I will try make this as brief as possible. 28 years ago I gave birth my 2nd child a very big 10lb baby girl. My son then 2 was so in love with her. I took photos of them together and you could see the similarities. Judith was a very good baby.
Just to back track a bit. Before I fell pregnant with her we had entered our son into a photo competition it was to support SIDS. From this moment on SIDS was on my mind and throughout my pregnancy. When I gave birth some friends came to visit and he asked how can you tell if she is breathing. My now ex answered you can tell by the colour.
Well this colour thing stuck in my head.
I was always checking her for her colour while she was sleeping.
When Judith was just over 9 weeks old we had her immunization done, we went to visit a friend and then home again. I gave Judith a bottle and put her to bed. She wouldn’t settle, so I was constantly going into her to check her nappy and settle her. I let her cry it out (I so regret this). It was time for her next feed, so I enetered her room I only had the light coming from the kitchen coming through. So when I went up to her she was face down (all my kids have liked sleeping on their tummy’s). I called her name as she would usually stir, this time she didn’t, so I gave her a gentle nudge and nothing. I then looked at her colour she didn’t seem to be quite right so I touched her head. I flew out of the bedroom screaming my now ex came running out of the toilet and turned her over to find the worst. I rang 000 and also some very close friends and family.
Some friends took our son to their place, our pastor and his wife came over and my brother traveled over an hour in a thunderstorm to be with me.
We had to wait 6 weeks for the autopsy results and it came back it was SIDS. I never reacted straight away like my ex. A year later it all came out.
I have heard many a mother say that they will not immunise their children. I went on to have 3 more children and never once thought not to immunise them. Yes it was always on my mind.
I had assistance from the hospitals with my subsequent births and was able to have monitors for my babies. This was a great relief.
Not a day goes by I always remember my Angel and my children talk about her too.
Posted by bridgwll, 11th March 2014