If you follow me on social media, you’ll know October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month. To celebrate our beautiful boys, Harps and I are teaming up to host a fabulous giveaway!
A little bit of background for you…
As some of you will know, I write the blog “Don’t Be Sorry” primarily all about my son Oscar, 5, who happens to have Down Syndrome. I originally started writing, as I found it cathartic to document my thoughts and feelings following Oscar’s postnatal diagnosis. And then one day, having decided to publish my words on my own private Facebook page, I received such an overwhelming response, I very quickly launched a website and public Facebook page. What started as just a handful of people following my journey with Oscar, has grown into a following of close to 30,000+. I regularly talks to “new” Mums and Dads online following the news that their babies have received the same diagnosis as Oscar which I hopes helps them when they may be feeling like the future’s looking bleak. I also give talks to medical professionals about the importance or language and terminology and just because you know, life’s not busy enough raising three kids and doing all of the above, I’m currently busy writing a book.
I got chatting to Harps online shortly after her second son Saajan was born and we quickly became firm friends. Saajan like Oscar, was diagnosed with Down Syndrome at birth and Harps has since said, that she feels I helped her, at what was a seemingly a very dark time. She also says following our blog and page has given her an insight into Saajan’s future and that she can now see, it looks to be a bright and happy one.
Harps originally started her blog, Baby Brain Memoirs back in 2014 as an outlet for her journey riding through post natal depression and the highs and lows of motherhood with her first son, Arjun. Since then, she gave birth to her second baby boy, Saajan, who like I said, happens to be rocking an extra chromosome! Since her husbands moving post on sharing the news about their precious little boy, she’s not blogged much as she still doesn’t feel ready but she’s sharing her journey through social media and has received an outpour of love for Saajy from her blog followers! Aside from his extra chromosome and a few extra physio appointments (which she sees as brilliant family time now!), she feels they’re living a pretty regular life. Arjun and Saajan have the most beautiful brotherly relationship but she’s sure soon enough there’ll be plenty of squabbling!
Harps started her spin off business, Baby Brain Apparel, in 2015. She makes handmade baby and toddler leggings and do a matching adult range too which includes leggings and lounge pants! She hand designed character tees which were inspired by the quirky antics of her toddler Arjun. Since having Saajan, Baby Brain Apparel has an even greater meaning for Harps and her family with it being uncertain when she will return to work. Although she’s still riding through the journey of having two tiny humans to keep alive alongside a Down Syndrome diagnosis(!), she has begun to focus her energy on raising awareness in hope for a brighter future for children like Saajan and Oscar. Part proceeds of all navy and yellow clouds sold at Baby Brain Apparel will be donated to The Down Syndrome Association.
To celebrate our beautiful children, Harps and I are giving one of our readers the chance to win a matching pair of adult and baby leggings in a choice of navy or yellow clouds!! Oscar and I have tried and tested them and they definitely pass the comfort test!
The competition is open worldwide however postage is covered for the UK only.
Competition closes at midnight on 17th October!
It’s super quick and easy, click on the link (“Enter the Giveaway”) below to enter!
Good Luck Everyone