For Unto Us A Child Is Born

25 Dec

…Unto us a Son is given

~Isaiah 9:6-7

Nope, not referring to Jesus.

Tunneling through me in record time in a determined bid to flag off the holiday season, our wee Liebling made his entrance into the world last month. Specifically, into a room full of cheering nurses, an ecstatic daddy, a relieved doula,  and our darling gynecologist, who I am convinced is the planet’s most amazing doctor.

it's a boy

Was I in the room too? I suppose so. But somewhere halfway through that first wail, as he was lifted out of my body and I lay back relieved and thankful for not pooping after all, I suspect I ceased to exist in the way I had for 36 years. Without moving a muscle, my sense of self took a quiet step back, and I watched my heart float outside of me and lodge itself firmly into that tiny, wriggling body. This feeling, it isn’t love. It’s unadulterated biology. And us, we’re the mere puppets of a flipped switch.

I’d have burst into song, had I the energy and wherewithal after an intense labor sans pain medication, but this played in my head instead, and since I’m doing such a botched-up job of this birth announcement, I’m going to rely on good old Disney to convey my emotions:

Over the past month, I’ve been high on happy-making hormones. (Clearly, birthing a human does nothing to change pre-existing alliteration allergies.) Except for the day he turned a week old and I wept that he’d head off to college soon and leave us. Apparently, there are parents who stand outside their kids’ dorm windows and secretly follow them on their honeymoon and I don’t know why you’re looking at me that way, I’m only educating you about the world, really. I’d just watch over him from a safe distance. Of 3 inches.

In other news, these lines will never mean the same thing again:

  • Our father in heaven (He’s been turning cartwheels between burping sessions.)
  • Blood on the dance floor (Before the poop came the goop. Bleedin’ bucketloads of it.)
  • Ice ice baby (The nicest present the Boy has ever given me is a handmade icepack on our wedding anniversary, three days later. Heaven, heaven!!)


So there we have it. Seven years since the day we met and knew this was to be, we’ve been married four, moved continents, made a home and a life together in a gorgeous corner of the world, and created a person we hope will share our love of bacon and potty jokes. (What? Everybody has their dreams!)

Now excuse me while I take off to get my fix of milk-and-skin-and-mewling-and-spit-up. We hope you’ll wish us well and pardon erratic blogging behavior. There’s a little babe-on-a-nose that needs all our besottedness.

Merry Christmas! Joy to the world! Earth today rejoices!

24 Responses to “For Unto Us A Child Is Born”

  1. hAAthi December 25, 2014 at 3:00 am #

    Doubt there will ever be a mroe apt time to call you Chupa (chupi?) Rustom!
    So happy for you. Big big big hugs and lots of good wishes to you and the boy.
    And to the little bug, gentle feathery kisses and squishes!

  2. chroniclesofdee December 25, 2014 at 11:00 pm #

    WHAT?!? WHAT?!?

    Congratulations 🙂

    So so happy for you guys!

  3. perspectivesandprejudices December 26, 2014 at 1:34 pm #

    Congratulations! Lots of love to the little one 🙂

  4. Aunty G. December 26, 2014 at 11:13 pm #

    OH! We SO share your joy
    On making a little boy
    Life’s, in a way, complete
    With emotions, replete
    And we’ll understand when, from blogging, you’re coy!

  5. Pallavi December 27, 2014 at 9:44 am #

    This. This is what made the end of 2014 *nice* for me. It’s been meh(!) otherwise.

    Welcome your little boy. We know he’s going to turn into a wonderful person, given his pedigree 🙂 :* ❤

  6. maidinmalaysia December 29, 2014 at 3:58 am #

    Have to get on the phone to tell Ma!!!

    Delighted to read, and am so glad it’s a boy! Love to share my boat space, with you…

  7. Hemisha December 29, 2014 at 1:05 pm #

    Arey waah! So sweet. Congratulations. God bless all 3 of you. Hugs n kisses to your son from my daughter. Welcome to the parent club 😉 :*

  8. Dancing Fingers Singing Keypad January 8, 2015 at 1:22 pm #

    Heartiest congratulations to you! 🙂 It was nice reading about this fantastic news in your characteristic witty humor. Looking forward to reading more of your experiences and advice regarding motherhood since I am going to join “da ‘hood” 😛 soon too, with a due date in the second week of March!

  9. ittakestime January 9, 2015 at 11:42 am #

    Super awesome news 🙂 Congratulations and lots of love to little one !!

  10. Aunty G. January 10, 2015 at 3:07 am #

    Dancing Fingers Singing Keypad
    For your impending motherhood i am glad
    May it ever be
    Delightful and easy
    Maybe this site will help you with your lass or lad!

  11. sukanyabora January 12, 2015 at 12:11 pm #

    congratulations to the proud parents!

  12. MM January 12, 2015 at 9:13 pm #

    Congratulations!! This is the best news ever. I hope your darling baby starts sleeping through the night at 6 weeks and potty trains himself (err… not at 6 weeks, but by 2 years of age). Once those 2 battles are won, the rest is chump change 🙂

  13. Orange Jammies January 16, 2015 at 12:57 am #

    hAAthi: But his name’s not Rustom! 😛 Thanks and hugs back!

    chroniclesofdee: I hope you realize that it was all that mooning over your Cutlet and Prince George that did me in. With all that uterine melting happening on a daily basis, I knew I’d have a boy!

    perspectivesandprejudices: Thank you!

    Aunty G: As a mother of boys
    You’re aware of the joys
    Why these adorable guys
    Such precious XYs
    Are worth all the noise!

    Pallavi: Aww! Thank you, Pallu. So glad to have helped end your year on a better note. xo

    maidinmalaysia: I can’t imagine why I ever wanted a girl. (And I’ve wanted one all my life.) Yes, please tell your ma!

    Hemisha: Thank you, girl! Hugs.

    DFSK: Omigod, congratulations!!! Big hug and my warmest wishes. It’s going to be ah-may-zing. 🙂

    ittakestime: Thanks so much. 🙂

    sukanyabora: We’re more amazed than proud–can’t quite get over how we produced such breathtaking cuteness (and of course we’re not biased, why would you think that?)

    MM: Haha! Thanks. The sleep hasn’t happened yet, so we’ll keep our fingers crossed for the potty training. 😉

  14. Dancing Fingers Singing Keypad January 16, 2015 at 11:00 am #

    Ooooo! Felt excited to be featured in one of the lovely limericks by AuntyG 🙂 Thanks a ton for the helpful FB group link!

  15. ramblesandsuchlike January 20, 2015 at 8:09 am #

    Came back to the world o’ WordPress after a long time and to such delightful news! Congratulations, OJ!
    Your little boy is a lucky lad! Wishing you & your family the best 🙂

  16. Rama January 21, 2015 at 9:33 am #

    Many many congratulations OJ, lovely news. Lots of love to the wee one.

  17. Sue January 27, 2015 at 1:54 am #

    So I’m late to the party but I loved this post. Send me a pic as and when you can, please. And much love to the little manling.

  18. Orange Jammies February 3, 2015 at 10:47 pm #

    ramblesandsuchlike: Thank you kindly. 🙂 I’m blessed to be his.

    Rama: Rama!! Thank you! How are you and your not-so-wee-by-now one? 🙂

    Sue: Thank you, Sue. Ditto!

  19. dipali55 February 4, 2015 at 6:31 am #

    So happy making, OJ. God bless you all!

  20. Orange Jammies February 21, 2015 at 10:52 pm #

    dipali55: Thank you so much, Dipali. It feels good to be in your warm, loving thoughts. 🙂

  21. Mandira March 13, 2015 at 5:31 am #

    Come back here after ages and read this post.
    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!! Thats awesome news!

  22. faredoon May 12, 2015 at 7:01 pm #


  23. Orange Jammies June 10, 2015 at 1:39 pm #

    Mandira: Thank you so much! Sorry for the delayed response. I’m just going to pretend May vanished on me. 🙂

    faredoon: Thank you! How is life Down Under?


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