Thursday 29 October, 2020

Baby girl and boy arrive on Christmas Day

Shakera Lorde (left) with her son and baby Ayla Rawlins (right) in the arms of her mum, Kameesha Pereira and dad Andre Rawlins.

Shakera Lorde (left) with her son and baby Ayla Rawlins (right) in the arms of her mum, Kameesha Pereira and dad Andre Rawlins.

- by Katrina King

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital received two unexpected blessings on Christmas morning.

Shakera Lorde knew she would be expecting a Christmas baby after she was admitted to the hospital on Wednesday. After a series of false alarms, at 4.07 am. the 28-year-old gave birth to a bouncing baby boy of seven pounds five ounces.

He was two weeks early and his birth was met with excitement, especially from his big brother four-year-old Shakir Nurse who saw the baby for the first time via video call and his proud father Irvine Husbands Jr.

Irvine Jr. was in the delivery room and saw firsthand when the baby was born.

“It was a really fun and new experience for me. I went to the Labour Ward this morning at 3.30 a.m., I helped my girlfriend and coached her along the way. I tried to follow the nurse’s instructions so I would get a good delivery,” he said. The couple has not decided on a name for the newborn.

Grandfather, Irvine Husbands Sr. was also present to see the newborn. He said he was “feeling proud as punch” to see his second grandchild.

“It is a different experience because I came to visit the mother in the hospital and see the things that were going on. From the time she went in yesterday, I always felt that the baby was a Christmas baby . . . I feel honoured and proud.”

Five hours later on a different ward, Ayla Rawlins arrived. At eight pounds six ounces, the beautiful baby girl was born at 9.45 am. She is the first child to parents, Kameesha Pereira and Andre Rawlins. Pererira was in labour for 48 hours before her bundle of joy was born. The 27-year-old said it was a painful experience but well worth the wait.

“She is actually due on Monday [December 30] but she wanted to come early I guess,” said Perira, adding “It was difficult but we are grateful she is here healthy and happy”.

Up to press time, Bay View Hospital reported no deliveries for Christmas Day.

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