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Monday, 8 June 2009

Hullo from the 'hood...

Mummyhood that is! Yes, the blessed event finally happened on May 16th at 2:04pm. May I present to you the lovely miss Jade Violet Alisa Lowry!

She weighed 6lbs 10.5 oz, 19 inches long but is now up to 7lbs 7oz and is verrrry long...thanks to daddy's genes. She is growing way too fast for Mummy's liking. *sigh* She makes snorty piggy noises when she's angry and honks like a Canada goose when she's content. I can't get enough of her toes and fingers and belly. As for the name, which probably seems huge for such a wee girl, here is the story behind it.

D and I had been volleying names back and forth for months. Our tastes are very different and so we had a hard time agreeing on anything for a girl. We had a very short list for boys (of course). After Jade was born, she was referred to as "sweet pea" for 4 days because we STILL couldn't decide on a name. I think the nurses were getting rather disgusted with us. And then, as I was lying in that wretched hospital bed, recovering from the C-section while Sweet Pea got light therapy for her jaundice, I started mulling over a conversation I'd had with my brother-in-law about a month previously.

C was filling up my errant Kia's tires with air in the shop on the farm. Suddenly he looked up at me and said, "Kimmy, I have the perfect name. Your troubles are over. Jade Lowry. Just add whatever your mother's name was in the middle." And he grinned in triumph. Hmm, I thought. Kinda strippery. Kinda catchy. I politely nodded but wasn't really won over at the time.

The more I thought about it in that hospital bed, and the more I came to know Sweet Pea's personality, the more I realized that she was not a Grace or a Madeleine or a Danielle or a Taylor. She was a Jade! And really, C has done so much for us over these past two years - the least we could do is let him name our child.

D liked the name Jadyn, which means "God has heard us" so it was a good compromise. Also, the stone Jade is said to have mystical, heart-healing properties; what better way to heal hearts so bruised after two losses than with sweet baby Jade's arrival. And as my sister Tanzi reminded me, I wrote several stories when I was younger that featured a main character named Jade.

As for Violet, it's my favourite flower, and I found them in bloom all over Someday farm's lawns the week Jade before was born. Alisa was my mother's name; she died in 1993. She was a strong, sophisticated, intelligent woman who had a gift for friendship. I can only hope that Jade will inherit these qualities from the Babushka she never got to meet.

So there's the scoop for now. Sorry to have kept you in suspense, bloggy friends! I hope to do more entries, but I'm telling ya, it's darned hard to type blog entries with one finger while nursing. (0: We are all well and healthy and very, very happy. Thanks for all your prayers and warm wishes. I'll be back soon...


tanzi said...

Yay! It's about time you posted this! I guess you are a wee bit busy, though.
So, Carm has some explaining to do, but I suppose it's okay he had a role in naming my...our niece. At least he didn't insist on delivering her.

Can't wait to meet her in person!

justin said...

Many congratulations to both you and D. Litte Jade looks gorgeous ... she's a cutie.

And now for the big question ... who does she take after, in looks?

Hope you're feeling OK after your CS.

Mrs Successful said...

Congratulations on the safe arrival of your little daughter, Kimber - almost one month old already - what are you buying for her first Christmas (hahaha). In the response area on my blog I've just made a wee posting to say that I think 'Jade Violet Alisa Lowry' is very beautiful and I loved your choice of names Kimber. Isn't it kinda like the fickle-finger-of-fate in that Jade's name was already chosen but needed someone to suggest it. The same thing happened to us when we couldn't think of a name for our 2nd son - then hubby visited and said someone in his work suggested he should be named after him (Gordon) and that was it - and it was just perfect for him. Karma! I hope you're coping with the night shift - and also looking forward to all the summery things that can be enjoyed with a baby at this time of year. I'll be back! xx

Gingham Skies said...

Yay!! A perfect name for a perfect peanut. I couldn't be more excited for you and D! :)

Lots of love being sent your way!

Susan said...

I've been checking your blog for new posts, even though I realize how tiring it is to be a new mom! Jade is a beautiful baby, and indeed God has heard and answered your prayers by giving her to you. I wish Jade and her parents many blessings in the years to come!

Lois said...

Hey Mommy Kim!
She is just beautiful!!!
Congrats to you and hubby D.
I have been patiently waiting and checking your blog...and tonight I just got the urge to check again and there you were...pictures of baby Jade and all..woo whooo!!! :)
Please email J with your snail mail vitals and she will get them to me. I have a little something for a little someone that I want to send up to you.
Congrats again.
Hugs & Kisses to all.

Kimber said...

Thank you so much everyone! Glad you didn't give up on my blog. I aim to post weekly at least.

Justin, we don't think she looks much like either of us! She is lean and tall like her dad but I think her face looks like my sister tanzi's when she was a babe.

Mrs. S, the night shift is going surprisingly well. Glad you like her name. We do too.

Lois! You don't have to send anything! You are sweet. There are lots of pics of Jade on Facebook - maybe Jaime can show you next time she's over. I will send her my address.