Simon Bridges welcomes second baby into family

By Amy McGillivray -
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Simon Bridges with son Emlyn, 2, and Harry who was born yesterday. Photo/John Borren
Simon Bridges with son Emlyn, 2, and Harry who was born yesterday. Photo/John Borren

Tauranga MP Simon Bridges and his wife Natalie have welcomed a second baby boy into their family.

Harry Joseph Bridges weighed 7lb5oz (3.4kg) when he was born by Caesarean section in Tauranga Hospital about 9am yesterday.

Doctors scheduled the surgery 10 days before the due date as Harry was in a breech position.

"It just went exceptionally well and he's a dude," Mr Bridges said from hospital.

"Natalie's doing really well. Amazingly well when you think about it."

Harry is the second child for the Tauranga couple and was born just two days after older brother Emlyn's second birthday.

"We'll have to decide if we have joint parties or week apart parties to keep them special," Mr Bridges said.

Raising two boys would be "double trouble", he said.

"It's obviously going to make things busier but I'm pretty hopeful we can manage it."

The couple decided on Harry because they "thought it was a fun name".

"All the Harrys that are famous are full of life and fun so we thought that was good for this new guy," he said.

"He's going to have to be a bit of a character to protect himself against his older brother."

He shares the same middle name as Mr Bridges.

"The Prime Minister texted me. He's disappointed we didn't call him Harry John," he said.

Already the differences in the two boys were obvious, Mr Bridges said.

"Emlyn's got his mum's colouring and Harry is dark like his father.

Mr Bridges was non-committal about the prospect of further children.

"I think we're going to have to see how number two goes. If number three was a guaranteed girl, that might make the decision easier but I don't think that's how stats work. At this stage I'm keener than Nat is. Give her six months and we'll see," he said.

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