4.13.2014

Freddie


World, meet Freddie.


She was born in a flash on Sunday, March 23, at 9:12 pm. (As in, from 6 cm dilated to a baby in the room in 12 minutes flat. TA DA!!!) She flopped around on my belly for a bit, sneezed twice, just as Mia did upon arrival two and a half years ago, then settled in for some milk, a cuddle, and a snooze. She weighed 6 lbs. 13 oz. and was 19 inches long.


We're all feeling great. Really, really great. And super proud of the girl we loved first.


You want to get to Freddie, you've gotta get through THIS:


Last Sunday, together with a living room full of family and friends, we gave Freddie her name: Frieda Rose Schleifer. She's named for my great-great aunt Frieda, also "Freddie" to the people who knew her best, who just weeks before she died in 2008 at the age of 97, was on the phone with Eli discussing Walter Isaacson's book on Benjamin Franklin, and David McCullough's 1776. Rose is for Aunt Frieda's mother, my great-great grandmother, a woman I'd heard about, but never met. In our tradition, you get a Jewish name too, so our Frieda Rose is also Frayda Nitzan. The Yiddish, Frayda, comes from the word "frayd," which means "joy." Nitzan is the Hebrew word for bud, fitting, we thought, for this child born on the cusp of spring.


At the gathering on Sunday, my father spoke about Freddie's namesakes, his great-aunt Frieda and his great-grandmother Rose. Eli's father spoke about the German, Norse, Hebrew, and Yiddish meanings behind the names we chose. Mia's wonderful, wonderful babysitter read a story to all of the kids about an elephant who dreamed of becoming a photographer. There were quiches, and granola bars, and banana chocolate muffins, fruit, and flowers, and balloons, per Mia's request. Mia also requested a ringing of the bells, these bells, that she passed out to her cousins and friends at the end of the afternoon.


The morning that Eli, Mia, and I brought Freddie home from the hospital, I checked Garrison Keillor's Writer's Almanac, as I do every day. Each post begins with a poem, and that day's seemed to have our Frieda Rose, our joyful bud, all wrapped up in it. Cheers to you, Freddie, to these early spring days, to the pleasure of being exactly where we are, and the love that enables us to feel this way.

"A Prayer in Spring"
By Robert Frost

Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers to-day;
And give us not to think so far away
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here
All simply in the springing of the year.

Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white,
Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night;
And make us happy in the happy bees,
The swarm dilating round the perfect trees.

And make us happy in the darting bird
That suddenly above the bees is heard,
The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill,
And off a blossom in mid air stands still.

For this is love and nothing else is love,
The which it is reserved for God above
To sanctify to what far ends He will,
But which it only needs that we fulfill.





(p.s. Third photo up. Dimple!!)

36 comments:

Sam @ The Second Lunch said...

Mazel Tov! Freddie is such a great name, and lucky you on her 12 minute escape into the world! Wishing your family all the best :)

jenious said...

I adore this post, Jess. So happy for you all! xo

Pia said...

So many things wonderful about this post, so many things right. But first, hello sweet, dimpled Freddie - you seem to be in the perfect place!
And that look - that focused hold on her baby - from Mia: priceless :) xx

shari said...

She's beautiful. Congrats to you and your family. I've been thinking of you. xo

Shanna Mallon said...

Is it just me or do you guys have the most gorgeous girls ever!? I love her name, Jess. It is perfect.

Sasa said...

Wow, all the congratulations to you Jess, and to your family.

Lisa said...

I love love LOVE that last photo. And Clara has a dimple too! (But in her left cheek.)

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!

london bakes said...

Congratulations and a huge welcome to Freddie!

alanachernila said...

Welcome, sweet beautiful Freddie! I must admit I've been (ever so obsessively) checking here to learn her name, and indeed it was worth the wait. Freddie! I love it. And Rose... well, you know how I feel about that. I'm so happy for you all, and can't wait to meet her. xo

Jacqui MacKenzie said...

Welcome to the world, Freddie! Jess - your family is beautiful. xo

nicole said...

Sweet, sweet, sweet, all of it. Congrats to you and your family!

Nishta said...

Jess--what an incredibly special & meaningful post, about an occasion that will undoubtedly mean so much to sweet Freddie when she's older. I love how your family works to honor all of your parts; it's something we strive to do as well, and your sharing is inspiring.

also, is it just me or does "The Adventures of Freddie & Mia" have a nice ring to it?

xo

Holly said...

Congratulations!!

Cheri Savory Spoon said...

Congratulations! what a beautiful name.

Carolyn C said...

Congratulations Jess & Eli! What a lovely story!

Rivka said...

Oh my, yes yes yes to all of this. What a beautiful family you and Eli have built. Wishing you all the love, all the joy, all the sleep. xoxo

Pam said...

Mazel Tov! Freddie is beautiful and so lucky to have such a wonderful big sister. Congratulations to you all!

mimi rippee said...

She's beautiful! Congratulations!

Elle said...

Mazel tov! May she always be showing that dimple and smiling. And may you all be as happy forever as you are today!

Suzi Banks Baum said...

Happy in the happy bees for all of you! Hugs to Freddie and her big sis. xoxoS

Jodi said...

So wonderful. And seriously. Don't cross Mia!

Alison Borgas said...

Wonderful pics. I can feel the love! And oh, my goodness. The photo of Mia and that face! ;)

molly said...

Oh Freddie, welcome!!!!

You couldn't have blazed your way into a finer family. (And mom, seriously, 6cm to baby in twelve? BMW will be calling shortly...)

Mia: You are already the sun, moon and stars to Miss Freddie. (Sorry, parents. You get to be fourth and fifth). Way to go, most excellent big sister.

Jess: You've done it again. Well done, you.

All my love,
Molly

merry jennifer said...

I am so, so happy for you. I love her name, and I love that you will call her Freddie. Congratulations to you all.

Aria Alpert Adjani said...

A HUGE congrats to you and your gorgeous little ones. New and old. I'm still hobbling along. Due this wednesday - though I would REALLY welcome her to pop on our sooner!! And when she finally does and I do a post about my little one - I think I may just have to (steal) re- create the set up with my son holding his new sister as your daughter is holding hers. AMAZING photo and what a face!
All the best,
Aria

Julie said...

Yay Freddie! Welcome! Fred was my grandfather's name, and the name I wanted for Willem (I was outvoted) - I absolutely adore it. So glad you're all doing so well!

Maria & Sift & Whisk said...

Congratulations! She is seriously adorable, I love the dimple! Freddie is an awesome name for a girl. Fingers crossed that my delivery goes as well as yours!

Sina said...

Mazal tov!! A beautiful name. I love the story and meaning behind it. Hope you're transitioning well.

Gail said...

Hi Jess,

Congratulations to you all. Not long after Freddie arrived I got a text from Carolyn w/her picture. It was wonderful to share in your family's good news. Enjoy your wonderful, precious and sweet little girls. They grow up too fast, just ask me how I know?

Gail :)

Elissa said...

Mazel tov!!!!!!!!! Your post made me so, so, so happy for all of you!

Jennifer Hess said...

12 minutes!!! And I thought I had a speedy second delivery :)

Freddie is just beautiful, and Mia looks like she is just bursting - so, so happy for you all.

Hannah said...

Oh Jess - and sweet Freddie! So happy for the speedy delivery, the strong big sister, the darling dimple, and all that love. Thinking of you and your girls this spring. Such joy. xo

Michael Brous said...

Huge mazal tov! Beyond precious... So happy for you and your family.

talley said...

I'm not quite sure how I missed commenting here considering I've read and reread this post three times now. Thank you for introducing me to Freddie and to the Writers Almanac. I am particularly smitten with her Jewish name - joy and bud, so perfect for a spring baby. Lots of love!

El said...

Congratulations. You have a beautiful family!