Qi Yuwu & Joanne Peh secretly shopped for baby's clothes

Qi Yuwu, who resumed filming for The Dream Makers 2 today, is already suffering from separation anxiety

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Less than a week after welcoming his baby daughter with Joanne Peh, Qi Yuwu resumed filming for Ch8 blockbuster drama The Dream Makers 2 this morning (Aug 12). Speaking to Toggle for the first time since he became a father, the 38-year-old admitted that he lacks sleep but is holding up well.

During the interview, Yuwu revealed that his daughter was born around noon last Friday and that she weighed 3.2kg at birth. Although the couple has already came up with names for ‘baby Qi’, they are not ready to disclose them just yet. However, the actor added that he was the one who thought of her English name while Joanne decided on the Chinese one.

Unlike most celebrity couples, Yuwu and Joanne chose to share the good news via handwritten notes on Saturday night. “Before the baby was born, we were told to prepare press releases. But we both thought that the birth of our child is something very personal and press releases are usually very formal,” Yuwu explained.

“We shouldn’t just be sharing figures– that would feel like a mission and it would be quite meaningless. We wanted to express more of our feelings. Most people don’t write anymore, but both of us enjoy [doing it].”

Joanne is currently taking care of their newborn daughter at home, with the assistance of a confinement nanny. Besides their female friend who helped record Joanne’s delivery process, only a few of the couple’s close pals have met the baby girl so far.

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Read on for more of Yuwu’s experience as a first-time father.

Toggle: Tell us how you felt watching the entire delivery process.
Yuwu: As a husband and a father, it was an unforgettable experience. You don’t get many opportunities in life to go through that. I was very touched and I felt sorry for Joanne as there wasn’t much that I could do to relieve her pain besides giving moral support, so I felt quite helpless.

It was unbelievable – how she grew from a pea-sized fetus to a fully grown baby. Joanne was the first to hold our daughter, I carried her much later. Cradling her in my arms, there is a sense of familiarity as I have been talking to her for the past 10 months. But at the same time, everything felt very new. It’s an amazing feeling. I don’t know how to describe it.

Why didn’t Joanne accept epidural?
She read up on it before giving birth. Actually, she is very open to the idea of epidural. She had planned to decide according to the situation. [After delivering the baby] she told me that she had wanted to accept epidural at one point because it was too painful, but she thought that since she had held on for long, it’d be a waste if she gave up so she hung on to the very end. When Joanne saw the baby looking so energetic, she felt very proud and contented, and that all the pain was worth it. I’m happy too. I’d support her, no matter what she chose to do.

So the umbilical cord was personally cut by you? Were you nervous about it?
No. It was a very moving moment. It’s like I completed the final step to welcome her into this world.

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