To my dearest Katherine,
They took you to the Special Care unit solely because, at 4 lbs 2 oz., you were under 2 kilograms, and after monitoring your blood sugar for 24 hours, you were sent up to room in with Mummy. We spent 8 days cocooned in a lovely warm bubble being looked after by the brilliant staff on the JR Radcliffe Maternity Ward 5 in Oxford. The SCBU nurse told me when you were only 12 hours old that you are a laid back baby, and she's been proven right. You hardly fuss or cry at all. You've been an absolute doll, and don't think I don't appreciate it.
Another wise friend who endured the "pump-and-feed" routine with her twin daughters told me that the grueling schedule made her feel like she never got to hold her babies. The truth of this statement was a real eye opener for me, and after that I made sure to fit in as much cuddle time with you as I can manage. The sensation of your warm, soft weight melting into my arms whilst I breathe in deeply your divine newborn smell is one of the most sublime feelings in the world.
In the final entry of my pregnancy journal, I mused on the easy pregnancy and wondered when it might get hard and whether I can be really be this lucky. I've bounced right back from the pregnancy and an easy delivery and, my darling, you are an absolute joy to care for. So the answer is yes, yes I am this lucky. I am so lucky I get to be your Mummy.
I love you with all my heart, my sweet baby girl,