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With our twins 'coming out' early at 35 weeks, we were having a caesarean section which when 'planned' does feel like you're booking into some form of mini break, except as a dad, you don't get a bed, you're not included on the meal plan and you're the bag carrier...
The elation of finding out that you are going to be welcoming a child in to the world in just nine short months. The thrills of watching your little one grow, attend nursery, school and university, get married, and have children of their own. So many dreams are about to be fulfilled. And life looks good.
We became parents eleven weeks earlier than we should have, when Alice and Mary were born spontaneously at 29 weeks. We weren't allowed to hold them. They were rushed straight to NICU, where they remained for six weeks. About halfway through their stay, we were told Alice had PVL (Periventricular Leukomalacia) and that the chances were high for a future diagnosis of cerebral palsy.
'It was the most terrifying experience of my life.'
A woman gave birth to her twins two weeks apart after unexpectedly going into labour at 24 weeks. LaTroya Woolridge from
It wasn't until Samuel turned three that I felt strong enough to speak about our journey - a journey that five years on still continues. Through our stories I find comfort that I am not alone and that there are mums and dads who understand.
Three years ago today my waters broke while I was 25 weeks pregnant with my second child. It was unequivocally the most terrifying moment of my life as everything I had planned for the future was abruptly tipped upon its head...
If anything was to go wrong I wanted to be at a hospital where I knew and trusted the neonatal services. Little did know that six months later I would be walking through their doors as a NICU mum and that I would hardly recognise the medical environment where I had once worked.
I have two poorly babies. Nothing too serious - just the standard vomiting bug that rips through nursery as fast as mums head for a glass of wine once the kids are in bed. I only have one pair of arms though, which is tricky when both your children want to be scooped up in them all day long, not to mention back-breaking.