This morning my wife gave birth to our second child, a healthy daughter. Her full name is Elaine Claire van der Chijs, she was born on May 21, 2009 at 9:15 AM. Birth weight 3270 gram and a length of 51 cm. Both mother and baby are doing fine, but will need to stay at ParkwayHealth in Xintiandi for a couple of days to recover.
Just like when Scott was born in December 2007, I Twittered a bit before and after the delivery (not during the actual delivery, I was too nervous watching the whole procedure), an overview of the main tweets with the approximate times during the past hours:
7:15 AM Driving to ParkwayHealth, bit nervous but also happy. First time in my new car, good timing 🙂
7:15 AM Very busy on the highway into the city already, and it’s only 7:15AM. Hopefully no police yet, we’re driving without license plates.
7:25 AM Did a short video interview with my wife, she says she is not nervous for the delivery. Well, I am. We should be in hospital in 15 min.
7:45 AM In the hospital filling out all kinds of forms about the risks involved in a c-section. Does not make me feel more at ease to be honest.
7:50 AM My wife is now connected to the heart monitor. Our future baby’s heartbeat is 147, she must be nervous as well about her upcoming birth.
8:15 AM Things are going much faster than I imagined. My wife was taken to the operating room already for the epidural.
8:25 AM Going to the operating room myself now!
9:40 AM We have a healthy daughter! Elaine Claire van der Chijs was born at 9:15 AM, 3.270 kg, 51 cm. Happy!!!
10:30 AM Thanks everybody for the congratulation messages, too many to separately answer today. My wife and I read them all and are very happy!
11:15 AM Taking a short break from the hospital to drink a coffee in Xintiandi. Didn’t have time for coffee yet this morning 🙂
11:45 AM Put a few pics of my new daughter Elaine online just now at http://www.flickr.com/photo… Still cannot believe how quick it went today