This sweet little miracle holds a very special place in my heart. Alyssa’s Mummy Rachell was my roommate for a while during the time I was on bedrest in the antenatal ward of the Mater Mothers Hospital. We became friends instantly and bonded over milos, baby heartbeat monitoring and chatted about our dreams and hopes for our babies aswell as the stresses and heartache of the journey we had endured to get to where we were. I like to think we kept eachother sane as bedrest is far more difficult than you would think. I now count Rachell as one of my closest friends. Little Alyssa was born 2 days prior to my premmie twins and her humidicrib was also next to my Zavier in intensive care 1 in the nicu. In the world of the NICU it was bittersweet having Rachell & her partner Jake along the same journey. Heartbreaking knowing that she too gave birth prematurely and had a long journey ahead of her but comforting in that we were doing it together.
I have taken pics for this special family throughout their journey and was fighting back the tears as this little princess finally arrived at my studio at 121 days old. She is strong, she is determined, she is a miracle and she is simply perfect! Well done baby girl! you did it! and well done Jake & Rachell! Here is Alyssa’s story told by her amazing mummy.
“It was Christmas Eve 2014 when my partner Jake and I discovered that we were expecting our baby girl. Although much sooner than we had anticipated, we were both overjoyed at the thought of starting our family. What we were not prepared for was the physical and emotional rollercoaster that the next 9 months would become. A complicated pregnancy meant I was in and out of hospital numerous times with the constant fear that we would never get to meet our baby. It was a series of extreme highs and lows and a time I could never have got through without the support of my partner. My waters broke when I was only 23 weeks and 5 days pregnant and words can’t explain the terror I felt as the doctors sat us down and explained the likelihood that she would not survive. I spent the next few days in tears, begging her to stay inside; praying that she would hold on just a few more days. She must have listened because it wasn’t until 16 days later and 26 weeks gestation that she decided it was time. It may not seem like a lot, but we know that that extra time made all the difference. Alyssa came into this world on the 20th May at 3:38 pm weighing a tiny 902 grams and hearing her cry out for the first time was the most amazing sound I had ever heard. The next 117 days in the NICU were a blur of anger and tears, milestones and setbacks. But our princess is a fighter and she proved time and time again that nothing was going to hold her back.
I have no idea what the future holds for our family, but I do know how blessed I am. Not every story has a happy ending and we are so thankful that she is now home and we can focus on the future. After all we’ve faced in the last 12 months, I’m confident that there is nothing we can’t handle together. Alyssa has taught us that anything is possible and showed us what true strength is… Alyssa Emma Tait… My love. My life. My miracle.”