Happy Birthday!


Someone is 1 today! All the best wishes to the birthday boy! Jack as he is fondly known, came into our lives at 8 in the morning, a year ago. Could still remember being woken up by the wife at 5am, saying that her contractions are 2 in 10 minutes. Since this is our first child, I thought we still had time. Half an hour later we were at the delivery suite, awaiting for the specialist to arrive. Although I am a doctor, there is this unwritten rule about treating your loved ones, we are not allowed to do so as there will be a bias or clouding of our judgement, so to speak.

The doctor came by, had a look and said to us that our baby was almost due. And within two hours, out came this big-sized boy, weighing in at a whopping 3.85kg! I would like to congratulate my wife for being able to bear with the pain and it wasn’t at all difficult to deliver him.

One year on, this little guy has been acting like a monkey, although in reality, he was born in the year of the Rabbit. Lucky for us, Jack managed to sleep on his own within 2 months, going to bed at 10pm and waking up only at 6am, which helped a lot with our sleeping schedule. He could also tolerate the infant milk powder without us having to try out different brands, just to find the right one. His pooping habit is also well-developed; once a day, most of the time early in the morning, just when we want to change his diaper. By the age of 10 months, he was already trying to walk unaided. Now, he is basically treating the whole house as his new playground. If it weren’t for the doors, we would have difficulty in reigning him in. He likes to read, albeit at times upside-down, hopefully, he knows what he is doing.

Having a child is a joyous occasion and there is no proper way of describing the feeling. You can read about it, listen about it but the best thing is to be a part of it. Oh yes, it is also true that there can be a lot of headaches and frustrations, you better believe it. But at the end of the day, when you look into his/her eyes, the only thing in your mind would probably be — it was all worth it.

P.S. We didn’t plan it, but tomorrow is my birthday.

Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated — Confucius


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