MUM OFTEN SHOWS OFF NEW ARRIVAL
ASUPERMUM of ten has told how her life is now complete after her latest bundle of joy was born.
Tracy Archer, who is in her late 30s, already had nine healthy children, and had been fitted with a contraceptive coil, when she “miraculously” fell pregnant with little Kai-James.
Tracy and partner Kyle Baker, a former rifleman who was shot in the back by the Taliban serving in Afghanistan in 2009, say Kai, who has Down’s syndrome, is the perfect addition to the family.
Former bar manager Tracy had nine children - Tom, 22, Liam 21, Morgan, 19, Alex, 18, Natalie, 15, Jonathan, 12, Jadyn, nine, Jamie, six, Harri, four, with a former boyfriend and ex-husband, when she met Kyle two years ago.
Kyle was just 18 when he was shot and has spent years battling the impact of his debilitating injuries.
The couple welcomed 5lb 9oz Kai into the world on September 3 by emergency caesarian after Tracy’s placenta detached and lost more than three pints of blood.
She said: “He makes my heart want to burst with love and pride. I am totally and utterly in love.
“Kai is the most relaxed, chilled out baby ever. He still needs waking up to feed, he rarely cries, and is just starting to smile.
“Except for a small heart murmur he has had none of the pre- dicted health problems so someone up above has definitely blessed us.
Tracy and Kyle, from Sedbury in the Forest of Dean, met two years ago.
She added: “Everyone knows Kyle. He lived at the end of my street and he’s a bit of a local celebrity because of what he’s been through.
“He’s 26, which is a lot younger than me, but one day I saw he posted something on Facebook about being down in the dumps.
“I told him that if needed to chat he knew where we were and that was the start of it.
“It was meant to be. I had the coil so I wouldn’t get pregnant so Kai really fought to be here.
“One day I cried at The Grinch and knew something wasn’t right. A couple of weeks later I burst into tears at a children’s party.
“I thought I was either really depressed or starting an early menopause.
“I made an appointment at the doctors but it never crossed my mind I could be pregnant. I had absolutely no symptoms at all.”
Despite having no visible bump the doctor confirmed she was expecting and, fearing an ectopic pregnancy, sent her straight to hospital.
Tracy added: “The first blood test said there was a chance of Downs, the second blood test said there was one in five chance of Downs and they offered me an amniocentesis.
“I knew the result would not make any difference but I had it because I thought it would be better to know so I could be prepared.
“I had it in Gloucester on the Tuesday and on the Friday they rang up and said the baby definitely had Down’s.
“I burst into tears but could not work out why. I knew it made no
Kai makes my heart want to burst with love and pride. I am totally and utterly in love TRACY ARCHER
difference, I wasn’t going to change my mind, but all these thoughts were racing through my head.
“’Will he need a different pram? Will I have to get a different car seat’, all those kind of things.
“I had a cup of tea and told myself to stop crying. After that I was fine.”
“So what if he does have
“If you look at the statistics, about 90 per cent of pregnancies are terminated so there’s not a lot of information out there.”
Tracy Archer with her newest child Kia, five weeks old, and her other children