Sleeping with the Enemy

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Premature baby or Guinea pig?

Bertie or Britney?

OK, so we had been warned about premature babies being noisy, and then multiply that by a million again because he’s a chronic lung baby to boot.

However I really hadn’t envisaged just how noisy my little one would be !

It takes me back to my days of rooming in with my delightful sister Miriam, when I happened upon a Guinea Pig who was being kicked out of an unwanted home and I stepped in to save the day.

I named her Britney, and to quote the Spice Girls , two became one. She went everywhere with me and slept in my room. She was the noisiest little thing I’d ever met, squeaks and squeals went on for hours as well as the obligatory kicking of the sawdust as she did laps around her cage. I never slept a wink, and evil sister on more than one occasion carted the cage to the window and threatened to dispose of my darling Britney due to the sleep deprivation we were enduring.

Bertie is a Guinea Pig. He grunts and squeals, and smacks his lips. He can sound like a firework being let off, or the arrival of the circus in town. I am constantly peering into his moses basket like a startled rabbit panicked at what sight is to behold me.

I don’t know the real reason why Prem babies are so noisy, or when he will grow out of it.

All I can do is watch from the sidelines every night marvelling at how my tiny miracle sleeps through oblivious.

My new little guinea pig x



Bert and me

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Bert and Olive is a blog about my life with my brand new bundle of joy. It wasn’t supposed to be in this format though, the life I nearly had was very different.

Bertie was a twin, and when I found out I was pregnant  I wanted to record my daily life and new mummy experiences of having twins, and the trials and tribulations that ensues.

However early on in my pregnancy I developed severe Pre-Eclampsia which saw the twins arrive into the world three months early weighing 980g and 365g and ultimately took the life of my beloved daughter and sister to Bert, and nearly took mine.

Life through the looking glass is different now, so this blog is intended to be about my experiences of having a premature baby and the steep learning curve of being a first time mum, as well as the successes and pitfalls we go through together.

This mummy lark is a new career for me, minus the suits and stilettos.  

So I am going to embrace the moment and give it my best shot.

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