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June 2011

The Special It's a Baby Issue


Olivia aka Miss Monkey Candy aka Ms. Candy Money pushed out a baby girl at 05:28 local time on
11 June 2011.  The baby weighed in at 3676 grams (8.1 lbs), and was 51.4 cm long (20.23 in).

Labor took 12 hours, which I'm told is short for a first vaginal birth.  That's counting from the first "I think that
was a labor pain maybe."  For some reason she didn't want to watch
Knocked Up.  So we watched Monty
Python and the Holy Grail
and Confessions of a Shopaholic.  You can guess which one I chose.

Hard labor, the 10 cm mark, was much shorter.  Seemed like forever to me.  Now it's about a week before I,
Reverend Loveshade, have my first Father's Day.  Unbelievable.

I don't know how I feel.  Happy, nervous, overjoyed, and scared as hell.  And newborn babies?  Talk about
wet and messy.  How can something be so ugly and so beautiful at the same time?  Face red and scrunched
up with a cone head.  That was me.  Seriously, I know that's natural for a newborn, but damn, birth is messy.  
But it's a life, a human being that grew from almost nothing.  Amazing.

Olivia handled the pain well and used natural methods (and safe natural substances) to reduce it.  I couldn't
handle the pain and had to walk out three times.  One time Olivia walked with me and held my hand.  And
Olivia's sister
Amelia who's only 12 kept reassuring me everything's fine.  Incredibly sweet for them,
incredibly pathetic for me.  The midwife, thank Goddess for the midwife, we erisened with a Discordian name
Nurse Velvet Hands.  E was amazing.  I think the girl started studying midwifery with es aunt when age
15 or so and I suspect Velvet could have handled births when Amelia's age.  A complete natural.  They said
the birth was textbook perfect.

All right, the baby girl's name.  We had asked for suggestions for a name and got several at
23ae.com and
by email.  We narrowed it down, and thought we'd do like
Pope Hilde and Fundament did; say our favorites
and wait for the girl to touch Mommy's breast to choose.  But the girl didn't wait for us to start the names, so
that didn't work.  

So let's open the envelop, please: the name goes to
Lexena Rae.  Lexena was suggested by DrOwl and
Minnie Rae by Miley Spears.  We actually wanted a unisex name, but Olivia liked the look of Lexena Rae
better than Lexena Ray, and anyway "Lex" is unisex.  As
Miley Ray Cyrus is a Discordian American Princess
Minnie Rae is a Discordian saint (and an ancestor on my Mum's side), it seemed like a good choice.  It's
also a little nod to
Corinne Bailey Rae and Jason Rae.  Anybody know what Lexena means?

Other names we strongly considered were
Alice (my initial first choice), Drew, Dylan, Emma, Erisia, Hilary,
Holly, Jamie, Shamin
, and Puffle Toes Twinkelton.  Well, maybe we weren't that serious about the last

Lexena Rae wouldn't wait another 9 minutes past 5:28 to be born at 5:37, which is the number of the
Discordian Division of the Ek-sen-triks CluborGuild.  But we figured 2 +1 = 3 and 8 - 1 = 7, so it still works out.

And yes Amelia the computer whiz did the math.  Olivia's the one who gave birth, but I'm the one who couldn't
think straight.  I still can't.

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The mother and baby we think we found in
Wikicommons.  The rest of this work is licensed
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2.5 License.
We made the wondrous textured wallpaper, but if
you really want to use it, go for it--we made it
public domain (kopyleft).
I say it lex-EE-nuh or by
phonetics leks-’ē-nәh.
Olivia used to say it lex-

So we tried half a dozen
computer voices. One
said LEX-uh-nuh which
we didn’t like. All the rest
said lex-EE-nuh.

How do you pronounce
it? We didn’t find it one of
our favorites at the
beginning but it grew on

And I’m not surprised
how powerful Lexena
becomes. E’s already got
Olivia and me running
around at es whim. I
understand why men
used to run away from
home and hide out at the
office for eight hours.
The only one e doesn’t
control is Amelia. I think
the two of them have
some form of secret
Greuh F.K.S.C. pointed
out 28 is 23 + 5, so it's
really very Discordian.