My ‘Puter

When I was expecting my first baby, my husband’s two young nieces came to Ireland for a week’s holiday, in anticipation of seeing their new little cousin. I was already one week overdue when the girls arrived so the excitement was mighty. As luck would have it, nothing stirred all week and the two little girls went home disappointed. At 42 weeks plus 2 days, I was admitted to the maternity hospital to be induced the following day. Shortly after midnight, I went into labour spontaneously and as the sun came up on a beautiful morning in June, our son, Robin arrived into the world.

Robin was an exhausting baby. The image of having a peaceful sleeping baby, very quickly dissipated. He would sleep for very short periods of time and then be awake and alert for hours. Life it seemed, was too exciting to waste time sleeping. Robin wanted to see the world. Our early days of parenthood are blurred from lack of sleep. We took it in turns throughout the night to walk the floorboards with babe in arms to allow one another some sleep. By day, I would walk for hours pushing the buggy around our locality in an effort to get Robin to sleep. I would arrive home with him sleeping peacefully but as soon as I put the key in the door, his eyes would spring open again and I would almost weep from exhaustion. Things improved when Robin became mobile enough to reach for toys to keep himself entertained. By nine months, he was already practising his mountaineering skills by scaling the side of his cot and falling onto the floor in the process. There was no stopping him. The breakthrough came at almost two years old, when we went to stay with friends who had two children. Their older child had a Tomy toy computer exactly like the one above and Robin was completely captivated by it. We bought him one for his second birthday and ‘My ‘Puter’ as it became known, was a lifeline. He still didn’t sleep much but he was happy in his own little imaginary world as long as he had his ‘Puter for company. Little did we know then what lay ahead in terms of Robin and his computer.

Robin went through school with one purpose in mind. To spend as much time as possible learning more about computer technology and design. And he didn’t waste any time either. All the promises we’d been given by the experts that he’d sleep once he became a teenager, never materialised. He of course, had a ‘real’ computer in his bedroom at this stage and spent every available hour surfing the net. Before long, he began to win awards for his design ability and he’s gone from strength to strength ever since. His powers of innovation, design and enthusiasm know no bounds. While in college studying for a degree in Digital Media Engineering, he launched his blog ByteSurgery which charts his success story to date. Robin’s other big interest in life, is outdoor adventure sports so when he’s not in front of a computer screen, he can be found planning and executing his next expedition. His blog Team Geared Up is testament to this. He is presently based in Chicago putting the final touches to a new niche technology service he’s designed, called ‘Decisions for Heroes’. He plans to take the world of emergency services by storm with a brand new concept based around decision-making. The next chapter of his life is about to begin.

Today is Robin’s 25th birthday. He’s packed more into that quarter century than most people could hope to achieve in a lifetime. All those sleepless nights have more than paid-off. HAPPY BIRTHDAY old fella! We’re hugely proud of you. You were well worth the wait, all those years ago!

20 Responses to My ‘Puter

  1. Grannymar says:

    Happy 25th Birthday Robin!

    And a Special Congratulations and Happy Anniversary to Steph and her Hubby for producing such an exceptionally talented young man!

  2. Steph says:

    Thank you! GM – sure where would we be without our whirlwinds πŸ˜‰

  3. Grannymar says:

    I wonder what Robin blogged about on β€˜My β€˜Puter’ ?

  4. Steph says:

    GM – You’d have to ask Tomy toys about that! πŸ˜‰

  5. Wow! Thank you! What a surprise to wake to!

    I’d totally forgotten about that ‘puter! The best thing about it was when you pressed the return key the screen moved up a line and it was holographic so when you looked at different angles the scene animated. No batteries or anything!

    Thanks for the memories!!

    Had a fantastic meal on Aoife last night – 16 different BBQ meats at a Brazillian Steakhouse!

  6. Baino says:

    Happy birthday Robin! Aww Steph. We love our boys.

  7. Bendy Girl says:

    Happy Birthday Robin and congratulations Steph! BG x

  8. Laura says:

    Wow sounds like a guy worth meeting. Hope he enjoyed his birthday and well done Mum and Dad and puter.

  9. Steph says:

    Thanks! everyone

    I started to write this post in the early hours of June 8th in preparation for posting in the morning, and then I realised “Hang on a moment, this guy is still keeping me awake after all these years” so I got sense and went to bed.

    Robin still has the ability to go without sleep for extraordinary lengths of time. These days, his parents are the ones to go to bed early – we’re making up for lost time! πŸ˜€

  10. Roy says:

    Robin yer a lucky lad ….ye got an Irish mother ,you’ll always be loved!

  11. Caoimhin says:

    Happy Birthday Robin! πŸ™‚

  12. He sounds like my eldest, she didn’t sleep through the night until she was 2.5, much to my chagrin (I perform poorly under sleep deprivation, mucho groucho). I guess I have a busy 19 years ahead of me ’til she hits 25 then πŸ™‚

  13. Steph says:

    Roy – awww! πŸ˜‰

    Caoimhin – don’t give him any more encouragement to stay up late!

    Thrifty – that sounds very familiar. Here’s wishing you lots of sleep-filled nights. If it’s any consolation, my next baby settled down at 3 months and by the time she was a toddler, she often put herself to bed as she loved sleeping so much! πŸ˜€

  14. aquaasho says:

    Hi Steph, that post explains everything!!

    I know I’m late to this but happy belated birthday to Robin! Steph I’m sure you’ll be writing tonnes more posts about his amazing achievements for the foreseeable future!

  15. Steph says:

    Thanks! Aisling

    I bet you ran before you could walk! Robin never bothered with crawling. He used to shunt himself along using his arms, with his legs dragging along behind him. Then he learnt to climb and THEN there was no stopping him!

    Good luck in the Aquathon tomorrow. Push harder! πŸ˜‰

  16. Grannymar says:

    My tornado crawled in a most peculiar fashion using her left elbow and right knee! She looked a little like a crab and was so fast that she never bothered walking until she was 14 months. Then the real problems started… I am still tying to catch up πŸ˜‰

  17. Steph says:

    GM – Our fella started walking within a week of us moving house. We’d no carpets so he thought “stuff this” and got up and walked!

    We have a friend who adores fresh crab meat and always jokes when he leaves our house after a feast of seafood, that he’s eaten so much crab he’ll “walk home sideways!” πŸ˜‰

  18. Steph, funny you should say that our second is just the same πŸ™‚ Both good girls though.

  19. Steph says:

    Thrifty

    I’m just glad that we got the non-sleeper first because it must be a double whammy when it happens the other way around.

    We expected the worst 2nd time round and it was such a treat to be proved wrong πŸ™‚

    These days in our house, it’s more a case of “Shhhh! Don’t wake the parents” as our offspring creep back into the house in the early hours of the morning!

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