Introducing Angelina Belle Legrand

03/15/2008 at 10:32 PM ET

Australian model Kerry Legrand lost her first child Leonardo ‘Leo’, then 5 months, in a tragic accident in 2005. Now, Kerry introduces her new daughter Angelina Belle, 5 weeks, to the world in Woman’s Day. As they settle into a new routine with their daughter, Kerry and her husband, Wesley, are constantly reminded of their beautiful son. Here the couple talk about life with their new daughter, dealing with the loss of their son and their miracle story.

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Kerry says that although Leo and Angelbelle (as they have nicknamed her) never met, she believes that Leo is watching over Angelina and that he will always have a special place in her upbringing.

I feel in my heart that Angelina is going to share a really special connection with Leonardo, who is already watching over her and taking care of his little sister. Leo will always play a cherished role in our lives.

The connection is further extended with a bond via Leonardo’s old toy — a cuddly Leo the Lion — which has been given to Angelina.

It still bears his faint baby smell. [I couldn’t bear to wash it.] I know he’d want Angelina to have it.

Still blaming herself for Leo’s death at the time that she found out she was pregnant, Kerry found it difficult to deal with the news. For the couple, it brought a variety of mixed emotions — however, their first ultrasound reassured them.

I was haunted by so much guilt I wasn’t sure if I even deserved a second chance to be happy again. From that moment [when she saw the scan], I realized how important it was for me to be happy and positive for this little one.

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Kerry, who received counseling after Leo’s death from SIDS and Kids, also suffers from the adrenal disorder Addison’s disease, and adds that conceiving twice was a miracle in itself.

Conceiving both my babies was an absolute miracle. But after losing Leo, I realized what a healing baby this one was meant to be.

The tough decision after the pregnancy was confirmed was whether to keep the nursery the way it was when they had Leo, or whether to redo it for the new baby.

I left everything until the last minute and in the end my mom, Bev, helped me decorate the nursery in a new Winnie the Pooh and Tigger theme, and I bought a new [crib].

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The birth of the new baby, they decided, should be at a different hospital than where Leo was born. On February 9th, the couple welcomed Angelina Belle, weighing in at 3.7kg at Adelaide’s Calvary Hospital.

I was a week over and had to be induced, but it all happened very quickly. It felt shaky and surreal, but just feeling my new baby’s skin on my chest was a wonderful moment and we both loved the name Angelina, so that’s what we decided to call her.

Kerry says that Wesley is a wonderful father to Angelina, just as he was to Leo.

Wesley was a truly wonderful father to Leonardo, and is a beautiful papa to Angelina. Like me, he still can’t believe she is actually here and we can’t stop looking at her. But moving forward is very hard, because I can’t disconnect from the child I lost. And though, my new baby has brought so much joy, it’s an experience tinged with sadness and loss.

Even taking Angelina on her first walk in her pram was a big thing for me, and I couldn’t have done it without Wesley by my side. Just going to the road was hard, and I’m still not ready to face a walk along the river.

Kerry_legrandp2200161cbbKerry also says that Angelina will also have a further reminder of Leo through a special book from one of Wesley’s clients.

One of Wesley’s clients made Leonardo a special cloth book with colorful pictures of fire trucks, boats and cars. Now she’s made one for Angelina too — and I’ll read both to her when she is older, because I know her big brother would want her to have his, too.

Source: Woman’s Day, March 10th, 2008.

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NicoleH on

This is wonderful news and what a heart breaking story. I remember the day poor Leo died… What a sad tragedy I am glad they have a new baby and that the couple is moving forward…

yaosa on

I’m really happy for them and what a brave and courageous family they are…I think she is very wise and I wish them all the best. They are truly deserving and blessed…I also remember the day little Leo passed…Like her I believe his presence will be with them and his younger sister Angelina…

Grayson's Girl on

I wish this family all the blessings the world has to offer. I, too, remember when Leo died and I’m glad they’ve been able to move forward while keeping him with them. Leo is with them in spirit and will continue to be.

congrats on

I lost twins tragically and about went crazy with my next pregnancy. It was hard to be pregnant, decide on a new crib or use the old ones and new clothes or use the old ones. we went with all new. I know exactly how she feels. It is bitter sweet, all of it. Tears of joy and pain with each milestone.

Michelle on

I had no idea who this woman was before the accident involving her son, but it was such a tragic event to read about. I think of that little baby and his mom everytime I put my son in his jogging stroller for a walk, and I am downright obsessive about using the wrist strap that attaches to the stroller, and insisting that my husband use it when he runs with our son in the stroller.

I wish nothing but the best for this family, and I, too, hope that this baby can help her momma heal.

Nikka on

I don’t remember the day Leo died, in fact I had no idea till I saw the news about her new baby being born. I looked it up on internet though and I can’t even imagine the horror of the mother and the baby were feeling. I had no idea things like that can happen, but now I (and many other people) do, and knowing this, may save life of others. I’m so happy for her, she looks so pretty and on the picture she looks like my friend Veronica.

Ericka on

How incredibly sad…I feel for all of them. How did her son pass away and why in the world would she believe it was her fault?

Ericka on

Oh nevermind! I didn’t see the link too the other story.

How incredibly sad and I feel for them deeply. I wish them nothing but great things in life with their new baby girl. She looks so similar too their little Leo.

Carlie on

Little Angelina is adorable. It’s wonderful that they’ve been blessed with another child after such a terrible tragedy and I wish them all the happiness and health for the future.

Marie on

Happy they had a baby girl!

gabriella on

Her story with leo was very sad. Congrats to her, and it sounds like she has a lot of guilt over the baby’s death. It was very tragic, but at least she has been blessed again, although those wounds will never heal for her.

Lolabella on

that’s a nice name for a girl.

Doctor Zhivago on

Omg, that’s so sadly and happy time although. Poor Leo. He would never meet his little sister. Until heaven time, of course. I’m really happy for their parents, and little one.

Anne on

How did her son die? (and obviously no matter how, it is so tragic for something like that to happen, God bless them)

Sarah’s note: He drowned. You can read about it in the link in the first sentence of the post. That will take you to the post we did when he passed away.

kat on

I was horrified by the news of her son’s death. I did feel a little “mommy judging” but reading how she felt welcoming her new daughter, I am deeply ashamed for those feelings. I am very glad she’s been blessed with another child.

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