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Ralph Turned Six
Monday, September 10, 2007

My second and last child, Ralph, turned six yesterday, September 9. I made it a point to do as I promised - to give him a birthday party. No matter how hectic my schedule was (I just came back from a 3-day convention the day before his birthday), I did really prepare for his party. It was three years ago since he had his last birthday party. For those 3 years we celebrated either by dining out in new places we haven't visited yet or out of town tours.

The party was at home. We invited his friends teachers, and classmates from his school, fellow doctors and their kids, close family friends, friends from Kilat Serrada, and of course, the neighbors. It was very exhausting for me - I had to do the shopping, part of the cooking, decorating the house, preparing for everything that needed my attention. It was all for Ralph. Sadly, I forgot to order a birthday cake and give-aways for the games. It was good Dr. Simon Brown and his family brought with them a cake. For the entertainment, Magic Sing did it for me.

Six years ago, I never expected Ralph would come into my life, after four years of waiting for another child. What with a difficult pregnancy with my first child, Raymund, I thought God will not bless us anymore with a second child.

It was one day in the year 2001 at three in the morning, while pushing myself to get up from bed to study for my lecture, I realized that it was already weeks since my expected monthly period. I might be pregnant, I thought. But if I was, I could have been bleeding ( had abortion and difficult pregnancy in the past) at that time because I wasn't being careful. But instead of going to the study room, I went down to the clinic for my pregnancy test. It was indeed positive, I couldn't believe my eyes! How could that be when I just came from swimming the week before and I did not bleed. Then it was possible for me to have normal pregnancy after all. I was so excited. My husband also and the rest of the family when they learned the news.

Ralph turned out to be a very intelligent kid. He is now in Preparatory and is on top of his class. After his first quarter exams, his teacher was wondering if he has a private tutor because he got perfect scores in most of his subjects. His tutor is just me. The good thing about him is that he makes it a point to study everyday even without my supervision. He has his time to study and time to play. Just like any child, he also loves computer games and he brings his game boy with him all the time. But he knows when is the right time to open it.

Looking at my child now, he had come a long way, such a blessing, he brings joy to the family. He is now very independent, preferring to do anything and everything on his own. I wish him all the best in the future. Happy Birthday, Ralph!


posted by Amelyn R. Rafael,MD @ 7:44 AM   2 comments
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