No se oía ni el más leve sonido de cantos de pájaros. Yo estaba sobrecogida, aterrada. ¿Que es lo que está haciendo el hombre de nuestro perfecto y bello mundo? 🐦🌎
. ✒️Rachel Carson
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I didn't really expect much of a Neonatal stay with Ella Bella. She was born and brought to the High Dependency Unit in Holles St. I was in bits recovering so it wasn't possible for me to have her that first night anyway. .
I didn't get to see her until she was 12hours old. She was tiny and had an NG tube in for feeding. I was told they were just monitoring feeds and all going well would be back with me within the next day or so. I spent 5 nights in Holles St but Ella wouldn't feed properly with a bottle so she stayed in High Dependancy Unit when I left. Heartbreaking. .
I spent that first week hoping, wishing, praying that each feed she would take the bottle and then keep taking bottles and I could have my baby with me. I didn't want to be discharged without her. .
I walked into the hospital with my bags, pregnant with two babies. I walked out with my bags with neither baby. .
But then I realised that I couldn't rush her, I was just going to have to be patient. Ella would be ready in her own time. 13 days later and she was ready. In fact she was so ready she was flooring bottles!! .
I felt like I was missing out on her, even though I was with her all the time. I could change her nappy, if the nurse said so. I changed her babygro and felt the need to explain why. It was frustrating. I was a mammy for almost 6 years at that stage and I felt like a new mam all over again. .
🌎Today is Earth Day 🌎
Although every day should be earth day, today marks a day where we can reflect and take some time to make some changes to help protect the future of our world. “In nature, nothing exists alone.”
— Rachel Carson, 1962
We need to Protect our species 🐍🦂🦓🐪🐊🦈🐄 Picture of Papatūānuku and Ranginui in their loving embrace, a scene from our book, painted at a local daycare centre by our amazing Xoë Hall 🌎🌎 Check out @earthdaynetwork for more info