October 2016 issue Volume 8 No. 82
The Joy Of Parenting My Miracle...
My baby girl just turned five months this past weekend, and what a journey it has been. I remember the stories people told me about mothering a newborn and I must thank God that I haven’t experienced any of the sleepless nights I was warned about.
My daughter, Mia, was born on 11 April 2016, a week earlier than her due date. When I heard the doctor’s words ‘I’m sorry ma’am, your daughter is very sick’, I didn’t know what to do. I cried uncontrollably and questioned why this had to happen to me after nine months of a textbook pregnancy. Why did Mia have to be so active in the womb that the umbilical cord had become tangled around her tiny ankle? I didn’t really understand the long-term implications that we might have to face.
The prayers, love and support of my family pulled us through. As first-time parents, we didn’t quite understand what was happening or know how to react when we were discharged and had to leave our little one in hospital, fighting for her life. Mia’s doctor and the nurses at neonatal ICU were amazing. They made sure that our Mia survived this ordeal and made it through, with no long-term complications. As much as we wanted her home with us, we also wanted the doctor to keep her in hospital for as long as necessary, so that she could receive the proper treatment in NICU.
Parenting my miracle has been such a blessing – watching her grow and achieve her milestones has been so fulfilling. From having this little human suckling at my breast, knowing that this nurtures her, to watching her sleep peacefully through the night – I couldn’t wish for more.
I hear parents complain about sleepless nights, but this hasn’t been the case for me. Mia goes to bed at 7:30pm and, being a winter baby, we mastered the art of swaddling her when putting her to bed. She has become so used to this that she falls asleep immediately after wrapping her.
She started making sounds at two months and since then she ‘talks’ non-stop – I think she’s got that from me! She talks and responds when I say something to her. Of course, she doesn’t say actual words yet, but knowing that she has a voice and will speak to Mommy in a few short months sits well with me. From not making a sound at birth to only hearing her first cry six days later, these little noises really do warm my heart.
My baba started sitting at four months – what a milestone for a little human who was so sick at birth. I am extremely proud of her and look forward to witnessing even more milestones. When I asked her doctor if I could expect to see any baby teeth soon, she burst my bubble when she said it could take up to 18 months. However, I can see white buds on her gums, so I believe the toothies will soon make their appearance.
Mia has already achieved so much in her short life, a reminder of the miracles God can work for His children. I am so thankful to Him for blessing me with my heart in the shape of a little human that I look forward to caring for every day of her life.