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!!!