It's crazy to think that my due date was yesterday and that this little person who has been with us for 2 weeks already should only just have been born! With the bed rest and the 2 previous trips to the hospital, we were actually somewhat prepared even though he was early.
We were blessed to welcome Taj Cameron into this world on October 26 at 6: 21 am at 8 pounds 4 ounces and 21.5 inches. He was actually born on Diwali, which is the Hindu festival of lights, one of the most important holidays. It signifies the triumph of light over darkness, so very auspicious. That makes us a family of holidays, Jeff, Nikhil and I were also born on holidays. Taj means "crown" in Hindi and Persian. We're also going to have a Chinese name for him, which my mother-in-law is figuring out as we speak!
The only reason that I'm even semi-coherent now is because of my parents. They have been phenomenal. My mom came out to Hawaii early when I was on bed rest because she retired at the end of September. My father came out a week before Taj was born and they've been so great with helping out with Nikhil. They totally take care of him, dropping him of and picking him up from school, getting him ready in the morning. It's so nice because I can spend time with Taj and catch sleep when I can. Jeff and I really could not do this without their help. And, did I mention that my Dad has been doing all of the grocery shopping and my mom has been cooking and cleaning every day? Yeah, I know, we're totally spoiled. I feel bad because they haven't done anything here in Hawaii for themselves yet, but they want to spend time with their grandsons which is nice for me!
Here are some hospital pics of Taj.
Taj with his Popo. He's her 9th grandchild. Should we make it an even 10? Don't tell Jeff!!
Big brother, Nikhil, looking on.
My parents with Taj. This is their 3rd grandchild.
On the 11th day of Taj's life, we had a Hindu "Naming Ceremony" . I posted the wikipedia link there, which describes the different types of Naming Ceremonies in various religions. I guess in the olden times, they didn't want to name the baby before he was 10 days old because of the high infant mortality rate. So, to ward off evil eye, they avoided naming the baby initially. We had my mother-in-law, Jeff's sister and aunt come over for a quick little ceremony which my father conducted.
And, last, some pics of Taj at home. Nikhil is a good big brother. If Taj is crying, he runs to the bassinet and tries to give him stuffed animals or play music for him, saying "Don't cry baby Taj." Very sweet. Though he does get a bit jealous when Jeff carries Taj. He doesn't mind when I do. I guess somehow, he kind of knows I need to hold the baby and as a result, Jeff has been spending more time with Nikhil. So, when Jeff is unavailable, then he sometimes gets a little more territorial.
The hardest part so far is trying to work from home to continue doing the admin work for our practice with a 2 week old. There's not much time between the nursing and diaper changing to be processing payroll and other fun admin issues, but I'll figure it out and of course it's well worth it! Jeff has been great, seeing patients and doing what he can at the office too and we're lucky to have a wonderful staff.