Baby boy home for New Year
CHRISTMAS is always bound to be busy when you have five kids under the age of 10 in the family.
But for Ipswich parents Rebecca and Brendan Draper, their festive season quickly became more hectic when their sixth child was born premature at 33 weeks.
The Raceview family expected Isaac Devlen Draper to be born on January 28, 2011, but it seems the bub just couldn't wait for Christmas and instead he entered the world on December 14.
After being delivered at St Andrew's Ipswich Private Hospital weighing 5lb 5oz (2410g), Isaac stayed in hospital for more than two weeks until he was healthy enough to come home.
Yesterday his proud parents took him home, just in time for Isaac to see in the New Year with his loving family.
“We couldn't take him home for Christmas, but to take him home for New Year's is the best present,” Mrs Draper said.
“He is our sixth child and it's been different going back between home and the hospital every day. I was back at home after three days.
“He's happy and healthy. We're just wrapt we can take him home – we're all very excited.”
Christmas Day for the family involved a trip to hospital to check up on Isaac who was dressed for the occasion in a baby Santa suit.
Aside from mum and dad, Isaac's siblings Caleb, Noah, Levi, Meka and Ezra were also eagerly anticipating having their baby brother at home.
“He's our fifth boy. Our daughter was hoping for a sister but as soon as they all saw him, they were wrapt with him,” Mrs Draper said.
Mr Draper said the time Isaac spent in hospital was straining on their young family, but all that was in the past now their boy was happy at home.
“The staff at St Andrew's have been amazing – we'd just like to thank them for everything,” he said.
“Their help made it a lot easier.”