New baby brings joy after pain of stillbirth
THE birth of little Lily Allison Paul has brought a great deal of happiness to Kym Swadling and Clinton Paul.
The Benaraby couple welcomed the 3090g baby at the Gladstone Mater Hospital on August 19.
Clinton's two sons Jonathan, 10, and Joshua, 8, are smitten over her, as are her parents.
"She's perfect, she's doing very well.
"They're (Jonathan and Joshua) rapt, absolutely stoked," he said
"They really love her; they think she's pretty special," he said.
Clinton said early last year the family experienced a tragedy, when a child was stillborn.
"His name's Harry. He passed away last March," he said.
"Lily means the world to us; she actually looks a lot like him. She's brought a whole lot of happiness.
"I don't know how to word it, but she's given us a lot of fulfilment and, in a way, a lot of closure too."
Lily's first name is from her great-grandmother, and her middle name is also Kym's.
Clinton said they thought it was important to maintain family traditions.
With Amy's parents at Miriam Vale and Clinton's mother at Rockhampton, help isn't far away.
They were still at the Mater Hospital yesterday, but were looking forward to taking their daughter home.
"We've set up her nursery and it has lots of pink. We have her name on the wall and stickers. It's like a garden theme."
Clinton said hospital's support had been exceptional.
"We give a big thanks to the support the Mater Hospital has given us.
"They've really looked after us," Clinton said.