A story about Dottie and the Wombat
by Granny Debs
A Wombat is an Australian animal.
A baby Wombat is called a joey.
Wombats are fat, sturdy, hardy and can be a bit of a nuisance, luckily they’re also cute!
They have a thick rump (bottom) to help them survive in their burrows.
Dottie was called a Wombat at first, then she became a baby girl.
She needed a lot of help to keep growing big and strong like her namesake the Wombat.
At first she wasn’t very sturdy but she was determined to grow big and strong and hardy. She wanted a thick rump too.
She was a tiny fighter.
Dottie was loved by everyone because she was so special. Dottie’s mummy and daddy loved her very much and even though she was very small, they loved her a whole lot!
Dottie had two brothers at home – Ozzy dog, a chunky, black Labrador and Bruce the Rabbit. Together with mummy and daddy they were a family!
Over on the other side of the world Dottie had lots of family – grandparents, great-grandmothers, aunts, great aunts, uncles, great uncles and a very special cousin called Emilia. Another cousin was hatching as Dottie was born and he/she was called Gundoo at first. Gundoo means little child in Aboriginal language.
Dottie wanted to meet all her family from Australia. The first one to visit was Granny Debs who was very excited to fly all the way on a big plane, all by herself, just a week after Dottie had arrived. Granny Debs just couldn’t stay away as it was her first born girl who was Dottie’s mummy.
Papa G, her grandfather, stayed home to take care of cousin Emilia who turned one year old, Aunty Sarah (Emilia’s mummy), Aunty Eliza (Gundoo’s mummy), Great-Grandma Ruby and Great-Grandma Bus and GAC – Great-Aunty Carol. It was a very important job he had to do but he loved nothing more than getting news and photos of Dottie as she grew bigger, and telling everyone about how clever she was!
Granny Debs and Papa G have a big trip planned for later in the year for Dottie’s first Christmas! How exciting!
Just like Wombats in the bush Dottie was determined to grow. She needed lots of help at first with a special bed called a humidicrib, with a machine to help her breathe and wires that connected her to the medicine and food she needed. She had lots of doctors and nurses caring for her but no-one cared more for her than her mummy and daddy.
Dottie’s mummy made special milk for Dottie and collected it many times a day for feeding to Dottie through a tube. It was pure gold milk and just what Dottie needed to grow. Wombats also feed their babies with milk.
One day when Dottie gets big enough she can suckle at mummy’s breast directly rather than get it through a tube. That will be a very special day for both of them.
Dottie’s daddy had a special way of settling her down when she was upset, he talked quietly to her while stroking her tiny hands and feet. She liked that a lot!!
Although she was a Wombat at first, Dottie enjoyed Kangaroo-care cuddles with mummy and daddy, lying on their chest skin to skin. She liked to hear their heartbeat and to smell them. Sometimes she was so happy she just fell asleep, and guess what, so did they!
Dottie’s story will continue…
Notes about this original story
I wrote this story while on the plane flying from Australia to London – in anticipation of meeting my newest granddaughter. I haven’t changed it much since finding it in my notebook and I plan to eventually get it printed into a book for Dottie.
The only other children’s story I have written was Big Debbie’s Purple Boots based on an adaptation of the story Big Sarah’s Little Boots.
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I am walking in the event Walk for Prems on 27 October 2019 in Canberra and have set up a fundraising page if anyone is keen to support this great cause, through Life’s Little Treasures. They were fantastic when I first made contact with them and have given me support since. They also sent out a free Prem pack full of useful information and knitted items for Dottie, which my husband sent over to us in England. Very caring and thoughtful! You can click on the link below for more information and thanks again:
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