Introducing Dyspraxic Domesticated Mummy – mummy, survivor of baby loss and warrior against Frank, her chronic illness.
Emma and I originally began chatting on Instagram over our shared love of Little Mermaid, other Disney goodness and, most importantly (ha ha!) Stationery! She writes about parenting, living with Dyspraxia, the loss of her son Ethan and everything else in between.
She’s learning about blogging and social media just like me so check her out and give her profiles a like/follow!
Hi, my name is Emma. I am 33 years and technically have three children. A step son, William aged 13, an angel baby called Ethan (my first) and my rainbow baby Alfie who is 3 on 17th October. I work part time for the NHS and spend the rest of my time trying to control my wild toddler!!!!
What is your favourite blog post or vLog and why? (Include links)
This is a tough one. My favourites have to be the ones about my three boys. Yes, it’s three separate blogs (My son died, my rainbow baby and being a step mum) but telling people about them and how I’m a different parent to each one is is important to me. I am three different kinds of parent and I love sharing about them and how I find being Mummmy to them all in my own way.
What is your favourite part of being a blogger/vlogger?
I love sharing my story and informing people about being a Mummy to an angel baby, helping others and helping people to understand how to be around those that have lost a child.
If you could give a new blogger/vlogger one piece of advice, what would it be?
Don’t be scared of starting, just do it. Also, post what you want to post, it doesn’t matter about anyone else, it’s your blog. Post what you feel comfortable with and stay true to who you are.
Where is your favourite location/attraction for a family day out and why?
At the moment we are loving using our Merlin Passes for all their attractions. Our favourite is to go to LEGOLAND and Sea life Centre at Manchester. We also love Alton Towers, especially for their firework display in November.
You get in a lift with a lady pushing a buggy, the baby is newborn and screaming his/her head off, the mum looks frazzled to say the least. What do you say to her?
I’ve been there, it will be ok.
Tell us your favourite WTF (what the f**k?) moment in parenting?
Poo finger. Say no more….and teenagers maths homework! It completely baffles me! Google it kid, I’ve no idea! Also, when we found out Alfie was dairy, soya and egg intolerance. He’s fine now but I remember staring at the dietician and thinking WTAF can I feed him then?! It was a minefield at first.
What would you say to 14 year old you?
Always believe in yourself, don’t let people bully you. It doesn’t matter in the end. Besides you’re about to meet some amazing people at college and in other places that will be friends for life. Take the photo. You will regret it if you don’t. Those times that feel like your world is about to fall apart or has done. Both of those times. It’s awful but it will make you stronger. You can do it and you will. Someone else believes in you.
What is one thing most people don’t know about you?
I have a huge passion for acting and theatre and once had a little job behind the scenes at a local pantomime. I joined a local amateur dramatics but I’ve stopped since I had my son’s and being unwell. Also, despite my love of acting, I actually do have a level of insecurity and shyness. Shocking I know but I get shy meeting new people as I can come accross as too forward.
You can have dinner with any three people, dead or alive, who would you pick and why?
To be honest my first reaction is my Grandad that passed away while I was pregnant with Alfie. I miss him like crazy and I want to hug him one more time and tell him all about Alfie and how he made it into this world ok. The second person would be my son Ethan, well it’s kind of obvious really isn’t it, I’ve never had a meal with him. I spent a few hours with him and more time would be amazing…for more reasons than I have time for in this post! Finally, my Mum. She’s alive but spending time together without Alfie is something we never get chance to do. I can’t remember the last time we had some real quality time together. If she’s not helping with Alfie she’s helping with something else. So yeah, sitting down to a nice dinner with my Mum would be fab.
Thank you to Emma to taking part in my series. I knew we had a lot in common but I didn’t know we had acting/theatre too! I loved the answer about what she would say to her 14 year old self, I think it would be wise words for any teenager, apart from the bit about taking a picture as most of the younger generation take a million pictures these days! Ha Ha! Finally, I have to say I am DREADING Lucas being at secondary school and bringing home Maths homework – I am RUBBISH at Maths!
Emma picked Bon Jovi – Always for her favourite song. “It was our first dance. It reminds me of an innocent, happy time of having our entire happily married life in front of you. I only say ‘innocently’ as the year after Ethan died. My wedding day is the last significant time where I look back on the day and remember how incredibly happy we were with no idea how much our lives would change. The song is a happy reminder of the love I share with my husband.”