At Six months: 16 pounds, 3 ounces; length 26-1/2 inches. Sits unsupported and babbles. Can drink from a spouted cup with no assistance. No teeth yet. Is learning to creep (backwards) and scoot (forwards). Loves her juice, hates peas and bananas. Shows deep interest in Daddy's guitar.
At birth on July 24, 11:38 am: 6 pounds, 3 ounces; length 18.5 inches. Healthy, happy girl.
On the evening of August 24, after Havdalah at the Blessing for the Moon, we named Leora using a combination of Sephardic and Ashkenazic ceremonies. The English of the service is available for you to read. If you are interested in more details of the service please write us.
She's named in memory of two people. "Rose" is for her great-great-aunt Rose on her father's side. That's the simple part to explain. "Leora" is harder. It represents a sort of conceptual naming after her great-grandmother on her mother's side. That lady's name was Clara Belle, which means "bright and beautiful." At her funeral, Clara Belle was likened to "a burning and shining lamp." "Leora" means "I have light," which seemed to us a fair approximation of "bright and beautiful." It also conveys the sense of miracle Leora brought us, as we learned of her existence on the first day of Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights.
If ya just gotta see her, this page should help. It loads thumbnail images (about 10k each) with links to sound bites and bigger pictures. It will be updated regularly.
As new parents we have discovered that everybody has advice to offer. Since we believe that the on-line community has just as much to contribute to our lives and the life of our child as the ether-impaired we are allowing you to offer advice and be just as annoying as our non-virtual-friends. So, below you will find a form to offer your favorite bit of wisdom about being a new parent.
We will put up those responses that we like, and pay just as much attention to the others as we feel they merit. (Can you say /dev/null? I thought you could.) Have fun!
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