|A New Arrival on our Island
This is just a brief announcement to let you know that we have a new member of our family. Last Wednesday at 9:57am my wife gave birth to our son Mark Weaver Dennis, here in Achamore House. He weighed in at 8 lbs 3 oz. Emma felt the first contractions at about 11:30 the night before, so we got very little sleep that night...! As we had planned on a home birth, a lovely midwife was stationed on the island (thank you, NHS..! ) and things progressed well. Emma has two fine boys (Sean & Bryce) from her first marriage and they witnessed the entire process. In fact Joyce the midwife had delivered both Bryce & Sean here on the island as well, and she said it was a first for her, to have two boys she had delivered to be on hand for the delivery of a 3rd boy. In any case, it was a joyous occasion, though not without some pains on Emma's part.
As soon as Mark emerged, the midwife wrapped him in a blanket and handed my new son to me, as both Joyce and Emma had other things to attend to just at that point. An extraordinary feeling, holding him for that first quarter of an hour... Indescribeable. But he feels like a gift and a blessing to us all.
I have 3 other remarkable and wonderful children by my first marriage - Jennifer, Ava and Stewart, the youngest of which is now 21. Our collective family has now expanded by one, and we are all delighted.