There are no two ways about it: being a parent of a baby in the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) is hard work. It’s intense. It’s draining. It is NOT where you wanted or planned to be. So any opportunities to make life in hospital more ‘normal’ and bearable must be taken.
Even though I knew Mia needed surgery when she was born, I could only ever semi-prepare myself for what lay ahead. I had, as always, done my research which involved lots of reading. I was also fortunate enough to be put in contact with Lissa, a local mother whose child had also been born with Oesophageal Atresia.
With all my blog posts, I have endeavoured to be honest, open and authentic with the information I share and this post is no exception. By sharing Mia’s birth, and my experience of being induced, I am not intending to create fear but rather help anyone who finds themselves in a similar situation.
In this post I wanted to share with you the 4 support networks which I had in place during my difficult pregnancy. Knowing that I would be single and pregnant, I think I was fortunate that I had already started to build the foundations before I even realised how important they would become.
During my trip through Albania I did a lot of thinking and research and eventually concluded that I wanted to have the amniocentesis test. This was not a decision I took without a great deal of thought, so in this post I have decided to share what I learnt in the hope that this can help anyone else who is faced with this very difficult decision.
Up to now, my pregnancy was not half the drama I imagined it might be. Then the 20-week scan happened. Whilst the first half of my pregnancy was all plain sailing, the second was a whole different ball game.
This week I have decided to interrupt the story and leap forward to the present as yesterday Mia turned 1!!
From where we left things until now so much has happened. The story will continue after I take a couple of weeks off to have a blog writing holiday.
So for this post what I would like to share is a very short message to say how incredibly grateful and happy I am to have had Mia in my life and to have been a mummy for a whole year.
The journey to get here has not at all been easy, but despite everything that we have both been through I would not change a day or night of it. Mia and I have become a super little team over the last year and I couldn’t be any prouder of us both.
After the initial shock of finding out that the IUI had worked and I was on my way to becoming a mother, I then really started to enjoy pregnancy. I can honestly say that during the first 20 weeks I couldn’t understand what all the fuss was about…