from the moment my little sister Abbie entered this world our bond of sisterhood began.
when I (Kellie) was 3 years old Abbie was born with an extremely rare condition of Left Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia that meant a hole in her diaphragm pushed all her intestines and stomach into her chest cavity, moving her heart to the wrong side. she was born however, with no symptoms so it wasn't picked up until 12 whole hours after her birth. it was through a blessing from God, that a young midwife passing by asked to take Abbie to intensive care because she could hear strange sounds in Abbie's breathing. the Paediatrician on duty called for an X-ray to find out what was wrong ... and the hernia was discovered. the doctors were in shock that she had managed to survive this long, informing my parents that they were incredibly lucky as most babies would have died over night. She was rushed from the Shepparton Base Hospital to the RCH here in Melbourne to receive life saving surgery at just 4 days old.
during Abbie's recovery, it meant that I spent a lot of time in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit and just fell in love with babies. seeing Abbie and helping my parents take care of her was just so special. I remember changing her nappies, washing her face and bringing her teddies, loving every minute of being in the NICU. (I distinctively remember throwing an absolute hysteria when mum arranged a day out with my friends or cousins because all I wanted to do was stay with Abbie)
I nearly lost my sister, who means absolutely everything to me, everyday I praise God she survived. the impact of Abbie's birth left a real imprint in my heart and from then on I knew I had a passion for babies. ever since then all we've wanted to do is help mum's & bub's.
a few years later, when I was 7 I decided I wanted to open my own baby shop in support of our love for babies. my dream immediately became Abbie's and so we have held onto our dream for 9 years, thrilled to announce the official opening of our shop in November 2018!
when you buy from Kellie & Abbie, you are buying from us; two sisters who want nothing but to help cherish the journey of new life for both mum & bub.