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 (ἀλήθεια) 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.