EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS | Smile 90.4 co-host opens up about 'chaotic' and 'magical' pandemic birth

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Lindy Lehto holding her newborn son, Sebastian Kai Lehto.
Lindy Lehto holding her newborn son, Sebastian Kai Lehto.

Smile 90.4's beloved radio personality, Lindy Lehto, has recently given birth to her first little one, Sebastian Kai Lehto, nicknamed Seb.  

Baby Seb was born on 7 September, weighing 3.4kg, instantly capturing the hearts of his parents and changing their world for the better.

"I cannot believe that our son is finally here, life is about to get a little more chaotic and a lot more joyful! We're over the moon and incredibly excited to finally have Sebastian in the world," says new dad, Peter, excited to introduce the first grandchild of the family.

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'The outcome could have been quite different'

The Smile Breakfast co-host says she had her heart set on natural birth, but soon came to find out that things don't always go as planned.

When the foetal specialist found the nutrients in the placenta were being depleted, she had to undergo weekly monitoring and slowly came to accept the strong possibility of a C-section at week 36. 

"I was disappointed that I wouldn't be able to give birth naturally, but knew that baby's safe arrival was the most important thing," says Lehto.

Though baby Seb started to gain strength and was able to progress until week 39, he surprised everyone when his C-section delivery revealed a true knot in the umbilical cord, which was the likely cause of the complications.

True knots happen when the baby moves through a loop of the umbilical cord while inside the uterus, with most forming early in the pregnancy.

"I'm extremely grateful that the knot wasn't any tighter as the outcome could have been quite different," says Lindy. 

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'It's going to be a wild ride'

"It was unfortunate that family and friends weren't permitted to visit in the hospital after I'd given birth, but I'm just so thankful that my husband Peter could be there to support me.

"We self-isolated in the last week of my pregnancy so as to make sure we were both safe, and so that he’d be able to be there for the delivery," says the new mom.

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Lindy Lehto and her partner, Peter, with their newborn son.
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New father, Peter, with newborn Baby Seb.
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However, a pandemic pregnancy and delivery only marked the beginning of the magical, yet daunting, parenting challenges for the Lehto family.

"New parenthood is exhausting! Especially the night feeds. I've also had to navigate bathing and nappy changing for the first time and there have been some fails along the way!

"But the love we both felt when we first laid eyes on our son is indescribable. I could just stare at him for hours. I love listening to the little sounds he makes - especially the way he coos when he falls asleep or how he nuzzles in my neck. It's magical," adds Lindy.

Now, the new mom looks forward to all the milestones her little boy will reach, such as his "First smile, the first time he says 'Mama', watching my husband teach him how to ride a bike and a full night's sleep".

Lindy urges new moms and parents alike to be kinder to themselves on their new journey, saying: "It's going to be a wild ride that nothing can prepare you for, so embrace the mess and chaos.

"No one will remember how clean your house was or whether your washing was done, but you will remember the fun memories you made and the priceless moments with your new little one."

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