When my wife first told me she was pregnant, I did not make it a secret that I had wished it was was a girl. I don't know why but I really wanted a girl for my first.
The name was discussed between my wife and I and of course like all young parents at that time we had a long list containing names for boys and girls. No, no scanning so we really were in the dark as to the sex of the child.
My late mother in law was never one to meddle in my marriage life but she did whisper to my wife that she had fallen in love with the name of one of my neighbour's daughters so we reserved that name if it was a girl.
It could be that in Penang that name that my late mother in law fell in love with was quite rare at that time but in Kelantan, it was like a dime a dozen, very common.
To shorten things up, my wife delivered our first born at the Penang Maternity Hospital. We got a healthy baby girl who we duly named Marziah, the name of my mother in law's choice.
The date was 21/08/80. Yes, today is her 28th birthday. She is now of course married but is not a mother yet.
She may be 28, the eldest of the three children that I have but in our eyes she is still our baby, our first baby.
Happy Birthday Meiji, as she is affectionately called, and may you live a long and happy life.
Your mom, sister, brother and I love you very much. Happy Birthday baby.