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This week our brilliant mum feature is Jade who blogs at Raw Childhood. Jade lives in Manchester with her partner Kevin and their two boys, Leo and Mylo. Jade is 25 and just about to graduate from university. Jade says, “It’s been tough to say the least having two children close in age and not deferring from university and carrying on with the course whilst being pregnant and after the birth. Breastpumps and university lecture rooms definitely don’t mix well!” In her spare time Jade runs a local ‘Living With Reflux’ support group for her area. In addition to her blog, Jade has just launched a Youtube channel! Jade says that she must love a challenge because she’s just put in an application for her PhD too! Good luck Jade and thanks for taking part!
Have you always wanted to be a mum?
Yes. I’ve always known that I wanted a family and I love children. I have worked with children for over 10 years now and there’s nothing else that I would rather do. Children amaze me everyday and I am completely in awe of them; then when I had my own it was like a whirlwind of emotions.
How did you feel when your children were born?
You cannot get a better feeling than that tranquil and serene atmosphere after giving birth; where you are just staring at your new little bundle and admiring every inch of them from their tiny toes all the way to their beautiful eyes. Labour isn’t a great time for me as both times I have had very long labours, especially with Leo. My first labour was 54 hours and my second was 24 hours; second time I managed to get the water birth that I so desperately wanted and it was amazing. When Mylo was born we had a flock of midwives come into the room to see the true knot in his cord. Mylo didn’t grow much from about 32 weeks and nobody knew why but they said that if he was any bigger then it would have pulled the knot tighter and cut off his oxygen. We had a very lucky escape with that pregnancy and birth.
What have been your most rewarding experiences so far as a mum?
My most memorable moment of a rewarding experience as a mum was when Leo first said ‘I love You’ completely out of the blue one day just off his own back with no prompts. I’m still waiting for Mylo to say those words though!
What are some of your funniest moments to have happened to you as a mum?
Every mum knows that every day is filled with moments that make you burst out laughing; there are just so many! The funniest moments come when they start talking and their understanding grows so my funniest moments so far are from Leo. Just the other day we were waiting in the doctors and he turns to me and says (loudly) “This is SO BORING!” He managed to get everyone in the waiting room to crack a smile though. Yesterday I was talking to Kevin about something and Leo was waiting for me to finish so he could tell me something and he then sighed and said “mummy, shh. You yap too much!”
Have there been any situations with your children that you have found difficult to cope with?
I’ve found there to be some times when I find situations frustrating but not so much difficult; but that may well be for the fact of my background in child development. I think the main frustrations come from having more than one child and having them both wanting your attention at the exact same time!
What are your dreams and hopes for your children?
I want my children to find a job and career that they love, and never have to work a day in their lives. I want them to be happy and healthy and to enjoy life in every possible way.
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