It’s a boy

I am proud to announce the arrival of Baby Taiwanxifu, who entered the world on Friday. He is a strapping 4.08kg (9 pound) boy. Lucky I used some tips to induce early or he would have been even bigger because he wasn’t even full-term.


I managed (just) to have a natural birth without pain relief, although I suspect many think I am mad. Certainly the woman in the next room must have, who I am sure I scared into having an epidural after she was only partially dilated. I could imagine her thinking “I don’t want to have what she’s having”. And I was lucky that my obstetrician, Dr Wilson Tzeng, did not insist on a Caesarian: it is a National Health Insurance requirement in Taiwan that any birth believed to be over 4kg be performed by c-section. (I was self-funded and in any case we thought baby was big but not that big.)

For now I am recovering slowly, while enjoying special postpartum pregnancy food. But I plan to start blogging about postpartum confinement (and hospital food) soon.

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About taiwanxifu

‘Taiwanxifu’ (pronounced ‘shee foo’) means ‘Taiwan daughter-in-law’ in Chinese and has been my nickname ever since I married my Taiwanese husband, Sam. I love sampling Taiwanese food, even local specialties such as stinky tofu, pigs blood cake and Taipei beef noodle soup with offal. But there are many other options on the menu. Promise!
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4 Responses to It’s a boy

  1. Stephen C says:

    Congratulations to you and your husband! 恭喜恭喜啊!

    Another dragon baby, just like my new granddaughter.

    I’m glad to hear that everything went well, and I’m looking forward to reading about your traditional confinement experience.

  2. Clair says:

    Congratulations! Hope you and your family are enjoying this time.

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