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Celebrating Celebrity Baby Birthdays — Sam Alexis Woods

06/18/2008 at 05:30 PM ET

Sam_woods_mr_fp_159558Name: Sam Alexis Woods

Birthday: June 18th, 2007

Famous for: Being the first child of golf sensation Tiger Woods, 31, and his wife, Swedish model, Elin Nordegren Woods, 28.

Tiger announced her birth on his website,

Elinand I are delighted to announce the birth of our daughter, Sam AlexisWoods. Sam was born early Monday morning, June 18th. BothElin and Sam are doing well and resting peacefully. Wewant to thank our doctors and the hospital staff for all theirdedicated and hard work. This is truly a special time in our lives andwe look forward to introducing Sam to our family and friends over thenext few weeks. We thank everyone for their well wishes and continuedrespect of our privacy.

Behind her name:

We wanted to have a name that would be meaningful to either side of thefamily, my side or Elin‘s side, because she was born [the day after]Father’s Day. It just happened to fit. My father hadalways called me Sam since the day I was born. He rarely ever called me Tiger. I would ask him, ‘Why don’t you ever call me Tiger?’ He says,’Well, you look more like a Sam.

Click Continue Reading for more about Sam Alexis Woods’ first year.

Birth Story:

Tiger described the stressful weekend preceding Sam’s birth –Elin was hospitalized in Orlando on Thursday, June 14th while Tiger wasplaying in the US Open. Tiger said,

It wasn’t life-threatening oranything, but shejust had a few problems and had to be admitted. It wasn’teasy. It was not easy, because I wanted to be there. And the doctor andElin said, ‘There’s nothing you can do. So go out there and just get a’W.’ Well, came close. But that night was infinitely more rewardingthan any ‘W’ ever could have been.

I flew, landed in Orlando, went straight tothe hospital and next thing you know, we have Sam Alexis in our arms[in the early morning hours of Monday, June 18th].

What They Said:

Tiger_woodsWhen asked if he had advice for new dad, fellow athlete Tom Brady, Tiger said:

Well, you don’t sleep, that’s for sure. It’sfantastic. You hear from every parent who’s ever had their first child that it’san experience that you’ll never forget. You always want to be there. It’s thelittle things. I’ve only been a dad for about two months now, but it’s just thelittle things each and every day.

I’m away from home this week, and youmiss those things. Granted, when you’re at home it drives you crazy at times,especially late nights, 3:00 and 4:00 in the morning gets a little tough. Butthose times actually you really do sort of miss them, as well.

When speaking about skipping the Buick Open, Tiger said:

We’re still getting settled at home and it’s important to bethere for my family. I look forward to playing next year. Both [Elinand Sam] are healthy and happy. I can’t describe how wonderful it is tobe a father. This is something I dreamed about and I’m enjoying everyminute. It’s a good thing I don’t need much sleep.

Tiger said that Sam may have a future in pictures because, as an infant, she loved lights:

She loves light for some reason,. I don’t know if thatmeans she’s going to love cameras, but she loves light. She likes justto stare at light. It has actually been pretty neat. To make her fall asleep, just turn the light on.

On having more kids, Tiger said:

I can’t tell you how eye-opening it has been and how fantastic ithas been. Here is one of the weirdest feelings you haveas a parent. It has been so hard and so difficult, sotime-consuming, but you can’t wait to have another one. Theoretically,it doesn’t make any sense, but it has been so cool. We just can’t waitto experience more things with Sam and obviously hopefully have othersin the future.

Most recently, Tiger credited Sam for his speedy recovery from knee surgery in April.

There’s no way I couldhave gotten through this without Sam being there, spending that much time off and away from training andtrying to get better, Sam was absolutely incredible. Ihad so much fun doing that. It took my mind away from the fact that Ihad a surgery done, and just watching her grow, walking, running now,it’s been just the greatest thing in the world.

AsTiger prepared to hoist the trophy for his third U.S. Open win on Father’s Day, days before Sam’s first birthday, he said having his wife anddaughter on hand made the win all the sweeter,

It’sunreal. I understand why my dad was so emotional when I won and Ibrought it back to him. I understand, now that I’m a father, how hefelt. To have my daughter there and Elin there, it means so much morewhen you do it. Obviously, it’s not Father’s Day, but close enough.

Some of Sam’s Favorite Things:

BurberrybabyinfantpiquedressOn the final Sunday of any tournament, Tiger always dons a red shirt.  Like daughter like father, we recommend this polo-style pique dress from Burberry for Sam’s Sunday red. We imagined what outfits we might see Sam wear such as this polo-style pique dress from Burberry for Sam’s Sunday red.


Tiger’s rival on the golf course Phil Mickelson sent Sam a mini ping-pong table. He posted on his website,

Our kids have had a little head start on SamAlexis and expect them to continue the Mickelson domination over theWoods in pong but we thought we should give Sam Alexis a chance tojump-start her own game.

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Babysherpas Elin Nordegren Woods and Tiger Woods both own Baby Sherpa bags to carry in their travels and during long days out on the golf course with baby Sam Alexis Woods. But Elin’s Baby Sherpa bag is extra special to her. The company outfitted her with a Short Haul($85) version of their popular bag in Cobalt Blue and Gold, the colorsof her native Sweden. Click here to read our full review of the Baby Sherpa Bags.


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tink1217 on

the recent pics of Sam I saw were gorgeous! She really is a beautiful baby!

Susan on

Thanks again, celebrity-babies, but I’d love it if you would post a current pic of her. She’s too cute!

Mari on

Happy 1st Birthday Sam Alexis! :)

Kelly on

happy birthday sam!!! but i was wondering why theres no pictures of her?

ShopLittleGifts on

Ooh didn’t know the story behind Sam’s name. It’s so adorable. She is so adorable, looks like a daddy’s girl. He sounds like a great dad. Hope his knee heals fast.

Tricia on

I know everyone says “so-and-so” is the cutest baby ever, but Sam really is! The link below has pix of her & Dad right after he won the U.S. Open on Monday. Happy Birthday, Sam!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/06/16/sam-woods-pictures-tiger_n_107480.html

crazytalk23 on

i looked earlier today and didn’t see any of the pictures of Tiger and Sam from the win at the US Open on Monday — she looks so cute!!

Julie on

Happy Birthday Sam! She is too cute!

Boston on

Don’t know if anyone else saw her during Monday’s playoff; she was so cute! Sam got passed off from Elin to Tiger, but he had to go get the trophy/meet the press and Sam didn’t want to let him go… she kept putting her arms out to go back and be held by daddy. Too cute!

brooke on

she’s cute, happy birthday sam

IsaOli on

Sam is a beautiful child! With Elin & Tiger’s gene’s she’s sure to be a knock-out.

Jennifer Denny on

It was so heartwarming on Monday when Tiger won the Open and as he was walking off the 18th green Elin walked out with Sam and Sam immediately started leaning for Daddy as soon as she saw him. You can tell how much she loves that daddy has had so much time off throughout her first year. I’m sad to hear about his impending surgery, but I’m sure he’s thrilled to know he’s going to have so much time to play with Sam during his recovery and rehab process.

Lisa on

Sam and I share the same birthday! YEA!!!

Tamara on

sam and i share a birthday too <3 aww now i know about tho celebrity babies who are born on my birthday :D

Angel on

Happy Birthday, Sam!!!! I love the rare pics of this little girl especially since she has grown to look so much like my own daughter. Next years celebrity look-alike contest watch out!

carla at somethingaboutbaby.com on

Happy birthday to little Sam. Tiger seems like a loving and devoted father.

Lauren on

I always wondered how the children of Tiger and Elin would look since they have such different, exotic features, and Sam is absolutely stunning. She and Shiloh are hands down the two most beautiful celeb babies imo.

Becky on

Tiger’s moms genetic contribution seems equally matched to Tiger’s wife-in the facial beauty of his daughter. Other than his daughter, the two women that he probably loves most in the world all reflected in the face of baby Sam.

Laura on

Thanks for the link to fresh pics, Tricia and thanks to CBB for a lovely feature.

Sam is becoming even more beautiful as she grows up – the Woods family is too cute!

Ebbie on

I see an even blend of everything from Tiger and his wife…. very cute baby.

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