IMG_8154IMG_8199Baby SkyeIMG_8200

Here’s an overdue announcement: On October 29th, 2014, this wondrous little person entered the world. Her name is Skye Florence. She is beautiful, calm and sweet. She is a patient darling, but doesn’t hesitate to let us know she’s unhappy if she needs to. I am glad that already she knows how to speak her mind.

Only six weeks ago, she was still floating in the private universe of mum and babe, and now is here, our long-awaited little sister. When you’ve been waiting for something for many years, it’s almost surreal when the day finally comes.

As with any momentous life event, the six weeks of her life so far have been a period of challenge and change. Skye is a night owlet who likes to keep Mummy up for hours on end in the wee smalls. I haven’t yet figured out how to convince her that sleeping at night is a good idea, but I’m sure she’ll learn soon that dark means rest. At the moment, we are having lots of good chats at 4 am every night, when she is wide-eyed and ready to party.

We have all been trying our best to keep things as “normal” as possible around here – trying to get Gavin to school on time, and figuring out the logistics of little sister tagging along to activities like swim lessons and ball hockey. It’s all definitely a work in progress, but she doesn’t complain much.

Skye is a healthy little babe, but has already had her fair share of appointments in her time on Earth. Because she was a breech baby, there are a few issues that we are following, most importantly that one of her hips may be slightly dislocated. This is simple to follow with ultrasound and will (I’m sure) resolve itself soon.

So she has been subjected to ultrasounds and some poking and prodding. But we have decided as a family not to pursue ultrasound or imaging of her head. My original intention was to do regular cranial ultrasounds while she is still little, but I now believe that going on the hunt for tumours cannot help us in any way. We hope with all the hope we have that our Skye will not have to suffer as Gavin has done. And so, we choose to believe that she is well and will continue so through the long years of her life. Holding on to faith and rejecting fear. This is the hard work I have to do every day, for both of my children, and trust me, there have been some moments at 4 in the morning when it’s hard to hold on.

She’s making it easy to believe in her. I had forgotten how amazing newborns are. How strong and resilient and yet how incredibly needy.

Skye is sleeping the day away, gearing up for another night’s festivities. As she sleeps, I watch her dreams march across her beautiful face. She smiles and laughs, obviously dreaming of something sweet.

I don’t know how I chose the name Skye for her – it just came to me one day, many months ago. But I know why it is the perfect name for her. Because I always want her to know how limitless her life is. How beautiful and ever-changing and yes, sometimes stormy. She’s inherited her middle name Florence from me and from my mother, and I give it to her as a good-luck talisman from her Mummy and her Bubby, in hopes that the fortune we have enjoyed will also be hers. I believe it will.


10 responses to “Skye”

  1. Anonymous

    beautiful, Erica. your positivity is such a breath of fresh air. xoxo

  2. Duncan

    I love you, little sister.

  3. Aunt Karen

    And the name Florence also comes from her great-great Grandma Florence Parkes, my Dad’s Mum!

    Love your notes…love your babes! Skye is perfect for her. ??

  4. alma

    For a couple of years now, I’ve been one of those creepy people who doesn’t know you but follows your very personal blog 🙂 I came across it during the time the son of a dear friend was in the throes of his struggle with AT/RT and have remained a loyal stalker. I always find your posts poignant and moving – but with this one, I can’t help myself, I have to comment: Congratulations to you and your family, and I will join you from far away in your belief that Skye will live a long and healthy life at her big brother’s side. Warm wishes.

  5. Colleen

    What a beautiful entry for a beautiful baby girl 🙂 Your family is now complete, so happy for you all xo xo!

  6. Yvonne

    Hi Erica,

    I have just seen your post. CONGRATULATIONS on the safe arrival of Skye.

    Wishing the 4 of you a festive period filled with love, laughter and happiness.

    Yvonne xx

  7. Suzi

    Oh, I have been waiting so long for this post. What a beautiful baby girl and I love her name. Say hi to Gavin:)
    Love suzi (Gavin’s gymnastics coach)

  8. Gail

    Congratulations on your beautiful little girl, Erica, Craig and Gavin.

  9. cindy F

    She’s gorgeous!!!! We’re so happy for you four.
    With love,
    Cindy, Andy, Maeve and Will

  10. Audrey Segal

    Welcome baby Skye! What a beauty! I couldn’t be happier for you guys! Gavin will be an incredible big brother, I’m sure. Wishing you only the very very best in the years to come….

    Big hugs…..

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