It is with great love, joy and heartfelt gratitude that today we bring our Hudson home. Born four weeks early, as you know this meant that our little man had to stay a little longer in hospital to fatten up, develop some good habits and generally be a little stronger to be a bouncing baby boy in his own home. It has been quite a surreal couple of weeks, to say the least. His arrival caught us by surprise, and this also meant that our renovation deadline was smashed to pieces. I have so many people to thank, and so much I feel I need to say…
Any Mum will tell you that the moment you walk through your doors with your new baby is one of those moments you cherish forever. It’s the little things…sitting on your couch, cuddles in bed and just having a sense of privacy as you learn to live and love as a family in your own home. It was so incredibly hard leaving Hudson, particularly at night. After coming home, having dinner and putting Ella to bed, I felt a great emptiness knowing he wasn’t with us. One night I found myself saying to Dan that it sometimes felt like we hadn’t had a baby. I found it easier, knowing that the nurses and doctors at the Freemasons Epworth in Melbourne were some of the most caring, reassuring and loving people I had come across. It takes someone special to work with children, and I have come to believe that those who are dedicated enough to work with premature and sick babies are pure angels on earth. Words could never express my thanks. Towards the end of the nearly three weeks, I found it harder that I was missing out on those cuddles at home. I always knew that we were blessed and that Hudson’s plight was no where near as hard as some of the families that I had met in SCN. That said however, any parent who has to leave their child in hospital for any amount of time will know that it is heart braking. You feel so helpless and guilty. Your time is precious in at the hospital and those cuddles in between the strict feeding schedules go so quick. You also feel so torn between wanting to care for your new child, and also being there for your toddler. Having family and friends there to help has gotten us through.
We know how lucky we have been to have our wonderful family. Whether it be helping with Ella or simply sitting with us, we have been so blessed. Hudson is truly so lucky to have been born into a loving family, and into world where his parent’s friends have blessed him with so many play mates. Our friends have been wonderful. Whether you were there in person, over Facebook or as a Happy Ella After reader, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your messages of warmth, support and encouragement. You will never know the impact that a small text, email or message has had on us.
I’ll struggle to type the next paragraph as I thank the love of my life. Daniel, you are my soul mate, best friend and the most amazing Father I could ever hope for my children to have. There is not a day that goes by that I am forever grateful that you chose (for some whacky reason) to spend your life with me. I will never ever take you for granted, or feel anything but heartfelt thanks that you are by my side. You have worked so hard for your family, and whether it be renovating our home, playing with Ella, feeding Hudson or being there for me, you are simply amazing. They say the best gift a Father can give to their children is to love their Mother. You give it to all of us in spades.
To our baby boy. We want you to know how much we love you. We hope that your first few weeks in SCN have helped you grow strong and we hope that we can continue to give you everything you need. We hope that you know that we are always here for you, no matter what. We want you to laugh, love life and be happy. There have been so many people who have been thinking of you and praying for you over the last three weeks. We feel so lucky to have you in our life, and Ella is so looking forward to bossing you around. Whatever happens in life, we’ve got your back.
I’ve done a lot of crying today…pure tears of joy. We are so happy to have you home.
Love Mum and Dad xx