Here he is! This is him at about 3 minutes old. The nurse popped off a couple pics, handed me back my camera, I took this one picture, and the battery abruptly died. It's rechargable, and now I know that when you see the battery indicator at all, even looking two-thirds full, it's time to plug it in. I bother with these details because it wasn't so bad -- I got a lot of pix right there using my phone, but the wifi at the hospital doesn't seem to access my email so I can't post those yet.
I cut the cord in the brief window after the camera conked out and I fished my phone from beneath my clean suit. The doc who handed me the scissors was dismayed at this lost moment, but frankly I was "eww, no." Fortunately Julie concurred.
He's very alert and spends a lot of time looking at us as if he's demanding an explanation. There's a picture on my phone that really shows this, but this one here is the best one I've got of his open eyes with my camera so far. And yes, that's a side boob shot of Julie's hoo-hoo. The kid is a freakin' champ at nursing. Seriously, once we got him in position he latched on in like twenty seconds. Kind of like "sorry for that unprecedented surprise today, here's a breast the size of your head as compensation."
This is my favorite pic so far. I got back from dropping Julie's mom at our house at about half past midnight. He spent most of the next three hours awake, nursing, looking around, debuting a monster poop and airing his opinion on the whole situation. When he's not crying he makes these delightful little coos and chirps. I keep telling him it's cool, that the world is beautiful. I think he'll come around.
Jules and Zack are both asleep now; I really should follow suit but I have no idea if I'll be able to. I'm so proud of Julie and it warms my heart to hear her sleepy breathing. Zack is swaddled tightly, every once in a while he'll jerk his little legs up as if spring-loaded. He's pretty awesome.
Check out the stats:
Born June 10th, 2008 at 6:47 PST
9 pounds, 4 ounces
21 1/4 inches long
Head circumference: 14 3/4 inches. Yowza.
More pics later. Thanks, everybody.