Welcome Ion Rajmundo Hlubinka Cook
Please join us in welcoming Ion Rajmundo Hlubinka Cook, our first-born child, to the planet.
Ion landed at Alta Bates Hospital at 13:05 on 20 December 2007, nestled snugly between his parents’ birthdays on the 7th and the 26th.
You can see pictures online here:
Ion weighed in at 7 lbs, 5 oz. (3.32 kg), approximately a kajillion times as massive as most ions, and he measured 21.06 inches (53.5 cm) long, 14.6% of the combined height of his parents or just over half of the widest belly circumference of his mother (as measured on his due date, Dec 12.) Both maminka and miminko are healthy after a pretty dramatic birth. And Daddy’s fine too. Special thanks to our friend Brie McFarland, who, as our doula, helped usher Ion’s safe arrival.
Gifts: For now, we have just about everything that we need thanks to the older future-friends-of-Ion, the children of Ahree & Nate, Stephanie, Jane, Kevin & Lisbeth, Kate & Scott, and Craigslist, who relinquished their newborn necessities. So please don’t send him any onesies, socks, blankets, etc., right now. While we didn’t have a pre-birth party for our boy, you can look forward to Ion’s “bek-il”, a traditional Korean (yum!) 100-day party, in late March as a time to shower him with books / other presents.
Are you wondering about the name? So glad to have piqued your curiosity!
“Ion” is commonly used in Romania instead of John, Jon, Jan, Ian, Ivan, etc. In Greek mythology, Ion was a son of Apollo. Although we pronounce the name “EYE-on“, you are welcome to use the traditional “yon” pronunciation if you’d like to do so. (Fun fact: if you turn his name on its side, it is HOZ, which allows us to use other refrigerator magnets to make for more Ions.)
“Rajmundo” honors Ion’s great-great-grandfather, pana Raimunda Procházky–a professor and a politician whom Michelle’s late father Ivo dearly loved and found to be a great influence in his life. Ivo’s dedicek died shortly after he returned to his Moravian home after having spent many months at Dachau, along with other intellectuals persecuted in WWII.
We altered the spelling slightly to the Esperanto-ized version, and it yields additional meaning. “Raj” means “paradise” in Czech (pronounced like the grain “rye”) and “ruler, king” in Sanskrit (pronounced as “razh”, which we don’t recommend in this context). And of course “mundo” is Spanish for world. Some appropriate nick-middle-names are Ray (as in “ray” of sunshine), Raj (“rye”), and Rajko (“rye-ko”, the Czech evocative diminutive.)
“Hlubinka,” is Michelle’s last name but a second middle name for Ion, which he can upgrade to surname if he chooses this fun-filled path later in life.
“Cook” has been Robert’s family name for several generations, since being changed from the original Swiss-German “Koch”. If “Cook” didn’t also double as a verb, it may have come before the “Hlubinka”, but we didn’t like the sound of “Ion Ray Cook Hlubinka”. Sounds painful!
For your merriment, here is a handful of runner-up surnames: Robertson, O’Miltonson, Robertybinka, Kuchar (Czech for “Cook”, it has a hacek on the “r” and is pronounced something like “Kookharjzh“)
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