World Prematurity Day – Ashleigh’s Story

       HOW IT BEGAN

This is Ashleigh Susana, she came into this world at 30 weeks on the 17th July 2015. I was suffering with pre-eclampsia and at 28 weeks was admitted to hospital to try and get the condition under control, our little baby hung on in there despite my rising blood pressure. I was on a grand concoction of medicines to keep my blood pressure down. I was given steroids and we were told to prepare as this baby would be delivered early.

Thanks to a wonderful Dr and great nurses, I was given regular scans as she was quite small on the scans and not really growing and I looked after very well. I cannot complain about my treatment of the NHS they were all wonderful! on the 16th of July 2015 our consultant carried out a detailed scan and it was revealed that there was reverse blood flow through the placenta and our tiny baby was starting to suffer. The consultant told us we would deliver by cesarean the next morning.

I don’t think neither of slept that evening. I spent the night in maternity intensive care on a drip of magnesium sulphate to help prevent seizures (A scary thought!) with a blood pressure of 220/110!

THE ARRIVAL

The next Morning we were the first scheduled c-section.

We are pleased to say that Ashleigh came out silent but after a few puffs of air by the neo natal team she was crying and most importantly breathing on her own! weighing in at a tiny 2lb 9oz

The NICU were great and very optimistic as she was breathing on her own. This was the news I wanted to hear! Although we were told to expect her to have a dip in the fist 48 hours (She didn’t though :))

I was slightly upset that my husband got to see her first and hold her delicate little hand whilst I was in recovery and stuck on monitors in the maternity ICU but the next day I was allowed to be wheeled around to see her in a wheelchair. I was so excited!

THE FIRST CUDDLE

Nothing prepares you for when you hold your baby for the first time. Even though she was my 2nd,

My heart melted and I did not want to let her go. I looked at her in awe, this little miracle! our little fighter!

As soon as  was on my feet you could not get me away, I would ask the nurse to go after my monitoring (high blood pressure still!) and she would say it was fine until my next set of obs. So off I went to see my beautiful baby girl.

Our girls loved seeing her for the first time. They would hold her hand through the incubator and draw her pictures to decorate it with.

The NICU team were delighted with her and told us they were what they called a ‘feeder and a grower’. She never needed any breathing help or had any complications she just needed to put on some more weight and get a little bigger before we could take her home!

FIRST CLOTHES

Another milestone reached! We were so excited to go in one day and have the nurse tell us we could now start dressing her 🙂 She looked adorable even if even the teeniest baby clothes still looked huge on her!

We knew this was another step closer to coming home!

 

BYE BYE FEEDING TUBE

The day the feeding tube was removed was a joyous day! she took to her bottle quite well and her feeds increased gradually but surely. She was coming home soon!

COMING HOME

After 29 days in hospital Ashleigh was finally allowed home. Weighing 3lb 12oz! She was a trooper during her time in hospital. She looked super tiny in her car seat. Her sisters were so proud to bring her home! Don’t they all look adorable.

From then on she continued to grow and thrive! Now 29 months she is thriving and even attending a small pre-school in our town who have helped her speech come along even more! She is blossoming into a little beauty with just the right amount of attitude 🙂

If you are going through something similar, get in touch, we would love to hear from you. Sometimes talking to someone who has been there is so helpful in a time which feels so lonely.

Little Tikes Activity Garden Treehouse – Our review

We purchased the Little Tikes Activity Garden Playhouse for our daughter. I have to admit that at the time of purchasing the toy was rather expensive! We paid £89.99! Having said that it is a great toy!

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Features

  • Light and music show with what I can only describe as a disco ball which flashes different colours and projects fireflies everywhere. There are 3 levels, dance, colours and numbers. The music is somewhat annoying although by far not the worse! Ashleigh loved it though! That’s all that matters right?!
  • There is a shape sorter
  • a ball run which comes with 3 balls.
  • A mini slide which for some reason my daughter still loves even though she can’t slide down it as she’s too big it’s more like a seat 😂
  • A movable climbing monkey.
  • A door toy can open and shut
  • The layout can be changed. This is my favourite feature. It can be changed from been kept as a square house or been totally opened out.

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Verdict 

Our daughter really enjoyed the Little Tikes Activity Garden Treehouse. It does have some great activities as a baby toy and a Pre-school toy. She does play with it less now she is nearly two and a half. I think we purchased this too late I would recommend the best age to buy this would  be around 9 Months when your baby can stand and sit comfortably to get maximum use out of it.

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The Little Tikes Activity Garden Treehouse is quite big and bulky so I wouldn’t really recommend this if you are quite short for space.

The light show is fantastic for babies and toddlers though and makes it a fun activity toy. I don’t think this baby toy/Pre School toy is worth £89.99 but I do think if you can get it for less then this would make a great birthday present or Christmas present!

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