Ellen's Update - The Story So Far

Things have been a bit crazy since my last blog - apologies in advance this one is rather long!

We started our antenatal classes which were ‘interesting’. The classes themselves were very informative but I went with high hopes to bond with other parents as so many of my friends have told me they’ve done through NCT (not an option where I live) only to find the listening parts were so long, everyone just wanted to shoot off home for tea straight afterwards.

The Worst Time Of My Life Was Just After The Birth Of My Son

I have told our story countless times, to many people. Sometimes, I have provided a sheltered version as I didn't want their pity. Sometimes I glaze over my real feelings in fear of being judged. Sometimes, I feel like I cannot even recount it in fear of leading myself back down the familiar path of self-pity, depression and negativity. The truth is, I have nothing to be ashamed of. I should be able to tell it without people pitying me, without me being drawn into the downward spiral I found myself after I gave birth.

Pregnancy Shaming

We have fat shaming, slut shaming, mum shaming, body shaming and who knew but there is even pregnancy shaming. It seems there will always be someone there to attack your insecurities, and this is normally done with the whole wide world watching. With the unkind keyboard warriors on social media, some even justify their harsh comments as being in the best intention for the receiver, a gentle push in the right direction. 

Say Hello To The Newest Addition To Our Blogging Team...Vicki!

Say Hello To The Newest Addition To Our Blogging Team...Vicki!

Vicki Cockerill aka NICU mum of two including a TOF heart warrior, talking all things NICU, heart, parent, maternal mental health and finding any excuse for a gin!

Vicki is an amazing writer, blogger and online journalist and we are lucky enough to have her as part of the ASTF team! Yey!