Welcoming Zadie Barbara Bauman, August 7, 2014

We are delighted to announce the birth of Zadie Barbara Bauman, born Thursday August 7 at 9:41pm and weighing in at 9 pounds 6.4 ounces. (Zadie is just a name that we like, and Barbara was Laura’s maternal grandmother.) We are all happy and healthy and looking forward to our new life together!





Extended version

Baby’s due date was August 6, so when she didn’t come Laura decided to induce labor by wearing garish clothing. Sure enough that worked!









Random aside: How cool would it be to get a ride to the hospital from the Beer Patrol??!



Labor began around midnight on the night of the 6th, but Laura was kind enough to let me sleep until the morning, and at 10am on August 7 we headed to the hospital in Felix, our new Honda Fit. (Laura didn’t go for the Beer Patrol idea… plus Felix has the car seat and they won’t let you leave the hospital without one.)


Labor progressed quickly (as least that’s the way it seemed to me!), with Laura passing the time by gently reminding me that she never wanted to do this again.

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At 6pm Laura started to push, but after 3 hours the baby still refused to come out, so we got some assistance from Dr Dorcas McLennan and her suction cup.

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Zadie was born at 9:41pm on Thursday August 7th. These pictures were taken about 10 minutes after her birth.


Once Zadie was born we immediately saw why she had trouble coming out.


Random aside: The fact that she would weigh in at 9 pounds 6.4 ounces (4.26 kg) was way beyond the expectations of her parents, of the midwives, and in fact of everyone except the Delphic Oracle disguised as a Metro bus driver who greeted us last Sunday morning with “Are you having twins? No?? That’s going to be a BIG BABY!”


Multi-cultural note: I’m happy to say that this was well into Friday August 8 in Beijing and so Zadie can lay claim to being a ba ba bao bao (8th month, 8th day baby), which is quite auspicious in China.


Little did I know that this was pretty much the last time I would be seen as a perfect substitute!


Please stay tuned for next time, when Laura’s got a joke to share about input-output models! But for now… happy 1 week birthday, Zadie!!

23 responses to “Welcoming Zadie Barbara Bauman, August 7, 2014”

  1. Congratulations to your wife, your daughter, and you! Awesome post!

    Looking forward to the next one when you have time; let’s say January?

  2. Zadie is lovely! And being practically full grown at birth, she should be sleeping through the night before you know it! Well, maybe…

    Anyway, WELCOME TO THE WORLD, ZADIE! I fear we’ve left you some work to do, but I have confidence that you’ll take it on fearlessly (and successfully).

    Laura and Yoram: Aren’t you proud of what you’ve done? Good work! And now there’s the joy of watching Zadie learn to do all kinds of things in the weeks and months ahead. Congratulations!

    Nancy (Ball)

  3. Welcome to the World, Princess Zadie!

  4. Mazel Tov! Zadie is absolutely beautiful!

  5. CONGRATULATIONS, YORAM & LAURA!!! This blog post cracked me up, Yoram. Even after being a likely sleep-deprived father for one week, you’ve still managed to keep your wicked sense of humor. I tip my hat to you. And I bow low and doff my hat to your lovely and brave wife Laura who gave birth to an almost 10-pound baby. Damn. And what a beautiful baby Zadie is! So happy for all of you!

  6. Dear Yoram. Just caught this brilliant photo essay. Thanks for sharing the
    remarkable events surrounding the birth of dear Zadie. All best wishes to you and
    Laura-and welcome Zadie! (My wife Betsy worked in maternal child nursing–and your story is certainly compelling.)

  7. Congrats Yoram!!!!

  8. I am stoked to read the play by play and see the surprise at the end. :) Congrats you two- I am so happy for you and Zadie couldn’t have better, sassier, and more well-read parents. Sending you all hugs!

  9. Congratulations my friend!!! Definitely a new adventure for you all… this is is going to be GREAT! Hugs Yoram–I hope we can meet Zdie sometime when she is a little older and can run around the building.

  10. Zadie is so precious and she is surrounded by so much love.
    Laura’s garish birthing costume has me fascinated and am thinking of trying the same for an upcoming job interview:) Thanks for posting the story.

  11. Another baby Yoram enters the world. We are so blessed! Congrats and enjoy the parenting ride! It will fuel your comedy! Ellen

  12. Yoram,
    Congratulations to you and Laura. Zadie is indeed beautiful. Loved the posting – came here just to see if the news was available, and was entertained in the bargain.

  13. Congratulations!

  14. Congratulations on the birth of little Zadie! She is adorable! Wishing you and Laura all the best as new parents.

  15. Congratulations to the three of you and I look forward to being Zadie’s Great Uncle, and hopefully a great uncle, too.

  16. Congratulations, Yoram and Laura! What a great birth announcement. Zadie is a beauty!

  17. Congratulations…welcome Zadie!

  18. Zadie is absolutely beautiful! Congratulations & best wishes to your family.

  19. Congratulations! Beautiful, healthy baby… and now you are off and running. Hope the first few weeks bring at least a little sleep, and lots of help from your friends.

  20. Congratulations and best wishes to you, Laura and Yoram, and a big welcome to little lady Zadie.

  21. MAZAL TOV!
    Best wishes for your new born baby girl.
    Shana Tova
    Nava Eldar

  22. best wishes
    Shana Tova
    see you soon in ISRAEL
    Nava Eldar

  23. I can’t believe I’m just now (so late after the fact) seeing such wonderful pictures. Congratulations Yoram, and please extend the same to Laura. Zadie, if you’re lookin’ at this site once you start to read, welcome to a fascinating planet.

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