Sunday, November 11, 2007

Waad at One

After many months of not updating my blog, my otherwise very busy dad just finished editing this video of my first birthday party!


Monday, February 12, 2007

I now can speak ! ! ! !

Yes, that's right ... even though I'm only three months old, you can click play below to hear me speak.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

3 months

At three months, I love to laugh and

hang out with exotic birds.

This bird's name is KooKoo.

May your days be filled
with laughter and joy!

Thursday, November 23, 2006

A Poem from Dave

My dad's friend Dave Smith sent this poem about me!
Isn't it great?!!!

To my friends, for your new gift from the world:

I wish her life
I wish her smiles
I wish her the courage,
to travel for miles
I wish her the eye
to see beauty still
and fire in her spirit
to have power in her will
I wish her compassion
for all life she sees
and also sharp wit
and the desire to be.
I wish her inner peace
as I do to all
for without this
life takes a great fall
Above all, I wish her great parents
to guide her through all this,
But knowing them both,
I need not wish!

- - by Dave Smith

Friday, November 17, 2006

I'm Home!

I'm home, safe and sound! It took me a while, seven days at the hospital, but they finally gave me a clean bill of health and let me go home! I've been home since Wednesday eve. Thank you to all the friends and family who prayed for me and wished me well.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Pray with us....

Please offer me a prayer for recovery (refer to yesterday's post) .... a prayer from your own heart .... or join my Mama and Baba in this prayer of praise to God, the protector of all, as He decribes himslef in Verse 255 of the second Chapter "Al-Baqara"-"The Cow".

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

اللَّهُ لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ هُوَ الْحَيُّ الْقَيُّومُ لاَ تَأْخُذُهُ سِنَةٌ وَلاَ نَوْمٌ لَهُ مَا فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَمَا فِي الأَرْضِ مَنْ ذَا الَّذِي يَشْفَعُ عِنْدَهُ إِلاَّ بِإِذْنِهِ يَعْلَمُ مَا بَيْنَ أَيْدِيهِمْ وَمَا خَلْفَهُمْ وَلاَ يُحِيطُونَ بِشَيْءٍ مِنْ عِلْمِهِ إِلاَّ بِمَا شَاءَ وَسِعَ كُرْسِيُّهُ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالأَرْضَ وَلاَ يَئُودُهُ حِفْظُهُمَا وَهُوَ الْعَلِيُّ الْعَظِيمُ

~ In the Name of Allah, Most Merciful, Most Compassionate ~

Allah is He besides Whom there is no god,
the Everliving, the Self-subsisting by Whom all subsist;
slumber does not overtake Him nor sleep;
whatever is in the heavens and whatever is in the earth is His;
who is he that can intercede with Him except by His permission?
He knows what is before them and what is behind them,
and they cannot comprehend anything out of His knowledge
except what He permits;
His knowledge extends over the heavens and the earth,
and the preservation of them both tires Him not,
and He is the Highest and Greatest.

Monday, November 13, 2006

I'm Having a Little Trouble

Please pray for me...

I'm having a little trouble in my first days here in your world. I am five days old and already worldly burdens have beset me. My mommy was discharged from the hospital three days ago, but the doctors won't let me be discharged. They say that I sleep too much and don't eat enough. I have to admit, I do like sleeping. I like eating too, and I do try my best at feeding time, but it seems my best is not "nutritionally adequate" for the doctors.

My mommy is exhausted.

Even though she was discharged, she stays here in the hospital with me day and night. She feeds me from her love and milk, and then in the middle of my feeding, I ... snore ... fall asleep. A deep sleep, mind you. She tries hard to keep me awake in order for me to take more milk, but I just snore away. So most of my feedings end up with the nurse putting the rest of the portion into my stomach through a feeding tube. I don't like that feeding tube. It's so intrusive the way it's inserted through my nose like that.

But what can I do? I want to help, and to finally come home, but it's not up to me. (Although the doctors keep telling my mom and dad that "it's all up to the baby, when she starts to eat satisfactorily, then we can allow her to go home. At this point, she just wants to sleep.")

Sorry, I don't understand all these things. This coming Wednesday morning, I will be seven days old. Hopefully, the next time I speak to you, these difficult times will have been rainwater beneath the horse carriage, or something like that.

So pray for me.

My Mama Enduring a most painful, arduous, momentous, difficult, prolonged, euphoric labor

drawings by my Baba

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Waad Enters the World

My dad has already begun to indoctrinate me in his musical taste!

The song is around 4 minutes long, but the video part (showing my first days) is just over 2 minutes.

First Pictures

12 Hours Old

My big brother Ali caught red-handed pulling my hat off!

24 Hours Old:
They finally bathed me

48 Hours Old:
No more I.V., no more oxygen tube

Friday, November 10, 2006

48 Hours Old

OBVIOUSLY my dad is TOO BUSY to post my pictures!!! I guess it's more important that he take care of my mom and my brother & sister! Well, we'll just have to wait another day or two before he gets around to it. In the meantime, the nurses are taking very good care of me at the hospital. They finally washed me yesterday, and washed my very thick, black hair.

This world is strange. I'm only 48 ours old, and already hands from all over have reached in and touched me and probed and bent and stretched and poked and stuck things in me and even played with my ears! and kissed me and lifted my legs up and apart and wiped stuff on me and wiped stuff off of me and stuck tubes down my throat and pinched my behind and held me tight and whispered things into my head and ruffled a few feathers.

WHEW! Is this going to go on for much longer? When is everyone gonna finally leave me alone? I hope it's soon, because I'd like to just relax in my life, thank you very much.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

I'm here.......

I've arrived!

I entered the physical world in a very dramatic fashion this morning at 6:12 a.m. in Detroit, Michigan, weighing 8 lbs 12 ounces, and measuring 22 inches. My dad will show you pictures and drawings later tonight!

Friday, November 03, 2006

... they wait for me ... and I wait ...

I can feel my Mama's impatience with me deep inside her womb. My due date for arrival into the world was yesterday and I just want to sleep here in the dependable warmth of eternal love. I never want to leave because once I leave, there's no coming back. I am where I want to be, I am what I want to be, I am when I want to be. I am together with thy light. I guess waiting like this and taking my time is putting a strain on her back, but I don't really understand any of that; I just know that this place is good, and the "other" unknown to which I am expected to transition is not necessarily good. I will arrive eventually, but later rather than sooner. I guess I'm beginning to actually listen to the voice that is telling me to prepare to come out. Anyway, nothing is truly eternal except the glory of the Creator.



Study of Womb by Leonardo Da Vinci

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Leonardo Di Baba!

Hello again! My Baba took my ultrasound portrait and photoshoped it to make it look like a warm colored, softly textured, Italian Ren aissance "Madonna and Child" painting, specifically the child part of the painting. But do you see anything else in the picture? Like the "see what you can find in the clouds" game. My daddy says all he did was enhance the color in Photoshop, and did not add anything, and the ultrasound picture came out like this. Well, then he gave it the whole "textured canvas" look!

Madonna and Child
with St Anne and the Young St John
Leonardo Da Vinci

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Hello from the Great Beyond!

Hello! My name is baby Waad or Wa3d (وعد), which means Promise in Arabic.

I am approximately negative 7 days old (that means that I am expected to enter into the pysical world in about one week!)

At this point, I live in a conduit that connects the spiritual world of the Great Beyond with the physical world of Planet Earth and its environs.

I have been officially deemed to be a Pink Cookie! Read more about this event here: PINK COOKIE

My family comes from the crossroads of three continents, so I have the entire world swimming through my veins. But more specifically and locally and recently, I am the byproduct of 1 Persian, 1 Egyptian, and 6 Southern-Lebanese great-grandparents.

En-Sha2a-Allah (God Willing,) very very soon I will meet my two parents, two of the greatest, bestest, and most humblest man and woman around, and one older sister (a truely pinky girly-girl) and one older brother (who I've been told is a fanatic about science and outer space), as well as the rest of the world!

Is it true that the human world is so full of amazing wonders, both beautiful and horrible?

But it can't be as peaceful and serene as where I am now! My Mama's womb is so warm and cozy, with lovely colors and whispers that none of you walking humans can imagine! Here in the Great Womb I hear and see another world that all of you have long forgotten.