He popped the question, I popped out a baby
Erin got two happy surprises for Chrissy Erin Norcott, 25, Jacobs Well, Qld
Watching my son, Harley, two, run under the sprinkler, I flopped into a garden chair.
‘You shouldn’t be out in this heat,’ my boyfriend Jake, 29, said, handing me a cold drink.
It was Christmas Eve last year and at 35 weeks pregnant, I was huge.
‘I know, but there’s so much to do before tomorrow,’ I told him.
‘At least go inside with the aircon, I can take care of the garden,’ he said.
So as I put together platters of fruit and salads, I watched Jake and Harley play from a window.
Life doesn’t get any better than this, I thought.
That afternoon, we drove to my parents, David and Evelyn’s house, for dinner.
My sister Sarah, brother Dean, and their partners were all there too.
‘Before we have dinner, let’s all open a present each!’ Mum said.
This never usually happens, I thought.
As I sat down in a chair, everyone crowded around me.
Then I noticed Jake and Harley weren’t in the room.
‘Did Jake finally get me a horse?’ I blurted, excitedly.
Just then, Harley walked down the hallway and everyone was telling him to come and see me.
As he got closer, I noticed he’d changed his T-shirt. Printed on this one were the words, Mummy will you marry my daddy?
Stunned, I turned around to find Jake on bended knee, holding out a beautiful diamond cluster ring.
‘This can’t be happening!’ I shouted, jumping up to give him a kiss.
He placed the ring on my finger and we posed for a few photos.
‘So is that a yes?’ Jake said. In the excitement, I’d forgotten to answer him! ‘Yes!’ I beamed.
Half an hour later, we were about to sit down to dinner, when I suddenly felt a wet trickle down my legs.
‘You won’t believe this, but my waters just broke,’ I said. ‘That can’t be,’ Jake said. Our baby wasn’t due until the end of January – five weeks away! But it was really happening, so
Dad drove us to the hospital.
‘We’ll keep you in for observation but there is a good chance you won’t have the baby tonight,’ a nurse told us.
Around midnight, I sent Jake home so we could both get some sleep.
But then I started to feel some pain. And just an hour later I called Jake.
‘The baby’s coming, can you come back?’ I said.
However, before he made it, just 20 minutes later, little Vinnie arrived – making his birthday Christmas Day!
He was taken off for observation, but he was fine.
‘I’m so proud of you,’ Jake said, kissing me.
‘It must’ve been all the excitement of the proposal, which brought on the labour!’ I joked.
A few hours earlier, I had thought life couldn’t get any better – now I had a beautiful new son and a fiancé, and Harley was a big brother.
I don’t think anything will top it this year!
Our baby wasn’t due for
Harley in his proposal T-shirt My other surprise Christmas present was little Vinnie
My gorgeous cluster ring A new fiancé and a newbaby!