Couple welcomes new baby after Rocky ride
FOR Stephanie Machen and Steve Krause, holding their baby girl in their arms is all they could ever wish for.
The couple, who have been married for two years, were delighted when their first child Lana was born on June 29 at Rockhampton Base Hospital.
Little Lana turned one month old on Sunday and her parents took her to the Calliope markets for a family day, taking lots of photos.
Mrs Machen's delivery wasn't a typical one, but she remained calm throughout the whole process.
"We had to go to Rockhampton via an ambulance, that was an interesting ride," she said.
"We had a referral there to begin with and then we were a bit of a yoyo as to whether to stay in Gladstone or go to Rocky.
"I was in labour for almost 24 hours. I had pains at 2am on the Saturday and then she was born at 1.14am on Sunday."
The 27-year-old's pregnancy was "textbook" and she is thoroughly enjoying life with her daughter.
"It's a whole different world, it's fantastic.
"She sleeps a lot and she's very bright. When she's awake, she's really awake and she wants to be a part of everything.
"She's a nosy little thing!," Mrs Machen laughed.
Lana's conception came a littler earlier than Stephanie and Steve had planned, but the news was welcomed with plenty of glee.
"We were very happy when we found out. We are so happy," Mrs Machen said.
Lana's middle name is Rosanna, influenced by her grandmothers.
"My mums name is Annette and Steve's mum is Rose."
The happy parents are on the hunt for a house, hoping to buy one in the next six months.
Mrs Machen has lived in Gladstone for most of her life and Steve has lived in the region for around five years.
More children aren't on the cards just yet, with the pair enjoying Lana for the time being.