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This week our brilliant mum feature is Hannah, who blogs at Outnumbered by Boys.
Hannah lives in Cardiff and is 25 years old! At the time of writing this Hannah was on her last few weeks of maternity leave. She has two boys Joshua (4) and Freddie (10 months). In her spare time, which Hannah says she doesn’t get much of, she enjoys catching up with friends, writing on her blog, buying kids clothes (it’s a bit of an addiction) and spending time with her friends and family.
Thanks for taking part Hannah!
Have you always wanted to be a mum?
Yeah for as long as I remember I have always wanted children at a younger age as I have always had children in my family and enjoyed looking after them all.
How did you feel when your children were born?
Both boys came really quickly in to the world. My waters broke on both of them 20+ hours before and I was booked in to be induced if they didn’t come. I went to the hospital on Josh as I couldn’t handle the pain and was told I was only 1cm! They asked me to go home but I refused, so they let me go in the birthing pool but I couldn’t hack that either it was too hot!
I got back in to bed, got some pethidine and they left me to ‘relax’ an hour after being 1cm I was waking up pushing without realising and going back to sleep. They came in to check me and woke me up and told me to push as I had reached 9cm, they were really shocked and had nothing ready and he came quickly after. He was rushed off as the cord was wrapped around his neck and returned an hour later!
On Freddie, my waters broke on Joshua’s birthday and I had to beg them not to induce me that day as they wanted to. They finally let me go home to spend the day with Josh and booked me in for the next morning. I felt completely fine all day and went to bed at 9pm knowing I was in for a tired morning! I woke up at 2am for a wee and felt completely fine, an hour later I woke up in complete agony at 3am and thought if this is the start of labour I am such a baby.
I tried to handle it alone for 20 minutes but kept feeling the urge to push so I woke Will up and he was getting all the stuff together and booking us in to the hospital. I told him I think he should ring an ambulance as I couldn’t move and they told him to check me, and he shockingly told them he could see the head! I tried my best not to push until they came but couldn’t and on the last push I heard the paramedics run upstairs to my bedroom and they delivered him (he also had the cord wrapped round his neck twice and they really struggled to break it off) I was handed him and was still in complete shock as was my mum and Josh when they walked in to the bedroom. They told me if I was to have any more children to always opt for a home birth as they like to come quickly.
What have been your most rewarding experiences so far as a mum?
Watching them both hit milestones is so lovely as they have both developed slower than ‘the average child’ Being able to take them away on holidays and trips and seeing their little faces light up is so rewarding. Every part of being a mum to the boys is rewarding and I feel ridiculously lucky to have them both.
What are some of your funniest moments to have happened to you as a mum?
Josh decided to go to the toilet in a swimming pool once that was quite embarrassing but so funny at the same time (they had to evacuate the entire pool). On many occasions Josh likes to speak before he thinks and completely embarrass me in front of people but its funny as they don’t realise what they are doing as they are so young.
Have there been any situations with your children that you have found difficult to cope with?
Whenever Will is in work, and I am stuck trying to battle them both to sleep is a massive struggle. He works a lot and Josh doesn’t go to sleep unless I am in his bed with him, as Freddie has now learnt to do the same it is so difficult.
Freddie has suffered quite a lot with different illness’s and being in hospital which has been awful to cope with watching him go through so much when he was so little. Also teething with Freddie and his stomach issues, I never had any of it with Josh he was a picture perfect baby and its been really hard to deal with especially on my own most of the time!
What are your dreams and hopes for your children?
I just want them both to be happy. I want them to choose whatever path they want in life and I will always support them whatever choices they want to make. What ever job they want to do I just want them both to know they can always come to me whenever they need to speak to anybody no matter the topic. As long as they both grow up feeling loved and happy I will be happy. I mean I do hope they have children one day and meet nice girlfriends who let me see them every day (ha ha)
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