Where to start? Today is a good day! Rose made a squeaking NOISE when we got her up for her cuddle. I’ve been holding her for an hour and it’s divine!
Andrew held her for first time last night. It was heartwarming to hear the huge smile in his voice when he called to tell me.
A shadow ominously present over all this though.. I was told this morning that one of the tumour markers is up. Means they need to get Haematologists and Oncologists involved in her care. I’m putting this worry in the May Never Happen basket for now.
Now for my idea. Was just sitting here feeling the horror of my first day in NICU all over again through the mother of a baby just newly admitted and trying to think how to reach out to her and help her and thought:
The Rose O’Brien NICU Library
So if you have a favourite children’s book (who doesn’t?) post a comment here so that we don’t double up and send it to me at home. I’ll paste the Letter to New NICU Mom letter in front and cover them a la Margaret Coffey and set up a small NICU library. Also feel free to add your own message before you send. Jen & Ben – we already have one from you – thank you (Guess How Much I Love You).
Please don’t feel pressured to do this. I know my powers of emotional blackmail are currently at their peak but I don’t mean to invoke them here. Just do if the idea appeals and the means are available to you.
One of the easiest ways to let your baby hear your voice in the first few weeks is reading to them. I was fortunate enough to have San on the case. She brought me some beautiful stories to read to Rose (and Kalea even lent her latest favourite to the cause – perfect choice – Pippi Longstocking). Reading to Rose gave me a lot of comfort. I’m sure she benefits from hearing my voice reading to her too.
Now I’m about to read Rose my favourite children’s book: Grandmother Lucy Goes for a Picnic. That’ll be our contribution.
Have a good day!! We definitely are xoxo