In June 2015 I gave birth to the most adorable little girl named Esmae-Ivy. After been unexpectedly being dealt a horrendous pregnancy and an awful lot for a 19 year old to deal with she really was light at the end of the tunnel. Esmae was born weighing 4lbs 10oz, 8 weeks premature and after scaring Mummy to death needing resuscitating twice at birth she was transferred to battle in Hull Neonatal Unit (NICU) for 14 days before she was given the green light to come home. Since then she’s excelled each and every day overcoming all obstacles to live the life she deserves. Now 4 years old she stands on her own two feet as the kindest, beautiful and biggest character out there.
In March 2019 I found out I was expecting my second child, myself and my partner obviously wanted to shout our news from the roof tops and wanted the exciting build up to a birth that every couple deserves to experience although after the past episode with Esmae I knew we had no other option but to keep it between us. Our judgements where right as very early into the pregnancy I was told I would have similar complications to the first time round which meant our baby would be high risk throughout. We were offered terminations right upto 24 weeks on medical grounds which we declined. I was diagnosed at 6 weeks with ICP, a liver condition which causes a build up of bile acids in my blood which raises the chances of stillbirth and comes with symptoms of excruciating itching so we knew we had a long road ahead of us. Bile acids should normally be in the range of 0-10 and at 28 weeks her results came back at 190 resulting in us being advised by our consultant that the safest option would be to deliver our baby by c-section at 29 weeks gestation (11 weeks early) which we booked in.
After endless appointments, sleepless nights, stress and worry it gave me great pleasure to hear our little girl scream as she was delivered in October 2019 weighing 3lbs exactly. Hearing Indie-Arabella’s first scream as she entered the world was truly magical. We wasn’t naive and knew our journey had just begun but drawing a line under another exhausting and stressful pregnancy felt great. After 50 long days in NICU and after defeating all the odds, Indie was given the all clear to come home despite still requiring her NG feeding tube and oxygen. On that day in December 2019 I didn’t think I could be happier until my other half got down on one knee before we left for home to which I obviously said YES!! From this day besides the odd blip, Indie has gone from strength to strength and in February 2020 she was discharged from the Out Reach nursing team meaning we officially had freedom of our little girl. Time to finally begin our life together as a “normal” family of 4!
Throughout our journeys we realised a gap in the market when it came to premature baby clothing/ items. Available items seemed very selected to us and the majority could even be too expensive which would leave parents in a unthinkable position. This along with having 2 miracle daughters, inspired us to open an online store/ start a new business venture as “Miniature Miracles” was born. Our goal is to provide a cost effective and adventurous range for future parents who find themselves in a similar position to what we’ve been through. Along with fundraising for NICU, we see this as our own little way of giving back to the community and to make people’s worrying situations a little better.
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