Henry is an astronomer. He is very excited because he thinks he might have discovered the beginning of a new star. But then he gets even more exciting news ... he’s going to be a father!

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5 June 2006

Henry looks carefully into the telescope which lets him see far, far away, as far away as the distant nebulae on the far edges of the Milky Way. Henry is an astronomer. He looks at the sky, and at stars in particular. Even though he spends much of his time looking at detailed computer reports, which are just lists and lists of numbers, his favourite thing about his job is looking through the telescope. And today he is very excited. He isn’t sure yet, but he thinks he has seen a dense cloud which might be the beginning of a new star.

5 July 2006

Henry is still looking for a tiny point of light in the sky. He checks the lists and lists of numbers that his computer produces, and tries to make sense of them. He tries to turn the basic data into an image, a picture of the star he hopes to see, but it is not yet possible.

He arrives home feeling tired. His wife Anna sits down next to him. ‘I’ve got some news …,’ she says.

5 August 2006

Henry is so excited about being a father that he has forgotten about his star. Anna is feeling sick and tired. Henry is no longer thinking about nebulae and clouds and gases. He is thinking about pushchairs and nappies.

5 September 2006

Anna and Henry go to the doctor. Anna has an ultrasound scan. Henry is used to seeing distant images of planets and stars and clouds, and now he looks at this image. It almost looks like a cloud, but it is much clearer. He can see the outline of a head, the features of a face. And he realises that this means much more to him than the distant stars he is used to looking at.

5 October 2006

Anna finally starts to get fatter. Henry is feeling terrified. For the first time now, he realises exactly what it means. In a few months’ time, he will be a father.

5 November 2006

Anna looks at her tummy and now starts to feel that there is another living person inside her. She thinks about Henry’s job, and remembers how excited Henry was a few months ago when he thought that he could see a new star.

5 December 2006

Henry thinks that Anna looks a bit like a whale, but that she is very beautiful anyway. He thinks that next Christmas everything will be very, very different.

5 January 2007

Anna feels like she wants to sleep all the time. She feels like the baby already wants to come out. The baby is kicking her from inside. She feels like a football. She can’t wait to become a mother. Henry calls her ten times a day on her mobile phone.

5 February 2007

It can take as long as ten million years for a star to form, but Henry doesn’t care about seeing his star any more. He knows that although he may be the first person to see a new star, it is impossible for him to see the birth of a star, from its beginning to its appearance. But he doesn’t care, because a new star has just entered his life.

‘But we haven’t thought of a name!’ says Anna, holding the tiny baby in her arms.

‘I have,’ says Henry. ‘I’ve got a beautiful name for her.’

‘What is it?’

‘Stella. Let’s call her Stella.’

Chris Rose

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Not actually, I don't have any children and I don't like to have a one. but babies are really sweet.It is interesting to watch them born and grow up. I have a niece and a nephew. My niece is six months old and she is really cute. she recently starts theething and her two lower front teeth showed up.
She laugh like an angel, I want to kiss her cheeks and push her. we can't see her neck because he cheeks wont let us see that. She has many wrinkle in her hands and feet, that make her even cuter. I saw her when she was 3 months and now she is six months and she really change. They live in another country and they coming to see us next week I' m really excited.

I haven’t experienced something similar yet, because I don’t have children.
Anyway the storie is more much entertaining that I thought.

Greetings!

I have never had a baby, but I can clearly remember the first time my mom told me that she was pregnant. My father, my big brother and I were extremely carefull around her since then. When my little sister was born I could not belive how small she was. It was beautiful!

I already have three kids and of course I know what Anna feels. Pregnancy is wonderful thing in my life, even though my appearance was like a whale...

In the way that, when something happens and you aren't waiting for that but happens and also that surprise you in any form sometimes in a great way or in a terrible one.

It was an emotive story, well it is a reality that a baby changes the life of a person, but to be honest, I never have felt something like Henry with his bay, but I interprete this reading in other context in the way

I understood this story! The man want to see the birth of new star. After he remembered that it is more importantly to see the birth his daughter. Usualy people want to see what at a distance and don't see what is near with theirselws. You always see more at a distance. Not necessary that will be the fact that there is next to you!

I have a son. It's really different feelings when you become a father. Everything would change and, you become more responsible than ever. It's was a good sense, but it's not easy too. I wish that gorgeous event for all of you.

Have you experienced anything like Henry and Anna?

I have not experienced anything like Henry and Anna yes. But I love kid. I think I am going tobe a good mother and a good teacher. I have nieces, they love me. They alway listen my stories about what I have learnt .

Beautiful story, reminded me the birth of my babies.
Thanks

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