Premature baby feet

I am Super Mum! What’s your super power?

February 2, 2017

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.

Premature baby feet

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.

I am a member of the Mumsnet Bloggers Panel, a group of parent bloggers who have volunteered to review products, services, events and brands for Mumsnet. I have not paid for the product or to attend an event. I have editorial control and retain full editorial integrity.

 

43 Comments

  • Kat

    February 2, 2017 at 10:19 am

    Wow you really are a super mum! Parenting can be tough but it can give us so much strength too. #CoolMumClub

  • Cherry @ The Newby Tribe

    February 2, 2017 at 10:49 am

    A lovely post and I completely agree with the super mum part – we went through IVF and it was hell! We weren’t lucky enough to have our own birth children, but we have gone on to be adoptive parents – so I do like to think I have a little bit of super mum in me too! #bestandworst

  • MMT

    February 2, 2017 at 9:04 pm

    You certainly are a supermum, and you deserve that prize! Come on Peter Andre, Twin Mummy & Daddy for the win!
    Thanks for sharing with #coolmumclub

  • Sarah Howe @runjumpscrap

    February 2, 2017 at 9:39 pm

    I can’t get image of your ovaries out of my head!! You are super and endured a lot to get your beautiful girls, which always look like a credit to you both. Lovely post and thanks for sharing with #bestandworst x

  • Dad

    February 3, 2017 at 3:27 am

    I hope all parents can be like you and recognise the super-human efforts they put in before, during and after the birth of their children! Your story is very inspiring, thanks for telling it.
    #ThatFridayLinky

  • Stephanie

    February 3, 2017 at 4:06 am

    IVF sounds particularly grueling. Then followed by pregnancy and then the fourth trimester of no sleep. That is a feat! #thatfridaylinky

  • Amy Downes

    February 3, 2017 at 7:04 am

    You most definitely are a Super Mum! My special powers this week are definitely surviving on very little sleep. I have been feeling really rubbish so thank you for reminding me it means I’m a Super Mum too!

  • Lianne Freeman

    February 3, 2017 at 7:41 am

    You really are a super mum you hace been through so much to bring your beautiful babies in to the world 🙂 just amazing !! #thatfridaylinky

  • kerry

    February 3, 2017 at 7:49 am

    Lovely post, you certainly are a supermum!

    #thatfridaylinky

  • Fran Back With A Bump

    February 3, 2017 at 7:53 am

    You really are a super mum. IVF sounds so hard but at least you got to see the amazing benefits!! #thatfridaylinky

  • Gary @dadof2athome

    February 3, 2017 at 8:49 am

    It really is the hardest job in the world at times but you battle through because your kids are and always will be your world. We went through two prem births and our daughter’s seizures and I think you gain strength from them because they’re such little fighters! #ThatFridayLinky

  • debbie

    February 3, 2017 at 9:36 am

    You are definitely a supermum and your girls are gorgeous! x #ThatFridayLinky

  • David

    February 3, 2017 at 10:22 am

    Definitely a supermum! Love this post. Great emotion and a wonderful family. Nice one, Emily.
    #ThatFridayLinky

  • Becki Parsons

    February 3, 2017 at 10:38 am

    You really are a super mum! It’s amazing to look back over all the battles and struggles we go through as parents and think “I got through that!” #thatfridaylinky

  • Sarah – mud cakes and wine

    February 3, 2017 at 10:57 am

    Wow yes you are a super mummy and been through a lot. It’s easy to forget sometimes and not value it. My eldest has type 1 and asd with a sever speech disorder, it’s hard to take that step back sometimes #thatfridaylinky

  • John Adams

    February 3, 2017 at 11:14 am

    We should sometimes tell ourselves we are super mum and dad. We all are, right? That said, I’ve never experienced IVF. Or having twins! Thanks for hosting That Friday Linky

  • Helen

    February 3, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    You really are a super mum and it is important that we all recognise how amazing we are at times! Too often the daily pressures of life mean we forget what an incredible job we’re doing. #ThatFridayLinky

    Helen x

    http://www.treasureeverymoment.co.uk/

  • kristin mccarthy

    February 3, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    mom of four girls includingg identical twins- on bedrest, pumping, two hospitals, in and out

    Still standing,

    High five.

    #thatfridaylinky

  • Peachy and her Mommy

    February 3, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    Love the photos. Few things are cuter than tiny baby feet. I couldn’t get over how tiny Peachy’s toes were when she was born. It made all the difficulties of my pregnancy and the delivery melt away into oblivion. No matter what we go though, holding our perfect babies makes it all worthwhile. #ThatFridayLinky

  • Rochelle

    February 3, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    Awww, you really and your husband really are super parents! when you look back it’s amazing how far you’ve come, everyday I think about what it was like when I first gave birth and the struggles I went through and I can’t believe I survived it all, and my kids are with me today! #ThatFridayLinky

  • Heather Keet

    February 3, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    Supermum is the best superpower in the world! #ThatFridayLinky

  • Chloe

    February 3, 2017 at 6:23 pm

    Hi, thanks for sharing this post about your IVF but a wonderful outcome, Chloe #ThatFridayLinky

  • Jo – Pickle and Poppet

    February 3, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    A great post. I don’t think us parents give ourselves enough credit. We hate on our amazing bodies that grew a child.
    I cant imagine the worry of a 2lb baby, let alone two that were 6 weeks early!
    #thatfridaylinky

  • Helen Gandy

    February 3, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    You do have super powers without a doubt! What a lovely post and your girls are fab 🙂 Thanks for hosting #ThatFridayLinky

  • Unlikely Dad

    February 3, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    Amazing!! Yes you are a supermummy! What a journey. 👊🏼 X#thatfridaylinky

  • Rice Cakes and Raisins

    February 4, 2017 at 12:04 am

    You certainly are supermum! #ThatFridayLinky

  • Life as Mum

    February 4, 2017 at 11:33 am

    Oh wow. They were so so small. You definteley are supermum! #ThatFridayLinky

  • Autumn’s Mummy

    February 4, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    You sure are supermum! Sometimes I struggle to get anything done with one baby, let alone two!
    I’m so glad your IVF journey went well. #ThatFridayLinky

  • ohmummymia

    February 4, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    Love that post! I hope you will win because without a doubt you are a supermom
    #ThatFridayLinky

  • One Messy Mama

    February 4, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    I have a friend that went through IVF 4 times (not successful sadly), I saw firsthand what she went through. It definitely was a hard road for her to walk. So pleased it turned out so well for you guys! You sure are blessed! x #thatfridaylinky

  • Helena

    February 4, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    It sure sounds like you and your partner have been through a lot. Super(parent)heros certainly. #thatfridaylinky

  • Jaki

    February 5, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    Well done Supermum and what a great idea to share great stories 🙂 #thatfridaylinky

  • Laura Beresford

    February 5, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    Brave and honest post. There are so many parents doing a fabulous job and they probably won’t be appreciated by their children until they have children themselves! #ThatFridayLinky

  • Mary

    February 5, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    You two really are a Supermum and Superdad <3 Beautiful post. I'm so, so happy the IVF was absolutely worth it 🙂

  • Mrs Mummy Harris

    February 5, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    I have the upmost respect for those who go through the IVF process – Luckily I conceived quickly after being told fertility may be an issue. But not only is there the emotion behind the attempting to conceive which is hard enough you then have the physical aspects and all the “do’s” and “dont’s” which can take a further toll. You definately are a super mum and I take off my imaginary hat to you! #thatfridaylinky

  • MadDadSkillz

    February 5, 2017 at 8:41 pm

    Great piece, you definitely deserve your cape! Cheers to all the super parents out there. #thatfridaylinky

  • Michelle

    February 5, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    Such a beautiful post and yes you are super mum #thafridaylinky

  • Crummy Mummy

    February 6, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    I’ve taken part in this campaign too and I think it’s a great chance to highlight all the positives – loved reading your point of view #coolmumclub

  • Amie

    February 6, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    Really inspiring post 🙂 I know how hard it was having one baby up every hour so you really are superparents coping with two! #ThatFridayLinky

  • Jade – Raw Childhood

    February 7, 2017 at 12:12 am

    You need a medal just for the silent reflux! My youngest has reflux and food allergies and it makes them first few months unbearable and took away from the best part of having a baby! Well done, I know how hard it can get #thatfridaylinky

  • Dave – Dad’s Turn

    February 7, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    Very true. Parents are often taken for granted by society. It’s worth playing up the great things they do #ThatFridayLinky

  • David – Potty Adventures

    February 10, 2017 at 6:54 am

    We can totally relate to this. We had nearly 4 years of IVF so know only too well the emotional rollercoaster of it. And what a great campaign.
    David

    1. David – Potty Adventures

      February 10, 2017 at 6:54 am

      Sorry missed the #thatfridaylinky

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