RENEE BARENDREGT

A TRUE PASSENGER WOMAN, RENEE IS PASSIONATE ABOUT BRINGING AWARENESS TO GASTROSCHISIS, WHILE RUNNING AN ONLINE CHILDREN'S CLOTHING BUSINESS (HELLO HARRY CO.) AND RAISING TWO BEAUTIFUL BOYS. HER OLIVE DRESS HAS BEEN A STAPLE WHILE NURSING HER SON HARRY AND WHILE PREGNANT WITH HER NEW BABY SONNY.

HOW HAS THIS PREGNANCY DIFFERED FROM YOUR FIRST?

THIS PREGNANCY IS 100% DIFFERENT TO MY FIRST. AT MY 12 WEEK SCAN WITH HARRY, WE WERE TOLD HIS BOWEL WAS GROWING ON THE OUTSIDE OF HIS TINY BODY. A CONDITION CALLED GASTROSCHISIS WHICH IS ACTUALLY MORE COMMON THAN WE THOUGHT. IT TOOK THE JOY OUT OF PARTS OF MY PREGNANCY AS THERE WERE THINGS WE WOULDN’T KNOW UNTIL HE WAS BORN. HE ENDED UP SPENDING 5 WEEKS IN THE NICU AND NOW, YOU WOULDN’T EVEN KNOW HE WAS BORN WITH IT. JUST ONE OF THOSE THINGS. THIS TIME, I HAVE BEEN ABLE TO ENJOY THE PREGNANCY WITH FAR LESS WORRY KNOWING I HAVE A HEALTHY BABY BOY GROWING INSIDE. BESIDES BEING SICK MOST OF THE TIME, I AM FASCINATED BY PREGNANCY AND WHAT MY BODY IS CAPABLE OF!

WHAT KIND OF BIG BROTHER DO YOU THINK HARRY WILL BE?

HARRY IS A SENSITIVE, KIND SOUL. HE MAKES FRIENDS WITH ANTS. I FEEL LIKE THIS IS A GOOD INDICATION HE WILL HE LOVING BIG BROTHER!! HE ALSO HAS A BABY DOLL THAT HE FEEDS AND PUTS TO BED. SO CUTE!!

DESCRIBE YOUR PREGNANCY STYLE?

I HAVE LIVED IN FLOWY MAXY DRESSES MOST OF THE SUMMER, BUT I DO LOVE AN OUTFIT TIGHT ENOUGH TO SHOW OF THE GROWING BUMP! I HAVE LOVED MY PASSENGER OLIVE DRESS IT’S BEEN A STAPLE DURING MY PREGNANCY, I FEEL EFFORTLESS AND FEMININE WHENEVER I HAVE IT ON.

EXERCISE WHILE PREGNANT?

PILATES! 3 TIMES A WEEK. IT HAS BEEN HUGE FOR MY MENTAL HEALTH THIS TIME AROUND. ALSO CHASING AFTER A BUSY TODDLER!!! I HAVEN’T REALLY BEEN ABLE TO REST THIS TIME.

BEST THING BOUT BEING A MUM?

WATCHING HARRY GROW INTO THE BEAUTIFUL LITTLE BOY THAT HE IS HAS GIVEN ME SO MUCH JOY. I NEVER THOUGHT BEING A MOTHER COULD MAKE ME THIS HAPPY. WATCHING HIM DISCOVER NEW THINGS DAILY IS WHAT I LOVE THE MOST AND HAVING A REAL LIFE TEDDY BEAR TO CUDDLE ALL THE TIME!!!

ANYONE SPECIAL YOU’D LIKE TO THANK FOR HELPING YOU NAVIGATE PARENTHOOD?

MY FAMILY. MY MUM, SISTER AND DAD ESPECIALLY. SOME DAYS, ESPECIALLY EARLY ON I FELT LIKE I COULD’VE NEVER DONE IT WITHOUT THEM.

WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH?

I AM A HUGE GOOF. IT DOESN’T TAKE ME MUCH TO LAUGH AT ALL.

 


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