W e a l l d o i t d i f f e r e n t l y . . . This photo was taken two days after I gave birth to my third baby. I was still holed up in my hospital room in Dubai, high on adrenaline, newborn sniffs, and sleepy cuddles. I could've gone home two days before, because I only had a couple of stitches and I felt fine, but I didn't want to. My health insurance was paying for two days, so I didn't have to rush off. I had a grandparenting team taking care of the boys at home, a husband popping in and out, and a chance for peace and quiet with my new daughter that I knew I wouldn't get again for years afterwards. I put some makeup on for this photo shoot, but otherwise lounged about in bed for two days with a bare face, baggy clothes, and only a few members of close family as visitors. It was a very special time - and third time round, I was fully aware of that in the moment. That's why I decided to have this photo shoot in the hospital, because I wanted to remember it forever. But do you know what? I know staying in hospital for a couple of days isn't everyone's cup of tea. I know that most people in the UK are on a ward and would much rather return to the comforts of home. I know that staying that long isn't an option anyway. And I know that most mums want to rush back to their other children, perhaps because they don't have the support team at home like I did - or perhaps because they just miss them so much it hurts.
So when Katherine left hospital yesterday just a few hours after giving birth and stood there on those steps cradling her new baby, I didn't think much but 'Ah she looks SO happy!' I didn't think 'Jesus woman, how did you pull yourself out your bed to do that?' Nor 'Well she only managed that because her hospital experience was worth thousands of pounds, tut tut!' Nor 'Well we all know that she feels rubbish and is being forced to do this, poor woman!'
I read all those comments underneath posts I saw online though - and I just felt a bit sad. Couldn't these people see the happiness in her eyes as she stood there? As I watched the news footage that night, I saw her glance down for a moment to look at her baby boy (continued in comments) - 6 hours ago