Nicki is Rochelle's sister. She's not in any of the family pictures that were taken at Tony and Rochelle's wedding 5 1/2 years ago. I was not aware that she even had a third sister. All of them have an "L" sound at the end of their name - but Nicki has chosen to go by her middle name. I think Rochelle told me that Nicki had withdrawn herself from the family and started to go by Nicki at that time - though I could be wrong. I actually don't know Rochelle as much as I'd like. I certainly don't know her family - only what Tony paints for me - which is less than flattering. But Tony always sees the lemons rather than the potential of lemonade.
Rochelle's mother passed away only two months after she and Tony married - which wasn't a great surprise; neither of her parents was in the best of shape, but I somehow believed that Rochelle's dad would go first.
Nicki had returned for the funeral. I guess it was then that she decided to become more involved with different family members. Tony absolutely does not care for Nicki. He says she's weird. I'm guessing that she is psychologically disturbed, but again, I don't know.
Rochelle has had some health issues that deal with childbearing. It's said that the first pregnancy and birthing is the most difficult and the second is the easiest. Not in Rochelle's case. She was scheduled to be induced on the 17th, but her concerned doctor told her to check into the hospital yesterday. It was Tony's birthday.
How cool would that be to share a birthday with your father? I have a cousin and uncle who shared the same birthday. I don't think Rosa was ever bothered by it. Jenna, on the other hand, likes the idea of having a birthday all to herself. She hoped her new niece wouldn't be born until today for that very reason. Looks like Jenna won out.
Unlike many parents who pick out names before the child is born, Rochelle and Tony have also procrastinated with that. Ester did not receive a name until just before she was born. Unfortunately, her new sister still does not have one. Jenna and I have decided to call her Eliza as it was one of two names mentioned and we actually like it better than the other. Ester and Eliza sound cute together. My new granddaughter will probably be called something different from any of the possibilities given (which, of course, wasn't many). So she will be Eliza in my blog. 9 pounds, 7 ounces 19 inches long. Rochelle has such a tiny frame. She must be hurting.