Shhh, I want to let you know about a secret I’ve been hiding for quite some time now. I am Super Mum! Ok, so now that it’s out there for all to read, I guess it’s not so much of a secret anymore, but it is something of a mystery.
You see, I’m not alone. There are millions of Super Mums, and Super Dads all over the world, but the majority of them just don’t know it.
I am Super Mum because my body endured months of IVF treatment. Tests, needles and strange drugs were injected into my body by nurses, but also by my husband in the comfort of my own home. I underwent various painful procedures such as egg collection and I had several invasive internal scans. My husband too had tests and underwent medical procedures which were not pleasant either.
I felt bloated. It was no wonder, when the nurse told me that my ovaries were so big they were actually rubbing together. I know it’s totally gross, but it was oh so worth it.
It was worth my husband having to pull over the car numerous times on the way home from the IVF clinic for me to be sick.
It was worth it because my husband and I were blessed with twins. It was a pretty easy pregnancy in terms of the fact that I didn’t have any morning sickness etc. However, we did find out that one of our twins had stopped growing which meant they needed to be delivered earlier than planned.
Six weeks early weighing 2lb11 and 4lb3, our beautiful twin girls were born. M was the smaller of the two and was perfectly formed. She needed to be kept warm and had a bit of oxygen. R was also perfectly formed, but she struggled with her breathing and needed to be put on a ventilator. She was also jaundiced so had to be placed under a special lamp.
In total our girls spent 27 days in special care. When we finally brought them home, it was a feeling like nothing else can compare to, but without the safety net of being surrounded by doctors and nurses 24/7, it was pretty scary.
Nonetheless, my husband and I managed to survive on a few hours’ sleep. Our girls are almost five years now and we’ve managed to perfect the art of getting them both to sleep at the time. This was particularly hard during the early months, but once we got into a routine, we soon found the swing of things. We used swaddle blankets, which made it so much easier to hold two babies at once, whilst gently swaying back and forth!
We’ve battled through silent reflux which was pretty tough and we’ve come out of the other side! You see, all parents are super heroes in one way or another. We’ve all got our own super powers and it’s time we appreciated ourselves more!
This post has been written to help a new campaign that is being run by Npower. Here’s what Npower has to say, “The aim of the campaign is to celebrate the amazing super powers parents discover when they start caring for young babies and children, some innate and others learned”
“Npower has partnered with Peter and Emily Andre, who will be travelling across the UK to seek out unique individuals who are parents with amazing superpowers – people with upbeat, interesting and engaging stories related to caring for babies/young children. From the parents of quadruplets and twins who can put not just one baby to sleep at a time to a nursery owner and parent who has perfected getting young children to eat their greens. These heart-warming and inspiring stories will work as a springboard to celebrate the amazing super powers that all parents possess – and hopefully give them a few more.”
If you’d like to share your own super powers online here or on Twitter using the #familysuperpowers hashtag, you could be in with a chance of winning one of three amazing UK theme park resort breaks.
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