Mum weds at city hospital 14 hours after baby birth
FEW mothers or brides could ever imagine welcoming a new baby to their arms then marrying the love of their life on the same day, but Stacey Reeves has done it.
Mrs Reeves knew well in advance she wanted to get married the same day her fourth child, Layla, was born and did just that, 14 hours after she was welcomed to the world.
Mrs Reeves (nee Moore) and her new husband Mark will now have double the reasons to celebrate October 18 every year after the safe delivery and happy nuptials at Toowoomba Hospital this week.
"We had always planned to get married and thought it would be great to do it on the day that bub arrived as both little girls were born here," she said.
"We did all the paperwork as it has to be done 31 days in advance and we made it with just two days to spare as I was induced to have Layla early.
"My uncle is a pastor so we asked him to come and marry us here at the hospital.
"The staff here on the maternity ward have been just wonderful and this is a very special place to us."
Baby Layla Lee Elizabeth was born at 1.47am Wednesday and became a special guest of honour, held in her mother's arms, as her parents formally tied the knot.
Reverend David Boske and his wife Lyn from Brisbane's Faith Centre and The Shed Australia were on hand to officiate and witness the milestone event in front of Mark's mum Kay Foster and Layla's older siblings Cleo, 11 months, Jasper, 4, and Shayleigh, 9.
An emotional service with tears and laughter followed with a Toowoomba Hospital midwife swapping ward duties briefly to capture the special occasion on video.
Mrs Reeves said they intended to celebrate the nuptials with family and friends at a barbecue in Warwick soon, with another celebration to be held in Mr Reeve's home city Darwin around March next year.
And as for another baby to join the family down the track?
"We haven't ruled that out," Mrs Reeves quipped.
"We'll just wait and see."