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The Baby Question

Posted by on 24 April 2011

Not too long ago, I have actually considered having another baby. I realise this may come as a shock to many of you, given that I already have five children. It’s just that my biological clock is tick-tocking away and I don’t want to have any regrets one day about not having tried for just one more baby while I still had the chance. My older children are only just entering their teenage years right now yet I’m already starting to feel the loneliness whenever I’d go somewhere and not one of them would want to tag along. When they were younger, they used to want to follow me everywhere like a gaggle of spies whom I could never shake off my trail. But at the same time, I’ve had my hesitations as well, knowing fully well that my husband and I — both very busy with work and both frequently traveling — are not getting any younger. Plus I don’t particularly fancy the thought of going through those two-hourly feedings 24/7 again!

Anyway, I did broach the subject to the twins on several occasions to test the waters, so to speak.  Each attempt was met with violent opposition from them both, especially from Twin2 who’d vehemently declare,  “Adik tak nak jadi abang! (I refuse to become an older brother!).”

my twins, my very own Upin & Ipin

My very own Upin & Ipin -- Twin2 on the left, Twin1 on the right.

So you can just imagine how I almost fell off the driver’s seat tonight when, as we were driving to N’s house to see her newborn baby, Twin2 suddenly announced out of nowhere, “Dah lama kitorang takde adik!” (Literally: ‘It has been a long time since we’ve had a younger sibling’ — a form of statement that the twins usually make when what they actually want to say is ‘We never. . .’ as in saying “Dah lama kitorang tak pergi Switzerland” instead of saying “Kitorang tak pernah pergi Switzerland“)

As if on cue, Twin2 added, “A-ah! Abang nak jadi ‘Abang Abang’, Adik akan jadi ‘Abang Adik’!” (Yes! I want to be ‘Big Big Brother’,  Little Brother will be ‘Little Big Brother’!”)

I have no idea how this story will end. In fact, I did not even mean to put up this post just yet. But fate somehow intervened, making me click on “Publish” instead of “Save”. So help me God!

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