New Life

Baby #2 arrived last Friday.

We named her Natalia.  We are acclimating to her arrival and sleeping as much as possible (not much, really).  In naming her as we did, we broke two of our own naming rules.  We wanted something short and not overtly religious, we failed in both respects.  Natalia clocks in at seven letters vs the four in Nina.  Furthermore, the root of the name Natalia is the same as the word natal– as in birth– as in the birth of Christ.  We didn’t really think about it until after we decided on the name.  The connection isn’t too widely known, like the name Mary, say.  Actually, it’s the biblical boys’ names are tough to avoid– think about it.  Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Paul, Peter, Michael, Joseph, David, Daniel, Thomas– all Bible names.  It would appear that Xians and their affinity for the afformentioned Bible characters popularized these name.  Look how well the villians’ names fared.  How many guys do you know named Judas, Cane, Pilate, or Goliath?   ;)

Nina is very concerned about Natalia.  Any time Natalia cries, Nina says “bebe” and starts pointing as though we should do something right away.  We hope they’ll be good friends.  They’re off to a good start.

Cati and Natalia are both doing very well.  I, on the other hand, had to eat hospital food AND sleep on a small single mattress in Cati’s room for two nights.  Oh, the humanity!  Worry not, dear readers, I too am recovering nicely.    

Wish us luck; we’re in way over our heads now. 

I thought this song fitting (don’t worry, they’re not Tuvan):

9 Responses to “New Life”

  1. Angel says:

    Alex and Cati – Congrats!!!! As a mother of two daughters I feel qualified to tell you that you are in for a real treat. I’m so glad that everyone is doing well, and especially thankful that Alex is recovering from his food and lodging problems for those two nights – what a relief.
    I can’t wait to meet Natalia and I think her name is beautiful (even if it is overtly religious).
    It is also good to hear that Nina is already fulfilling her role of big sister so nicely.
    I couldn’t be happier for all of you.
    Please tell Nacho we said, “Hola” and congrats on being a big brother again.

  2. Lydia says:

    What a beautiful, beautiful family and absolutely no bias on my part at all!!!!! I am so delighted to see pictures of Natalia, ( by the way I love that name. All this time I thought it was just a good old Ukrainian name but you shed more light on it and I love it even more.) and Nina’s reaction to her. Cati, you look amazing! Can’t believe you just delivered a baby. I guess the Spaniards know how to look good no matter what situation they are in.

  3. Albany Jane says:

    Congratulations on little Natalia!

    You know, it’s a little known fact that Natty Ice is derived from the beer baron’s beloved daugher, Natalia. (I’m kidding, it’s just hobo beer)

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  5. Liz Donda says:

    Congratulations, guys. She’s beautiful! :))

  6. Bea&Víctor says:

    Felicidades por Natalia. Nos encanta veros tan felices. En 2 meses os empataremos a 2 nenas. A ver quien desempata antes?

  7. Flor says:

    Guys, congratulations!! Me meti de chismosa a su pagina porque me acordaba que se acercaba la fecha. Muchas felicidades, sus dos ninas estan preciosas. Me gusta el nombre, una de mis mejores amigas en primaria se llamaba Natalia. A ver si nos vemos ahora que ya estan mas cerca para conocer a Natalia y para que conozcan a Isabella.
    un abrazo para todos y besitos a las ninas

  8. Cati says:

    Thanks for all the kind words and well wishes.

    Nos podeis visitar siempre que querais! Podemos no-dormir todos juntos.

  9. Oh wow!!!!!!! How could I have missed the birth of a new baby girl?? Congratulations.
    My love to all!!!