BA­BIES ‘I thought Olivia was noc­tur­nal!’

South Wales Echo - - BABIES -

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.”

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