Blog archive: March 2018
21 March 2018 | Tamsin Kingsley
I know I said this blog wouldn't be all about Izzy, but there's no denying that when she entered our lives ten months ago, our world was turned upside down. So many of you have been such an amazing help and support during this time, and I thought you might want to hear how our journey with both Izzy and Down Syndrome began. And what better day to tell you about it than on World Down Syndrome Day...Continue reading...
9 March 2018 | Tamsin Kingsley
‘Are you doing NCT?’ Friends would ask. I would laugh and reply that NCT was paying for friends, and I had enough friends thank you very much. For those that don’t know, the National Childbirth Trust (NCT) runs birth classes where you meet with other couples in a similar state of bumpiness, and the idea is that you become bosom pals while practicing birthing positions (or something like that, as you can tell I’ve never actually been to one). I couldn’t really think of anything worse...Continue reading...
2 March 2018 | Tamsin Kingsley
‘What do you think mum? Is this normal for her?’, the doctor asks. As far as I can remember, over the last few months of hospital life, 2 doctors and 1 physio have asked my name. I have learnt the names of about 20 nurses, but to them I’m ‘Isabelle’s mum’. It’s as though my identity disappeared overnight, or at least changed significantly. From the moment they put my slightly blue, slightly gross and slimy baby on my chest after 26 hours of labour, I have been mum...Continue reading...
I am a 31 year old living in Leeds with my husband and two children. I am a full time mum and carer to Lauren, 5 years and typical, and Izzy, 3 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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