Hooray! Zoe Foster-Blake and Hamish Blake’s second bub has arrived

Zoe and Hamish Blake

Everyone! Zoe and Hamish’s baby is here at last, a delightful – and no doubt soon-to-be Instagram-famous – sibling for the couple’s 3-year-old son, Sonny.

A Blake baby girl!

Hamish Blake posted a picture to Instagram Wednesday afternoon, announcing the arrival of Rudy (not to be confused with Rumi) Hazel Blake in true comedic style with a caption that would have given us more giggles, had we not been so distracted by Rudy’s cuteness.

“Admitting another patron into the nightclub my wife and I run (I’m security, she’s the DJ). We have a fairly strict door policy as you have to be a child of the DJ and/or bouncer, so it’s always great to get someone new through the door. The photo copy I took of her license says her name is Rudy Hazel Blake and I’m just about to tell her it’s a $12 cover charge. Nah, just messing with you Rudy, babies drink for free and you’re cute as hell. Free entry,” wrote Hamish.

Not to be outdone by her funny man hubby, Zoe Foster-Blake gave us a second hit of newborn adorableness. Continuing the DJ theme, she introduced Rudy by her hip hop name, Notorious RHB. And let us know that big brother Sonny has his own special name for her too – Blobby The Sister.

The couple have been unusually quiet on social media the past few days which had us wondering when this announcement would hit our feeds. It seems little Rudy made her entry into the world on the 17th of July and what a wonderful day it was.

Winding back the clock …

Zoe and Hamish announced their engagement in January 2012, after a year and a half of dating. They married in December of the same year. 

Their first child, Sonny Donald, was born in May 2014 – and they announced they were expecting this new bundle of joy in February of 2017. Hurrah!

Admittedly, Zoe had looked basketballish and pretty much ready to burst when she uploaded the image below. Reports that the baby burst out of her belly, Alien-style, after this shot was taken are wildly exaggerated.

Modeled with painstaking precision on the ball used in the '97 NBA finals between the Bulls and the Jazz. 🏀

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Having a positive birth first round has led to me being complacent about the sequel. (Yes! I had a happy birth. I mention this cos you don’t often hear positive birth stories. This is a shame, since there’s enough fear of childbirth without it being enhanced solely by horror stories, valid and informative as they are. We need to hear good ones, too. Annnyway.) Basic breathing/swearing/pushing aside, I’ve forgotten what to do. So I booked doula, birth educator and fanatical Swans fan, Marie Burrows, to come over today and remind me/us how to 'do birth'. Like many a wonderful doula and midwife, Marie makes me feel calm and positive about childbirth. Even the bit where I will spew everywhere, and tell my poor husband to stop fucking touching me, then beg him to massage my back 30 seconds later. She reminded me that it's all positive pain, that each contraction is a small victory, a step closer. To surrender. To use drugs for fatigue, not to run away from the pain. (I BOLTED away from the pain with my epidural and I regret nothing.) That it's one of the most powerful and intense moments of my life. That my husband's job is to "protect the space.” That if decisions arise we didn’t foresee or don’t like, we can always regain control of the birth by taking a time-out and re-grouping. Anyway. A bit of reassurance and a refresh doesn’t hurt, I reckon. Even if you’ve done it all before. (Marie and her creepy little doll service both Sydney and Melbourne and she’s wonderful. Her website is birthingrites.com) I also recommend reading (and giggling through) Spiritual Midwifery by Ina May. And heaps of other shit but I gotta get dinner sorted so just Google it maybe.

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Positive birth preparations

Zoe recently shared a little glimpse into some last minute birth preparations, posting a photo of doula Marie Burrows to Instagram and sharing some thoughts on what lay ahead. (She also let slip that Spiritual Midwifery by Ina May was on her reading pile, pre-bub!)

“Having a positive birth first round has led to me being complacent about the sequel,” Zoe wrote. “Basic breathing/swearing/pushing aside, I’ve forgotten what to do. So I booked doula, birth educator and fanatical Swans fan, Marie Burrows, to come over today and remind me/us how to ‘do birth’. ”

“Like many a wonderful doula and midwife, Marie makes me feel calm and positive about childbirth. Even the bit where I will spew everywhere, and tell my poor husband to stop fucking touching me, then beg him to massage my back 30 seconds later.”

(We’re sure one of those observations is familiar and we hope it’s more the massage one than the spew one.)

Mind-set, form-fit!

Preparing for a birth is an exciting and foreboding thing, and Zoe’s update is an excellent reminder of how being mentally form fit can help reduce anxiety – and hopefully make labour a more positive experience.

“She reminded me that it’s all positive pain, that each contraction is a small victory, a step closer. To surrender. To use drugs for fatigue, not to run away from the pain.”

“That it’s one of the most powerful and intense moments of my life. That my husband’s job is to “protect the space.” That if decisions arise we didn’t foresee or don’t like, we can always regain control of the birth by taking a time-out and re-grouping. Anyway. A bit of reassurance and a refresh doesn’t hurt, I reckon. Even if you’ve done it all before.”

Congratulations to this cute family on their beautiful new addition!

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