Abby Hermione* Milne has already demonstrated one or two clear family traits. The first one, clearly being
I don't care if now's an innappropriate time, when you gotta go, you gotta GO
My sister relates that she'd had quite a relaxed, enjoyable labour, up until the moment when dear little Abbey** decides to take a shit. This, from what I understand - and please forgive me,but when am I going to have the opportunity to use the term literally again - really crapped on the entire procedure. Because then there was faecal matter in the amniotic sack, and you don't want faecal matter in the amniotic sack. Not when there's a baby involved.
From then on, so I hear, there was pain and misery and discomfort and beds instead of birthing pools, and when Abby was born she wasn't breathing, thanks to having inhaled some of the poop as well as some amniotic fluid. So off she went to SCBU, where, when she finally figured out the crying thing, she continued to do it all morning. I can't blame her really: she's of my family, and when we've been up all night working hard and everything's gone wrong and we haven't had enough sleep, we get cranky
Family trait #3
: However, get some food into her and she's happy as anything. Or at least I think
that thing she does is a smile. It might be a yawn. Or a wail. Or just what mouths do if they get bored of having a little baby pout.
Abbey has pneumonia, which is being treated with an intravenous antibiotic, and that is why she is in the incubator and why only Mum and Dad are allowed body contact with her. She is breathing on her own perfectly fine, and while she doesn't like nursing because it's too much effort, she's all over the awesomeness of milk anyway. She'll be in there for a week, and I'll get to see her through daily visits. As yet we don't know if it's exactly a week or whether she'll be home for Christmas, but right now I don't much care.
She's alive, and she's in 99% perfect working order, and she's more beautiful than your baby. Yes, yours
*My sister, Helen, has named her first daughter after the Hermione of Greek legend, for obvious reasons.
**The jury is out on the spelling, still. Anyone not a parent has been told firmly they're not allowed an opinion