October 28, 2009

Is There a Zia in the House?

As a matter of a fact, there is!

Monday morning at 9:20 AM (Italian time) my sister, Diann and her husband Ben welcomed their first son, making me an official Zia. (That's Auntie in Italian).

Now I know I should have told you all yesterday. But, truth be known, I was waiting for the pictures to go with it. And my rotten no good brother-in-law (BEN THIS MEANS YOU!) didn't send them until now. Can you believe he thought he had something more important to do?

May I introduce Gabriel Benjamin Rickert?
Weight: 7 pounds
Length: 19 1/4"

We happen to think he is absolutely stunningly beautiful. Allen said he could be a Wachter baby... so he must be great. If you want to send some blessings their way, you can pop over to Baby Button and leave a comment or two.

This is such a happy day for us! We have prayed so long for God to fill their home with children. There were many difficult moments throughout the pregnancy. Our family prayed daily these nine months for His protection and safe delivery of this little lamb. We are grateful and blessed for each and every answered prayer.

Of course it wouldn't be the Wachter home if there wasn't some wacky to go with the blessing. The girls heard us on the phone before the sun was up and knew what was going on. They came bounding into our bedroom begging for weight, length and all the good details. They were chatting at their typical million miles a minute.

Next, the boys started coming in. Please remember, now, that the boys prayed daily this little life. So, I was so excited to tell them the news. Samuel was first and I said, "Aunt Diann's baby is here. He said, "Where?" and started looking around as if they should be in our bedroom.

Then Aedan came in and we said the baby was here. He said, "Oh, that's nice."

I guess men start out as little boys. When Allen comes home with news of a birth, he has no details to share either, because he never thought to ask the questions.

Just when I thought I had it all figured out, Nathaniel came in last of all. Who knows how he slept through all the commotion. After sharing the news we embarked on a new conversation, assuming that was all he wanted to know.

He stopped us to ask, "Was it a boy or a girl?" Someone answered his question and then we went back to our talk.

"What did they name him?" Ummm, I don't think Nathaniel got the message that the male sex does not ask questions. Men are just happy to know that baby is here safe and sound.

If you don't believe me, think about this. We called my brother Frank, hoping to catch him on his way to work. We got his voice mail. For security reasons his phone has to be turned off during the day.

He commutes from Dulles Virginia and passes right by my house on his way to and from work. He stops by once in a while if he has time before his evening plans. When he came in the door yesterday evening, I assumed it was because he has gotten our message that we had some news to share.

But no. He came to pick up the tools he left here last week. Do you remember that? I asked him if he had gotten our message and he said no that his phone was off all day. I told him Di had her baby. He seemed thrilled from his head to his toes and then started talking with Allen about the plumbing issues last week.

A few minutes later, like thirty, he asked what they named him. THIRTY MINUTES! Can you believe that? Years of prayer coming to consummation and the men folk resort to plumbing talk.

Ciò indovino è appena la maniera che è! (I guess, that's just the way it is!)

"Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward." Psalm 127:3


  1. How exciting for all of you. Congratulations to the new Zia and all the cousins! Love his name!

  2. Ciao Zia Kat! Congratulazioni! Congratulations!


  3. That's so exciting! Congratulations to you on being an aunt and to all the cousins.

  4. What a sweet blessing from above. Congrats!

  5. How exciting... and for the whole family!!! Congratulations dear Auntie .. ahem... Zia! (Now I know my first Italian word!!!)

  6. Hello there! I stumbled upon your blog from heart to heart blog. I absolutely love your blog, so colorful and such an amazing sense of style. I've just entered into the blog world myself....(I know I'm coming out from under the rock). I'd love for you to come on over and take a peek, perhaps join as a follower if you'd like. Congrats on the little bundle of boy! How precious! Hope to hear from you soon!! I'll be following your blog :)

  7. Kat,

    Congratulations on your newest addition and for the wonder of being an Aunt! Great blessings are sure to follow this little one with so many prayers for his life starting prior to his birth. He looks so adorable in his little Halloween outfit! I mean just how cute it that?!!

    Men, they don't get immersed in the details just the overall picture.

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

  8. Congratulations to the Zia of your home! He is beautiful! Babies are such a blessing!

  9. Well, congratulations, Zia. He's a cutie!

  10. He is darling! I am a new Zia as well. My niece was born on October 12th. I have been planning to make the announcement on my blog...oh well...one of these days!

  11. Congratulations, Zia! Gabriel is beautiful, and I love the name. We already have a Gabriel in our family (as well as a Benjamin) or it would have been very high on my list!