Pretty pink ones with a little heart printed on them. I had thought about getting the iron on ones, but experience told me that they don't always stay put. There were also ones that could be applied using a press on plastic stud, but I thought they might be a bit irritating. So several evenings' worth of sewing lay in front of me!
Every single thing she takes to college has to be labelled. It makes sense. After all it's so easy to lose things and get them muddled up with other peoples when you are living in close proximity. But it is a long and boring task and mine all mine! There is so many to sew on though. I can't believe how much stuff she needs to take. Clothes and kit for every eventuality and type of weather.
The very first time I saw her name written down was when I was allowed to visit the Special Care Baby Unit a couple of hours after her birth. A little pink bracelet round her tiny wrist. Having been diagnosed with a Duodenal Atresia whilst still in the womb, the doctors knew that our baby would need surgery very soon after she was born. That coupled with the fact that, due to her being Downs there may be other medical problems, our newborn was whisked away as soon as she had arrived to be checked and attended to.
The name we chose for our daughter was one that we had at first dismissed. For ages we had settled on a name that I loved but in the weeks leading up to her birth I felt that it just wasn't right. Suddenly this little bundle had become a bit of a "monster" inside me. My preconceptions of people with Downs meant that I wasn't sure what to expect. In conversation with my husband we toyed with names for our little girl. We had a very pretty friend called Hayley.
"We can't call her that. It's too pretty for her!" I said.
"Why not? It's a great name for our daughter. She will be a stunner, and ours!"
So Hayley it was and what a darling she turned out to be. Always a charmer and so cute. And now about to leave home. My how time has flown.