Monday, September 29, 2008

Welcome Baby Alex !

25 September 2008:
- PRC launched Shen Zhou 7
- Our latest family member: Alexandra Yi Ru Lee- Thibault (aka the Rocket)

We checked into hospital at 11am and she arrived at 12:40pm, making her a really rapid baby rocket ! Birth Ball, Yoga mat, and a spa pool are all provided for in the hospital, so it was another epidural-free birth as we had wanted. Fabien missed his calling as a midwife, he's really a fantastic birth partner, and he very proudly cut the umbilical cord of our daughter.

At 50cm long and 3,3 kg she actually emerged smaller than Sophie (but no more quiet).

For those of you still wondering about why she took so long to appear - it might now be that she's right on time ! The duty pediatrician who gave her the routine check said she doesn't look like a post-mature baby at all. There was still plenty of amniotic fluid surrounding her, the obstetrician concluded that the first "due date" of 20 September was probably incorrect because she had been growing so fast they thought she was older on the scan than she in fact was.

It's hard to describe our first few days together. Fabien is thrilled, fatherhood really suits him, and somehow he has always imagined being surrounded by lots of little girls. I am very excited too, it's a new adventure parenting 2 kids, and I also can't wait to discover the personality and character of our latest little daughter!

BTW -- She's a superstar already. The hospital asked whether we minded getting a photographer in the room when we gave her a bath the next day. Apparently TIME magazine is doing a feature on health-care in China, and wanted to some photos, so the hospital suggested our daughter because of all the babies born that day, she had lots of beautiful dark hair. I signed the consent form on the basis that we'd get some digital copies of the photos - hahahaha.

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Congratulations and Welcome Alexandra !!
We are looking forward to see you at the GErman-Singaporean elementary school exchange program !

Best regards to the whole family Thibault Lee

Julia, Ralph & Vincent

sabauda said...

CONGRATULATIONS SHARON, FABIEN, SOPHIE on your new little one....and WELCOME ALEXANDRA!!!

love from Laurie

Ex Night Queen said...

CONGRATULATIONS!! So happy for all 3 of you! Looking forward to pictures and more posts!

mini said...

CONGRATS you guys! Sharon, confess, are you blogging from the hospital room? :)

I don't subscribe to Time magazine but I really want to see this issue...

himawari said...

Sharon ! Congratulation and welcome Alex !!
I hope to see all your family soon !!!
madoka

Sky said...

welcome to the world Alexandra!

jeannie said...

good pushing! well done, babe :)

Sprog Mamma said...

wow wow, we are so excited for you. she really is a baby rocket! So glad you had a good birth experience and we cannot wait to see the first photos.

love from all of us,

gina, deme, vero and lorenzo

Rhys said...

Congratulations you guys! Can't wait to see pics of baby Alex! Sharon, get plenty of rest and get well soon!

Peter said...

Congrats and welcome to the world Yi Ru Alexandra !!! Best wishes to the whole family !!!

La IsleƱa said...

A trillion congrats, S (& Family)!! :-) I absolutely love the poetic Chinese name - it's too bad for those who can't understand its gentle/subtle beauty!

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Xavier said...

Congratulations!
If the rocket birth is any indication, Alex will be just as well behaved as Soph :)

rene said...

Congratulations! Welcome to Planet Earth, Alexandra!

Fioleta said...

Congratulations to everyone. I'm so happy for you. Another little girl! :-) I think I'll be smiling for the rest of the day.

Josephine said...

Congratulations Fabien, Sharon and Sophie on your new baby! Welcome Alexandra. What a beautiful name your parents have chosen.