And the baby would certainly have everything that she could ever need or want. The mother-to-be even bought a pink pram costing $2,000. In total, Sharples, spent an eye-watering $4,000 on clothes, accessories and toys for her newborn. And friends and family splashed the cash on pink presents, too. One of them even gave the couple a personalized blanket with the baby’s chosen name, “Lily-Mae,” printed on it.
The couple had also painted the baby’s nursery pink and filled it with pink furniture. And stenciled on the wall of the baby’s room was the name that her parents had chosen for her. “Being prepared was my main concern,” Sharples explained. “Seeing as I knew I was having a girl, I didn’t see the harm in buying everything in pink.”
And in one important sense, it was perhaps a good job that the couple had done so much preparation for the baby’s arrival. Because Sharples went into labor a full four weeks before her due date. In the delivery room, however, the first-time mom received the shock of her life. “The midwife said to Lee that there was something we needed to see,” she recalled. “I instantly started panicking thinking what could possibly be wrong.”