From the mouths of babes #57

From the mouths of babes is a weekly linky which invites you to share a post, old or new, about something your children have said. Those adorable mispronounced words, the glimpses into their imaginations, the blunt observations – whatever it is, I’d love to hear about it!


A big thank you to everyone who linked up last week. I loved Nipper and Tyke’s list of latest things that Jet has been saying – especially his reasons for asking “when will I be a daddy?” I also loved Thea’s ingredients for chocolate brownies, shared by Pinks Charming.

From the mouths of babes #57 - Musings of a heart warrior - Little Hearts, Big Love

This week is Heart Week – a week where I focus on raising awareness of congenital heart defects and so my #ftmob moments this week are from Jessica, sharing a little insight into her own awareness of her special heart. She’s not yet reached the age where she has started asking many questions about her heart – she knows that she has a “zip” because of her special heart, and that Sophie, Mummy and Daddy don’t have zips but she hasn’t asked more about why that is.


On hospital appointments: “we wait around, play with toys and then see the doctor. I watch Peppa Pig and the doctor puts stickers on my chest. I don’t like them – they are ouchy.” Jessica isn’t a fan of having ECG pads taken off after she has an echo done!


On monthly community nurse visits: “the nurse comes and we look at numbers together.” Translation: the nurse checks Jessica’s oxygen saturation levels and weighs her.


What is helpful now is that she is much more able to articulate when she has had enough of things.

She will tell me: “I’m cold, I’m getting a bit blue Mummy.” or “I’m running out of breath.” It’s good to know that she will self-limit and is awareness when she needs to stop.


We also know another heart family in our local area and their daughter K is currently in reception. It was lovely when we went to look around the school and K spotted Jessica, grabbed her hand and dragged her over to the teacher saying “Look, this is my friend Jessica and she has a line of bravery just like I do!” I love the term “line of bravery” to describe the scar from heart surgeries – what a wonderful way of describing it.



If you have any posts about something that your children have been saying lately, please do come and link up. The linky opens each Monday from 6am and closes on Friday at 11pm so there is plenty of time to link up your posts (old and new posts are welcome!). Please add the badge below to your post so others know where they can also link up (the badge code is below). I will also try and share posts via Twitter – please use the hashtag #ftmob and I’ll do my best to retweet them. I also have a Pinterest board and will be sharing posts here too.

Looking forward to reading what your little ones have been saying!


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10 thoughts on “From the mouths of babes #57

  1. Thanks for sharing these… It’s great to hear things from her perspective! I work for the BHF in one of their stores and we were out of the store fundraising on Friday and spent Saturday offering CPR training to customers in store. It never ceases to amaze me when I hear people’s stories!

    1. Thanks Amanda – what a great way of helping to raise awareness too – CPR is certainly a very useful thing to teach people.

  2. This is great! For a child to go through the different things, take on board the different bits and then start to voice how they feel with it all is a great thing to see. Bless her….and to be fair I don’t like the stickers on my chest either! #ftmob

    1. It’s always interesting to hear about what parts of the check-ups and hospital visits are significant to her. We’ve started taking adhesive remover wipes with us to the hospital appointments to help with removal of the sticky pads as I know this is something that she often gets upset over.

    1. Thanks Caroline – “line of bravery” is such a wonderful way of describing it – I loved that comment too.

  3. I love ‘line of bravery’ – having read a few of your posts recently it’s really brought home to me what Jessica (and you) have been through so it seems very apt indeed. It’s good that Jessica is able to articulate more about how she feels about things. That will only grow over the years – as, I imagine, will the questions – kids do love to ask why! ‘We look at numbers together’ is a very cute interpretation!

    1. Thank you Maddy. It’s certainly interesting to hear things from Jessica’s perspective and get an idea of which parts of hospital appointments and tests are most significant for her.

  4. “Line of bravery” is such a beautiful way to describe it. Jessica is so cool, it seems like she just takes it all in her stride. I mentioned her story in a bog post yesterday, I hope the link to your site worked!) xx
    PS thanks for featuring my blog, glad you liked it! x

    1. Thank you so much for the mention in your blog post Becky – yes the link worked! Jessica certainly takes things in her stride – then again, she’s never known any different. I love “line of bravery” as a description for the zip scar too.

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