Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Baby Is No Longer Danger Proofed

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Baby Is No Longer Danger Proofed

Article excerpt

I REMEMBER that Wednesday like it was yesterday.

October 19, 1994 - I'd given birth to our first son, Adam, just five days before.

Our slow, awkward walk to the car for the trip home was partly because of my caesarean wound and partly because of the pair of size eight trousers that Dave chose as a coming home outfit.

I'd managed to get those tiny pants up as far as my giant thighs and covered the rest with a pyjama top.

I took small shuffle steps so that they didn't fall down.

But mostly, that steady, cautious journey was because we were carrying our baby. It was as if he were made of glass.

We strapped our son into his capsule and drove home at 40kmh.

Our little, fibro house was danger-proofed from floor to ceiling. I'd often put my finger under Adam's nose as he slept to make sure he was still breathing. David did also.

When he learnt to walk, we put pads on all the corners and locks on everything that opened and shut. …

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