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This week our brilliant mum feature is Jo who blogs at Pickle and Poppet.
Jo lives in a little town in East Anglia and she’s in her early thirties. She’s about to go back to work from being on maternity leave, for the second time. Jo works as an Account Handler in Commercial Insurance.
She’s married to Sam who is her partner in crime and her rock. They have two beautiful children, Reuben who is three and Jessica who is rapidly approaching one. Jo enjoys knitting (trying to) and colouring. In the evenings on weekends she’ll will relax with a glass of wine and try and watch a film, but says she normally ends up falling asleep on the sofa!
Thanks for taking part Jo!
Have you always wanted to be a mum?
Yes, ever since I can remember I have always wanted to be a Mum and it was something that Sa
How did you feel when your children were born?
We were so thankful that they arrived safely. They are literally our rainbow babies and so throughout the pregnancies there was always the thought in the back of our minds that something may go wrong. Reuben was a back to back baby. I was in early labour for two days and ended up having my waters broken to get things moving. I was pretty ‘out of it’ by the time he was born due to pethidine. Jessica is our water baby. My labour was much shorter and she was delivered within two and half hours. This time I didn’t have any pain relief other than a couple of paracetamol, there wasn’t really any time.
What have been your most rewarding experiences so far as a mum?
There have been so many. I think that the first time they said Mama is one of the most rewarding things, and one of the most emotional. And hugs, both kids are very much into hugs and I am greeted in the morning with hugs and last thing at night.
What are some of your funniest moments to have happened to you as a mum?
Some of the funniest moments that have happened? There was the time that Reuben pulled off my breast and my milk covered him and almost my husband. That was pretty comical.
Probably the funniest when I think of it now is when Jessica was a few days old and I had taken her upstairs to feed and change her in my parents house. I take off her nappy and she fires bright orange poo all over me, the bed, the floor, it was just everywhere. But she did it twice. It was all over me. I had to have my mum and my sister come upstairs as I was in floods of tears. My mum sorted our Jessica and my sister helped me get my clothes off. At the time it was horrific but now I can laugh about it.
Have there been any situations with your children that you have found difficult to cope with?
Not with Jessica yet really, she is only little and has been pretty laid back.
Reuben is in a phase at the moment which I find difficult sometimes. He is experiencing emotions that he doesn’t understand and so doesn’t know how to deal with them. I’m the one he is with at when it peaks he has hit out and kicked out. Not to hurt me but just in frustration. He has told me he doesn’t want to live with me. All of these things I find hard. I try not to take it to heart and help him to deal with the emotion but it is one of the hardest things I have had to face at the moment.
What are your dreams and hopes for your children?
I want them to be happy.
I don’t care what it is that makes them happy but that they go for whatever it is. I hope they are comfortable enough in their own skin to do what they want and not to follow the crowd. That they challenge ‘the norm’ to find themselves.
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