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.