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 Tina who blogs at Mother Geek. Tina lives in Salford. She’s 34 years old and her hubby is 39. Tina and her husband got married in secret in 2010. Tina says, “Spare time isn’t something I get much of, between the kids, dogs, house and work, but I love squeezing in a coffee and cake in peace every once in a while, or collapsing into bed with my Kindle.”
Thanks for taking part Tina!
Have you always wanted to be a mum?
Noooo. I was convinced I’d never have kids until I married hubby. I guess the old metaphorical clock started ticking.
How did you feel when your children were born?
Both births were super fast and a little early, so I was kind of overwhelmed and shocked both times. My poor husband hadn’t even finished blowing up the birthing ball before our son arrived, and the Midwife didn’t even have the birthing kit in the room yet. 2nd time around, I knew baby was on her way, but the midwife was more interested in getting my cannula in than helping me. She was amazed I was indeed fully dilated when she finally checked as I was so calm. (on the outside at least).
What have been your most rewarding experiences so far as a mum?
My son, Sam is almost 7. He has Autism and doesn’t have many words. On Mother’s Day, he woke me up saying, “MUM MUM MUM” – I cried…. a lot! I also had to fight for him to get a suitable school provision. It took well over a year, but was worth it as he is now in an amazing school and doing really well.
What are some of your funniest moments to have happened to you as a mum?
Syd was a total drama queen as a toddler. She once threw a huge tantrum in the middle of Selfridges and was screaming, “Let me go, I want my daddy, HELP!” We were approached by 2 security guards who were worried I was abducting her. It was only when I said, “Do YOU want her?” That they realised I was in fact her mum. They still followed me back to the car though and asked me for my details and checked my phone for photos of us both together before they let me leave.
Have there been any situations with your children that you have found difficult to cope with?
Sam’s Autism makes him really aggressive at times. It breaks my heart when he hurts himself or his sister. Last Summer was particularly difficult for both of them. I had to phone social services and report Syd as at risk due to Sam’s aggression. We get a lot of support now though, so things have improved, thankfully.
My Mum also passed away 2 years back. Sam and I were with her in hospital when she unexpectedly stopped breathing. It broke my heart that Sam couldn’t tell me how he felt at the time or talk about what had happened.
What are your dreams and hopes for your children?
Happiness. I don’t care about exam results or career paths, I just want m,y children to be healthy, happy and on the right side of the law.
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