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Let ya mum bun down at this mama-only event

Motherhood Melbourne presents the very first HOOD MAMA EVENT

Sunday 10th September 2017

Hub (Southern Cross)

696 Bourke St

Melbourne VIC 3000

10:30am – 2pm

 

60 mamas only

​$120 per mama

 

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What’s the G.O?

  • Morning tea mingle with cream filled donuts and non-interrupted hot coffee and tea.
  • ​Get to know three sassy Melbourne mums as they spill the beans on what #mumlife is like for them.
  • ​Non-lame, giggle infested games, giveaways and goodie bags.
  • ​Long lunch consisting of gourmet face-stuffing food and lady-like sipping of premium Victorian wine.

The #hoodmama panel

Kathryn – Owner of Blossom & Glow. Mum to two boys.

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Jordie – Style Consultant and owner of The Modern Minimalist. Mum to two boys

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Ina – Creative Director & Editor of Sneakers + Soul. Mum to one boy.

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For more info, visit motherhoodmelbourne.com.au/hoodmamaevent

 

 

Babyology Reviews Blossom & Glow! And it is GOOD!

 

We were beyond thrilled with our recent review on Babyology!

Here is a snippet from the amazing article:

“Regardless of where you’re at in your motherhood journey, be it pregnant, breastfeeding, running around after babies, toddlers or older kids, when you’re wanting an outfit or a wardrobe overhaul there’s one place to go. Blossom and Glow cater for all the mamas and mamas-to-be!

A one-stop-shop for wardrobe essentials and accessories, on trend pieces and special occasion outfits, Blossom and Glow has it all. I can’t express how relieved I am to see that so many of the wardrobe pieces here can be used from one stage to the next without screaming ‘I’m maternity wear!’. It’s a collection brimming with fashion forward, feeding friendly, and above all else, comfortable clothing.”

You can check out the full review here!

 

Post Natal Anxiety & Depression with Meng Lim

Post Natal Anxiety & Depression with Meng Lim

Blossom & Glow is very proud to be supporting PANDA (Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Australia), and as well as making a donation from each sale to this amazing organisation, we are committed to starting conversations to support the many sufferers of this awful illness.  You can find out more about PANDA and the amazing work they do here.

We were absolutely thrilled when the amazing Meng Lim joined us recently to discuss her experience with PNDA.

Meng Lim

1.     Who calls you mum?
I’m a mama of 3 little munchkins. They are Ethan (7), Charis (5) and baby Enoch (1)! They make my plate full but my heart even fuller.

2.     How would you describe your life as a mum in one sentence?!
I love this quote by Tina Fey and it probably describes my life as a mum to a tee.
” You go through big chunks of time where you’re just thinking, THIS IS IMPOSSIBLE, OH THIS IS IMPOSSIBLE. And then you just keep going and keep going, and you sort of do the impossible!”

3.     When did you first start noticing signs of postnatal depression?
I think for the most part after having my first baby, I didn’t notice the signs. I thought it was just my hormonal imbalance, and it was normal for all mums to have meltdowns and a perpetual sense of doom. I thought it was normal for mums to feel overly anxious over everything related to baby. I was literally obsessed with baby weight and feeding times that the slightest deviations would send me into a bit of a panic. I wasn’t aware those were signs of postnatal depression. It wasn’t widely talked about then.
It wasn’t until my third baby that I realised that the sense of hopelessness and anxiety were signs of PND.

4.     How did your experience with PND impact on your day-to-day?
I love babies. Before I had my own babies, I always thought it would be such a wonderful & loving experience and I would feel all sunshine-y and rainbows about them. But when I had my own, I had dark and stormy thoughts towards them. I had thoughts about the what-ifs. What if, I gave them up for adoption, then I wouldn’t have to take care of them. What if, someone came to take them away, then I can lead my life like I used to again. It was not the way I envisage my first moments of motherhood would be.

The once chirpy, happy, smiley individual became a moody, grumpy, dark clouds looming always woman. I disliked myself mostly when I’m down. But I couldn’t get out of it. And I didn’t want anyone to know about it. I felt like I shouldn’t be feeling the way I did. And was mostly afraid to talk about it.

5.     Where did you seek help?
I didn’t know I could seek professional help. I wished I did. But in my dark (& sometimes desperate) moments, I reached out to friends and simple acts of kindness from them – a hug, a visit and their thoughtful gifts, snapped me out of my dark moments.

6.     Explain what postpartum depression treatment strategies work for you?
Being aware that PND can happen to anyone. And recognising the signs early so intervention can happen.

7.     What’s your advice to others who might be feeling anxious or down during the early stages of parenthood?
Don’t be afraid to reach out. To friends, to the partner or to professional help. Motherhood is a journey not to be walked alone. We need a village – could be your partner, your friends, your parents etc. There are many people who are willing to walk through the dark periods of early parenthood with us. We are not alone in this!

You can follow the amazing Meng here.

Post Natal Anxiety & Depression with Siobhan Rennie

Post Natal Anxiety & Depression with Siobhan Rennie

Blossom & Glow is very proud to be supporting PANDA (Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Australia), and as well as making a donation from each sale to this amazing organisation, we are committed to starting conversations to support the many sufferers of this awful illness.  You can find out more about PANDA and the amazing work they do here.

We were absolutely thrilled when the amazing Siobhan Rennie joined us recently to discuss her experience with PNDA.

1. Who calls you mum?

Harry, 2 (well, 28 months, but I feel like after 2 you don’t say their months out loud as you don’t want to be ‘that’ person haha)

Aoife, 11 months (sniff sniff, where has my baby gone).

2.     How would you describe your life as a mum in one sentence?!

Crazy, hectic, amazing, fulfilling, madness and mind blowing – completely life changing!

3.     When did you first start noticing signs of postnatal depression?

I really struggled after Aoife was born as Harry was only 17 months and she had a lot of problems with reflux/not feeding properly. But I thought that was just normal. I pushed through for ages. I felt like something was wrong, but told myself to just ‘suck it up’, that it was probably just because of having them so close together and that I was weak if I admitted anything. It wasn’t until I hit a HUGE wall and started having thoughts about harming myself that I got help – but only because my husband dragged me kicking and screaming up to the hospital. I’ve never been that low before.

Now, I think what I had (and continue to have) is more post natal anxiety than depression – and I think I’ve always had anxiety on some level but didn’t know it. I have always highly stressed, a perfectionist, very organised and very prone to flipping out when things aren’t ‘perfect’.
Siobhan Rennie
4.     How did your experience with PND impact on your day-to-day?

It made everything hard. The daycare run seemed like the hardest thing in the world. On the days I had both kids, I would tell myself over and over again that I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t face it. I felt like I was failing in everything – with them, in my freelance writing work, with my blog. I felt like I was falling apart. Every day it was like there was a big dark cloud hanging over my head that I couldn’t get rid of. I focussed on the little tiny things and it was all SO hard. I couldn’t find the joy in much, even though I was SO proud of and so in love with my children.

5.     Where did you seek help?

One night I was so so low with terrible thoughts that my husband took me to the hospital straight away. From there, the doctors referred me to my local childhood centre and also to my GP. Through seeing both of them, I realised that what I was feeling was NOT normal. They both took one look at me and saw how much I needed help.

6.     Explain what postpartum depression treatment strategies work for you?

After talking to me extensively, my GP prescribed an anti-depressant (as I was diagnosed as severe). I was SO against taking drugs as I thought there was such a stigma associated with them. However, I was that bad that I had to. Bringing myself to take the first tablet was HARD. And I had some not-so-great side effects for the first week. But after that, the world was bright again and I’m so glad I started taking them. The thing is, PND or anxiety is a chemical imbalance that needs to be righted – it’s not ‘all in your head’. It took me a while to see that.
I also decided to just take things off my plate. I decreased my workload. My husband tried to be around more. I stopped my battle with breastfeeding and switching to the bottle was SO much better for all of us. I made exercise a priority, when I could. And I found that as the months went on everything got a lot better.

7.     What’s your advice to others who might be feeling anxious or down during the early stages of parenthood?

Don’t bottle it up – I did, and it did me no favours. Be honest. Get help. You’re completely allowed to feel like you are, it’s doesn’t mean there’s anything ‘wrong’ with you. Don’t just push through it, go talk  to someone.
You can follow the amazing Shiv here.

The Bump Diaries : Week 22

The Bump Diaries : 22 Weeks

It was good news from my morphology scan a few weeks back – everything is on track. Both babes are measuring exactly where they should be if they were just a singleton pregnancy, so I am basically carrying 2 x full sized 22 week old babes around with me.

I’ve found myself getting more tired again this week but I am surprisingly upbeat despite bed time being a lot earlier. I’ve also been finding it hard to get comfortable – my stomach is so hard and tight and my feet/ankles are pretty swollen by the end of the day.

I did a big clean out of Emmy’s room this week – packed away winter clothes and ones that don’t fit and stored all the toys she no longer plays with. The room will soon need to fit 2 cots, so space creation is top of the agenda.

I’ve started to make a list of all essential items for hospital and that first week at home – pads, granny undies, pads, feeding tops, pads, nipple cream, pads, prunes, pads… it’s been 3 years since I packed a hospital bag – is there anything you think is a must have item?

Wearing: The very very flattering Lucy Tee Dress (coming soon!) + Isla Jeggings

The Bump Diaries : 22 Weeks

Thanks to Amy Shipp from Mum Life Project who is currently pregnant with twins, and Jade from Hipster Mumfor collaborating on this amazing project!

The Bump Diaries : Week 18

The Bump Diaries : Week 18

I am a little nervous this week. Our morphology scan is scheduled for today and I always get anxious around the time of big scan. At this stage I’ve been having scans at my OB regularly and growth etc has all been on track, but I can’t help but get slightly worried when a big scan date is looming.

I’ve been feeling emotional this week. I’ve been crying for no reason, especially when it comes to Emmy. I have feelings of guilt about expanding our tribe. I thought one baby would be manageable, but two. TWO BABIES AT THE SAME TIME – how will she cope? How will I cope!? ! I am worried about my relationship with her… How will I divide my time? Can I even love anything as much as I love her?

I am definitely feeling the babies move now, which is good, because I feel like I need that connection with them. I feel like I need to start the bonding process to put some of my fears at ease.

This week has all been all about the tears… and salt and pepper tofu. I can’t just can’t seem to get enough of that. Next stop… morphology scan!

Amy is wearing the Sierra Tee Dress.

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Thanks to Amy Shipp from Mum Life Project who is currently pregnant with twins, and Jade from Hipster Mumfor collaborating on this amazing project!

The Bump Diaries : Week 17

The Bump Diaries : Week 17

I’ve been more reflective this week for some reason, maybe it’s because I am almost half way. I was so anxious in that first trimester for a variety of reasons. I had a lot of bleeding at the start of my pregnancy and when I went for my dating scan, I had fully prepared myself to be told there was no heartbeat. Instead finding out there was in fact 2 heart beats was a complete shock.

The stats aren’t exactly encouraging either, there was a 1 in 20 chance that one twin wouldn’t make it to 12 weeks, not to mention of all the other complications that come with a twin pregnancy. It was a stressful time, the news of twins, figuring out the financials, constantly thinking about miscarriage and all the things that could go wrong. The weeks moved so slowly, but now, time is flying by and instead of worrying about all the bad things, I am focusing on all the blessings.

I’ve sorted through Emmy’s baby clothes and we just paid off our layby for the majority of the big tickets items we needed. It still seems so surreal, but in so many ways I feel less overwhelmed and more in control. I am sure this will ebb and flow throughout my pregnancy; but week 17 – you’ve been a good one.

Amy is wearing the Boho Blouse and Isla Jeggings.

The Bump Diaries : Week 17

Thanks to Amy Shipp from Mum Life Project who is currently pregnant with twins, and Jade from Hipster Mumfor collaborating on this amazing project!

The Bump Diaries : Week 16

The Bump Diaries : Week 17

I am 16 weeks pregnant, but already have a pretty decent sized “bump”. The realisation of just how big I am going to be by the end of this pregnancy is starting to hit home; TWINS – I still can’t believe it.

I am retaining fluid EVERYWHERE and despite exercising 3 times a week and eating WAY healthier than I did when I was pregnant with Emmy – I just seem to be ballooning.

I think I am starting to feel the babies move now which is exciting and this second trimester has brought with it 2 things – itchy skin and a renewed sense of energy. I was SO tired in that first trimester that I once fell asleep in the toilet cubicle at work for 10 minutes. Fun times. Ha!

Amy wears the amazing Cold Shoulder Dress.

The Bump Diaries : Week 17

Thanks to Amy Shipp from Mum Life Project who is currently pregnant with twins, and Jade from Hipster Mumfor collaborating on this amazing project!

The Bump Diaries with Amy Shipp & Hipster Mum

The Bump Diaries

 

I am unbelievably excited to have teamed up with the gorgeous Amy Shipp from Mum Life Project, and Jade from Hipster Mum to bring you the next edition of the Bump Diaries!

Amy is currently pregnant with twins, and will be sharing her thoughts, feelings, and emotions during her pregnancy, and the ever-talented Jade will be capturing her journey wearing all things Blossom & Glow!

Follow along on our blog, Facebook & Instagram!

You can also follow Jade on Instagram here, and Amy here!

 

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