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Although she delivered her first son — Sonny, 5 — by emergency C-section due to pre-eclampsia, Sophie Ellis-Bextor says she was caught off-guard when earlier this year she again developed the life threatening condition, this time during her pregnancy with son Kit Valentine, 11-weeks. In fact, the 30-year-old songstress blogs for Shloer sparkling water that she discovered her medical emergency “almost … by accident.” Scheduled to play a gig in Moscow, a 31-weeks-pregnant Sophie visited with her consultant to obtain a note granting her permission her to fly; It soon became apparent that travel was out of the question, however. “She was concerned as I was displaying some classic signs of pre-eclampsia; mainly very high blood pressure and swollen ankles — very glamorous,” Sophie recalls. “She told me I wasn’t going anywhere, not even out of my house, and was sent home to rest.”
Informed that she would be lucky to carry her son for even one more week, the dire prediction proved to be prophetic, for Kit was born just six days later. Sophie and her husband Richard Jones were unable to hold their new son at first, for baby boy was confined to an incubator. Although she’d already been through such a scenario with Sonny, Sophie said the experience was “traumatic” nonetheless.
“Richard and I got through it by telling ourselves that if Kit wasn’t in hospital then I’d still be pregnant with him. Knowing there wasn’t any way that he’d be home with us no matter how things had gone made it easier so we just tried to go with the slight feeling of limbo and tried to be patient as he started to get well enough to come home.”
Given his unexpected early arrival the couple “didn’t have anything ready” for Kit, but his five-week hospital stay gave them plenty of time to “get things sorted,” and they even ”managed to have the nursery ready by the time he came home,” Sophie says. Kit and Sonny share an “uncanny” resemblance to one another, down to their red hair, and Sophie admits that neither boy take after their mom. Noting that her sons “are going to look so sweet running around together,” she adds:
“Although it’s still very new, we just love him being around and he is really enjoying finding out what it is to be part of our family and the world that he is now a part of.”
Source: Sparkling Pregnancy