Saturday, December 6, 2008


We have ourselves a new little Pumpkin Buns.
She's a girl.
We are in love with her.
Her name is Zoralee Rena Stoffer.
I am finally at the computer to tell about her. Here's the short of it, and I will certainly post the whole birth story in days to come. Thursday morning, December 4, at 8:47 a.m., after 3 loooong days of quasi-labor and a deep, dark night of labor, our baby girl was born at home. She was 7 pounds and 6 ounces in weight, and 20 inches long. Friends, thank you so much for your prayers and well wishes during the spregnancy and delivery! We have so, so much for which to be thankful.

Zoralee has conceivably the world's longest fingers, so long in fact that they fold over on each other and get caught on things. She surprised us with a full head of straight, wispy, blonde-brown hair. It's looking like she'll somehow have to support a barrel chest and thighs like Jason's on top of skinny ankles like mine. Fortunately, her gigantic feet and long toes will lend good ground support. So far, Zoralee spends her time sleeping, crying inconsolibly about sudden changes (made bearable by the most wonderful squeak on each inhale) and, when she settles down, observing her surroundings wide-eyed.
warming at the fire after her first bath

today, two and a half days old

A little about her name. The name Zora means aurora and dawn; Zoralee was conceived in Alaska and born half an hour after dawn. My paternal great-grandmother's name was Zora. She became sick and died as a young mother, but her own mother, a nurse and woman of great faith, prayed that Zora would come to life at least to raise her family. She did, and when the last child was married, she died again. I feel that our own little one arose by grace from what was seeming to be a lifeless womb. Lee is Jason's mother's middle name, and Rena is my mother's name.

More pictures will come later! I mean, duh.


melissa said...

HOORAY!!! Oh, I am so happy for you! She's beautiful, and you are beautiful, and the pictures are beautiful!! I love her name, and the story behind her name. Look what you did!!!!! You are amazing.

Can't wait for more pix, and a birth story!

I'm tickled.


Autumn and Dan's family said...

I heard the news and I'm thrilled to see pictures of sweet Zoralee! She is (obviously) beautiful! Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mars said...

Yay! She's here! She is just beautiful. Congratulations. You did good. :)
Marlene (and Shawn, too)

Elaine said...

I'm so happy for you guys. What a sweet, beautiful girl. Congratulations!

Christi said...

Only a couple days old and it looks like that little girl is full of character.

You will not believe the ways she is going to bless your socks off.

She's awesome.

Howegoesit said...

I am so happy for your beautiful family. She is gorgeous. Jason looks like the doting father. Spoil her rotten :)

Can't wait to see more pics of your little angel.


melissa said...

i have to tell you, i keep coming back here to look at the picture of jason with zoralee. it truly is the best infant photo i've ever seen. it's gorgeous.
hope you are well.

melissa said...

(the one by the fire)

Don Conrad said...


mhconrad said...

Congradulations!! Enjoy every moment with your little one, they grow up so fast!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for calling!!! I am so excited for you two. She is sooo cute.
So,can I have your address?
Have fun and enjoy every moment, it goes by so fast.

Lindsay said...

Congratulations!! She is indeed beautiful and I love her name and what you shared about it. Take care!

My Middle Name is "Gerous" said...

Huzzah!!! And what an awesome name! She'll have to be famous with that kind of name.