S: We left the hospital around 11.15pm and dropped Em home. I cried watching her walk in. I felt emotional leaving her but I knew this was the next chapter and we were heading home as a 3 to start the next part of our lives together and that is a feeling that is so surreal and made my heart melt. We had waited 6 years for this moment and it was everything I imagined getting him home.
E: When I got home I did feel really sad, not for reasons so many people have asked me about (ie. ‘giving Leo up’ he was never mine to ‘give up’, he was always S&J’s I was always just babysitting him!) I was sad because it was all over and I can honestly say it’s been the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done. Having my own children was a bloody miracle, but doing it for someone else isn’t something I ever envisaged doing, ever!! I feel very proud I did it. I think the emotion was also a huge come down of adrenaline and relief that my ‘job’ was done too- it’s been a huge part of our family life for the last year and we’ve all had to make sacrifices, it’s not just been me who made this happen. Getting back to ‘normal’ (whatever normal is during a pandemic!) is going to be a relief. Especially as normal is now going to include sharing beautiful and happy family moments with the Smith family of 3 🖤
A few words from Jack…
It was a nervous car journey to the hospital the morning of the section followed by a few hours of waiting that felt longer than they actually were.
Right up until a few days before, there had always been doubts about whether I’d be allowed to be in the surgery and I’m very grateful that the hospital were supportive and that I was able to be there to witness our baby being born. I wouldn’t have wanted to miss it for the world. I didn’t want to see Em in pain and luckily she was fantastic and coped really well with the procedure. It really felt amazing to hear our baby cry for the first time as he entered the world and as we watched him be cleaned up, it felt surreal that he was ours.
After waiting in the recovery room for a while to check on Em’s blood pressure, we were taken back to our room to begin our life with Leo. It was a very strange feeling to finally have our little man, but words can’t describe the elation that we both felt (even after the first nappy change!). The rest of the day was spent trying to feed and figure out how to be parents but it seemed to start off ok!
After a bit of a stressful disembark from the hospital we got home around midnight the day after he was born. His first night was, as to be expected, a bit restless but he fed well and we loved just spending time with him and being awake with him. Since then he has been such a good boy and we are having such a great time looking after our special delivery. Em really has made our dreams of having a baby come true and I will forever be grateful.