Hello and welcome to 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.
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This week our brilliant mum feature is Kirsty from Navigating Baby.
Kirsty is 41 years old and lives in London with her husband and four children. Together they have four under 6; two boys and twin girls. Kirsty says she doesn’t have much spare time, but she does make time for exercise as this has helped her to lose over three stone of baby weight in the last year, and says if she’s honest it was post baby cake weight! Kirsty says losing the weight has made her happier which in turn has made her a better mum.
Thanks for taking part Kirsty!
Have you always wanted to be a mum?
I have always wanted to be a mum and there was a time when I thought it would never happen. I had unclear fertility issues that meant it just didn’t happen. Clearly eventually it did, but not without the help of Clomid.
How did you feel when your children were born?
I have had 3 c sections. One emergency after 48 hours in labour and two elective well the third one I had no choice, but still counts as elective. Each birth was different and I just felt so happy when they were born. With my first son I did find it overwhelming that I was now responsible for this life, but I did not know I could love that much. My second son’s birth was perfect and he was a little angel from the start. The 3rd time round was so exciting as it was twins, but unfortunately one of my little girls was very sick after birth and it was harrowing. She is fine now!
What have been your most rewarding experiences so far as a mum?
Every time you teach them something new I find it rewarding. The joy that you see once they have cracked it is just awesome.
One of the things I have found most rewarding is swimming with them. They each started swimming lessons at only a few weeks old and I subsequently qualified as a baby swimming teacher too. Now at 2 years old my girls can already swim unassisted for a few metres. All four of them are so confident in water and it is amazing to see
What are some of your funniest moments to have happened to you as a mum?
Wow that’s a question – there are so many things that have made me laugh with this lot. Just this morning one of the 2 year olds turned around and put her hands on her hips and said ‘mummy stop fussing it will be fine’ I wasn’t even fussing or at least I didn’t think so. I will have a think about some others and email you with the photos if you need more.
Have there been any situations with your children that you have found difficult to cope with?
Having four under four and one of the new borns in hospital was really difficult and I struggled. After my little girl had completed her series of operations and all was sorted I really found it hard to cope with everything that had happened. My anxiety span out of control as a I worried all the time that something would happen to one of them. The other thing I always find difficult is getting the boys to listen to me. They are so very lively and I wouldn’t have them any other way, but it is a challenge to be heard and to impact them.
What are your dreams and hopes for your children?
I hope that they will become good people. Of course I would like them to be successful and comfortable enough so that money is not a source of stress. I would love them to experience being a parent and to remain close as siblings throughout their lives. More importantly than all that though I want them to be healthy, be happy and be whatever they want to be regardless of gender or anything else.
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