Oh baby, look at her now
WHAT a difference a couple of weeks can make.
Last month we featured the story of Lauren Prezioso who, despite being heavily pregnant, jumped into Coffs Creek to save two little boys from drowning.
Now Lauren has her hands full with a bundle of joy rather than a challenging rescue.
Baby Mila was born on January 29, just 23 days after her mum ignored the risk to herself to help the boys struggling in the strong current of a king tide.
After reaching the boys, Lauren found herself struggling to stay afloat until another man came to her aid.
In the time since the rescue made news around the country, Lauren has been recognised in the street, the supermarket and even by the anaesthetist before Mila was born.
"I've had heaps of people pull me up," Lauren said. "Even when I was being wheeled in for the caesar the anesthetist recognised me."
This week Lauren and the now two-and-a-half-week-old Mila returned to the scene of the rescue.
Even before the eight-month pregnant Lauren swam to the rescue she was keenly aware of the importance of swimming lessons for her children.
Standing by Coffs Creek where the incident happened, the mum of two said her 19-month-old son Enzo started swimming lessons at just three months - and he was even featured in the Advocate as grom of the week lying on grandad Brad Smith's surfboard.
"Enzo started swimming lessons from three months at Boambee swimcare," Lauren said.
"I'd thought they could start from six months or so but when I found out it was earlier we said let's go."
And little Mila is likely to follow in mum and big brother's footsteps with a strong foundation in swimming and surf safety.
Lauren is still adamant that the man who jumped in to help keep her and the two boys from going under during the rescue was the real hero.
Lauren's father Brad said the recognition from people had been great.
"The nice thing was the response from people," he said. "Everyone's been really encouraging."
Lauren is still slightly overawed by the attention her actions have garnered.