A Granddaughter is Born

February 20, 2016
Posted here February 17, 2022 (updated at 11:45 pm)
Footnote added March 8, 2022
Updated with links to more posts March 18, 2022

Our son, Joe, and his wife, Elizabeth, now have a daughter, which means that we have a granddaughter! Asha Renee Petitt was born on Saturday, February 20 at 12:32 pm, weighing 6 lbs. 11 oz. (3.03 kg) and 19 inches (48 cm) long.

Elizabeth announced the upcoming arrival on Facebook last August, referring to the baby as “Little Ah”:

Shirt bearing the words
Hand picked
for Earth
by my
along with ultrasound images

Due February 23rd, 2016
Our "Little Ah" our sigh of relief. :)

(Posted by Elizabeth Diane Petitt, August 28 at 5:56 pm with new profile photo)

:) Finally announced so no more trying not to slip up and mention Little Ah. We just got the due date confirmed :P took a while lol.

(Posted by Elizabeth Diane Petitt at 6:21 pm)

Why Little Ah?

Exactly one year ago, on February 20, 2015, another daughter, Patricia Diane, was tragically stillborn. This makes this daughter a “Rainbow Baby,” a name coined for a healthy baby born after losing a baby. They act as a symbol of renewal and hope. And that brings us to the name…

The Meaning of the Name


This name has a variety of meanings from various cultures and religions, but these are the most common:

Sanskrit (India)
“hope” or “desire” (see footnote below)
Swahili (Eastern Africa)
related to Aisha meaning “alive and well”
related to Asher meaning “happy”


Sometimes spelled Renée, this is the French form of the Late Latin name Renata (or masculine Renatus) meaning “reborn.”

Put it together

Asha Renee could translate to “hope reborn” or “life reborn”… or even “alive and well, reborn.” It’s the perfect name for a rainbow baby!

Wendi and I traveled to Winona, Minnesota, to visit the new family on February 27–28; we made single day trips to Winona to see her on March 26 and May 7 (see photo below).

Nana and Papa with Asha

Joe and Elizabeth brought Asha here and stayed with us July 22–24, 2016 (about 48 hours).

Following is a footnote, taken from our Family Journal entry dated Friday, August 21, 2020:

It was Ehteshamul H. Anjum, MD, a nephrologist with Mercyhealth, who told us that our granddaughter’s name, Asha, means “hope” in India. He explained today that the word means something deeper than an ordinary hope, more of something that will really happen, a certainty.