Bob Gruen: "John and Yoko's son, Sean, was born on John's birthday, October 9th, in 1975. It was a very difficult, caesarean delivery, and in its aftermath, John established himself as one of the hospital's most attentive dads. Some dads would come once or twice a day to participate in the feedings, but John was there for every feeding – every four hours, precisely on time. Right from the beginning, John wanted to be the only one to hold Sean, and he made sure he knew everything that was going on medically with both Yoko and Sean.
John called me when Sean was a month old and asked me to take some photos for his family. I took a lot of shots of him, Sean, and Yoko. John seemed happier than I had ever seen him and was looking forward to spending all his time raising his new son.
John was much more enthusiastic about the photo shoot than Yoko. Since the birth, John had fed and changed Sean, while Yoko recuperated from the delivery. She was still pretty weak, whereas John was busily content in his role as a father.
I understood John's need to be home with Sean, because we had talked before about the opportunities John felt he had lost with Julian, his son with his first wife, Cynthia. John felt he had missed out on really getting to know his older son, and so had resolved to spend as much time with Sean as he could, to raise him himself and really get to know him. John also wanted to become closer to Julian, and over the next few years made considerable efforts to bring Julian more and more into his life." John Lennon, Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon at the Dakota building, NYC; Friday December 12, 1975.
Photos by and © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com
from John Lennon - The New York Years by Bob Gruen
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