Introducing Nathan

Nathan White one hour old

On October 14th, 2005 at 10:30pm local time (GMT+2) Nathan Neil Faris White was born after a long day waiting for the slow dilation of his mother’s cervix and for his head to engage. It was a natural birth after all. Yasmina was very tired but did very well to push and with the help of the doctor and midwives all was well.

As you can see, we’re very proud like all parents are I suppose. More news and pictures will be posted later, I’m very tired.


  1. Simon

    15/10/2005 at 5:09 pm

    Hi Brad,

    Thanks a lot for your blessings and wishes. I just have time to get this post up so that people who visit can see the good news. I’ll be back with Yasmina at the hospital soon, she’s recovering slowly but surely.


  2. Broken Messenger

    15/10/2005 at 4:51 pm

    Congratulations! My wife and I just had our first about 3 1/2 mos. ago (a boy as well – who looks remarkably similar). Rest well and don’t forget to take care of mom, she’s going to need you for the next several days while she recovers. Blessings to you all.


  3. Well, Simon, I wish you and Yasmina the happiest and heartiest congratulations! You were probably more nervous than she was. Stay off the espresso for a while.

  4. Simon

    15/10/2005 at 9:32 pm

    Hi Dave,

    Thanks for the wishes. In fact I was probably more nervous at some points in the proceedings because Yasmina was too busy pushing or feeling strange pains in her side or elsewhere. I played a lot of games of solitaire on my Palm Zire while waiting for things to happen. I kept losing as I missed simple card moves at crucial points because I was just tapping away automatically at the cards.

    Funnily enough the coffee machine at the hospital is out of order so I have been forced off the coffee! Only when the little magazine and sandwich place was open during working hours was I able to get a good little cup of espresso…


  5. CONGRATS! Very happy for the three of you – welcome Nathan!

  6. Simon

    16/10/2005 at 6:18 pm

    Hi Oiseau,

    Thanks! Given your upcoming marriage does this mean that in the next few years you will have a similar experience with French maternity wards?

    On second thought, just ignore that remark… I bet you’ll have enough teasing about babies from your family 🙂


  7. So you were eavesdropping at lunch today 😉

  8. Congratulations! May you have many joyous years ahead. Along with the occasional, “that can’t be my kid”

  9. Simon

    16/10/2005 at 8:52 pm

    Oiseau – my powers of hearing do not quite reach from Argenteuil to Rennes, but I remember when I was getting married just how far those thoughts of babies could be transmitted from the minds of different family members, so watch out!

    Gary – enjoyed your blog recently, are there any archives or are you a young blog still? Thanks for the comment, I’m sure many “that can’t be my kid” moments await!


  10. Simon

    16/10/2005 at 9:44 pm

    Mona – Thanks. When you’ve spent all day just hanging around and hoping things will happen, and then a stressful hour or so during the birthing followed by an hour’s wait until the baby was cleaned up for the photoshoot, I guess you are allowed to look pretty tired.


  11. Both you and your wife look exhausted but it was all worth it.

    Congratulations to the new Mom and Dad!

  12. Simon

    17/10/2005 at 2:53 pm

    Hello P,

    Funnily enough I think 14th October has some kind of special family thing too, because Nathan’s cousin Mina was born on the same day five years ago. There are sure to be arguments about that in a few years, but hopefully Mina will be “grown up” enough by then to share her birthday gracefully…

    I like your recent post about the wedding. Interesting style too, writing from Leon’s perspective. Does he co-author?


  13. P in France

    17/10/2005 at 2:25 pm

    The 14th of October is a very good vintage, believe me.
    It’s my birthday too, so I would say that wouldn’t I.
    Good luck to the whole family

  14. Congrats on Nathan…enjoy them while they are young. Eventually they turn into TEENAGERS and that’s when the grey hair comes in!

  15. Simon

    20/10/2005 at 7:28 pm

    Hi Mike,

    Thanks for the message. I’m sure that there are many steps along the way where my hair will have ample opportunity to start going grey. No doubt the teenage years are the toughest on the wallet and your sanity though, as I’m told.