Phoebe Par­nell, 25, co­founder of an ac­tivewear brand, lives in Lon­don with her fi­ance Raoni, step-son Lucca, 10, and son Biel, 14 weeks.

Mother & Baby (UK) - - BUMP & BIRTH -

‘My baby shower had been planned to per­fec­tion. I’d in­vited 20 girl­friends to a party at my flat, or­gan­ised games, and placed an on­line food order to be de­liv­ered the evening be­fore. At bed­time, there was still no sign of the de­liv­ery and the next morn­ing, four hours be­fore guests were due to ar­rive, I be­gan to panic. There was only one thing for it – I phoned my mum! “Don't worry,” she calmly said, and asked me to email over my shop­ping list. She went to the su­per­mar­ket, then cooked and as­sem­bled an amaz­ing spread. She was an ab­so­lute life­saver! Watch­ing her turn the sit­u­a­tion round so calmly and nat­u­rally, I sud­denly un­der­stood what it means to be a mum – you’ll do any­thing, and go to any lengths, to help your child. I knew that, be­fore long, I’d be go­ing on the same res­cue mis­sions for my baby boy. That af­ter­noon, I raised a glass of pre­tend fizz to Mum, feel­ing grate­ful, over­whelmed, and ex­cited about be­com­ing a mum my­self.’

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