Matilda's monthly progress

3 Months

Matilda is three months old today – it’s hard to believe that she still shouldn’t even be here yet, given her due date of 29th July. Bringing a 26-week preemie into the world isn’t an experience I’d ever wish to relive, but despite the rocky road it’s been awe-inspiring to watch her flourish on the neonatal unit. Since my two-month update, Matilda has successfully undergone eye surgery which prevented her from going blind and she’s overcome pneumonia, bouncing back and announcing she was strong again by pulling out her own ventilator tube! She had her first glimpse of the outside world last week when John and I spent an afternoon with her in the sunshine, our first chance to bond one on one – it really sunk in what we’ve been missing. She’s going to need some oxygen cylinders to help her breathe, but as soon as these are installed in our home the Cotton family is finally getting out of NICU, our discharge date set for Monday 30th July!

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