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 Laura. Laura is a happily married 25 year old, born and bred in Kent. She’s currently on maternity leave from her job as a QA specialist for a software company. Laura has one child, a daughter called Autumn. She was born in September 2016. In her spare time Laura enjoys rocking out to metal, eating cheese, tinkering with cars, going for walks in the countryside, doing arty things and baking. Laura blogs at Autumns Mummy.
Thanks for taking part Laura!
Have you always wanted to be a mum?
I went through a phase when I was a teenager where I didn’t want to be a mum. Frankly, I think it was just because I was scared of the idea of pregnancy and birth due to my anxiety. That aside, I’ve wanted to be a mum since childhood. I remember putting a doll up my dressing gown when I was about 5 and ‘giving birth’ to her!
How did you feel when your children were born?
I had a waterbirth with Autumn. I used hypnobirthing techniques, as well as a TENS machine and gas and air for pain relief. Despite my concerns, I actually managed to stay relatively calm. When Autumn was born, my husband lifted her through my legs to me. She was adorable and covered in lots of vernix. She has big wide eyes and was poking her tongue out at me!
What have been your most rewarding experiences so far as a mum?
I love the smiles that Autumn gives me when I do things with her that she thinks are fun. I particularly love it when she’s experienced something new and she looks up at me with a huge smile as though she’s trying to say “thank you Mummy!”
What are some of your funniest moments to have happened to you as a mum?
I’ve said and done some pretty stupid things. Although I can’t really think of anything as such, my husband has had a good laugh at me several times over the last few months. I blame it on baby brain!
Have there been any situations with your children that you have found difficult to cope with?
When Autumn was two weeks old she suddenly fell ill. It turned out to be a huge ovarian cyst which had wrapped itself around one of her ovaries, causing it to die and triggering sepsis/sepsis-like symptoms. It was a terribly scary time as she was critically ill and they didn’t really know what was going on and we were transferred from our local hospital to a Paediatric Intensive Care Unit in a London hospital. At 5 weeks old, she had to have an operation to remove the cyst and one of her ovaries. It was extremely difficult to deal with and I was almost hospitalised with anxiety.
What are your dreams and hopes for your children?
I just want her to be loved, happy and healthy. That’s the main thing.
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