A Bean is Born — Welcome Home!


A babe by any other name, wouldn’t be as sweet!!

That’s right folks we’ve finally chosen a name for our BabyBean, a.k.a. BellyBean, LadyBean, LittleBean… Well you get the picture… Our Bean has been born and we are so proud to make this official announcement!! Even with her hearing loss, every one will love her with all their hearts. Luckily we were able to get legal help from a birth defect law firm.

June 2nd, 2011 @ 12:08pm

Weighing a glorious 9lbs & measuring 54cm (21.3inches) long!

After approximately 36 grueling hours of laborious uncertainty we had our girl via C-section at Mt. Sinai Hospital in downtown Toronto.  The complete details of her birth will be forth coming in Alana’s birth story… that will take some time to write!!  Needless to say it was an emotional roller coaster that ended with us all safe and healthy and now HOME!!

We arrived home around 8pm on June 6th and now we are settling in and the real adventure begins!

So what’s her name you ask?!!


Well… When selecting a name many things were considered and we had a short list of 4 or 5 names that we really liked…  It was clear though when she was born (and maybe even slightly before that) that there was one and only name for her!!

Isabel Eden Sutherland

One of Alana’s middle names is Isabel after her Dad’s mom who passed away when he was just 8yrs old.  It also happens to be the middle name of Blair’s mom Ana!  The name is largely represented in both Blair & Alana’s family lines from Scotland & Ireland.  In fact Blair’s Dad’s favorite Aunt was named Isabel.  And to top that off months before her arrival Alana’s mom (Omie) also started calling her Bella — long before we even considered Isabel!!

So with all those “bells ringing” we were compelled to give this beautiful angel a name of honour in our family!

Eden we just loved as a middle name as it means DELIGHT — and we really are delighted to have her here safe & sound!!

We are keeping visits to a minimum right now but we welcome you to get in touch with us to make arrangements in the coming weeks as we are looking forward to introducing her to you!


At the hospital we had a little photoshoot with Just Arrived Baby Photography

I made this collage out of some of the sweetest shots 🙂


So the best part of a name is all the pet or nicknames that get created from it!

Our little girl is mere days old and already has a few… this list will surely grow 😉

Bella (Omie’s name for her)

Izzy / IzzyBee / IzzyBean (Blair & My name for her)

13 Replies to “A Bean is Born — Welcome Home!”

  1. Charly says:

    Congratulations! Your little Izzybean is gorgeous. xoxo Charly

  2. Tina D'Brass Donahue says:

    Welcome to the world, Isabel! Beautiful name for a precious baby girl.
    Thrilled to hear that you and your mom are doing well. Best wishes to the new family!

  3. David says:

    Congrats Alana! Beautiful pictures and a very healthy looking baby.

  4. Dawn & Alan Neill says:

    We are so pleased for you both, what an exciting time! I can’t remember what my guess waa at the Christmas party? Do you recall. Anyways, she’s absolutely gorgeous and would love to meet her! Take care and get as much rest as possible! ♥

  5. Anna S. says:

    Welcome home Isabel Eden and welcome to parenthood friends! This is one lucky kid to have you two as parents. Enjoy this new adventure and eachother and your bean. Her name is beautiful and reminds me of all the wonderful women I know that carry those names, and there are a few!

    Glad that you are home and healthy and healing. Keep up the good work/play/life! xoxox can’t wait to kiss those toes!

  6. Patti says:

    Congrats. I love the name .. that is one of my favs. 🙂 All the best!

  7. Deanna says:

    Congratulations to everyone! Glad the little one is home safe and sound. Have fun with your beautiful new daughter!

  8. Dawn says:

    Awww she is so beautiful & such beautiful names too! I love Isabel & one of my twins has Eden as a middle name as well! Congrats to the whole family & so glad you are all home together now :o)

  9. Lucy says:

    Congrads to you both!! What a wonderful name, well chosen, I always thought a name should have meaning and be a strong name and this makes it fit perfectly!!
    Have a great resting time and enjoy these precious moments for they will pass really fast!!
    Wonderful photos too!! 🙂 Hugs to you 3 Lucy Lu

  10. Dorothy Thomson says:

    I am so glad that Isabel arrived safely and you are all well and home including Blair. Isabel will be precious and life is about to change for you and Blair but it is worth the ride.
    Take care.

  11. asha says:

    welcome welcome welcome beautiful bella…u chose your parents well 🙂


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