I'm Rachael Kirkwood, a 34-year old mother of FIVE beautiful children - Baby Orla, Identical twin boys Niall and Luke (2 years old), Mollie (2 years old), Oliver (aged 8), and step-mum to Oscar (aged 10)! Mollie was only 9 months old when Niall and Luke were born, so all 3 will be in the same school year! I'm married to the guy I dreamt about marrying at high school. He is the best dad to our children and helps me massively. Mornings are like a military operation, but I've had to get organised and get all the kids clothes ready for the whole week. Stressing out over socks on a morning is now a thing of the past! If you have multiple children i suggest putting all their clothes into a Monday - Friday organiser - Your mornings will be a lot less stressful.
I decided to set up mumtobe as I experienced a lot of different scenarios in my pregnancies and wanted to share my experiences. I've had a molar pregnancy, a high risk twin pregnancy, 3 single pregnancies, been induced, a forceps delivery, a planned c-section, 2 emergency c-sections, Group B Strep, premature labor 3 times, and a baby who spent 2 weeks in NICU.
I found it very isolating having 3 small babies in such a short space of time, my friends were all at work, and I had awful anxiety taking them out on my own. I wanted to organise events where mums to be / new mums could meet up and not feel isolated. You can read a bit more about my pregnancies in the Blog.
I'm currently working on what will be The MAMA Sanctuary. 3 floors dedicated to Mums, Mums to be and Babies. There isn't anything like this anywhere else. You heard it here.... Read more about The Mama Sanctuary in our Blog.
I also have my own UK-registered charity Wish for a Wedding - we provide weddings for couples dealing with a terminal illness before it's too late. I have an amazing team of volunteers who make this possible.
In a nutshell, that is me and what keeps me busy. I'm looking forward to sharing our journey with you.
If you have a mum / baby blog and would like to share a blog post with us, please email Rachael@mumtobe.com