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 me! You may wonder why I’ve decided to take part myself, and it’s quite simply because this is the 100th Brilliant Mum Feature!
I can’t take all of the credit of course. I should firstly say thank you to my husband, Nigel. After all he was the one who started the Brilliant Dad Feature and let me pinch the idea for mums, so thanks hubby!
Secondly, I should say thank you to all of the mums who have taken part in the Brilliant Mum Feature. Thank you!
I’m Emily, mum of seven year old twin girls, and married to Nigel, who is a blogger over at DIY Daddy. We live in a lovely suburb of Cardiff. I’ve recently started a new job as a legal assistant, but prior to that I was a self-employed cleaner after taking redundancy in 2017 from the job I’d worked in for 13 years. I’m also a blogger, and a runner! I’m currently training for the London Marathon 2019!
Have you always wanted to be a mum?
Absolutely! For as long as I can remember I have always had a longing to be a mum.
How did you feel when your children were born?
I was overjoyed, scared, emotional and overwhelmed! Our twins were born six weeks early via planned c-section because twin 2, M, stopped growing. M weighed 2lb11 when she was born, and R was 4lb3.
Although small, M, didn’t require much medical help. R however, had to be put on a ventilator within minutes of being born to help her breath. She was also really jaundiced. After 27 days, my husband and I were finally able to bring our girls home, and it was the most bizarre feeling ever! We went from being surrounded by doctors and nurses, to suddenly being at home, just the two of us with these two small babies! It was surreal, but so wonderful!
What have been your most rewarding experiences so far as a mum?
Watching our girls grow up and turn into wonderful human beings. Their kindness and compassion amazes me. They’re both so very different, but that’s so wonderful and unique! Of course, they also agree like mad, but when they’re being nice to one another, it’s lovely to watch!
What are some of your funniest moments to have happened to you as a mum?
We’ve had so many funny moments. Watching M sitting on a climbing frame in our back garden, and slipping off it backwards! She wasn’t hurt, but it was one of those you’ve been framed moments with her legs in the air!
Watching R and M throwing cups of cold water over her daddy whilst on holiday in Spain was also pretty funny, mainly because the girls thought it was hilarious!
Have there been any situations with your children that you have found difficult to cope with?
When the girls were born it was very difficult. We were miles away from home, and just felt out of our depth.
M was also hospitalised when she was around three years old with suspected meningitis. This was terrifying. Watching her helplessly was the worst thing in the world, and that feeling of not knowing what to do is just awful.
What are your dreams and hopes for your children?
I hope that they both grow up to be happy, strong, independent young women.
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