22 October 2007
A Child Was Born
Eleven years ago today morn
A little child was born
So little was he
Weighed barely 1 kg
So early was he
Was to arrive only in January
But came in October
Making him a year older
A Malay woman passed him by
Possibly visiting a baby nearby
Commented "Bayi ini keci*"
Innocent remark though that may be
Though happy at his arrival
We worried for his survival
Told his chance was "not too good"
That kinda affected our mood
Friends and relatives dared not congratulate
What if there was a twist of fate?
There were no flowers or cards
But they must be praying in their hearts
Many hospital visits were made
Most days we were by his bed
At first he couldn't even be carried
Needed more time, couldn't be hurried
So many tubes attached to his body
Seeing him like this made us sorry
We felt his pain
Nearly drove us insane
Mum lovingly prepared EBM** for his food
We were told nothing else was as good
Brought it daily in a box that could chill
Which he consumed via his nostril!
Little by little, he grew steadily
We brought him home when he was 2 kg
After almost 3 months' stay
But the happiness was more than words could say
Today he's happy
And he's healthy
We're grateful as that's all we want
Happy Birthday, My Son
Mum, Dad and gor gor*** love you dearly, always.
* kecil (sometimes mispronounced as "keci") = Malay for "small"
** EBM = expressed breast milk
***gor gor = Cantonese for "elder brother"