I am happy and proud to announce a new addition...

To my little family, that is (my 47212 continues to represent the entirety of my VC watch collection...).

My wife gave birth to our little daughter Elise on 31 May.  I had heard that births are usually a lot faster the second time, but our experience reminded me of going through a McDo drive-through: Elise was born 27 minutes from our arrival at the hospital, after a few hours of contraction only.  A few hours after the birth we were back home.
A few days after the event she looked like this:
I am happy and proud to announce a new addition... 

Her big brother very happy holding her...
 I am happy and proud to announce a new addition...

She now looks like this:
I am happy and proud to announce a new addition...

I am of course a very happy (and very tired) dad. For obvious reasons, I’m very happy to have a little boy and a little girl. From a WIS angle, it is also great, as it saves me the headache off trying to work out who should get the 47212 (or the pain of buying another one...)
Bit of a late post, but better late than never... Because of my work I’ve been finding it very hard to participate on the Lounge in the last year – and now with her onboard I feel it will become even harder for me to post... Anyway, just to say that I still love you guys very much, I do visit regularly, and will try to be a better Loungerangel
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Re: I am happy and proud to announce a new addition...
09/05/2011 - 16:44
Congratulations to both of you! She doesn't look like you at all! (LOL) All the best! Joseph
Thanks JB
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I am very happy that both of them look more like their mother than their fatheryes Cheers, Francois
BEA-UTI-FUL the best part of life especially
09/05/2011 - 17:11
when they sleep through the night cheeky as they say in French. you have the king's choice All the bestto the family and welcome to Elise
look what I found on my hard drive
09/05/2011 - 17:12
That brings back good memories :-)
09/05/2011 - 22:02
Thanks dudesmiley Well, Elise is sleeping well, but could be eating a little bit more, which is slighlty stressing her parents out. But I'm sure all will be fine... I'm not sure how much of a part the badge played, but my little Olivier is definitely into watches - whislt I read him bedtime stories during the weekend, he always wants to have on his arm my Hublot (my weekend watch -  the VC gets 5 days of work at the office, and is allowed to rest during the weekend)!yes Cheers, Francois
Alexandra & Constantina want to be loungers too.
09/06/2011 - 13:41
If their application is approved I will send you pictures. :-)
George I would love to but I can't find the
09/06/2011 - 13:48
link to the site which enabled me to make these cards frown 
I found help from Francois :-) send the photos and they will
09/06/2011 - 14:46
have a life time membership yes
Thank you Alex and Francois.
09/09/2011 - 08:45
P.M. will follow.
Alexandra's and Constantina's photos
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I couldn't attach the photos at the private message so I post them.
I'm no Fred, but this should do... ;-)
09/09/2011 - 13:32
Looks great. Thanks Veillotron.
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Yo da man Francesco :-)
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What is the reference number?
09/05/2011 - 17:36
LOL, it doesn't matter how frequent you visit Francois, if you keep bring us this kind of joyous news!  Heartfelt congratulations to your wife, son and yourself, of course, for this newest addition to the collection heart.
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LOL! Not sure about the reference number, but it's definitely a 'Piece Unique'winkheart Thanks Dean! Francois

Congratulations, Francois!!
09/05/2011 - 17:59
Its been a while but what a way to re-appear!yes Sincerest congratulations to you, and your family on the latest addition.   You will soon discover that nothing can prepare you for a daughter.  Resistance is futile!smiley My 6-yr. old has daddy melting at her finger tips.angel With best wishes, Kazumidevil
Like in showbiz, it's all about timing, Kazumi...
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Thanks for the advice  - although I already knew that resistance is futile... I'm already melting at the fingertips of my 3-year old (my wife is definitely the figure of Authority in the familycool), so I know I've got no chance with my little lady... Cheers, Francois

Congrats from another collector!
09/05/2011 - 20:10
Grandfather proudly announces the sonson is steadily growing. Over a month now! Cheers Doc
Doesn't he look so much like you, Mats? (nt)
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Congrats to you also Dear Doc!
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He's very cute (and seems to be a healthy baby for one month)! Building a 'collection' must be a lot less painfulwink... I'm also looking forward to being a grandad, although I'm definitely not in a hurry... Thanks, Francois
A complete collection. That is a rae
09/05/2011 - 20:19
Achievement! Well done and congratulations to all. Gary
Ah Gary, Gary
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your inglishe, pease....blush
Have you tried typing on an
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iPad?! Oh yeh! Of course you have! Best G
LOL :-)
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Thanks Gary!
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Send me an email - we can go out and celebrate, I'll pay for the cigar + drink!yes  (I wish more Loungers lived in London...) Cheers, Francois
And... Even better
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Someone with the same VC? Ok. Scenario now is a cigar, champagne (sorry I traded up) caviar, you get the picture.... Talking of which we need to do 'the double'....
The 'Double'? It's on baby!!
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I've sent you an email... Cheers,  Francois
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Congratulations!! Now you are on the way to find out how daughters get under the skin of fathersheart forever after..........................
Thank you Marko
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It's already happeningheart... Cheers, Francois

Life's beautiful moments , timed by VC...
09/05/2011 - 20:43
One of the reasons for buying another . Congrats !!!
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I'll put the argument of one VC per kid to the wife tonight. Hopefully this ratio argument (a valid one!) will help me get the next one, but this is a short term strategy might go against me in the next few years... Cheers, Francois

Congratulations to you and the entire family!
09/05/2011 - 21:30
Everyone Happy and Healthy is the greatest blessing you can hope for in life. Best to you all, Tim
Thank you Tim for your kind and wise words!
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Cheers, Francois 
Congratulations to the proud parents !
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Elise is very cute ! Berny
Merci Berny!
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Her father also thinks that she is the cutestsmiley
Atta boy, Francois! You must feel a very lucky man ;-)
09/05/2011 - 22:53
Look at your two marvels... such a joy and sight to cherish! You are a fulfilled guy now. Unfortunately, with the amounting expenses they will keep your watch collection from growingfrown 
Thanks Radek!
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I am indeed a very lucky man...cool You are correct about the amounting expenses (you don't want to know how much kindergarden school costs in London per annum... at the price they are charging, I'd expect them to have Damien Hirst and Frank Lampard as art  and sports teacher, respectively...blush) Looking at the positive, I've already purchased the most expensive piece of my collection - the other pieces I'm lusting after are a bit cheaper (although with the constant price increase, I'm not sure if that wwill be true for much longuer...) Cheers, Francois
How truly wonderful Francois...
09/06/2011 - 04:56
Elise and her big brother are beautiful.  Congratulations to you, the Mrs. and entire familyyes We'll enjoy your company on the Lounge whenever we can get it, but as you are well aware...there are more important things in life! All the Best my friend, Dan
Thank you Dan
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Yes, there are more important things in life, but it's always good to come back here, 'where everybody knows your name'... And I need to congratulate you as well on your new HL title! Cheers, Francois
Congratulation François ! the King choice
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I wish you and your family a lot of goods things (the main good point is that Olivier will have always an eye...)
Thank you my friend!
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hope to see you soon, next time I'm in town... Cheers, Francois

Congratulations Francois to you and to your wife.
09/06/2011 - 13:36
My most heartly wishes to Elise. She looks adorable and so does Olivier.
Thanks G
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I'm only trying to keep up with you... And belated congrats as well to you for Alexandra and Constantina!! May I dare ask... Were you influenced by your favorite brand and moderator when choosing the names?winkcool Cheers, Francois
Elise steals the show.......
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Francois, my good wishes and future happiness are extended to the family. Regards, Tony
Thank you Tony for the kind words! (nt)
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Fantastic Francois!...
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Congratulations on your new arrival, she is beautiful! Enjoy her to the fullest! Best, Mike
Cheers Mike, for sure I'll do! (nt)
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Congratulations to you and your family!
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I am very happy to hear about Elise. Our second child came out rather radiply too (and feet first!), which made for some excitement at the hospital. It's no surprise then that he has turned out to be a strong-willed stubborn little fellow! :-) Bill
Thanks Bill!
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 It's a good thing your second one is a strong-willed stubborn little fellow - life ain't easy for no2 usually (as a second-child myself, I can confirm that it's not always fun being your older brother's favorite punching bag...) Cheers, Francois

Having two boys, as I do....
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means that their is A LOT of rough play in our house daily. The little one usually laughs his ass off while the bigger is mauling him......until the tears come when that invisible line is crossed. He gets a hug, feels ok, and wants to get right back into it. Bill
tell me about it! :-)
09/07/2011 - 22:34
Beautiful! Enjoy every moment-they grow up quickly! Here are mine:
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4! Lucky man!!!
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I'd like to have 4 as well, but  the wife thinks that 2 is more than enough (for the moment, at least...)
Congrats !
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And What a good taste for the name, my daughter is also an Elise I wish her the best  :) Francois ( also ^^ )
Merci Francois - great men think alike!! ;-) (nt)
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