And baby makes 6…June 14, 2010
When I discovered I was pregnant again I admit I had a hard time accepting it. My only hope was that this baby would finally be that boy – three girls were enough, I thought. Then the doctor told me I was having another girl and I took it harder than Raphael who was not at all surprised. Eventually I adjusted to the idea of having four girls. Life was so busy I didn’t have much time to dwell on it either way. Then a week ago, I fell in love again when a tiny new baby was placed on my chest. I knew in my heart that this baby girl completed my family.
Elody Gabrielle Pommier was born on June 5th one day after her older sister’s 3rd birthday. Raphael said I went into labor on the 4th because I was so anxious about Angeline having to share her birthday with the new baby that it induced contractions. Elody was born at 3:55 AM just into the 5th. Our plan is to celebrate two days of birthdays each year – a cake and party on the 4th for Angeline and a second cake and party on the 5th for Elody. We’ll see how long this lasts.
Elody weighed 3.75 kilos – about 8 pounds. The doctor told me in my 8th month that she would be a small baby compared to the others. Turns out he was wrong. She precedes Auriane in birth weight and Auriane was 10 days late. Elody measured 52 centimeters. I packed newborn size clothes for the delivery room and later that morning when I first changed her, I discover the onesie came to her belly. Raphael was dispatched to raid her dresser for size one month clothes for the rest of our hospital stay.
Elody is typically spelled Elodie in French. We changed it because of the ‘die’ ending. A few American’s pronounced it Elo(die). She is an especially easy baby which is good for a fourth. She sleeps well through most nights and only cries when she’s hungry. Since this will be my last baby, I spend more time holding her and enjoying her which makes us both content.
The girls have accepted this new addition to the family without complaint. The biggest disputes are over who gets to hold her first and who held her longer. Angeline is the exception. So far she seems okay with Elody but she rarely asks to hold her, and like the dog, gets nervous when Elody cries. Olivia thinks Elody is cute and sweet just as long as she doesn’t sleep in her room, she ‘already has two sisters in her room.’ Auriane is happy that Elody doesn’t ’embête’ her. She loves babies but the newness will soon wear off and Elody will grow into the bothersome sister that Angeline has become over the past year and a half.
Elody had her first sortie upon our return from the hospital – to the end of the Domaine to watch the Critérium du Dauphiné bicycle race. During the 20 minute wait for the cyclists to pass, she was oohed and ahhed over by the neighbors while she slept peacefully in her stroller. Then, like a school of fish, the cyclists sped past tilting and swaying around the curves. They were followed by two motorcycles one with a cameraman balanced on his knees on the back and about 20 cars with replacement bikes on their roofs. That adventure over, we returned to the house and were off the pick up the girls from school.