For many parents, posting photos with strategically placed milestone cards next to smiling bubs has become an important part of documenting their child’s early years.
But others, like Channel Nine sports reporter Sam Squiers, know that when your baby is born prematurely there are a whole other set of milestones to celebrate.
Posting a photo of her cradling her one-month-old daughter Imogen Grace Squiers, who was born at 32 weeks on Wednesday, the new mum shared the progress her daughter has made while at Mater Mothers’ Hospital.
“One month… No milestone cards as milestones take on a different meaning here in (the neonatal critical care unit),” Squiers wrote.
“There’s cracking 2kgs, moving off a respirator, no more CPAP, advancing to an open cot, and saying goodbye to extra oxygen plus so many more.”
Squires last week posted a video sharing her joy that Imogen reached the “big milestone” of moving from her incubator or “spaceship” to an open cot and wearing clothes for the first time.
She said her daughter’s progression has been slow – and not without setbacks – but she was trying to keep a positive outlook.
“It can sometimes feel like we’re stuck in a cruel time warp but we’re trying to treat the premmie progression of two steps forward one step back like our new dance, knowing, however slow, we will get to our destination eventually,” she wrote.