Thursday, May 06, 2010

"Of Noble Kin"

Lillian & Katie:





We've been talking about middle names for Katherine for a long time, but as of Monday, we still hadn't decided anything. The main contender, and possible back-up plan was "May," for the month she was born in.

Soon after she was born, however, her daddy said, "Katherine Alice" and it sounded right. Neither of us had considered the name before then.

Just in case, however, I checked its meaning before writing it on the birth certificate. After all, I'd hate to name a baby something that means, say, "demon spawn" or "evil incarnate."

Alice means "of noble kin." And maybe it's the proud mother in me talking, but Katherine really is lucky to have Lillian, Joseph, Michael, Sarah, Allison, Eliza, and Harmony looking out for her. If they haven't smothered her to death with all their love in the first few months, then I think she'll be grateful for them one day.

The kids visited me Tuesday at the hospital. DH brought in Harmony and Eliza in the morning, then the whole clan in the afternoon. Harmony's reaction was the sweetest. She ignored me completely and stared fascinated at Katie both times. She grinned and smiled and seemed so pleased that Katie had finally arrived. You'll notice Harmony's head and hands in lots of the photos. Even when it was someone else's turn, she wanted to be near Katie.

This first movie is of Harmony, Eliza and Katie at their first meeting -- it's a little long:

And a short one of most of the girls:

When the kids began fighting over whose turn it was to hold Katie, I knew I had the perfect distraction -- hospital beds are great, you know?


Wendy said...

Congrats Christina!! YOur little Katie is definately loved!!

Side by Side said...

Love all the videos.
Congratulations...Katie is beautiful.

Natalie said...

I love the name and she is beautiful. My mom's full name is Alice Jane, and it was passed down for several generations yet I never knew the meaning. What a lovely addition she is to your noble little family. I love all of the pictures...they remind me so much of some of the most tender memories of my childhood. I'm so glad all went well and can't wait to hear more about your experience. I've been thinking of you, but my internet access has been limited the last few days so I didn't read the happy news until this morning. Congratulations!

alligood said...

Congratulations! She is beautiful and your children are so enchanted with her. :)
I'm so glad everything went well!

fiona said...

Congratulations, Christina! And the whole family! Katie is such a beautiful baby... and what a lucky little girl, too, having all those big brothers and sisters loving on her! That's so sweet, how happy Harmony is with her baby sister :)

Gin said...

Hahaha, I love it how Harmony can't get enough of Katie! IT'S SO CUTE! Your family is AWESOME!

Jaydee and Shaunda said...

Congratulations. I am so happy for you and your family. She is beautiful and she will definitely be loved by her siblings.


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