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This week our brilliant mum feature is Rachel who blogs at My Crazy Brood.
Rachel lives in North Wales in the UK, in a seaside town with the beach opposite. She turned 40 last year and as well as being a carer for her son, Rachel works as relief in the local primary school as a dinner lady. Rachel says she enjoys reading and researching her family tree. She has 5 children, 4 girls and a boy. Rachel says that when she says it like that, sheoften get comments about how she finally got her son, but in actual fact he is her firstborn. He’s 15 and her girls are 13, 11, 8 and 4. Rachel and her family love going on canal boat holidays and are busy saving to hire one with her parents next year for their Golden wedding anniversary.
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Have you always wanted to be a mum?
Yes. I couldn’t wait to be a mum and I remember playing with my dolls and putting a cushion under my jumper to pretend I was pregnant. I was always fascinated with pregnancy and childbirth as well as babies and I used to want to work with children and spent my teenage years babysitting.
How did you feel when your children were born?
I met hubby when I was 24 and he was 31. He couldn’t wait to be a dad but I was determined not to have a child until I was 25. My eldest was born 5 days before my 26th birthday and I was so thrilled to be a mum. I completely spoilt him and couldn’t put him down! When he was 1 I suffered a miscarriage and at 16mths I married his dad when I was 4 months pregnant with my eldest daughter. She was an emergency c section and a very difficult delivery and weighed a whopping 10lb 14oz much bigger than her 8lb 13oz brother.
When she was 20mths I gave birth to my 3rd who was a VBAC and born after a 3hr labour weighing 9lb. She was such an easy a and laidback baby and took to breastfeeding like a champ, unlike her older brother and sister. She still is my more calmer child aged 11! With my 4th I developed gestational diabetes which came back a year later as type 2 and she was another VBAC weighing 8lb 15oz. My 5th and last baby was a surprise baby as we were stopping at 4 but I couldn’t imagine being without her. Being diabetic meant her pregnancy was more challenging than the others and she was my smallest weighing just 7lb 11oz at birth. She suffered from low blood sugar issues as a Newborn because of my diabetes and actually left hospital as a bottlefed baby. As soon as we got home she refused the bottle and would only take the boob and she managed to stabilise her own blood sugars and breastfed till she was 3 as did her 2 older sisters.
What have been your most rewarding experiences so far as a mum?
Managing to breastfeed. I felt such a failure with my first and second and I thought that for whatever reason I just couldn’t breastfeed. My 3rd changed all that and took to breastfeeding like a champ and this fave me the confidence to overcome my youngest low blood sugar issues.
What are some of your funniest moments to have happened to you as a mum?
I love some of the things they come out with. My middle child is the best and we call her funny comments “Rubyisms” the only one that comes to mind at the moment is my son aged 8 talking about a nearby town and saying “Does Dolgellau end in Lie cos it’s full of liars” bearing in mind this was where my SIL lived who had lied about my hubby, her own brother, to the police and meant he had to go to court when I was pregnant with my 3rd made it very apt.
Have there been any situations with your children that you have found difficult to cope with?
My 8 year old used to suffer from faecal impaction or severe constipation. This meant she was constantly pooping herself even though she couldn’t help it, and the old stale poo would burn her skin giving her a terrible nappyrash. Thankfully she outgrew it but now my youngest is going through the same thing but at least now I have the knowledge to deal with it successfully. My eldest also suffers from anxiety and depression and tried to kill himself last year, that’s hard to deal with and I’m constantly banging on doors, trying to get him the help and support he needs.
What are your dreams and hopes for your children?
To be happy and to achieve their dreams.
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