The Otto family is very happy to announce the arrival of our newest princess, Isabella. At 1:30 a.m. I was awoken to my wife informing me that her water broke. Naturally, the first thing I did was applied gel in my hair. Gotta look good for the princess, right? Right. Momma’s a trooper though and looked past my indiscretion (as she often does) and off to the hospital we went. My nine-year-old daughter, Cassidy accompanied us and couldn’t hide her excitement if she tried. She even made sure to bring her baby sister’s stuffed Lamb that she got her as a gift. By 7:20 a.m. the epidural was in and now it was just the waiting game. They say that labor can take a long time on mother’s first baby so I figured I could make my ortho appointment no problem. Turns out I did but not by much. I was back at the hospital by 11:30 and by 12:45 is was quite apparent that we were having this baby soon. There were two other babies being born around this time too so the hospital staff was checking with each mother to gage who they thought would give birth first. Turns out it was Daya!

Cassidy was in the delivery room during Izzy’s birth. She got to see her baby sister right then and there. The look in Daya’s eyes was priceless once she set sight on her baby girl. Isabella was born at 2:06 p.m., weighing 8 lbs 3 oz and was 19-1/4″ long.

We are so grateful for the hospital staff at the Providence Women’s Pavilion in Everett. We had just one minor mishap toward the very end of the birth but everyone jumped into action and all was well. The nurses even found us a cot so that all of us could sleep in the room with Daya. Once Daya felt good, we were discharged the very next day. Now we just need to make sure momma is resting so she can heal up.

Our family is now complete. Now we can focus on our careers and travel. One goal we have for next summer is to bring Cassidy with us to the Philippines.

I plan on interviewing Daya for the K1E Podcast about her experience giving birth and being a mother to her very own child. Are there any questions you would like to have answered? If so, leave them in the comments section of this post on the K1E Podcast Facebook page.