Firstly, thank you to everyone who emailed and left comments on our new arrival. Gorgeous Man printed them out and brought them to the hospital each day which was lovely.
A lot of people have asked about her name. Many years ago, before we got married, actually, even before we got engaged, Gorgeous Man was reading a book by one of our favourite authors Gerald Durrell. In that book there was a character called Araminta and Gorgeous Man said that he really liked the name. Araminta has no meaning – it was created by a 17th century English playwright for a character in one of his plays, can’t remember which one right now.
Her middle name – Sarona, is Samoan for Sharon and comes from a very good friend of ours that we went to university with. Long before she got sick Sarona came to visit us in Brisbane. We were standing in my kitchen making cards and I said to her “Rona, if Jeff and I ever have two girls, we’re going to call one of them Sarona.” Sarona lost her fight with leukaemia on September 19 last year and we decided not to wait until we had two girls to use her name.
Henceforth the little one will be referred to as Gorgeous Girl.
Here is a picture of Gorgeous Girl in her crib at the hospital.
With the blanket Mummy made her.
This is her sleeping in her pram in the living room at home.
We’ve had an unexpected cold snap and didn’t have any winter clothes small enough so we had to stop at the mall and get some little things on the way home from the hospital. I will tell you all about that trip and the birth itself later, right now I have a little one that is starting to make hungry noises…