Thursday, 21 February 2008
... and our little boy came into the world this afternoon at 12:48pm Sydney time, 21 February, weighing 3.7kg (8lb 5oz) and in the finest of health.
Things got a bit complicated for a while, but thanks to the the combination of first-world health care, lots of love and prayers from around the world, and indescribably hard work from his mother - who is unquestionably the bravest and most wonderful person I'll ever know - our little fellow came through fine.
This photo was taken when he was about 5 minutes old and nestling in his mum's arms. If I never take another picture in my life it won't matter now, becausing having captured this moment it feels like I've captured them all. Or at least all the ones worth remembering.
Our new Big Sister (aged almost 2) came to the hospital for a visit this evening, and was just as proud as the rest of us. She hasn't stopped talking about her new baby since; we're about to head off for bedtime stories and winding-down is going to take a while tonight: cuddle-time will undoubtedly take longer than usual, but that's fine with me and the dogs. In fact tonight there's probably nothing finer.
Special thanks to Midwife Debi Ilsley (who's originally from MadPriest/Doorman-Priest's part of the world: they must make 'em pretty good up there), obstetricians Dr. Wendy Hawke & Dr. Stephen Coogan, and anaethetist Dr. Clive Collier (here's the link I promised Clive: http://epidural.net.au/ ;-).
You're all the best.
And thanks to you for sharing our joy by reading this. God bless you.