The Gift Of Light

March 24, 2009 By: erik Category: News, Offspring 310 views

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In Spanish, the phrase “to give birth” is dar a luz, or “to give to the light”. It seems rather fitting, if you ask me. After all, what is this world after the warmth of the womb, but a cold, bright wilderness. Other related terms are the verb mamar, meaning “to breast feed”. Thus the third person singular would be “mama”, as in “la niña tiene hambre y mama“, from which we obviously get the world “mama” for mother. I’d never considered the similarity between mammary and “mama” before learning Spanish.

Personally I’ve been betting and hoping for March 27, 2009 as the birth date of my first child, what with 3, 9, and 27 all being powers of three, but it doesn’t look like we’re going to make it that far. I will be posting updates here as things progress and I bore myself to death in the wee hours in the hospital. The 24th isn’t that bad. After all, the Phoneticians chose it for the basis of our clock because of its divisibility with five of the first 6 positive integers.

Also, why is there not an iPhone app for counting the time between contractions??

  • aquariumdrinker

    Something else to keep you busy:

    We thought Sg would be an Abena, but it turned out she was an Akua. (It just so happens that I work with an Adwoa and went to law school with an Abena, who go by “Adwoa” and “Abena”, respectively. It’s a very cool thing!)

  • Paul

    Nora Rasmussen Matamoros, 3.3 kilos (7.3 pounds, .5 stones) was born just before 4 pm in the Laredo Hospital. Way to go Marga! Congratulations Erik!

  • Jaby

    Enhorabuena Erik y Marga

  • Kristin

    Welcome to the world, Nora!!!

  • AT, too, sends her congratulations.

  • omg… just read your twitter updates… and now she’s here and everything…. congratulations!!! husband-acquired-by-marriage says congratulations (with a strong spanish accent) too!!!