Ava Josephine Skidgel has Happy Thoughts

Happy thoughts

Happy thoughts (click photo to see more on Flickr)

From the short note I sent out:

Ava Josephine Skidgel was born at 3:22 pm on December 27, 2006. She weighed in at 7 lbs 10 oz and was 19.5 inches. She and mom are doing great. Bea is happy to have a baby sister. While dad is joyed to have two beautiful daughters, he’s now getting used to idea that he’s outnumbered.

We left around 3:30 am. I dropped Bea off with Kim, Augusto, and Stella. We went to triage and were admitted since Allison was slightly above 4 cm. Allison worked through out the early morning and afternoon and Ava entered the world doing a cork screw twist. Dad graciously cut the cord and she began breast feeding within the first few minutes of entering this world.

Lindy Johnson, our midwife, delivered her into this world and we were helped by Stacia Biltekoffe, our Douhla at Alta Bates in Berkeley.

And for those who knew, I kept the secret about Ava’s sex the whole time, told no one, and Allison never found out (although one time she tried to get it out of me and I wouldn’t tell).


  1. Will Carroll says:

    Congrats, you guys! Remember, John, you may be outnumbered, but it’s beautifully outnumbered! P.S. I got this on my old att e-address; now that you don’t have anything to do anymore, you can change my address!! ;-)————Will

  2. Emily says:

    Hi Beatriz,

    Congrats on your new beautiful sister and our new cousin! She is sooooo cute. We can’t wait to meet her.

    Rachel, Anna and Sadie

  3. Thomas Wells says:

    Welcome to the world, Cousin Ava! My parents said that we have the same nose! I can’t wait to meet you and Beatriz in person one day.

  4. Lisabell Heida says:

    John, Allison and Bea,

    Ava is absolutely beautiful! Congratulations on the addition to your new family. Hope to see you soon!!


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