The Popple was a difficult baby.
She was colicky and spent most of her first three months screaming. She didn’t sleep through the night until she was a year old, and for most of that year she woke up every 1-3 hours. She refused to nap in her cot until she was seven months old. She never sat still and didn’t let me put her down.
And yet I was one of the lucky ones.
Why? Because I had a caring partner who did everything he could to support me. Because I had a good job and enough savings to get me through a year of maternity leave. Because I had a loving family who would have helped us out if we really needed it.
There are a lot of people who don’t have that, which is why services like the Lanarkshire Baby Bank are so important. They support struggling parents by providing them with items like nappies, formula and baby clothes when they have nowhere else to turn.
Being a parent is hard. Being a parent who doesn’t know if they can afford to feed their child is impossible.
I worried about whether or not the Popple was getting enough to eat, but only because she was a bit fussy about the whole boobin’ thing – not because I couldn’t afford formula. I worried about the colour and frequency of her poos, but I never questioned whether or not I’d be able to buy nappies to contain them. I worried about whether she was too hot or too cold, but I never worried about having enough clothes to keep her warm.
Like I said, I was lucky. Even in the worst moments, when my life basically looked like this, I was in a pretty fortunate position.
The Lanarkshire Baby Bank is under threat of closure because they’re about to lose their premises, and they have until 27 January to raise enough money to rent a new warehouse to house their donatations.
Their services provide lifeline to parents who have run out of options. Now they need a lifeline.
Let’s get together and use the internet for something good, rather than just sharing stupid cat memes and posting pictures of our food on Instagram.