Birthday Boy

First of all, let me introduce Gabe.

Gabriel Victor Gorman, born November 25, 2011.

Around 9:30 on Friday morning, it became clear that Jessica’s water had broken, but her contractions hadn’t started yet. We told the midwives to start heading over and I started getting the room ready for the new baby’s arrival, feeling confident that I had more time than I needed. At 10:05, things seemed to be starting up, so I called Bill and told him to come over so the he could watch Abigail. Our first midwife arrived at about 10:45. The second got there around five minutes later.

Gabe was born at 10:56.

Jessica does not mess around when it’s time to have a baby.

Abigail was at her mother’s side the whole time, observing, fascinated, not making a sound. She had two questions after the fact. The first was about the noises Momma was making. The second was why the midwives helped me dress the baby. Other than that, it was just a really interesting show to watch. And now we have a baby, so the whole thing has been a big win for her so far.

This next photo is going to be one of my all-time favorites for life.

Gabe almost immediately displayed his solidarity with OWS.

Here are our mid-wives, Jamin and La Shel, filling in for me in our photo composition.

A wider view of the Gabe and his first outfit. We settled on a lions and giraffes them through a strict, grab-from-the-top-of-the-pile system.

And the required weigh-in shot. The feet are really the highlight.

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17 Responses to Birthday Boy

  1. I’m so excited! Great pictures.

  2. jessica says:

    I’m so glad that Abigail was there to see it. I was there for my brother’s home birth. I was a bit younger than her, about two and a half. But it’s actually my first memory. Not details of course. But I remember being woken up very early in the morning. And I remember being held on someone’s shoulders when he was born. And there’s a very similar picture of the two of us very shortly thereafter 🙂
    Congrats you guys. Can’t wait to meet him in person.

  3. Greg says:

    Amazing. Sending love your way.

  4. Monika Cornelius says:

    He is beautiful! Congratulations. Abigail looks so happy to be a “big sister”.
    Love to you all!

  5. Andrea B says:

    So cute!! Abbi is such a good nurse!! Congratulations to all of you!!! Jessica you are amazing! You pop the baby so fast!!! It took me 18 hrs with all my 3 kids!! Lovely pictures!!!

  6. Paul & Brenda says:

    Amazing is the first word that comes to mind, the fast birth,the beautiful baby boy whose name we love, the adorable picture of big sis with her baby brother, Jess looking like its just another regular day as usual and the overall family happiness that shows with those big smiles.
    Congratulations to you all.
    Paul,Brenda & Family

  7. Dave Clark says:

    WOW, when it is time, it is time. What a memorable and fabulous experience for all. We wish you all much happiness!
    Dave & Melba Clark

  8. Dave and Martie Williamson says:

    Just got your announcement from Bill — WHAT A BLESSED, HAPPY DAY!!

    Gabriel is absolutely beautiful and looks so perfect. I am so glad you had a boy… they are a unique “raising” experience, to say the least.

    Jess – you had such a fast delivery… the easy ones make you want to have more.. I am so glad Abigail was able to attend the birth.. she is already bonded with Gabriel.

    Well, you and Alex surely make beautiful children…. Congratulations on your creativeness. Dave and I wish you and your family all the happiness you can stand.

    Looking forward to meeting the “new edition”…

    Love, Dave and Martie

  9. Jean Stoffels says:

    Congratulations to Jessica, Alex and Abigail. Congrats to Grandpa Bill!
    What a hadsome little guy!
    Abigail looks adorable with his baby brother.
    Jean & Al

  10. Terri says:

    I see nothing but love and joy here. You are all so fortunate. He’s a beautiful boy, part of a beautiful family. We’re so happy for you. We wish we were there to give you all a big hug.
    The name, perfect. It really touched my heart to read what you named him. Thank you.

  11. Wendell Vice says:

    Beautiful family! You will cherish these very special moments forever. Congratulations and joy to all.
    Wendell and Marilyn Vice

  12. SUSIE CARMAN says:


  13. What a beautiful boy and what a wonderful blessing!
    So happy for you and your growing family!

  14. Virginia Accetta says:

    Congratulations to all of you, and what a fitting name for this little angel…!
    Virginia & Bob Accetta

  15. Susan Adler says:

    Alex & Jess & Abigail & Gabriel – Beautiful family! All the best to you from New York City!

    Susan Adler

  16. liza baker says:

    Congratulations guys, Gabe is absolutely beautiful and I think it is wonderful to have Abagail there to see it all and be included. It is great to see Jessica and Gabe up and looking amazing!! Love you guys and hope to see you sometime soon -Liza

  17. Dan Konkle says:

    Just talked to Grandpa Bill good news travels fast,lol you have the Milliondollar family . everyone must be so happy congrats to you all ,. Love from Canada

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