I have waited for this moment for what seems to be forever. My cousin Roy said that when you’re older and have children, you appreciate them more because you know more about life. I couldn’t agree more with his observation.
I loved my first child way before she was born. I had so many plans for her, so many imaginary dialogues and situations, fun times together, sharing quality time. And now that she is here, I can hardly believe it’s finally happened to me. I’m a father.
My family and friends all tell me I’m going to be a great father. I certainly plan to be. I can’t claim I know how to raise children, but I promised myself that I will do my best. One thing is for sure: She will receive infinite love from me (and already is).
We have been blessed with a healthy child. She is peaceful, and only cries when we don’t notice she has a dirty diaper for too long, or don’t feed her properly. Parenting is a learning experience. Being a child to parents, is also a learning experience. This is going to be a fantastic journey of mutual learning.
Maya, You’re almost 5. I can’t believe how fast time has passed, and look at you – you’re a little woman already! You choose your own clothes, you have an opinion on the quality of Pizza at various restaurants, and you hug with the kind of intensity that is characteristic to my family and I’m so proud of you for that.
I am constantly in awe of your intelligence, especially your emotional intelligence. You’re relatively easy to negotiate with, you listen to reason, and when we make a deal you usually stick with it. You always find ways to keep yourself busy, and you’re learning to swim and ride your bike. Next weekend I’m going to remove the helper wheels and we’ll see if you can ride your bike without them.
I’m really excited about being your father. You and your younger brother Orion are the best thing that has ever happened to me.