Sunday, June 22, 2014

Marcella's First Birthday

Well the milestone of the first birthday has been reached. If you haven't read the story of Marcella's Birth you can here. Wow, what an emotional day. Due to an incident the night before, where I was left feeling unsupported, not by friends by an organisation. I was already very emotional, and puffy from crying. So it was a challenge for me for the day to pull myself together so that I could be in the present, and enjoy and celebrate being on the other side.

I had great plans for the day, we first went  to a Life's Little Treasures playgroup, which happened to fall on the day, and chat with other prem mum's. Which we did and it was great and really helped to settle my emotions.

Marcella and the other children all had a great time.

So dressed in her Hope for Accreta shirt, we then went on to deliver our thank you cards that I had made up for the occasion.  So we first posted and hand delivered some of our cards to friends that helped up get through this traumatic event.

We then went on to the hospital to deliver our cards to the Doctors, Nurses, Midwives, Chaplains, NICU Doctors and Nurses, and everyone involved in helping to keep me here, or making the journey that much easier.

There were a few tears, especially when I saw one of the NICU Nurses that help with Marcella's care. She would sit with me for hours to try and help me get milk, and deliver the bond between me and my baby.  SO it was a very special day.  I also want to thank all of you out there that have supported us with Pray, Encouragements, Practical help and Support.  Thank you for helping make the journey a little easier.

Here is a few photo's from the day.

Loving Cake!

Enjoying some Story time at LLT

Goodbye Intensive Care

Saying thank you to the Chaplains 

The Last time I will be in the NICU
A gift for the NICU, hopefully will bless some Mum's to come. 
Saying Goodbye to the Hospital

What a difference a year can make.

We are all really thankful that we have made it this far.  Thank you all.


  1. WOW - it sounds like you've certainly been through some rocky times. But, it looks like Marcella enjoyed her first birthday which is so good !
    Have a wonderful weekend !
    Me xox

    1. Yes, life changing, and we are both glad to be here to tell the tale. Thank you

  2. Wow! Congrats at literally surviving the first year. I tend to give gifts to parents at first birthdays, rather than the child. I think children always get more than they need and parents (mothers) can be forgotten. I like to honour the effort mothers make everyday to get through their childs first year of life. You have done all this and more. And I think, my words mean more when I tell them to you. Thank you for sharing this with us for #thankfulthursday. Hope to see you back. xS

    1. Thank you so much. Your words are very meaningful. I've come so far in a year. Going from being on life support, and learning to walk again. To now being able to go back and say thank you to everyone for keeping us both alive.

  3. Congratulations! And what a beautiful gesture with the cards. :)