Sunday, May 17, 2015

Meet Alétheia Jane Porcella

Alétheia’s birth was less eventful than her older sister’s, for which we are exceedingly thankful. Hannah starting having contractions about 4:00am on Friday morning. We quickly got our belongings together and left for the hospital in our brand new 2016 Mazda CX-5. Two things made our trip to the hospital somewhat nerve wracking for me. First, Hannah’s contractions were progressing far more quickly than we had anticipated they would, and at least once she used the phrase, “I don’t think we’re going to make it.” Second, our car was a manual transmission, and I had only learned to drive a stick shift a few days before. Thankfully, I managed to get us to the hospital safely, and Hannah didn’t need to deliver Alétheia in the backseat of our new car. We arrived at Saint Vincent’s Hospital in Billings, Montana at 5:00am. After about an hour, Laurie, Hannah’s midwife, arrived to provide some much needed and greatly appreciated support and reassurance. Hannah progressed quickly and after just a few short hours Alétheia was ready to meet her parents. By the time Hannah was ready to start pushing, a second midwife by the name of Nancy had taken over and was coaching Hannah through the process.

Alétheia Jane Porcella (pronounced ah-LAY-thee-ə) was born on May 8th, 2015 at 9:32am (MST) weighing 8lb 13oz, and was 21in long. Alétheia is a Greek word (λήθεια) meaning “truth.” Strong's Greek concordance defines it as “truth, but not merely truth as spoken; truth of idea, reality, sincerity, truth in the moral sphere, divine truth revealed to man, straightforwardness” (Strong 225). Hannah and I love the beauty of both the name’s sound and its meaning. Her middle name Jane is in honor of her great-grandmother Mary Jane Heerdt. We felt that with a first name like Alétheia, and a last name like Porcella, she needed a simple one-syllable middle name.

Soon after Alétheia’s birth I stepped into the hallway to call Donna (Hannah’s mother), who was busy watching Charis. I also called my parents, my grandparents, and all of our siblings, to tell them the good news. Donna arrived at the hospital with Hannah’s sister Bekah about an hour after the birth with Charis and Bekah’s son Theodore. We took lots of pictures.

Hannah and Alétheia spent the next couple days in the hospital recovering. The hospital staff at Saint Vincent’s was absolutely wonderful. The care that Hannah and Alétheia received was outstanding. While we were at the hospital a number of Hannah’s family members visited. Hannah’s brother Ben and his wife Olivia brought us dinner twice.

We brought Alétheia home (i.e., Hannah’s parents’ house) on Sunday afternoon. It has been a joy to get to know her. Charis seems to be adjusting well to life with a little sister. Usually the first two questions that she has for me in the morning are: (1) “Mommy?” (translation: “Where’s my mother?” and, (2) “Baby?” (translation: “Where’s my new animatronics toy doll?”).

It feels good to be a family of four.

We are grateful for the support of all our friends and family.   

1 comment:

Laura Ward said...

Hooray! Welcome to our world, Aletheia Jane - we're so glad you're here. :) Adam & Hannah - she's gorgeous! And you all are a beautiful family. I'm rejoicing with you in Aletheia's safe arrival and praying for you all as you adjust to life as a family of 4 and continue transitioning to the next chapter. Sending lots of love!