WOW! The response to this competition was astounding with so many of you taking the time to share with us your personal journeys. Being a parent, especially a new one, with all the pleasure and joy that precious new life brings, certainly is no picnic. We were moved by so many of your stories that it was unfortunate that we just had one prize to give away at this time.
Jennifer Kerr’s story, like so many of your was filled with joy , heartbreak and resilience through the hard stuff despite the challenges the life can throw our way. Here is Jennifer’s story again:
“My biggest challenges are my changing body shape – changing so quickly my brain can’t keep my with my changing dimensions and I keep bumping my tummy on counters and the edges of draws – and trying to feel good about the way I look, finding clothes to fit and flatter me, and that make me feel pretty.
I cleaned out my entire wardrobe at 23 weeks and put 95% of it in storage bags and stowed them under the bed, so rather than seeing everything that DIDN’T fit me on a daily basis, I was left with a small selection of clothes that DID fit. They’re all hand-me-downs but they’re comfortable… though I only have four maternity bras, all hand-me-downs and 1 of those is too big!
It also takes me about 45 minutes longer to get ready for events and occasions because it takes me that long to find something, some combination that makes me feel attractive – if I take my time, then I’m at least taking the time pressure away, slightly decreasing the chances of tears!
But my latest and most restrictive challenge at the moment is really low blood pressure. I had to get off the train half way to work this morning because I thought I was going to faint. I called my husband and he came to rescue me and take me home – my real knight in shining armor! I can’t seem to do much these days without feeling like I’m going to hit the deck! But this is just a phase of pregnancy and it will pass.
But I am blessed to be having a very ‘normal’ pregnancy, to have a husband who is madly in love with me, and to be growing our beautiful baby inside me. Pregnancy can knock me around as much as it wants, as long as baby is okay, happy, healthy and strong. It would just be nice to feel pretty, too.”
Congratulations Jennifer, a gorgeous new HOTmilk nightie is on its way.
Thanks again for all of your entries and keep a watch out for the next HOTmilk competition. Meanwhile why not go ahead and treat yourself. You know you deserve it!