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Re-blogging for pre-eclampsia awareness month in May. Knowledge is crucial. Trust your gut instinct. ‘HELLP’ save a life…

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As soon as I heard the phone ring on that beautiful summer’s afternoon, I knew something was wrong. It was my midwife – she said something along these lines: “We’ve got the results of yesterday’s blood tests Kiran. Can you go to the hospital now please. They’re expecting you.” I had just made it to 37 weeks pregnant. We hadn’t yet painted the nursery.

What followed was a terrifying but ultimately amazing couple of weeks. And then I brought home my first baby. Milin. He was healthy and happy and perfect – but I will never forget the fear that went through me the first time I heard the word that changed my pregnancy. Pre-eclampsia.

That was more than two years ago. I have learnt so much about Pre-eclampsia and HELLP Syndrome since then. Although both are serious conditions that can affect pregnant women, I knew very little about them…

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Step into the cafe…

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Step into the cafe

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Step into the café,

And pull up a pew.

There’s something for me,

There’s something for you.

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It’s all listed here,

From left to right.

Just choose what you fancy,

If you’d like a quick bite.

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Our bear asked me to spell

The words that you see,

Then wrote them herself

As easy as A, B, C…

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Now here’s the tricky part,

Nothing rhymes with orange, instead

We’ll choose a staple, how about

A sandwich? It’s bread!

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There’s apple, sweetcorn,

Carrot, cucumber, grapes.

Not forgetting the milk

For those delicious shakes.

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Thanks for popping by

Our little bear’s café,

Leave a tip and next time

You’ll be offered a latte!…

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I’m taking part in #ShareWithMe with Let’s Talk Mommy.  Have you got something to share?

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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

Thank you.

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“I asked the doctors if I could go home…”

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On the cusp of Pre-eclampsia Awareness Month in May, I am sharing a short excerpt of my ebook ‘Diary of a Complicated Pregnancy’.  The reason?  Not for self-promotion, I do assure you.  No, with 50% of the sales going to the charity Action on Pre-eclampsia (APEC), it is simply to raise awareness of a pregnancy condition that can and does turn into a serious complication such as HELLP syndrome.  It is also fitting to share this post with The Theme Game this week ~ the theme being ‘home’.  As any new mum will know, the need to be home with a newborn is felt deep in the heart.  To be in hospital when you should be home are the feelings I convey here…

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As strangely privileged as I was to be on the ward with help and reassurance on tap, I was chomping at the bit and absolutely determined to be at home as soon as possible. I was getting a bit of cabin fever. I also found it difficult that I wasn’t able to walk about on the ward with our little bear. So although I could walk up to the Day Room for a change of scenery, I couldn’t take her with me, unless I wheeled her in her crib. My stomach wasn’t strong enough for that yet. The way I saw it at the time was that most people could hold their baby in one arm or over a shoulder while sorting the milk or washing or just pottering about at home, but I felt like I was missing out by not being able to do that. I have to say though, that I did use up rather a large supply of snacks, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, newborn nappies and cotton wool during our stay!

 

{fast forward to ‘home time’}

 

I asked the doctors if I could go home on the Tuesday because it was the anniversary of a family member’s death. They let me go home and I was so relieved and excited! I was told that the health visitor would come round every day for the next week or so to check my bp.

 

Our bear was put in her brand new, never used car seat. She was so tiny in it! I sat in the back with her while hubby drove very gingerly home, as if he had the best family china in the car. He also had a wife who had just had a c-section in the back… quite a responsibility!

 

I was in a daze the next day after the first night with our newborn bear. By tea time, the health visitor came and took my bp. It was far too high and she told me I had to go back into hospital. I was gutted and I dug my heels in but hubby said I had to go. I didn’t want to leave him or take our little bear with me. This wasn’t a new mum rejecting her baby. I wanted us to be a family at home together. I was told that because I was expressing my milk, our bear needed to be with me.

 

I was in tears.

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I’m linking up with #TheThemeGame of ‘home’ at The Reading Residence and Redpeffer with this post.

Looking for something new to do?  Join in!

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Thank you.

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Mummy Bear’s Shout Out 4

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Welcome to Mummy Bear’s Shout Out 4.  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!

I love how Aby at You Baby Me Mummy explores the simple bonds our little one make from an early age and, with it, the bonds parents can make as a result.

This is a really useful post from Sarah at TobyGoesBananas for anyone (like me!) who’s about to embark on the self-hosted blog adventure!  Hold on tight…

And here is a just a nice simple recipe from Michelle at Twice A Mummy Double the Fun…

There you have it then – I hope you enjoy these posts as much as I did 🙂

What was your favourite post this week?

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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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‘Frozen’

Frozen word of the week

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Our little bear was safely tucked up in bed and there I was checking my twitter when I saw a tweet mentioning me.  This was before I had looked at my notifications and seen my direct tweet.

The tweet said there was a winner of the ‘Frozen’ DVD…  and it direct tweeted me, me me!!  I was excited muchly.  I know that’s not grammatically correct but frankly I don’t even care.  I was thrilled, excited and over the moon to have won the DVD that everyone (yes indeed, everyone) is talking about.  And it seems everyone else has already seen it.

The next day over breakfast I told our little bear what I had won for her and her little eyes lit up.  “Do you mean this one [reaching for her Disney Princess magazine]?”  Yes I did.  On Saturday we will tell her a little porky pie that the postman has been and our prize has arrived.  We won’t really have time to watch it all in one sitting before then.

I’m not sure which bear is more excited!

 …and that’s why my #WordoftheWeek with The Reading Residence is ‘Frozen’.

Join in…

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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

 

Thank you.

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It really was sweet…

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It Really Was Sweet…

“Mummy, will you play with me?”

Asked our little bear.

I obediently obliged and was told,

“Right, you sit there!”

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I knelt down beside her

But she wouldn’t let me build.

She’d laid the foundations

And the cracks had been filled.

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So, brick by brick, slowly

And one by one by one,

Her creation took shape,

She was having fun!

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Tentatively came the question,

“What have you made?”

I should have paid attention

While we had played.

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What our bear said next

It really was sweet,

“I’ve made a cake for

My dolly’s birthday treat!”

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I’m linking up with #TheThemeGame of ‘treat’ at The Reading Residence and Redpeffer with this post.

Looking for something new to do?  Join in!

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I’m also taking part in #ShareWithMe with Let’s Talk Mommy.  Have you got something to share?

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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

Thank you.

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Mummy Bear’s Shout Out 3

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Welcome to Mummy Bear’s Shout Out 3.  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!

Redpeffer ~ Gender stereotyping – is it really that straight forward?  Iona at Redpeffer asks whether we should look closer to home in the gender stereo-typing debate.

RedHeadBabyLed ~ Donna says ‘It’s all about manners.’  You’d be ignorant not to read it.

Mydaysni ~ with Mel.  Get asked a simple question… then throw in the towel…

There you have it then – I hope you enjoy these posts as much as I did 🙂

What was your favourite post this week?

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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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School time in a little rhyme

School time word of the week

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School Time in a Little Rhyme

The time is near,

We’ve been waiting so long,

Yet it’s here already,

But where’s the time gone?

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The time is still,

I try to log on,

The website’s crashed,

The night will be long.

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The time is here,

My heart starts to race,

The screen refreshes,

We got our first place!

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The relief is here,

There’s disbelief too,

But I’m so, so happy,

Pass the tissue!

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The gamble paid off,

Our little bear’s got in,

We got our first choice,

Please escuse the grin!

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 …and that’s why my #WordoftheWeek with The Reading Residence is ‘school’.

Join in…

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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

 

Thank you.

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My bookcase, my nook…

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My Bookcase, My Nook…

It might look like a bookcase at first glance,

Donated by Grandma for this corner of the house.

But look closer… is it… a fairy by any chance?

Yes it is!  But shhhh, be quiet, quiet as a mouse.

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The fairies wings glisten and sparkle in the sunshine,

No surface is left untouched by her flutter

As she leaves a trail of magic glitter that intertwines.

You will hear a grown-up, my Mummy, mumble and mutter.

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Mummy calls it housework as she cleans up the ‘murk’.

She can’t see it though, this fairy now perched on a book,

But I know that it’s magic, it’s imagination at work.

You see, it’s full of adventure, it’s my corner, my nook.

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I’ve linked up with Let’s Talk Mommy #Share With Me for this post

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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

Thank you.

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Out of the mouths of Little Bears!

The theme game funny

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At times like this (writing a blog post for The Theme Game of ‘funny’) you really wish you had the chance to make a note of everything funny your little one says… because there are lots of them!

One is particularly memorable though:

“Mummy, when I’m 5 will I still have hands?” asked very earnestly and seriously with real concern.

Not such an obvious question to an at-the-time-4-year-old.  So a simple, “yes, you will”, was the truthful answer she was searching for…

What funny question or saying has your little one come out with lately?

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I’m linking up with #TheThemeGame of ‘funny’ at The Reading Residence and Redpeffer with this post.

Looking for something new to do?  Join in!

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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

Thank you.

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