Tonight I wanted to share with you some exciting news (at least it’s exciting for me). Myself and my wife Arjan are getting ready to welcome a new soul onto this earth! In other words: Arjan is Pregnant (almost 4 months). We have been blessed with a beautiful son Narayan and now are getting ready for round two.
We’ll have to wait and see if Narayan gets a brother or sister. Narayan has been a real challenge since he was a baby so I think the odds are good that the next child will be easier. Plus, I have already gone through all the motions of raising a baby…so I know better what to expect. I remember the night after Narayan was born I couldn’t sleep because I was worried he would stop breathing or something would happen. Basically I was hyper sensitive and it was a new thing having a tiny baby. It is such a learning experience. I’m sure the rest of you parents out there can relate. It’s one of those things that people tell you about, but you don’t really understand until you are a parent yourself. No matter what people tell you about getting ready to be a parent you can’t really fathom the reality of it till you are actually there.
Being a father has been not only challenging but extremely rewarding. As with marriage, it forces you to work on yourself and hopefully become a better person. To me the life of a house holder is very sacred. You learn so much and it makes me less selfish. Obviously it is easier to just take care of yourself and your needs, but when we are striving to see God in all, then it is important to not be selfish and to serve others.
I grew up as an only child, though I had quite a bit of community who became my brothers and sisters (who are still my good friends today). I remember always wanting to have a sister growing up. Most of the people I talk to who have siblings say how great it is, and would never want to have only one child. So, I guess Narayan will get to have a sibling to lead, love, and help take care of. They will be about 5 years apart so I don’t think sibling rivalry will be an issue.
We did a home birth last time with Narayan (which was awesome) and are going to be doing the same thing this time. It is so much more private and personal having a baby in your home. We have a great Midwife who will help with the Labor. She came over to our house the other day and had this little device that she puts on Arjan’s tummy and you can hear the baby’s heart beating on a speaker. *thump thump* – *thump thump* – *thump thump*. It was so cool hearing the babies heart beat. It really made it real. You see Arjan’s tummy getting bigger…but you don’t really relate to a *real* baby. Hearing the heart just makes it more real. The joy of parenthood!
Anyways, enough rambling. I Just wanted to share the good news with you all.
Here are some pictures of my family around when Narayan Singh was born back in 2001. Wow! Looking back at these pictures I realize how fast kids grow up fast!
One of the pictures is of me as a baby and the other is of Narayan. Can you guess which is which?