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4D Scan Day 💙

April 15, 2019
30 Weeks Pregnant - 4D Scan Day

After the sadness of my appointment last Friday, and dealing with the fact that my eyes are progressing, I had totally forgotten our 4D baby scan was booked for the following weekend. At the time, I booked the scan after Moorfields, in case I received bad news and needed something to look forward to. When the reminder came up on my phone last Sunday, excitement washed over my upset. I can’t deny I was slightly apprehensive about the 4D scan even though my baby seems to be doing well and is healthy, but you just never know if they will end up picking something up that has been missed, or discovering something that needs monitoring, so although I was really looking forward to seeing our baby properly for the first time, I was slightly nervous too. 

We went to the same private scanning facilities that we used for Harvey’s 4D scan and as soon as we entered the car park, all the memories came flooding back and at that point I was just really looking forward to finding out what our little boy looked like. Harvey hasn’t been allowed to any of the previous scans on the NHS, so it was so nice to bring him with us and share this experience together as a family and also to help him bond with his little brother. 

Once we were in the scanning room, I was instantly relieved because there was a large screen at the end of the bed I had to lie on. With the previous scans, I have really struggled to see at the time, which broke my heart if I’m honest. The screen for the 12 and 20 week scans were right up in the corner of the room and really small and it was just so hard for me to make out our baby and everything the sonographer pointed out to us, so knowing I would see all of the 4d scan was amazing!  As soon as the screen went on and we saw our little boy properly for the first time, I completely fell in love. His little button nose and sweet little face filled my heart with love and to watch Harvey seeing his brother on a screen for the first time is now one of my best memories 💙. When the half an hour ended, we even caught a little smile on the screen from our baby boy and then I knew that even if pregnancy has progressed my eyes, it’s been worth it, and I wouldn’t change a thing. I can’t wait to properly meet my little boy now and see how different or similar he may be to Harvey and to watch their bond grow in person. Life definitely has its hard and unhappy moments, but I’m so grateful to my 2 boys for giving me so much joy and happiness to hold on too xxx

Our little baby boy - 4D Scan Image
Our little baby boy – 4D Scan Image
Health and Beauty

Make-Up – Urban Decay

January 5, 2019
Urban Decay Cherry Palette pic of me with finished makeup.

I adore make up. When I was 18 I went to college to train as a beauty therapist with dreams of becoming a make-up artist. I passed easily as it was the first thing I had ever done that my heart was completely set on, but then things got in the way and anxiety struck, it was also at a time a lot of people were doing beauty and I just never carried on with it or wanted to go to London on my own to do the course. With my obvious decline in vision, I’m not sure if it was a blessing in disguise anyway, as I am finding make up harder and harder to do now, although I still love trying! And giving up a job I loved because of my Stargardts may have been very upsetting, so maybe life worked out for the best after all?

Urban Decay - Cherry Palette - Finished Eye Make-Up
Urban Decay – Cherry Palette – Finished Eye Make-Up

For Christmas my husband bought me the new Urban Decay Cherry palette and lipstick and today was the first day I’d had time to try it out, well it didn’t disappoint! The pinky red colours are amazing and so pigmented. I have a few Urban Decay palettes, but this one is definitely my favourite so far and the dark cherry lipstick finished the look off nicely. Other than my wonky smile, I was very pleased with the results and a reason why you should never give up. I will carry on with my make up as long as I possibly can and even though my dream of becoming a make-up artist never happened, I can still practice on myself when I get the time 💋♥️

My Cherry Eye Palette - Urban Decay
Cherry Eye Palette – Urban Decay
Vision

Raising Money for Moorfields

March 4, 2018

Just after my official diagnosis in September 2017 I felt absolutely helpless and I will admit, I lost all purpose in life for a bit. I didn’t know who I was, what I wanted to do or even what I could do now with this massive weight of vision loss on my shoulders. I saw the Moorfields eye to eye walk one morning on Facebook and said to my little boy, maybe we should raise some money that could go to the hospital that diagnosed me? I told him about the walk and he was so enthusiastic about it that I signed up for it there and then!

 

The day of the walk in March, was when we had a massive cold snap in the UK, full of ice and snow, but miraculously it had all disappeared for our 4-mile trek across London! Our 4 mile walk actually turned into a 10-mile walk and a trip to Hamley’s! We learnt that day, my husband doesn’t have very good map reading skills and we walked 2 miles the wrong way! I went home full of happiness that night, also very proud of my little boy for walking so far to help his mum! We raised an impressive £2,250 for Moorfields research into Stargardts and even though there isn’t a cure yet, it gave me hope that one day there might be, and I had contributed to this research 💖.

 

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