The miracle of life
January 29, 2010. By Arnold Rapinan
It's two o'clock in the morning on January 28, 2010. "Did you charge the camera and the video," Penelope asked. "You need to go to sleep," I replied. We were getting ready for the big day... Three and a half hours later, we were at O'Connor Hospital for Penelope's 5:30am c-section appointment. From there on, everything went fast and at 8:12am, Christos Stratos Rapinan, our son, was born, weighing 6 lbs, 13 oz and 20 inches tall.
A few hours before, I was watching him move around (kick) his mom's belly (a ritual we've been doing for the past couple of months), and now there he is, in my arms, strangely and innocently looking at me. After all these years, from our first beautiful child, Athena, to our nieces, nephews and friends' babies, it is still overwhelming for me to see the "miracle of life" phases. On his first day, Christos slept 90% of the time, ate a couple of times and discharged a few times. Today, he's eating every 3 to 4 hours and very active. I will cherish these moments as I know he will grow up fast. I can't wait to share with him all the exciting things in life. It'll be fun!