Ever since Anirud learnt that there is going to be another baby at home, he was super excited. Since that day, he wished / assumed that the baby is going to be a girl, as he wanted a “baby sister”. He accompanied his mom to every scan and observed every tiny detail with intent. During the second trimester, they did a 4-dimensional scan which was as good as a video clearly showing the baby’s face – Anirud’s excitement levels shot up to the sky and beyond. He was pestering us to get gifts, toys and what not for the baby even when the D-day was a good few months away. Whenever he saw any other baby anywhere, he smiled and sometimes he said to us “Our baby will be tiny like this, but will be very pretty as well amma”. He felt sorry for the baby that it hasn’t seen United Kingdom, Switzerland or Holland as he has seen. He was even saying that there are good nurseries nearby where the baby could be admitted and the list went on. Simply put, for the last few months Anirud put the baby in every thought that crossed his mind. He left us with no doubt that he would make the best elder brother in the world.
At a point in time, we told him that it might be a brother (may not be a sister), so that he is mentally prepared. “I would like it to be a sister. If it is a brother, it is okay. I will get to play with him a lot” was his answer.
On the day of the delivery, while the baby and the mom was wheeled back to the hospital room, the nurse asked Anirud to stretch his hands and placed the baby on his hand. One saw a 1000 watt glow on his face. Spontaneously he said, “Welcome baby brother! Welcome to your new world”. A little over two days later, he still counts himself as the luckiest as he is the first in the family to hold the little one. Praying the almighty for this love to be reciprocated. Praying Him for the bonding to grow stronger in the years to come. Praying for a fulfilled life for both the brothers.