LINCOLN SQUARE — Nearly 100 days after first taking office, Ald. Matt Martin (47th) and his wife Katelyn Martin welcomed a new addition to their family.
Daughter Ameena Marie Martin was born at about 2 a.m. Saturday at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in suburban Park Ridge.
“We’re just so thankful that she’s healthy and are happy to be home so quickly,” Katelyn Martin said. “We’re just thrilled.”
The couple are already parents to 4-½-year-old Isaac.
In a newsletter sent to neighbors by Martin’s office Friday, Martin wrote that the baby was expected soon but they had no updates yet on their “baby-watch.”
That changed Friday when Katelyn Martin went into labor. They headed to Lutheran General, where Katelyn Martin’s mother, former OBGYN Dr. Maureen Carson, used to practice.
“It was just kind of a whirlwind from there,” Matt Martin said. “But after she came, we were just on top of the world.”
The early-morning delivery left the new alderman full of energy but as a second-time parent, he knew he should be sleeping.
“I was like, ‘What can we do now?’” Matt Martin said. “But what I needed to do was sleep because every two hours there’s going to be feeding and crying, all that hard stuff and good stuff.”
Little Isaac has also offered a helping hand to care for his new little sister.
“It’s really a wonderful thing to see, and somewhat affirming in how we’ve raised him so far,” Matt Martin said. “He wants to show her things and gently place a blanket on her and ask when she’ll be awake to play with him.”
Martin, then a Civil Rights attorney at the Illinois Attorney General’s office, was elected to succeed Ameya Pawar as 47th Ward alderman in April.
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