Did you get that?! One more time, ASA IS HOME!!!!!! Our little boy came home yesterday after four very long, exhausting weeks (and one day)!


Asa finally gets to wear his ‘coming home from hospital’ outfit!

To make it even more of a special day, yesterday was Jon’s parents’ wedding anniversary. And it wasn’t just any anniversary, but Margaret and Ray’s GOLDEN wedding anniversary! We were a bit naughty as we kept it a surprise! We invited both sets of parents round for a cup of tea and cake after we ‘visited’ Asa. The discharge from the neonatal unit took much longer than expected as there was a long checklist to go through, plus we had to feed him (and occupy a toddler, yikes!). I texted both sets of parents to say we’d be 20 minutes coming home. In they walked to discover their little grandson was waiting to give them a cuddle! SURPRISE!

Left: My mum, Anne, made this cake for Margaret and Ray’s Golden Wedding Anniversary, for our little informal gathering. (With extra special secret guest!).
Right: My mum’s first cuddle of Asa, aged 4 weeks and 1 day old!


This morning, we took Asa to church without anyone other than our parents knowing Asa was home! No-one really noticed at first, except those sat in the ‘Oasis’ area where we were sat. There were a few whispers, people pointing and trying to crane necks and see what was going on, and Mark Lonney informed Matt Lewis, who was speaking, that baby Asa was in the building! We did inadvertently cause some commotion in Matt’s sermon (sorry Matt!). I must admit, I have been dreaming of this day for ages, finally getting to show off our whole family, and we did it. After church we could barely move for people wanting to see him and talk to us.

We are incredibly blessed to be part of Bethesda – it’s such a supportive, loving, compassionate, prayerful church. I’m in tears as I write this. We have seen and experienced God through these many, many faces, these friends, this family of ours. It feels like home.

Friday afternoon I had a phone call from the unit to say that Asa might be discharged the following day and would I like to come and spend the night at the hospital ‘rooming in’ to get used to looking after Asa. It was a long and difficult night as Jon couldn’t stay with me, and Asa had to be woken and fed every 3 hours through the night, taking sometimes an hour (or more!) to feed…plus his noisy breathing (stridor) made it difficult to sleep. A lot of the night was spent in tears, but we knew we were close to having him home!

P1090073Our first night at home altogether as a family. Precious times!