1 – Not Due Yet

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This was the first rambling note I wrote. It’s not been edited or changed since that sleepless night. We’d not long been discharged from the hospital and home with this very tiny bundle at 4lb2. I thought I’d post it as it was.

1 – Not Due Yet

Lily is 3 weeks old now. She’s not even due for another 3 weeks. It’s 5am and I’m currently sat in her nursery, having been rocking her back and fore in her wooden rocker, trying to soothe her through the past 2 hours of feeding, attempting to poop, frustration, semi-sleep, and practicing her disco dancing. Because as a mum, that’s what you have to do several times a night, before eventually settling your little one for a couple hours, if you’re lucky, for somewhere in the region of 20mins to an hour, before having to restart the whole process again. But as a first time mum, the past 3 weeks have already been an emotional roller coaster.

They say to you that you don’t feel love like it is with your own child, until you get one yourself. Holding Lily in my arms, listening to her snoring away in semi-dream sleep, I can’t describe the love I feel for this little one right now. The first time I saw her getting her bloods taken on the NICU unit, I nearly cried. I remember going really warm and feeling very sick, hating every second of her discomfort at getting just a few drops of blood squeezed from the sole of her foot. I put it down to being the first time I’d been off the ward since the c-section, so still feeling a little tender. But in reality it was love for something that had been growing inside me for just 7 months.

You stare at her tiny face, not believing this being came from you. You’re the only biological mother this baby is ever going to have, and this is your only chance of doing it right.

I can still see her face, wrapped up in a towel in the operating theatre before they whisked her off to the unit for her checks. She was just so perfect, it seemed so surreal. Behind the blue screen, my abdomen was gaping open, the doctors failing to suck up the excess blood that was pouring out. My poor other half watching the scarlet fluid pooling under the operating table, while I’m oblivious to the lot, just feeling the odd tug and feeling a sense of relief that I had seen the face of that tiny human being. It made me forget the struggles of the previous few months, the worries, the prolonged hospitalisation, disappointments and fears. This is what it had all come down to. And she was ok.

So now I’m staring at the Crown Snowdrop cream walls of the nursery. The big eyes of the pastel coloured owl decals looking down at me while the birds are tweeting for the day outside the window. I’m surrounded by the remnants of the night shift; the changing table, with the corner of the next wetwipe poking out from the plastic wrapper, alongside the discarded nappy sack when one too many had been urgently pulled from the packet. I can hear my partner’s phone alarm buzzing against his side table, stirring him from his sleep, ready to start his day at work. I’m unsure whether my own day has just begun or is just finishing.

Lily has just started snoring, finally settled on my chest, until it’s time to do this all again.

She’s only 3 weeks old and I’m already worrying about her every minute of the day and night, whether she’s squirming, or completely silent. And I know for the rest of my life, that’s never going to change.

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. Gavin says:

    Hello again Kaz! I just wanted to say this was also a good read! Reading it brought back so many memories of our birth experience.

    It’s a very strange experience for a dad, being a part, but not quite involved in it – doing what you can but feeling helpless.

    In our case, our daughter came out a week late, but a big baby. As can happen, apparently, big babies can go into shock once out, and so it was. She appeared screaming and crying, but within a minute or two she stopped breathing and turned blue. The crash team were there along with seemingly about 15 other people in our little room and soon got her going again, but she was whisked straight off to NICU.

    In the meantime, my other half had lost a massive amount of blood, an amount which wasn’t fully realised at the time. She passed out when trying to get up. I don’t think I can explain the feeling sitting in a stuffy room in there middle of the night, my other half unconscious and my newborn daughter in some unknown place in the hospital with all manner of tubes in her to keep her going.

    Not something I would ever wanna go through again, but on the other hand, the end result is something I wouldn’t change for the world!

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    1. kwillmer says:

      I can’t imagine how hard it must be for partners – Jon was the same as i’d also lost alot of blood and hemmoraged then went unconscious too! But you men are our rocks and as you said the end result is amazing. You’ve a gorgeous little girl an that’s all that matters now. It all seems so long ago for us, but I’ll never have got through it without Jon being there. You’ve a gorgeous little one Gavin, and before we know it they’re going to be angsty teenagers not knowing what we went through πŸ™‚

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  2. amiecaitlin says:

    This is beautiful. So lovely to think it was written so raw as well rather than most blog posts out there today that are edited and reworked within an inch of their lives (myself included).

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    1. kwillmer says:

      Thank you Amie, I really appreciate it. Having nearly not published this blog I’m so glad I did thanks to the number of messages from parents out there who felt able to share their struggles. So many people keep saying they like the honesty of my blog posts… that’s what I thought blogs were for… as long as it doesn’t get me into trouble one day, haha! Thank you so much again.

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