NEW DAD: Newcastle Jets defender Jason Hoffman with baby daughter, India, and wife Natasha. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers JASON Hoffman joked that the Jets’ W-League team better get ready.
Hoffman’s wife,Natasha, gave birth to the couple’s first child, daughter India, in the early hours of Wednesday.
Unbeknownto the Hoffmans, Nikolai Topor-Stanley and his wife, Kylie, were in the birthing suite across the hall at John Hunter Hospital.
Baby girl, Luna Topor-Stanley was born just before midday.
– Jason HoffmanTweetFacebook New father, Jason HoffmanPictures: Max Mason-HubersBoth Hoffman and Topor-Stanley were were by their wife’s side for the birth.
“I already had the utmost respect for the wife,” Hoffman said. “I started to get a bit light-headed in the room. I thought there is no way I can take time out. Football, even though it is front of mind 99 per cent of the time, went out the window. All I could think about was my wife and daughter.”
Topor-Stanley said nothing could have prepared him for the roller coaster of emotions.
“The whole labour experience and the birthing is the hardest thing and the best thing,” he said. “Until you have experienced it, you don’t fully understand it. You go through every single emotion.”
Both players trained with the squad on Thursday.Hoffman, who missed the 5-1 win over the Mariners in round one, has recovered from a minor groin strain but is unlikelyto be in the squad to tackle Wellington on Sunday.
Topor-Stanley was one of the Jets’ best against the Mariners.
“I went to training Thursdayand was tearing up being away from her,” Topor-Stanley said. “She had the first night in hospital and there was no where for me to sleep. Now she is at home and starting to settle in.I will train Saturday if everything keeps going the way it is going. Then itis up to the coach whether he selects me.”