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Wednesday, 27 July 2016

A thank you

Starting a family is a wonderful thing. Adding to your circle of love. Creating a new life. Sharing the responsibility.
It's also incredibly hard and insanely rewarding. It's singularly the most difficult thing I've ever done (though luckily I haven't met much hardship in my life I will admit, thankfully) and I honestly could not have done it alone.

This post is basically a really long thank you to my husband and father of my child Dann because without him I don't think I would have survived the first few weeks with our family.

Dad's don't always get a lot of credit. Perhaps it's because many aren't very hands on. Or we just don't think they'll appreciate the words in a public place. However I know from our love languages survey that Dann appreciates words, so here they are.

Adjusting to life with a newborn is hard.
We spent around 40 hours awake before Henry arrived and afterwards.
Dann had to endure seeing me in the most amount of physical pain I've ever endured knowing there is little he can do about it, and no idea when the end was coming until it was nearly the end. Dann kept me motivated, fed, hydrated and feeling supported for 12 hours of active labour and 2.5 hours of pushing.

Then there's after birth in the hospital, and he had both me and Henry to check on. 
Then we're home and we're alone and it's starting to sink in that we have this tiny human that needs us to survive. That pressure and responsibility is sometimes overwhelming, especially when the hormones hit!
But Dann took it all in his stride. Late nights and early mornings. The occasional Henry meltdown at 4am, shortly followed by my meltdown because he's been crying or unsettled for hours and I haven't slept for more than two hours in 14 days. 

He kept me on the right track. Has supported me endlessly with breastfeeding even when I've wanted to give up. He's made sure I'm looking after myself too. He's given me breaks to sleep by going for a walk with Henry after a feed so I can get some missed sleep.

To be honest I literally couldn't have done it with out, because he's my rock and I can't stay grounded with out him.

I'm so happy to be on this, the hardest adventure of our lives, with the most loving and caring man I know. My best friend. My Danny.
Thank you for everything.

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