Hello and welcome to my new weekly feature! Following in the success of my husband’s ‘Brilliant Dad Feature‘ I want to introduce to you the ‘Brilliant Mum Feature’. Once a week I will be featuring one mum in a bid to find out more about them and their lives.
If you’d like to take part in this series, simply fill in this form.
Our very first brilliant mum is Laura. Laura, is a wife of one and mum of 5 – Lewis, 12, Eva 4, Megan 3, Harrison 2, and Joseph who would have been 10. Laura and her family live in Lancashire where, as a stay at home Mum, she juggles the children with her blog and, when she gets a spare moment, you’ll find her reading a book and eating way too much chocolate! Laura blogs at Five Little Doves.
Thanks for taking part Laura!
How did you feel when your children were born?
With all of my children we had experienced losses before their births – 15 miscarriages and the stillbirth of our second son, and so having them born healthy and well was the most overwhelming feeling of joy and disbelief. My births were all very straight forward, differing in length from 11 minutes to 35 hours, but with all five I went from 5cm to birth in less than two 2 minutes!! In that way, I was just in complete shock, as were the midwives!
What have been your most rewarding experiences so far as a mum?
My most rewarding experience will always be the moments when I see all four of the children together. Having waited eight long years to give Lewis a second sibling after Joseph died, to then have three babies in two years was more than we could ever have dreamed of! When I see them all cuddled up together on the couch, or even bickering as siblings do, I genuinely can’t believe my luck. Those are the moments that remind me why we never gave up hope of the family we desperately wanted.
What are some of your funniest moments to have happened to you as a mum?
Oh gosh far too many to list! One of my favourites was on holiday last year when Harry hit Lewis on the head with a stick and, unable to pronounce stick, shouted, “Dick head!!”. We were literally rolling around on the floor laughing and Megan, who never misses an opportunity to get a laugh, cottoned on to it and proceeded to shout “Dickhead!” on repeat, the entire holiday, to anyone who would listen!!!
Have there been any situations with your children that you have found difficult to cope with?
Losing our second son was unbearable, and I think it is only natural that I struggled to cope with his death. Lewis was only two at the time and I found it very difficult to carry on as normal for his sake, and I think had I not had him to live for, I wouldn’t be where I am today. Although Lewis was unaware at the time of our miscarriages, when we told him I was pregnant with Eva he was so scared that she too would die, and he would cry himself to sleep each night, pleading with me to promise him that she wouldn’t die. That was the hardest thing to cope with, as I too was terrified of the same. Being brave for your children is incredibly hard, especially when you don’t feel very brave at all.
What are your dreams and hopes for your children?
The answer to this is easy, I simply want them to be happy. I raise them to know that they can be anything at all they choose to be, that whichever paths they choose to follow, I will be with them every step of the way, and there is nothing they cannot achieve if they put their mind to it.
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