Born in a rush

NOT one but two of the Dreaver family children were born in a rush giving their parents Alyson and Ian Dreaver plenty of adrenaline rushes.

The first to make their hearts pump was four-year-old Tom who was born eight weeks premature weighing 1.8 kilograms.

At birth Tom fitted into the palm of Ian’s hand.

Tom spent five weeks in hospital including time in intensive care.

Today he is a boisterous pre-schooler who loves torches and spending as much time as possible on his grandparent’s farm at Lower Belford.

The second to come in a rush was nine-month-old Rose who was accidently born at home in Branxton in February.

Alyson said the 000 call went out when she and Ian realised they would not make it to the hospital in time for the birth but unfortunately Rose’s arrival coincided with the early morning peak mine traffic period.

The ambulance dispatched from Rutherford took 40 minutes to get to Branxton and by that time Rose was already in her mother’s arms surrounded by her stunned, but absolutely delighted three older brothers Jack (six), Tom (four) and Lewis (two).

That day Jack who attends school at Rosary Park Branxton and Tom at Branxton Pre-School were keen to relive their early morning adventure with their school and pre-school friends.

Whereas Lewis just wanted to be number one baby back in his mother’s arms.

This Christmas the brothers will have to become accustomed to some pink and girly toys being found under their Christmas tree.

BUSH CHRISTMAS: Tom Dreaver and his brother Jack who is holding their baby sister Rose. The children are pictured on their grandparents Daryl and Colleen Johnston’s property at Lower Belford. The property is the site of the annual Gumball music festival.

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