Thursday, March 15, 2012


Baby, baby, baby...

A baby has been born into our family. A new Khan. The newest Khan. He is the son of my only brother and I hope the first child of more to come.

He was in a rush to meet us as he arrived at 1:52 am on a beautiful sunny day on the 14th. March, two weeks before his due date. Much anticipated and worried about by his aunts, uncles and twelve older cousins. He arrived  amidst much rejoicing and celebrations, and he entered our hearts.

When babies first begin to make their appearance, they bring feelings of apprehension, anxiety and pride, love and many many questions. When my first was nothing more than a bump the size of an apple on my then oh so flat tummy, I turned sideways to make sure there was confirmation of what the doctor had found. Yes there it was, a small bump below my belly button that told me I was carrying life. I couldn't believe it!! Life in me! An over whelming feeling to say the least. Motherhood has it own pit falls and wonders all in a given hour.

My husband always remind me of how I would say, "Never, never, never again would I ever have another child" every morning when the bathroom sink got most of my face time and witnessed the heaving and hurling that reminded me that my gastro intestinal tract was being rudely re arranged to make growing room for a new human. When she was born, I called him as I was being wheeled back to my room and told him, "I don't mind having another one". He couldn't believe what he was hearing. Five kids later and I don't believe the audacity of my words and my body's ability to support five babies. But mothers are tenacious and  seldom back down from their responsibilities.

Mika Khan is our newest Khan and he has entered a world where technology is moving sometimes faster than the speed of light it seems. A world that seems upside down with everything that's going on. A world where beauty, hope, love, compassion, intelligence, freedom and everything worthwhile exits. He will be surrounded by love, friendship, care and devotion

I know his parents will give him the best life possible for him and he will have the benefits of many older cousins and aunties and uncles. His dad is still considered the "cool uncle" with his wide horizons and broad spectrum of interests, and if I know my brother well, he will be exposed to a world of experimentation, exploration, and excitement.

Hello world, here comes Mika Khan. Oh baby!!!


  1. I love this, it's so true The Cool Uncle has become a dad, i've said it before and i'll say it again, his unique and impressive ability to adapt, to rise to meet a challenge, coupled with being the amazing "cool uncle" he has been, places both mom and dad at a paramount position to do an amazing job. Of course it would be reminiscent of me to mention the lineage..the wonderful and exemplary uncles, aunts and grands that will play their role and i'm sure, admirably.
    Welcome to the realm of life Mika Z. Khan, may your stay here be blessed with the best of this world that can help you achieve the best of the hereafter.

  2. Wonderfully said Samir, with you, Mika has The Cool Uncle!!!

  3. Samir... What a wonderful duah. May Allah reward you for your thoughtfulness, Ameen.

    Shaeeza... you continue to inspire me with your writing and I'm so happy you have made the time to share your thoughts and wisdom with us. The world is a better place for it... always the consummate teacher, you represent everything a daughter, mother, sister and aunt should be. Thank you for such kind and encouraging words. I'm certainly overwhelmed right now... and I pray that I can be the best father for Mika.

  4. Beautifully said. Thank you so much Shaeeza for taking the time to write such a beautiful story for Mika.

  5. Samir, now you get to be the cool uncle for Mika. Well Said and as always very thoughtful.

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