Emily (8 months)

Little Treasures - - COFFEE GROUP -

I was re­ally lucky be­cause my hus­band was home for the first five weeks. We got to fig­ure it out to­gether. We both be­lieved you can’t spoil a baby and agreed that we would re­spond to Emily when­ever she needed us. My fam­ily are all in the South Is­land. They were go­ing to be here for the birth but Emily was late and it didn’t work out. Later, when I was strug­gling I begged Mum to come up for a few days. I wasn’t pre­pared for the emo­tional side of it. I knew I’d be tired and sore but you need peo­ple to talk to. Ev­ery­one would talk about how fast it would go and that you need to cher­ish it. So Ben and I held onto that – when you’re up in the mid­dle of the night rock­ing her and it’s the fifth time she’s been awake, just to be in the mo­ment with her. Cher­ish the smells of her. She’s never go­ing to be that small again. That re­ally helped. One of my best friends told me the first two weeks are like the pits of hell, but the next two are slightly bet­ter. I had that in my head, know­ing there would be light at the end of the tun­nel.

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