If only life were this easy… oink!

“Mum….. MUM!!!  DAD!!!”
I knew this one wasn’t a ploy to come downstairs because, “I’ve had enough sleep now!”…

I open our little bear’s bedroom door.
“What’s the matter?”
Our little bear’s sitting up in bed, “I need some help please.  Peppa’s tail has come out!”
So I popped Peppa Pig’s tail back through the little hole in her little skirt.
“Thank you Mummy, I’m tired.”
And off she went to sleep, clearly all her troubles in the world now solved!

If only it was always as simple in the grown-up world!

What’s the funniest/most random thing your little one has called you for in the night?

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 or follow me on twitter @WorkingMumGuilt

 

Thank you.

 

 

A PB!

A shameless plug for a very worthwhile cause… my virtual friend’s hubby is running the London Marathon this coming weekend for Action on Pre-Eclampsia.  

It’s a cause close to his an his wife, Kelly Lewis’s, hearts.  It’s also a cause close to mine and my hubby’s hearts.  We have all, as couples, been affected by pre-eclampsia and hellp syndrome.  My hubby and I were lucky enough to pull through with a beautiful cheeky healthy little girl to show for it.  Other couples, like Kelly and David are sadly not so fortunate.  We need more awareness… you can NEVER have too much awareness.  So please, visit David’s JustGiving page and give what you can…  it all helps!

Read our stories here – ‘Hellp Syndrome in Pregnancy – Real Life Stories’ and ‘Diary of a Complicated Pregnancy’.  Some of the proceeds of both books go to charity.

Thank you.

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!

 

Goodbye Sid… Hello ‘Topsy and Tim’!

Oooh I’m VERY excited!!  It looks like I’m going to be re-living some of my childhood memories through CBeebies…  I’ve just read through a friend’s facebook status that Sid Sloane is leaving ‘Beebies which is very sad.  It’s always sad when old faces leave.  As a parent, you try to sit down to watch TV with your little one but there are inevitably times when you can’t and you crack on with cooking tea/sorting washing etc.  However, the times I have sat down to watch all sorts of programmes with our little-big bear, over the past 3 1/2 years, I honestly do feel like the presenters are old friends!  It’s true!  

As I sit and write this, I’m thinking of our bear’s favourite beebies programmes.  The opening bars to ‘Justin’s House’ theme pops into my head (because I haven’t seen every episode over, and over, and over….!!), then there’s ‘Let’s Play’, then ‘Charlie and Lola’.  ’64 Zoo Lane’ is another one, ‘Numberjacks’ and ‘Timmy Time’.  She goes through phases, which is why we generally have one of each show recorded on sky (anything for a quiet life!) but every now and again we forget to free up some memory and one or two of them disappears… :s

So I’m getting distracted.  Why am I so excited?  I’ve just read on the Beebies website that Topsy and Tim is going to be made into a series.  I used to LOVE reading the 7 days box set.  Seriously.  The Builders, The Doctors.  They were and still are a firm favourite.  So while our bear is busy colouring in her corner, I’ll be sitting watching Beebies!!

 

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.

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!

Goodbye Sid… Hello ‘Topsy and Tim’!

Oooh I’m VERY excited!!  It looks like I’m going to be re-living some of my childhood memories through CBeebies…  I’ve just read through a friend’s facebook status that Sid Sloane is leaving ‘Beebies which is very sad.  It’s always sad when old faces leave.  As a parent, you try to sit down to watch TV with your little one but there are inevitably times when you can’t and you crack on with cooking tea/sorting washing etc.  However, the times I have sat down to watch all sorts of programmes with our little-big bear, over the past 3 1/2 years, I honestly do feel like the presenters are old friends!  It’s true!  

As I sit and write this, I’m thinking of our bear’s favourite beebies programmes.  The opening bars to ‘Justin’s House’ theme pops into my head (because I haven’t seen every episode over, and over, and over….!!), then there’s ‘Let’s Play’, then ‘Charlie and Lola’.  ’64 Zoo Lane’ is another one, ‘Numberjacks’ and ‘Timmy Time’.  She goes through phases, which is why we generally have one of each show recorded on sky (anything for a quiet life!) but every now and again we forget to free up some memory and one or two of them disappears… :s

So I’m getting distracted.  Why am I so excited?  I’ve just read on the Beebies website that Topsy and Tim is going to be made into a series.  I used to LOVE reading the 7 days box set.  Seriously.  The Builders, The Doctors.  They were and still are a firm favourite.  So while our bear is busy colouring in her corner, I’ll be sitting watching Beebies!!

 

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.

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!

Read this and STOP feeling guilty!

Do you feel guilty about returning to work after maternity leave? Don’t!  When you’re working and looking after a family, the last thing you need is guilt… This indispensable guide is written by a Mum who has experienced the guilt of leaving her baby while she returns to work. 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! Now available in pdf… coming soon in other formats!Image

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. 

…and it ain’t over yet!

I’ve been on an incredible journey and it ain’t over yet!  It technically started in October 2009 but it really picked up pace in August 2012. 

I’ve met lots of brave and influential women along the way.  I haven’t met the support network behind them but no doubt they are worthy of a mention tool.  I say ‘met’ but we are actually all virtual friends.

So what’s my journey all about?

In October 2009 I gave birth to our beautiful daughter who amazes me and makes me smile every day.  We’re both very lucky to be here after acute pre-eclampsia and hellp syndrome.  We spent a week in hospital and 9 weeks later I came off my blood pressure medication for good.  Life with a newborn and new family took over.  I returned to work and life shifted up a gear.  Then, in August 2012 a friend suggested I turn my pregnancy journey into a book to raise awareness of pre-eclampsia and hellp.  Along this path I came across oh so many wonderfully brave women.  Many hadn’t had happy endings… 

One thing we all have in common is that we are hellp survivors.  Recently, Kelly Lewis of Hellp Syndrome Angels (I now consider her a good virtual friend of mine) designed some ribbons to raise awareness of hellp.  See this link for more information on these ribbons.

This blog is for the wonderful, inspiring ladies who I touch base with most days through facebook support groups.  Every single one of us has a tale to tell and every single one deserves to be heard.

So please hellp us raise awareness of hellp and pre-eclampsia.  You could be saving a life.

 Thank you.

 

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 – Pre-~Eclampsia & hellp ~ Diary of a Complicated Pregnancy

Thank you

‘Hellp’ save a life… in just a few clicks

Do something to 
‘hellp’ save a life…  
Buy one of these ribbons and you will be helping to raise awareness of 
‘hellp’ syndrome.

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If you didn’t know, hellp syndrome is a variant of the pregnancy condition 
pre-eclampsia and 
can be fatal to Mum and baby. 

 To buy, simply log into PayPal and send £2 per ribbon plus postage (50p UK or 90p international) to hellpsyndromeawarenesscampaign@hotmail.com. Proceeds will be split between 3 charities-APEC, Australian APEC- and the pre-eclampsia foundation. 
These ribbons have been designed by Kelly Lewis of Hellp Syndrome Angels.

Please hellp today.  

Thank you.

For more information on pre-eclampsia and hellp syndrome please visit the website 
Action on Pre-eclampsia

You can also raise money when you read my emotional and inspiring true story ‘Diary of a Complicated Pregnancy’. 50% of sales to the charity Action on Pre-Eclampsia
…and visit my facebook page.
Thank you

Shuffle

Last week went very much like Bjork’s ‘It’s Oh So Quiet!’.  Not to be taken literally – the irony is in the title because anyone who knows the song (who doesn’t?!) will be familiar with Bjork’s screams!  That’s how my week went from 12pm on Monday when I started work!! 

For the rest of the week I have been working on my next book which is about avoiding working mum guilt.  The publishing date is in my diary and I’m working on the basis of ‘little and often’.  Probably the most clichéd part of last week’s ‘playlist’ is ‘Reach for the Stars’ by S Club 7 which is the motto of my future book empire Virtually All Sorts.

‘Thank you for the Music’ by Abba is next on last week’s playlist purely for the fact that I could never go a day without listening to music and it creates so many memories.  It’s been a blissfully relaxing weekend.  One where hubby wasn’t working.  We all needed to relax after a week that has been anything but ‘oh so quiet’ and what better song to hear played on Mother’s Day than ‘Mama’ by The Spice Girls?  Even better that we didn’t wake up until 9 am!  Our little-big bear happily dozed until then too.  Result!!  I can’t remember the last time I slept until 9 am…

Last on the playlist is the song in Jungle Book, ‘We’re Your Friends’, not only because it’s our little-big bear’s favourite film of the moment (for the last 2 months!) but also because a good chat with friends always brightens up my week!

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. Thank you.

Shuffle

Last week went very much like Bjork’s ‘It’s Oh So Quiet!’.  Not to be taken literally – the irony is in the title because anyone who knows the song (who doesn’t?!) will be familiar with Bjork’s screams!  That’s how my week went from 12pm on Monday when I started work!! 

For the rest of the week I have been working on my next book which is about avoiding working mum guilt.  The publishing date is in my diary and I’m working on the basis of ‘little and often’.  Probably the most clichéd part of last week’s ‘playlist’ is ‘Reach for the Stars’ by S Club 7 which is the motto of my future book empire Virtually All Sorts.

‘Thank you for the Music’ by Abba is next on last week’s playlist purely for the fact that I could never go a day without listening to music and it creates so many memories.  It’s been a blissfully relaxing weekend.  One where hubby wasn’t working.  We all needed to relax after a week that has been anything but ‘oh so quiet’ and what better song to hear played on Mother’s Day than ‘Mama’ by The Spice Girls?  Even better that we didn’t wake up until 9 am!  Our little-big bear happily dozed until then too.  Result!!  I can’t remember the last time I slept until 9 am…

Last on the playlist is the song in Jungle Book, ‘We’re Your Friends’, not only because it’s our little-big bear’s favourite film of the moment (for the last 2 months!) but also because a good chat with friends always brightens up my week!

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. Thank you.

Will people never learn??!

While I was waiting for our little bear to come out of pre-school, someone I recognized from our street was behind me in the queue.  After a quick ‘hello’, we left and made our way to childminder’s before I headed off to work. 

On the way, a marked police car pulled into a pub car park and was clearly ‘sitting up’ in wait for something or someone. 

A couple of minutes later, I saw the ‘neighbour’ being pulled over by the said police car.  Sure enough, the ‘neighbour’ got out and opened the back door.  A quick glance told me that there was a child sitting the middle of the section of the back seats.  No car seat in sight.  May be a booster but that wouldn’t be enough to stop the child going through the windscreen in the event of an accident…

Will people never learn??!

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. Thank you.