This was going to be a Pesach-themed Good News Friday posting in honour of Shabbat Chol Hamo’ed which will start tonight. But as has happened several times in our family, the good news was interrupted by even better news!
This time it was our elder daughter who gave birth yesterday afternoon to a bouncing baby boy – a heavyweight at 3.8 kg. 🍼👶
Thank G-d the birth went easily and mother and baby are doing very well. The grandparents are more tired!
Since Pesach began we have been on call in case she went into labour. We were at our daughter’s for Seder night, which we got through safely (if noisily! 😀 ). We then babysat all 6 (!) of the other children on Wednesday while their mum was in hospital, and again yesterday, taking them to visit their cousins, and back to our place. All in all a fun time was had by all (except our daughter who may be happy but I doubt it was much fun…) even if a bit tiring for us old (sort of) grandparents. 🙂
Here is the new “prince” in all his glory. He looks like a rather large version of his 6 year old brother who was a tiddler at his birth.
Interestingly it was noted that the baby is the 7th son of a 7th son. (Well, to be precise, he is the 7th child of a 7th child but still…). And he was born in the 7th month (Nissan) of the Hebrew year 777 (5777). I’m not sure of the significance (though Iron Maiden might enlighten us :-D) beyond 777 being the brand of an Israeli brandy!
Then again, since this is Pesach, we cannot drink a lechaim to the baby with whiskey, so maybe in his honour we should toast him with some 777! 🍾
Heartiest mazal tov to Hadassah and Ido, to the baby’s siblings, grandparents (ourselves included), the great-grandparents, aunties, uncles, cousins, the entire family and all of Am Yisrael.
May we continue to celebrate smachot and celebrate them in rebuilt Jerusalem.
Shabbat Shalom and Chag Same’ach to all!