25 June 2011
Look what the stork brought us!
This week is a momentous one for my family, because last Tuesday our daughter was born. It certainly is another one of life's surprises. Three years ago I did not think I'd be living in another country, but here we are. One year ago I never would have thought we'd be new parents again, but here we are. I hope the next surprise will be at the Lotto!
My wife delivered our second child at the Wellington Hospital, and as a C-section patient she stayed there til today (Saturday). I have been at the hospital during those days. If we were permitted to sleep there, I would have done so too. But overall the hospital personnel have done a wonderful job at looking after my wife and child. The facilities are great too. A big THANK YOU to the wonderful staff at Wellington Hospital!
This experience also made me appreciate a major aspect of being a resident of this country: seeing my tax dollars work. It's something I have not really experienced back home, even with the Social Security discount applied when we had our first-born. Sorry, did not intentionally want to rant about that here, but I am just amazed with the service and facilities provided us ... with no charge! Well, of course I know that there is no such thing as free lunch and I have indirectly paid for it through taxes. But how would you feel if you had been paying taxes all through your working life, and still you had to fork out a substantial amount of money for the delivery of your child, who will be of benefit to the government too as a future taxpayer? It's like money going to the void, you don't know where it goes to. Wait, I think we actually do know where it goes...
Whoops there I go again. Back to the happy news!
Imagine... us parents again, this time with a daughter! Words can't describe the happiness and excitement.
To my friends, thank you for being there!