Every single new baby is special and has already been on an amazing journey. Most of our babies make it into the world right when they are expected to, with no major problems and are home being loved and cared for by their family within a few days of their arrival.
Some of our babies, for one reason or another need to arrive early and when they do it usually means that the road ahead will have a few little bumps and speedhumps ahead. Babies like Lucian.
Lucian arrived at just 31.5 weeks when his Mum Marie realised that he wasn’t moving as much as he had been. On the morning of her Baby Shower, Marie and Andrew (Dad) went to the hospital as they were worried, Marie just felt that something wasn’t right. At the hospital they discovered that Lucian had a low heart rate and as they made preparations, his heart rate started to drop rapidly and they rushed Marie into theatre for an an emergency c-section. The issues with his heart meant that Lucian had to be transferred to Westmead by ambulance. On the way little Lucian had a seizure, a big one. When he arrived at Westmead, this little baby boy then suffered a Grade 3 brain haemorrhage.
Lucian was now a very sick baby boy. His Mum signed herself out of Nepean to go to Westmead and be with her little man. In the testing that took place, they could find no problem with his heart and no reason for his sudden drop. He had to come back to Nepean NICU to have the brain scans that he needed, they showed that his haemorrhage was very severe and that there was a definite possibility that Lucian may have to deal with some learning or physical issues because of the severity of his bleed.
He spent 6 weeks in total in the NICU, as anyone that has had a baby there knows, sometimes it was 1 step forward 2 steps back….and then he started to take 2 steps forward, 1 back, 2 steps forward, none back. Best of all, his scans were looking good. He came home.
At 7 months of age ( about 4 months corrected) I was so lucky to meet this gorgeous family. Nope. Lucky is not the word – it was a blessing. Marie and Andrew are two of the most beautiful people you will ever meet and the love they have for their little boy is the most gorgeous thing to witness, they brought tears to my eyes. The fun and love in their portrait session was amazing – you can feel it just oozing out from their portraits! And Lucian…oh, Lucian! He just sends me all gooey like a teenage girl! He is the biggest flirt, the most ridiculously GOOD ladies man (at only 7 months!!!) and so stinkin’ rotten cute…he has me batting my eyelashes at him like you wouldn’t believe. He has the most amazing personality, he smiles and laughs ALL the time, his eyes are the most incredible colour, his skin is perfect and he absolutely knows that he is pushing the Cuteness Radar, right. off. the. scale. He KNOWS it!
See that!!! Up there ^^^^! That’s what he does – flirts like a wild man and then buries his head in his Mum’s neck – just like that! Is it any wonder I am smitten???
He worked so hard on the day, he did fantastic work with his Mum and Dad and then he backed it up with about 4 different sets on his own and a couple of changes of outfit – not once did he cry, he just kept smiling and doing what comes naturally – being gorgeous!