Diary of An Irish Woman

musings of an irish lady now living in America.

Friday, August 24, 2007

email from excited Daddy says it all

We had a boy!!!!!

Good morning, folks. It's been a fantastic, wild, emotional, amazing 24-hours. I'm not sure when exactly the reality of it all hit S, but for me it was about four minutes after our son was born, as I stepped into the recovery area and saw a tiny little -- no, actually, a solid hunk of a little ME staring back at me, a little boy who actually calmed down as I cupped him in my hands. I've seen lots of newborns recently, but none has had my face.

He's a brick. And he's mostly bald, like his mom was. A little brush of blondish-red fuzz all over his head. The doctor had never seen a baby this bald! She said they weren't sure which end they were grabbing as they pulled him out. He's got a Mac head (it's big!) and we think he might have his mother's nose and chin. Truth be told, we're not completely sure about his nose ... Sinead said early in the day, "thank God its a boy with your nose, Jan!" Well, we're not about to settle this debate any time soon.

Here are the stats:

F1 M Gandalf
August 20  10:52 am
8 pounds, 8 ounces, 20 1/2 inches

Pics from the whole first morning. View them in order, with titles and descriptions, to capture the experience:

Updates, as we get to computers:

F1 - "the fair" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fionn_mac_Cumhaill
M - after his grandfather, and the line of B men who share the name
Gandalf - we kinda had to slip this on in there, as he's been "the hobbit" for so long. Two middle names worked for Tolkien, and hell, "Bilbo" wasn't going to cut it, so we went all the way.

We're here:

Good Samaritan Hospital, San Jose
Room 282 in the Maternity Ward

Love you all,
-S, J, and Hobbit


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