Bliss is a charity that helps the parents of children that are born too early or too sick. It was the bliss booklet that first gave me information on premature babies, what all the abbreviations meant, and what I could expect.
When you have just had a baby and everything about the experience is not what was expected because medical staff are looking after your child, guidance support and understanding is what is needed. This is what Bliss supplies.
Ethan's first Christmas he spent in an incubator, on a Ventilator. Bliss came round the NICU and put up a little tiny stocking and left a present for Ethan for me to find. It made the abnormal holiday, slightly more normal. I should have been opening presents for Ethan on Christmas day, as every other mother would have been normally.
Please do support this wonderfully charity in Ethan's name by sponsoring me https://www.justgiving.com/Nicky-Mitchell2/
It has been a good year so far, marrying the worlds more loveliest man has so far been a wonderful highlight.
It does go without saying that I will always miss my little boy. I still find myself counting children when I am out about (head count!) and feeling like I have one missing.
I still get a rush of emotion and the feeling of heart breaking pain, not all the time. Sometimes it can be so bad that I wonder when it will stop, but then I think I don't want it to stop - for as long as I feel so much then my memories of Ethan will stay as fresh as ever.