With just under a week to go until her first birthday, on Thursday 13th December, Clara finally mastered the art of being on the move. I've often wondered if she'd crawl. Until the last week or so, she'd shown little interest. She'd rock, then drop to her tummy. Or, she'd learn as far as she … Continue reading Clara can crawl!
It's amazing how stepping away from reality is good for the soul. And there's nothing quite like a European Christmas market to get you in the festive spirit, especially a trip to Bruges. We decided to book a last minute trip away. Just a couple days of Belgian waffles, steaming hot milk with strong Belgian … Continue reading Bruges, December 2018
I didn't like November very much. The first weekend was amazing - my husband turned 30 and Clara was christened, but after that it was pretty much downhill from there. I think I was fearing the winter. How would I feel as the nights got darker? As anniversaries of last years events crept closer? As … Continue reading November greys and December golds
It's like she turned 11 months and grew up overnight. My little Clara is growing up fast. And based on the amount she's napped and eaten today, I don't think the growth spurt is stopping anytime soon. On Monday, Clara hit the big 8.0kg in weight - a huge relief considering she'd lost weight the … Continue reading 11 months old
Our fundraising drive this year has raised an incredible amount of money to help the various teams who have helped us. We spent six months on Tom's Ward, the paediatric surgical ward at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, so it was very important to us we not only gave something back to them, but … Continue reading You’ve helped us help Tom’s Ward
Our last trip back to the hospital to repeat the Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) test that diagnosed Clara with Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder did not go to plan. To carry out the test, your child needs to be asleep. That's not easy with a 9 month old. She sleeps when she sleeps! But I did … Continue reading First word? Dada… dadadada.
Baby loss. It can happen at any time - miscarriage, birth, or infancy. It's never easy. It's something we don't talk about often enough. Why do we traditionally get advised to wait until we're 12 weeks pregnant before we tell anyone the exciting news? It's because at 12 weeks the risk of miscarriage falls significantly. … Continue reading Baby Loss Awareness Week 2018: Our story