The Real World Parenting Awards
Being a new mum can be a challenge especially in the first twelve months of a baby’s life. Despite this being my second birth I still felt and faced the same things I did when I was a first-time mum; anxiety, newborn worries and challenges (reflux, colic, breastfeeding issues), postpartum problems and body hang-ups, baby blues and generally feeling overwhelmed with everything.
It’s totally common for new mums to find that they get the “baby blues” at some stage in their post-pregnancy life which is completely normal. The majority of the time it will just go away by itself. However, sometimes a little bit of extra support is needed for us mums. I had the baby blues in both pregnancies but this time round found it a little more difficult to cope. Baby Girl was constantly crying and Daddy P was away most of the time. I felt like I was being left alone to defend for myself then having an active toddler on top of that made it even more challenging.
Luckily, the regular visits from my friends and family kept me sane and my baby blues disappeared soon after. I was too afraid to mention it to my Health Visitor. Not because I was afraid that she’d judge me or look at me funny but because I felt like I would’ve then failed myself and failed being a mum. Luckily, my boyfriend and I talked it out – my health visitor mentioned that it would be good to talk to him about my worries – and it really did help. Something so simple; just by talking to him about it, it made me feel like I wasn’t alone and he then understood that I just needed some time to myself and supported me.
If it wasn’t for my boyfriend, friends and family I wouldn’t have been able to survive. Their love, support and presence really saw me through the difficult times of motherhood and I am so thankful for them. If you have a friend or family member, or health professional that has helped you greatly and you want them to be recognised for their hard work then nominate them the Real World Parenting Awards.
This special award, sponsored by Infacol, is split into two categories; one for health professionals and one for friends and family. The award was launched early this month and has been seen on the Netmums website as well as a few other mummy blogs that I’ve come across so it’s definitely a real award! 🙂
How to Nominate
In order to nominate your chosen person, all you need to do is send an email with the nominee’s name (and place of work if they are a health visitor/health professional) and the reason why you think they should win the award to firstname.lastname@example.org – the competition will close at the end of August. The winners will be chosen by a judging panel of healthcare professionals.
If you need any more details on how to nominate someone or would like to know more about the award and the T&C’s please email email@example.com.
NB. I worked with Satellite PR to promote their Real World Parenting Awards campaign. All words, thoughts and opinions in this post are my own.