Zak stephen was born 19. 07. 2007. Shane and I captured the whole birth on video. Zak was born with both Shane and my mother in attendance with midwife at the hospital. An amazing moment in time where I was listening to a compilation of songs produced by Shane for the birth of his son. I sang this baby out of me, so happy to have this baby although the reality of childbirth at the time involved screaming. I tried to stay calm and I tried really hard not to push, but my body took over in the end and pushed the baby out itself.
Zak did not like his fingernails trimmed right from the start. I remember his nails growing fast I wondered why and thought it was a newborn thing. I was worried baby would scratch himself so I asked my husband to cut his nails, which he did lovingly. I would not do it as I was worried the tremor in my hands would mean I would cut the nails too short. My baby was so uncomfortable and screamed so loud, it made me distressed and cry. I could not watch. Was this a sign of Autism that I mistook for normal babyhood reaction? I had no knowledge or way of knowing.
Also my baby had difficulty attaching to my breast for breast milk and had unstable weight gain/loss for a few weeks there. He eventually understood the sucking motion.
I was a hormonal new mum, everything that I had lived for was happenning, I was finally a mother, everything that I wanted to be in my life. My baby that I had dreamed of was finally lying in my arms. Produced through the sexual union and love of his father and myself. I was totally amazed.
I remember he had a weepy eye, we thought it may be infected but it was not. The weepy eye did not clear up with anti biotics or other. It was found that Zak Stephen had a blocked tear duct that needed to have a minor operation to unblock. So my son only months old was taken to the hospital when he was months old to have this minor irritation cleared up and thankfully it was all ok.
Written and Authorised by Jane Muras, 4 Henry st, Hectorville, SA 5073 Candidate for Hectorville Ward CCC 2018