This grumpy baby was caught emerging from the womb – and her mother says it’s like the ‘incredible pout’ knows that Covid is on the horizon.
Little Jersey Leeming made it clear to everyone that she was clearly unimpressed during Mother Stacey Leeming’s “gentle” Caesarean section at the Royal Preston Hospital in Preston, Lancashire.
Despite the calming exertion of Lana Del Rey playing gently in the background, the little boy sat for four minutes with his head out of her mother’s belly looking angry – with a funny photo that captured her priceless expression.
The tiny horror twisted her body out of the incision and cried before snuggling into the arms of the delighted 33-year-old for seven hours.
Now, the mother of four says it is as if Jersey, now two, could “see Covid on the horizon” on the horizon when she entered the world in October 2018.
Stacey of Preston, Lancashire said: “It was amazing to see her born, but it was mind blowing too.
“When I saw the little face that she was making, I just started to laugh. But you understand, she is no longer cozy and warm to the bright lights of the theater.
“Seeing her look like this for the first time was so cute. The first thing I saw was her lower lip sticking out. She was definitely the amazing pout.
“The doctors let her sit and sulk for a good three minutes, and the picture was perfect.
“The look on Jersey’s face is like she knew Covid was around the corner, she could see it on the horizon.
“It’s like she knew it was going to be a total disaster.
“The first year was fine, but in the last year of her life she couldn’t really do anything, it’s such a shame.
“People who commented on the picture I shared said, ‘I’m not surprised that she has that face’.”
Full-time mom Stacey signed up for a “gentle” caesarean section – a procedure in which the baby’s head is delivered and then the baby effectively delivers itself by writhing freely.
Having such a peaceful delivery was something Stacey, who is also the mother of Maddison Leeming, 13, Leo Leeming, seven, and four-year-old Brooklyn Leeming, desperately wanted after the “scary” experience of three caesarean sections with her other children .
Stacey said, “I have four children and the first three were emergency caesarean sections, they were all rushed and scary.
“My first daughter was born eight weeks early, the second was an emergency and the third was planned, but I went into labor and there were complications so she became an emergency too.
“I was put to sleep with two of them – Maddison and Brooklyn – so I didn’t see them some time later.
“With Jersey I really wanted to have everything perfect and relaxed, so I decided to have a gentle caesarean.
“They put Lana Del Rey’s video games in the background and it was just very, very peaceful, everything went smoothly.
“Because everything went wrong the first three times, I was expecting the worst, but it was perfect from the start, it turned out to be the best experience of my life.
“They pulled Jersey’s head out and then made her sit like that, holding her head and she squirmed and pulled her feet out.
“It was amazing to see her being born, but it was also overwhelming to see. Everyone was happy except the baby.
“She’s still just as grumpy.”
Before her Caesarean section, Stacey opted for a glamorous “mummy makeover” before giving birth to Jersey. She got spray-on tan, tint, and wax on her eyebrows, false eyelashes, and pink nails.
Stacey wanted to look perfect so she could document her precious moments together and have beautiful pictures to look back on – knowing that this would be her final pregnancy.
Stacey said, “I had a spray tan before I went in, my friend came over doing mobile spray tanning, and I had a tint and wax done on my eyebrows and eyelashes.
“I painted my nails pink because I knew I had a girl.
“I decided to self-medicate because all of my other emergencies were and I never had to prepare and I always looked awful.
“Because I had three caesarean sections before it was too dangerous to go into labor, they tied my tubes afterwards because it was too dangerous to have any more babies.
“I knew this would be the last time so I just wanted to do my best.
“It was really bittersweet because I love kids, but I knew it was the last time I would have a child. It was nice but sad at the same time.”
Stacey kept the pregnancy a secret from everyone but the grandparents until she announced the arrival of little Jersey in the world on social media.
Stacey said, “I kept the pregnancy a secret for nine months, absolutely no one knew about it – just my parents and my partner’s parents.
“When I announced her birth on Facebook, everyone couldn’t believe it.
“I don’t know why I kept it quiet, it was just nice to keep it to myself.”
Stacey said Jersey still kept everyone busy and made them laugh.
Stacey said, “She sure gives her brother and sisters a run for their money.
“She’s still sleeping well, but she’ll be the one walking around late at night. I don’t know where she gets her energy from.”