My pregnancy with Audrey was tough, both physically and emotionally, 39 weeks and five days of severe nausea/vomiting and two burst ovarian cysts meant there were many a day spent curled up on our lounge. The support and love of my husband, family and friends brought me happiness and strength but there was one other that raised my spirits and as silly as it may sound that was LittleONE baby magazine. With its pages full of beautiful images of happy families, stories of triumph and loss and so many wonderful and innovative things to buy for your babe I would dream of the little one growing within me and the adventure we had ahead of us. LittleONE provided me with inspiration for Audrey's room, ideas on birth and parenting and a place to escape in some of my darkest days..
Imagine my overwhelming joy when Amy Doak, publishing editor of LittleONE, said she would be interested in having Audrey's first birthday in her magazine! I carefully selected images that reflected the celebratory atmosphere of Audrey's day and as I wrote my words I imagined pregnant women, sitting with warm tea in hand, enjoying the magazines images and stories just as I had all those months before.
* Audrey's party can be found on page 88 of Issue 10, in store now.
I thought I might share a few more images from Audrey's special day, we will always treasure the memories of her first birthday and the love that surrounded us by our family and friends (and that horrible wind that kept blowing everything on the cake table over!)