Estella Phoebe Kawotjo (Estell) was born on Friday, October 10, 2008 at 6.29 a.m.; two minutes before her twin boy Maximillan Moses (Maxie) followed.
Blessed with the twin babies, Etty Febe and Moses Kawotjo share their happiness with Tatler Bambini about their first born. Seeing Estell with her infant cloth written ‘I love my daddy’ while Maxie wearing the one written ‘I love my mommy,’ gives an impression of how the felicity has taken Etty and Moses into a jovial atmosphere.
Becoming a proud mother by the birth of twin babies, Etty is elated by gracious opportunity to experience the altogether role of being woman, wife and mother. “There are a myriad of words to express my bliss, but I can’t let them out,” she says. “It’s an unspoken happiness!”
It’s just the beginning of new chapter for Etty and Moses to raise their twin babies. Showing great enthusiasm, both say to rely on God’s will and wisdom to guide them in raising Estell and Maxie at best.
Notwithstanding her daily routine to manage her F&B; business, Etty has thus far been dedicating her time to focus on the babies. Not only is her being closeness to the babies of great importance, but Etty has shown her social character of being care as a figure of mother. Ever since before giving birth to the twins, Etty has engaged in social activity by raising funds to help less fortunate infants. “At the moment I have collaborated with a few doctors to give donation to Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital as a means of providing medical needs or operation for the babies whose parents are in the low-income bracket.”
Concerning the ongoing phenomenon that many career mothers have delegated their responsibility to babysitter, Etty opines, “In today’s fast-changing environment, you definitely need someone to help; not only in terms of career but also in handling your household chore. So, I believe, at least in my case, that the role of a babysitter is significant as long as they are assigned to help parents take care of the baby’s daily staple, not to replace the parent’s role in raising the baby.”
In other words, a baby needs more than just daily’s needs such as nutrition, clothes and toys. But no less important, the baby’s emotional needs as a love expression should be the parents’ main focus. This includes spending time with the baby playing hugging, cuddling, talking and breast feeding, she furthers.
Published in Tatler Bambini, special edition, January 2009.
Text by Aulia R. Sungkar. Photos by Shinka Moeharjo, Amore Baby Portraits, Dharmawangsa Square