Meet The Blogger – Love in the Clouds

Today’s we meet Love in the Clouds a blog and adoption gift shop.
Quick 5 – In my life at the moment….
love in trhe cloudBook – No time to read at the moment though I do scan the blogs on my BlogLovin App each night when I get into bed.
Music- Ellie Goulding, Your Song. It was our wedding song as I walked down the aisle and as fate would have it, our sons favourite song.
TV programme– Made In Chelsea NYC (yep  know its not real but its funny!)
Food- Jacket potatoes as they are quick to heat up when my baby goes down for a quick nap!
Pastime– Setting up my Adoption Gifts shop Love In The Clouds
  1. What is your biggest challenge as an adoptive parent? To not give myself a hard time about not being the “perfect mum”. I have to constantly remind myself its ok to be a “normal mum” with up, downs and just do my best.
  1. What do you wish you had known before you adopted your children? Firslty that though love can be instant for some, feeling like a “mum” takes time to grow. Thats normal and nothing to feel bad about. Secondly that the process is long and can surprise you at any times by not working out how you expected. I would tell my old self to go out more during that time and enjoy just being a couple.
  1. Why did you start blogging about adoption? At first it was therapeutic, sharing my thoughts. It meant so so much getting messages from people saying they felt the same, giving advice or just saying they found it interesting. Online support is an amazing thing. As the subscribers grew I realised it could become “something” so started working on my Adoption Gift shop which people seem excited about which has given me the confidence to go for it!
 Where do you get your blogging inspiration from? Daily life! I usually get an idea at awkward times like when shipmate is asleep on me and I cant reach a pen, or at 3am after his feed when I cant get back to sleep. My Twitter followers are great for inspiring me with their chats. The WordPress App has been a godsend as I can write on the go.
  1. Tea/Gin? Tea. A hint of alcohol and I’m sick! Wish that wasnt the case!
  1. What do you think is your biggest source of support? My husband for persuading me to be positive when I am doubting myself and my son. When he looks in my eyes I think about how much I want to be able to continue to look after him at home, so I really need the blog and shop to work out to be able to afford to! I dont want to miss out on a minute of him!
  1. Reward charts yes/no? I have used them in the past as a nanny with success. I really think it depends on the individual child though so cant say yet if I would use one with Shipmate.
  1. My perfect adoption support would include… I really think Adoption Agencies should provide a welcome pack after matching panel with your local and national support orgnisaions. I am now in touch with a local adoption toddler group but I found out about it by chance. I would really have benefited from it earlier on in the placement when I needed to hear from peers that how I was feeling was normal!
  1. When I look into the eyes of my child I see.. cheekiness!
  1. The best thing we did this week was…. Our first swimming lesson. Shipmate loves the water. He was he splashiest baby there. There was a part where he had to lay on his back and he kept reaching to touch my face and giggling. It was so touching.
  1. If you could take your children anywhere in the world to see something where would you go? Not exotic sorry but I can’t wait to take him to Ripleys Believe It or Not. We went when I was a child and I remember being totally amazed by these weird and wonderful things from around the world! It was like magic!
  1. What I hope I can give to my child/Children? Confidence to be exactly who he is. A feeling deep inside of being loved totally and unconditionally. The ability to find something to giggle at in any situation.
  1. What makes you and/or your family laugh? Pretty much anything! And if nothing funny is happening, there tends to be spontaneous dancing, silly faces and play fights!


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