We are happy to announce that our daughter, Iona Maria Scholastica Barthos Burrell, was born Tuesday, 7 April 2009, at 10:03 a.m. She weighed 7 lbs 8 oz., and was 19.5 inches long. A healthy baby!
Both she and her mother are doing well. We all returned home from the hospital on Thursday, and Iona is settling in to her new home. It turns out that looking after a newborn is an exhausting job. She ignores the distinction between day and night, eats more meals than a hobbit, and, even when sleeping, has the power to wholly absorb the attention of anyone whose gaze falls on her.
Already we begin to see ways in which she resembles each of her parents. For instance, she takes after her mother insofar as she:
- has cold hands and feet
- dislikes the thought of delayed gratification
- likes to stay up all night
- is a ravishing beauty
She takes after her father insofar as she:
- has a prodigious appetite
- likes to sleep after lunch
- has hair on her ears
- loves to sing (so far only vowels)
Please join us in giving thanks to God for this new life which has already so greatly enriched ours! Your prayers and well wishes are much appreciated.
Have a happy and blessed Easter. Things are likely to be quiet around here for the next little while.