Alice Rebecca Lafler-Austern was born at 11:09 AM on December 18, at Alta Bates hospital in Berkeley. She weighed 7lb 5oz at birth, and in the unbiased opinion of her parents and grandparents, she is an absolutely beautiful baby girl.
Janet had her first contraction shortly after midnight on the morning of the 18th, and labor began in earnest around 5. From there on, things went very fast.
Most birth announcements don't require any footnotes, but we've got two. First, some of you haven't seen us in a while, and it might be that the latest you heard about our reproductive plans was that we were going to adopt a child from Kazakhstan. About all we can say is: sometimes surprises happen! We are still planning to adopt, but not this year. Second, if you did know that Janet was pregnant, you might have heard that we were planning to induce labor on Monday. Fortunately, that wasn't necessary; Janet went into labor on her own the day before.