As promised, here is part two of Jack's journey from his Daddy's point of view. It picks up where we left off as Andrew had been to visit Jack for the first time a couple of hours after birth then it was time to nip home for a sleep after such and emotional 24 hours. … Continue reading By A NICU Daddy – Part Two
I cannot believe it's been a whole year. The last few days have been a roller coaster of emotions. Last Thursday, 17th November, was both World Prematurity Day and one year since I was sent to hospital and told my baby would be born at less than 29 weeks. I kept looking at the clock … Continue reading Happy First Birthday Jack!
This is the first part of a very special series of guest blog posts. My husband has written down Jack's journey from his point of view and I have to admit that when I read through them it was emotional. He remembers some things in this post that I had maybe blocked out or forgotten … Continue reading By a NICU Daddy – Part One
There are things that everyone knew about pregnancy, birth and babies. And people don't know much about prematurity unless they've been there. Here are some things that surprised me! When you get pregnant, generally you want to wait until the first scan before telling people, just in case. Or until the first trimester is over … Continue reading Things I didn’t know about Pregnancy and Beyond
I am now in countdown to Jack's first birthday and it's brought so many emotions up. I've been feeling them for a while but now that it is officially less than a month until 18th November, I am feeling it more. I am mourning those lost experiences a little more, and I am a little … Continue reading Countdown to a year
Last Friday I went completely out of my comfort zone. I met up with the MP for Derby North, Amanda Solloway, and with Kate Repton, the founder of Friends of the Baby Unit, to tell our story and try to explain why extended maternity leave from premmie mummies is so important. Kate had set up … Continue reading Telling Our Story
My beautiful boy, I love you more than words can describe. People say to the stars and back, or more than anything. This is still not enough to describe how much I love you. You have come so far. When you were born, it was a frightening moment full of uncertainties. I was comforted by … Continue reading An open letter to my preemie
I've been having counselling since the beginning for August 2106 to start recovering and picking up the pieces of myself that prematurity broke. I have suffered from anxiety and depression before over about a decade on and off. This is a new ball game of things I've haven't suffered before Jack's birth. Anxiety so severe … Continue reading Counselling for Anxiety and PTSD
Even though Jack is now considered healthy with his prong-less face and upward moving weight chart, we are still trying to catch up with where he should be. Jack has Physiotherapy every 3 weeks or so because his body is only the equivalent of 7.5 months old even though he was born 10 months ago. … Continue reading It’s not that he can’t, he just doesn’t want to!!
Hello there NICU Mummy, you are not alone. I am there with you. I saw you plodding along the corridor from the Maternity Ward to the NICU, in your PJ's and dressing gown. I was there with you. I saw you buzz the doorbell, to ask to enter the NICU. I heard you say hello … Continue reading Hello there NICU Mummy…