Dear Joan – Thank you for your calm voice and advising me not to scream. Thank you for treating myself, my husband and our new baby as individuals with our own specific needs. Thanks for talking in a down-to-earth and humorous way before during and after my son’s birth.

Dear Daniel – Thank you for being the first to change my son’s nappy. Thank you for telling me it is normal to be tired when you have young children and work too. Thank you for never making me feel stupid even when I was.

Please reflect on #healthworkers and rush over to sign the Save The Children petition.

Visit http://mdplife.blogspot.com for more information on little steps you can take to make a huge difference.

Do you want to know how to lose half a stone in a week?

I jumped on the weighing scales before the children got up and the school run chaos commenced.

I have lost, wait for it girls, ta ta ta, half a stone in a week!!!

I was expecting a pound if I was lucky.

I have done well on the eating front. Perfection nope but definitely a far healthier eating plan than usual.

The good stuff has included cereals, fish, eggs and Weightwatcher meals.

The less than perfect included a fish and chip lunch, pate and a roast dinner. All three of these were related to pleasing family members in one way or another. Something to learn from that I am sure.

Exercise wise, I have been more active but not really done proper exercise as such.

I know that I will not keep losing at this rate but it is a great motivation to stick with things.

I would like to say a huge thank you to the lovely ladies who leave comments on this site, both those participating in Mumentum and those who are not. You all really make a big difference to how I feel and how positive I can be.

So here am I with a new pair of trousers with a belt so that I can keep tightening it, with a new bra size and feeling very good about myself. I am lighter now than I have been for about 3 years, still gigantic but getting smaller and on the right track.

My daughter said to me “Maybe it is the weight that keeps holding you down”. I thought this was deep really in terms of both my physicality and my emotional health.

Now visit the New Mum Online blog and see how other Mumentum members are getting on or even better, join them. You can also track down these ladies on Twitter via #mumentum

Here’s to every mom who is trying to get sorted whether they are struggling or not currently.

With love from the Striking Mum x

What is the profile of a blogger? Are bloggers a diverse bunch or all the same? In my series of interviews with female lifestyle and parenting bloggers, I discover the wide range of women who find meaning through blogging. Huge thanks to Louise for sharing her views on blogging.

Profile OF A Blogger

Why did you start to blog?

I’ve always loved to write, as I child I was forever writing stories and I even did a journalism course after uni but then my children came along and I barely had time to wash my hair never mind writing.

Then one day I read a blog about parenting and thought ‘I could do that’ and so I did, and I thought I would be read straight away, then reality hit and I realised how much hard work blogging really is. After a good year of slogging away, the opps finally started coming and now it’s my job!

How did you feel when you started blogging?

Honestly, disappointed! I had genuinely been under the illusion that ‘write and they shall read it’! But then excited as things started to grow on social media. And it also makes me happy.

What is your blog about?

My blog is about my life. There is a lot about parenting as that is something I spend most of my time doing, and then there is also a lot of things we enjoy. We’re really outdoorsy and so there are a lot of days out, stories about our camper van trips and crafts too, I like to do lots of them!

What is your proudest achievement related to blogging?

I recently got a column in my local paper based on my blog. That was a real high point for me, seeing my words in print.

What do you enjoy most about blogging?

I’m not actually sure. I really enjoy the buzz of getting an exciting opportunity or reaching a new goal on social media but mainly I love it when I get a comment from someone saying that something I’ve written has helped them or that they can relate. It’s lovely to connect to people.

What do you find most challenging about blogging?

Having the time to keep up with all the different social media channels and write. It’s hard to balance it all with motherhood too.

What surprised you most about blogging?

How much work it really is! Seriously! It’s a full time job for sure. 🙂

How do you collaborate or work in partnership with other bloggers?

I have some really fab blogging buddies and we pass details to PRs etc. I also run a link up with friends.

What would lead to you giving up blogging?

Oh that’s so tough. If my husband or children really hated me doing it I’d have to have a good think.

Why should I read your blog?

Because it would make me really happy! But apart from that, because I hope that you would enjoy it.

What are the aims of your blog?

That’s quite a tough one to answer! It’s mainly to share mny own experiences and to let others know that it’s ok to not be ok, to wing it, to eat Coco Pops for dinner every night for a week occasionally! I’ve also written about my PND journey in the help it might help others and I also share our experiences of days out and reviews of things we have loved. Another aim is to build a career for myself that I can do around the children.

Is there anything else you would like to share?

Well, I do have a few social media links if anyone fancied following me on any of them. There’s different content across all of them, but a running theme is generally outdoors with the family, chatter, unicorns, rainbows and lots and lots of cake!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pinkpearbear/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pinkpearbear/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/pinkpearbear

Pinterest: https://uk.pinterest.com/PinkPearBear/

I was not at all sure what to post about for the Gallery theme of A Happy Memory this week. Wedding, babies, erm …

Then out of the blue yesterday I got an email from Him Indoors telling me he had found a memory stick at work with some photographs of our holiday in Cornwall I have looked through and decided to go with some of these partly because looking back, I think this holiday marked my exit from the horrors of post-natal depression so if anything they mark a time when I remembered how to be happy again.

Number one son was happy as the holiday involved riding on and looking at trains.

My little girl had her first ride on a horse leading to a passion for all things horses and ponies.

My baby boy got into wheels in a big way.

We visited Gweek Seal Sanctuary which I had last visited as a little girl on holiday with my parents. Mum and Dad took me there in the first week and I loved it especially the seal who had been shot through the head and spent his time bobbing up and down. I insisted on going back in the second week and wrote to the owners who were kind enough to send me a signed book. A big deal for me back then.

The sanctuary is much bigger now but it was great to take my own children back there.

We visited new places like the Eden Project.

Land’s End gave us pirates, helicopers, boats and Doctor Who.

On the way back home, we stopped off at a pony sanctuary. It was cold and bought some wonderful jackets for the younger children. I remember this photograph being taken and how I was striding forwards purposefully actually thinking that I would make a fresh start when I got home.

What happened? Well, we relocated, I got a new job and we got married. So this holiday marked a revival of sorts and I now feel ready for another one.

Looking at these photographs reminds me that I have avoided having my photograph taken for some years now. That is going to change so be warned, you may see more of me on this blog. After all, if I really am going to lose all this weight, I do need to have the before photographs!

Monkey and Mouse