By Charlotte Nisbet
A premature baby has been caught SWEARING at his mum in a hilarious photo intended to mark him turning three weeks old.
Cheeky Christian Mackintosh, was born eight weeks early, weighing just 3lbs – when his doting mum, Sam Docherty, 27, originally from Cambridge, began documenting his milestones with a series of adorable photos.
And while this photo was supposed to mark him being three weeks old, Sam captured the moment her tiny son gave her the middle finger.
It wasn’t until Sam and her partner, Paul Mackintosh, 31, looked back at the photo that they realised their son was swearing.
Adorable Christian, who spent 34 days in hospital after being born early, is now back home with his family.
Full time mum of three, Sam, said: “Christian had just let out a huge yawn when I placed the ‘I am three weeks old’ sign behind him.
“But as I took the photo, his middle finger came up as if he was actually swearing.
“It was hilarious and although Christian was obviously oblivious, his little face was actually grumpy too.
“Me and Paul have had a few laughs over it since, it’s impossible not to notice his middle finger when showing people the photo.
“By this point he was much bigger than when he was first born.
“Christian was a bag of bones when he was born 32 weeks old.
“I was terrified but decided to order the little signs online for every milestone he hit while in hospital as a distraction.
“They said things like, ‘I’m breathing on my own,’ ‘first time I’m wearing clothes,’ as I knew it would be nice to look back on when he’s older.
“And after giving us his middle finger after turning three weeks old, I don’t think we will forget that milestone for a long time.”
Sam, who already has two older children, was terrified when doctors told her that her placenta had deteriorated and there was no fluid protecting Christian.
She added: “No one can prepare you for being told your baby is going to be born prematurely.
“After my caesarean, Christian was whisked away to a special unit for premature babies.
“Despite being small, he was very alert and his tiny body was really strong compared to others on the ward.
“I loved sharing his milestones on my social media pages as he was so tiny next to the signs that it made it even more adorable.
“You could really see how much he’d grown from two to three weeks after being born.”
Despite Sam’s and Paul’s initial worries, they tried to enjoy their time with their premature son while in hospital.
Sam, who now lives in Alloa, added: “I would tell any parents who have a premature baby to sit back and watch them grow.
“So much is taken away from you when you have a baby early that you should try your best not to stress and get anxious.
“It was horrible when we came home and he was still in hospital but we knew one day that he would be allowed home once he was strong enough.
“I took three positives from every day and I tried to focus on Christian coming home and how it would feel once we were all together.”
Sam and Paul have decided to share their story to raise awareness for premature births and to give everyone a little laugh.
She added: “The photo of Christian swearing is so funny that it would be a shame not to share it.
“We’ve had a few laughs over it and we hope it will give everyone else a giggle.
“Christian has overcome a lot for such a small baby and we’re so thankful to have our cheeky monkey home for good.”