Say Hello To Minnie Howlett

A week earlier than expected little Miss Minnie Howlett decided to make her way in to the big wide world yesterday morning, 23rd June 2008, at 8:08 am. Her entry was a little more dramatic than her big brother's 18 months ago. More on that in a mo.

Here's a re-creation of the photo of her brother from the day he was born. See the similarity!?

Things started in the normal way and it looked like our planned home birth was going to go ahead. We probably left it a little late to call the midwife though and before we knew it (and before the midwife had arrived) Karen was in the bath and wanting to push. At this point it dawned on me I could well be doing the delivery myself. Needless to say I didn't fancy the idea and called 999. Within 10 minutes an ambulance arrived. Within another 10 minutes we were in the maternity ward. It's amazing how fast you can get somewhere with blue lights flashing and the rush hour traffic parting to make way.

Within 10 minutes of being in the hosptital Minnie arrived. Daddy was, yet again, reduced to a babbling fool crying like a little baby.

On Saturday night we were next door and the whole of the street was there. We got a sweepstake going on sex and weight. It turns out I was spot on with the weight but got the sex wrong. I'd been convinced it would be another boy. Howlett men just don't have girls. Apparently. Well, I'm glad I did. She's a little beauty and I'm as proud as punch.

Things might be a little quiet for the rest of the week although I'll try and post more techy stuff if I can. I need a couple of days paternity to help Karen out.

Before I go here's a photo of Felix. I promised 18 months ago not to let this site turn in to a glorifed family album, but have realised I hardly post family info or photos at all now. Well, here he is pretending to be daddy:

Isn't he a big boy! You don't realise how much your children have grown until the next sibling arrives...


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    • lasviguas
    • Tue 24 Jun 2008 07:34 AM

    She's beautiful. Congratulations !!!

  1. Coooongratulations!!!

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    • Jono
    • Tue 24 Jun 2008 08:12 AM

    Fantastic news Jake, congrats to you & Karen.

  2. Congrats Jake.

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    • Paul
    • Tue 24 Jun 2008 08:17 AM

    Congratulations Jake !

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    • Carlos Rivera
    • Tue 24 Jun 2008 08:24 AM


  3. Congratulations to all the Howlett family!

  4. Congratulations Karen & Jake!

  5. Congratulations to both of you.

  6. Congratulations! :-) Glad to see that everyone is doing well.

  7. Congrats!! Welcome, little Minnie! Congrats to big brother Felix!

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    • Philip King
    • Tue 24 Jun 2008 09:09 AM

    Fantastic news Jake, love to Karen and the gang

  8. Congratulations to the whole family!

  9. Congratulations to everyone on your family..

    For sure, many sleepless nights at horizon...

  10. Congratulations Jake, she's beautiful, and he's a cute little blondie!

  11. Congrats Jake - and wow yes identical to Felix's birth picture.

    Good luck on starting the sleepless nights routine all over again :)

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    • Darin Dutcher
    • Tue 24 Jun 2008 10:00 AM


  12. Cute!! Congratulations Jake!

  13. Congratulations to the entire family

  14. Congrats, Jake! You kept that fairly quiet! :-)

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    • Richard Shergold
    • Tue 24 Jun 2008 10:23 AM

    Congrats Jake (and Karen)

  15. Wow, great job, both of you.

  16. Congratulations

  17. Congratulations to you and the family!!! She is beautiful!

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    • Robert
    • Tue 24 Jun 2008 11:44 AM

    congratulations to the mommy and you Jake. She is a beautiful little angel.

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    • mark
    • Tue 24 Jun 2008 11:45 AM

    Great news. Congratulations. Best wishes to all concerned!

    My own kids are over thirty but I still remember a similar rush to the hospital with the second one.

    There was another dad there who'd been in and out for *two weeks* - with his partner, plastic slippers & gown etc. He was a tad put out when we had an immediate result.

  18. Congratulations to you Jake and Karen and congratulations to big sister Quinn and big brother Felix!!!!!

    Minnie is so much like Felix , she is an absolute beauty!!

    You and Karen are so very lucky to have such a beautiful family but I know you both know that already!!!

    Must remind Quinn to up the babysitting fees ;-) xxxxx

  19. Big congrats from all of us at ABPI! Minnie is absolutely beautiful and yes, can definitely see the similarity!

    Felix is looking as cute as ever, and so much bigger now! :O)

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    • Gerald Mengisen
    • Tue 24 Jun 2008 01:50 PM


  20. Congrats!!!

  21. Congrats!

  22. Congratulations, Jake, and to your whole family.

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    • Colin Williams
    • Tue 24 Jun 2008 03:34 PM

    Wow Jake, just awesome news! Congats to you both!

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    • Eliseo
    • Tue 24 Jun 2008 06:32 PM

    Congratulations to Howlett´s familiy !.

  23. Congratulations, Jake & Family!

  24. congrats jake, she's beautiful!

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    • Ben
    • Tue 24 Jun 2008 09:56 PM

    Congratulations Jake! She is a gorgeous little girl.

    And also congratulations to everyone who commented for not saying "congradulations". That one really bugs me...

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    • Mark Teichmann
    • Wed 25 Jun 2008 01:26 AM

    Herzlichen Glückwunsch und viel Freude mit der Kleinen wünsche ich dir!

    I bet you would have managed the delivery by yourself very well ;-)

  25. Van harte gefeliciteerd. Geniet ervan!!

    Congratulations and enjoy !!

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    • Mike
    • Wed 25 Jun 2008 02:26 AM

    Congrats Jake.

    Kiss goodbye to any sleep for the next few weeks!

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    • Florin Cotarlea
    • Wed 25 Jun 2008 02:52 AM

    Congratulations to the happy family Howlett!!!

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    • Michael Mathy
    • Wed 25 Jun 2008 03:31 AM

    Congratulations !

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    • Ben
    • Wed 25 Jun 2008 04:49 AM

    Congratulations Jake!

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    • Peter
    • Wed 25 Jun 2008 04:51 AM

    Hello Minny,

    Welcome to the big bad world.

    Contracts Jake!

  26. Congratulations. Similarities? Both have their eyes closed. :-)

  27. Congratulations to you and yours, Jake

  28. Congrats, Jake - she's lovely.

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    • Jake Howlett
    • Wed 25 Jun 2008 09:11 AM

    Thank you all !!

    Karen and I have been reading through all the posts as they arrive. Many thanks for your wishes. Keep them coming.

  29. Hey Congratz for You, Karen and Felix of course.


  30. Congrats!!! We went through a similar situation with our first, it was supposed to be a home birth. We did not get the ambulance, but he was born in the hospital as well.

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    • Rigoberto
    • Wed 25 Jun 2008 09:58 AM

    Great! Congrats to Karen and you...(from Venezuela)

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    • Heather
    • Wed 25 Jun 2008 01:47 PM

    Congratulations from way over here in Canada!! I love the name you picked for her!!

  31. Congratulations Jake and Karen!

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    • Martin Perrie
    • Wed 25 Jun 2008 03:19 PM

    Congrats to you and your family, Jake.

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    • Seth
    • Wed 25 Jun 2008 03:19 PM

    Many congratulations Jake!

    Rockville, MD USA

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    • John Chryssafis
    • Thu 26 Jun 2008 12:28 AM

    Welcome Minnie.

    Congratulations Karen, Jake & to Big Brother Felix.

    As a father to be any minute now, i'll take note and make sure I get my better half to the hospital asap.

    Cheers from Melbourne, Australia

  32. Congratulations!

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    • Manuel
    • Thu 26 Jun 2008 03:24 AM

    Congrats to all family from Spain, Madrid


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    • Barry
    • Thu 26 Jun 2008 06:43 AM

    Congratulations Jake and Karen! What an amazing similarity in their appearance from the two photos, although, either you hand has grown, or Minnie is a lot smaller than Felix was.

  33. Congratulations Jake! Whatever happens over the next few months, it won't be as hard as London > Brighton!

    Be good!


  34. You have been blessed twice. She is a beautiful baby.


  35. Congratulations to all Howletts!

  36. Jake, if it's not too late let me add my congratulations. Good luck with the sleep ;-).

  37. Congratulations Jake!!! Apologize for the delay in sending my best wishes.

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    • Erwin
    • Thu 3 Jul 2008 06:36 AM

    Congratulations! Although I must admit that this response is meant as an incentive to continue useful content creation, rather than procreation ;-)

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    • Suchitra Kumar Swain
    • Thu 3 Jul 2008 02:46 PM

    Congrats Jake

  38. Congrats Jake! Sorry for the late congrats - I was busy preparing one of my own :-) Boy, it feels like only 6 months ago Felix arrived!

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    • Harald Rokstad
    • Wed 9 Jul 2008 06:23 AM

    Congratulations Jake (and the rest of your family). Have to join the apologizing choir for being late with the congratulation :-)

  39. I'm not much into the world of blogging so only just found this info. going through my archives. Was excited to hear about the arrival of little Minnie last Summer as your dad forgot to inform me (that a new baby was on the way) until after she was born!! Since then he forwarded pictures etc. of both baby & big brother Felix. All the best to you & family.

    Cousin Pam in Florida.

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    • Daria
    • Tue 12 May 2009 10:11 AM

    Congrats to you and your family! Minnie is adorable! I had my 2nd daughter last June was well (6/15). It's nice to have a summer baby! I bet Felix is a great big brother!! Enjoy every minute!! :-)

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