okay, she’s here.

and her name is Ada Corinna Swinton. At least is is now. It’s a working title. Naomi might have other ideas after a few days rest. Ada is healthy and well and is now asleep with her mother.To the many who have offered prayers and poems, warm wishes and words of support and encouragement we want to say thank you. Your presence has added another dimension to our many layered experience.

She was born at home. Ada looked to be arriving late on the evening of the 3rd of July, but not to be outdone by her brother, Broadus, who was born on Halloween, she held out for the 4th of July. Our Independence Day, for those not in the know. She was born at 12:46 a.m., weighing 8 lbs, 7 oz. She came out looking like a gnarled purple tree root from some fairytale forest, tree bark formed into a silent, eternal, impassive, awe inspiring face. She took her first breath, let out a mewling little cry and became a human being. Broadus, who had been in and out all night ran in at that moment and bonded with her instantly. She took to nursing right away. We were up at least until 3 a.m. Mother and daughter, son and father are all doing great.

I do want to put in a plug for midwives and home-births. We live near enough to a hospital if there was any dire need. But Naomi chose (it’s her body, so it’s her choice) home birth for a variety of reasons. Comfort and familiarity, surrounded by family and friends rather than well-meaning strangers. And safety. Of all the industrialized countries, the U.S. ranks third from the bottom in infant mortality. And then there is the ridiculous statistic that one third (or more) of hospital births are cesarean. A natural process is turned into a very expensive and potentially dangerous piece of major surgery, which further insures that all of the mother’s future births will also be major money makers as most hospitals and physicians will not allow normal vaginal births after cesareans. Our Northern New Mexican midwives are wonderfully gifted and experienced and able. We were assisted by Elizabeth Withnall and Connie Trujillo of the Las Vegas Midwifery Service, and NM Quickcare Women’s Health.

Okay, then, presenting…

again, thank you much.

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31 Responses to okay, she’s here.

  1. Lakota says:

    oh my… she’s gorgeous! nicely done RikkiTikki and Naomi.
    B-boy looks to be the VERY proud big brother.
    Give the angel a welcome to the here and now kiss from me.
    Auntie Kota


  2. johemmant says:

    Oh she is so, so beautiful, and that last photograph is just perfect, it made me cry. Naomi looks so happy!!! Huge, huge congratulations to you all and may Ada have a long and happyhappy life, with a family like this she’s off to a flying start. I want to hold her *sigh* *grin*. Yippeee!


  3. johemmant says:

    I just looked long and hard, she has the same eyes as Broadus. Scrumdiddlyumptious!


  4. Paul says:

    Yayayayayaya, congratulations to everybody. Helllooooooo Ada Corrina, welcome to an amazing world. Your life will be blessed with great wonder and joy and dreams will be wishes and wishes will come true. Yayayayayayayayayayayayayaya,


  5. callie guerin says:

    Congratulations everybody! you are so lucky to have a new little baby girl…so cute!! Hope you are feeling good
    Love Callie


  6. christine says:

    She’s one of the prettiest newborns I’ve seen. What a beautiful face. All the photos are lovely, mom looks blissful, brother very proud . You can see the joy and smell the cookie breath!


  7. Childlife says:

    Oh, she’s a doll! Congratulations to your lovely family, Rick — Ada is a perfect addition πŸ™‚ How clever of her to hold out for the fourth to keep up with big brother! Sending lots of sleep vibes your way…


  8. janetleigh says:

    Wow and wonderfully done, All; you could cut the bliss and euphoria with a knife in these pics! Broadus looks like he’s known her spirit for quite a while, his hand upon her head as in a blessing, and a “what took you so long, sis?” look of love radiating from his face and impish eyes. He has lots in store for her, in the way of brotherly love and attention, I’m sure! Love and peace to you all, a job well done, good wishes to the midwives, too. Let’s insist on bliss – a la Mobbs/Swinton style! Love, Janet Leigh


  9. damyantig says:

    She is incredible….so small, yet so full of personality. She already looks like she has opinions of her own:). I would so like to hold her, she is precious.

    God bless her, and big hugs to Naomi, you and Broadus!


  10. paisley says:

    i am so glad i finally checked in… congrats to all and the baby is adorable..


  11. paisley says:

    and i forgot to include that i wonder how your son took to the reality of the birthing experience…


  12. Shiny Things says:

    CONGRATULATIONS!! I’ve been checking the site each day (via reader) hoping and wishing and praying and anticipating the big announcement!

    Congrats to you all, WELCOME to Miss Ada, and thank you for opening up your life to us. πŸ™‚


  13. Congratulations! She looks so adorable.


  14. Stephanie says:

    Yea! I finally figured out hoe to post!……. Congratulation Favorite Brother! Love you lots and lots, give everyone a big hug and a kiss from us. The kids are looking forward to meeting Miss Ada and seeing the new big brother in action. Naomi, I’m glad the waiting is over for you….congratulations! XXOO


  15. Michele Lee says:

    For some reason, your site was the first I came to this morning. I can see why now! Congratulations! How wonderful. May God bless you and keep you all in his care. Ada is a beautiful little girl with a spectacular birthday. I have a feeling you are in for a run with this one (smile)


  16. Tina says:

    Oh how beautiful. The name is awesome…of course my mothers name is Ada, so I am partial. πŸ™‚

    Happy Birthday baby Ada.


  17. Anonymous says:

    I came over from Gautami, having seen your photo prompt there– Congratulations!!! Children are a treasure as you well know. May Ada be a blessing to you and to the world.


  18. Sage says:

    I’m the anonymous commenter above… I hit submit without putting in my info


  19. Congratulations! Such a beautiful family. Thank you for commenting on my blog. This is my first visit here and I now realize you are the person who posts the painting that often inspire mariacristina’s poetry. This is a source of inspiration.


  20. Angry Ballerina says:

    Wow. Holy shit. Thats a baby!!!!! Congrats!!!!!!!


  21. I’m so moved by the photos and the joy you have expressed. So personal and so profound. Thank you.


  22. ybonesy says:

    Felicidades! She has a wonderful face, such beautiful skin.

    Good job, too, to those northern NM midwives. They are angels.


  23. rick mobbs says:

    Auntie ‘Kota, welcome kissin’ done as you asked. She’ll be especially blessed.

    Jo, something tells me you will hold her one day.

    Hey Paul, thanks for the war cry, thanks for thinking of us.

    Callie, we are looking forward to seeing you and your daughter.
    Who else is coming? When do you arrive?
    Cristine, thanks for the frequent check ins, the love and support.

    Childlife, thanks for the sleep vibes! We can use them!

    Janetleigh, thanks for the love.

    damyantig, who knows? maybe you will hold her one day, too.
    One of us will have to travel to the other side of the world. Stranger things have happened.

    paisley, welcome back! I haven’t been getting out much but you’ll see me around again before too long.

    Shiny Things, great to see you here. I’ll be getting back to fencepostings…

    Gautami, thank you.

    Steph, I’ll be seeing you on dorothy hall?

    Michele Lee, thanks for leaving a note. I’ll be over to visit you. Are you painting?

    Tina, thanks for the birthday story.

    Sage, nice words from a desert rat and cynic.

    Writer Reading, your site is a place of inspiration. Thanks for dropping by and for the comment.

    Angry, we were gonna name it after you but, I dunno, we got sidetracked, I guess. Maybe next time, oh glorious one.

    Deborah, always great to hear from you. Your blog interests and inspires me.

    Ybonesy, I hope our paths cross out here.

    Now I go fall over. Thanks everybody. xox Rick


  24. xpalla says:

    Enjoy!!!!! Everyone sends their love , and kisses. Hope to see you soon. Good job Naomi, shes beautiful.


  25. lee san says:


    baby Ada is so beautiful!


  26. ABWF says:

    Congratulations on the newest addition to your family. I love the expressions in the photos you posted.


  27. rick mobbs says:

    thank you xpalla, lee san, and ABWF. Things are settling down again now.

    paisley, good question. our son seems to be fairly easy with the birthing experience. He would run back and forth between his movie and his mom to make sure he wasn’t missing anything. He came in again right as Ada was born and has been mesmerized with her since.


  28. Tracy says:

    Yahooooo! Happy, happy, happy, happy! Here’s hoping for the speedy return of the battery charger and another photo or two. Thanks, Rick, for posting for all of us “away.” Great love to each of you.


  29. marlowe44 says:

    I add my heartfelt congratulations to the Mobbs/Swinton family! Ada Corrina you do seem to be an old soul, with so much wisdom already evident in every fiber of your adorable self. Oh yeah, Broadus is sweet now, but only time will tell hows the sibling rivalry will play out down the line–or not. He could turn out to be the Big Brother all little girls dream of. He certainly has that potential. Naomi, you remain radiant after a job well done, and how wonderful that Ada was a home birth. You folks are like an inspiration to the rest of us, all so complacent and other directed when it comes to health care.

    Rick, what marksmanship, sir. A beautiful daughter, just as you began to write about over a year ago. The heavens adore you, and the Universe has selected your family unit to be a love pool. We bloggers are pleased and proud and excited and weepy and nearly cramped from smiling!



  30. Diana says:

    Well, how can I ever be so poetic and dramatic as your other friends? I love the Swinton/Mobbs family from the grandparents to Miss Ada and Broaddus. What joy you bring to all who know you. If I ever grow up, I want to be just like Naomi (I know, I say that all of the time but still so true.) I am so happy for you all and miss you and soon to miss more of the Swinton family. I’m feeling bereft for me and so overjoyed for you’all. Love you much.


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