Photos: The Celebrity Agency, Toggle, Joanne Peh/Instagram
Joanne Peh and Qi Yuwu have officially welcomed their second child to the world, a son.
This is their second child after the birth of Baby Qi in August 2015. The couple has expressed their wish to expand their brood since 2015, and ecstatically shared that they have finally been able to do so.
A heavily pregnant Joanne, 33, shared with us during The Road to Star Awards 2017: Show 3 that she was hoping that her baby would be able to wait for Yuwu to return to Singapore before she popped. Sure enough, she managed to attend the Star Awards 2017 main ceremony with her husband, 40, to accept her All-Time Favourite Artiste trophy - but not before making preparations to go to the hospital just in case.
In a roundtable phone interview with Yuwu, the second-time father shared that Joanne started feeling contractions yesterday, and they checked into Mount Elizabeth Hospital last night (April 20). After about 16 hours of labour, their son was born this afternoon, weighing a healthy 3kg.
Just like last time, Joanne opted for a painkiller-free natural birth, prompting Yuwu – who was with her the entire time – to gush about how “brave” she was. However, he laughingly recalled that when it was all over, Joanne complained to him that she felt “cheated” as others had claimed that the second birth is usually quicker, smoother and less painful than the first (which wasn’t the case for her). Of course, all the memories of suffering vanished as soon as they laid eyes on their son.
“We were very happy to finally meet him, but we didn’t cry,” said Yuwu, who personally cut the umbilical cord. As for Baby Qi, Yuwu told us that the siblings may meet for the first time later tonight, and shared that his 20-month-old is aware that her little brother has been brought into the world
He added that he felt more relaxed this time compared to when his daughter was born. “I wanted to be calm so that I could be helpful and not make things even more chaotic, or else [Joanne] would have someone else to worry about!” he said with a chuckle.
Joanne and Yuwu shared a picture of their expanding brood (right) when they announced the actress' second pregnancy. (Photos: Joanne Peh/Instagram)
Continued: Any plans for baby no. 3?
L-R: J Yuwu and a pregnant Joanne at Star Awards 2015; Joanne spotted with her baby belly (again) at Star Awards 2017.
When asked to share his new-born son’s name, the notoriously private father – he and Joanne have kept their firstborn’s real name and face from public knowledge since day 1 – would only say “Baby Qi di di (little brother)”. “We thought of the name together before the baby was born, actually, before I even came back to Singapore.”
Speaking of his return, will the China-born actor, who was based in his home country for various projects over the past two years, be making Singapore his permanent home again from now on?
As it turns out, Yuwu has been confirmed as the lead actor for an upcoming Mediacorp drama tentatively titled Mind Matters, which is slated for a 2018 release, meaning he will be spending more time in the Lion City with his family. Joanne, on the other hand, enjoyed filming Dream Coder so much that she already can’t wait to get back to work as soon as she’s able to.
Does this also mean that the power couple also plan to work on baby no. 3? “I asked Joanne if she wants another kid, and she said no. (laughs)” said Yuwu. He echoes his wife’s sentiments, explaining, “I think two is enough, or else it’d be too difficult to divide quality time between them.”
Now that there will be two kids in the house, sibling rivalry and other issues are bound to crop up, but Yuwu is not worried (yet). “Joanne and I are taking things one step at a time and learning how to grow as parents together,” he said.
Joanne and Yuwu during the Chinese New Year celebrations with their firstborn, nicknamed Baby Qi. (Photos: Joanne Peh/Instagram)