Welcome to “23 weeks and counting.  (Our premature baby – our journey)”

I’m Nicola Madoc-Jones; lover of life and laughter; proud wife to David and first time mother to Edith Carmen, better known as Edie.

I’m new to blogging and I’m a little nervous about doing it but I’ve decided to go ahead with 23 weeks and counting because I feel I have something to offer ………

On the 2nd February 2017, our world was turned upside down, as our precious little Edie was born 17 weeks too soon.  As a result of spontaneous labour, at 23 weeks plus 4 days gestation, she made her very dramatic entrance into the world at the University Hospital Wales (UHW).

She spent 109 days at the UHW’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and, miraculously, came home on the 20th May 2017, a week before her due date.

It has been put to me on a regular basis that I should write a blog about our situation and at first I was like, “NO WAY!” I’m not one to talk publicly about my private life, especially the most difficult time we’ve ever encountered, but after a lot of thought and soul searching I changed my mind.  So here we are!

I feel that via this blog and my own journey, I can perhaps provide other preemie parents (and hopefully non-preemie NICU parents) with strength, guidance, inspiration and, most of all, hope.

If I can reach out to, and in some way help, just one Mam, Dad, Grandparent, family member or friend then I feel that this blog is totally worth it.

I won’t lie, the road is long and hard, but without hope (something I almost lost at times) it is impossible to walk!  My account will be very honest but I pray that what I do write will be of some help to you.

So I’ll be taking a trip down memory lane to talk about mine and Dave’s journey as we supported our micro-preemie warrior princess, Edie.  And I’ll also be talking about her development as a 23 weeker in the present day.

I hope you can all join me.

love

Nicola X