at home to a baby girl, whom we named "Isla Sydney Shiro." She was born about two weeks early with a weight of 6 pounds 8 ounces (2948 g) and was 20 inches (50.8 cm) long. She's five days old now and in perfect health.
"Isla" (pronounced EYE-la) is a popular name in the UK that refers to an island and river in Scotland. Since we live on an Island in Hawaii, and I have an aunt in Scotland, the name seems to fit. "Isla Earth" is also a popular environmental science radio show to which I regularly listen. "Sydney" doesn't have any special significance to us other than that we like how it sounds. Although, I realized after we had named her that the first client of Astronauts4Hire does hail from Sydney, Australia. Plus, do the initials "ISS" remind you of anything spacey?
My son Henry is now 3 years old and is a proud big brother. He's pictured here holding his baby sister Isla. My wife and I are using cloth diapers and practicing EC with Isla just like we did with Henry. Having gone through both hospital and home births, I strongly recommend home birth to any expectant couples. It's much easier, less stressful, and more natural.