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Taking a look back on the HELLP syndrome journey…

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HELLP save a life by raising awareness of HELLP syndrome with a 2015 calendar…

 

This year I thought I’d got away with it.

 

This year I was feeling absolutely fine.

 

This year I felt  normal… but then the memories came flooding back (albeit some of them very hazy).

 

This blog post was going to focus on how I hadn’t shed a tear and hadn’t felt the need to.

 

Memories are powerful though and my memories are too strong.  The trauma is still there.  It is getting easier.  It really is but at this time of the year, as well as celebrating and being forever grateful, I find myself needing a little bit of ‘wallow’ time.

 

My emotions need to come out.

 

5 years ago as we came to the end of the third trimester, I thought we were coming to the end of our complicated pregnancy journey but really, it was about to get a whole lot more complicated due to pre-eclampsia and HELLP syndrome.  Frankly, I was lucky to come out alive.  Yes, I had sky high blood pressure and mild jaundice.  Yes, my liver was frighteningly close to shutting down.  But I survived…

 

We are forever grateful that our little bear also came out of it with mild jaundice and no other issues.  Forever grateful.

 

We are lucky to be here 5 years later as a family.  A while ago I took part in a blog linky where ‘The Prompt’ was ‘anger’.  I wrote about why I’m tired of pre-eclampsia and HELLP syndrome and “Why I’m putting my anger to bed.”  My blog post focused on turning away from the trauma but in it, I promised that I would continue to raise awareness of both conditions.

 

Along with personally marking the scariest time of our lives, I wrote this blog post to raise awareness of the HELLP syndrome awareness 2015 charity calendar produced by Kelly Lewis (founder of hellp syndrome angels on facebook).   All sales are being split between Tommy,s and Action on Pre-Eclampsia.  You can read more about the calendar here.  Kelly is also a survivor but tragically her and her husband David’s baby girl Ellissia wasn’t so lucky.  They have a gorgeous rainbow baby who can be seen below with Kelly, holding up ‘March’ which is the month Ellissia went to the angels.

Hellp syndrome awareness calendar 2015 with Kelly Lewis and  Jake (her gorgeous rainbow baby) blog

HELLP syndrome awareness calendar 2015 with Kelly Lewis and Jake (her gorgeous rainbow baby)

 

click here for more information on the calendar

HELLP has a far-reaching effect but sadly not many who are not affected know about the condition.  Not even the medical professionals.  You can change that by buying the calendar and ‘hellping’ to raise awareness.

HELLP to save a life today…

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Also available – my indispensable guide to avoiding ‘Working Mum Guilt’. Whether you are about to return or have already started back, this book offers practical solutions and feedback from real Mums with real families in real situations. Covering topics such as Post Natal Depression, childcare options, yours and your child’s development and time management – Ditch the guilt today! … and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @WorkingMumGuilt

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Mummy Bear’s Shout Out 22 ~ Best Blogs

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Welcome to Mummy Bear’s Best Blogs Shout Out 22.  It’s been another busy week in the Bear Household and I haven’t had a chance to do too much recent parenting blog reading of late.  But here I will share my favourite blog posts of the last few weeks in the form of links to the relevant blogs.  Feel free to comment, perhaps with a link to your favourite blog post of recent weeks too!

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John of Dadbloguk shares his observations on the debate of who makes the better parent – from a dad’s perspective.  It makes for great reading.

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A must-read for parents everywhere from Kiran at Mummy Says. Just in case you needed a reality check… and watch out for the snail reference! ;)

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Who hasn’t got an abundance of conkers surrounding a tree near them?…

Caroline at Becoming a SAHM compiled the fantastic conker activities… I especially the conker run ;)

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And Catherine at FromLittleThings has put together a great run-down of activities to do with conkers.

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I hope you enjoy these posts as much as I did.

What was your favourite post this week?

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Also available – my indispensable guide to avoiding ‘Working Mum Guilt’. Whether you are about to return or have already started back, this book offers practical solutions and feedback from real Mums with real families in real situations. Covering topics such as Post Natal Depression, childcare options, yours and your child’s development and time management – Ditch the guilt today! … and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @WorkingMumGuilt

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In the swing of it…

In the swing of it... word of the week blog

Four weeks in and I do believe that we’re well and truly in the swing of it … in the swing of school that is.

Yes our little bear’s growing and learning with a hop, skip and jump.  So far so good!

And my word of the week has got to be ‘swing’!

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Also available – my indispensable guide to avoiding ‘Working Mum Guilt’. Whether you are about to return or have already started back, this book offers practical solutions and feedback from real Mums with real families in real situations. Covering topics such as Post Natal Depression, childcare options, yours and your child’s development and time management – Ditch the guilt today! … and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @WorkingMumGuilt

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Why I get excited about homework !

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Here’s why I get excited about homework!

As a parent, you have your moments that you really treasure above many of the other moments.

Aside from starting school, one of mine was our little bear bringing books home in her book bag to read.  You might call it ‘homework’!

I absolutely love reading to our bear, although it’s getting so close to the day that I read with our bear!  And won’t that be a moment to treasure!

When I delved into her book bag a couple of weeks ago, I was ‘oh my god!!’ excited to see a ‘Reading Record’ book with her name and class on the front.

And then a Biff, Chip and Kipper book.  We’ve had a few now and I can see that they’re very clever in the way they build up sentence structure, they make the child (and parent) think about the book and they’re enjoyable too!

Time is most definitely of the essence in the week and we’re very aware of giving our bear some down time at home before and after school.  But I’m really happy that we’ve still managed to read (and enjoy!) the books.

And I honestly think that our bear is getting something out of the books and taking it in.  To know that we’re helping in our bear’s literacy journey gives me such a warm, fuzzy glow :)

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Also available – my indispensable guide to avoiding ‘Working Mum Guilt’. Whether you are about to return or have already started back, this book offers practical solutions and feedback from real Mums with real families in real situations. Covering topics such as Post Natal Depression, childcare options, yours and your child’s development and time management – Ditch the guilt today! … and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @WorkingMumGuilt

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Reasons to be a proud mummy…

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This week was our little bear’s first assembly at school, in the form of Harvest Festival.  For the past couple of weeks reception have been learning ‘The Dingle Dangle Scarecrow’ or the Jingle Jangle Scarecrow according to our bear!  They were asked to come to school dressed as scarecrows for the day.  I managed to pop along to the assembly and I’m so very pleased that I did.  I was proud.  Beyond all measures.

 

Then, just the other night after tea, our little bear decided she wanted to make a picture for her teacher and her class to play with.  I’ve captured it on video and again, I’m so very pleased that I did…

You can just about make out the words over the rustling paper (!) but in case you can’t, here’s the ‘best bits':

“Awesome, I’m going to make a TV show.

*whispers* “Mummy, pretend I’m on TV!”

Continues in her best TV presenter’s voice!

“I’m going to make a picture for my teacher.  The stickers are the flags on the sandcastles… Here’s my picture!”

How does the saying go? ‘Never work with children and animals’? Or is it just one or the other?  Either way, it was going well until the cat decided that she wanted her 5 minutes of fame and we had to do a quick cut to the adverts ;)

 

You get the idea!

I couldn’t resist sharing this because it really does sum up nicely why it’s been a very ‘proud’ week in the Bear household :)f

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Read my emotional and inspiring true story ‘Diary of a Complicated Pregnancy’. Available now through my website at Virtually All Sorts. 50% of sales to the charity Action on Pre-Eclampsia. …and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @ComplicatedPreg

Also available – my indispensable guide to avoiding ‘Working Mum Guilt’. Whether you are about to return or have already started back, this book offers practical solutions and feedback from real Mums with real families in real situations. Covering topics such as Post Natal Depression, childcare options, yours and your child’s development and time management – Ditch the guilt today! … and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @WorkingMumGuilt

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How to encourage your child to eat healthy food… (pst ~ no bribery involved!)

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Like many parents, we encourage our little bear to eat ‘properly’ and have a healthy diet.  That is, not to be a fussy, faddy eater. but to eat her fruit and veg (with the odd treat thrown in – everything in moderation and all that.  And we can’t get away with cake ourselves otherwise!).

She’s a good eater but very predictable and always sticks with the same food on her plate.  When we entice her with something new it invariably ends up pushed to the side or on the table so as not to contaminate the other food on the plate!

One tea-time recently, we were tucking in and chatting away at the table.  Our bear said, “I’m super girl with super powers!” and promptly put her arm up in the air like a super hero!  Immediately, something clicked with me.  I gave hubby the ‘knowing’ look that tells him to play along…

“Oh well, super heroes need power food to keep their super powers!”

(Can you see where this is going?!)

“What food on your plate stats with the letter ‘puh’?” I asked.

And it went from there.  The result being that our bear was not only eating her peas and saying they were yummy but actually shovelling them onto her fork!!  Yes, really!  So now she knows that peas, potatoes and pasta are super power foods.

And I’m pleased to report that since she’s started school, our little bear is definitely getting more adventurous with her food.  She’s tucking into school dinners and reporting back that they’re, “yummy!”

She still doesn’t like the idea of this delicious, nutritious snack though… ;)

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Read my emotional and inspiring true story ‘Diary of a Complicated Pregnancy’. Available now through my website at Virtually All Sorts. 50% of sales to the charity Action on Pre-Eclampsia. …and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @ComplicatedPreg

Also available – my indispensable guide to avoiding ‘Working Mum Guilt’. Whether you are about to return or have already started back, this book offers practical solutions and feedback from real Mums with real families in real situations. Covering topics such as Post Natal Depression, childcare options, yours and your child’s development and time management – Ditch the guilt today! … and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @WorkingMumGuilt

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A change is as good as a rest… but is it half term yet?!

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 Over the past couple of weeks we’ve had changes coming at us from all directions.  A change here, a change there, changes everywhere!  And they all revolve around starting school.

We’ve had a change of routine, physical changes as our little bear continues to grow, emotional changes for us all but especially for our little bear and a change in social interaction as new friendships are formed (which is so lovely to see and hear about).

So as we end another week of school my word of the week is ‘change’.

A change really is as good as a rest… but is it half term yet?! ;)

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Read my emotional and inspiring true story ‘Diary of a Complicated Pregnancy’. Available now through my website at Virtually All Sorts. 50% of sales to the charity Action on Pre-Eclampsia. …and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @ComplicatedPreg

Also available – my indispensable guide to avoiding ‘Working Mum Guilt’. Whether you are about to return or have already started back, this book offers practical solutions and feedback from real Mums with real families in real situations. Covering topics such as Post Natal Depression, childcare options, yours and your child’s development and time management – Ditch the guilt today! … and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @WorkingMumGuilt

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How to make a birdfeeder…

 How to make a birdfeeder blog

Although it may not be completely obvious at first glance, this is a bird feeder that our little bear and I made!

 

It happened (sort of) by accident after an *sigh* “I’m booooored” moment in the Summer holidays!  We received a Toucan Activity Box on trial and I had been saving them up, hidden away in a little cupboard far from little bear hands, especially for these moments!

 

So, we opened the kit up and after we’d glued the lolly sticks together and left them overnight to dry, it soon became apparent the next day that we hadn’t got anywhere close to the house to hook the bird feeder onto!  I told our little bear that we would have to leave it on a picnic table.  Not ideal – I had visions of it blowing away!

 

In a flash of creative inspiration, our little bear watched as I made a dive into the shed and reappeared with some garden canes and ties.  What I did next with our bear is one of those amazing memories that I will cherish forever…  She helped me push the cones into the ground, fix the ties and attached the bird feeder.

 

I will cherish the moment because she was so determined, concentrated so hard and absolutely loved that we’d had to find a solution!

 

What have you done with your little one that meant thinking outside of the box?

 

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Also available – my indispensable guide to avoiding ‘Working Mum Guilt’. Whether you are about to return or have already started back, this book offers practical solutions and feedback from real Mums with real families in real situations. Covering topics such as Post Natal Depression, childcare options, yours and your child’s development and time management – Ditch the guilt today! … and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @WorkingMumGuilt

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A poem about getting down with nature… a delicious, nutritious snack

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A poem about getting down with nature…

 

A delicious, nutritious snack… getting down with nature

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The soil under my fingers

Is a sign of fun;

I dug around in the mud

And unearthed a worm!

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He’s a friendly little fella,

With his long body he wriggles around;

Not sure what he thinks to this tub though,

No soft furnishings to be found!

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But does he think? Is he a she?

If we know, I’m not sure how!

With soil and mulch to feast on,

These are his home comforts for now.

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Back to the earth little wormy,

It’s been good to explore your home;

You’re not like my dolls or My Little Ponies,

No clothes to change, no hair to comb!

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I like to explore in the garden,

Get grubby and dig around;

Yes there’s lots to do outside,

And grubby things to be found!

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Also available – my indispensable guide to avoiding ‘Working Mum Guilt’. Whether you are about to return or have already started back, this book offers practical solutions and feedback from real Mums with real families in real situations. Covering topics such as Post Natal Depression, childcare options, yours and your child’s development and time management – Ditch the guilt today! … and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @WorkingMumGuilt

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Mummy Bear’s Best Blogs Shout Out 21

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Welcome to Mummy Bear’s Best Blogs Shout Out 21.  Here I will share my favourite parenting blog posts of the last week or so in the form of links to the relevant blogs.  Feel free to comment, perhaps with a link to your favourite blog post of the week too!

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Watching the news is akin to watching the cybermen on Doctor Who behind a cushion, which is why PottyMouthedMum doesn’t watch the news… @pottymouthedmum

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Emma at Life at the Little Wood on the love of our little ones loving books :) Very appropriate as our little bear only recently declared that she’s a big girl and doesn’t need picture books…

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I hope you enjoy these posts as much as I did.

What was your favourite post this week?

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Also available – my indispensable guide to avoiding ‘Working Mum Guilt’. Whether you are about to return or have already started back, this book offers practical solutions and feedback from real Mums with real families in real situations. Covering topics such as Post Natal Depression, childcare options, yours and your child’s development and time management – Ditch the guilt today! … and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @WorkingMumGuilt

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