Blog archive: 2018

Comparisons are odious, but joy is contagious

20 November 2018  |  Tamsin Kingsley

So the Christmas songs aren’t quite on the radio yet, but they have somehow crept into our house already. I blame nursery, as Lauren is now constantly singing ‘Walking in a Winter Wonderland’ ‘Jingle Bells’ and ‘He’s got the whole world in his hands’, which apparently is now a Christmas song (???). But there’s always one line in the classic ‘Do they know it’s Christmas’ that doesn’t sit well with me...

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Learning to say no

31 August 2018  |  Tamsin Kingsley

I’ve known several first time parents who’ve been determined that the new baby will not change their life and lifestyle in any way. They figure out ways that they will incorporate the baby into their plans and activities once he or she arrives and agree that they will not let this tiny human being rule their life. For many, this resolution crumbles as soon as they look into their baby’s face and realise this will be their tiny dictator from now on. For others, they manage it...

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The best made plans

18 August 2018  |  Tamsin Kingsley

I have three sisters, and things were rarely harmonious between us growing up. I particularly argued with my youngest sister who is 22 months younger than me. We are totally different characters and rarely ‘played nicely together’. That being said, almost all my childhood memories are based around having fun with my sisters; from hours spent on long journeys making our teddies sing in round in the car to zooming down the rapids at Center Parcs pretending to be...

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IAQ 3 - Why doesn’t Izzy eat normally?

6 July 2018  |  Tamsin Kingsley

‘Is Izzy alright with grapes?’ a friend asked me this morning at play group. I turned round to see Izzy, clearly taking advantage of me being distracted with Lauren to try and shove someone’s abandoned half grape in her mouth. This is the kind of thing that happens regularly with a one year old. They find things, and on finding, the obvious thing to do seems to be to put it in their mouth. If the object is vaguely edible, most parents end up turning a blind eye...

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IAQ 2 - What is the deal with Izzy’s breathing, and what are all these different types of oxygen you talk about?

17 June 2018  |  Tamsin Kingsley

This is a hard one to answer as we are still not sure why she struggles so much with breathing. Izzy has frustrated our respiratory consultant from day one. He’s always very keen for surgeons to have a look down her throat, and always disappointed when they don’t find anything particularly exciting. He wants to fix her but it’s hard when we don’t really know what the problem is...

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Tamsin Kingsley

Tamsin Kingsley

I am a 30 year old living in Leeds with my husband and two children. I am a full time mum and carer to Lauren, 4 years and typical, and Izzy, 2.5 years with Down's Syndrome. Izzy has complex health needs mostly due to her low muscle tone, and struggles with feeding and breathing, resulting in tons of appointments and hospital admissions. Both children are happy and full of life, and our family all love each other very much.

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