The Daily Edition host and Super Green Smoothies author has taken to Instagram to reveal the birth of her second child with husband Marcus. Hooray!
Tiny Elyssa Rose Obermeder appears to have made her (ultra-cute) appearance earlier today, making 5-year-old Annabelle a big sister at last – just in time for Christmas.
Sally’s had a really rough trot and it’s been a complex journey to the arrival of baby number two.
In 2011, when she was 41 weeks pregnant with Annabelle, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Ten day’s after Annabelle’s birth, she began intensive chemotherapy. This was followed by two mastectomies and reconstructive surgery, with Sally finally being cleared of the disease in 2013.
We told you it was rough.
Undeterred, the couple were keen to take life by the teeth and add to their family, but Sally’s previous pregnancy and health challenges have obviously complicated things.
Sharing the surrogacy journey
Where there’s a will there’s a way, and Sally – who is obviously a fighter – wasn’t going to give up that easily.
The Obermeders announced earlier this year that they were working with a US surrogate to make their second baby dream a reality. (They needed to seek help from the US because compensated surrogacy is currently illegal in Australia.)
Sally has been openly documenting the pregnancy experience – via surrogacy – on her Instagram account, so we’ve been lucky enough to witness something special unfolding. Over the last week things got really exciting…
First, Sally posted about the difficult wait for their baby’s arrival, far from home…
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sometimes the kindness of strangers leaves me speechless. So here’s what happened. We have been staying in this gorgeous hotel for 10 days now. We thought by now the baby would have come and we’d be gone, but that hasn’t happened. Annabelle is homesick and missing her room, her routine and everything she knows. I broke the bad news to her that we’d most likely be here now for xmas too. Tears. Endless tears. I mentioned in passing to a hotel staff member that we’ll be here for xmas and Annabelle is a bit bummed. The next day while we were out they put up this amazing xmas tree in our room – totally decorated it and you could have heard Annabelle squeal with delight 4 states away. Our room feels like a mini home and she hasn’t stopped smiling. In addition they have so kindly loaned her a pet goldfish so she has a pet while she’s here. Over and above. I was speechless. (rare. 😂😂) If you are ever here in Milwaukee then definitely stay here – it’s amazing and the staff are clearly brilliant. Thank you to the amazing @jbcontor his team for making a big difference. (And in a case of it really being a small world – Joel is an Aussie from Mackay based here 🇦🇺🇦🇺) ♥️♥️🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄
A couple of days ago, she shared a snap of their surrogate and daughter Annabelle bonding with her baby sister or brother to be…
Earlier today, some cute crazy-hair shots seemed like a good idea…
And then suddenly, magically… their baby! At last! Surprise!
Pass the tissues
This photo is enough to make a grown person cry.
The family are obviously delighted with this brand new bundle of joy after waiting so long for her arrival. And Sally looks like she’s exactly where she wanted to be. Nawwww!
We can’t wait to hear more about the new, improved Obermeder gang and hope Sally and Marcus’s new baby sparks some bigger conversations about the need for accessible surrogacy opportunities for Australian parents.
Congratulations to Sally, Marcus and Annabelle!