in Zuqka magazine – page 15, a publication of the Daily Nation (a Kenyan Newspaper)!



  1. mrsmwiti said,

    November 11, 2010 at 12:39 am


    + An e-peck for the sleeping beauty!

  2. Twaila said,

    November 11, 2010 at 1:02 am

    Congrats on your baby girl….

  3. wabbs said,

    November 11, 2010 at 1:02 am

    Hi mama Ella,
    CONGRATULATIONS. Such a pretty angel!!!!!!!!! following u closely behind in like 3 weeks time…looks like forever. was really enjoying your pregnancy experience sasa looks like umetuwacha kwa uwanja.
    all the best in being a mum.
    hug her for me.

  4. Shekyn said,

    November 11, 2010 at 1:33 am

    Awww. She is so so adorable. Many wet kisses to her. I already voted for your blog and will get my mummy-to-be-girls to do the same. Shiko you are A STAR. That is all. 🙂

  5. serah said,

    November 11, 2010 at 2:07 am

    How adorable!!! Congratulations mos def voting for the blog. .

  6. wambui said,

    November 11, 2010 at 2:24 am

    Ella is so so beautiful which is no surprise at all considering who her parents are. So glad your blog is doing well, I tried to vote for you but it did not seem to work but I will keep trying. Looking forward to blogs on motherhood 🙂

  7. 3CB said,

    November 11, 2010 at 2:33 am

    Heheheh told you, didn’t I? Exactly 24 hours 😉 Congratulations to all three of you, I’ll be watching this space.

  8. Kellie said,

    November 11, 2010 at 2:40 am

    awwww!! She looks so pretty and already grown.

    Congratulations, looking forward to posts on the whole experience.

  9. PKW said,

    November 11, 2010 at 3:25 am

    She’s big, congratulations. I’m interested in hearing about the labour part 🙂

  10. Sarah said,

    November 11, 2010 at 4:54 am

    I voted! Congratulations…can’t wait to meet her!

  11. Enelesi said,

    November 11, 2010 at 5:47 am

    Best week ever indeed! I am trying to vote right now.

  12. Bee said,

    November 11, 2010 at 6:33 am

    Congratulations Mama Ella. May God guide you in all the ways of raising your little angel. Hope you win. Ive voted for the best blog ever.

  13. Karrie said,

    November 11, 2010 at 7:13 am

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!! You are truly blessed. She is so beautiful. Yani can’t wait to hear how motherhood will be. Kip me posted.

  14. T.G said,

    November 11, 2010 at 9:06 am

    Congratulations! Ella is the prettiest little girl 🙂
    I voted for you – this is the best and funniest pregnancy blog hands down!
    All the best Shiko.

  15. Bahati said,

    November 11, 2010 at 10:46 am

    Big huge congrats to you and Ella and Yaw!! She is a cutie – just like her momma!
    And ofcourse we voted for you for the Mommy blog! Superwoman… Just had a baby and here you go winning awards and getting shout outs. Go Shiko!

  16. Becky said,

    November 11, 2010 at 11:29 am

    Just voted! Love your blog, love Ella and hope you all are good. Congrats!

  17. Emma said,

    November 11, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    Congratulations Mama Ella! Learnt about your blog from Zuqka magazine. All the best as you adjust to motherhood.

  18. Naomi said,

    November 11, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    Just voted! Congrats on Ella and the blog! =)

  19. Val said,

    November 11, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    Congrats!!! She’s so pretty!! Uwii…can’t wait for the labour posts..hehe.

    Just voted for your blog.

  20. Faith said,

    November 11, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    Congrats…am soooo voting 4 u…waaa unanibamba tu sana.

  21. bankelele said,

    November 12, 2010 at 12:43 am


  22. Felicia said,

    November 12, 2010 at 1:02 am

    She is awesome. Congrats. Okay i just voted

  23. shikomsa said,

    November 12, 2010 at 6:52 am

    Congrats! She’s cuuute! Cant wait for the up coming posts.

  24. Shiroh Karindi said,

    November 12, 2010 at 7:59 am

    she is the perfection a sleeping beauty…congratulations mama Ella
    and thanx to Zuqka(ps note not Zugka) i now know about this amazin blog…

  25. farmgal said,

    November 12, 2010 at 11:11 am

    Congrats..she’s absolutely gorgeous

  26. Bo said,

    November 12, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    shall i just say…wow!!!! congrats gal, just voted and getting everyone in my office to vote 🙂 all the very very best!

  27. Wamaganjo said,

    November 14, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    Congrats Mama Ella!!! Beautiful girl you have there. Enjoy the rewarding fruits of being a mother!! And yes, I’ve just voted for your blog!

  28. De said,

    November 15, 2010 at 8:21 am

    Congraulations!!!! She is adorable, and I love her name. I have been in such withdrawl all week b/c I couldn’t get my normal fix of this blog.

  29. Carol said,

    November 15, 2010 at 11:01 am

    Too cute!! Enjoy her, they grow up fast

  30. 3TOC said,

    November 15, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    Mami, congratulations. See is beautiful.

  31. seven said,

    November 19, 2010 at 1:17 am

    Heeeey mami! congratulations! she is adorable!!!! sheeesh! and when AGAIN did you birth her then? she looks a few months old, so big and cute!
    a few blocks behind you… 5 months and running 🙂
    PS: Those labor stories its how? chap chap!
    PS2: We KNOW you just gave birth, but get back to blogging STAT! lol

  32. njeri said,

    November 19, 2010 at 4:36 am

    Just found your blog, its very lovely. congratos on your baby! What a lovely name.

  33. Mrs.Njiiri said,

    November 19, 2010 at 5:19 am

    Congrats Mama Ella.God bless your family.Am happy for you.

  34. kirima said,

    November 20, 2010 at 10:00 am

    Congrats to you and baba Ella!
    Shes definately sweet look forward to hearing more as she grows. Hope you’ll be bringing her home soon 😉

  35. November 21, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    Thank you all! Your comments have been LOVELY to read 🙂

  36. Buggz79 said,

    November 22, 2010 at 7:47 am

    Yay! She is adorably cute and giving my yound un a run for the “heartachingly cute” award. Post the baby stats! Its a kenyan tradition you know…

  37. November 29, 2010 at 9:21 am

    What a cutie she is! Congratulations!! I hope you and baby burrito are doing very well xx 🙂

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