Vanessa Carlton Welcomes Daughter Sidney Aoibheann

01/14/2015 at 08:15 AM ET

Vanessa Carlton Welcomes a Daughter
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Vanessa Carlton is a mom!

The singer and her husband John McCauley welcomed a daughter on Tuesday, Jan. 13, the couple announced via social media.

Sidney Aoibheann Carlton-McCauley was born yesterday at 1:42 p.m., weighing in at 8 lbs., 1 oz.,” Carlton posted on Instagram, sharing a photo of herself and baby.

“Sid the Kid, whoa!!!” the Deer Tick singer-songwriter captioned an Instagram photo with his daughter in the operating room.

“Thanks for all the sweet wishes on our daughter. She’s the quiet observer. We are in for it,” the new mom Tweeted.

In the days leading up to the delivery, Carlton, 34 — who confirmed her pregnancy in June — admitted she was ready for her daughter’s big debut.

“10 months pregnant & honestly dreaming of the moment I can start this cause I’m officially waddling,” the musician Tweeted, along with a photo of one of Tracy Anderson‘s postpartum workout DVD.

But there were plenty of pregnancy perks that Carlton enjoyed — like taking a taxi without having to wait.

“It took being mega pregnant for someone to give up their cab in NYC but nevertheless it was as sweet as I dreamed it would be,” she joked on Twitter.

— Anya Leon


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Leah on

She’s adorable, congratulations

taxi21 on

Elisabeth, that is an antibiotic ointment that they put on most babies’ eyes as soon as they are born. Parents can decline it, but not all do.

Angelica on

Aw congrats!!

Hea on


Why the antibiotic ointment? I have never heard of babies receiving it here in Sweden.

nrych on

I’m sorry, did I read that correctly? 10 months? Don’t tell me she was a month late! Poor girl lol

Mandy on

None of you obviously have kids.

Texas Gal on

The antibiotic ointment is used as a preventative in case the mother tested positive for Group B Strep, which can be transferred to the baby when it passes through the birth canal. Since in this case it appears as tho the baby was born via C-Section, I am not sure why the need for the antibiotic in this case. As for 10 months pregnant, for those who don’t have children, gestation starts from the 1st day of your last period therefore a pregnancy is calculated in weeks. A normal pregnancy is calculated anywhere between 38-40 weeks. Some women can go a bit further depending on their doctor and who the baby is doing.

Caitie on

For anyone wondering how to pronounce her middle name!

nikki on

she had the baby a week late? hope thats a necessary c section and not planned maybe she did it for safety reasons cause she got an ectopic miscarriage last year

Linda on

She’s precious!!!

innerjuju on

@caitie Thanks so much for the pronunciation guide. Without it, I didnt have a clue! How you take Aoibheann and it become Eve+ann is beyond me. The Irish are a strange bunch. lol

Caitie on

@innerjuju you’re welome! my name is irish through and through (caitlin bridget) and i’m obsessed with irish names, even though they don’t always make the best sense when trying to pronounce them. this one is going on my list of favorites!

Anonymous on

Congrats to them! Quick question for you C-section mamas- Is it normal to be hooked up to heart monitors after having a C-section (as Vanessa clearly is)?

Pam on

Congrats to the happy family!

Carly on

Beautiful! Love the name! @Anonymoud, yes, a c-section is an operation so like any other surgery, post-op monitoring is necessary.

Brooke on

I LOVE the name Aoibheann (Ay-veen). Adore celtic names.

Hea on

Mandy – Why do you say that?

c on

No, the ointment does not protect against group B strep. It’s erythromycin ointment. It’s strongly recommended that all babies get it to protect against chlamydial conjunctivitis, which can lead to blindness in babies! Yes, we know, the vast majority of woman do not have active chlamydia at birth, but so many people have been exposed at some point in their life, even if treated – such a low risk intervention that you can do for your baby!

Being group B strep positive is different. A lot of woman are asymptomatic group B strep carriers. Your OB should test you around 34-37 weeks with a rectovaginal swab. If positive, you’ll be given IV ampicillin during labor to prevent the baby from developing sepsis in the first few days of life.

Britgirl on

No Hea, they don’t use the ointment in the UK either.

Anonymous on

@innerjuju. Believe it or not, you would pronounce Aoibheann *exactly* as it’s spelled. Try to say each letter of “aoi” quickly — “a” (like “father”) + “o” (like “cost”) + “i” (like “ski”) — until they start to become one sound that approximates “eh-EE”. Next, try to say “b” and “h” in the same manner — “b” (like “bug”) + “h” (like “hug”) — and it will start to sound almost like a whispered “v”. Combine those two elements — Aoi+bh — and it sounds like “eh-EE-vuh” or “eve”. The last part, “eann”, is pronounced like “bean”. Put it all together and voila! “eve-een”!