Welcome to the world Kamani Kristen Tisdell!

Happy Family: Kiesha McIntosh and Andrue Tisdell of Gloucester with their daughter, Kamani Kristen Tisdell. Photo: Ainslee Dennis.
Happy Family: Kiesha McIntosh and Andrue Tisdell of Gloucester with their daughter, Kamani Kristen Tisdell. Photo: Ainslee Dennis.

She sleeps. The breath of little Kamani Kristen Tisdell is steady as she rests in the arms of her mother, Kiesha McIntosh.

Her father Andrue Tisdell watches her intently and acknowledges that her arrival on January 1, 2018 is a momentous milestone. He is proud and happy to share her arrival with our community, and says “she’s amazing and I’m absolutely over the moon.”

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Kamani decided to stir in Kiesha’s womb around 3am on January 1. It was unexpected and Kiesha says she woke Andrue and her mother to ask if it could be the beginning of her labour.

“I wasn’t sure. This was my first and I wanted to check but then I began to have contractions straight away so they got me to hospital,” Kiesha said.

It was only a four hour labour! Everyone was shocked at how short it was considering it was my first baby.

Kiesha McIntosh

“I know I was so lucky. Although at the time it felt longer but I forgot about the pain as soon as she was born!

“We were expecting an eight pound baby so I was happy she was a little less.”

Little Kamani weighed in at 3.320 kilograms which is around seven pound five ounces.

Kiesha describes her pregnancy as “really easy” and adds that she “didn’t get morning sickness.”

She speaks affectionately of Andrue’s support during the pregnancy and labour.

“Through my whole labour he was right next to me, although I wasn’t letting him go!” she laughs.

Kiesha’s says Kamani is “already a Daddy’s Girl”.

“It’s an awesome way to start 2018,” Andrue said. “I’m on top of the world and just love to sit and stare at her while she sleeps.

“I loved to talk to Kiesha’s belly while she was pregnant and then when she came out and while she was being weighed, I started to talk to her and call her name.

It was amazing when she started to open her eyes and reach out for me and stopped crying. It was a magical moment, it absolutely was.

Andrue Tisdell

They both laugh as they share that Andrue was born at 7.50pm and Kamani was born at 7.50am and that they were both 50cm.

“But he was nine pounds!” adds Kiesha.

Kamani is the granddaughter of Shane and Jodi Tisdell, Kevin McIntosh and Kristen Klump, and the great granddaughter of Merryl and Steve Klump and Margaret Anderson.