Sunday, June 05, 2011


The professor and Joanne Seiff -and Harry and Sally, the dogs- are very pleased to announce the arrival of their twins!
(written by the professor, with small contributions from Joanne)

Note that we have chosen to follow Jewish custom and will not formally announce the names of our two baby boys until they are circumcised a few days after they are released from the hospital (in Yiddish, a circumcision is called a bris). Until then, we're calling them Lokshen and Kugel. (Lokshen Kugel means Noodle Pudding in Yiddish. When they get old enough for solid food, we suspect that the Kugel twins will love this stuff.)

Joanne went into labor at about 7 pm on Monday, May 30, we reported to St. Boniface hospital soon afterwards. After laboring naturally for about 10 hours, they began inducing Joanne. After 24 hours of increasing dosages, we concluded that the induction was not working, and Joanne decided that she was ready for a C-section after 36 hours of labor. Our two boys joined the world as we know it on Wednesday, June 1, 2011 just before 9 am.

Baby A weighed 5 lbs, 15 oz. and was 20 inches long.
Baby B weight 4 lbs., 3 oz. and was 18.5 inches long.

Baby A was released from the NICU within 2 hours of birth, and roomed in with Joanne in the hospital. Baby B is almost as long as his brother, is extremely active, and their heads are the same size, but Baby B is very thin. They are watching him carefully in the NICU to make sure he is feeding well and gaining weight, but everyone is encouraged by how vigorous he is. Joanne is recovering well. Her mother took turns with the professor when it came to staying in the hospital with her. Joanne and Baby A were released from the hospital on Saturday. Baby B may remain in the hospital a little longer, depending on how quickly he gains weight. So far, all signs are very encouraging! We hope Baby B will be able to join us at home sometime this week.

The dogs are thrilled by the new arrival and will be in for a surprise when Baby B comes home to add to their litter of puppies. Harry likes kissing babies and Sally points out (by barking, of course) every time when her baby is crying. They are quite the nannies.

As might be expected, Joanne is really worn out from the long labor and c-section, but is slowly trying to respond to emails and other online comments. Please don't be surprised if it takes her a while to respond to you.

Thanks to everyone who has shared their well wishes and congratulations with us!

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Blogger Steph said...


June 5, 2011 at 10:14 PM  
Blogger Willow said...

Congratulations to all~ We are thrilled here at Willow's Cottage for you. Welcome Babies A and B!

June 5, 2011 at 10:18 PM  
Blogger KnittingLawfin said...


June 5, 2011 at 10:21 PM  
Blogger AdrieneJ said...

Congratulations to the both of you! And to the nannies. *applause*

June 6, 2011 at 12:19 AM  
Blogger Freyalyn said...

Congratulations to you all. I'm so glad all is well and everyone is safe. How lovely....

June 6, 2011 at 2:48 AM  
Blogger Mary G said...

SENSATIONAL NEWS! so glad all went well ... will continue to pray for both boys and a speedy homecoming!

Hugs and prayers and more hugs ...

June 6, 2011 at 4:29 AM  
Blogger MEL said...

So exciting. Congratulations!!!!

June 6, 2011 at 6:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations - what a joy to behold!!

June 6, 2011 at 8:31 AM  
Blogger Sharon Jones said...

Congratulations! They are both beautiful!

June 6, 2011 at 9:26 AM  
Blogger PghCathy said...

They are beautiful!! They are nice size babies for twins...a plus for them. I'm glad all went well.

Thanks for the post, Professor. We've been waiting for this this announcement.

June 6, 2011 at 4:25 PM  
Blogger cyndy said...

Congratulations! Mazal Tov! and Happy Birthday!

Best wishes for all..hoping baby B will gain enough weight so that he can come home soon!

June 6, 2011 at 4:57 PM  
Blogger ayarnlover said...

Congratulations! I hope that Baby B can come home and join you all very soon! Looking forward to hearing their names!

June 6, 2011 at 10:10 PM  
Blogger Jen Hagan said...

"Lokshen & Kugel" are precious! Congratulations to you both!

June 7, 2011 at 7:25 AM  
Blogger Nina said...

Mazel tov! Beautiful boys! All the best for a speedy homecoming :*)

June 7, 2011 at 8:41 AM  
Blogger Jame said...

Congratulations! You two have a couple of beautiful boys.

I've done the c-section part, but not the twin boys part. Cheers to your "village" that will help you out! Wish I was closer.

June 7, 2011 at 3:50 PM  
Blogger Sarah Jean said...

Congratulations! Such beautiful boys! I hope Joanne is doing well and that Baby B (Would he be Noodle or Pudding, then? ;D) is strong enough to go home very soon!

June 8, 2011 at 10:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations on those beautiful little boys! Glad all are well and recovering. :0)

June 8, 2011 at 9:31 PM  
Blogger SueJ said...

Huge congratulations. The boys are beautiful. X

June 11, 2011 at 10:23 PM  

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