We recently had the privilege to find a (very tight) spot in Celeste Rushby’s diary.
Celeste dons quite a couple of hats and can keep more balls in the air than a professional juggler. She is a wife, mom to three toddlers, a Munchkins Parenting Coach and an Occupational Therapist by profession.
- Having your baby prematurely is not something you would expect, and certainly not something you would have ever been able to prepare yourself for. The world just goes on around you as if nothing has happened! “Don’t they know! Don’t they realise the trauma that I have just been through? That my baby is still going through? Don’t they realise what is happening? My world is falling apart and you just walk down the street like everything is fine!!!”
- You hear moms of full term babies complain about seemingly feeble things like how their baby has had to go up another nappy size, while you are hanging on to every 15 grams your tiny angel gains. “Don’t you know how lucky you are” is all I could think.
- Well, I understand. I know the fears, the feelings of failure, the anxiety. But I also know that having a premmie is actually a very special privilege. Yes, a privilege! Because with our premmies, there are so many more opportunities to celebrate. Every gram gained, every time another tube, pipe or wire is removed, every movement towards a less intensive care section of the NICU, every breath, every suck, every smile, every milestone achieved. Our precious angels are just so extra special. Nothing is taken for granted. Every little step, every little achievement – each one is worth celebrating.
- There is such excitement when it is time to bring your angel home, but taking care of a premmie often comes with its challenges. You just can’t seem to relate to the baby books and may feel so very isolated.