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Pregnancy made me stronger.

This time last year I couldn’t even have my blood pressure taken without passing out. The sight of blood terrified me and even thinking about having a blood test made me want to be sick. When I found out i was pregnant, one major obstacle that I wasn’t sure I’d be able to tackle, was the pure fact that pregnancy can turn people into pin cushions. I’d be poked with needles at very regular intervals. 

Little did I know that after having a straight forward pregnancy that labour would be terrible and after giving birth to Daisy it would be even worse! At one point I was having a blood test every few hours, I was on a drip, I had a catheter helping me go to the toilet (nice), I had my blood pressure taken every five minutes and injections of all sorts here there and everywhere.

Pregnancy made me stronger. Not only did it turn me into a mother, it helped me turn a sharp corner with my anxiety and it helped me overcome a lot of fears a phobias of which I never knew I’d be able to hurdle over. After three days of being in hospital after Daisy had been born, I was absolutely determined to go home. They called me a medical mystery as they still don’t fully understand what went on. But it basically was sudden liver and kidney failure. After those long and painful three days I forced myself out of bed (oh did it hurt) and I tried to hard to feel better so they would send me to another ward and then from there I could be discharged.

I’m still recovering but I’m grateful every day to be healthy and spending such lovely and precious days with my beautiful daughter. I’m blessed. I’m happy and I’m just well and truly blessed.   

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Getting used to Daisy

It sounds a bit strange but one thing I worried about after giving birth was going out in public with my newborn daughter. I was so worried about her crying and people staring and me not being able to stop her from screaming. I am a very anxious person and so I always worry about every tiny little aspect of life - which can be a pain sometimes but I’m getting there! But over the past few weeks I’ve gradually pushed myself to go out pretty much almost every day. Even if it’s only for a quick coffee, or to pop into someone’s house for tea. 

I feel like as I get to know her I feel a lot more confident. I feel like I know what she likes and I know what her cries mean. I can tell when she’s hungry and I can tell when she needs changing. I’ve definitely become a lot more confident in myself since giving birth.

Today I got discharged from the renal clinic at hospital as my kidneys and liver seem to be completely on their way back to normal. My blood pressure is a little low and I’m getting lots of headaches plus I have the start of a cold coming on. A bit rubbish but I’ll get through it! 

Daisy has been very very unsettled the past two days. Really crying and screaming and we’re not sure what for. She’s been changed, fed, winded, cuddled.. everything. But she’s just not a happy bunny. It really makes me sad to see and hear her crying so much. I just hope she’s not in pain. I’m thinking it’s just very bad colic..

Any tips (apart from infacol and dentinox) for bringing up a babies wind better? 

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Easter Sunday

I’ve been bought up in a very large and close family and so even though I’m not a fan of chocolate I just love Easter time. It’s such a family orientated holiday - like most I guess. Spring is probably my favourite time of year though.. Making that steady transition into summer, welcoming new life and that little bit of hope for english sunshine. 

I love that Daisy was born in March! And I love that her name fits so well with the season. She experienced her first Easter yesterday and that’s when I love having a blog - she won’t remember her first easter but when she’s older and looks back on these photos and words she’ll be able to picture it in her mind.

We went to Andrew’s Nan’s house and she met all of his dad’s side of the family for the first time. They are all so lovely and welcoming and they loved Daisy! Even if they were a little scared to hold her seems Andrew was the last baby they held (21 years ago!). It was a bit of a gloomy and dull day but we absolutely love those kind of days. Driving in the rain and feeling all nice and cosy inside with a nice warm drink. 

My mum finished knitting a Daisy blanket for Daisy! (in the photos above) and she received lots of little toys, clothes and money- spoilt by everyone on her first easter. She had a lovely quiet day yesterday. She didn’t cry much and she slept the majority of the day and night. But she’s making up for it today by being one grumpy little baby. She’s not happy unless someone is cuddling her! 

We’re staying round Andrew’s house tonight (he has the comfiest bed in the world so nights are always double as hard - it’s horrible attempting to get out of bed to feed and change her!) But it’s okay as soon as I see her little face when she realises someone’s there to see to her needs. 

How was your easter? 

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Three weeks old today
You’re starting to smile already! Not the windy kind of smile either. You’re much more alert and awake more during the day and you still only really wake up a couple of times during the night - I’m still finding nights incredibly hard though. I didn’t think I’d struggle with them as much as I do. 
I can’t believe how big you’ve got already. You’re hair has grown instead of falling out and it’s also getting lighter by the day. A lot of your clothes are still too big for you but you’ve also outgrown a lot of baby grows too. You love being held close to my chest and you love laying under your play gym and observing all the bright colours and surrounding noises. 
You’re growing and developing every day and with each of those days I get to know you and love you more. 
My gorgeous little Boo!

Three weeks old today

You’re starting to smile already! Not the windy kind of smile either. You’re much more alert and awake more during the day and you still only really wake up a couple of times during the night - I’m still finding nights incredibly hard though. I didn’t think I’d struggle with them as much as I do. 

I can’t believe how big you’ve got already. You’re hair has grown instead of falling out and it’s also getting lighter by the day. A lot of your clothes are still too big for you but you’ve also outgrown a lot of baby grows too. You love being held close to my chest and you love laying under your play gym and observing all the bright colours and surrounding noises. 

You’re growing and developing every day and with each of those days I get to know you and love you more. 

My gorgeous little Boo!

15th April

Dear little Daisy,

Today we woke up and as it was a beautiful sunny day we went to a local garden centre for some lunch. A little bit random but we like finding geeky little activities to do together. You get a lot of attention wherever you go. Especially from the elder generation. They tend to rub silver into the palm of your hands for good luck - your piggy bank gets bigger the more you get out and about! 

You also get a lot of attention because of the amount of hair you have. It’s a pretty good amount and I’m glad about that, considering the amount of heartburn I had whilst pregnant with you! It’s beautiful and soft and I can’t wait until your little headbands fit you. 

It’s crazy how much more I love you with each day and each night. I won’t lie though - the night are hard. I’m someone who lacks a lot of energy, my iron levels are low and I’m pretty dependent on a good nights sleep. But I’m exhausted. You’re worth every sleepless night, but I really definitely am struggling with it. 

So instead of writing to you right now, I’m going to try get in a little cat nap. 

Lots of love,

Mummy

x

Daisy’s favourite blanket
Yesterday we received a parcel through the post - a beautiful hand made quilt/blanket made by my lovely aunty! It’s gorgeous and as you can see Daisy loves it. Today we’re going out for the afternoon as it’s a perfect sunny (but chilly) day. 
The health visitor came round yesterday and weighed Daisy. She was 7lb 6ozs when she was born. She now weighs 8lb 9ozs so she’s putting on a healthy amount of weight. She’s also apparently pretty long for her weight which is going to be amusing considering I’m tiny (4”11)!!  On another note.. It’s Andrew’s birthday tomorrow and I want us three to go to the seaside for the day! 
I find it a little hard making time to write up a decent blog post at the moment. Everything is so hectic and I’m still running on adrenaline. When Daisy is quiet I tend to get on with jobs or just attempt to relax and sleep.
When life calms down and summers here, well do more exciting things and my blog will hopefully be more exciting too! But for now, it’s feeding time!

Daisy’s favourite blanket

Yesterday we received a parcel through the post - a beautiful hand made quilt/blanket made by my lovely aunty! It’s gorgeous and as you can see Daisy loves it. Today we’re going out for the afternoon as it’s a perfect sunny (but chilly) day. 

The health visitor came round yesterday and weighed Daisy. She was 7lb 6ozs when she was born. She now weighs 8lb 9ozs so she’s putting on a healthy amount of weight. She’s also apparently pretty long for her weight which is going to be amusing considering I’m tiny (4”11)!!  On another note.. It’s Andrew’s birthday tomorrow and I want us three to go to the seaside for the day! 

I find it a little hard making time to write up a decent blog post at the moment. Everything is so hectic and I’m still running on adrenaline. When Daisy is quiet I tend to get on with jobs or just attempt to relax and sleep.

When life calms down and summers here, well do more exciting things and my blog will hopefully be more exciting too! But for now, it’s feeding time!