I’ve gotten more questions about Kaya in the past 10 days than I ever got when Rohan was born. I’ll try to answer some of them now since lots of people are asking the same questions:
Why Kaya Marie? How’d you pick her name?
I wanted Kaya for a while…remember? But I wanted to be able to call her Kai cuz I just love that name and John thought just Kai was no good. So we went around with a few names, I wanted either a boy name like Noah or Aedan, or an open “flowy name” like Hannah or Sarah. We had Ananda for a while, and Zahra was also in the running…till Kaya just fit perfect. Rhymes with Maya which is a name I wanted before I ever had kids.
It means different things in different languages but my fave meanings are: Little but wise, and Pure.
Marie is my mom’s middle name so we went with that since Rohan has his great grandfather’s name for his middle.
What is her nickname?
Well, my intention was to call her Kai…but I find myself adding to her name instead of shortening. Kayabear, Kayabelle, Kayabean….etc… #backwards #whocaresmamasinlove
What color are her eyes?
John wants them to be blue like his. I don’t know what color they’ll end up, but the glassy dark blue color that all newborns seem to have is starting to lift. In my opinion her eyes will be lighter than Rohans, maybe light brown or hazel? ::shrug:: All I know is, I was 100% certain that Rohan’s eyes were going to be dark brown. Kaya’s just don’t have the same look….
How’s Rohan with her?
Going to do a full post on this, but he’s good with her. He freaked out one morning when she didn’t have a hat on and ran to go get one for her. We are working on him being gentle with her and careful around her. He gets so excited and wild…I worry, but I know overall he loves his little sister and just wants to touch her and help her.
Are you breastfeeding her?
But of course! I was nervous that I’d have issues with my milk coming in. It took a little longer than it did the first time. But we’re all good. She’s nursing all the time and my nipples hurt like a sonofagun. A full “Adventures in Breastfeeding” post is coming soon.
How was the c-section?
Horrendous. Brutal. Awful. Scary. ::shudder:: Glad I’m never having more children. Glad Kaya came safe and sound and I made it out OK. But I’ll tell you about that in the birth story.
Who does she look like?
We have no idea. This lil girl is a shapeshifter. I see John, I see Jack (John’s dad), I see my aunt Mena (My dad’s aunt), I see Rohan, I see my dad, I see….a friendly italian baker named mario….I see the singer Ashanti LOL We have no clue. She definitely has John’s eyes though. And she has my one right-cheek dimple. We’re going to have to wait and see. Right now I say John’s got claim to this one.
How is John with her?
He treats her like she is the most fragile thing in the world. Watching him change her diaper for the first time (a 25 minute affair) was pure comedy. It’s sweet, but I don’t think it’ll last. He treated Rohan like a dozen eggs for the first few weeks of his life, too. Once that breastmilk started to plump up the limbs he got more comfortable and “normal” with him. I predict the same thing happening with Kaya. I will say, he’s in love with her. I felt like while I was pregnant, he wasn’t as in love with her as he was when Rohan was inside. Less talking to her thru the belly and whatnot. But now that she’s here, he’s properly in love as he should be. I really feel sorry for the little boys that come chasing after her. With her dad, her brother, her uncle and her crazy grampa…This girl is gunna be pissed….but protected lol.