Mum’s joy as tiny Emily has first bottle

Claire holds Emily and feeds her with tiny bottle. Picture: contributed
Claire holds Emily and feeds her with tiny bottle. Picture: contributed
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PREMATURE baby Emily Cressey – who clutched on to her mum’s finger as if her ­little life depended on it just ten weeks ago – has reached ­another milestone.

Born 16 weeks early, the fragile tot who touched hearts across the country as her ­family hoped and prayed that she would pull through has finally been fed with a bottle by her mother.

Emily – known as the “little miracle” – has ­astounded both her family and medical staff alike with her progress.

And mum Claire, who is ­enjoying being nearer home following Emily’s transfer from the ERI, is celebrating this ­major moment in any parent’s life. She posted new pictures on Emily’s Journey – a page documenting her daily progress – getting to give her the bottle.

“It it was the most beautiful moment, most mothers take that for granted, even get fed-up with doing it, not me, never,” she said. “To see her take a bottle was wonderful, I’m so grateful for this time, so precious, when you fight to keep your baby alive for so long you often overlook these simple kind of moments, just like we did her jabs.

“To hold Emily with a bottle, her tubes seemed to vanish and the moment became real, gazing down at my baby watching her feed felt so right and I’m so thankful at the same time.”

Emily was born weighing little more than half-a-bag of sugar. A medical team from Edinburgh transported Claire from her home in Coldstream to ensure experts were on hand to give Emily the help necessary to survive beyond birth. She fought to stay alive, first on a ventilator, then by using a continuous positive airway pressure machine, necessary to help her lungs develop until they could function on their own. Her weight has increased from just 1lb 3oz to a steady 3lb 15oz with every other feed now being from the bottle.

Dad Alan Coultas, and siblings Caitlin, eight, Millie, four, and Brooke, 17 months, marked her weekly milestone with their usual cake and candles.

Claire added: “Time has been an amazing healer and look at all those candles now. We are truly blessed by Emily, wow where have the ten weeks gone? “I cradle Emily and think back to those first few weeks every day and I am shocked at how far we have come.

“I’ve even shocked myself and realise I’ve found a new inner strength I never knew I had. Although Emily is still very tiny she is here, she is strong, she is determined, and she’s one hell of a fighter - what more could we ask for? Nothing.”