Sunday, February 26, 2017

The boys in Singapore

Little TG had a great time with Big TG, as did PG. Theo is a fixture at Forty Hands which apart from home, is his most visited location.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Tales from the crypt

Georgia, Nick, Paul
Ringo must be taking the photo

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Olympic rowing

Late last year I had the pleasure to get on the water with Singapore's first olympic rower, Saiyidah Aisyah. After returning from Rio Aisyah joined us to christen our new quad which carries her name.

Aisyah was patient, generous and charismatic. Good luck for the Asian Championships Aisyah.

Friday, January 13, 2017

This is not a baby blog

However my child was born at 10:18am on Jan 5th, 2017 and that probably warrants an entry.

At 2am in the morning I was woken by a fully dressed Amanda who was on her way out for a brief check-up. I was assured everything was OK however Amanda wouldn't be able to sleep until the doctor told her that. I was told to stay in bed and after a brief protest, I agreed. But I would take my phone off silent because I am a dutiful & loving husband who is invested in this birth as much as Amanda is.

5 minutes later, as I heard the front door open I came to my senses and chased her down. Arriving at the hospital there were no nurses or doctors and we were a little stressed. Apparently it was the night for deliveries. We were eventually seen to and told we would be overnighting and would see the doctor at 7:00am.

Upon his arrival we are quickly told that this was happening as soon as a room could be found. I was wearing shorts and thongs (not how I wanted to make my first impression), was due at a site inspection in 3 hours and we didn't own any nappies. Amanda had not yet handed over to maternity cover and was mentally far from ready.

With Amanda's shoes stuck down the back of my shorts I waited in the fathers' room in a hazmat suit. After discussing potential bogan names (and the potential classic name Jon Bon Gervay) with the family I was summoned. Despite the early arrival, the baby then decided the he didn't like the look of the light at the end of the tunnel. The doctors were quite tense and frantic, the forceps would end up leaving a bruised and red head, and the anaesthetist was squeezing Amanda from the chest down like the last toothpaste from the tube.

But with an imagined "pop" and a first powerful yelp, a tiny little tadpole weighing in at 2.8kg came into this world.

Theodore Zoli Chan Gervay.