A girl! Please welcome little Dara Christiane Mogendorff to the world – she was born yesterday, September 19 2007 at 4:24pm weighing in at 7 pounds 1 ounce and 20 inches long.

The delivery was quite something. I got a call at work from Emma about 1pm saying that she thought something was going on but I shouldn’t get too excited. Then just after 3 she called again to let me know that the contractions were about 7 minutes apart and fairly intense. She said that I should pick up Toby and get the bus home, but no hurry – fortunately one of my friends at work said that she would drive us home (she has a daughter about Toby’s age, and Toby said it was OK to ride in a pink car seat because it was an exciting emergency).

When I got home Emma was right in the zone, really working with the contractions, focused and breathing really deeply. I got her down to the car but even in that time, less than five minutes, the contractions were starting to come faster and faster. Thank goodness it wasn’t yet rush hour and the traffic wasn’t too heavy – while I was driving I left Emma to it, she was really doing her thing and breathing so well, but the contractions were really coming in waves with not much of a break between.

At the hospital emergency door I was parking the car when we saw Toby’s pediatrician walk by as he was finishing his shift. He said hi and asked how we were – even though he’s a pretty mellow guy he immediately went to get a wheelchair for Emma and told me that he would take care of parking the car for us (someone said that valet parking from a pediatrician is quite a perk). A nurse from the birthing center came zooming along to get us, although it felt like a long time in the ER admitting room with Emma saying that she had to push and that the baby was coming.

The nurse ran us through the hospital – it was just like in a movie as we shouted “Hold that elevator! Out of our way!”, and pretty exciting, in a freaky kind of way. Once we got up to the birthing center we ran through to the triage room and the midwife and a couple of other nurses appeared. We immediately got Emma on to the bed, and took off her shoes, jeans and underwear. Right away she pushed and the water broke, then about 20 seconds later she pushed again (with a big yell) and the baby came out. It was really that quick.

Emma coped with it incredibly well. She didn’t seem in much pain at any point, mostly just very focused, and she said that the cramping afterwards was actually more painful. As soon as Dara came, Emma just wanted to know if she was a girl or boy.

Dara’s very sweet, everyone who meets her says she’s got beautiful long eyelashes, and she also has very elegant fingernails. We’re just very pleased to have a little baby girl in our family.

17 Responses to “it’s…”

  1. [...] friends the Mogendorff’s have bred again, this time with a little girl named Dara Christiane. Congratulations to all involved (which is, I need hardly say, principally Emma for this particular [...]

  2. Robin (bro) says:


    Many congratulations to all and I can’t wait to meet Dara a week on Monday!

    (and yes, I was right 3 months ago when I predicted a girl on the 19th. I also do palm readings and tea leaves).

  3. Lisa G-P says:

    Bravo! A very efficient-sounding birth, due in no small part, I’m sure, to Emma’s superior graduate school studies of late. At least, that’s what I’ll tell everyone on campus. Kudos to the men in the family as well (that includes you, Toby). We certainly like having you involved in the process. Give Emma my best.

  4. Robin (not bro) says:

    Yaaay well done Emma!! (and Andy I suppose)

    Congratualtions to all of you. Blimey Toby, hope you’re gonna share your toys.



  5. Peter Niven says:

    You guys — I am so happy for you. Congratulations all round.


  6. Will says:

    Congratulations to you all! AND a girl as well, that’s wonderful. I wait to see a photo of Dara. Hope all are doing well.


  7. pellucid says:

    Congratulations – that’s absolutely wonderful news!

    Nic’s hoping things go as smoothly for her in December.

  8. arwen says:

    Congratulations!! Glad all went well and I am very much looking forward to meeting Dara when I next visit. Nathan is here visiting me and sends his best wishes too.

  9. Richard says:

    Excellent news. Congratulations on the newest addition to the Mogendorff clan. Can’t wait to see some photos. All my best wishes to you and Emma.

  10. Layclerk says:

    Congratulations to all of you.

  11. Emma says:

    Just in case anyone is interested…

    Dara means “compassion” or “wisdom”.
    Christiane is for two of my great-grandmothers: Christina Sutton and Ethel Christian. (preferred pronunciation is a condensed Krischan rather than Christi-anne)

  12. Rachel and David says:

    Congratulations on the safe arrival of Dara Christiane. Welcome to the family Dara. Love and Best wishes to you all Rachel and David xx

  13. [...] I just posted up some first pictures – hope you like them. Also Emma put a comment on the last post about Dara’s name: Dara come from both Hebrew and Gaelic – it means [...]

  14. Kristi says:

    Congratulations on your beautiful little girl!

  15. Kyle & Kristin says:

    Congratulations! A baby girl – what fun! Can’t wait to meet her…
    Kyle, Kristin & Lilah

  16. Rick says:

    You folks waited a whole day just to spite me didn’t you!! :)
    You could have had Dara on the best day in the month. Congrats on your new and cute addition. She will be forever known to me as the Good Pirate Darrrrrrrra!! (extra “R”s for pirate emphasis)

  17. [...] My warmest congratulations to Andrew and Emma Mogendorff on the birth of their daughter Dara Christiane on Wednesday afternoon, 19th September at 4:24pm. She weighed in at 7 pounds 1 ounce and was 20 inches long. Visit Andrew’s website for more details about their rather timely dash to the hospital. [...]

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