Daddy x 2

At 1:34am on February 28, 2011, my wife gave birth 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.


Sarah said…
Congratulations! I have had a couple of friends that had home births, and they had nothing but good things to say about it. One of my friends even had some scary moments with regards to her son's breathing, and the midwife and doula did an amazing job. Henry looks very happy to be a big brother :)
SteveandAlina said…
Congrats!! Hooray! She is beautiful. I don't know if you ever read my birth story from Gretchen (our 3rd) but I ended up having her in the car. If we ever have a 4 th it will definitely be a home birth. :)

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