Vicki Cockerill Mum of two and author of The Honest Confessions of a NICU Mum blog talking all things with honesty, hormones, humour and finding any excuse for a GIN.

I am the mother of a little human called Elijah, who was co-created by my husband-to-be Greg. Elijah was born in September 2014, but the journey of motherhood did not start smoothly. He was admitted to the Neo Natal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) twelve hours after birth, and was there for nine days, eventually being diagnosed with a serious heart defect called ‘Tetralogy Of Fallot’. He later required open-heart surgery at just six months old. Fortunately, Elijah is now a typical little toddler, creating all sorts of chaos wherever he goes. However, it is only now, after eighteen months, and a diagnosis of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, that I feel I can begin to talk about what it’s really like to have a baby in NICU, and to watch them go through surgery, and recover. It is my hope that my blog confessions of a NICU Mum will help others in the same boat, and I’m looking forward to relating to all you other parents, and sharing all our different stories and experiences together. For laughing about the highs and lows of raising a toddler. These are the honest confessions of a NICU Mum.

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