I put this poem together for my daughter and hope that other mummies and daddies will like it.
Nothing seems clear.
One things for sure
You shouldn’t be here.
You decided to come early
God put us to the test
Preemie babies rule
You’re simply the best.
Little fighting miracles
Look so frail and so small
But don’t underestimate
These babes got guts and they got gall.
Temps got to be right
Your one degree under
We’re not allowed to hold you tonight.
With your eye mask on
How will you know I am here?
I am your mummy darling babes
My heart sheds a tear.
Can you hear my heart beating
Its bursting inside
One part fear.
One part pride.
Nurses tell me its all ok
She knows your voice, your smell, your touch.
But its killing me, its all just too much.
Tomorrow is another day.
I get to hold you… a great big yay!
Skin to skin
Feeling is BLISS
All of a tizz
Liquid gold in the cow shed
A funny old place, thoughts race through your head.
Silent nights, hate to leave you alone
No little baby to have or to hold.
Bizzare feelings, she’s fragile
“Please do not touch”
Choke back tears when it all gets too much.
Doctors do ward rounds
HERO scores good
Reduce down the monitor
Take less of the blood
Easier to hold you my true love.
Your weights increasing by the day
Your back up to your birth weight
I heard them say.
Out of the incubator
Into a cot
No longer a dot
You will leave SCBU soon for your next step along.
Final step is nursery Six
Bathing, washing, feeding tube out
You’re a big girl now, you’re not messing about.
Our first night together
Looking forward to you coming home forever.
Nearly a month has passed and you’re home at last.
So now relax
Take your time to grow.
You’ve already taught me more than I could ever know.
With love from Helen Revera – Mum to Isabella born 32+4 weeks and doing great xxx