Rainbow had her open heart surgery 2 days before Christmas. Watching her fall asleep in my arms before handing her over to the surgeons was terrifying but the moment I received the phone call to say she was expected back in PICU shortly really was a magic moment.
Waiting in the parent’s room for the nurse to come and get us was scary. We knew she would be on the ventilator; we knew she would look a little rough but nothing could have prepared me for how I would feel when I saw her.
What I felt was pure joy. While my baby was a long way from being out of the woods; she had made it through the biggest challenge of her life…
First Real Cuddle
Rainbow had a rough journey but the moment the nurse placed her in my arms free of the ventilator; without the CPAP, was magical. 100% magic!
I got my first proper cuddle of my baby in 3 weeks. I got to love her; I got to hold her; I got to kiss her properly.
First Post-Surgery Smile
When you have felt like you were losing your baby not once but twice it really is the small things that are truly magical.
Rainbow is still withdrawing from the sedation a week after being taken off it, however when we do get those moments where she is happy and flashes you a beautiful smile we are making the most of them.
To be honest, every moment with Rainbow is magical… We have been through so much together already and she continues to amaze us.