Léafal Brielle DePrima

Feb. 9, 2006

5:05 a.m.

6 pounds, 10 ounces


After a 52-hour labor (yikes) in her Greenpoint two-bedroom apartment, auburn-haired Tara Steilen was slightly confounded to deliver a blonde, blue-eyed baby daughter. The tot was caught by Michael DePrima, 33, Ms. Steilen’s (brunet) husband of six years, who cut the umbilical cord like a pro; he and Ms. Steilen co-own Lamb and Jaffy, a café in the neighborhood. Thankfully, little Léafal doesn’t live up to her namesake, Liá Fail—Ireland’s legendary Stone of Destiny, said to roar when the country’s proper king placed his feet upon it—and has given her parents several full nights’ sleep. “She’s been a perfect, stereotypically good baby,” said Mom, 35, who returned to work five days after delivery. “I felt like a suicide bomber,” she said. “I’d be standing in the middle of the restaurant with this baby strapped to me and everyone looking at me like, ‘Are you going to do something, lady?’”

Léafal Brielle DePrima