My Sunday Photo 22: Lessons From Older Lovely Cygnets

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Stumbling / Surprise / Learning
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I am so pleased to be joining in with My Sunday Photo again, after what seems like a long undesirable absence.

The other week, on my way back from my Toddler Breastfeeding Group, Precious Sparkle and I came across some Swans. I was pleasantly surprised to see a Cygnet amongst them. 🙂 This was different from the first time I saw Cygnets (on a different patch of the Thames); they were small-ish and they stayed close to their parents.  Continue reading

My Sunday Photo 21: Lesson from a Half Bloom Flower

My Sunday Photo

Lesson from a Half Bloom Flower

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Looking / Finding / Trying
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I’d been meaning to join in with the Daily Post Picture Challenge for a very long time and I was so pleased to finally get around to it the other week. The theme was ‘Half and Half‘, but I wasn’t sure where to start. My first attempt was with this flower in our communal garden; it was about half-opened and I thought it worked with the theme.

Little did I know that this half bloom flower wasn’t going to be the piece of cake capture that I unconsciously assumed it would be.

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Hiccups in the Womb

H is for Hiccups in the Womb

I get hiccups, you get hiccups, we all get hiccups; what’s the big deal? There is none really. Indeed, ‘hicupps in the womb’ is the lightest of my motherhood Hs; nonetheless, an important part of my journey.

I can’t quite remember the first time it happened when I was pregnant with Precious Sparkle. I do however have memories of feeling the jerk and hearing the sounds though they were not … audible. If you’ve experienced pregnancy, you probably know what I mean. I think it happens to all pregnant women; well, I assume it does anyway.

I wasn’t prepared for them, I didn’t know they could happen; in fact I thought it strange when they did. I mean, fancy feeling a notable movement without actually feeling it. You know something moved inside of you, you know it’s from your baby … but it’s not like your baby’s typical movements from one point to another. Do you know what I mean?

And then you hear it; almost simultaneously … but this is not a sound someone near you can hear. You don’t even hear it with your ears, but you think you’ve heard it. Do you know what I mean?

It was just weird. How in the world was my unborn baby hiccuping? I thought that was reserved for people ‘on the ground’; not in the womb.

It’s worth noting that I find hiccuping in the womb easier to get my head around, than peeing in the womb. I was shocked when I learnt that babies pee in the womb, and then drink it with the amniotic fluid. Okay, I know their pee is not like an adult’s pee; but even then … man! woman!

It’s just all counterintuitive really, isn’t it? I find it to be, anyway.

My heart went out to my Precious Sparkle every time he hiccuped in the womb. I eventually got used to him doing it, but I always felt sorry for him. I used to lament about it to my husband and I couldn’t wait for it to stop every time. I knew it wasn’t harmful, but I still thought, ‘o no, poor baby’. I felt he shouldn’t have to be dealing with it so early in his life … my, before the age 0!

I suppose I don’t like hiccups and so, unconsciously assumed that it was inconveniencing him and making him uncomfortable. Added to this, I couldn’t offer water to soothe him or help rid the hiccups. Simply put, I felt powerless!

I wonder if there were some lessons beyond the hiccups … a reminder that I was entering a phase in my life when so much more will be out of my control …  a place where I have to learn acceptance and find peace with feeling powerless, whilst hoping for something better … a time when I can’t make everything better for someone I really love, and where this is okay … a  realm of even more dependence on God for so much more which is unknown.

I’m glad Precious Sparkle rarely hiccups now, but when he does I hold him and give him some water to drink. I can’t switch the hiccups off but I stand with him in it; he doesn’ t have to walk the hiccup road alone, for a while at least.

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Have you given this much thought about hiccups before? How do you deal with hiccups?
How did you deal your baby’s hiccups when you were pregnant?

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My April 2015 #AtoZChallenge: Considering my Motherhood journey from A – Z

Introduction                                                    || Theme reveal

A is for Ardo Calyso Breast Pump: Top 5 || B for Breastfeeding: Top 5   || C for Crawling baby Climbing Toddler  

D for Dry Skin not Eczema                          || E is for Exploring Toddler    || F is for Frugi: Top 5

G for Grapes in Baby Led Weaning