Check out this interview about our special little ones of GGCC!
Iki Taimi: Mikayla Evalynn Clarion Taimi.
Working backwards- Taimi is the family name
Clarion is her great grandmother’s maiden name
Evalynn is the name of her 2 aunts Eva and Linda put together
Mikayla is a Biblical name (Feminine for Michael meaning who is like God).
Names are a very important part of the Tongan culture.
Rochelle Dawes: I wanted a Biblical, Afrocentric name so I chose Malachi which means prophet. (Rochelle Dawes).
Was the pregnancy easy or hard on the father? Was the pregnancy easy or hard on the mother?
Iki Taimi: It was actually quite rewarding. It was easy but only due to my wife handling it so well.
Rochelle Dawes: The pregnancy worried Dad because he was scared he would pass out during the delivery, so he decided not to watch the baby coming out. The pregnancy was long and at times very painful.
Iki Taimi: You’d have to ask her. But from the outside she looked like she was cruising!
Any fun facts that you learned quickly after the newborn arrived at home?
Rochelle Dawes: After the newborn arrived home Steven and I got to sleep. I noticed Malachi did not like noise.
Iki Taimi: YES!! As good advice from Joe Williams goes, immediately after the baby comes out…DONT LOOK BACK!!!! lol….he was very right!
Also keep a change of clothes and wipes for baby in the car and a change of clothes and wipes for yourself in your car!
Also your baby and sleep don’t get along- so once she/he hits the scene your sleep will leave!
Any funny/ interesting details about your baby?
Rochelle Dawes: Malachi did not people who talked loud or being in a noisy environment.
Iki Taimi: Our baby does horse impressions, and growls. She doesn’t really look like either one of us.
What do you know NOW that you wish you would have known THEN?
Rochelle Dawes: I wished I would have known how much support is needed because you really need a village to raise a baby.
Iki Taimi: How badly I would be sleep deprived (i.e. I’m writing this at 3:30 am while baby is feeding). [Side Note: Thanks Iki! From Grace Ncube].
How many more babies do you plan on having?
Iki Taimi: We would like to have 3 or 4 if possible.
What are your wishes for your baby’s future?
Iki Taimi: That she loves God with all her heart and that she believes she can be anything she wants to be and not just what the world around her tries to sell her.
How did your baby reveal God to you?
Iki Taimi: The love that I experienced has been so powerful that it gave me a small glimpse of how in love God must be with me.
How was your baby a miracle?
Iki Taimi: LIFE….everyday!
Any tips for those considering having a GGCC baby?
Iki Taimi: Don’t do it…AHAHAHA….seriously though!! AHAHAHA! That’s a joke! It’ll be the most amazing experience you will have. It will change everything. DO IT!!
Anything you’d wish to add?
Iki Taimi: Sleep!!!!! Oh sleep where hast thou gone?!? Why dist thou elude me like a sly minx who slips through my fingers and onto a place of solace to which I cannot go!