Naia Gray Mahaskey

On October 22, 2015 by M. Scott Mahaskey
Naia Gray Mahaskey, born October 22, 2015 - 6 lbs, 9 oz at 8:10 AM measuring 19in long. (M. Scott Mahaskey/Politico)

Naia Gray Mahaskey, born October 22, 2015 – 6 lbs, 8.8 oz at 8:10 AM measuring 19in long.

Welcome to the world little one! You arrived a few weeks early following an unscheduled c-section and couldn’t be more perfect. Thank you for giving me new meaning to the word ‘life’ and making this – October 22 – a day your mom and I will never forget.

Naia Gray Mahaskey, born October 22, 2015 - 6 lbs, 9 oz at 8:10 AM measuring 19in long. (M. Scott Mahaskey/Politico)

Taken by a nurse using Scott’s camera, Scott looks on as Naia is cleaned and checked following delivery.

Your mom and I woke up at 5 AM this morning expecting this to be an ordinary day. You changed our minds at 5:08 AM and we arrived at the hospital just a few minutes later. The dark morning walk from the car to the Inova Alexandria Hospital door was quiet, cool and slightly humid – it was a gorgeous Fall morning. Your mom was prepped for delivery by 7:30 AM and I joined her in the operating room around 8 AM. There was plenty of help in the OR and – you’ll like this – they were all girls. I was the only boy in the room and told to sit in a blue chair – next to your mom – and not to stand up. I held her hand as the procedure began at 8:08 AM – you arrived to greet us at 8:10 AM.

Here’s a collection of photos taken today, your glorious birthday.

Naia Gray Mahaskey, born October 22, 2015 - 6 lbs, 9 oz at 8:10 AM measuring 19in long. (M. Scott Mahaskey/Politico)

Naia rests comfortably next to mom’s bed.

Naia Gray Mahaskey, born October 22, 2015 - 6 lbs, 9 oz at 8:10 AM measuring 19in long. (M. Scott Mahaskey/Politico)

Beautiful eyes.

Naia Gray Mahaskey, born October 22, 2015 - 6 lbs, 9 oz at 8:10 AM measuring 19in long. (M. Scott Mahaskey/Politico)

Beautiful fingers.

Naia Gray Mahaskey, born October 22, 2015 - 6 lbs, 9 oz at 8:10 AM measuring 19in long. (M. Scott Mahaskey/Politico)

Beautiful hair.

Naia Gray Mahaskey, born October 22, 2015 - 6 lbs, 9 oz at 8:10 AM measuring 19in long. (M. Scott Mahaskey/Politico)

You barely cried today and, when you were awake, seemed more interested in sucking your fingers.

Naia Gray Mahaskey, born October 22, 2015 - 6 lbs, 9 oz at 8:10 AM measuring 19in long. (M. Scott Mahaskey/Politico)

This may look scary, but all your measurements were right on the mark. Nurses were impressed by you.

 

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