A Dundee jewellery designer has a new sparkle in her eye after her baby daughter made a dramatic early entrance to the world.
Tracey McSporran was left shocked when her little bundle of joy, Emily, arrived almost two months before her due date.
In fact, the arrival was so unexpected that Tracey didn’t realise she’d gone into labour and finished doing her shopping before heading to hospital.
Weighing in at just 4lbs, the tot was rushed to intensive care in the special baby unit in Ninewells Hospital.
She had to be fed through a tube and kept on an incubator warming mat until she was finally strong enough to be discharged.
And now little Emily is finally settled and happy at home with her loving mum Tracey and dad David Fusco.
Tracey, who runs jewellery shop Neo Design in Whitehall Crescent, said she feels incredibly lucky to have her daughter home.
She said: “I keep getting reminded that she shouldn’t even be here yet. It is so strange.
“She is amazing and I can’t believe how strong she has been.”
The 28-year-old went into labour the day before she was due to exhibit at the Caird Hall wedding fayre one of her biggest business events of the year.
But her little girl had other plans and Tracey never made it to the event.
She said: “I wasn’t feeling well but I went to Tesco and I was breathing my way round when I was having contractions, but I had no idea what they were.”
After returning home, Tracey’s pain became so unbearable she called the hospital and they told her to make her way in.
She said: “I still didn’t think it was labour.
“It was so early. I started to panic because I was thinking there might have been something wrong.”
After arriving at hospital, doctors examined Tracey and realised she was already in the early stages of labour.
“They told me she was on her way,” Tracey said.
“At that point, I got really upset. Everything was going through my head.
“I was panicking that her organs wouldn’t be developed properly and what would be wrong if she was born so early.”
Thankfully doctors managed to administer medication to help little Emily’s lungs before she was born.
The tot was whisked away by awaiting doctors to the neonatal unit at Ninewells Hospital for treatment.
She was put into an incubator in intensive care to help regulate her temperature and was hooked up to a feeding tube.
Tracey was finally able to see her daughter several hours after giving birth.
“She was so tiny,” she said. “When she first got there she looked awful.
“There were a lot of wires and tubes to monitor her heartbeat and temperature so it looked so much worse.
“I am still amazed at how well she’s done. I know we are really lucky and I know how strong she was.
“The midwives were amazing. They kept me so calm through the whole thing, from the moment I was admitted into the hospital. I’m amazed at the job they did.”
Little Emily is now going from strength to strength and is settling in at the family’s Cupar home.
“We are both really proud of her,” Tracey said. “She means the world to us.”