Once Alice was born, the first few hours of her life passed by in a blur.
Born at almost 11pm and after more than 33 hours of labour, I was shattered. I could barely keep my eyes open.
So once she had been cleaned, weighed, dressed and fed, we had a quick cuddle and all too soon it was time for Greg to head home for a few hours’ rest.
Alice slept like a dream, waking only a couple of times for a feed and nappy change.
Greg returned around 9am the following day. After a few more tests, I was allowed to go and shower while Greg looked after Alice.
At 2pm it was time for our first visitors! Nanny, Granny, Great Grandma and Great Grandad came to see us.
We were transferred to the ward which was a whole lot noisier than the room Alice and I had slept in the previous night.
That evening, we had more visitors. Grandad, Auntie Heather, Uncle Paul, Amber and Adiana all came to the hospital.
All too soon it was time for Greg to leave again, and Alice and I settled down for the night.
In contrast to the night before, we barely slept. Our ward was quiet but there were some very noisy babies in the ward next to us.
I think we got about 30 minutes of sleep in total.
It didn’t matter though. Yes I was exhausted, but I also cherished the alone time with my baby girl. I couldn’t stop looking at her, cuddling her, kissing her forehead and tiny button nose.
She was perfect. And she was mine. And she was here.
Greg returned early the next day, and after a few more tests, we were told we could go home!
The Bounty lady came round the ward to take Alice’s first professional photos, then we gathered our things and placed Alice in her car seat for the very first time.
We were going home as a family of three and we couldn’t be happier!