Bundle of joy
Premmie Connor home in time for Christmas
TINY Connor Smith was supposed to be born next month.
The little fighter was only 1176 grams when he arrived almost three months early on October 19.
But Connor has grown bigger and stronger every day, with his parents Martina Ah Sam and Philip Smith thrilled they can finally take the tiny bundle ofjoy home just in time for Christmas.
Connor and Ms Ah Sam have called the Townsville Hospital special care nursery home since the birth, with proud dad Mr Smith visiting each day.
It’s been a testing time for the parents, but with the baby gaining strength each day they can now breathe a sigh ofrelief in the comfort of their Rasmussen home.
The entire pregnancy came as a shock to first-time mother Ms Ah Sam.
She didn’t realise she was pregnant until the 11th week and was working 12-hour days flying in and out of Cannington mine up until August.
On the day Connor was born, Ms Ah Sam said she felt some back pain and decided to visit the Townsville Hospital emergency department — via Subway for lunch — with Mr Smith as a precaution.
A quick medical examination revealed Ms Ah Sam was going into a very early labour.
‘‘I had only just told people I was pregnant,’’ she said. ‘‘I was just at the stage where I was getting used to being pregnant and then I had him.’’
Doctors tried to slow down the birth but were forced to break Ms Ah Sam’s waters by a persistent Connor.
‘‘There was no stopping him, and he’s just made up his own mind ever since,’’ Ms Ah Sam said.
‘‘The doctor told me not to be alarmed because he probably wouldn’t scream because his lungs would not be developed, but he squealed when he came out.’’
The tiny bundle ofjoy arrived on his delighted grandmother Eileen Smith’s birthday. ‘‘He was all skin and bones, hollow in the face and was all arms and legs,’’ Ms Ah Sam said ofher son when he was born. Little Connor was confined to a humidi-crib for the first several weeks of his life, with hi-tech monitoring machines and feeding tubes fixed to his tiny body helping to keep him alive.
But they’ve all come out, with Connor now able to breastfeed naturally.
The baby was already showing signs of a determined personality according to his mother, who said he thought nothing of pulling out attached medical machines if they were annoying him.
Mr Smith’s daughter Shania, 5, also can’t wait to meet her new little brother properly at home.
All indications show that Connor will grow up to become a happy, healthy boy.
He used to wear a nappy the size ofthe palm ofa hand, but is now into size 00000 and weighs almost 3kg.
Premature babies often have problems with their eyes and ears but Ms Ah Sam said tests showed Connor’s were normal.
Mr Smith said he couldn’t wait to bring his little son home so they could all be a family.
Ms Ah Sam agreed, and said she was looking forward to relaxing at home and being a mum. After months looking at their son through a humidi-crib and holding him for limited periods, the couple can’t wait to enjoy their baby in the comfort of their home.
PROUD PARENTS . . . baby Connorwith mum Martina Ah Sam and dad Philip Smith