Got an early morning call from our daughter Elaine yesterday morning, telling me I wouldn't be going to work that day. She and husband Chris headed off to the hospital in the early morning after she'd been having contractions for several hours and then her water broke, but it was a long time before the baby was born. It ended up that Elaine felt comfortable just having Chris with her, so I waited for news at home with Grant. Finally word came just after 7 pm that the baby had been born, healthy and well! Yay! The hospital maternity program includes something they call "kangaroo time", wherein the mother and father are alone with the baby for immediate bonding for 90 minutes, before baby is taken to be measured or weighed or allowed visitors. There were three deliveries in a row last evening, so we didn't get a chance to see the new family until after 9 pm when they were moved finally to another room.
Presenting Cove Russell Gereau, born 6:51 pm on 2/26/14, 7 lbs 6 oz, 21 inches long. It took our daughter three hours of pushing but she did a wonderful job. So proud of the new mommy!
And the new daddy! Chris was great at being there for his wife and also giving us updates throughout the day.
I love this shot where he's got his finger in his mouth as I held him for the first time.
Proud and happy new Mimi and Papa to baby Cove.