Tell Us About Your Journey Into Motherhood
“ Motherhood started in 2018 for me when I had my first son Oliver. It is and will always be my greatest achievement, having children. It didn’t come without its challenges as I was living in Kent, England (where I am originally from) and my husband was running a business back in Dublin (his home town) meaning half the week I was solo parenting and recovering from an emergency c-section. We then moved to Dublin when Oliver was 7 months and settled into Irish life very well. Attending baby classes and meeting new mums like myself. Ireland is a wonderful place to bring up children.
Then in late 2019 we decided to have another baby. It was before Covid was ever mentioned and we were delighted to find out we were expecting a baby, due August 2020.. we were keeping the gender a surprise again. Little did we know what was to come and that we would be having a baby during a world pandemic and my family and friends wouldn’t be around for support. Luckily my husband was able to attend the first scans and hospital appointments but then from 16 weeks or so I was attending them alone. A very surreal time.
At 37 weeks on the dot my waters broke during the night and in denial I paced the room and was calmly packing my hospital bag (I know.. this should have been done already right!). Then when we arrived to the hospital I was not dilated enough for my husband to stay so had to progress for hours alone but with the help of the wonderful midwifes at NMH. However, it all ramped up and Teddy was ready to be born… naturally after a csection! Everything about this pregnancy was unexpected and everything seemed to happen very fast but at soon as he was born it felt like everything had paused. I will never forget the hours we spent just Teddy and I. Where he was born a little earlier than planned, he needed light therapy, being jaundice but after three days in hospital we were able to leave. Yet I was returning home with no visitors and no extra pairs of hands other than my husbands. A very strange time to be bringing a child into the world but Ted has taken everything in his stride and has thrived ever since. “