Rachael Lauretta Alward was born to us on March 31, 2005 in Owen Sound on my 31st birthday. She weighed in at 8pds 8.5 ounces. Lauretta and I are delighted to have a third living being in the house with us. She is an absolute doll and does the cutest things. She has a hiccup fetish for one. Also she likes to stare at you with her big bright wide open eyes. She gives good cuddles. She is addictive. She is a true gift from God, too well put together to be an accident.
Already our lifestyle is beginning to change. Less sleep, less going out, etc, but it's all worth it.
Lauretta and I both liked the name Rachael. It means "little lamb", "innocent one", or "an ewe", and is Hebrew in origin. I liked spelling it with an "a" because I am a fan of Christian pop/rock singer Rachael Lampa (www.rachaellampa.com). You had to know I'd find a way to wiggle my love for music into this too!
Lauretta is a great mom, giving unselfishly of her time and doting over the baby time and again. She is perhaps only surpassed by her mom, Wilda. (just kidding, but she is a little baby obsessed right now!!!)