We fly overnight so we’d make the delivery, and our catnap at the hotel (thank you, thank you, you wonderful angels Susie, Dan, Andrea and Jim!!!!!) was cut short by mom telling me to
Get to the hospital!
lol. She was right on. K was having contractions 2-4 minutes apart at noon, and we got there at 10:30. She’s alone, and we spent the pre-delivery time in chatty mom-to-mom conversation. Sharing a child like this cannot be explained. I often say I can’t speak about other kinds of adoption, and I can’t. I can hardly describe this. K seems comfortable with her choice and uncomfortable in her body! Getting to see her progress, keep her laughing and trying to reassure her, just making sure she’s not alone – it makes me feel part of the labor. My heart pounds in unison with the baby’s. I’ve had no sleep and no coffee, and I can’t get my mind to work at all.
Remy stalled, then came in two pushes at 2. He’s a squaller, with long fingers and big feet and a ton of hair! Almost 7 pounds, 19″. He’s beautiful – just beautiful. Big and small to us, as he’s over 3 times Tess’ birthweight and bigger than she was when we left salt lake.
Family acquisition: a new little man has entered the Oplinger family! Dave and I couldn’t decide on a name, and then locked in on combining our two favorite boy names – Remy Alexander. The ultrasound techs warned us he’d be big and have a lot of hair.
Dad and I like statistics, so I thought we hit you up with a few. In France, Remy is the 129th most popular boys’ first name. His name day is February 15. (Tess’ is the 15 of October.) Remy is #874 in popularity in the US, so I’m pretty sure he’ll be the only one in school. Remy means “oarsman” – not a deciding factor. I therefore have no heartfelt story behind it – just that it’s a name I’ve always loved, it’s Haitian and French and English and international but not to the point of weird. He’ll do fine almost anywhere.
Alexander means “defender of the people” and is one of the most common first names all over the world. (I believe it’s currently 4th in the US.) That runs contrary to my preferences, but I do like the name and Dave LOVES the name – so using it as a middle name seemed like a great idea. So my breathy strategy on names has been pulverized – and we couldn’t be more delighted.
When finalizing our choice, we ran it by Colin, who is very particular about names. He declared,
It has a nice ring to it!