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“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.”/Shakespeare

Shakespeare was right, of course it doesn’t really matter what we call him, he will still be who he will be. The question I ask myself is, will he feel and look like what we name him? You know some people you meet, they own their names in a way that you’d think they picked it themselves.…

The Dawn Of A New Life – This is the most amazing person I’ve ever met. The strongest and calmest, smartest and silliest. She is my compass and my favorite person to get lost with.

When she got pregnant I prepared myself for what I thought was going to be 9 months of caregiving, cravings and pampering. It was her sensitivity that made me fear the worst but one should never mistake sensitivity with frailty.

I can’t say enough how proud I am, how impressed I am with how she hascarried herself throughout these months. I’ve seen a strength and determination that I’ve never seen in anyone and it is not just a pleasure and a joy to share this with her, but an honor and privilege.

Today she’s 37 weeks pregnant, which means baby is officially full term and ready to pop at any time. One would think that being over 8 months pregnant would slow her down. Instead she is more active than ever, topping out yesterday at 8km of walking!

A few weeks ago I took her down to the sea to watch the sunrise and take some photos. I wanted to illustrate the beauty of mankind with the extraordinary beauty of nature as a backdrop.

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Some things are better said than read, so I decided to record it. Watch and listen, or read the article below.

I’ve never been what people might call “a team player”, nor do I enjoy the idea of conforming to ideas that I disagree with or don’t think seem logical or constructive. Whether I was a performer, DJ or desk clerk I always went my own way and that doesn’t go well with the other “team players”. Deciding to become a SAHD (Stay At Home Dad) kind of, whether I liked it or not, pushed me into that “team player” mentality where a large group of people come together over a mutual idea.

I’ve never been a father before, certainly not a SAHD and I haven’t even been around babies a lot, or at all in my life. If there was ever the need for support from a community of “peers”, this was it.…

parenting-classesWhether you’ve planned it or not, the news about becoming a parent will throw you for a loop. Once you’ve recovered from the initial shock, the reality of the daunting task’s ahead will slowly come seeping down into your consciousness. One of them will be the inexplicably panicking question of “Will I be able to handle it?”.…

oyster-approved2About four months into the pregnancy we decided it was time to start looking at which stroller we should buy. Being that we are first time parents we had absolutely no clue what to look for or what to consider when buying. What I knew for sure was that the comfort of… do you say driving? Pushing? Let’s say handling. The highest priority was how the stroller managed different surfaces and how easy it was handling it regardless if I was out for a brisk walk or slipping past people in a crowded place. We spent weeks and visited every possible shop in Malta which had different brands and ironically enough, we ended up picking the first one we saw.

The first thing to understand is that there is no such thing as the perfect stroller. Depending on your lifestyle and habits you will want to have something that matches that. So, let’s start from the bottom (now we’re here. #drake).…

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Oh it’s getting really real! We’ve just entered the 31st week of pregnancy and should be less than 10 weeks from birth. Ana is looking, doing and feeling great. Yes, she’s a ball and it’s getting a bit harder to breath comfortably at times due to the pressure of the ever growing baby but everything seems to be on track and we’re approaching the finishing line. What has the pregnancy been like up until now?…

Hello word cloud in different languagesMy father was born in Iraq, my mother in Iran. Both of them are of Assyrian decent. I was born in Iran and because my parents are Assyrian, we speak Assyrian with each other and I call myself Assyrian. Due to the inconvenience of risking having our heads chopped off by muslims during the Islamic revolution, we fled Iran when I was only one year old.

I grew up in a small Swedish suburb, one of very few immigrants. I was well integrated and obviously spoke the language fluently and flawlessly. At home we spoke Assyrian but the rest of my linguistic stimulation was Swedish. 30 years later I moved to Malta.…

breastfeeding2Let’s face it, you’re a guy and breasts are interesting and fascinating for completely different reasons than breastfeeding. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t know what it means to breastfeed and what the benefits are for your woman and child. It also doesn’t mean that men can genetically switch off their fundamentally programmed instincts when it comes to the female form and what we associate it with. …

no childrenMost people generally have the ambition to one day get married and have kids. It’s usually the standard plan. That was never the case for me. I discovered music and art at a young age and even before that, while my friends were looking at centerfolds of porn magazines, I preferred the centerfolds of astronomy books that had those glow in the dark constellations. I remember sitting out on a dark meadow at night, trying to find Cassiopeia, the Pleiades and Orion.

The pattern stayed the same when I discovered DJing at the age of 13. At the youth center, while the other kids were trying to impress girls with guitars and drums, I was spinning vinyl in a storage room downstairs. I was always outside the box of normality. Hey dad, remember the pimpy 80’s fur coats I recycled from your old wardrobe? Oh lord……