BABIES ‘I thought Olivia was nocturnal!’
Baby’s name: Olivia Anne Llewellyn. Date and place of birth: September 1 at 2.28pm at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital, Llantrisant. Weight: 7lb 4oz. Parents: Mum Abbie Howard, 23, and dad Liam Llewellyn, 26, a construction worker, from Tonyrefail. Mum’s story: “Olivia is my first baby and the pregnancy went great really up until a few weeks before she was due.
“She was breech and the doctors were worried that she was small, so she was born 17 days early.
“The last few weeks were horrendous. We were back and forth to the hospital with appointments.
“And I had to have steroids injected into my legs at the end, to help her with her lungs.
“They injected them at the top my legs about a week before and it was really painful.
“I had to have an elected C-section, but it wasn’t too stressful actually. I knew when she was coming so I could get everything ready so it was quite calm.
“We stayed in hospital for the one night, but I couldn’t wait to get out of hospital and get home, but the pain after a C-section is quite bad. I’d say I was in pain for about two-and-a-half weeks afterwards.
“Olivia is fab, she’s brilliant. At first I thought she was nocturnal as she would be awake all night and sleep all day, but now she’s getting a bit better.
“We found out we were having a girl at about 16 weeks, as we paid for a private scan. I just couldn’t wait to find out and get everything ready.
“I have always liked the name Olivia for years and years, and we always said if we were having a girl it would be Olivia so it was quite an easy choice.
“I don’t think anyone can ever prepare you for being a mum, but it’s all going great.
“It is hard to get out of the house before midday now though!
“The first time we brought her home it was amazing. I recently lost my nan Lynsa and she had knitted a pink cardigan that I was given that Olivia wears.
“We didn’t know about it, she had just put it in a drawer and my mum and auntie found it and they gave it to me.
“Life has definitely changed, but it’s changed for the better. The love that you have for them is hard to explain really, it’s just unconditional love.”