You’re sacrificing an hour of sleep to get up earlier, so you can pack junior’s lunch the way he likes it. You’re folding laundry while answering office e-mail and planning the shopping list for dinner tomorrow night.
Wait a minute, did you just spy little Ben leap off the dinner table ― again? You spin round to catch him mid-air. When women become mothers, they discover strengths they didn’t even know they had..
Nor do their achievements go unnoticed. Indeed, this Mother’s Day, SmartParents’ husbands pay tribute to the wonder women in their lives. Here, they share the moment they realised their wives were capable of performing feats that are nothing short of incredible.
ROCK OF AGES
“… I saw her carry the twins in each arm while my eldest hung onto her neck. This happened at 2am when all three kids were sick. There was a lot of crying, coughing and puking, but all the kids wanted was mummy’s attention and my iron lady managed them all.”
Jegathishvaran Devarajan, 37, project engineer and dad to twins Meghna Jai and Meghav Arryann, 2, and Gaurav Arryann, 4.
BREAST COURSE OF ACTION
“… She produced 52 months of breastmilk ― and counting ― over the course of six years for all three of our sons.”
Ewan Mah, 37, digital consultant and dad to Cameron, 2, Connor, 4, and Christian, 6.
READY, JET SET, GO!
“… She flew halfway across the world from Singapore to Canada to visit her family all by herself with our 6-month-old daughter. She did this twice by the way, the first time was just a month before that. The best part ― she didn’t complain at all and handled baby’s jet lag patiently.”
Steven Cheng, 37, IT consultant and dad to Denise, 8 months.
“… I saw her spend the entire night trying to put our daughter to sleep. Oh, and also that time when she made me clean the toilet in the middle of the night because it was dirty and it was bugging her.”
Thiagesh Menon, 35, lawyer and dad to Eashta Ivania, 1, and Ishana Daenia, 3.
RULES OF THE GAIN
“… She started laying out the cards about marriage and kids a mere five minutes into our first date!”
Michael Budig, 44, assistant professor and dad to Lukas Varun, 1½.
LABLE OF LOVE
“… She bought a label maker printer when the kids started playschool. Didn’t realise you could finish the whole roll at one go.”
Allanjit Singh, 38, managing director and dad to Daanya, 1, and Asher, 4.
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THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY
“… She decided to give birth without any pain relief just to see what it would be like.”
Matthew Drury, 36, business leader and dad to Jasmine, 2.
“… She was in labour for more than 10 hours and gave birth to our child right in front of my eyes. That’s the epitome of hardcore.”
Hafiz Kammarudin, 32, personal trainer and dad to Ridzwan, 3.
EAT ONLY GETS BETTER
“… She started planning our dinners on a Google calendar and made sure we had something different to eat every day of the week. This was despite the fact that she is a full-time working mum and we don’t have help at home.”
Thomas Tan, 28, graphic designer and dad to Charles, 8 months, and Clare, 2.
MOD OF APPROVAL
“… I saw her rocking immaculately done makeup, high heels, a designer diaper bag and cradling our 6-month-old son in her arms.”
Kristian Sunders, 38, IT expert and dad to Michael, 2½.
WELL ON THE WAY
“… She fell into severe postpartum depression but wasn’t afraid to ask for help and work hard to get better. She’s also not embarrassed to speak about it now and is always willing to share her story with other new mums.”
Daniel Goh, 40, chief operating officer and dad to Benjamin, 2, and Alexis, 6.
WOE AND BEHOLD
“… She had to take care of me and the two kiddos by herself after all three of us came down with a horrible virus. There was a lot of vomiting and crying and I wasn’t much help but she handled everything without complaining.”
Kenneth Chan, 38, IT security expert and dad to Adele, 1, and Aiden, 4.
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