Do you believe in the magic of Christmas? Jaime-Louise Baggott certainly does.
She and her partner Simon Andrew never expected to celebrate Christmas as a family of three – let alone as one of four.
But Christmas 2015 is going to be extra special for the Spalding couple who welcomed their second daughter Florence into the world in September.
Jaime-Louise (36) was told it would be unlikely she would ever be able to carry a child if she was lucky enough to fall pregnant due to many years of laser treatment to remove cancerous cells, but was overjoyed to give birth to daughter Freya seven years ago.
Last Christmas when Freya visited Lapland with her grandparents the family’s life changed forever when she made a special Christmas wish to Santa for a baby brother or sister.
“We found out that we were having a baby on January 4,” recalls Jaime-Louise, a children, young people and family worker.
“It was a complete and utter shock to us all, particularly as we had taken all precautions and hadn’t planned any more children!
“Our 12-week scan fell the day before Freya’s birthday, meaning we could give her the best birthday present ever – that she had a sibling on the way.”
Jaime-Louise endured a lot of laser treatment after cancerous cells were found when she first started having smear tests, and this left a considerable amount of scar tissue.
“I was told I wouldn’t be able to carry a child if I was lucky enough to fall pregnant,” she says.
“I only stopped having annual smears in 2014, after 15 years. Then I had a traumatic birth with Freya, which ended in an emergency C-section – we later found out this was due to hyper mobility syndrome which I didn’t know I had.
“The consultant believed I developed fibromyalgia from the trauma of the birth too, meaning life has had to change for me due to trying to manage symptoms.”
Her second pregnancy reduced her fibromyalgia symptoms – which can include widespread muscle pain, tiredness and sleep disturbance – although these have returned since Florence’s birth.
“I’m adapting the way I do things and live to give my girls the best I can,” she smiles.
“This year has been amazing for us and we wouldn’t change it for the world. We have been truly blessed with a very special gift for Christmas – she just arrived early.
“It just goes to show if you wish hard enough anything is possible!”