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This week our brilliant mum feature is Jenny from You, Me and Baby.
Jenny is 36 and lives in Cardiff with her husband and three children aged 5, 3 and 7 months. Jenny runs her own business, You, Me and Baby, teaching hypnobirthing to pregnant couples to help them have a positive birth. Prior to that Jenny was a chartered accountant, but says she found it difficult to do her job part time so she had to leave her job. However, Jenny says that she’s really glad she’s able to do something so much more meaningful these days.
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Have you always wanted to be a mum?
Yes, from a very early age. I was one of those girls pushing a dolly in a pram up and down the street. I just always imagined myself as a mum. We had difficulty conceiving and undertook a round of IVF in 2012 which resulted in the birth our eldest child. Our other children were conceived naturally and I feel so blessed.
How did you feel when your children were born?
I discovered hypnobirthing when pregnant with our first child and it was a total game changer. On the day I went into labour, I was calm and excited. My waters went at 6am (well they trickled all day!) and contractions began a couple of hours later. I managed them well throughout the day, using my hypnobirthing techniques to help me. We had been asked to go into the midwifery unit at 6pm to check everything was ok and all was fine but I was still in early stages so we went home. Within 2 hours we were back at the unit, fully dilated and ready to give birth!! It was the most uncomfortable car journey I’d ever been on. Baby was born at 10.17pm and I was overwhelmed with emotion when I held her for the first time. A moment I will never forget.
Baby’s 2 and 3 were born at home, again using hypnobirthing, and they were the most empowering and incredible experiences.
What have been your most rewarding experiences so far as a mum?
Some of the obvious milestones…..Their first smiles….that moment when their face lights up and all the sleepless nights are forgotten (temporarily at least!) I also love when they start to be able to have proper conversations, they come out with such funny things! And seeing our eldest 2 playing with one another. They do fight a lot but can also be so kind and caring to each other. It melts my heart!
What are some of your funniest moments to have happened to you as a mum?
Hearing my eldest daughter, then 2, use the f word in the middle of Asda, I guess that was a low point but it was pretty funny.
Answering the door with a boob hanging out because I’d been breastfeeding and forgotten to rearrange my top!
And on the same theme, having a take away delivery driver see my boob when I was expressing milk one evening….my friends still laugh about this now!
Have there been any situations with your children that you have found difficult to cope with?
Most days! We were not blessed with babies who sleep well so I’ve been sleep deprived for most of the past 5 years. That makes everything more difficult.
When we had our second baby, I struggled to cope with the demands of both of them. Somehow we muddled through but I think I suffered a bit of post natal depression at that point in time.
There have been lots of tears and me thinking I’m a terrible mum because I’ve lost my temper and shouted, or I’ve said something I shouldn’t have said. I’m constantly reading parenting books and blogs to help me be more like the mum I want to be (a calm and fun mum!) and am feeling much more positive about everything these days. Our third baby is a total dream, she’s so happy and content. Still not getting much sleep but I have more coping mechanisms now and I know when to ask for help.
What are your dreams and hopes for your children?
I want them to feel confident and to know that they can be/do anything they want to. I want them to enjoy life, and be kind and caring people.
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