As you may have deduced, our troublesome tenant finally took his leave.
It’s my great pleasure to introduce the newest member of our family, Samuel Philip Good.
He was born at 9:28pm on Tuesday, March 22nd 2011, weighing in at precisely 7 pounds and measuring 20 inches.
We came home from the hospital late on Thursday evening and have been gradually adjusting to Sam’s internal clock. My parents made it to the hospital just in time for the birth and Mom has been taking care of us ever since. I’ll do a more extensive write up of the birth experience and, of course, the myriad wonders of motherhood, a little later on. But for those curious about how Zach and I (finally) decided on a name, here is the rational:
Samuel: Hannah’s first-born, devoted to God, a prophet to kings; one of John Steinbeck’s most beloved characters in his excellent novel East of Eden; the endearing nickname Sam evokes the loyalty and stout-hearted Samwise Gamgee, Frodo’s devoted companion in Lord of the Rings; finally, the darling little face of our beautiful son just LOOKS like a Sam.
Philip: in honor of Zach’s father, Philip Ernest Good, a generous-hearted and loving man who passed away in 2005; St. Philip Neri, Zach’s patron saint, Italian priest of the 13th century and founder of the oratory movement (also the patron saint of Bl. John Henry Newman); Sts. Philip the Apostle and Philip the Evangelist.