Siebel Newsom expecting in September
By Brent Begin
Examiner Staff Writer 2/19/09
SAN FRANCISCO – Mayor Gavin Newsom released more details about his impending first born Thursday – and apologized to some members of his family that they heard the news via the media rather than from the happy couple.
News spread quickly throughout the media Wednesday that Newsom, 41, and wife Jennifer Siebel Newsom, 34, were expecting, yet many in the immediate family didn’t know, including Newsom’s father, Bill Newsom.
“Unfortunately, some gossip column in New York City leaked this, and so we didn’t announce it in the way we intended to, but such is the life of public service,” Newsom said Thursday outside City Hall. “I had to deal with my aunt. To my Aunt Annie, I apologize for you watching it on TV last night. The point being that I hadn’t reached out to our extended family to let them know before everyone else found out.”
The baby, Newsom said, is due in September, “if everything goes well” – and he’s already scoping out a future baby sitter.
“All I know is my mother in law is now my most important person outside of my wife because I know how helpful she can be, in giving me time to sleep,” Newsom said.
When pressed on names, Newsom said he wouldn’t say anything before his wife gave the green light.
“I have lots of preferences,” he said. “We have strange names in our family. I mean Hilary and Gavin, Tessa, my mother, so I wouldn’t expect it to be anything different. But I got to negotiate with my wife. I can’t do that here.”
Newsom said the couple doesn’t yet know the gender of the baby, and while he’d like to find out early, he’d also have to “negotiate” that point with his wife. Newsom’s sister, Hilary, has two girls.
Newsom also said he’s anxious for advice.
“Any advice on diapers, any advice on feeding times, any advice on names, go to our Facebook,” he said. “I’m ready to listen. Go to Twitter. All my Twitter friends are already giving me names and advice.”
As for whether the first couple would stay in their Russian Hill apartment when the baby was born, Newsom hinted that it would be difficult. “I’m not sure it’s big enough for two adults.”Source