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How Neil Gaiman, the everything artist, does a birth announcement

How Neil Gaiman, the everything artist, does a birth announcement
Author and filmmakerNeil Gaiman has welcomed his fourth child, and his first with second wife Amanda Palmer. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)

Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman have welcomed what could potentially be the most magical child on the planet.

Musician Palmer and the British artist-author welcomed their son, Anthony, on Sept. 16 and shared the news with their social followings on Monday with a photo of Palmer breastfeeding their new son in bed as Gaiman looks on.

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"He was born at 8:37 in the morning on September the 16th, which is, I am told, the commonest birthday in the US," the "Coraline" author wrote on his website. "It was a long but rewarding labour. The name on his birth registration is Anthony, but mostly I call him Squeaker. He makes the best noises in the world, mostly squeaks and peeps and snuffles."

The 54-year-old praised his wife as an "amazing mother" and said that he's "changing nappies (or diapers, if you are not English) and enjoying it much too much."

On her blog, Palmer, 39, said that she endured a 24-hour home birth with "three magical midwives" and her "loving friend" Whitney, who's also their doula.

"We're finally all safely landed on the other side of childbirth...me, neil and little anthony," she wrote on her Patreon blog, adding, "someday i'll tell you the whole story. it was a crazy, beautiful trip."

The Dresden Dolls' singer-songwriter also apologized for her lack of online presence.

"i'm so happy to be spending the time away from the phone and the computer and doing the only thing i want to do right now...at home, in the quiet woods, all three of us falling in love with each other after our long long journey together. we're exhausted. so much love," she wrote.

It's the first child for Palmer and third for Gaiman, who is already Dad to three children from his previous marriage to Mary McGrath. The graphic novelist wed Palmer in 2011 a year after he ceremoniously married a statue during a New Orleans flash mob wedding on his birthday.

Palmer announced that they were expecting in March with a nude photo showcasing her growing belly.

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