The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - INSIDER -

Born April 13, 2018 Weight 2.58kg

Hospi­tal Nor­west Pri­vate DAILY vis­its with daugh­ter Alira, two, from their Kel­lyville home to Nor­west Pri­vate Hospi­tal for scans to check Cooper was still grow­ing were an added bur­den in Ren Mars­den’s preg­nancy. Like her first preg­nancy, from 30 weeks her baby’s growth slowed dra­mat­i­cally. As with Alira, Cooper’s birth was in­duced at 37 weeks and five days.

“For the first three hours noth­ing hap­pened,” Ren says, “then the next three hours were in­cred­i­bly in­tense, and every­thing was good af­ter that.”

Ren and hus­band Jeff were re­lieved when, un­like Alira, Cooper avoided jaun­dice and time in the spe­cial care nurs­ery. “He was a lit­tle on the small side, but su­per healthy when he was born,” Ren says. Doc­tors can­not ex­plain why her ba­bies stopped grow­ing as ex­pected at around 30 weeks into her preg­nan­cies.

She says Cooper is a con­tented baby, and Alira adores him, want­ing to pick him up and carry him around.

“But she calls him Pooper, or Pua af­ter the pet pig in her favourite movie, Dis­ney’s Moana.”

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