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Little man Hunter welcomed by proud mums

Hunter Jack Mackenzie was born to D’Jena and Jess Mackenzie on August 27 at Gladstone Hospital.
Hunter Jack Mackenzie was born to D’Jena and Jess Mackenzie on August 27 at Gladstone Hospital. Luka Kauzlaric

HUNTER Jack Mackenzie was welcomed into this world by proud mums Jess and D'Jena Mackenzie.

Their first baby has been a wonderful experience so far for the couple, who have only had him home for a few days.

D'Jena, who carried Hunter, said she got to nearly 39 weeks when her waters broke.

"He was due next Thursday, but he didn't want to wait - he wanted to come and meet us," she said.

"He came out with a sort of dark blondie-coloured hair, long fingers, long legs, big feet, and beautiful eyes - he looks into your eyes and melts them.

"He's our little man, he's already spoilt."

She said at her 16 week scan they found out it was going to be a boy.

"We had names for a girl and I thought we were going to have a girl and then we sort of just looked and came along with that name," she said.

"Hunter, we really liked the name, and Jack is for my grandfather who passed away - the whole lot is a strong name."

She had plenty of support during the birth, with Jess and her mother, and D'Jena's mother in the room. 

"When my waters broke and I got a bit scared with what I was about to go through, but they are being unreal," she said.

The labour lasted for 12 hours, although from waters breaking to birth was a good 31 hours, she said.

Hunter was born at 8.42am on Wednesday, August 27, and the couple took him home on Friday night.

"It's perfect, I've never ever felt anything the way we both do for him, it's life changing," she said.

"The only bad thing is that you're that neurotic, the first night home you just want to watch him sleep, we're so fixated on this little guy."

D'Jena said they were waiting to get into a bit of a routine before introducing Hunter to their friends.

Both D'Jena and Jess want the experience to carry a baby and Hunter wouldn't be their only one.

D'Jena said she was the first to carry a baby as she was older, "but we'll have another one when Hunter is older and Jess will have her go then".

"I've been through this pain and already want another one, it's the most beautiful thing to do it with the people that mean the most to you," she said.

"It was painful, very much so, but the Gladstone Hospital... I'm impressed, the people in the room made the experience great, the midwives and doctors!

"Getting him home, I think we've done really well, it's life changing but you just have to adjust to the fact you've got this little guy the world revolves around and you put him first and everything else revolves around him."

Topics:  baby, birth, gladstone hospital, milestones



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