Time of birth: 12:49 p.m., July 22, 2005
Weight: 7 pounds, 5 ounces
Length: 19 inches
How to pronounce her name: Lay-el
Little Lael came into the world Friday without a hitch. Mom and baby are doing well, though the Empress will be in the hospital for a few more days recovering from her second C-section.
You’re probably wondering a bit about the name Lael. It’s kind of hard to explain the quirks of family, but our son, Seth, was named after his grandfather, Sam – we pick the same first letter of a deceased relative. Seth’s middle name Daniel was in honor of journalist Daniel Pearl, who was slain while my wife was pregnant. Pearl’s wife was pregnant at the same time.
So Lael is named after my dad, whose name was Leslie. A lot of our friends were guessing Leah, but the name never really caught on for us. Lael’s middle name Sophia has no special significance; we just like it and as my wife says, it gives our girl another option if she doesn’t like her very Hebrew name.
One strange note. It seems that the birth of a child in our household seems to break our air conditioner. When Seth was born during a sweltering week in June, we had to replace the heating unit a few days before he was born and the cooling unit a few days after. Yesterday – a concrete-wilting day in July – something in our NEW air conditioner failed. So here we’re waiting for the repairman as I write, because we don’t want mom and baby coming to a 96-degree bedroom. I just wish he’d hurry up and arrive. (Actually, Seth’s grandma has volunteered to stay and wait for the guy. Thanks grandma!)