Monday, January 7, 2008

Birth Announcement



Well we've had a busy weekend. Julia Noel Hatke was born at 7am on Saturday, at home. As you can see from the picture above, both mother and baby are doing really well. (I've posted several more pictures on my Flickr Page) At just over 7 pounds, Julia is our biggest baby to date. With three daughters I am now officially overwhelmed by girls -but when I look at Angelica and Zita and Julia (and Anna), I really can't think of a nicer way to have the balance of power is so stacked against me.

As many of you know, we've had our three births at home (with a midwife). The intimate involvement in the issuing forth of a new life is certainly beyond my ability to describe. I can only say that birth is a thing of such raw and awful beauty that it makes an artist want to hang up the ol' brushes and pens for good. How can one compete?

17 comments:

Internet Peasant said...

Yeah, stop competing. There's always Seton. Don't you still have some late papers out?

Or is that Sarah?

Ben Hatke said...

Yeah, my papers are on about the same schedule as your blog.

mike said...

Congrats, Ben!

WondrousPilgrim said...

CONGRATULATIONS, Ben! We were all giddy at the Epiphany party on friday night knowing that Anna was having the baby! Julia is beautiful!

regina doman said...

Wow! What a great birthday present for your sister-in-law and I! (I turned 38 yrs old on Saturday and isn't Josepha also a Jan 5 bday?!) Congratulations!!!!

Ben Hatke said...

That's right, Jan 5 is popular. It's Denver Schafer's birthday too, as well as one of my cousins.

Sam said...

Congratulations Ben, Anna and the big sisters too...

She looks wonderful.

Sam....

Abigail said...

Aw, she's adorable - Congratulations!!!

Three girls, too much fun! I'm from a family of three girls; friends called us, "The Triumvirate."

Eric Orchard said...

Congratulations to you and your wife Ben ! What a great beginning to the year for you.

Angela said...

A beautiful addition to your family! Congratulations and blessings, Ben and Anna.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations and Happy New Year, Hatkes!

Elizabeth Butina

Nick-dog said...

Congrats Ben!

--Nick-Dog

Ben Hatke said...

Ah, the Triumverate. Nice.

Here's a picture of Julia on her own.

Thanks everyone.

Chris Chan said...

Congratulations to you and Anna!

Mom said...

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!! How beautiful! God bless you all.

(Hey. Actually the reason I was googling you was that I FINALLY got DSL and was looking forward to seeing the "Gwyneth" strips at last. Are they gone?)

Grandma Kate Adams

Ben Hatke said...

Wow! Thanks for commenting Mrs. A! Unfortunately, there are now Gwyneth comics online...

But there should be.

Annie said...

Congratulations! Both mother and baby are beautiful.