Wednesday, 14 September 2011

The Gallery: A Happy Memory

This weeks theme for The Gallery is A Happy Memory. Trying to pick a photo for this theme has been really difficult but really good because it has made me look back over so many pictures and remember fantastic memories. I have smiled a lot looking at them all again. The photo I have chosen is not great quality, it was taken on my iPhone and it was dark at the time but it holds very special happy memories for me which is why I have picked it.


It was 6am in University College London Hospital, Ben was minutes off being a day old and we had just spent our first and only night in the hospital following his birth. I remember taking this picture to send to my husband so that he could wake up to what I was seeing. I had not slept at all the night before and had spent most of it with Ben in my arms feeding. He cried every time I had attempted to put him in his cot, so much so the nurse told me it was best to just hold him as it was the only thing that calmed him. I remember recognising all his little movements and twitches from when he was inside my tummy and being amazed at how it was continuing in such a familiar way now he was on the outside.

Looking at this picture reminds me of that wonderful feeling I was experiencing right at that very moment in time. This amazing little baby was mine, he was here at last, so perfect and so beautiful. We had survived our first night together. Ben had taken to breastfeeding really quickly and easily which I was so relieved about as I had desperately wanted to breastfeed him and worried a lot about it in the run up to his birth after reading some silly information on the internet which said the possibility of doing so could be affected by having had a caesarian section, thankfully that was not to be the case. I remember being excited about the thought of my husband coming back into see us soon and the prospect of taking our little baby home later that day to start our life in our own surroundings as a family together.

So there you have it, my very happy memory, one I will never ever forget and thankfully I have this photo to preserve it forever.

20 comments:

Sonia said...

I have one similar to this. Terrible quality photo but one I shall treasure all my life :) lovely moment xxx

Emma said...

Beautiful! I remember that first sleepless night in hospital very well too. xx

Susan Mann said...

What a wonderful memory and gorgeous picture. x

Mummy's Space said...

Thank you! I don't think I'll ever forget that first night :)

Mummy's Space said...

Thank you! It is a very special memory for me :) x

Linda (Have a lovely time) said...

Hi, I think it would be impossible for anyone to look at that picture and not melt a little - reminds us how lucky we all are xxx

Mummy's Space said...

Aww thank you! Definitely very very lucky :)

Dawnie Brown said...

What a beautiful happy memory, I remember a similar feeling the first night Zara was here xxx

Jennypaulin said...

Awww the best kind of memory - I could cry looking at your photos and reading your words - it just brings it all back . Just lovely xx

Inside The Wendy House said...

That is a lovely memory :)  

Multiple Mummy said...

That first night in hospital is so special! Especially when it is you first born. You still can't quite believe it to be real. A gorgeous memory. x

Mummy's Space said...

Thank you! It is very special :)

Mummy's Space said...

Aww thank you :) x

Mummy's Space said...

Thank you :)

Mummy's Space said...

That's exactly it - can't quite believe after all the months of waiting it's finally happened and baby is here.. Aww memories :)

The Boy and Me said...

How gorgeous a memory. My first night in hospital saw me waiting two and a half hours for my 14 hour old baby to come back from being briefly checked over by a paediatrician. He came back with an IV drip in his foot on antibiotics every three hours. I was heartbroken. The second night saw us spending some quality hours working out this latching on malarky.

Mummy's Space said...

Oh no - you must have been so worried! I was lucky Ben was a few weeks early and by emergency c-section but there were no problems. I can't imagine how hard your first night must have been - still all good now isn't it and you have a wonderful little boy :)

Mummy's Space said...

Thank you! This will always be a special photo to me x

celebratingmums said...

So very special and lovely of you to share with your other half like that

Mummy's Space said...

Aww thank you :). It was a v special moment so glad I captured it :)

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