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.
Unbeknown to 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.
It’s bizarre to think they were in the room across the hall from us. Obviously, it was a special day for both our families.- Jason Hoffman
“It’s bizarre to think they were in the room across the hall from us,” Hoffman said. “I didn’t see Nikolai until Thursday morning. Obviously, it was a special day for both our families.”
Jets captain Nigel Boogaard also became a dad for the first time in late July, with the birth of daughter, Audrey.
“If they do like football, maybe the W-League better get ready,” Hoffman laughed.
Topor-Stanley, whose daughter was born before her due date, said it was nice to form “a little girls’ club”.
“I knew Hoff’s wife was in hospital but had no idea they were in the room opposite,” he said. “It’s good that we can support each other. We understand what each other is going through and know that we are not on our own. There are also a few older players with kids who can give us some guidance.”
Both 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 unlikely to be in the squad to tackle Wellington on Sunday.
Topor-Stanley was one of the Jets’ best against the Mariners.
“I went to training Thursday and 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 it is up to the coach whether he selects me.”