Wednesday, November 5, 2008

BABY!

The little goatling wriggled his hornless head from his uterian sleeping bag this evening and emerged victorious.

Election day '08. Born on the day the first black man is elected president of the United States. That association won't soon be forgotten. Remarkable, methinks.

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Valerie woke up this morning with distinctly different contractions. We sent Audrey to school cautioning her that today might be the day, and that she may be going home with a friend. We voted. We packed up last minute items. We farmed out Marian. Then we headed off to the hospital. Checked in around 12:30. The baby was born at 5:56. (At 2pm I told Marian's babysitter we'd have a baby by six. Uncanny predictive prowess.)

Mama is a very brave, strong, powerful woman. She went unmedicated (if you know her: of course she did). And she was remarkable. It's nuts how a woman's body just knows what to do. And the kid too. I've watched three goatlings emerge from that vagina and it still seems pure slight-of-hand. Magically, it just all works out.

And our midwife was fabulous. A calm, relaxing, empowering, peaceful influence.

Last night I had a dream that Valerie's water broke at the polls. Close enough!

Reuben Anders Wilde Goates, welcome to this big, wide, crazy world!

14 comments:

KanyonKris said...

Congratulations on your new family member! And, yes, a remarkable birthday.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful! Maybe he will grow up to be the first Mormon president...

SD

KingM said...

Congratulations. That's great news.

Scott said...

Many congratulations to you all! Best wishes. Now you have one more male to help restore the balance of power, although you are still the minority leader.

goat said...

There's no gender wars in our house, the girls are all on my side!

:-)

kg said...

What a thrilling moment. Kudos to Val and your new Goates Guy!

Elise said...

Congrats! All our love from the McKellars!!!

Meg said...

Congratulations to you. How exciting, and welcome baby Goates.

UtRider said...

Nice work!

MTN said...

Buy that boy a baseball asap! I was not much of a baseball guy, but if you have a son, you have to! It's like fishing, you just have to do it.

nweames said...

Congratulations! He is beautiful. We are so happy for your family

Mindy said...

Oh, I love it! I am so excited for your family. I loved that post! Can't wait to see you at Christmas!

irelynd said...

Oh my gosh! He is so cute! You're lucky you got such an adorable little guy. Good luck with the baby. And adios, partner.

vszmom said...

Im sure you've already checked around to find the smallest bike and your son will be right behind you at the earliest possible moment. Congrats! I bet the girls are having the time of their lives. Merry Christmas!
Vicki Z aka Sara's mom :)