A MIRACLE baby has arrived just in time to make her new dad’s Father’s Day something truly special.
After eight years of trying for a baby, Airlie Beach couple Zane and Jess Templeman have welcomed their ‘miracle’ bub Lola, just in time for Father’s Day.
The first-time parents said Lola’s arrival, at Mater Mothers’ Private Hospital Townsville, on August 25, was something they would celebrate together on Sunday.
“Having Lola here makes this Father’s Day extra special,” Mr Templeman, 37, said.
“Jess has had a really tough journey and experienced some miscarriages, so Lola is definitely a special gift for us both – our little bundle of joy.”
Lola was born via an emergency caesarean, one-and-a-half weeks, early on August 25, weighing 3.41kg.
Mr Templeman said the staff at Mater Private Hospital Townsville helped guide them through the first week of parenthood.
“I can’t speak highly enough of the nurses at Mater. Little Lola went to the Special Care Nursery for a few days with fluid on her lungs and the staff answered all our questions and kept us calm,” he said.
“The standard of care surpassed our expectations and the doctors and nursing staff were so genuinely caring.
“We are settling in now, but those first few days were a state of flux of being exhausted and bliss – Lola is starting to sleep now.”
The Templemans celebrated Father’s Day as a family of three at home, with Lola already gifting her dad some new fishing rods.
Mater Mothers’ North Queensland Nurse and Midwifery Business Manager, Rebekah Barrie, said Lola was the perfect Father’s Day gift for first-time dad Zane.
“Lola is a happy and healthy baby girl and we are so glad she’s arrived,” she said.