A mum gave birth to a “perfect” baby girl just 10 days after discovering she was pregnant.
Sam Hicks, 40, was rushed into Southmead Hospital in Bristol on January 11 where she gave birth to surprise baby Julia.
She and her husband Joe had only found out she was pregnant on January 2 after a home pregnancy test.
Sam, who works at a care home, had done numerous pregnancy tests throughout the year, all of which had come back negative.
“There were some signs,” said proud dad Joe, “but as Sam had done numerous pregnancy tests all which came back negative, she just put it down to stomach problems.”
But when Joe, 32, felt a kick in his wife’s stomach while they were sat relaxing on New Year’s Day, Sam decided to do another test.
The next day Sam went and got another test – which this time confirmed she was ‘three weeks plus’ pregnant.
The shocked pair – who already have Thomas, three and Johnny, eight, quickly set about making preparations such as booking in scans and appointments with the midwife.
But Julia had other ideas, and arrived before the appointments were held.
Sam and her newborn, who weighed in at 7lb 8 oz and was full term, remain in Southmead Hospital due to Julia having breathing difficulties.
But she is making good progress and Joe hopes to have them home in the next few days.
“I just can’t wait to get them back home,” he said.
Amazingly Sam’s pregnancy was not picked up when she was admitted to hospital in November with coronavirus.
“Obviously she was asked if she was pregnant when she was admitted and she said no, so that was that.”
Sam, Joe and Thomas all tested positive for the virus with only Johnny getting a negative result, and went into self isolation.
Sam was admitted to Southmead Hospital on November 25 after she had problems breathing and after treatment was discharged four days later.
“She was pretty poorly and to start with when she came home, was slow and not really picking up,” said Joe.
After a further two weeks at home, Sam returned to work. The family enjoyed Christmas as normal.
Sam went to work on January 10 – walking 40 minutes to get there – and Joe picked her up at 1pm.
He then went to work as a lorry driver, returning at around 11.30pm.
“When I got home Sam said she was worried that something was wrong so I called an ambulance,” said Joe.
“Then we realised she was having contractions and I rang the maternity ward at Southmead and they said to come in.”
The pair drove to hospital with Joe timing Sam’s contractions.
“I was checking them on the car’s clock and they were coming every six minutes.”
The pair arrived at the central delivery suite at 12.40am and Julia was born at 3.14am.
Initially the hospital was concerned about her oxygen levels and Julia was carried for in the hospital’s NICU ward.
Joe hopes Sam and Julia will be home in the next few days.
“We already have two lovely boys, so Julia coming along was a massive shock,” said Joe.
“But she’s absolutely gorgeous and we couldn’t be happier.
“When we found out Sam was pregnant we sat the boys down and told them they were having a new baby brother or sister.
“Johnny was over the moon and really excited about the new sibling whereas Thomas is a bit too young to properly understand.
“Normally siblings have a bit of time to get used to the news there is going to be a new arrival – not just a few days.”
Joe said the family had managed to get a few items in preparation for the baby in the days before the birth.
“I am a planner and already have a seven seater car and we’d managed to buy some of the bigger items after we found out,” said Joe.
After hearing of the unexpected arrival, family, friends and neighbours have rallied around to give stuff.
“We have so much now, so many clothes,” said Joe.
“The support and kindness of our family, friends and neighbours and the local community has been overwhelming.
“We just want to say a massive thank you to everyone who has helped.”
The family had been planning to move this year and had already put the two boys in one room in bunk beds so they could use the spare room for storage.
“That now will be Julia’s room,” said Joe.
“Julia is amazing and I haven’t even heard her cry yet.
“The only time she gets a bit grizzly is when she is hungry.”
Joe says Julia is definitely the final addition to the family.