Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
07/14/2008 at 08:00 AM EDT
Just hours after he cut the umbilical cords of his newborn twins, Brad Pitt
welcomed the mayor of Nice and told him, "I'm the happiest father ever."
In fact, the proud papa kept repeating the phrase over and over again, Mayor Christian Estrosi – who visited Pitt and Angelina Jolie
in their hospital room – told the local newspaper Nice-Matin
The twins, Knox Leon and Vivienne Marcheline, were born
Saturday and the mayor came by the next day to sign their birth certificates
According to the paper, the babies spent Saturday night in Jolie's room and she took care of them by herself.
The actress's obstetrician, Dr. Michel Sussmann, also said that Knox and Vivienne – who weighed in at 5.03 and 5 lbs., respectively – are in excellent health, but they do need to gain some weight. He told Nice-Matin
that Jolie may remain at the hospital another six or seven days while the newborns grow.
While the duration of Jolie's hospital stay remains to be seen, Mayor Estrosi added that Pitt and Jolie have great affection for Nice and the Fondation Lenval hospital, which overlooks the Mediterranean.
"[Brad] told me we chose one of the best hospitals in the world, one of the best doctors, one of the best medical teams," he told the paper. "And also the most beautiful bay in the world."
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