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?