Tuesday, 24 September 2013

A special place in our hearts by Emma

We recently took a family trip to Holkham beach in North Norfolk. Holkham has a special place in our hearts. It is where my husband and I had our first date and where he proposed. During nine months of HG and being bed bound it was the place I thought of the most. Throughout my labour I focused on ‘our spot’ and couldn’t wait to take Adam.

"Our" spot
So when Adam was 10 days old he visited Holkham for the first time. 

Adam 10 days old
Adam is now 16 months old and a runner! He loves being in the countryside or at the beach so Holkham is perfect for him – with a mixture of pinewoods and sand. Trying to keep up with him is hard work.


We discovered that Adam loves hills. More to the point he loves running up hills. It is a shame I havent developed his passion as will need all the motivation I can get to reach the top of those three peaks.
The photo doesnt do this dune justice. It was huge and Adam ran to the top!
This time exactly two years ago I was struggling to get through each day. We had found out I was pregnant on 26th August 2011 and was only 4 weeks. To say we were over the moon would be an understatement. Our first pregnancy earlier on in the year had ended with a missed miscarriage. It was a devastating experience. I had suffered from bad morning sickness so was prepared for the worst. I pre-cooked food, bought expensive acupressure bands from America and bought as much ginger as my cupboards could handle. 

But September 4th (the night before school started again) the intense nausea started. At first it was during the early hours of the morning, then to the late hours of evening. Food started to repulse me. I soon started vomiting from 8pm to 8am and going straight to work with the briefest amount of sleep. By 7 weeks I was vomiting in the cupboard throughout the day - this was all on top of having a new class of 4 year olds. By 8 weeks I couldn’t cope any longer. I hadn’t slept for more than an hour and hadn’t eaten or drank anything for weeks. This couldn’t be normal! 

So I finally went to the doctors and got my first lot of anti sickness medication. Hyperemesis Gravidrum was written on my sick note. It was the first time I had seen those two little words that would tip my world up side down.  

Adam 7 weeks old - causing all the trouble!

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