Baby born after emergency near Clifford Gardens
WHEN you're up to baby number four, you might think there were few surprises left, but little Hunter Cavendish had a shock in store for his mum.
Jayde Cavendish was up late on February 13 with her 18-month-old daughter, who was having a bit of a rough night. It turned out she wasn't the only one.
Mrs Cavendish said she dozed off and woke on the couch about 11pm in a bit of discomfort.
It soon became crystal clear what was going on when she put the baby to bed and her waters broke soon after.
No stranger to a quick arrival after their last daughter was born within three minutes of making it to hospital, she called an ambulance to take her from the family's Pittsworth home into Toowoomba Hospital.
They made it as far as Clifford Gardens before Hunter made his dramatic arrival into the waiting hands of a paramedic soon after midnight on Valentine's Day.
Dad Shaun missed the excitement as he followed the ambulance into town.
Despite being four weeks early, little Hunter weighed in at a hefty 3350g (7 pounds, six ounces) and Mrs Cavendish said she was relieved he came early despite being away from home longer than usual.
They hope to be home by next week.
She said the service provided by paramedics and the staff at Toowoomba Hospital's Harbison Ward maternity unit was incredible.
Paramedics arrived at the home within 15 minutes of being called.
"They were there very quickly, thank goodness," she said.
"I think we got out of Pittsworth about midnight and he was born at 24 past."
She said the incredible service at Toowoomba Hospital was even more amazing given there were 16 babies in the special care nursery this week.
"At the moment we're just waiting back on some blood tests for his jaundice," she said.
"He needs to have his hearing tests and everything like that and his eyes are a little bit weepy at the moment so were just waiting on some tests to see how he goes.
"Then get him feeding properly and then hopefully we will have him back home."
She said the family had been joking about the Valentine's Day arrival.
"I said [to dad Shaun] 'Happy Valentine's Day! I'm never buying you another gift, ever. That's my quota'," she laughed.