Being mum · Milestones · Prematurity · Uncategorized

Busy, busy, busy.

The past few weeks have been hectic to say the least. Someone commented that being this busy is feeling like your feet aren’t touching the ground and quite literally this sums up our little family. Now I find myself with a spare moment to catch you up on our antics.

Poppie is flying high and has impressed the physio and OT so much that if she carries on moving about like the trooper she is then following the next appointment we could be discharged! Her latest trick is not only moving like a whippet, but pulling herself up. There was a stage of Poppie standing, looking proudly, but then shouting so that you could put her back on her bum! Thankfully that was a quick stage and the ups and downs are becoming more and more competent with a bit of cruising in for good measure. I love Poppie gaining more and more independence but she is really quite fearless, with no looking back when she ventures onto pastures new. This is particularly stressful when she sees a dog as she bounds over to day hello!

Last weekend was another huge milestone for us, having Poppie’s christening. Typically little ones are baptised before they are one, but what with a disorganised mother it took a little longer than it should have to plan. Having said that I think that Poppie was merely waiting for her moment in front of a crowd. An adoring audience watched as she rubbed the ointment from her head, waved like the queen and giggled at the right moments. A true treasure. Poppie has learnt that the way to please a crowd is to smile and laugh, a quality I hope she never loses.

On Friday 17th November it was World Prematurity Day. We represented on social media with pictures of Poppie over the past year. Reflecting on how much she has changed is just amazing. Last World Prematurity Day I remember looking into Poppie’s crib and thinking I really want to do something to mark this day, but it was all so new to us. She had only just come home and was so small and vulnerable. Now she is still pretty small, but fierce with enough attitude to fill a room. This meant that this year I wanted to embrace doing something to not only raise awareness and money but also to mark how incredible a journey we have come along.

My fundraising has been to support Bliss, a charity raising money and awareness for babies born sick or premature. So last Saturday we supported Bliss Little Lights Walk with a potter around Roundhay Park with local mums and friends. Last Friday my school had agreed to host a non-uniform day, splitting the money with Bliss and Children in Need. I organised a cake sale and overall £1100 was raised with £550 going to each. Independently for the Bliss Little Lights Walk we raised over £100 so not a bad couple of days doing our bit.

Next up is Christmas and last year I missed a bit of a trick dressing Poppie in ridiculous outfits. I think that I just wanted to hold onto every moment and dressing up was not on my priority list, especially as she had been back in hospital. However this year with more time to plan and think watch this space!

Baby Classes · Uncategorized

Venturing out into the world …

It has taken a long time for Poppie and I to do anything with other babies. The first stumbling block was my complete and utter fear of germs and the lack of control other babies have over their sneezes! The second was the looks people would give us because of Poppie’s oxygen and how she is definitely different to other babies of her age. The third and last barrier to overcome was where on earth to start! This blog is to showcase our adventures and how we are overcoming all of our barriers.

Poppie has definitely been ready to meet her world for a long time. Her smile has won over so many hearts wherever we go and after a bit of investigating we started with Music Bugs. A great place for Poppie to smile and squeal at other mums and babies. A discovery that we made at this week’s group is that Poppie is definitely different to other babies. Regardless of the oxygen connected to her, she is that little bit older than babies of her size and so mums do look at us with a bit of surprise. Poppie’s smiles and engagement with other people surpasses those of a 6 month year old, because that is her corrected age. Her real age being 9 months and her babbles sophisticated in her mind!

Music Bugs is a great place for a bit of exercise as you fling your baby in the air or sway from side to side. This week I bought my mum who chastised me for not knowing songs she had sung to me and my siblings as a child. Those that I do know I sing with gusto but Poppie is often more interested in looking at everyone but me! A personal favourite is The Grand Old Duke of York as Poppie is is lifted high in the air and then back down to rest on my legs. We ended with the banging of a tambourine, an instrument that is just a bit too loud for taking home with us.

Next week will bring a new theme and more exciting squeals from Poppie which is such a joy to watch. I know she loves it as when we get home she babbles away to her Dad over lunch time and it can only be about the two birds that flew away, one named Peter, the other Paul.