Dora 1 Year!
I did not have to much time for a blog post last months, busy with my company Connecting Media and a move to another city in Brazil, but that does not takes most of my time ;) Dora eats my time every day.. and it is great. People told me to be as much as possible with my child in the first years, and i did. I am lucky i work from home so it is easy to stay with Dora. My life changed, i cannot imagine my life without this little human. In one year she shows herself already in how she will be all her life.. amazing!! From day number one she likes music…. all kinds , she like to watch some tv and has a favourite show, Bubble Guppies , she screams and jumps when i put it on TV or the iPad. Maybe this series is why she likes to take a bath… she can enjoy an hour in the water if we let her.
Dora does not like socks or shoes…. or a hat. When we put those they will be removed in minutes. The socks are all over Santos already. She likes trees and plants, one of the reasons we have a house with a garden now. And she adores cats, our Clarinha in Santos and Teo in Socorro.
Danger, she does not know what that means…. she dives into new adventures every day. She likes cables and buttons, no idea where she get this from ;) And she is very … careful with food, she just eats what she trusts. Yes.. just one year today. Amazing how much she learned and teached us so far. To show what i mean i record all year her movements, actions and sounds and turned it into a second movie about her, enjoy.
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Happy Birthday Dora.
I love you.
Dora The Movie!
In split second, it al changed.My little Schapie is 6 months today, since the moment she looked in my eyes she became a part of me. To show what that means…. just look at the video that i made for this very special day:
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In split second, it al changed.
22 July 2013, my wife Adriana start to give labour, it will become a very long day with laughs, pain, talks, waiting, trying and keeping faith. We were not alone, starting with 2 mid-wives, a doctor , the 2 children Aline & Thales of Adriana, her mother Alice and not to forget cat Clarinha. It will be a natural birth in which is still pretty special in Brazil. After almost 20 hours our doctor said we have to do the last little part in the hospital. so we packed the stuff we needed and went of to the hospital… before i knew i was already out of there again because i could not show my ID…. damn… i forgot this strict rules they have sometimes here. nb: a week earlier i did not have to show it? So i did a world record in speeding thru the streets of Santos early in the morning in our Volkswagen Space-Fox. When i came back (it was almost a time travel) i just heard her first sounds…. my Dora was born.
I was a little bit shocked of these first sounds. Than it happened. Adriana was holding Dora on her breast…… and she passed her over to me. For the first time i was looking in the eyes of my Schapie… and she was looking in my eyes.. straight. FIRST CONTACT!
Something happened at that moment…. let's call it… "i became a father" right there in that split second. First night i could stay in the hospital… to be with them both. Great service. But the start of the new adventure also counted for me. My bed was kind of ……. short. They were not prepared for a tall dutch father :)
The connection i have with Dora and she with me is amazing. I am very happy that Adriana shares it all with me, she is the main one for Dora because of the first nine month connection of the both and the delivery of the daily food by giving her breast feeding. I must catch my moments with her as much as i can… in my way. So i do it all… Waking her up, change the pampers, giving bath.. choosing the clothes, walking with her and singing for her or just try to get her to sleep. It is just the way to get connected i think. This video was made by a local TV station ATribuna for fathers day (Dia dos Pais) , i am in there with Adriana and Dora :)
Ofcourse a deep deep bow and a kiss for my Adriana.. she was already a great mother .. now she will be one for Dora too. Lucky father and baby :) She is also a great partner for me and assist and teach me the tools to raise Dora. What Adriana achieved is amazing and an example for all mothers. She got also what she wanted by not giving up…. she did put all her efforts, knowledge, power and love into this birth and she managed to give birth in a natural way to our Blue eyed Dora. Love you Adriana! … there are no words enough to express myself.. just being with you and Dora will hopefully show me, myself and i. 8 years together now .. at least we add another 50!
I am glad i was there when the labour started, and i can only say to all future fathers…. be there and feel what happens…. if you miss that moment with your wife, you will miss a lot. It something i will never forget. Every day i am learning with Dora and she with me…. I am learning her way of communicating… and she is learning mine. So…. I try to be this daddy cool for my little Schapie. nb: never forget your ID !!!
While i wrote this she is sleeping in my arms…. say no more.
Slaap Dora slaap daar buiten loopt een Schaap, een………..
The beat of life
Past months Adriana, Schapie and i had to go to some places where they 'scan' Schapie. Import to see and check if all is OK with this little one. In the first 2 scans i was impressed about what the doctor can see already, the health, the measures, if all 'parts' are there and in the right place. Amazing !! But me as an amateur seen some pictures what must be our Schapie, to reconize you have to have more experienced in these kind of early stage pictures. It is special to see that Schapie is growing rapidly now. We can not only see that at the scans, we just have to look at Adriana (sorry my love,i just want to say you are still as beautiful as always) . Schapie is 1 Kg now. In one of the scans Schapie has it's thumb in it's mounth…. just so amazing to see that…. how can be??? Look at the picture below… i can reconize that :)
Schapie , 24 week wise - Santos, Brazil
For me as a sound engineer, sound is very important. No sound… no job ;) At the last scan they let us hear& see the heartbeat of our little Schapie. That made me …. quiet . Some of you know me.. i am never quiet, but when i heard this sound, it was the sound that made life i thought.
As a sound engineer looking at the amplitude and frequency of the heartbeat i could see Schapie was very healthy , a good and stable heartbeat. The beat of life.
So… i made a second trailer of Schapie, especially for my Adriana. Watch it here:
The news is out,
I will become a father next july. Before you read more ..... put your sound on... LOUD!!! , start the YouTube video below an read the rest of my story:
Schapie , 7 week wise - Santos, Brazil
My child will be born in Brazil, a very good place to be born. We choose already names for both options. My wife Adriana want to know in front if it will be a boy or girl ... but not me, i want to have a big surprise. To keep this information from me will be a huge task for Adriana. Because it is for me unknow wat the sex will be... i choose a temporary name for him/her .
This was the nickname my father gave me when i was little.... it means something like 'little Schaap'.
Adriana and Schapie are now in India for some yoga courses, i am not kidding... Schapie is doing it's first travels already, first Dubai from there to India. Tasting another country. Listening different languages.. which also in his future will be a daily happening. Portuguese, English & Dutch, i hope Schapie is better in learning portuguese than me ;) When the both are back in Brazil i will prepare 'being a father' together with my Adriana.. doing some courses with her at Namaskar Yoga Santos.... building the baby place .. buying baby stuff.
I will be ready to be Daddy Cool for sure :)
To celebrate Schapie i made a first Trailer video of Schapie, watch it here:
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