One month ago today, Matilda was born 14 weeks ahead of her due date. It has been the most tumultuous journey of our lives and on three separate occasions, John and I were told to prepare ourselves for the worst. Matilda had other ideas and battled kidney failure, a hernia, an arrhythmic heart, a tube migrating and pumping food in the wrong place and multiple operations. Watching her grow and become more alert, feisty and determined makes me burst with pride and I will never forget the day when she was finally stable enough to come out of the incubator for cuddles. We have a long way to go yet before we can leave neonatal intensive care but given time, hope and the tireless efforts of the outstanding NHS staff, we will get there.