Lewis 龍一 (Long-Yi) Zeller
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You are now 24 days old!
You will be:
1 month old on October 29, 2020 (in 5 days)
2 months on November 29, 2020 (in 36 days)
100 days on January 7, 2021 (in 75 days)
6 months on March 29, 2021 (in 156 days)
1 year on September 29, 2021 (in 340 days)
18 months on March 29, 2022 (in 521 days)
24 months on September 29, 2022 (in 705 days)
2.5 years on March 29, 2023 (in 886 days)
3 years on September 29, 2023 (in 1070 days)
Life Lesson # 2: Your Name
How did we choose your name? The short answer is: very carefully. Your Mother had specific criteria: it cannot be too common, too obscure, or the name of a child she knows about from her social work. As your Dad, I also hoped the name would connect you to some virtuous and inspirational people. I spent many hours pouring through thousands of names, pitching them to your Mom (sometimes in the form of a PowerPoint). But it was very challenging to find a name that both of us strongly liked. You gave us some misleading kicks of approval in Mommy’s tummy when we said random names like “Alibaba” or my Dad’s suggestion of “Big Bob.”
When we were able to narrow down a few names, the opinions of friends could easily change our minds, and the search would begin again. In the end, what worked best for us was narrowing down a few options we liked best, and keeping those secret from others until we were ready to share. It also felt odd to name you before we could actually see, hear, touch, and meet you face-to-face. So your Mother suggested we wait until after you were born to make the final decision. The top contenders were: Barry (which we worried sounded too much like Bailey), Philip, and Lewis.
After you were born, we met you and felt like Lewis was the best fit. My grandmother was born in the city of St. Louis. Besides Saint Louis, your name also reminds me of the great jazz musician Louis Armstrong (What a Wonderful World), as well as gifted authors liked C.S. Lewis (The Chronicles of Narnia) and Lewis Carroll (Alice in Wonderland). We had already spent a lot of time considering the spelling, since Lewis is more commonly used in Britain, versus the French spelling of “Louis”, which is pronounced “Louie.” While we use Louie as a nickname and you are welcome to as well, it felt best to have the less common but easier to pronounce spelling for you. Plus, if you Google “Louis Zeller”, you’ll find lots of Instagram pictures of a teen model. We hope you will grow to appreciate your name, and know you will add so much value and meaning to it for us.
Your middle name became your Chinese name, which was selected by your Mother’s Father. It means “One Dragon” and is a strong, powerful name. Or as my friend Jack from Taiwan said, it’s “badass.” It also is shared by a talented Japanese film composer: Ryuichi Sakamoto (Babel, The Revenant). The Mandarin pronunciation of your name sounds similar to Lewis in Chinese. This name connects you to your Asian heritage and your Mom’s side of the family, while your last name of Zeller connects you with your Dad’s family. We hope you take pride in your mixed heritage, and will use the cultural and linguistic knowledge you gain to help people around the world better connect, understand each other, and create peace.
Life Lesson #1: Mom, Love, & Cinnamon Rolls
This is your Mother. Isn’t she beautiful? She is the most important person in your life, until you are an adult (at the very least). Listen to her, do what she asks, and show her respect and love. You will make mistakes and sometimes upset her. That is okay. (I do too, buddy). But if you deliberately try to make her upset, then you will encounter the fiercest lioness, the strongest storm, and the tallest ocean wave. But rest assured, that if anyone tries to hurt you, they will also be at the mercy of the same powerful force of nature. You are in good hands. I’ve witnessed already how much your Mother cares for you and it inspires me. Let’s continuously rediscover how extraordinary she is, every single day.
We love you. Some parents try very hard for a long time to have a child. You arrived in our life as a surprise to us. This does not mean we love you any less. This also does not mean you were an “accident.” It would be arrogant and selfish for me to consider you as an “accident.” Your Daddy and Mommy did not plan to fall in love with each other. To call it an “accident” simply because we did not plan it ourselves would be foolish. Life doesn’t always follow your plan or my plan. Surprises are an essential part of life that prevents it from becoming boring, routine, and noneducational. The reason you are here, now, is the result of billions of successful and unsuccessful plans interacting together with choices made your parents, their parents, technology (your parents did meet through the internet) and humanity as a whole. You are part of one small family that is part of multiple bigger families! I thank God for the opportunity to meet my wife, my son, and experience the ups and downs of life by your side. I am excited to get to know you, watch your grow, and explore the future with you!
PS: You don’t know about them yet, but there are these things called “Cinnamon rolls” and they are DELICIOUS and smell AMAZING. Daddy will happily accept one as a Christmas or birthday gift. I think you’ll like them too.
Your First Photo Shoot
Today (October 13, 2020) will be your first professional photo shoot! After taking our engagement, wedding, and maternity photos, we’ve once again asked Joy Chen to capture newborn photos for us. She is our favourite family portrait photographer! Looking forward to seeing and sharing her photos of you, Louie. You are 2 weeks old today. Time flies!
Welcome to the World, Lewis!
You were born on September 29, 2020 at 5:18AM at BC Women’s Hospital in Vancouver.
You weighed 6.4lbs (2.9 kg) and were 18.5 inches (47 cm) long.
You were a fussy little guy at first, but you calmed down later.
You are strong, silly, curious, demanding, and fun to watch.
You arrived earlier than we expected (on the first day of our vacation), which we were not excited about. But once we saw you, we felt incredibly thankful to be able to spend extra time with you, face-to-face. Mommy and Daddy spent 4 nights and 5 days with you at the hospital, because the doctors wanted to make sure you were healthy (and probably also because you were “the cutest baby on this floor.”) We are not sure about the cuteness of babies on other floors. The only reason we finally had to leave the hospital is because Daddy kept trying to order too many entrees from the hospital meal service. We are especially appreciative for the excellent care given to you during your first week of life by 4 doctors and many fantastic nurses!
The Child Awakens
Here is the first video we edited for you. It’s a parody of the teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, because your Daddy loves Star Wars.