Labour Story Part I – It was all going so well…

Hello, Florence. This is the first part to the journey and story- Of your entrance into the world. I am struggling to write the second half at the moment, but I am sure that will be easier once I have had my ‘Birth Afterthoughts’ session. Anyway, My labour story starts on the Sunday before your due date,…

Dear Diary – 4/5/17

It’s just me, thinking out loud again.   How do I deal with trauma? I just seem to try and lock it away. My craft therapy and birth afterthoughts has got me this far, but there is still a little way to go. Even now, I find it a struggle to talk about just how…

Why you might want to avoid “13 Reasons Why”…

If you are struggling with your Mental Health, I cannot advise you strongly enough- that watching ’13 Reasons Why’ is probably not a good idea.  Many of the themes included in the show have made reminders of horrible feelings and events resurface. I’m feeling strong, but if I was in a worse place before starting…

Discectomy and decompression Surgery – Progress & updates! 

23/3/2017- I’m feeling a little bit worried, but very excited as my spinal surgery has been moved forward to 5/4 from June!  29/3/2017- I’ve been given a leaflet on  what to expect for the six weeks (and up to six months???) recovering from my spinal surgery… this leaflet covers- personal care (washing, cleaning teeth, cutting…

Why the aggression? 

A *massive* shout out to the charmingly abusive woman (if you’re disabled… you “Just shouldn’t leave the house”) in Tesco car park after my trip to the Doctors! We had to park in a ‘Parent and Child’ because (as you can imagine) it is pretty hard to get out of a car, in a normal…

They aren’t little for long! 

21 ways to appreciate and commemorate the time you spend with your little one as they grow up. Lately I’ve been left feeling totally alarmed at how quickly time passes. So I thought I’d compile a little list of things that I do regularly to ensure I appreciate every moment of Florence growing up. As…

Thinking about you…

The following words are a cliche, but I promise they’re all true… I never really knew who I was, or what I wanted to be until the day I held you. At first, just your existence made me feel complete as you thrived from within my tummy. But since you’ve been born, I love you…

Grandma Grace…

You may be my Thomas’ Grandma, but I could never imagine calling you anything but ‘Grandma’.  Thank you for welcoming me into your family with open arms and thank you for treating me just as well as you’d treat your own great grandchildren.  Every time you accidentally referred to me as Tom’s wife- it gave…

Thalía 

When I was pregnant, I was very unsure about my partner choosing a ‘Magic: The Gathering’ inspired name as one of Florence’s middles names! He suggested a few names, all inspired  by Magic and I picked my favourite… which was more difficult than you’d think! He won me over when he said that I could choose…

International Women’s Day 2017. 

“Here’s to strong women. May we know them, may we be them, may we raise them.” A massive shout out to the powerful, strong, resilient, confident, intelligent, beautiful and downright badass women in our lives; who will not only help to shape Florence- but her attitudes and awareness of herself, her voice, the world and…

‘Craft Attack’… My 1st Cohort.

  *warning – lots of ‘cringe worthy’ crafts ahead… I tried! okay?! Haha!* In March 2016, I confided in my (incredible) health visitor about my concerns for my mental health. She encouraged me to talk to the community nurse about how I was feeling during my post natal checks so that I could be referred…

My Birthing Plan.

I wanted to be sure that I had a concrete copy of my birthing plan, I thought that they’d be no better place to keep it than my blog. A plan is just that, rough guidelines of what we wish and for what we want to happen. Even if I didn’t get all of my…

Strep B. What was it to me?

Strep B. Strep B was knowing Mummies who had needlessly lost their babies.  The stories lead to worry.  Worry became research.  Research became awareness. Awareness became knowledge.  30-50% of women carry strep b at any given time. Generally it’s harmless to the women who carry it. Yet, it can be fatal for the babies that…