My family were dealt a card many families would describe as their worst nightmare. The premature birth of our first daughter. This one event lead to what can only be described as an incredibly traumatic roller-coaster ride of emotion and events for everybody involved. Since this, my family and I have selflessly pioneered many fund raising events. I even shaved my head and organised a charity first birthday party to help generate funds for the charities and hospitals without whom, my daughter wouldn’t be the ray of sunshine she is today.
Only through living this did I realise that there was nothing available to me to document the journey that my family and I went through.
Even in this digital age, there is nothing as satisfying as looking through something as simple as a baby book. To see how your child has grown and progressed over the first year and to have something to share with them later in life. This is a right that should not be denied to any mother, least of all the mother of a premature or sick baby, as they go through so much fight to be here.
With the wounds still healing and the constant hospital visits over the following months and years, there were moments that we thought nobody would be able to fight through, let alone a pre-term baby. I soon came to realise I had no book, nothing to accurately reflect on the journey we had been through. All I could find were baby books for full term baby’s, I didn’t want something that would only serve as a constant reminder of how early she was, but instead see her as the tiny miracle she is.
This isn’t just any book.
It brings a degree of normality to a time in life anybody would describe as a nightmare situation to be in. Just having a book like this available, shows any parent in this situation that they aren’t alone. That they aren’t the only families who have gone through this.