Thursday, October 11, 2007

Raising Yousuf AND...

Ok, I figure its about time I make an announcement about this. But you know how it is when you forget to tell someone something, until the announcement, or phone call or whatever, becomes obscenely, inappropriately overdue?

Well the big news is: Soon, inshallah, Yousuf will have a sibling! That's right, we are expecting our second child around the new year, which makes me 28 week/7 months pregnant.

Yousuf has already taken to his new role as older sibling like a fish to water, and has promised to help me change diapers (a proposition I'm not likely to take him up on, unless perhaps I am in a state of sleep-deprivation induced delerium). His curiosity is also peaking, as he endlessly asks "how they will get the baby out" ("do they rip you open?") and when it will be time to bring her home.

The doc says its a little girl, so we are looking forward to some degree of relative quiet, but then again you never know with these things! Pls. feel free to submit your name suggestions too! Maybe I should hold a competition-most original girl's name? Name we are considering: Rawan, Salwa, Jana, Kawthar, haya, malak.


Blogger Steve said...

Congratulations! Good luck and may your children live in peace and freedom.

5:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about Aya? I named my daughter that since my mother-in-law and mom like the name. If both in-laws like the name, who am I to argue with them lol

6:32 PM  
Blogger ياسمين حميد said...

...and Yasmin? ;-P

it starts with the same letter!
eid Mubarak to you all

10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


You know, I dropped by hoping to see a post about Yousuf, because it had been a while. I also have thought that you seemed a bit preoccupied lately -- with all due respect -- just less posts. Now it all makes sense. :)

Wonderful news! Best wishes to you and to your family. Looking forward to your posts. :)

Big hugs!


11:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All pretty names. Perhaps her middle name can be Salam, with the hope that her generation will see peace in their lifetime.

12:26 AM  
Blogger neenermom said...

Blessings to you Laila and the entire family. Here's hoping the rest of your pregnancy is without incident and that your daughter is healthy.

1:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oooohh, I get to be first to say congratulations. Your wonderful family of three will be even better when it numbers four! Enjoy the pregnancy and your "only child" until the new arrival.

KarenM in NC

4:36 AM  
Blogger jarvenpa said...

Many congratulations, may your new little one arrive in safety and grow in peace and beauty. But don't expect a daughter to necessarily be quieter! I have two sons and a daughter myself, and each is/was a lively soul in his or her own way. Your names are very lovely.

4:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations!! How about Mishaal or Layan or Jennah?

3:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


5:30 PM  
Blogger John Mullis said...

Asalam Alaykum Eid Mubaruk and


Hope you are able to solve the problem of how and where to live together. i think I'd go for Egypt personally. My vote for the prettiest girls name would have to go to Yosra and for a middle name ( Iknow he was a man . . but) Hafiz.

Yosra Hafiz El Haddad !!!!!!

8:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know the appropriate Arabic way of congratulating in such occasions, so Mazal Tov, Layla.
How about nur? I'm sure it's not original but I like it.

8:31 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

Congratulations!!!!! I'm so happy for you!!!

8:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

...mazel tov.......

10:10 PM  
Blogger Moses said...

Mabruuk, Um Yousuf! I haven't been keeping up with you like I wanted to but I am overjoyed to hear the news.

If you see Fida, can you have her email me? I tried to txt but it apparently isn't getting through.

Shurkran jazeelan

12:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations! Saima is a good name.

1:16 AM  
Blogger eurofrank said...



The loveliest name I know is Sulafa which I am told means "Essence of Wine" and seems full of poetry and romance.

8:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

First of all congratulations!

Secondly, My name is Jon Yahr and I am writing a research paper based on your blog for a Middle Eastern history class. Our class has a distinct focus on urbanism.

I was hoping you could answer some questions for me to aid the process. Mainly I am curious about how urban structures have changed with the changing of the government in the Palestinian territories. Structures like commmunity organizations, schools, hospitals, communal meeting places etc. How have they changed based on the government in power, whether it be Fatah or Hamas. Are these things managed on a more local level in Gaza city, or does the government have a more central role? What distinct changes have you seen in urban structures?

It would be a great great help if you could take some time to think about these questions and respond to them.

My email address is, or you could just respond to my comment in your blog. Thank you so much.


8:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations, and good luck to Yousuf (a little sister may turn out to be more challenging than he has anticipated, but i'm sure he'll rise to the occassion).

I love Donya, after a poet friend of mine in Gaza, but all the names you are considering are beautiful.

5:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Laila ..i was among those who first knew about it in Gaza ..Alf Mabrook honey ..I hope you will have an easy and safe delivery (though i don't know if easy deliveries ever exist !!). What about Hada as a name from Fayrooz song 3al Hada 3al Hada ..or Saba just like my daughter ..Heba

9:26 PM  
Blogger Kiwi Boy said...

Mabrook! Mazal tov! Congratulations!

How about 'Zahabiyah'? It means 'golden' in Arabic, as you know.

11:44 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Congratulations! I am sure that you are extremely excited about your child, as a regular follower of your blog I am extremely happy for you. Hopefully, you can continue to write as your world becomes even busier. I have been a follower of your aunt’s blog “From Gaza, With Love”, and I am saddened by her inability to write. However, I asked her this question and I thought I would ask you the same question to try and get an answer. Has there been any quantitative data that has led to a definitive number of causalities as a result of the power outages in the hospitals. Certainly, the crisis has indirectly led to the death of many innocent patients in the Gaza Strip. Many Thanks!

1:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alf Mabrrok laila, I suggest (jennen)it works even here in the states...
(Sasha) will be my second suggestion, they call the beautiful girl Sasha in circassian
take care

3:01 AM  
Blogger ~هبة said...

Salam Alikom ratmatullahi wa barakathu, Eid Mubarak inshaAllah

I think you are in a tough position... make istakarh, inshaAllah then if the family doent like it you can jut say "i prayed istakarh" alhmdulillah for Islam and keep your bloggin up girl!

Masalama ~ Heba ( Heba2nabi ) - on everything

5:29 AM  
Blogger ~هبة said...

Salam Alikom ratmatullahi wa barakathu, Eid Mubarak inshaAllah

I think you are in a tough position... make istakarh, inshaAllah then if the family doent like it you can jut say "i prayed istakarh" alhmdulillah for Islam and keep your bloggin up girl!

Masalama ~ Heba ( Heba2nabi ) - on everything

5:29 AM  
Blogger Antonio Candeliere said...

Veri good the blog!

10:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations . wish you and the family all the best under the sun .
What About Sewar ?

1:35 PM  
Blogger Jessica McCoy said...


I like all of the names you've mentioned, although I also like: Jumana, Salma and Nadia.

Whichever you pick, I hope you have a healthy little one and that the rest of your pregnancy goes well. Little Yousef's questions are so cute...hope they don't have to "rip it out"! Yikes!

8:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Salaam. MasyaAllah your blog is such an eye opener. Jazakallah for sharing your stories ukhti. May you, your family and all the muslim Palestinians be under Allah's protection always. Ameen.

On another note, regarding the name, hehe, what about Najwa? Well, my niece's name is Nur Najwa Iman. A bit long but i really like it. :)

10:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love Malak...

1:35 PM  
Blogger Halla said...

Mabrouk!!! now you will have one of each. How about Amira?

4:45 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

mozel tov!

Aliya is my favorite name.

Yasmin is like, my 'Jane Doe' of Arabic names whenever I need one lol...

7:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations on the news of a new child! May you remain healthy and have a safe delivery and a healthy baby. I wish you and your family all the best, too.

11:38 PM  
Blogger الفلسطينية said...

ooo Mabrook! I like the names you've picked about Jenin?

Hope all is well, and congrats again!

7:25 AM  
Blogger Muslima Mom said...

I chanced upon your blog when opening mine recently. Love your writing. And my kid name's yusuf too........... Congratulations on the great news..... :) .
suggestions for names - maha, shaima, hala, zuha ...

1:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

congratulations!!! that's wonderful news.
what about naming her after the little girl who was shot in the schoolyard that you blogged about a couple of years back? if my son had been a girl he would have had her name or been laila.

12:48 AM  
Blogger joe90 kane said...

Typical Palstinian -
- just when you think there can be nothing except bad news to look forward to coming out of Israel's warsaw ghetto of Gaza, they go and confound the rest of the world yet again!

Unalloyed, undiluted good news, great news even!
I can't quite believe it but it's true!

Congratualtions L!

I'm not very good at names so how about 'Yousufina'
ie joe(90), Yousuf, Yousufina
- at least I am being logical and narcissitic, if nothing else

7:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mabruk! Mabruk!
May Gaza and the world be a better place soon--a place where children can live and have a future to live for.

9:27 PM  
Blogger أبو سنان said...

Alf mabrook. Our last baby was named Sayf. Before we found out he was a boy we were going to name the baby "Suheila" if it was a girl.

A wonderful name.

Good luck.

4:21 PM  
Blogger muslim-sisters said...

a belated 'eid mubarak and alf mabrook!

May Allaah keep your family in His protection always.

with many duaas and our best wishes

10:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

alf mabrouk laila! hope it all turns out well :)

i also wanted to let you know that your blog is featured in the latest issue of a-Rab magazine. check it out:

2:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations! For names, I am not sure whether these are Palestinian names or not, but I like Amina and Amani for girls' names :) Good luck!


9:08 AM  
Blogger roshan said...

Congratulations! How about Khadija (after the prophet's first wife) She was a role model.

6:29 AM  
Blogger roshan said...

congratulations - how about Khadija (after the prophet's first wife).

6:34 AM  
Blogger Helena Cobban said...

Laila, hi!!! That is so exciting! She looks so beautiful. Thanks so much for posting the sono.

Inshallah sataqoom bissalama ya habibti. Take care of yourself!

4:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

salam 3aleykoum !

mabrouk oukhty !

i wich you the best for your futur little girl :)

firdaous ?

9:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Marhaba Laila,

MABROUK..great news. May I suggest three names for the little princess? Rama, Farah or Kinana.

Take good care and all the best,

Om Farah

6:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mabrouk Laila..great about Farah, Rama or Kinana?

Take care dear,


6:22 PM  
Blogger Jundi said...




3:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations! Best wishes for your family.
I like the name Sharouq and also Saima.
Where will you make your home?

5:14 AM  
Blogger Asad Ramallah said...

You have made me so happy!!!
Haya is a very nice name in my opinion.
Good luck laila,
Asad al nimr,

3:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Laila!

When I was pregnant with my second daughter, I first read about you, and I remember that I liked it very much. (But unfortunately, it means "night" in Hebrew...)

She looks beautiful in the photo ;-)


9:31 PM  
Blogger Lee S. Tesdell said...

Um Yousef:

First of all, alf mabrouk!

I would also like to offer a name to the list:


11:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations!! May this child one day know peace and live happily in her home land

3:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

mabrouk ya habibti.
i like the name farah

9:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations! Many blessings to you and your family. Stay well.
Mazel Tov!

8:54 PM  
Blogger Ziz said...

mashallah and congrats! inshallah you will have a safe delivery!

i love lina, janan, arwa and alya...

kisses to yousuf!

9:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

how about the name of a brave and pious woman - Aasiya, Asmaa', Rumaysa (Umm Sulaym), Sumayya, Safiyya - women who were strong against the oppressors and make a good example for your daughter.

8:04 PM  
Blogger Torontoman said...

Congrats, she'll be another jewel in your life. Hana' or Suha are nice, but I'm curious as to what Yousuf may suggests. Probabley the name of a chocolate bar or some piece of candy he likes. Whatever you choose, I'm sure it'll be well suited.

2:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

congratulations leila all the best hope it all goes well for you and family. hope the litle one wont get too jealous of the love he is going to share with his soon sister or brother inshallah . All the best . Love

2:53 PM  
Blogger Moses said...

With respect, Mr. Yahr, may I suggest you start by giving some idea what research you have already done on your =own= before asking such broad questions.

(maybe you did in email)

Particularly of a single mom who is a full-time journalist!

Another suggestion: if your research is based on her blog, may I suggest reading the whole blog before asking questions.

I suspect you'll find a lot of answers

1:51 AM  
Blogger JohnB said...

Salaam, Laila, and congratulations!
InshaAllah you have a peaceful and trouble-free time and the delivery goes easily.

My suggestions are Jamiila or Nora.

Whatever name you choose, barakAllah fik.

Best wishes,


3:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish your child to grow up in peace and security and then one day God willing I will meet your family on the Gaza's beach and you will smile at me and I will smile at your daughter.

5:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

abu shaar:

One of the requirements of the assignment was to have a question answered by the blogger. I read over two years of blog posts by Laila and got alot of useful information, but i still needed a question answered.

However, the assignment was turned in a few weeks ago, so it is all dust in the wind now. :)

Where did Laila go btw?

11:45 PM  
Blogger Zeinab said...

Salam alaikum,
Congratulations. I've been reading your blog for a while now. never left a comment though :(
I wish you and your family the best.
my favorate girl's name is Boshra. Sabra is good too. I hope she grows into a brave girl like yourself and make you proud. Inshallah.

6:15 AM  
Blogger tassoula said...

Hope that they both live happy, grow healthy and have a great life!!
All the best for your family!!

1:17 PM  
Blogger WinterScribe said...

Congratulations!! This comes a bit late since I have not read your blog in ages due to eh college applications. BUt this is great news! =) Best wishes

I like Rawan by the way! =D

5:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations. This is great news in almost any situation.All the best,


1:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about Jude-could also be spelled Joud? It means generosity (karam) in Arabic. I love the name.

I also like Asiya, Jana and Saba :)

12:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about Jannah! Thats what I named my first baby, she's 4 1/2 years old now. Jannah comme le paradis!

5:30 PM  
Blogger the fruitfemme said...


8:30 AM  
Blogger M Kilany said...

I don't know if you gave birth or not... but If you haven't, Go for Salwa... old but has a nice ring to it..

Short, Easy to say and I just love the meaning...

6:33 PM  

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