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Coquille has arrived

I guess I can close the link on what to do if birthing one's baby happens unexpectedly at home or in the car. :P

I started having contractions on Thursday afternoon, after a busy couple of hours on my feet. But they were nothing to call the doctor about, coming, as they were, at least 30 min apart and very manageable on the pain level. At two minutes to midnight, a more serious bout of them woke me, keeping me from from dozing off until 6 a.m., after which point they went back to every 30 minutes or so, allowing me to sleep 20 min at a time until 9 a.m.

At a little past 2 p.m., the contractions started coming quicker, if not harder, so my doc suggested going to the hospital to be checked out by the doctor on-call. We arrived at there at 4, with Sprout in tow, leaving Junebug in the care of our housekeeper.

Two hours later, after another swift and hard dilation,* I barely made it into the pool, as my doctor barely made it back from Alexandria to assist in the birth, in time to deliver our son. Sprout was so proud to be part of it and see her new baby brother come into the world.

So Boaz Kaelig** Faure, came to us as befits his name (Boaz = quickness, swiftness; Kaelig = Generous lord). He weighed 3.485 kgs (7.68 lbs) and measured 52cm (20 inches).

I was released from the hospital at midnight and should be in bed, but the adrenline is stll running high. Still, better try to sleep some more. I need it. :P


* Similar to Sprout's arrival in the world, only with much less vomiting.
** Briton/Celtic name prounced "Kay-lig", "lig" rhyming with fig. I wonder, since part of the name is French and Boaz is easy to pronounce, if my mother-in-law will approve. Or will she declare that we gave this baby a "weird name," which is her verdict for her other two grandchildren. :P


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May. 21st, 2016 05:02 am (UTC)
HUGE CONGRATULATIONS on the birth of your son!!!

So thrilled to hear that you are both doing well.
May. 21st, 2016 10:00 am (UTC)
Thank you so much. Now I'm like you, two boys and a girl. ;)
May. 21st, 2016 06:06 am (UTC)
Wow. Congratulations! That's a great name. Glad it went well!
May. 21st, 2016 10:02 am (UTC)
Thank you. :D It took us forever (as in making up our minds just a few days ago) to find a boy's name that worked for us in both French and English, and we are happy with it. :D
May. 21st, 2016 08:38 am (UTC)
Congratulations! Great new and love the name.
May. 21st, 2016 09:58 am (UTC)
Thank you!
May. 21st, 2016 06:39 pm (UTC)
Hurray for the new arrival!

Wishing you all the best, and All. The. Sleep.
May. 22nd, 2016 02:12 pm (UTC)
So far, Boaz is more like his brother and sleeeeeeps! I hope it continues. :D
May. 21st, 2016 06:40 pm (UTC)

Hoping to see some pictures of the new member of your family as soon as you have time for posting them.
May. 22nd, 2016 02:12 pm (UTC)
I will take a few when he wakes from his nap. :D
May. 21st, 2016 07:05 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! Welcome to the world, Baby B!
May. 22nd, 2016 02:13 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
May. 21st, 2016 07:33 pm (UTC)

And what a lovely and unique name, and as for your mil, my bet is on "weird name"...lol, but why break the trend? eh?

PS. You need to write the pronunciation for Boaz as well, though :p ("Boas"?, "Boazzz"? or "Boatsch"?).
May. 22nd, 2016 02:17 pm (UTC)
Yeah. Weird. And she can't remember if the O comes first or the A. :P

but why break the trend?

In a phone call, prior to the birth, she told J that she hoped we wouldn't give this baby a weird name like we did with the other two. He replied that since we had given unusual names to the first two, we weren't likely to name this something like "Michel" :P

Since the Z is pretty straightforward in both English and French, I thought we could dispense with that pronunciation, but yeah: Bo-azzz. :)
May. 22nd, 2016 07:13 pm (UTC)
Oh wow... I guess at least you're left in no doubt as to what she thinks. :p

(And Danish here, we say Z as S :p)
May. 21st, 2016 08:55 pm (UTC)
Congratulations my dear!! How wonderful, how lovely! I adore his name--like all your children's names ♥

(His onesies still are in process... I've only started waxing them....)

So--I'm belatedly recording all your babies' birth dates--for Boaz it's May 20, yes?

Edited at 2016-05-21 09:04 pm (UTC)
May. 22nd, 2016 02:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

New onesies! Can't wait to see them. We'll travel to France in August. You have lots of time to finish. *big grin*

And yep, May 20. :D Funny thing about the midwife who assisted me with K's birth and missed this one:

Her husband's birthday is 4 March and Junebug was born on 3 March, and her birthday is 21 May and Coquille was born on 20 May. :P
May. 23rd, 2016 04:51 pm (UTC)
Congratulations!!! How wonderful!

"Boaz" literally means "there is strength within him" in Hebrew. It's a beautiful name.

Wishing you and your family much joy, and excellent sleep in the months to come ;)
May. 23rd, 2016 07:08 pm (UTC)
"Boaz" literally means "there is strength within him" in Hebrew

YES! Thank you for speaking up with this. I actually wanted to ask you. :D I saw some sites speak of "strength" in conjunction with the name, but seemingly only when referring to one of the pillars in the Lord's temple built by Solomon. Then on the behindthename website, I saw a user give the meaning you cite; I really love it. :)

For the moment, he is a very good sleeper. Maybe too good. I wish he would wake up and nurse a bit more. :P He doesn't seem to have jaundice like Junebug did, though.
May. 24th, 2016 05:28 am (UTC)
There is also a positive Biblical character by that name--the great-grandfather of King David, from the book of Ruth. It is a fairly popular name here in Israel. :)

Well I hope he sleeps just the right amount to give you all plenty of rest and still get plenty of nourishment! And I hope his skin stays nice and pink :)
May. 24th, 2016 08:04 am (UTC)
Yeah, I know Boaz from the book of Ruth and am a bit surprised when people don't know it. It is not a common name in the States (or in France, where the spelling would be Boos), but it is not unheard of. Because I've known the name since childhood, there is no "mystery" about its pronunciation or provenance, unlike my MIL who just can't keep it straight, as in "Is is Baoz or Boaz." :P
May. 23rd, 2016 07:37 pm (UTC)
Oh wonderful news! So happy for you! Hoooray!!!!
May. 24th, 2016 08:04 am (UTC)
Thank you. :D
May. 24th, 2016 04:21 pm (UTC)
Beautiful name.
There is no love in this world like a mother's love. It is a free, unbought, unselfish love. She cannot account for it. You cannot change it. You must break to pieces the mother's heart before you will change it. It is the fullest love with which a creature can love. She loves with all her heart.
This love of a mother to her child is natural to her. She cannot account for it. You cannot change it.
It is an unchanging love. A mother's love is, of all creature-love, the most unchangeable. A boy leaves his parent's roof—he crosses a thousand seas—he labours beneath a foreign sky; he comes back—he finds his aged mother changed—her head is grey—her venerable brow is furrowed with age; still he feels, while she clasps him to her bosom, that her heart is the same.

Robert Murray M’Cheyne
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