First Mother’s Day brings joy
MOTHERHOOD is a celebration of life and love.
Marked by millions of mums across the world, this Mother's Day will be particularly special for one Kingscliff woman, who celebrates her first as a mum this Sunday.
Brittany Smith gave birth to a healthy baby girl at the Tweed Hospital last Thursday at 3.24am.
Named Kailanii - after being nicknamed 'Sunflower' in the womb - the newborn is the first child for Ms Smith and her partner Kayne Ziegler.
"Giving birth is the most amazing experience you could ever possibly have," said Ms Smith just hours after the birth.
"I just love staring at her beautiful face, even though she hasn't really done much but sleep so far."
Ms Smith brought her daughter into the world in the early hours of the morning, to the sound of rain pouring outside and her favourite song playing in the room.
"My favourite song is Fast Cars by Tracey Chapman and it was on when I gave birth to her," Ms Smith said.
Ms Smith's mother, Donna, and Mr Ziegler were both in the delivery room with her to provide love and support.
"I wasn't going to let her (mum) in the room but she was massaging me, putting wet cloths on me and just being with me, so it was good," Ms Smith said.
"My partner was so great. He ended up delivering the baby. The midwife was there and she guided him to pull the head and then he caught her and put her on me."
Having her own child even for such a short time, Ms Smith has realised just how much her own mum has done for her.
"I have more appreciation for mums because of what they go through," she said.
"You respect your mother so much more because it's like 'whoa they had to do that!'."
Kailanii was birthed naturally and if Ms Smith had one piece of advice for mums-to-be it would be to go without the epidural if possible.
"Try and go without drugs and it's the best experience you will ever possibly have in your whole entire life," she said.
"If I had to do it again I wouldn't be induced though, because it made me vomit and shake, it's horrible."
WHAT'S ON THIS MOTHER'S DAY:
* Mother's Day Memorial Service:
Where: Tweed Valley Cemetery
When: May 6 at 11am
What: A service to remember past mothers
Call: 02 6670 2435
* Katie Bain Fundraiser Fashion Parade:
Where: Murwillumbah Golf Club
When: May 7 at 7pm
What: Style 2484, Chozen Surf shop and Patrick Egan Optometrist showing their winter 2016 range in aid of Kingscliff's Katie Bain, suffering with Stage 4 cancer.
Book: Tickets $5 from Style 2484, Main St, Murwillumbah.
* Season Restaurant at Peppers Salt Resort and Spa:
When: 7 & 8 May.
What: Three-course dinner. Lucky door prize of bottle of Mumm Champagne.
Book: Call 02 6674 7766. $55 per a person.
* Mother's Day Luncheon Kingscliff Bowls Club:
When: May 8 at 12pm
What: Two-course lunch with free glass of bubbles for mum. Raffles and lucky door prizes.
Book: Call 02 6674 1404, Adults $49 Kids $10.