On the fourteenth of March, we were blessed with our baby girl – Rosie Nell. Although she entered the world a little prematurely at 35 weeks, she was perfect in every way – she just needed a little more time to grow and develop before we could take her home.
I had many wishes for Rosie’s birth that couldn’t happen…. I wanted a vaginal birth, but had a emergency C section… wanted skin on skin and endless cuddles but instead had 10 seconds of her on my chest wrapped in a swaddle till she was taken to the Special Care Nursery and I was taken to the Critical Care Ward. I didn’t see her again after those first seconds for about 10 hours and even then, the weeks following, Rosie lived in an incubator, was fed via a nasal gastric tube and she was attached to cords and wires. The whole premature baby thing was, might I say, very unnatural, and not at all how I had imagined my baby girl’s first weeks of life.
Emotional attachment is so important to me and I was heartbroken to be separated from Rosie, as we couldn’t stay at the hospital after the first week. Cuddles were even limited as she needed to sleep and rest as much as possible in order to grow and develop. I never knew that the sucking reflex isn’t developed till 36 weeks! Therefore, our little bubba had to learn to eat and spent 3.5 weeks at Ashford Hospital’s Special Care Nursery in Adelaide learning to suck. I was adamant that she would learn to breast feed, and thankfully I had a good supply and a stubborn attitude that it would work, and it did! Bloody hard work, but all worth it of course.
Coming home was both overwhelming and exciting. I couldn’t wait to show my baby girl the nursery I had so lovingly prepared for her! Although Rosie is still sleeping in our bedroom, her nursery is such a nice place to feed and play and change her. As you can see, I love floral and cactuses and white, white, white! Her nursery is filled with handmade gifts that were lovingly made for her by aunties, friends and her grandmothers and no matter the time of day, is filled with beautiful natural light. So lovely to have Rosie home to enjoy her in this beautiful space.