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Hélio Castroneves Welcomes Daughter Mikaella

12/29/2009 at 01:30 PM ET
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Indy car driver and former Dancing With the Stars champ Hélio Castroneves and girlfriend Adriana Henao are first time parents!

The couple welcomed daughter Mikaella at 4:15 p.m. Monday, December 28th in Atlanta, and apparently dad isn’t the only one with a need for speed. Baby girl — who weighed in at 7 lbs., 3 oz. and measured 19 inches in length — arrived slightly ahead of schedule, more than one week before her January 6th due date.

Hélio, 34, Tweeted the happy news, even sharing a picture of his new family of three.

The pregnancy was announced in October.

Source: Twitter; ET Online

Thanks to CBB readers Paige, Victoria and Jenna.

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Shannon on

Aww, how wonderful! Congrats to Helio on his new daughter! What a pretty name.

Courtney on

I agree that is a pretty name though she wouldn’t be considered premature as full term is between 37-42 weeks and little Mikaella was born at 38 weeks 6 days so she’s perfectly safe I bet she’s a beauty

canshi on

I LOVE the name as it’s my daughters ;) Congrats to the entire family!!

Tatyana on

Beautiful name. It’s pronounced Meeka-ella, right? I love that pronunciation.

Kristin on

I’m not too fond of the name as well as the spelling. I prefer just Kayla. She looks adorable in that picture! I hope all is well for the proud parents.

mrsh on

I’m guessing the name is pronounced Mikayla. Although, I can see where you’re coming from, Tatyana. Mikayla is a very popular name right now, and there are about a million different spellings, so I’m guessing this is their variation on that. And my daughter was born at 38 weeks 6 days, too. Definitely not premature, but blessedly early :-) There’s only so much of the third-trimester a lady can handle!

Paige on

Congratulations to Helio and Adriana. Life just got a whole lot funner and happier for our fence climber.

Colleen on

I was wondering if they pronounce the double l’s, or if it’s like French with “eee” sound, like Mikeea? I personally would pronounce this as Meeka-ella, as another poster noted. A friend had a baby today named “Shyann”…what’s wrong with the traditional Cheyenne?

Paige on

I think he said it was prounounced “Me-ki-ella”

Carol on

Congrats to Helio and Adriana.

I’m confused Courtney about your premature remark since it never said that in the article. Just that the baby arrived slightly before her due date. There is a difference.

As for the name..it’s not my favorite, but we also have to remember that Helio is from Brazil,not the US and I don’t think his girlfriend is either so the american form of the name probably didn’t suit them and there is nothing wrong with that.

JMO on

Helio says it’s pronounced Me-Kai-Ella.

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