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Couple welcomes baby after two years of trying

Bodhy Keith Smith was welcomed by first-time parents Tiffany Dunstan and Shannon Smith at Gladstone Mater Hospital on November 7, weighing 3305g.
Bodhy Keith Smith was welcomed by first-time parents Tiffany Dunstan and Shannon Smith at Gladstone Mater Hospital on November 7, weighing 3305g. Andrew Morgan GLABABY

AFTER trying to have a baby for two years, Shannon Smith and Tiffany Dunstan can finally call themselves parents.

They welcomed Bodhy Keith Smith at the Gladstone Mater Hospital on November 7 at 5.50am.

Born two weeks' premature, the couple is over the moon Bodhy is a healthy, beautiful baby boy to call their own.

"He's perfect. he's a great sleeper and feeder," Tiffany said.

The new mum could already see a resemblance between Bodhy and Shannon with similarities in their face shape.

"He's like a mini Shannon."

The pair lost two babies last year. Tiffany said they felt anxious up until the last moment.

"It was hard ... we were one step away from going to IVF.

"Even in labour until he was actually in our arms, we didn't want to get too excited," she said.

Tiffany described having their first child at the Mater Hospital as a "wonderful" experience.

"It was great ... Dr Bush was our doctor and we couldn't have asked for better.

"The midwives were lovely too," she said.

The family were preparing to go home on Saturday afternoon to Boyne Island.

The couple who have lived in Gladstone for three years were excited to take Bodhy home to his nursery.

"The room has been set up for a while now ... we started nine months ago," Tiffany laughed.

"My favourite part of it is the cot - it's over 50-years-old. I found it online; it has a bit of history to it."

Bodhy is named after the Bodhi Tree that the Buddha sat under. It is a symbol for the ultimate potential which lies within us all.

Keith is Shannon's middle name and has a long family history.

They looked forward to introducing little Bodhi to friends over the weekend.

Topics:  birth mater hospital milestones premature



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