Aimee Sutheran and Adam King, both 28, from Stockton, are enjoying the simple everyday family life of being parents to baby Marly Grace.
But rewind 17 weeks and the new parents were worried sick about a very poorly newborn Marly.
Aimee was two weeks overdue and her waters had broken after a cervical sweep to induce labour and went to hospital.
Vomiting blood just after Aimee gave birth, little Marly was whisked away to the Neonatal Unit at the University Hospital of North Tees in Stockton.
She spent eight days there while nurses and doctors battled to find out what infection she was fighting and treating the little mite.
“It turned out it was sepsis,” said Aimee, from Hardwick.
“She had to have two blood transfusions because she was producing too many red blood cells and her blood was too thick to be pumped around her body.
“It was awful.”
Now 17 weeks old, Marly is “thriving” and a healthy 14lb 3oz.
She is due to get her bloods tested again next month to ensure all the infection has gone and she is back to full health.
“We can be a little family now,” said Aimee.
While Marly was still in neonatal care, Aimee and Adam, who has a seven-year-old daughter Elyssa from a previous relationship, decided they wanted to do something to raise money for the neonatal unit.
“When I first saw Marly she was in the incubator and the nurse came and gave me a cuddle,” she said.
“She said she knew it looks scary but I didn’t have to worry about touching her and explained everything what they were doing.
“I can’t thank them enough for how they looked after us.”
The pair plumped for a skydive, which is scheduled for Saturday, July 9 at Durham Tees Valley Airport.
“I’m absolutely papping myself, we’re both nervous but excited too,” said Aimee. “It’s one for the bucket list.”
All money raised from the couple’s skydive will go to Neoangels, a local charity for premature babies, and ward 23 at the University Hospital of North Tees.
Neoangels was set up by parents Kirsty and Shaun Lowther, who spent 76 days on the neonatal unit at North Tees with their twins Noah and Ava.