Last week was the day we'd dreaded. The day of Jack's surgery was on Thursday. Anxiety made this a whole lot worse in the run up to it than it needed to be. Screw you Anxiety. Anxiety voice was saying terrible things like he might not live, there might be a complication, he might not … Continue reading I’m stronger than I thought
A practical list for you all today. Things to take to the NICU for your baby and you! Packed lunch - Hospital food is expensive! Even more so when you are there daily for 8-10 hours at a time. Pack yourself a lunch and it'll probably be healthier too which is good for expressing mums. … Continue reading What to take to the NICU with you
"Is he really mine?" A phrase normally spoke in wonder and awe as you stare at your brand new baby who is resting on your chest after the birth. But you know he is because he came straight out of your down-there and was placed on your chest while you wept happy tears. This phrase … Continue reading I love my scars – they are proof he’s mine
I'll admit it. I had not heard of Baby Yoga before I had Jack and the image it conjures up is quite cute and funny - little baby all zen and calm in the lotus pose. I was sceptical. My cousin recommended it to me and I was nervous. I was nervous about how my … Continue reading How Baby Yoga has helped with my preemie’s Physiotherapy
Here is the final part of my By A NICU Daddy series. This one is a little shorter following on from Jack's discharge from the NICU on 14th February 2016 - best Valentine's Day gift ever! "On the 14th February Jack got his discharge. As always with hospitals these things take a lot longer than … Continue reading By A NICU Daddy – Part 3
Last week we had another consultation with the paediatric hernia surgeon. As you may remember, we had seen them in July and the consultant had said that because the hernia was not present that day and because I hadn't taken any photos to show that we would have to review in a few months. So … Continue reading It really never ends – the hernia consultation
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
The month of November is here. The big one. The important month. Jack's birthday month and also World Prematurity Month. Where has the year gone? World Prematurity Month last year saw the arrival of my premature son. This year sees him turn one whole year old. World Prematurity Day last year was on 17th November … Continue reading Oh god, is that a snuffle?