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PREMMIES: Taylor Peterson was born 10 weeks prematurely, his mum Julia and dad Ryan share their story. Photo: contributed
PREMMIES: Taylor Peterson was born 10 weeks prematurely, his mum Julia and dad Ryan share their story. Photo: contributed contributed

RYAN and I had been trying for a family for seven years.

We both had many tests to try and find a cause for our apparent infertility.

Before we started we both knew it was going to be a rollercoaster journey, but we walked it together every step of the way through multiple IVF cycles and inseminations.

I have had miscarriages in the past, but in January 2014 I was in a lot of pain not knowing what was going on.

I went to the Bundaberg Hospital - only to find out I was pregnant!

This was just the start. For the first three weeks I underwent 48 hourly blood tests to make sure my pregnancy hormones levels continued to rise. I was placed on progesterone cream from eight weeks until 16 weeks.

EARLY BIRD: Julia and 15-month-old Taylor Peterson get ready to walk in support of premmies. Photo: Emma Reid / NewsMail
EARLY BIRD: Julia and 15-month-old Taylor Peterson get ready to walk in support of premmies. Photo: Emma Reid / NewsMail Emma Reid

Our first ultrasound was so emotional, the little tiny flicker on the screen - a great sign but Ryan and I could never get excited until we passed the 13-week mark.

I had many hospital trips thinking the pregnancy was over.

At 16 weeks I had another ultrasound. This time my dad, Noel, came along for support. The sonographer said she was 85% sure the baby was a boy. I had tears thinking this was truly our little miracle. At the 18-week scan we double checked the gender and everything was going great.

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I had a cervical cerclage (tracheloplasty) stitch in place at seven weeks to try and hold the pregnancy.

At 24 weeks I was rushed to hospital after I lost a small amount of fluid. I was on bed rest for five days but was told to pack my bags because next time I would be in hospital.

PREMMIES: Taylor Peterson was born 10 weeks prematurely, his mum Julia and dad Ryan share their story. Photo: contributed
PREMMIES: Taylor Peterson was born 10 weeks prematurely, his mum Julia and dad Ryan share their story. Photo: contributed contributed

On Sunday, June 29, I felt very sick and had slight pain. I tried to rest but the pain got worse.

Ryan picked me up after his work from my parents, taking me home for a shower.

After my shower I once again lost more fluid. We called for an ambulance again. I was having contractions.

I called Ryan from the hospital - I told him I was in the birth suite.

I was an intravenous drip and tablets to try to stop the contractions. They also gave me two lots of steroids to help develop the baby's lungs. I was moved to the ward.

At 3am my contractions started again. The doctors called Royal Brisbane Hospital. They came back saying I was going to be flown to Brisbane within hours. I was very upset. I called Ryan and told him to bring my bags.

I called my family so they could say bye before I went. I knew I wouldn't be coming back until some time after bub was born.

PREMMIES: Taylor Peterson was born 10 weeks prematurely, his mum Julia and dad Ryan share their story. Photo: contributed
PREMMIES: Taylor Peterson was born 10 weeks prematurely, his mum Julia and dad Ryan share their story. Photo: contributed contributed

My first 24 hours in Brisbane was hard. Ryan met me there and later that afternoon my mum flew in for support also. The next few days were spent in the ward trying to delay the birth.

On Wednesday, July 2, the baby's heart rate was dropping due to the medication so I had to stop taking it.

Friday came and I was having much stronger contractions. At 12.30pm they were one minute apart, so I got moved to birth suite. An ultrasound revealed he had now turned the right way; beforehand he was in breach position. Then they decided to do an emergency C-section.

It was hard trying to keep still during the epidural while having contractions.

Soon I was on the operating theatre table with Ryan holding my hand, telling me we'd be parents soon. Taylor was born within three minutes.

We heard a tiny little cry and then the midwife held him up. Both of us cried tears of joy - our little miracle was finally here. They left a little bit of cord for Ryan to cut then Taylor was rushed to neonatal ICU.

Taylor Andrew Peterson was born on July 4, 2014, at 3.15pm. He was 10 weeks early, weighed 1725g, was 36cm long and his tiny head was 23cm in circumference.

Taylor spent 30 days in Brisbane - two days on a ventilator and 17 more on a C-PAP machine to help him breathe.

On July 29, I was flown back to Bundaberg Hospital by the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Taylor stayed in Bundaberg's special care unit until August 22.

During his first year, he had many hospital visits. He would stop breathing and go blue (which he outgrew at six months).

He had a really bad winter with four chest infections, tonsillitis, croup and a mild case of the measles.

But today he is a very happy little champion and he loves putting smiles on everyone's faces.

We hope that we will see you at Walk for Prems.

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