Birth Announcement


I just wanted to share with my blogging community that we had a son born to us on March 29th, weighing in at 6 pounds 13 ounces.  Aleksander Jan Gill is the name.  We went Polish as opposed to Punjabi for this one. 🙂 I almost missed the whole show, but got to be there for the final 3 pushes and even cut the cord.  A hard 3 minutes of work.  I almost missed the whole show as I contemplated stopping for coffee on the way to the hospital.  To be fair, my wife assured me I had lots of time.  I am quite thankful I made it in the nick of time, and quite thankful that my wife had a short labor.  Everybody is quite healthy, just a little sleepy.  Here are some obligatory photos!

27 thoughts on “Birth Announcement

    1. Overall it’s been good. He coos a lot about how cute his brother is and that he loves his brother, but in practice it has been difficult. I just think this is unavoidable from a kid who has been used to having 100% of his parents attention, and given that my wife is often busy breastfeeding, not having access to his mother constantly when she’s at home is difficult for him. He also doesn’t seem to like new baby smell, because he said he doesn’t like holding his brother, because he’s stinky (And that’s not with a dirty diaper). lol

      I think things will get better when the baby becomes more interactive. I don’t Dhyan conceived that this baby just does nothing. As parents we can appreciate this phase for what it is, and it also doesn’t last long, but it can be a bit uninteresting in some ways even for us. Moreso for an impatient 4 year old who can’t understand why newborns don’t really react to anything. lol I think once the baby can smile at his brother, and really look at him, follow him with his eyes, Dhyan will get more entertainment out of it.

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      1. I pretended to like my brother too. But then when I was alone with him I’d keep pressing the fontanelles which my mother had warned me not to press. He ended up studying physical education which means she was right. Pressing those things does cause people to be a bit slow.

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  1. Ahh, how wonderful Swarn! Now you have a bigger team to manage! Another teammate on the roster! And no… don’t worry. You don’t have to tell me who is the REAL owner, President, General Manager, and Coach of the franchise. I already know; I’ve been there. Just get use to saying “Yes,” and “Right away Dear,” and “You are right” more often or all the time. Do this and your team will be very successful! 😄😁

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      1. GOOD! Then you guys my build a dynasty and be in the playoffs and championships regularly! Wooohoooo! GO TEAM GILL! (clap, clap, clap, clap!), 🙌🏼 GO TEAM GILL! (clap, clap, clap, clap!)… 🤸🏽‍♀️ 🤸🏽‍♂️

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  2. Awwwww!!! Hearty congratulations to you and your dear woman! What a beautiful little boy! And so glad your wife had a short labor. Mine were both 2 hrs each, and thank the gods for that. I can Not imagine what 36 hours of labor would be like, nor do I wish to. That women survive that sort of thing ought to tell us a thing or three about women(!)

    Beautiful photos, too – sweet of ‘brothers’ and I especially like the profile of you and Aleksander. Love to all! ❤

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  3. Lovely sweetness – congratulations! Glad your wife and bambino are doing well, and that you didn’t stop for java! :Thanks for sharing with your community…. we hear so much bad news these days, it’s wonderful to hear good and joyful news and to be reminded that there is as much of that as the other. 🙂

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  4. Delayed congratulations here, Swarn. So great to see a few photos of you and the family! Leaves me with a deep resonance of our shared humanity somehow. Should be an interesting ride for Dhyan and Aleksander! Your comment about Dhyan not realizing there was going to be this phase of doing nothing was great. I can just picture it. A boy with dreams of the perfect playground partner, chomping at the bit, and already Aleksander is raising questions…

    Thanks for sharing, Swarn. Greatful to be here.


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    1. Thank you Michael. Yeah I sort of suspected that Dhyan’s dream of a brother wasn’t quite a picture of the reality of the newborn. But this phase really doesn’t last that long, and even if the baby won’t “play” any time soon, just being able to see and interact and laugh will make a huge difference I think for Dhyan. We are all sort of non-entities to the baby right now our only value is to provide food and contact. lol So even we adults are waiting (but obviously with much more patience and understanding) for a more interactive human. lol

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