On the 29th December 2007 at 16:55, Liam Kiefer Cumming was born, 50cm long and weighing 2610 grams. I’ve spent most of the day in the hospital since then, including a ridiculously happy new-year’s in the Kinderstation changing and feeding him together as a family when the clock hit midnight.
Early on the morning of the 29th we weren’t sure whether it was contractions that Sigi was feeling but they quickly became regular and frequent so we walked the few streets through the cold (-20C apparently) to the hospital and were told we’d made the right decision. Things moved quickly after that and the birth went well, without major problems. Liam has some very minor temporary complications so he’s stayed in hospital a few extra days, but should be home quite soon. He’s quietly inquisitive when he’s awake but mostly just sleeps, waving his arms for comic effect. He loves to drink but tends to eject it from either or both ends soon afterwards.
The people at the Maistrasse clinic here in Munich are skilled and patient, just firm enough and just gentle enough and there are many kind people to help with everything.
Liam’s middle name is taken from Hans Kiefer, Sigi’s great-grandfather who strolled with her around his GroÃŸsanktpeter village in the Romanian Banat, greeting everyone in their own German, Romanian, Hungarian, Serbian, or Roma languages, and who claimed to have used the same skills to fool various invading armies into believing he was one of them. When we visited Romania in 2006 we were invited into his old house, now the home of an aged Roma man and his family who remembered him fondly as Kiefer Bachi (or Baji, or something, apparently Serbian. Do correct me.) meaning Old man Kiefer. (Update: It’s “Kiefer BÃ¡csi” and it’s Hungarian)
I’m particularly glad that Liam has three great-grandparents of his own on Sigi’s side, because family is scarce on my side, though he will have nice holidays with his aunt in Wales and his grandfather in Scotland.
30 thoughts on “Liam Kiefer”
I wish you, Sigi and Liam all the best!
Herzlichsten GlÃ¼ckwunsch! — Lennart
The Roma family actually said Kiefer bÃ¡csi. BÃ¡csi is a Hungarian word for old man.
Many thanks, Szilveszter.
Congratulations, Murray! That’s a beautiful baby.
Congratulations for this true miracle and blessing. My most sincere best wishes to the entire family!
Herzlichen GlÃ¼ckwunsch und Euch dreien alles Gute! :-)
Congratulations Murray :-)
Congratulations to you and Sigi on the birth on your new addition :)
Cute kid! congrats but i hope it’s not ‘baji’ but ‘bachi’ since the former is a ‘big sister’ in Urdu.
Congratulations, Murray! Tell Sigi I say congrats and hello :)
congratulations to the cummings family.
great performance by all three of you!! hope
to see you somewhere in 2008.
dirk + ann from helsinki.
Congrats, Murray, Sigi and Liam!
Gutes Neues 2008 as well!
What a great way to see the new year in.
Congratulations, such a cute baby!
I love children, they make you so happy (even though at times it’s more difficult). I wish
Liam and the rest of you all the best!
A great New Year!
I concur with all the congratulations… now have some beschuit met muisjes!
Congrats.. kid has the same birthday as me.. He’s already doing this life thing right :-)
I’m a bit late, but it’s not too late to congratulate both parents!
Adding my voice to the din, congratulations!
i know how it feels (first daughter born 14 months ago) – just great!
Congratulations Murray, my best regards to your family.