THE FIVE STAGES OF GRIEF Denial Anger Bargaining Depression Acceptance ‪When you enter the world of Motherhood there are so many things people don’t tell you that you simply need to learn. You’re also never told that if things don’t go as planned, you might experience Grief.  ‬After Olivia was born, I drifted through the first four stages of grief. Denial, Anger, bargaining and depression. I was stuck in the void. It’s almost difficult to… View Post

Whilst many people have Narcissistic triats only a select few are true narcissists right down to the bone. In this day and age, with the social media boom, narcissism is in our culture.  What happens when your own parent/s have this personality trait? How is your life affected? To outsiders, your parent/s portray the perfect image always looking to please and juggling everything with ease. They are probably social magnets who attracts people from all… View Post

Have you Ever woken up on the wrong side of the bed and just felt, meh!?! Ever had an argument with someone that has put you in the worst mood EVER? I actually wake up feeling like this quite regularly, An important decision needs to be made! I can either roll over & forget the world (let's be honest being a Mum this doesn't happen often) or pull myself together the best I can. Here’s… View Post

1. PVL – (Periventricular leukomalacia) is a type of brain injury that is most common in babies born too soon (premature) or at low birth weight. The white matter (leuko-) surrounding the ventricles of the brain (periventricular) is deprived of blood and oxygen leading to softening (malacia). The white matter is responsible for transmitting messages from nerve cells in the brain so damage to the white matter can cause problems with movement and other body… View Post

 Recently several people I really care about are no longer apart of my life. It’s not easy; relationship breakdowns especially family related can be among the most painful experiences in life. Loss of any kind is tough, but loss like this can sting like none other. I wrote a previous post touching on the subject of “Why” which you can read here. After this was posted it stirred up a few emotions from myself and… View Post

Hi, I’m Nicole. Today I turn 26 years old. Happy Birthday to me! The most important people in my life know me as Mama. I’ve been called Superhero, brave and plenty other kind words but in reality, I’m just a girl who was thrown a curve ball in life who made a decision to help others. It didn’t come straight away and I struggled with our new life, and you know what that’s ok! My… View Post

New Year’s resolutions – rarely have they actually been seen through but I love thinking about them mid-year. I never promise myself come January as I think it adds too much pressure. However a few months later I Take some time to reflect on the past, the good, the bad and the ugly. Positively plan my year ahead, getting excited about what’s to come and thinking about to how to enjoy it to the full.… View Post

At some stage in our lives, many of us take on the additional role as “caregiver” Perhaps it’s to look after a chronically sick child or help an ageing family member. The term Caregiver burnout, caregiver stress or burden call it what you will, it’s overwhelming and if left unchecked the stress can certainly take its toll. I’m open and honest about my mental health, that’s half of the reason this blog exists. I guess… View Post

Parenting is perhaps the most difficult journey most of us will ever embark on. Parenting a child with additional needs adds a degree of complexity. Now, we’re 4 years on from official cerebral palsy diagnoses nothing has really changed with regards to medication or therapy. What do you do when you receive a diagnosis regarding your child’s health? The process of Olivia’s diagnoses and health conditions that followed have taught me a few things.  Even if… View Post

“I feared because it was too early, I cried because it was too soon. Yet I underestimated the strength in one so small.”  World prematurity day ~ 17.11.16 The above was my Instagram post I published in support of world prematurity day, Even though it’s been almost 4 years since Olivia was born reminiscing is still upsetting & I think it always is.  Dear all parents whose child has been born premature, I can not… View Post