Saturday 21st October I attended the Baby Show 2017 at The London Olypmia. I have never been to a Baby Show before, I have always wanted to, especially when H was born but just never got round to going.
My husband, H and I drove to the London Olympia and I was pleasantly surprised with how easy it was to find and navigate. It was really well organised with plenty of signs and people to help. Perfect for all of those baby brains!
I have mentioned before about how I feel like my mental health issues are my Angel and my Demon. They sit there, one on each shoulder with me all the time.
When I first found out that I was having my 2nd baby I was absolutely over the moon. I was, as was my husband. Just so excited about adding to our family. When I then found out I was having another boy, guess what, I was still over the moon and so excited!
Why wouldn’t I be?
It’s still hard to admit I’m struggling.
I have never found it easy (or possible at all) to ask for help. To say “I’m stuck.” or “I’m struggling”.
It doesn’t matter what it was regarding, work, housework, mental or physical health. I just believe I should be able to do these things. I should be able to get on with these things in my life the way that everyone else does. Not bothering people or being a burden.
4 of my favourite self help and development books
I read a lot. I always have. I love reading a whole host of different books too, from Harry Potter to Shakespeare to self help and development books.
I have been a fan of the self help book category for a number of years. The feel good books that build you up with positivity and give you reasons for living when days might become dark or you might just be feeling a little lost.
Wow, so here I am! My 1st anniversary and World Mental Health day 2017.
A year ago today I would never have dreamed my blog would be as successful as it has been. I have been lucky enough to write for some fantastic charities including Mind, Time to Change and Beat, and have had my work published on several big sites online, I am 1 in 4,The mighty and Huffington Post included.
I have also been lucky enough to work with several brands that are just fantastic – Lumie, Mum’s back and CuddleBug to name a few. My work is being shared more and more every single day and the opportinites are getting bigger and better.
I absolutely love art and anything creative. I always have. Not only does it help my mental well being but my purse too.
When the idea of upcycling started to become more popular I jumped straight in and immediately got involved! I really do love it! Much to my husbands dismay I regularly have at least one project on the go.
I am always on the look out for things that I can bring back to life and give my own special touch too.
I can look at an old pallet and see a bookshelf – my husband doesn’t quite get it until i am finished but he humours me through the process and often helps me if I have taken on anything too big and need help sawing or drilling.
As majority of you reading my blog will know I suffered with post natal depression (PND) quite severely after the birth of my son.
Being pregnant is a blessing and I am so grateful that I am getting to experience it for a second time.
However, I must admit that I was very naive in assuming that it would be just like the first. I underestimated just how different being pregnant with a 4 year in tow would be!
Now reading this title – “Why can’t I just be normal?” – there are sure to be some people who will no doubt be responding;
“There is no such thing as normal!”
“What is normal anyway?”
Which is fine. Ok, I get that but there will also be people who understand exactly what I am talking about and maybe even say it to themselves.