Lleyton and Bec Hewitt were the cover stars of OK! Australia recently and introduced their gorgeous new baby daughter Ava Sydney — who was born five weeks early on October 19th 2010, weighing 5lbs 7oz. Together with children Mia Rebecca, 5, next week, and Cruz Lleyton, 2 next month, they talked about being a family of five, picking Ava’s name, her premature birth and more.
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On Bec’s pregnancy with Ava:
Bec: It was pretty good because the morning sickness had passed, it was really intense, but for a shorter period of time. It was the same with Cruz, so I was convinced Ava was going to be a boy.
On if they found out the baby’s sex beforehand:
Lleyton: No, but our gut feeling was that it was a boy.
B: So that was a nice surprise in itself
On if Bec had any inkling that Ava was ready to make an early appearance:
B: No! And Lleyton wasn’t actually here. He was in Melbourne.
L: But I got there!
On realising something wasn’t quite right:
B: I was feeling average; I was vomiting through the night and was hot and cold. When I go in to labour, I get a backache, but because my whole body was aching, I really thought I had a virus.
L: She rang me in the morning and said, ‘I’ve had a rough night. I’m not sure what’s going on,’ I wasn’t sure if I should hop on the next flight back to Sydney or not, so I called the obstetrician [doctor].
B: He said to come to the hospital and with a bit of rest, we could slow it down.
L: Then half an hour later, Bec called again and said, ‘It’s happening.’
On realizing Ava’s birth was iminent:
B: I was in a warm bath and that was helping me feel much better, but as soon as I stood up, it hit me fast and I said, ‘We’re not slowing this down. There’s a baby coming!
The contractions became regular and were getting a lot more severe — and I guess having two kids before, I just knew.
On what type of birth Bec had:
B: [A natural] with all three so far, that’s good.
On the worry because she was a premature baby:
B: She seemed well and she was able to feed straught away. She is classed as a premature baby, so they definately made a really big fuss about it in the hospital. Before every feed, they took her blood sugar levels, and also wrapped her up so much that I thought she was too hot. But they said premmie babies use too much energy if they get cold.
L: As soon as she came out, everything seemed fine to me — just like with the other two. The difference is she sleeps a lot more because [premmie babies] need to catch up on the growing they do in the womb.
B: It’s made adjusting to three a lot easier — with all the sleep we’re getting!
On choosing Ava’s name:
L: We’ve liked the name for a few years now and we’ve always had Sydney as the middle name. It’s a really nice connection to where she was born and also where we got married at the Sydney Opera House.
B: Mia has Rebecca and Cruz has Lleyton, so we wanted Ava to have something special.
On how Mia and Cruz have taken to their little sister:
L: Mia was ecstatic. Mia and Cruz were the first two people to come in to the room and see her. And we always promised that [Mia] would be the first person to have a proper hold of her.
B: And to announce to the rest of the family if it was a boy or a girl.
L: She wanted a baby sister so badly, so we warned her that there’s a very good chance it could be a boy — but when she saw it was a girl, she was over the moon.
B: And Ava looks like a little Mia.
L: Mia got the first proper hold on the couch by herself and just loved it. And Cruz can’t stop hugging and kissing her.
B: He can’t stop hugging and kissing her. He’ll be a lovely big brother.
On how Bec is feeling:
B: I feel so good; I can’t believe it. I should be feeling uncomfortable and still having a tough time sleeping, but I’m bouncing around. I feel really good.
On how they love their new home in the Bahamas:
B:For the kids, it’s a wonderful outdoors lifestyle
L: We love it. I can really relax after a tournament and have time out with the kids and do normal things. Mia loves building sand castles and running on the sand, and Cruz loves the water — he can’t get enough of it! He’s a really chilled-out kid. He actually suits the Bahamas.
B: We’re homebodies. We just love being with our kids. Even when we’re not with the kids we talk about them.
Thanks to reader Janelle