Our son, Rafael Zahri Bin Kevin Zahri was born on Dec 22nd 2010 16:16 at Prince Court Medical Center, Kuala Lumpur. This is letter dedication from your parents.

Dear Rafael Zahri,

After 9 months of waiting, yesterday finally marked a miracle for your mummy and I. It was the day we finally got to see, hold and cuddle you in our arms. Some day you will grow up so I am writing this letter to remind you of your humble beginnings in the arms of your parents.

Bali – Your Beginning

You were conceived while mummy and I were on our honeymoon in Bali. I shall spare you the details but it all happened during our stay at The Hill Villas, Nusa Dua. From there, you were always with us.

The next nine month

Mummy’s pregnancy was not too bad. She didn’t have any particular cravings or morning sickness. We kept reminding ourselves that although we couldn’t see you, you were already part of our family. Everywhere we went, you were already right there with us. Over 8month, mummy provided you with your first home .. her tummy :)

How was your delivery?

On the 20th Dec, your doctor (Dr Aziz) told us that your head has locked (this is a good thing) and that you are ready to meet us! We were so excited … and a couple days later, mummy got admitted around 4pm on the 21st Dec at Prince Court Medical Centre, Kuala Lumpur.

After a night of contractions for mummy, around 8am the following day, mummy’s water broke and we were on an “exciting” 8 hour journey until mummy dilation finally reached that 10cm mark. I was of course always by her side.

Puuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuush

Around 4pm on the 22nd the real action began. Mummy was pushing, contracting to push you in her arms. After some 40 rounds of puuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuushing, at exactly 16:16, we saw Dr Aziz literally pull you into this world and with a sharp cry of your voice …. mummy and daddy looked at each other. We knew our little angel finally arrived. Your mum, as soft and loving as she is, shed tears of joy while I was holding back mine. I wanted to make a strong and good first impression. I even bought new cloths, shoes and everything. All for you. Lil Rafa!

Your mum, as soft and loving as she is, shed tears of joy while I was holding back mine.

First impressions!?

From the start, although messy, you were a little cutie pie. Mummy calls you bubba. I prefer Rafa. Your are named after my idol – Rafael Nadal. Initially I proposed Rafael Nadal Zahri but we settled for a simpler Rafael Zahri. I hope you like your name.

As you can see form the pictures, you came out looking a little pale, even purplish but that’s normal. Everyone was there to see you on your first day in this crazy world. Opa, Jeddah, Omi, Opi, Aunty Nails, Aunty Aminan, Papa Di and Aunty Nini …. even your great gran Tok came from PJ to see you.

Our promise to you

Your mummy and I are so in love with you and of course we are the proudest parents in the world. We have great hopes and expectations for you but will always be there to support your dreams, providing for you and your future. We will listen, give advice and when needed, we will do what’s necessary to keep you in line.

There will be time when you don’t understand us or merajuk but never forget that from this moment onwards every decision we make will evolve around you. You are our priority. You are what makes us a family!

But remember…

Our son, always remember to be respectful and polite to people around you. Never forget the sacrifices your mum has endured to bring you into this world. Remember to be a humble and responsible man. No matter how high you reach up for the sky, always keep your feet firmly grounded.

Never forget your roots, your family. Without family, life is meaningless. You are a muslim and with that comes responsibilities but I am sure with time you will figure life out.

Lots of love and thank you for having your mummy and I be part of your world.

Your parents :)

Kevin Zahri

I am a US certified personal trainer and nutritionist with over 12 years experience. Over the years, I have published over 10 books, written for Men's Health, other fitness and lifestyle magazines, hosted TV shows and appeared on various TV shows, programs and magazines. I am also an avid corporate wellness speaker and web entrepreneur.

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  • pakndak

    Salam ..
    Sungguh terharu membacanya. Wish my late father had written me a letter like this. Although he didn't, my love for him never died. l can almost imagine how Rafa would feel like when he reads this letter one day. l can almost see the tears in his eyes. Bertuah sungguh Rafa memiliki kasih sayang tanpa berbelah bagi dari ayahnya. Semoga he will grow up to make his parents and his agama proud.

  • Fauzi Packeer

    Wahh…bravo Kevin…even I already have three kids but never thought to write something like this. You and Rio certainly going to be a great parents InsyaAllah.

  • matt

    im touched! =) god bless him n ur family too~
    words from papa zahri~ haha…

  • zetty

    ooohhhh sungguh terharu..bertuahnya Rafa d kelilingi org2 tersayang..one day Rafa bila rafa baca all this thing yg papa dia tulis ni dia akan menitiskan air mata n bangga dgn parents dia assp papa n mama…smga sentiasa d berkati, d rahmati olehNya..amin

  • thanks for the comments :) yeah insyallah he will turn out to be a decent man :)

  • Ayu

    kevin…i’m speechless….nothing i can say but i’m deeply touched with the wording expression….u are the greatest husband & daddy in the world…..congrats for u & family :)

  • Lovely, congrats to you n ur family.
    Hope he'll turn out to be the next you and his mom

    Regards,
    Tashya

  • Congrats Kevin! Just read the good news, time flies so fast, now Dah Ada baby!! ;)

    • I know …. time does indeed fly :) thanks for your wishes rosmah.

  • mell

    congratulation..
    Rafa is so cute..
    i am touched too! sob..sob..
    May Allah bless papa, mama & baby t! amin…

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  • gardeninheaven

    Congratulations on your handsome and strapping son ! He is so cute and adorable. All the best to you and Rio. May Rafa grow up to be a son to be proud of. Insya Allah.Comments

  • congrates Kevin and wife…

    and welcome cute Rafael… and be successful as Rafael Nadal..

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  • anies

    9 months waiting? if you got married in april/may that's only 7/6 months waiting for baby.
    something is fishy. seems to me like there was a bun in the oven even before the marriage

    • Nat

      This is a very inappropriate question. Please get your facts right, in the 1st place. And count in weeks, not months, if you are so hooked up on this.

    • 1) you suck at math2) not that i hv to defend myself for such an inappropriate and rather rude remark BUT Rafa's supposed delivery date was 7th Jan (he was 2 weeks early) …. so do the math (if u r not capable, get help)

    • Josh

      wtf anies? r u retarded? or someone pop a huge bun in your ass? don't you have a life to count someone else's pregnancy period? or you are so insecure of yourself that by asking question like that not only make u look stupid and ugly, it makes us wonder whether u actually use your brain or your ass to think. so before you ask that kind of question, go make something in the kitchen and tender to your pitiless ass

    • Julie

      awat la pompuan ni tanya soalan koranghajag sangat eh?

  • ezzy

    Anies,
    Go get a life! What a shame.

  • Alexisqandar

    Anies,

    I guess u never pregnant… are u MANDUL?? or maybe ANDARTU??
    Like, nobody want to marry u… shame!! Attaboy…

  • Nisa

    This letter touches many heart,and for u to even dare to post such comment is just showing barely to the world how classless, rude and pathetic your life is. Pity. I really pity u Anies, realy do. Yes, go get a life, and even if u don’t have any, don’t ruin others’!

  • Nisa

    This letter touches many heart,and for u to even dare to post such comment is just showing barely to the world how classless, rude and pathetic your life is. Pity. I really pity u Anies, really do. Yes, go get a life, and even if u don’t have any, don’t ruin others’!

  • arif

    hey anies..
    wa kesian sama lu..!
    andartu kot lu nie?
    dah tu, MATH FAILED !
    kesian btol…
    lu tak tau lu diam..
    mau try kaki ?

    • Olive

      si anis tu LESBIAN kot. hahahaha!!!

  • Azhar

    My advice to this joker, go bake some bun n feed in all her fish.

  • fairuz

    haha, anies..we count the pregnancy period by weeks actually…we dont calculate using month…go get a life, such a joker..

  • Anies

    Yes i know 40 weeks
    So 2 weeks early is 38 weeks
    Why dont you guys count the weeks and see if it adds up before you start saying that im the one bad at math?
    A friend of mine got pregnant in march and baby was delivered 13 days earlier
    Birthdate : 12 december 2010

    So how izit that you got pregnant after april and your baby has the same birth date as her baby?
    Haha seriously you guys reply smart dont just reply what comes first in your head.
    You just sound really uneducated.

  • Anies

    Sorry i meant birth month

  • Anies

    Love that you got married on 3rd april – based on blog says akad nikah on that date- and then looks like your wife got ptegnant the VERY next day – based on due date you gave
    Which makes no sense at all because once you shoot your sperm it take up to two days for it to reach the eggs. Not tryin to be inappropriate but seriously it doesnt make sense dude!

  • AzieL Azhar

    I wonder apa benefit yg Anies ni dapat by helping to do math for all of us here without being asked? Puas hati becoz of busuk hati? Gosh, you need help, Anies, seriously.

  • Ajip

    I think Annie is one of ur ex or some girl that is so obses of Kevin n can’t accept the facts that he is happily married now. Y must you say such a thing at the first place. Jangan aib kan orang. God is fair.

  • Intan

    so sweet……

  • FF

    Seriously Anies? I LOLed reading your comments!

    God, get a life bitch!

  • Heroshie

    Anies… 3 April to 7 Jan = 40 weeks. in future jangan tulis tanpa fakta. Nampak sgt BODOH.

  • Anies

    Yo heroshie please read up on fcts before calling people bodoh because you yg nampak bodoh! Haha

  • jiwagua

    Congrates kevin.I rasa dia da besar sekarang.jheee

    • very besar :) …. nanti i will upload pictures ….

      • jiwagua

        Ok ok.i will wait.weee.Tak sabar.:D

  • Hidayah

    Love this letter much. Happy parenting to both of you.
    Cheers

  • Congrates Kevin.

    so touched..! best betul..

    kindly take note ye Rafael.. ape yg your papa pesan tu..

  • iza82

    tahniah! bestkan jadi daddy n mummy…im also ader anak… anugerah terbaik n terindah… i also janji dgn diri i n hubby to be the best parents to our childs… even penat tp bahgia n hidup bermakna….alhamdulillah

    • thanx :) yes fatherhood is by far the most fulfilling experience …

  • little red emmy

    i'm sooooo touch! parenthood is something we cannot buy or trade with anything. congrats to kevin & wife. and to little rafa…may you be a good son to your parent and a good man just like your old man :)

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