#coolmumclub: Meet the Members…Little Hearts Big Love

Welcome back to edition three of #coolmumclub: Meet the Members. This week, we say hello to Louise George (@liquoriceuk), a blogger in the #coolmumclub community who is a little bit special to me. Louise was one of the first bloggers I personally connected with as a newbie, and I’ve been avidly following her story ever since. Every blog has its pull – some make me laugh, some give me great advice, some make me feel less alone…Louises blog makes me remember why it’s the little things that matter, and her simple yet moving, filled with love posts always warm my cockles. Louise is raising awareness for congenital heart defects, which is just one of the reasons you should definitely follow her blog, and twitter feed. Although, you, like three thousand and thirty two others, probably already are. 

Enjoy. x MMT

I’m Louise…

..Mum to two beautiful little girls – four-year-old Jessica and two-year old Sophie. Jessica was born with a congenital heart defect called hypoplastic left heart syndrome which basically means that she lives her life with half a working heart. Her heart condition was diagnosed at the 20 week scan and we were told shortly afterwards that it was so severe that she would almost certainly not be suitable for surgery. We prayed for a miracle whilst also trying to come to terms with knowing that our time with our daughter was likely to be very brief. We were incredibly fortunate to be offered the chance to have pioneering in-utero surgery when I was 28 weeks’ pregnant, which helped give Jessica a better chance of survival. She amazed the doctors by how well she was when she was born and continues to be our little miracle today – to watch her running around and living life to the full is something I am so incredibly thankful for. So far she has had three open-heart surgeries and will need more as she gets older. At the moment, we anticipate that her next surgery is likely to take place sometime in 2016.

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My journey as a blogger

I started a blog while I was pregnant with Jessica to help keep our friends and family informed about her progress. I found blogging about our journey very cathartic, especially throughout the uncertain and scary moments in the journey – during my pregnancy and during those times in hospital when she was recovering from surgery. Jessica’s blog was, and still is, very much focused on her journey and her story as she grows older. After our second (and thankfully heart-healthy) daughter Sophie arrived two years later though, I found myself wanting to have a space where I could reflect on my own journey as a heart parent and share some of Sophie’s milestones as well as Jessica’s.

When I first started the blog that would evolve to become Little Hearts, Big Love, I had no idea that there were so many other parenting blogs out there. It was just my space to unload and to reflect but as I started blogging more regularly, I discovered linkies and a whole blogging community. A wonderful, supportive and friendly community and one that I am so proud to be a part of.

The name Little Hearts, Big Love was chosen to reflect both the loving family aspect of my blog, but also the heart family side. The logo – three small red hearts and one blue one interlinked – represents my family. The three red hearts are me, my husband and Sophie. Jessica’s heart is blue because she has a cyanotic heart condition.

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Raising awareness of congenital heart defects

One of the main aims of my blog is to share my journey as a heart parent and to help raise awareness of congenital heart defects. My most popular post ‘What it means to be a heart parent’ describes some of the fears, feelings and experiences that are part of our lives as a heart family.

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Sharing our experiences as a heart family also helps us to reach out to other heart families. Throughout our journey, we have met and made contact with so many heart families. Being able to share our fears and experiences with those who have travelled a similar journey and understand what this road is like has helped us hugely and gave us so much hope in the early days. I hope that through sharing our story, we can help other families too. I run a monthly linky on the blog called Heart to Heart which encourages other heart families to share their stories, helping to build a small community of heart parent bloggers who can help support and encourage each other.

I am also passionate about raising awareness of congenital heart defects and how early detection can help improve outcomes for many babies. I know that had Jessica’s heart condition not been detected at her 20 week scan, she would not be here today and it is scary to know that of the 1 in 100 babies who are born with a congenital heart defect, a third go home from hospital after birth with their heart condition undetected . Hopefully by helping to make others aware of what questions to ask during the scan and what things to look out for after their babies are born, this figure can be reduced and more babies’ lives can be saved.

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Sharing parenting moments

Although raising awareness of congenital heart defects and our journey as a heart family is a big part of my blog, most of my posts just document the day to day moments of being a mum to two small children – including posts on days out, crafts and reflections on parenthood. I host the “From the mouths of babes” linky every Monday which is all about sharing the funny, embarrassing or just plain adorable things that children say and love reading all the posts that people share with this. I also have an occasional series running on the blog called “Parenting Pep Talk” which is all about sharing the positive moments of parenting  – if anyone would like to take part in this, please let me know!

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Thank you Mum Muddling Through for letting me share my blogging journey so far on #coolmumclub and I look forward to finding out more about the other cool mums over the coming weeks.

If you’re interested in following me on social media, you can find me here:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/liquoriceuk

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/liquoriceuk

Instagram: http://instagram.com/littleheartsbiglove/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/liquoriceuk/

Google+: https://plus.google.com/+LouiseGeorge/posts

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64 thoughts on “#coolmumclub: Meet the Members…Little Hearts Big Love

  1. Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love) Reply

    Thank you so much for featuring my post on this series and for your lovely introduction to my blog – so glad that you like my blog, and reading your reasons for liking it have just made my morning! Next time I have a crisis of confidence and ask myself “what is my blogging voice?”, I shall remember your description of my posts being “simple, moving and filled with love” and remind myself that writing from the heart is what my blog is all about. Thank you for giving me that small gift this morning and for making me smile so often through your own words x

    1. MMT Reply

      That’s a lovely comment. Made my day yesterday! Just been a bit rubbish catching up on comments! I can’t wait for your guest post to get the attention it deserves on Thursday 🙂 x have a fab weekend x

  2. Becky Pink Reply

    I loved reading more about Louise, her #FTMOB linky is one of my favourites and I love seeing how her girls are getting on. Becky x #coolmumclub

    1. Louise Reply

      Thank you so much Becky – so glad you like my linky – I always love to hear what your adorable girls have been saying 🙂

  3. An imperfect Mum (@animperfectmum) Reply

    I love Louise’s blog and she is amazing at reaching out to new bloggers too! She really helped me on my journey. I think she is doing a fantastic job of raising awareness! Definitely a cool mum #coolmumclub

    1. Louise Reply

      Aww thank you so much Catie – always lovely to read your blog and so chuffed that you enjoy reading mine too 🙂

  4. butterflymum83 Reply

    What an incredible journey your family has had! I know v little about these conditions and look forward to reading your blog to know more. Thanks for sharing about what is clearly a very important issue ❤️ #coolmumclub

    1. Louise Reply

      Thank you so much – it is amazing to look at Jessica now and know how far we have come – we have been so very lucky.

  5. Life Love and Dirty Dishes Reply

    Loving getting to know bloggers more through this series, and yes I am one of Louise’s 3032 followers 🙂 #coolmumsclub

    1. Louise Reply

      Thank you Claire – always enjoy reading your blog too! 🙂

  6. Becky (@EducatingR) Reply

    Hey, I always love hearing how blogger’s start out ☺️ Your little girls sound amazing, especially Jessica. What a brave and strong little princess! #coolmumclub

    1. Louise Reply

      Thank you Becky – I am very lucky to have two amazing little girls and Jessica is my little miracle 🙂

  7. Robyn Reply

    Great series, I’m so enjoying getting to know the Cool Mum Club members – please keep them coming MMT! Louise, I’ve just been to check out your blog – so impressed by your thoughtful writing and love your recent Silent Sunday pic. One more subscriber here 🙂

    1. Louise Reply

      Thank you so much Robyn – I’m enjoying this series too, always lovely to know more about other bloggers. So glad you liked my blog too – last week’s Silent Sunday pic is one of my favourite photos, was very pleased with that capture! 🙂

  8. Anna Brophy Reply

    What a journey you are all on. Your little girl is simply amazing…and I’m tipping you guys must be, too. Blogging is such a great way to share the story of our lives. Thanks for sharing your world. #coolmumclub

    1. Louise Reply

      Thank you Anna – it has been quite a journey so far and hopefully sharing our story will help other heart families too 🙂

  9. bloodsugarecmomagik Reply

    I love Louise’s blog as a NICU mum with a heart baby as well as numerous other things, it is relatable! But like you said makes you smile too! #coolmumclub xxx

    1. Louise Reply

      Thank you so much Gianna – I can relate to a lot of your blog too, knowing that there are other families who have undergone similar experiences can help so much at times. So glad that my blog also makes you smile too 🙂

  10. agentspitback Reply

    Hi Louise, thank you for sharing your blogging story. It is definitely one full of hearts and I look forward to hopping on to your blog to have a peek. Isn’t it amazing how a blog can not only be cathartic but actually help build your community as well?

    MMT, thanks for showcasing these fantastic bloggers…I look forward to reading it everytime as I know I’ll be making some new amazing blogging friends.

    1. Louise Reply

      Thank you – the community side of blogging was one I never expected to discover when I first started but it has been wonderful becoming part of it 🙂

  11. Ellie @ Hand Me Down Baby Reply

    It’s so lovely getting to know more about the people – and their families – behind the blogs.
    What an incredible journey you’ve been through.
    #coolmumclub

    1. Louise Reply

      Thank you Ellie x

  12. Kyles Reply

    Little Hearts Big Love is one of my favourites – visiting the blog always makes me feel like I’m stepping into a warm and loving home. It’s beautiful. It was great to get this opportunity to hear more about Louise and her blogging journey #coolmumclub

    1. Louise Reply

      Kyles, thank you so much – that description of how visiting my blog makes you feel has really made my day! So glad that you enjoy reading mine – I enjoy reading yours too 🙂

  13. therealmilitaryhousewife Reply

    Louise, where do I start?! What an amazing journey you have been, and continue to be on. As a mummy who has, by the grace of god, managed to give birth to a healthy little girl I sit in awe as I read your blog. I hope you know what an inspiration you are and how you have made me so grateful. I look forward to following your blog from now on. Fantastic writing and such a beautiful family.
    xx
    #CoolMumsClub

    1. MMT Reply

      I couldn’t agree more Jade x

    2. Louise Reply

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment – it has been quite a journey and we are very lucky to have got this far – it’s certainly made me appreciate the little moments more x

  14. maestromummy Reply

    This is such an inspirational post – thanks for sharing your incredible journey #coolmumclub

    1. Louise Reply

      Thank you so much x

  15. motherhoodtherealdeal Reply

    Always so lovely to get to know our amazing #coolmumclub mamas better. Awesome series awesome co-host xx #coolmumclub

    1. Louise Reply

      Thank you Talya – have enjoyed reading the other posts in the series too and think both #coolmumclub hosts are pretty awesome! 🙂

  16. Julie S. Reply

    What a lovely family to feature 🙂

    1. MMT Reply

      Aren’t they just x

      1. Louise Reply

        Thank you so much x

  17. harps Reply

    Incredible family and amazing little princess! #coolmumclub x

    1. MMT Reply

      Couldn’t agree more x

    2. MMT Reply

      #teamjessica x x x

      1. Louise Reply

        Thank you – and love that hashtag – might have to use that one! 🙂

  18. Claire at Tin Box Traveller Reply

    Louise is someone who I’ve been aware of in the blogging community since I started to take my blog a bit more seriously just over a year ago. She always leaves lovely comments on other people’s posts. It’s lovely to learn a bit more about her and her family #coolmumclub

    1. MMT Reply

      A common theme to other peoples comments…it seems Louise is a popular lady in the blogging world. Thanks for reading x

    2. Louise Reply

      Aww thank you so much Claire x

  19. Helen Reply

    What a gorgeous mum and little family. I have followed and sending my love. Thanks for raising awareness of CHD. x

    1. MMT Reply

      Wonderful, thank you! x

    2. Louise Reply

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment Helen 🙂

  20. Told By Mum Reply

    Hi there Louise, lovely to read about your journey and look forward to reading your blog. One of my twins had a coarctation diagnosed at 10 weeks when he was only 2.5lbs. He was in NICU until he was big enough to travel to London for heart surgery. Such hard memories and evey time the 3 month cardiac appointments come around, I’m a bag of nerves. Your little girl is such a little fighter – amazing what surgeons can do. So so thankful for the NHS and all the skill of the doctors xx

    1. Louise Reply

      Oh I can imagine how nerve-wracking it must be – we still get anxious going for check-ups too. These things certainly make you realise just how amazing the NHS is and how lucky we are to have. Hope your twins are doing well and looking forward to reading your blog and following your story too 🙂

  21. nightwisprav3n Reply

    Wow! I am so glad your daughter’s condition was found so early and that you were able to get to it in time. I don’t know much about heart conditions but I am glad your little one is alive and well and I am glad that you are passionate about spreading awareness of Congenital Heart Defects using your blog! #coolmumclub

    1. MMT Reply

      Thanks Michelle x

    2. Louise Reply

      Thank you so much – we were very lucky that it was detected so early x

  22. Told By Mum Reply

    Oops – should have mentioned, I came across this post on the #coolmumclub linky 🙂

  23. occupation:(m)other Reply

    Ah this is a lovely one, Louise is a very giving blogger, she doesn’t need to be but she is, which is special…I’m a big fan. Really enjoyed reading this. #coolmumclub

    1. MMT Reply

      Thank you x

    2. Louise Reply

      Aww thank you so much – that’s such a lovely thing to say. So glad you enjoyed my post x

  24. MummyShire (@MummyShire) Reply

    Louise is special, isn’t she?! I’ve known Louise in a personal capacity and then again as a blogger and like you, I think her blog reminds us how very much we should remember the little things just as much as the big ones!
    xx

    1. MMT Reply

      Absolutely, I’m thrilled to give her blog a little spotlight today. x

    2. Louise Reply

      Thank you so much Tracey and so glad that my blog is a good reminder to enjoy the little moments too! x

  25. Silly Mummy Reply

    I love Louise and her blog, and her #FTMOB linky! Jessica and Sophie are so adorable, and they have such an amazing story to share with Jessica’s heart condition too. #coolmumclub

  26. This Mum's Life Reply

    It’s been very humbling to read your story, and find out more about you, your journey, and your very special family. From the touching comments people have left about you, you sound like one amazing lady, and very Cool Mum! I will be heading over to read more of your journey, and check out your linky-I love a place where I can air the hilarious things my children have said!
    #coolmumclub

  27. sisterk1n Reply

    Gosh – I am still reeling from the in utero surgery bit (I had to re-read it a few times!). What an amazing and moving reason to start a blog. I will be heading over to check out your links and to find out more about your journey. #coolmumclub

  28. mumisthewordblog Reply

    Wow. What an inspirational, incredible story. You and your family are teremendously amazing. You don’t realise that things like this happen to people, but it’s wonderful how amazing Jessica is doing. She sounds an amazing big sister for little Sophie. Thanks for sharing your story with us all #coolmumclub

  29. Parent inPJs Reply

    I loved reading all about this heartening story – thank you so much for sharing! Am immediately following and off to cyber stalk her blog now! Tarrah! *waves* xxx

  30. Mrs Tubbs Reply

    Gosh, what an amazing story! It’s always interesting to read the story behind the blog and find out a bit more about the blogger. Thank you for sharing. 🙂

  31. ethannevelyn.com Reply

    Louise’s story is so incredible. I have to say when I was reading I caught myself crying at times. Very inspirational women. 🙂 xx #coolmumsclub

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