Friday, 21 October 2011
As Margaret Thatcher so famously reported some years ago: "We are a grandmother"!
Elodie Grace was born by Caesarian section on Tuesday 18 October at about 4pm. After my visit last Sunday, my daughter became increasingly unwell and it was clear by Tuesday that they would have to deliver the baby quickly. I got on a train for the 3+ hours trip and arrived at the hospital just about the same time as my granddaughter was delivered. She is almost 8 weeks early, weighs only about 3lb (1.4 kilos) but is breathing unaided and seems healthy. My daughter's blood pressure is still not stabilised but she is improving and she has been taken in a wheelchair to visit Elodie several times now.
I stayed with them all until Thursday evening and then felt confident that I could safely leave them; they are in good hands. The hospital staff have been fantastic and my son-in-law has been amazing (as indeed has my daughter herself).
I hope to go down again when my daughter is discharged from the hospital. I imagine the baby will have to stay in for a few weeks, until she gets a bit bigger. Because of infection control measures, only the parents themselves are allowed into the Special Baby Care Unit so I will have to be content with photos for now. (This one was taken by my son in law.) But isn't she beautiful?
It has been a worrying few days. I am thankful for her safe delivery and pray that both my lovely girls continue to recover well and my son-in-law finds the strength and energy he needs to support them both.
Many thanks for all your encouraging comments. Premature babies are by no means uncommon and it is so heartening to read that others have gone through similar things and thrived. I won't be giving too many updates on my blog as it isn't really a personal journal, but I imagine that some snippets of grandmotherhood will find their way onto here! It will be quite an adventure....