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a new californian

Friday evening, our friends Deb and Mark had their first baby! Saturday afternoon, we stopped by the hospital to visit little Gabriel, our newest Californian. “Little” may not be quite the right word, though, since Gabriel came into the world at over 11 pounds!

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The proud papa is already a natural at feeding and changing. :-)

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Mark had an interesting story to tell — immediately after a birth, the hospital people normally take the baby for some tests. But Mark and Deb learned from one of their birthing trainers that if you know to ask, you can keep the baby with you for a while immediately after the birth for some bonding time. It turned out that Deb was still woozy from the c-section anesthesia, so Mark had an hour or so pretty much alone with his new son — very cool!

Deb was feeling much better by Saturday evening, and they expect to be home early next week. Nancy and I agreed that Gabriel is a very handsome baby. Congratulations, Deb and Mark!

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