MUM OF­TEN SHOWS OFF NEW AR­RIVAL

Western Daily Press - - Front Page - JANET HUGHES janet.hughes@reach­plc.com

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

Down’s?

“If you look at the sta­tis­tics, about 90 per cent of preg­nan­cies are ter­mi­nated so there’s not a lot of in­for­ma­tion out there.”

SWNS.com Fran­cis Hawkins

Tracy Archer with her new­est child Kia, five weeks old, and her other chil­dren

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