The mother of the Coldstream baby born at just 24 weeks at the end of last month says tiny Emily is doing well in Edinburgh Infirmary.
Claire Cressey said that Emily, her fourth daughter, is coping well with her machines and her feeding regime.
Born weighing just 1lb 3oz, Emily is now up to 1lb 7oz.
Her birth has understandably had a massive impact on her family’s life.
Emily’s stay at Edinburgh’s Royal Infirmary will last until at least her due date, June 16.
That means a lot of travelling to and from the city, not an enviable or cheap task with three other children and a lack of transport. As visitors, Claire and Emily’s father Alan are entitled to a reduction in parking fees, but things are still adding up.
Alan is new to his job, working on the construction of wind farms in the eastern Borders, and thus was only able to take unpaid paternity leave before going back to work.
To that end, Claire set up an internet funding page where people could donate, at this website.
Emily’s Family Fuel Fund so far stands at £740. Claire has a rough target of £850, and says that the generosity of people’s donations – including an auctioned gift voucher from The Fisherman’s arms in Eyemouth has amazed her.
“It’s been a real whirlwind,” she said. “People have been very generous. With all the attention in the national media, we’ve had several offers of payment for our story, but we’re not interested. We would never want to sell Emily out like that, no matter who asks.
“In a way, it’s made us realise just how unique our Emily is.”
Claire also admitted that not sleeping beside her daughter is proving difficult.
Edinburgh Infirmary have offered to let Alan or Claire sleep on the floor next to Emily’s incubator, “if things get rocky”.
However, that is contingent on other babies arriving on the ward. Ironically, as Emily gets bigger and stronger, the likelihood of Claire being able to sleep near her diminishes.
“With us, having the three older girls, the only answer is something like a Travelodge, which again is just more money,” said Claire.
“One of the best things about the response we’ve had is that we’ve managed to get two babysitters sorted for Emily’s sisters when we’re in Edinburgh.”
As well as the money that helps Emily’s family visit her, mum Claire says that one particular gift has made a special difference.
One kind soul gave Claire a comforter, a piece of soft cloth that Claire wears, or keeps in her pocket, when she’s not with her daughter.
“When I visit, I put it in her incubator,” said Claire. “Hopefully, it gets her used to my scent. It’s been a massive comfort to me to have that, as a way of having her with me when I’m not by her side.
“We just hope that people realise that this is a long term thing,” she went on.
“Even when we get Emily home, there will be trips up to Edinburgh to see specialists- and that’s just if she’s well.”
Claire added: “It’s a real rollercoaster with these little babies. You have to cherish the good days, and this is a good day.”