Sophie B. Hawkins Welcomes Daughter Esther Ballantine
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.”
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— Anya Leon with reporting by Sarah Michaud