Over four months ago, Rachel told me that the ideal date for our baby to be born would be April 1. She didn't want another March birthday (she and Ben are in March), but she didn't want to wait any longer than necessary, and that way, true to McCropder tradition, the baby could share a birthday with Sarah.
Never mind that it was 8 days prior to her due date, and thus 15 days prior to her French due date (they use 41 weeks for some reason).
Yet, lo and behold, months later, more or less during Sarah's birthday celebration, the contractions kicked up in earnest. Several hours later, Tobias Timothée McLaughlin was born at the Albertville hospital. All has been well. Rachel will provide her take on being a patient in the French system later on.
It may be remembered that Ben has two middle names: "Kenneth Kipruto", the first being Rachel's dad's name, and the second being his Kenyan name, meaning "boy born while traveling". Timothée (pronounced Teem-o-tay) is in fact the French spelling of my father's name, thus keeping the same pattern, but combining both elements into one.
Questions from the peanut gallery:
- Was he a chunker like the others? 8lbs 9oz, in between the others
- Does Tobias has a really cool-looking French birth certificate? No, it is in fact the most underwhelming legal document I have ever seen.
- Is he eligible for French citizenship? No, you must have a French parent to be eligible for citizenship.
- Could he be president of the United States? This was actually the first question he asked me after being born. It's funny how the answer to this doesn't seem to be straightforward, but the most reliable answer I've been given is that, since he acquires citizenship at birth (by virtue of being born to American citizens), that he could be president.
Thanks to all of you who have been praying for us. Please continue.
Psalm 126:3 - "The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy."