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Daddy Tales: A journey into fatherhood

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Ok. So it is Mummy Tales birthday today. I have taken over the blog for at least 24 hours and plan to inject some fatherhood into this very mummy skewed perspective of Kitty’s story (Ok, maybe that is one reason it works so well).

Anyway, I was once told that the one who tells the story owns history. So for one day this year, I want to own a little bit of Kitty’s story. Unfortunately, I am not a wordsmith. But I can take a photo or two. So I will try and tell my tale using photography.

As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words. If that is the case, this is the equivalent of like 5 blog posts. Hope you enjoy.

A year ago, I learned that I was going to be a dad. That was great news as I was with the woman I loved. The only thing I didn’t know was that during pregnancy, she was going to be more of a scatter brain as the days wore on. The shoes displayed below are testament to that. Check out her post here: My Increasing Memory Deficiencies to better understand what I am talking about.

Once the day arrived for Kitty to be brought to the world, he announced is impending arrival in fashion at 4:47 am on a Sunday.

We rushed to hospital in record time. Being dotcommers, we were experienced in being parents and doctors even though we didn’t know anything. During lamaze sessions, I had been told about meconium. I proceeded to announce that the water which broke indeed contained it. So we weren’t just going to give birth to Kitty but rather do it as an emergency. Turned out it was a false alarm! There was no meconim after all. I guess my brain is mush at 4 am.

Kitty came at 2:47 pm and my stressful pacing ended when I first laid eyes on him.

Extended family just a few hours after Kitty’s birth. They were so excited! Meanwhile, mom was still recovering from her CS and hadn’t seen baby yet.

Guess I wasn’t the only concerned person when it came to first laying eyes on Kitty as most of our family did arrive at the hospital two hours later to pray and usher him to the world.

This is the sight that greeted the visitors. Kitty’s first ever photograph. Welcome to the world son.

Holding him in my arms during those first days was amazing, scary, great, etc. You get the point. It was the first time I ever held my own child, let alone a baby who was a few hours old. BTW, a friend of mine gave birth at the same hospital and she remarked that all kids born there look the same due to the blankets and clothes they are all dressed up in.

How do you wash a new born baby? This is the “Washing Baby for Dummies” manual. It comes with diagrams which is very handy.

Practicals after going over the manual

I was told by Mama Kitty that you sleep when he sleeps. This was really nice when he was this young. This past Sunday, I slept when he slept… At 1:30 am! He is not as compliant as he used to be. Where is the Piriton?

Do you see some teeth? No? Well, I thought they were coming out at age 3 months and had a personal party in the office. At 7 months, I still see teeth and they ain’t out yet. Hmm… Is it my sixth sense?

When young, Kitty loved eating the mother’s face. Wait, he still does. He has even learned to go for nyonyo despite clothes being in his way. How now? He also has a mature man’s expression. This was taken in shags (bottom left). He also enjoys his auntie’s company in Western Kenya (right).

The two great joys of my life. Kitty and his mother. Notice the earring? I am sure he wants to put it in his mouth.

I love you Kitty.

As you grow up, I am looking forward to knowing of your dreams and fears, your joys and triumphs and failures. I will guide you where I can, teach you whenever possible and learn from you each day. But most of all, thanks for enriching our lives and giving your parents such joy. We love you Kitty.

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  1. I also join you in saying happy birthday to Kitty’s mum…Now, you need to go beyond the 24 hours ownership of the blog….it may perhaps add the “daddy” skew for a while….anyway, enjoy and yes, the pictures are great..keep them coming…I salute Kitty and his parents!

  2. Happy birthday Maryanne!

    I cried reading this post,the photos are great and clearly they speak a thousand times better than any words would about the love you have for the two special people in your life

  3. Happy birthday mummy tales and kudos to daddy kitty 🙂 great story, inspired me to do mine 🙂 Thank you, God bless and continue doing great with the fam 🙂

  4. hahahaaaaa……its calld da price of being a father n da swt thing is wen taken +ve.welcome to da world bro….mob is yet to come…that’s tip of da iceberg!!! imagine on no.1,2,3…may b upto 7 aside team…..

  5. Happy birthday, Mulamwa. Your blog entertains and informs me a lot. Thank you ma’am. This is a very interesting read. Baba Kitalia needs a slot every month!!! Kitalia is so adorable and is growing incredibly well. Good job Baba and Mama Kitalia. The slipper and sandal story is the funniest. I still laugh so hard when I look at that photo. I might be worse than that when I get there…I would rock a faux feathered winter boot and a pink stilleto.

  6. Thank you so so so much for sharing! Aren’t I the lucky one to chance upon the internet the very day a posting was put up. I’m smiling from ear to ear. You guys seem to be doing a good job entertaining Kitalia – don’t slack off. A happy baby is a good baby. (entertaining the far-away folks helps too). The pictures are so adorable can’t wait when baby K actually gets behind the lens too.

  7. haiyaye….Ann am trying to check atleast karesemblance of u kwa Kitty sioni …Josh tu pekee …no.2 will resemble u kabisa don’t u worry…

  8. Ehhhhh, very easy read for clowns like myself:-) Daddytales should be given aka pictorial section once a month…

  9. Lovely, lovely work mama kitty… and baba kitty, you definitely need to write atleast once a month… Congratulations too to the both of you, lovely baby.

  10. I cried reading this. Maryanne, please give Josh a slot every week?.. oh this is so sweet! Kitty, you are one lucky chap!

  11. Heheheeeee…I think we need to have this guy be writing everytime he is waiting for Kitty to sleep. Lol! Great read, great experiences!

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