Two PER­FECT gifts

Lee-anne Spriggs, 32, from Skip­ton, was dou­ble lucky!

Pick Me Up! Special - - Fashion -

As my due date came and went, ev­ery­one was spec­u­lat­ing…

‘I won­der if you’ll give birth on your birth­day,’ my mum Julie, 56, said.

It was May 2005 and I was ready to pop.

It was my 19th birth­day on 11 May, but that was nine days af­ter my due date.

‘Surely I’ll have the baby be­fore then!’ I said. On 9 May, I went into labour. It was slow progress, though. ‘This baby cer­tainly isn’t in any rush,’ a mid­wife at Airedale Hos­pi­tal laughed.

Even­tu­ally, I was given an epidu­ral and, hours later, on 11 May, I was ready to push. Sud­denly, it dawned on me… ‘It’s my birth­day!’ I panted. So, as I pushed, Mum and the mid­wives sang Happy Birth­day!

Paige soon ar­rived, weigh­ing a healthy 8lb.

And, over the years, I made sure our shared birth­day was ex­tra special.

I’d get us both a cake, and we’d have par­ties with fam­ily and friends.

Then, in 2012, I was in­tro­duced to Iain, 41.

We hit it off, and he was great with Paige, too.

We tied the knot in Oc­to­ber 2014, and soon af­ter, we were try­ing for a baby of our own.

We were thrilled when I fell preg­nant, but, trag­i­cally, I lost the baby at 11 weeks.

I had two more mis­car­riages

af­ter that, and each one ripped my heart to pieces.

Even­tu­ally, my GP gave me a drug to help me carry a preg­nancy.

I fell preg­nant 2015, and the baby’s due date was 19 May.

A few peo­ple won­dered if I’d give birth on my birth­day again, but I just laughed it off. ‘No chance,’ I snorted. But at the start of May, doc­tors were con­cerned about my high blood pres­sure – and on 9 May, I was in­duced again.

Labour pro­gressed slowly

like last time, and it turned out the baby was breech.

‘We need to do a Cae­sarean,’ a doc­tor said.

And the only avail­able date for the op? My 30th birth­day! As Enya-rose was born, my heart melted. ‘Our rain­bow baby!’ I cried to Iain. She’d brought hap­pi­ness af­ter a tough time. I be­lieve it was fate she ar­rived on my birth­day.

I’ve worked out that in 2026, we’ll be cel­e­brat­ing my 40th birth­day, Paige’s 21st, and Enya-rose’s 10th!

Ap­par­ently, I beat the odds of 48 mil­lion to give birth on my birth­day twice.

Turns out my luck got even bet­ter, too – I gave birth to my third daughter, Poppy-ann, in Jan­uary!

While she doesn’t share our birth­day, she came when I thought I’d never have an­other child – she’s our pot of gold baby!

I hope my story en­cour­ages other women not to give up hope.

My beau­ti­ful girls have brought me so much joy.

First time lucky

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.