Elise Alexandra Grace
On Friday the 17th of January, at 6.55am, we moved from being a family of 2 to a family of 3. In what was an extraordinarily fast labour for a first time mum (2hrs 55min), Hannah and I were proud to introduce Elise Alexandra Grace into our lives. She weighed in at 3.865kg (8 lb 8oz).
Her arrival into the world was uncomplicated and Hannah and Elise are doing really well. The ensuing few days have been the baby moon phase of parenthood. We have really enjoyed watching Elise adapt to her new outside world and she is proving to be (so far) a good sleeper and a not-too-demanding consumer of milk.
As we adapt to this new phase of life, we would like to thank everyone who made it possible through their incredible generosity. My most recent CT scan showed good news, and that the treatment is successful (insofar as there is no disease and a reduction in the tumour burden of existing disease). As I reflect on our circumstance I had a realisation:..
It was in the context of gestating new life that I pursued more of my own life.
My daughter is literally the reason I am still alive…
And I will be forever grateful to her, and to those who enabled this to happen.
We now move forward into a new phase of life, one that will no doubt include sleepless nights, but filled with tears of joy and an overwhelming sense of pride in who our daughter has already become.
I have in the interim postponed my next round of chemotherapy, which will be next wednesday. It will be my 6th round of Avastin and FOLFOX, and my 80th round total. Its not clear why I have lasted as long as I have, but after meeting Elise there is now continued impetus to try and survive for even longer again.
Whilst today we featured on the front page of some news papers (to acknowledge and to thank those who contributed to helping us make this day a reality), we will be declining further media requests as we feel this is an important time for the family as we grow and adapt and give Elise the privacy she deserves.
Until next time..