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Saturday March 8, 2008
Catherine and I are proud to announce the birth of

Kaylee Wynter Amby Braeken

Kaylee was born today at 14:37 at Trafalgar Memorial Hospital in Oakville. She weighed 6 pounds and 15.5 ounces (or 3.16 kg) and she was 20.5 inches (52 cm) tall.

Contrary to Mariska's arrival, Kaylee gave us less trouble. Catherine was induced this morning at 8:50 and received an epidural at 11:00. She made gradually progress and just after 2 she requested a nurse since she thought that it could be time. She was right. She had 3 "push sessions" before Kaylee became Mariska's little sister.

Her middle names have the following meanings:

* Wynter refers to Winter and given the winter that we have and the huge snow storm that was going on outside the birth room, we thought a reference to the season was appropriate.
* Amby is the name of the suburb of Maastricht where I grew up. It turns out that it also gets used, although uncommon, as a girl's name and it is an alternative of Amber.

I am happy to report that mom and daughter are doing well and we have good hopes that both can come home soon.

More pictures of the little one can be found here:

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