I’m Maddy, 30 something nature lover, bit of a geek, wife of a shift worker and mother of two, code names Pip (boy, born May 2012) and Bee (girl, born April 2014). In my other life I studied Physical Geography at Lancaster Uni (and Macquarie uni, Australia). I did part of my teacher training before leaving due to ill health and getting a job at the Field Studies Council at Castle Head, Cumbria where I’ve been since 2009. But this blog has nothing to do with that awesome environmental education charity, and is all my thoughts and random nonsense.
I started this blog to share the two things my life seems to revolve around – my children and my attempts to get outdoors while juggling the needs of a baby and toddler. The reason I do my job is to help children connect with nature and appreciate the environment – fundamental if we are to conserve and protect our wonderful world. So naturally this is very important to me while raising my own children.
I am however very realistic/pragmatic/failing(!) in my approach to being eco. I thought I’d be all Earth Mothery when I first became pregnant. We recycle everything we can, but I gave up on cloth nappies. I try and make time most days to do something outdoorsy/naturey, but I often resort to a bit of TV or iPad time. I made Pip all his meals from scratch when he was a baby, but this stopped when I was poorly throughout my pregnancy with Bee and Bee has had the majority of her food from shop bought pouches. Basically, I’ve done what I need to do to survive as a mum of two small people, especially when often left pretty much as a single mum while my husband is on his run of 12 hour shifts! (Hats off to single mums – you’re amazing!)
I feel I should warn you that from this point it gets a bit life story-ish, rather than what my blog is about-ish…
Part of resorting to things I originally said I wouldn’t as a parent is due to my health. I get tired easily and catch everything going! I had Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (a type of cancer) in my teens. Although I’ve been cancer free since 2001, I have some long term issues, such as lung scarring and reduced lung function. So I struggle with big hills *sob* , but am generally ok in day to day life (I just need afternoon naps with kids!)
I was also told I had premature ovarian failure, would be highly unlikely to conceive naturally, and the best option would be IVF with donor eggs… However, after 13 months of *ahem* persevering naturally, Pip was conceived! Despite a 70+ hour labour, and forceps delivery, we decided to try for a second (as long as we could opt for an elective section which I really should have had with Pip given my medical issues). Anyways, when we started trying for a second, I fell pregnant the first month… Much to my husbands disappointment – he was looking forward to more persevering (just kidding😉). Unfortunately this little ‘Sprout’ wasn’t to be and we found out I miscarried at 6 weeks. However, once given the all clear to try again, we conceived Bee 2 months later! We still gaze at our two little miracles, completely in awe of the fact they even exist! And to add to the joy, they are both such funny characters and so entertaining 🙂
I feel I should also mention two other events that have changed me and my life. Firstly my father passed away for Pactreatic Cancer in 2007, just as I was about to finish uni. Although I have come to terms with this, it’s sad that he’s missed out on so much such as my wedding day and meeting his son-in-law and grandchildren, whom he’d have adored and been a mischievous b*gger with 😉 Secondly, we tragically lost my sister in 2011 when I was 10 weeks pregnant with Pip. She was only 20. Her funeral was 2 days after Pips 12 week scan. What should have been the happiest and saddest days of my life, just turned to a week of numb. However, I had ploughed my grief into planning a great send off for her which was really therapeutic and gave us all closure. The promise of Pip gave the whole family something positive to look forward to, making him even more special. But we won’t tell him that, it’ll go to his head and he’ll demand more chocolate!
So there you go, the dramas of my life story! If you’ve read this far, thank you, and now go do something else with your life! My blog is intended to be upbeat, entertaining and informative, honest!!!