Time for an update on the baby. In the Orthodox tradition, there is a prayer for naming a newly born child, which is done on the eighth day. The day of the birth counts as the first day, so today is the eighth day. In Greece, this prayer is rarely done, and the baby is not named until the baptism. But we feel like we've gotten to know the baby a bit in this first week and decided that her name seems to be Δαμιανή (Damiani), after the Holy Unmercenary Healer Damian, of Sts. Kosmas and Damian, the patron saints of our parish.
Above and below, Phoebe is enjoying her baby sister. She is so glad to have a sister!
Paul has been amazingly gentle with the baby. Benny is more reserved at the moment, perhaps afraid or simply unsure what to do.
And here is little Damiani (pronounced in Greek Tha-mee-ah-NEE). The English spelling will probably be Damiana (Day-mee-AH-nah).
Here, Pres. Pelagia is sitting outside with Damiani in our porch area, looking out at the sea.
Here's Phoebe holding her sister again.
So far, Damiani has been very peaceful and quiet, just sleeping and eating.
For a few more photos, click here.