Exactly one month ago, our wonderful son was born at 9:56am (CET) … and I have kept him all to myself as a boy does with his favorite toy, not having time to share! But now I have taken a little time to update this blog, to share some pictures with you … just to walk you through the last month … starting with a small pair of feet …


He is now 5060 grams … but the total weight of all nappies so far, far exceeds his weight. (note: photo has been edited to protect his privacy)


Sometimes, just a wipe is not enough!


But Daddy doesn’t mind … he enjoys (surprisingly) nappy changes and giving baths!


Ohhh … and I guess Nathan also enjoys floating in the warm water … so much so he helps keep the water temperature up with his own little sprinkler!


Keeping him happy and toasty warm is Dad’s number one task!


Ready to explore the outside world with Daddy!


But for some reason, sleeping is more fun … especially in the arms of Daddy!


Sleeping has helped him store so much energy, so that within 3 weeks since birth, he can start holding his own head up!


But not for too long …

And where is Barbara in all the photos? Well call me selfish … the blog is a boy’s thing! wink

Thank you to everyone for their warm messages & wonderful presents for Nathan. I am so happy that he is fortunate to be born into such a loving community. Out of all the messages, there is one in particular that I was so impressed by, that I wish to share it with everyone on this blog …

Your New Arrival

It’s got a cute nose,
And big round eyes.

It’s caused excitement,
You can’t disguise.

It’s a wonderful baby,
From a perfect pair.

And that’s reason enough,
For a great fanfare!

… thank you Sinikka Koivu.

As soon as Nathan was born, the grey miserable weather that had been haunting us for too long, dissolved as Mother Nature let the sun shine brightly non-stop for 1 week … a nice gesture to welcome Nathan to the world.


Not that Mummy & Daddy managed to see much daylight. Being up at hours that only students and vampires seem to find comfortable. Sleeping during the scraps of time that Nathan spared us, between his own eating, sleeping, and diaper changing sessions. The word ‘shattered’ has a completely a new meaning in this alternative dimension that we have entered. Days, nights, mornings, evenings, all roll up into one big mush. TV is something only known in science fiction stories. What have we done???

I can tell you what we have done, now that we are awake during daylight hours. We have created the most wonderful and beautiful little boy. We have completely and utterly fallen in love with this precious bundle of joy. We get lost for hours just looking into his eyes, the smell of his skin is so intoxicating, the softness of his skin can put fabric softeners to shame, and his looks … well he will make the girls’ hearts melt.

Well I thought this day would never come, but before I could get my head around the idea that today would be the day, I was holding my beautiful son in my arms!

Wednesday 10th October 2007

01:30AM     Barbara says that she ‘feels’ different and there is a little blood loss.
03:36AM   The ‘plug’ falls out.
05:10AM     Contractions are occurring once every 4 minutes … called the midwife.
07:10AM     Contractions occurring every 2.5 minutes … instructed to go to the hospital.
07:30AM     Barbara is already dilated to 8cm, but the water has not yet broken.
09:00AM     Water breaks.
09:10AM     Pushing starts … and videoing wink
09:56AM     Nathan is born … weighing in at 4050 grams!!!
10:15AM     JJ cuts the umbilical cord.
01:00PM     Parents and son are sent home.

I cannot even start to say how happy we are and how wonderful Nathan is. I cannot believe how fast the time went by. Now with the snoozing, feeding, and changing every 2-3 hours, the concept of time does not apply in this house any more. I cannot even acknowledge the fact that I was working in the office on Tuesday. It feals like weeks ago. Luckily I recorded most of it on video, so I will have the opportunity to see it all over again in slow-motion!

Well here is the first picture of Nathan … saying hello to Grandma! When he gets a bit older, I will explain hand gestures should be done behind her back! wink



Thank you Lord for blessing me with such a wonderful son!

Well he’s still in there! Seems to be very comfortable where he is now … just floating in his toasty warm and cosy environment. Even with the around the clock feeding, this five star hotel looses a star for the only complaint he has … the noisy pipe by his head! wink


Barbara, on the other hand, is getting concerned that this will be a birth by explosion, rather than the standard ‘plop’! What can I say as the supporting parent? Rather her than me!!!

Well she’s ready to burst … but she managed to hold out with work to the very end to maximise her maternity leave. So Christmas and New Year will be work free … but I am sure that she will have her hands full here at home (probably for me too)!

Now she just has to keep her legs crossed till mid-October wink

Oh what a wonderful feeling … walking into the new baby room for the first time with the ‘baby blue’ wallpaper and the beautiful baby furniture to compliment it. Just being in the room brings this whole experience even more alive and signals to us that we are one more step closer to meeting our son! It is such an amazing sensation!


On the downside, I am a little upset that he has a better bedroom than us. I suggested to Barbara that this will become the boy’s room. However, I feel that will not be accepted.

My boy … I love you dearly xxx