In Conversation With: The Hippy Christian Mum

This week on In Conversation With, I spoke with Kate who is a new blogger at The Hippy Christian Mum and a wonderful mum of two little beauties. Kate calls them Beg and Beb on the blog which is uber cute, if you ask me. Kate has delved deep and is honest and open about the difficulties they faced as a family when Beb was born. My heart broke when I read how hard Beb’s first few weeks were. I’m so grateful that we didn’t go through anything like this with A and admire the parents around the world who get through such tough times. Thankfully, Beb is happy and healthy and revelling in his big sister Beg.

How many children do you have?

I have two children and on the blog I’ve called them Beg and Beb. Beg is my brown-eyed-girl. She is 6yrs old. Beb is my blue-eyed-boy. He is 5 months old. It feels really weird whenever I type out their blog nicknames but I had seen other bloggers using pseudo-names for their children and I just thought it was a really nice idea as I am talking about them so publicly. It feels a bit close to the bone to use their real names even though I do post pics of them on Instagram too!

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Are you a Working Mum, Stay-at-Home Mum or Work-from-Home Mum?

I am a SAHM of 6 years. Before I gave up work to stay home, I worked part time as an admin assistant in a social work team. I really liked my job but after childcare costs I would have been adding only £100 to our household income. As it was I couldn’t bear the thought of leaving her at 9 months (we didn’t have family who could have her) and so I took voluntary redundancy.

I find I do tend to face a lot of pre-judgement with the whole SAHM thing. People assume I am claiming top ups or that I have a secret mill stashed in an offshore account. I stopped fighting people’s opinions about it a few years ago and now I let them think what they like without correction. I think if people really want to get to know me they will ask of their own volition. My friends know us and the rest can talk!

I have friends who work full time, part time and some don’t work, some are on maternity leave, single parenting, adoptive, foster, all kinds of amazing wonderful mums. We can still moan to each other if we’ve had a hard week without judging the other’s life circumstances.

What is the best part about being a Mum?

It has to be the pure joie de vivre that only children have. The laughter. No matter what is going on in life hearing your children laugh just sets something alight within your soul. I like the silly too. I do silly voices for the bedtime stories. My husband does silly voices and games. We say stupid stuff all the time and Beg thinks it is all great fun and it makes me laugh too. I also love watching Beg and Beb’s relationship unfolding in front of me. I can’t believe we almost never had another, she loves her brother so much. It’s truly a beautiful thing to be witness to.

What is your biggest fear as a Mum?

I recently had to face some big mum fears when Beb was born. He had to spend the first couple of weeks in neonatal intensive care which was a really hard time for us as a family. When he was born he was breech and it hadn’t been picked up. He was born not breathing so instead of laying him on me the midwife had to perform CPR immediately. I didn’t actually get to hold him until he was 8 days old.

He had cooling therapy and then had seizures when they brought him back up to temp. He had a chest drain, infection, morphine, anti-seizure medication. It was a scary time. I just prayed and prayed over him. I would go into the NICU and reach into his incubator and he was freezing cold. He was there in his nappy, wires everywhere, shivering, and all I could do was touch his hand and talk. So, that is what I did. He gripped my finger and I told him about his big sister and sang him made up songs.

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My church prayed for us too and my Pastor asked everyone he knew to pray for us. There were whole churches all over the world praying for him, as far as New Zealand. At first I didn’t know if we would ever bring him home. My husband said he knew we would. They told us there would be effects from the lack of oxygen at birth but they had no idea to what extent it would be. But I’m absolutely joyous to say his MRI scan was completely clear. He is a little miracle, and he is absolutely thriving. He is a wonderful bubbly 5 month old and I praise God for him everyday.

If you could share one piece of advice to other soon-to-be Mums, what would it be?

Well, if something doesn’t feel right in your pregnancy do bring it up no matter how silly you think it is. I kept saying to my midwives, what is this big hard lump at the top of my bump and they passed me off. Turns out it was my baby’s head. And definitely breastfeed. It gets easier as you go along and once it does it’s an absolute breeze and so great for bonding as baby gets older. Oh and have a Blessingway. Best thing I did when I was pregnant. I did a post on mine which you can read here.

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Thanks for having me on your conversation series at Over Heaven’s Hill. I’m truly honoured as I am a newbie blogger. My blog is only 4 months old. You can read more about my birth story on my blog.

And thank you Kate for joining us on In Conversation With. It was a pleasure and after reading your interview, I went straight to your blog to read more about your birth story. I had also have never heard of a Blessingway before. It is such a beautiful idea empowering the mother through the strength of sisterhood.

You can find Kate at her blog The Hippy Christian Mum, on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest

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19 thoughts on “In Conversation With: The Hippy Christian Mum

  • September 21, 2016 at 9:11 am

    I am so glad that little Beb is thriving now! We have our own little miracle (Jenny) who was very poorly as a newborn and so many people that we didn’t even know prayed for her. Even now (6 years later), we can meet new people and they’ll say “Oh you’re Jenny’s parents? I prayed for her when she was born!” It’s amazing.

    I definitely agree about mentioning anything that doesn’t seem right about your pregnancy or your child too. I think we have an instinct about stuff like that and healthcare professionals need to acknowledge this #BloggerClubUK
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    • September 21, 2016 at 2:24 pm

      Aw that’s lush! I have met a couple of people who have said the same isn’t it so kind. And a comfort to know people are praying for you when you’re going through it. We definitely know our children (& our bodies) the best, I think you’re right it should be taken into consideration a lot more than it is. Thanks for reading:)
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  • September 26, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    Hi Kate, lovely to hear more about you. My first baby was undiagnosed breech, but thankfully she was born ok – just a nasty wound on her bottom where they had been trying to break my waters and poking her bum instead! I can’t imagine going through what you did. I’m so pleased he’s doing well now. Gorgeous photos. Alison x #AnythingGoes
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    • September 28, 2016 at 3:54 pm

      Thanks so much for commenting and sharing your story Alison. Birth is incredible and terrifying.

  • September 28, 2016 at 9:48 am

    Great series, Geraldine. So lovely to hear from Kate. So wonderful to see the power of prayer in action. A miracle indeed.


  • September 28, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    I love getting to know a bit more about the blogger behind the blog. I’m really pleased your little one is ok now, it must have been so scary at the time!
    Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes 🙂
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    • September 28, 2016 at 3:47 pm

      Me too, I love the personal blogger question posts. There are real people behind those blogs!

  • October 2, 2016 at 12:38 am

    How lovely to hear someone elses story about being a parent. Such a scary start for Beb, it overwhelmed me with emotion as I read it. I cant imagine anything scarier for any parent, I am so glad that he is well and thriving. Its also lovely to find another wonderful blogger through guest posts like these. Thanks for sharing it on #MarvMondays. Emily

    • October 3, 2016 at 10:11 am

      When you read stories like Beb’s you cant help but feel so grateful. I can only imagine how scary those first few weeks were

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