Blog 11 of Top 25 Moms with Inspiring Families - 2012
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How does blogging help you deal with challenges?
Blogging helps me put things in perspective, thinking through a post and sharing it, and then importantly getting feedback. The biggest challenge, following Joseph's birth at 27 weeks gestation, was getting used to the fact we couldn't have more children. I have done several posts, about how I will never have any more children, and specifically never have a daughter. I have also done posts on having an only child. Every time I post on these difficult subjects I am surrounded by love and support, which is just amazing. Blogging has helped me so much with personal challenges. The other great thing blogging has done, is help me connect with other mums who have had premature babies, and helping them deal with challenges helps me too. I have also been able to use my blog to help charities in this field, and that's awesome. That makes the challenges I have gone through all make sense.
What's a book or song that has inspired you?
When Joseph was in hospital "Wires" by Athlete just happened to me on my iPod. It's all about a child born prematurely "You have wires going in, you have wires coming out of your skin, there's dry blood on your lips, your dried blood on my fingertips, down corridors, through automatic doors, got to get to you, got to see this through....." It goes on until the last line "looking at you now you will never know" When my son was born he was 1lb 7oz and looked very poorly. I hung on to that line that some day there would be a time when I could say that....."Looking at you now, you would never know" I hung on to it with all my might. Now Joseph is almost 3 and no one believes me that he was 1lb 7oz at birth. So I am so thankful to that song for giving me that hope that one day it would all be ok. And now it is.
After a particularly rough day, how do you raise your spirits?
I get out the play dough, or the cars, and I play with my son. Or we read a book together, or sing a song, or dance or go for a walk. My son has been through so much, he has no idea, life is just a giant playground to him, and that's a great place to be!
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