Osher Gunsberg is officially a father after his wife Audrey gave birth to their first son together at the end of August.
In a post to Instagram announcing the birth, Osher not only announced the name of their son, Wolfgang (or Wolfie for short) but he also added a beautiful message for his wife, speaking about just how incredible women are for what they put their body through during birth.
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Please meet Georgia’s youngest brother, Wolfgang. We call him Wolfie for short. He and @Audreygriffen did so well on Friday when he was born perfectly formed with ten fingers and toes, healthy and happy at 3.97kg. (Though between the delivery bed and the scale he did do a massive poop – and the doc agreed that if he hadn’t he would have topped 4kg easily.) I am in complete awe of my wife. What I witnessed her do, the power I saw her summon from within her to bring this boy into the world was utterly astonishing. As he came closer and closer, her body began to unleash an incredible energy that was absolutely not going to be held back. Yet Audrey was able to harness it, guide it, and use it to transcend the extraordinary pain she was feeling and channel it all towards an energy that brought this boy alive and well into the world. That I’ve known Audrey for over five years, and yet had no idea that within her this whole time was an almighty divine force capable of bringing life into the world like this blows my mind and was astonishing to witness. I can’t think of any single thing a man does in his life that physically equates to what I saw Audrey do. For me – any marathon or endurance event I’ve ever raced is essentially a wander to the kitchen compared to what I saw Audrey do on Friday. Wolfie’s big sister Georgia was in the room with us via the most perfect playlist that she made especially for the occasion – and this boy came into the world to the sounds of Kendrick Lamar, Beyonce and Khalid. Less than an hour after he was born, Wolfie met G for real – and she’s the best big sister he could have ever hoped for. We are in love and drowning in gratitude, oxytocin and new baby smell.
And well, that long paragraph makes a whole lot of sense right now after Osher told Kyle and Jackie O this morning that Audrey actually went through close to two weeks of contractions!
Up until now we didn’t actually know that this was even possible, but now that we do we are SHOOK! Like seriously, OUCH!
Osher explained that Audrey first started feeling the contractions during the filming of The Masked Singer finale and they actually thought that she was about to go into labour. But they had no idea just how long the road ahead of them remained!
“I call her and I’m like, ‘Are you having contractions?’ and she goes, ‘Yes. They’re seven minutes apart’,” Osher revealed to us this morning.
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Getting skin to skin with our boy Wolfie about ninety minutes after he was born. On the advice of superdad @kurtfearnleyinsta, I was whispering my first words to him, welcoming him to the world and making some promises to him. To say that the smell of him seeped into my brain and started to rewire things is an incredible understatement. We are now a few days in, and between feeds & nappy changes – whenever I can I'm whipping off my shirt and charging up on this little guy like he's an induction stove. I don't know how long he'll let me do it – but holy moly I feel the gears shifting between my ears when we cuddle like this. I can't nurse him like @audreygriffen can – yet when he's grisly but then settles when he's on me? I'll take that feeling for as long as I can get it. xx
Osher went on to explain how he was in such awe at Audrey’s strength throughout the birth. Especially seeing as it lasted so long!
“I get why so many women are afraid of men now,” Osher continued. “Once you’ve witnessed a woman, once you’ve seen the divine maternal power unleashed, once you’ve seen the physical thing that a woman does when she brings a life into this world, no wonder men are terrified.”
“You need oxytocin, the woman has to feel safe, calm and private if she wants to be able to give birth… but adrenaline shuts that off,” Osher continued to explain.
“We actually, we got to the hospital and a few things went on and then some adrenaline spiked up and then all the contractions slowed down again and so we had to go back home again and she had 10 days of contractions seven minutes apart.”
Kyle and Jackie were just as shocked as we were!
“10 days! I didn’t know it could go on that long,” Kyle exclaimed.
“Well we didn’t either!” Osher replied. “The whole thing is like, oh you go into contractions and then when they’re four minutes apart in you go and boom, baby. They don’t say, oh no no, it can go on for days and days and days. Which it did.”
Well there’s something fun we have to look forward to with child birth…