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#WeAreAllMums – Raising awareness! 

Published March 17, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Mother’s Day is just over a week away, whilst this brings joy and presents to many mums across the country; I and many others share mixed emotions about the day. 

Research estimates that one in six pregnancies will end in miscarriage. This alone is a very high number when you consider how many pregnancies there are. To add further sadness – approximately eleven babies are stillborn every day in the UK and there are also 60,000 premature births in the UK each year.

Tommy’s is a charity that finds research into baby loss and pregnancy problems. They are running a campaign to raise awareness that even if a baby is born sleeping or miscarried or born to soon, you are still a mum.


Many people who have been reading my blog for a while will be aware of my story, but for those who don’t here it is – 



  My Story

(Warning – contains images that may be upsetting) 

I already had two healthy children but after meeting my (now ex) partner in 2009, I became pregnant late 2010. The pregnancy was not planned but we were both happy. I found out fairly early on, around 5/6 weeks.   

A few weeks after finding out I noticed some blood in my pants, of course I panicked and straight to the hospital. Like many women so early on, I got told to go home and take it easy as there is nothing a hospital can do so early on. Luckily the blood stopped within a day or two and panic over; or so I thought. 

My 12 week scan went okay, however days later I got a call to come in. My first thoughts were Down’s syndrome but no, I was very low risk. The risk was something else. They mentioned spina bifida and mentioned the baby having heart in the wrong place but another urgent scan ruled everything out so they put it down to a false reading.

At about 14 weeks the bleeding returned and much heavier than last time but no pain. I was sure I had lost the baby but a hospital scan showed a baby alive and kicking. The doctors mentioned possible early twin loss but seemed baffled.

I had on/off spotting for the next 6 weeks and then came my 20 week scan. Again the scan was fine and I was told my baby was a girl. They did not know why I kept bleeding. I had the scan on a Monday.

Four days later on the Friday I was sat watching television and just over 21 weeks. I felt a sharp pain in my stomach and what felt like a gush of blood. I ran to the toilet but no blood, it was clear. Yes this was amniotic fluid at 21 weeks. In other words my waters had broke.

I was in tears on the way to the hospital and a scan showed very little amniotic fluid around the baby. The nurses apologised sympathetically and a doctor told me I could “abort my feutus” which I thought was an extremely awful comment. This was not a fetus, she was my baby and no way was I voluntarily killing her. I was sent home to rest with antibiotics and constant monitoring. 

The next 2 weeks consisted of bed rest and lots of bleeding and mild labour oain. It was awful not knowing and searching the internet for help or a Miracle prem baby story and praying mine would be too. Sadly this was not to be. 

On the 4th April 2011 the bleeding and pain got incredibly worse. Hospital rushed me to a labour ward with a huge team of medical people on stand by. My 2 children had been C sections but there was no time and with her being so small it was easier to push. 

Keira arrived at 3.30am weighing just 1lb 2oz she was tiny with reddish skin and a wisp of blonde hair. Her eyes were still fused shut as she was too young to open them but apart from that she was perfect in every way.

The lack of amniotic fluid along with her prematurity meant her tiny lungs were too underdeveloped. At one point it looked like she was improving but ten hours later she suffered a bleed and passed in my arms. It is the worst thing any parent should have to go through. I cannot explain the devastation it leaves when you lose a child. 

Of course I held her, washed her, cuddled her in the hours after she passed. If I’m being honest a lot of it is a blur as my head was all over the place. Walking out of that hospital without her was something that words can describe – heartbreaking, brutal, empty, I felt totally lost. I cried for weeks, often alone as I thought everyone else had moved on and somehow forgot. I wasn’t just upset, I was angry that I couldn’t save her somehow and angry that the world and people kept going yet my world had stopped. I think it’s all part of the normal grieving process. 

Despite tests I never got a reason why Keira came early. No abnormalities, no chromosome faults.

There’s not a day goes by where she isn’t in my thoughts. This April Keira would be six and instead of a kids party, I visit the cemetery which no parent should ever have to do. I still cry, I still get upset and even blame myself but I can now (sometimes) talk about her to other people and tell them that I don’t just have three children – I actually had five. 

And yes that’s correct I have five. After Keira died I became pregnant again very very quick. Unfortunately at the 20 week scan, no heartbeat was detected. I had to yet again go through another labour this time knowing the baby would not be alive. I was told my baby was about 17 weeks when he/she died. They told me they could not tell if the baby was male or female but I always thought I was carrying a boy. My poor baby had a condition called a cystic hygroma and this was totally unrelated to Keira’s death just 6 months previous. The consultant called it “unfortunate bad luck” and told me there was no reason not to try again . No bad chromosomes from any of us etc. 

In March 2012 after a missed period, yes the test said pregnant again. I panicked so much all the way through. I stood in the hospital literally screaming at the staff to give me extra scans and extra checks which they eventually agreed to. Apparently you have to lose 3 in a row before they normally do this which is a joke. 

On October 5th 2012, 2 weeks early my little girl Izebella was born and she’s now four. It’s a shame she will neve meet the other babies but she does know about them. Many people refer to babies born after loss as “rainbow babies” and Izebella certainly is my bright shining rainbow.

I feel blessed to have three children alive and well but I am still a mum to the two that didn’t make it too. 

Everyone who has been pregnant is still a mum, whether you have had a normal pregnancy, a perm birh. a rainbow baby, or an angel baby in heaven.


#WeareAllMums

https://www.tommys.org/

My daughter in NICU


Izebella and the Watabus

Published January 5, 2017 by Bizzimummy


When I was a little girl, I longed for some sort of item with my name on it. Unfortunately for me, my name is unusual and also spelt in an unusual way so there was never anything with my name on. These days, thanks to the internet and more modern technology, we can buy almost anything with names on, no matter how unusual or rare the name may be. Izebella may be a popular name but the particular spelling is not. Years ago I would have struggled to find anything personal for either of my girls but it’s so much easier now.

A lovely personalised book came before Christmas for Izebella. The book is from Wat adventure. The books website allows the parent or sender to include any name, sex of child, personal message and create a character. This is Izebellas.

The story is about a trip to India and when creating the book; there is a choice of which animals to include. 

The child’s name appears on most of the books pages as well as the front cover. 

Izebella has not started reading yet but can recognize letters. The size and format of the text makes it easy to read and suitable for beginner readers. All the pages are full of colourful images.

The books cost 19.99 each and do make lovely gifts. Also £1.00 from every book purchase will be donated to the Rainbow trust who provide support to families who have a child with a life threatening illness.

Rockin Baby: charity work and new pyjamas for Izebella! 

Published November 16, 2016 by Bizzimummy

In our country many of us take for granted things like clothes and clothes for our children. If an adult was to spot a child walking the streets alone and  without clothing then there is no doubt they would take that child in or at least report to the relevant authorities.

Sadly for many children in poor African countries this won’t happen. Many African children face poverty and with the fairly recent Ebola outbreak it left many children orphaned without parents and no where to go. These children are usually left to fend for themselves alone. There are so many orphaned children who are alone and without suitable clothing, usually forced to wear the same rags over and over again. For the children who are lucky enough to be with family; it’s usually a case of food being put first and no money left for clothes.

Not having adequate clothing can be humiliating for these children just as it would be for a child in this country. The children also become very dirty wearing the same things over and over (as you can imagine, washing machine are extremely rare over there). Children also get cold easily, yes Africa is hot but at night the temperature drops. 

I met Rockin baby at the Blog On conference back in September who explained to me about the charity work they do in partnership with ChildFund International. 

They gifted  21,377 practical, brightly coloured and comfortable t-shirts, shorts, pants, dresses and baby vests were  to children in Sierra Leona, orphaned due to Ebola. These greatly appreciated donations are all part of Rockin’ Baby’s commitment to helping thousands of families facing enormous challenges daily. Its child to child charity mission means that parents, buying an item from it’s stunning childrenswear collection are funding a donation item from its ‘Hero’ range, which will then be gifted to a child in need from 30 countries around the world. Its ‘You buy, we give’, message means that the clothes are like for like, with no compromise. 

At the Blog On conference I also got to view a selection of their kids clothing range which can all be found on their website.

The styles change to match the seasons and their current selection includes lots of lovely warm winter must haves. Included is a cute range of nightwear and Izebella has a pair of Rockin baby pyjamas. 

This is the Fox appliqué matching set. They cost £20 which is a bit more than what I would normally pay for pyjamas but I’d be very happy if my kids got these as gifts. The quality is certainly better than her cheaper pyjama sets. They are made of cotton, feel comfortable, look good and keep Izebella fairly warm. They also fit her really well and sizes are available from 18 months to 10 years.

She looks so cute in them. 

Visit the Rockin baby site and spare a thought for the children without clothes as your purchase will help one of them. 

Helping families stay together with McDonalds

Published October 20, 2016 by Bizzimummy

Everyone knows of McDonalds. The fast food restaurants that kids love and can be found in pretty much every town. However what many people know little about is some of the charity work that McDonalds does. 

The Ronald McDonald house charity  has been helping families for over 25 years. They are the UK’s leading provider of free family accommodation at NHS hospitals. The charity provide families with a free ‘home away from home’ which enables them to stay close by while their child is in one of their partnered children’s hospitals. Families can stay for as long as they need to.

There are 14 Ronald McDonald Houses across the UK, all located close to specialist children’s hospitals. The Houses are open 365 days a year and are equipped with everything you would find in a family home. Families can get a good night’s sleep, prepare their own meals and feel at home, knowing that they’re only a moments away from their child. 


McDonalds restaurants across the country are hosting a charity event this weekend (Saturday 22nd October) to raise funds for the houses. The day will take on a jungle theme and cuddly toys with a jungle theme will be on sale. These can be purchased at almost every McDonalds restaurant in the country and 100% of all proceeds will go to the charity. 


So I am asking you all, please pop into your local McDonalds this Saturday, take your family for a treat and purchase a toy or two. No parents ever expect their children to be so unwell or injured that they have to stay in hospital but if it was your child then surely you would be extremely grateful for a charity such as this. I know I would. 
As well as buying the toys, most restaurants also gave donation boxes to pop any loose change inside. 

Here is a video starring Jeff Brazier  who is the “Help keep families close” ambassador as well as a celebrity dad. This video shows exactly where your donations will go and the work the charity does.

I will most definitely be having lunch at McDonald’s on Saturday. The longest any of my children have spent in hospital is two nights which was hard enough. I cannot imagine the thought of my children having to stay alone in hospital which is why this charity deserves the support.

( #spon. This is a sponsored post)

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