Sophie B. Hawkins Welcomes Daughter Esther Ballantine
The singer welcomed her second child, daughter Esther Ballantine Hawkins, on Tuesday, July 7, her rep confirms to PEOPLE
Sophie B. Hawkins welcomed her second child at 4:49 p.m. on Tuesday, July 7, her rep confirms to PEOPLE.
Daughter Esther Ballantine Hawkins was born at New York Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell Campus — the same hospital where Hawkins was born! — and weighed 8 lbs.
The 50-year-old “Damn, I Wish I Was Your Lover” singer is already mom to 6-year-old son Dashiell.
After being implanted with her own frozen embryo, Hawkins announced in February that she was expecting a baby girl.
“I found Dashiell really needs a sibling,” she told PEOPLE at the time. “My son has one parent who’s 50. I want him to have a family of young people too!”
Although the mom-to-be was excited to expand her family, Hawkins admitted not everyone was on board with her decision to have another baby later in life.
“Even my mother thought I was a cockeyed optimist. ‘I’ll support you emotionally, but I don’t think it’s a good idea,’ she cautioned,” the PEOPLE.com blogger wrote in April.
But Hawkins always knew she was meant to have a daughter. “I think the nurse said I was definitely very pregnant, but I can’t remember. I heard her voice, but the phrase, ‘Yes, I know’ trailed like a banner across my mind. I did know, and I knew she would be a girl,” she wrote in a June blog.
“When I was in Los Angeles two weeks prior to that day, leaving my son at a friend’s house to have the thawed embryo transferred into my womb, I knew she would come, if I could get out of her way. That was my struggle, not the question, but the surety.”
— Anya Leon with reporting by Sarah Michaud