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Baby and Me ~ MS Diary

17 months ago I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis

16 months ago I found out I was pregnant.

9 months ago my little boy was born.

What a whirlwind that all was!

I’ve not really written about what it has been like over those months of getting my head around having MS and then finding out that after 5 years of trying for a baby we were finally pregnant. There are many posts I should have written and maybe I will do still as I struggled to find others that were in my situation and writing about it. But the fact that it is MS Awareness Week this week has prompted me to write a post about how I’m managing my MS, new parenthood and the demands of my 9 month old.

Gosh even writing that feels weird, my baby is 9 months old (well nearly!) I have survived 9 months of him being in and 9 months of him being out alongside dealing with MS.

How’s it been? Good days and bad days, but isn’t that living with MS but also parenthood? Part of me is glad I got pregnant so close to diagnosis, I didn’t have time to dwell on it, I just had to get on with things. MS brings fatigue, New Baby brings extreme tiredness, where one starts and one ends is hard to tell sometimes but having my little boy to look after means that I have to dig deeper than I ever thought I could to make sure I’m there for him.

Day to day I still have a lot of residual symptoms from my major relapse post diagnosis. I find that I can only really focus on one thing, the baby comes first and I do find that I probably am doing a disservice to the rest of my life but currently I’m okay with that.

I’ve learned to adapt quite well, I have a particular way I can lift him up from the floor, a way to carry him down the stairs, a style of clothes that I know I can deal with without getting frustrated my fingers aren’t working well. Poppers on babygros are the Bain of my life but I can manage as long as I don’t try to do things in a hurry!

I organise everything for him the night before, write everything in my diary and have reminders set on my phone for important things on the days that brain fog sets in.

I am still breastfeeding him, something I never actually thought I would still be doing. It helps not to have to remember formula but is hard because I can’t just hand him to someone else.

Tiredness is probably the hardest part. If he doesn’t sleep or has an off day/night with no naps or lots of broken sleep then I really feel it, all my residual symptoms are exacerbated. Like today, he didn’t sleep so well last night for no real reason but today my left sided weakness has gone crazy! Today is a day where I know I have to be more careful, a day to not rush things, a day to get to bed early!

I don’t know what it’s like to have a baby and not have MS, what I do know though is it is totally possible to have a baby and have MS. We are prove of that.

Claire xx

Nappy Cake Tutorial

I have been looking for a nice gift for my new niece or nephew for a while now and have seen adverts for nappy cakes at work so I decided to have a little look at what they are and attempt to make my own. They seem to range in price depending on what you get with them but the cheapest that I have seen was £20 for a one tier with just nappies on their own and up to £50+ for three tier ones with extras like toiletries, babygro’s etc.

I thought that it would be a project that I could take on and I am pleased that I did, this is my first attempt and I am very impressed with the finished article.

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I looked online for tutorials and came up with quite a few, there are a few different ways that you can make them dependent on whether you want to fold the nappies or roll them, rolling requires lots of elastic bands so don’t forget them if you are wanting to make one yourself.

I started with a 13′ cake base board, superglue and a partially used kitchen roll and of course nappies, I went for size 2 and bought two packs with 60 in each when they were on offer and used 95 making three tiers, which I think is a lot but I wanted to fill up the full base of the cake and there was no point leaving loads over as I am sure they will all be used.
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I secured the kitchen roll with a band and then glued the it into the middle of the cake board. I had seen one or two made this way and it seemed the easiest way to help build the cake.
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Then let the rolling commence! I wasn’t sure when I first started which method I was going to use and the rolling does take a little time, but the nappies I used had a pattern on them so to make the cake look nice I decided the rolling method would be best.

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You then build the nappy up in layers, securing the tiers with larger elastic bands is the easiest way to keep them together and get the shape right.

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On my second tier I had decided to add the extra items I had bought. I had picked up some Mum & Me toiletries for baby, 2 babygro’s, 5 vests, and 5 muslin cloths so I filled the cake out with these. I had been collecting the items when things were on half price which worked out really well.

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I wasn’t happy though once I had added the extra bits and pieces I felt that the cake had lost it’s shape and on looking at it, it was because the second tier was now the same size as the first tier so I decided I needed an extra row of nappies and took the whole cake apart again to do it! It was worth it though as I think the finished product looks so much better now.

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To hide the elastic bands I placed ribbon round each tier and seeing as we don’t know the sex of the baby, I went with Yellow. I am going to wrap in cellophane gift wrap and tie with curling ribbon, my plan is also to make an ingredients tag to add to the outside.

All in, it only cost me £28, I would never have been able to get one the same size for that price if I had of bought it and I also get the pleasure of knowing that I made it with love. I can’t wait to see the reaction of the parents!

C xx