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Last night I had sent this blog link to your maama (my one and only brother Bala). So around 1:58 pm today at work, he called. He was yelling and screaming on the phone with happiness and I can tell that he was very excited by the news of your arrival. He was telling me that he was very happy to become a maama. He was saying “acca, neejey oru baby, unnakula oru wah wah (baby) a?” endu. He is more than happy. He was telling me that your ammachi (my mom) made sweets for all of them and that your appappa (my dad) is turning every bad news he gets from anywhere into a good news. They are all very excited that I am carrying you. Your maama is very excited and alreadying telling me how he would treat you, what he would buy you and that he would take you to live with them in Richmond, BC.

Your appamma had bought kunkuma poo (saffron) for me to mix with milk and drink like 2 months ago. It is supposedly healthy for you and will make you very fair. She had given that to me to store it. Last night she came by my room and asked me for the saffron and said that she would prepare the milk for me and that I should not tell your dad as your dad had told her that he did not want me to drink kunkuma poo mixed milk. Your dad feels that you will be beautiful the way you are born and that you will be fair. Your appamma is already watching out for you. She is a very caring person and waiting eagerly for your arrival also. See how special you are chellam even way before you arrive.

Wanna know something?????? My side of the immediate family is not very big. You have your ammachi, appappa and your maama only. I have a big extended family. Its way too big that I don’t want to get into details. Your dad’s side of the immediate family is very big. And his extended family is huge! Your dad is the youngest out of 5 boys. You have 1 peyriyappa and 3 chithappas. You have 1 peyriyamma and 3 chithis. You have 5 sisters and 3 bothers (first cousins). They all don’t know of your arrival yet only because we are waiting for the blood test confirmation. Imagine all the attention and love you will be getting once they find out!!!!! 😀

Today they were holding a candle light vigil for all those people that died in Tamil Eelam because of a mass genocide by the Sri lankan government. Your dad and I had planned that I would not go to the vigil and go home straight after work. But before work finished, your dad called. I insisted that I come to the vigil with him because I wanted to see him too. So then he picked me up from work and we went to the vigil. There were alot of tamil people at Queen’s Park (the place of the vigil) and all these people were dressed in black clothes to show their sadness. Your dad was walking around to find a good place to sit so that you will be okay in my tummy. But no matter how and where I sat, I don’t think you were comfortable as you kept giving me twitching pain (its okay baby….it was not that painful). And guess what, I had to go to the washroom a lot and I was feeling hungry like almost every half hour. Your dad is such a caring and empathetic person. He took me to Tim Hortons and bought me timbits because I was hungry. We had to walk alot and then we went back to the vigil. An hour later, I had to go to the washroom again, your dad this time took me to the McEwen Centre for Regenerative Medicine (hospital) so that I can go to the washroom. And then in the lobby of that hospital, there were couches (the ones where people can sleep), and he made me lay on the couch as he was very worried about you because we had walked alot. I was worried too because I was told to be very careful for the first 3 months with you, and I knew that I had walked alot and so your dad was really worried. I rested there for about 30 mins while your dad was talking to his friend. We then made our way back to the vigil. There, the candle light vigil started. It was very emotional but very beautiful seeing all those people (maybe about 30,000 people) holding the candles.

At about 9:00 pm, all the people began to march across University Ave. but your dad made plans to return home as we had walked alot and it was not safe anymore to walk. We came home around 11:00 pm. Your dad is really worried about you. He is not letting me do anything at all. We were sitting on the sofa eating dinner and there he was patting my tummy and before we fell asleep, he prayed to god for you asking god to keep you safe and healthy. Your dad always prays to god before falling asleep daily and he has also taught me to do the same so that I don’t get any bad dreams. I am pretty sure, that you will learn this habit too.

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