Wesley Peter Cresswell
Born: June 3rd 2016
We are so smitten with this little man. Words cannot express the explosion in my chest when he looks at me, or when I see Mike holding him close.
I never really understood what motherhood could feel like – but wow…it’s powerful.
Those cheeks!! That gorgeous red hair, curious blue eyes, the cute little sighs when he sleeps…ugh I’m totally in love.
We’re home now, after a week in the hospital. The birth was kind of traumatic and perhaps I’ll write about it at some point here, but for the mean time I think I’ll leave it and talk to some professionals and see how to cope with the memories. Despite it being difficult and scary – the joy and relief that Wesley is healthy and safe with us diminishes the fear.
His Papa Rick is here now all the way from Canada to meet him, and he’s met a large portion of the Cresswell family…including his great grandma Isabel, nannie Annie and grandad Brian. We’ll be introducing him to more family soon!
He was 2 weeks past his estimated due date, and upon seeing him in the hospital – one of the midwives exclaimed he was big enough to be going to kindergarten. He weighed 9lbs…which is massive. The support we had in the hospital post surgeries was amazing.
The health care system in New Zealand is truly wonderful, and I am thankful we were here to bring Wesley into this world. Over 20 midwives helped Mike and I care for Wesley and came each night to take him away for cuddles. They each gave us tips and tricks for raising a new born – and I’ll forever be grateful for thier advice. I’ve likened it to having about 20 mums on board to help us cope. With this knowledge our transition home has been very smooth – and while I still have about 6 weeks to recover – I’m pleased at how we’re travelling so far.
Holly, Mike and Wesley