Jiya Arrives!

There is something miraculous about birth of a baby. On January 16th, just such a miracle occurred when Jiya came into our lives. Tiny Jiya, weighing all of 4.4 lbs, came into this world 3 weeks early and immediately proceeded to raise quite a ruckus. Crying at the top of her lungs, Jiya declared to the world "I may be tiny, but I have giant ambitions!!"

From Birth of Jiya | Photo: Sunil Joshi


Mom Madhu, on the other hand, was quite exhausted. She had requested an epidural, but Jiya wasn't willing to wait for Dr. Williams to show up. So pain or no pain, Madhu had to bring Jiya into this world! Fortunately, the delivery was a swift affair - we reached the hospital at 3.30 AM, and Jiya arrived at 5 AM.

From Birth of Jiya | Photo: Sunil Joshi


Badi sister Jaya is THRILLED!! Jaya just does not want to leave Jiya alone! Last night I some how managed to convince her to return home to sleep. But tonight Jaya is not going any where. She wants to be in the hospital with Jiya.

From Birth of Jiya | Photo: Sunil Joshi


Jiya came three weeks early, and as a result, is quite tiny. Yet she received a APGAR score of 9, which is quite a credit to this fighter. Still, Dr. Sheth, Jiya's personal pediatrician, wishes to limit Jiya's contact with outside world until Jiya's weight gets to "normal". So, the planned vacation - gone, planned parties - finito, inviting folks to show off Jiya - well that'll just have to wait a few more weeks!

From Birth of Jiya | Photo: Sunil Joshi


Don't get me wrong. I am not complaining. I knew that with three women in the house I would have to gradually surrender control over my life. But Jiya, she is already controlling my life!

From Birth of Jiya | Photo: Sunil Joshi
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