I’ve got high blood pressure, get me out of here…

My new baby daughter was born last Thursday. There were a couple of small bumps along the way but it was a very straightforward delivery.

The little one is fantastic. She’s a beautiful wee thing that feeds well and is a delight to cuddle. My wife and I both think she is the spitting image of her elder sister at the same, young age.

Mother and baby came home the day after delivery and all was going very well. Things changed when we got a visit from a community midwife (there’s a whole other story here that I may chose to recount another time). The midwife took my wife’s blood pressure and it was way too high.

My wife was immediately re-admitted to hospital and she has been there ever since. She’s receiving wonderful care from a great and supportive team and she’ll hopefully be home soon.

It goes without saying the past few days have been tough. The very first night was particularly hard on my other half. We’d been advised she might benefit from a peaceful, undisturbed night’s sleep so baby came home with me.

There was logic behind this move but it backfired. My wife was on a maternity ward. Mothers were wheeled in all night with their newborns and my wife didn’t have hers. You can probably imagine how upsetting she found this and baby has been with her ever since.

My days have been spent shuttling back and forth between home and hospital. The grandmothers have travelled from their respective homes to help look after our eldest and their support has been invaluable.

The saddest thing is that we’ve barely spent any time together as a family. A day out in Brighton is planned at the earliest opportunity. It can’t come soon enough.

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8 Comments

  1. November 14, 2012 / 7:06 am

    Hope your wife recovers quickly and that you can all be together again… it must be so challenging for all of you. Glad baby arrived safely and happily, though. Congrats again!

  2. I heart motherhood
    November 14, 2012 / 9:30 pm

    Enjoy it to the max when you’re all together. I remember with Isla and I being in hospital for 6 nights and I was desperate to get home and be a family, so I know how you’re feeling. Hope you’re all together soon

  3. Jeremy Stocks
    December 13, 2012 / 12:17 am

    This is Jeremy here who started following you via Twitter in Germany. Seems you came out of the experience okay. My son was born slightly ill and had to stay five days in intensive care in a Munich hospital, so I know the raw feelings when a birth doesn’t go to plan.

    • dadbloguk
      Author
      December 13, 2012 / 6:34 am

      Pleased to say this horrible experience is but a fading memory now.