Aimee, Mishi, Stella, Sam AND…

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Aimee, Mishi, Stella and Sam are proud to announce the birth of…
Hugo Charles Bruner-Methven

Hugo was born at Toronto East General Hospital on August 2, 2012 at 9:45pm.  He weighed 8lbs 4oz, 21.5 inches long.
The birth was amazing and meaningful and quiet (ok…well, except a little screaming on my part :o)    ), and expertly handled with beauty and dignity by our incredible midwife Christie K. who has been superb all throughout this jouney and her fantastoc backup, Sarilyn Z.
We got home in the wee hours of August 3rd and Stella and Sam were introduced to their new brother this morning.  Sam was frankly very uninterested, and Stella looked a bit horrified when we first brought him to her, but she warmed up later in the day after some good one on one attention from Juju and Auntie Heather and now smiles and laughs whenever he comes close.
Everyone is recovering well from the excitement.  We have had lots of help from our families and we are all doing great!
About the name:  In brief, “Hugo” was the name Aimee and I had selected for Sam before Stella decided to change it in Aimee’s seventh month of pregnancy.  Up until then, Stella had called the baby “Hugo”, so she was familiar with the name.  When we found out we were having another boy, Aimee and I (with the help of some forum readers) put together a list of potential names and asked Stella to help us out by sticking her tongue out when we got to a name she liked.  Well…she wasn’t being very cooperative with our requests, and finally one day a couple of months ago as we were going through names, we saw her trying to mouth something to us.  After a long and frustrating guessing game, we realized she was saying “Hugo”.  She had remembered the name and then…it was a done deal!
The name means “mind, body, spirit” which we think is lovely and one baby name book even had the meaning listed as “spirited”, which is the word we have always used to describe Stella.
The middle name “Charles” was selected by Mishi’s brother Tristan (he is 16).  Tristan is an incredible young man, who at the age of 16 shows a love for Stella and his nephews that is way beyond his years.  Tristan has struggled with Stella’s diagnosis the same way we all have, but has found inner strength and the ability to find joy in our difficult circumstances and continue his strong bond with Stella, something we are endlessly proud of.  We asked him to select Hugo’s middle name as a testament to how important he is to us.  “Charles” was the middle name of his and Mishi and Auntie Heather’s maternal Grand-Father.
So, in the next little while we will try to find our footing with the addition of our newest family member and keep you updated on how everyone is doing when we can!
Much love from Stella and the newest Bruner-Methven!!!
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80 thoughts on “Aimee, Mishi, Stella, Sam AND…

  1. Welcome to the world, Baby Hugo! I am so happy for the five of you. This is truly wonderful news.

  2. God is good….WOW hes a big boy..! god bless all of you!
    Stella not only got to see one brother..but wonderful. You are day at a time…and that is all we can be thankful for.
    Enjoy the 3..! and have a great summer!

  3. Nothing but CONGRATS on being a beautiful, loving family of FIVE! Virtual hugs from the four Stones! We could not be happier for you…even if we are strangers! LOL Enjoy your time together.


  4. O mishi and aimee, congratulations over and over and over again on your baby boy. I am overjoyed for you both, for Sam and, of course, for Stella who appears so purely happy in the photo. I am overflowing with words and thoughts but I will keep it simple: congratulations! Amidst your beautiful chaos, please keep posting in your "free time". With love,
    Jennifer Lentz.

  5. God has worked his magic, Stella is around to see her little brother…not to mention, Hugo looks just like her,,God bless all of you,,just enjoy the moment,, all my love,oxxoxoxoxo

  6. Congratulations to all of you! He is absolutely gorgeous and the resemblance to Stella is striking. I can't believe he looks so much like his big sister. I'm so happy that everything went well and that Stella got to meet her little brother. I'm always thinking and praying for you. I hope you find some balance in the next couple of weeks and that he starts sleeping during the night 🙂

  7. Congratulations you guys! Been thinking lots and lots about you all. Big welcome to Hugo!

  8. Congratulations on baby Hugo.. He is such a cutie, love his cheeks. I am so happy that Stella got to meet her second baby brother and spend some time with him. Sam and Hugo are so lucky to have such a great big sister with such a big heart and full of love.. And Stella is so very lucky to have the most amazing mommies..

  9. CONGRATULATIONS! I have been following your journey for many months now and never cease to be amazed. If you have impacted other parents in the positive and mindful way you have impacted me, then your family's legacy will have a lasting effect on many. Enjoy this special time with your newly-expanded family.

  10. Congratulations to the Bruner-Methven family!!
    A BIG warm welcome to little Hugo!!

    And as always, a whole truckload of love, hugs, good wishes and blessings are being sent your way for each one of you – Hugo, Sam, Stella, Mishi & Aimie.

  11. WOW!!! Well done!!!! Such a beautiful boy to add to your family. I think your crafty little girl has been waiting to meet him. As always, Jim and I send you love………Barbara

  12. So very happy for you all! A perfect name and a wonderful addition to your family. Congratulations Aimee, Mishi, Stella and Sam 🙂

  13. Blessings from the west coast. Welcome to the world Hugo…you are a very lucky boy and blessed to be a part of a swell family, also happy and proud of my daughter Christie… for all she does in helping to bring babes into this world. 🙂

  14. Congratulations Bruner-Methven "Party of Five!" What a special and beautiful addition to an amazing family. Welcome Hugo!

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