Mums Net Blog Awards – FINALIST!!

Some of you may remember a post I wrote a few weeks ago, where I shared the news that I had been short listed in the Mums Net Blog Awards for the category of Best Campaigner. I was genuinely shocked, and hugely flattered, that my name had been put forward for the award, let alone short listed, and had it ended there I would still have been over the moon with the honour.

I found it very difficult to campaign for votes, which is ironic given the nature of the award, and although I shared a post about it here, I felt very uncomfortable about it and would much rather someone voted for me because they felt I deserved it, as opposed to voting simply because I asked them to. And so for that reason I resigned myself to the fact that, although it was lovely to be short listed, this was as far as I was going to get.

So on Friday, when I opened up my emails to see “Congratulations – you’re a finalist in the #MNBlogAwards!”, I was in complete and utter shock! I sat there in my kitchen, crying at my laptop, the kids looking at me as though I had completely lost the plot, and I felt an over-whelming sense of achievement.  Not for me, nor for my blog, but for Joseph, a fitting tribute in what would have been his tenth year, and to a cause so dear to my heart, Baby Loss Awareness.

In that way, I have never been prouder.

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And I want to thank each and every one of you who voted for me, I can’t quite put into words how much it means to have your support. It has been an absolute honour to share the story of Joseph with you all, to write about the babies we never got the chance to meet, and to raise awareness of a subject that has affected not just our lives, but the lives of many.

I think, as with all parents who lose a baby, there will always be a small part of me that wonders could I have done more to save Joseph? Was there something I could have done differently? Could I have changed the outcome in some way? And there shall forever be the heavy weight of guilt that, for all I loved him, ultimately I let him down. And I know that should I allow myself to think too deeply about those questions, it would eat away at me inside, and for all of the “What ifs?” we live with daily, there is nothing I can do now to change the outcome. Through my blog, I have found a way to channel that grief, to rationalise with the guilt, and to tell myself that, although I cannot change our story, I can raise awareness of Baby Loss, in Josephs memory, in the hope that other families get the happy ending that eventually, we were lucky enough to find.

And so in honour of my beautiful boy, and all of the babies we met alone the way, this one is for you.

Thank you.

xxx

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  1. flying solo
    October 16, 2016 / 3:47 pm

    Im so sorry to hear of your loss Laura, what a lovely tribute to Joseph. Congratulations on being a finalist xx #KCACOLS

    • Laura Dove
      October 16, 2016 / 4:13 pm

      Thank you so much, I still can’t believe that anyone voted for me!! xxx

    • Laura Dove
      October 17, 2016 / 12:12 pm

      Thank you so much Jeremy! xxx

  2. October 16, 2016 / 7:29 pm

    Congratulations and well done!!! Such an achievement. I’m sure little Joseph would be so proud xx #KCACOLS

    • Laura Dove
      October 17, 2016 / 12:10 pm

      Thank you, that means so much to me to have made him proud. xxx

  3. October 16, 2016 / 8:46 pm

    Lovely words. You are doing an amazing job, well done!
    #KCACOLS

    • Laura Dove
      October 17, 2016 / 12:09 pm

      Thank you so much. xxx

  4. October 17, 2016 / 6:38 am

    Huge congratulations on being a finalist! I will be cheering for you on the day! So well deserved.

    • Laura Dove
      October 17, 2016 / 12:07 pm

      Thank you so much!! Not long now, I’m soooo nervous!! xxx

  5. October 17, 2016 / 7:21 am

    just beautiful and so well deserved my lovely xx #MarvMondays

    • Laura Dove
      October 17, 2016 / 12:06 pm

      Thank you so much, I’m still so shocked! xx

  6. October 17, 2016 / 8:41 am

    Absolutely brilliant news. Well done and
    Much deserved! Fingers crossed for you ❤️ #EatSleepBlogRT

    • Laura Dove
      October 17, 2016 / 12:06 pm

      Thank you so much! xxx

  7. October 17, 2016 / 8:47 am

    This is amazing news I am so proud of you! So well deserved!!!!! #mg

    • Laura Dove
      October 17, 2016 / 12:06 pm

      Thank you so much Mac, I’m proud of me too…which is very rare indeed!! I genuinely don’t have a hope in Hell of winning, but the finals? Wow-ee!! xx

  8. October 17, 2016 / 8:48 am

    I am so thrilled to see that your wonderful blog has made it to the finals. Very well deserved 🙂 #Marvmondays ps hope to meet you at blogfest!

    • Laura Dove
      October 17, 2016 / 12:05 pm

      Thank you so much! I am super excited to meet you at Blogfest!! xx

  9. October 17, 2016 / 9:08 am

    Congrats! You obviously deserve it. I’m so glad something good can come out of something so tragic. Lots of love xx #EatSleepBlogRT

    • Laura Dove
      October 17, 2016 / 12:05 pm

      Thank you so much!! It’s such a positive thing to be sharing our story, it has really helped me to find a way to move forward. xxx

  10. October 17, 2016 / 10:37 am

    Congratulations! I’ll see you there. It will be lovely to meet up with all these wonderful virtual people 🙂 Alison x #MarvMondays

    • Laura Dove
      October 17, 2016 / 12:04 pm

      Thank you!! I’m very nervous about Blogfest but it will be lovely to meet you!! xx

  11. October 17, 2016 / 12:36 pm

    Laura I am so very happy for you! You absolutely deserve it and it’s a wonderful tribute to Joseph and your story. Congratulations!! #bigpinklink

    • Laura Dove
      October 17, 2016 / 3:20 pm

      Thank you so much Ellen. I cant tell you how much it means to me to have done him proud! xx

  12. October 17, 2016 / 1:37 pm

    Congratulations to you and to Joseph, you both deserve it. I’m looking forward to reading more of your posts, but especially to see how much fun you have at Blogfest #MMBC

    • Laura Dove
      October 17, 2016 / 3:19 pm

      Thank you Lisa. I’m so nervous about Blogfest, most of all the journey to London by myself, but I’m sure it will be fab! I’ll let you know! xx

  13. October 17, 2016 / 3:50 pm

    Josh would be so proud of you and your blog, look how far you have come and you have managed to raise awareness about a topic dear to many peoples hearts. Congrats hun you deserve it, fingers crossed that you win xx

    • Laura Dove
      October 17, 2016 / 8:31 pm

      Thank you so much. I hope that wherever he is, he knows that this was all for him. I’m such a proud mummy but right now I’m proud of me too! xx

  14. October 17, 2016 / 6:35 pm

    Congratulations on being a finalist a touching and wonderful tribute for Joseph.

    • Laura Dove
      October 17, 2016 / 8:30 pm

      Thank you so much Joanna. xx

  15. October 17, 2016 / 6:55 pm

    Well I personally can’t think of anyone I’d be happier to see receive an award. You are absolutely wonderful and the way that you have kept your darling boy’s memory alive has touched me deeply in the time that I’ve known you. You’re a wonderful person, and a brilliant mother and utterly deserving of this. Thanks for joining us at the #bigpinklink

    • Laura Dove
      October 17, 2016 / 8:30 pm

      Ahh thank you so much Louise, that actually made me cry! God knows what’s wrong with me, I’m an emotional wreck! I’ve never really done anything I am proud of before, other than having the children, so it means a lot to me to have honoured Joseph like this, and to my family too. Thanks again, you’re so lovely. xxx

  16. October 17, 2016 / 7:27 pm

    Congratulations Laura – so very well deserved. You should be incredibly proud. I’ll have everything crossed for you and will be there cheering you on on the big day. x #MarvMondays

    • Laura Dove
      October 17, 2016 / 8:29 pm

      Thank you so much! I am super excited to meet you, although very nervous about the day itself! xx

  17. October 17, 2016 / 8:06 pm

    Well done in being a finalist, what an achievement. No wonder you are so proud.

    • Laura Dove
      October 17, 2016 / 8:27 pm

      Thank you so much !xx

  18. October 18, 2016 / 6:35 am

    That’s fabulous news and well deserved! There are so many bloggers and so many awards it’s hard to keep up and I’d feel awkward asking for people to vote for me too so the fact you’ve come so far shows how well thought of you are!! Thanks for joining us for #marvmondays

    • Laura Dove
      October 18, 2016 / 8:39 am

      Thank you so much. I just don’t have it in me to campaign for votes like that, although fair play to those who do, I find it so cringey and awkward so I genuinely thought I had got as far as I would get. I have no chance of winning it, I already know who my winner would be, but when I hear my name read out on stage that’s going to be a pretty huge moment for me, I’m so emotional for everything that it stands for. xxx

  19. October 18, 2016 / 7:36 am

    This brought tears to my eyes; you so deserve to be a finalist and I really, really hope that you win! #KCACOLS

    • Laura Dove
      October 18, 2016 / 8:37 am

      Thank you so much. I’m gutted you wont be there but I hope to meet you again soon at the next conference! xx

  20. October 18, 2016 / 8:57 am

    I am really sorry for your loss! But Joseph is up there, smiling and proud at what you have achieved! Congratulations love! xx

    • Laura Dove
      October 18, 2016 / 9:03 am

      Thank you so much, I do hope so. xxx

  21. October 18, 2016 / 8:58 am

    So deserved hun and such a lovely tribute to Joseph. Congratulations on being a finalist x

    • Laura Dove
      October 18, 2016 / 9:03 am

      Thank you so much, I’m over the moon! xx

  22. October 18, 2016 / 9:01 am

    I am sorry for your loss Laura 🙁

    Well done on being a finalist!!

    • Laura Dove
      October 18, 2016 / 9:02 am

      Thank you so much Claire! xx

    • Laura Dove
      October 18, 2016 / 1:18 pm

      Thank you so much! xx

  23. October 18, 2016 / 9:56 am

    A huge congratulations to you Laura! So very well deserved.
    You have done your beautiful little boy proud. Everything crossed for you to win!
    Not long now! xx

    • Laura Dove
      October 18, 2016 / 1:17 pm

      Thank you Jayne. It means the world to me to have made him proud and I’m so looking forward to seeing you there! xx

  24. Fi Ni Neachtain
    October 18, 2016 / 10:04 am

    Oh huge congratulations Laura, so well deserved! My fingers are crossed for you to win x

    • Laura Dove
      October 18, 2016 / 1:17 pm

      Thank you so much! xxx

  25. October 18, 2016 / 10:54 am

    wow! congratulations! You definitively deserve! This blog is fantastic xx

    • Laura Dove
      October 18, 2016 / 1:17 pm

      Thank you so much Natalia! xx

  26. October 18, 2016 / 1:19 pm

    Well done lovely, have my fingers and toes crossed that you win 🙂

    • Laura Dove
      October 18, 2016 / 7:12 pm

      Thank you so much Kara. xxx

  27. October 18, 2016 / 7:55 pm

    Congratulations! It’s an amazing tribute that you’ve come so far and been able to raise awareness so much. x

    • Laura Dove
      October 19, 2016 / 8:58 am

      Thank you so much! I’m really proud of how much awareness we have raised. xx

  28. October 18, 2016 / 9:46 pm

    Well done Laura, that’s amazing 🙂 I will keep everything crossed for you to win!

    Louise x

    • Laura Dove
      October 19, 2016 / 8:57 am

      Thank you so much. xxx

  29. Claire
    October 18, 2016 / 10:41 pm

    Many congratulations to you! What a tribute to your dear little boy. You should feel immensely proud. Well done. I’m rooting for you xxxx

    • Laura Dove
      October 19, 2016 / 8:56 am

      Thank you so much. I really am so proud, it’s a fantastic way to honour his memory. xx

  30. Kerry Norris
    October 19, 2016 / 5:48 am

    Congratulations! Very well deserved. I’m sure you’re making him proud xxx

    • Laura Dove
      October 19, 2016 / 8:56 am

      Thank you so much Kerry. xxx

  31. October 19, 2016 / 8:56 am

    Way to go! I’m so pleased your work and your blog has been recognized like this. #MarvMondays & #Sharewithme

  32. October 19, 2016 / 10:17 am

    Congratulations on becoming a finalist, and what a wonderful tribute for your boy.
    Best of luck!
    #MMBC

    • Laura Dove
      October 19, 2016 / 1:26 pm

      Thank you so much. xxx

  33. October 19, 2016 / 10:47 am

    Wow – massive congratulations! What a lovely way to honour your son. Good luck #BloggerClubUK

    • Laura Dove
      October 19, 2016 / 1:25 pm

      Thank you so much! xxx

  34. Nige
    October 19, 2016 / 5:43 pm

    Congrats Laura wonderful and so very deserved by a awesome blogger #bestandworst

    • Laura Dove
      October 20, 2016 / 9:08 am

      Thank you so much Nige! xx

  35. October 20, 2016 / 9:58 am

    Amazing!!!! So well deserved, I’ll be there cheering you on too 🙂 x #BloggerClubUK

    • Laura Dove
      October 20, 2016 / 12:34 pm

      Thank you. Looking forward to meeting you! xx

  36. October 20, 2016 / 5:24 pm

    Just beautiful – and congratulations on being a finalist. Well deserved, you are doing a fantastic job for a very worthy cause. #kcacols

    • Laura Dove
      October 20, 2016 / 6:36 pm

      Thank you so much. xx

  37. October 20, 2016 / 7:55 pm

    I think those things all the time.
    Massive well done Laura, I am so pleased for you and it is such a wonderful thing in Josephs 10th yr…I bet he is looking down so proud of your strength and the love you give to others in their grief. We will never know why it was us but being acknowledged for keeping their memory alive is a truly wonderful gift x GOOD LUCK x

    • Laura Dove
      October 20, 2016 / 8:25 pm

      Thank you Mary. I think that’s why this meant so much to me, because it was all because of Joseph. I would love to think that had I not had him I would still have wanted to contribute to raising awareness of such a cause, and of some wonderful charities, but perhaps I would be blissfully unaware and happily going about my life with my two boys. Who knows, it’s just a lovely feeling to know that I have done him, and myself, proud. And for the record, you do your Poppy proud, always. xxx

  38. October 20, 2016 / 8:50 pm

    Congratulations, I’m so sorry for your loss but it’s a perfect tribute #KCACOLS

    • Laura Dove
      October 21, 2016 / 4:41 pm

      Thank you so much. xx

  39. October 21, 2016 / 7:07 am

    Hi Laura, congratulations on becoming a finalist. Your blog and the way you write so openly about the loss of Joseph must be a comfort to other parents who have gone through the same. I see a woman who has suffered a painful loss but has not let it define her. You may hold your other children that much closer because of it, but that’s something we should probably all be doing regardless.

    Thank you for linking up with the #MMBC

    XX

    • Laura Dove
      October 21, 2016 / 4:33 pm

      Thank you Debs, that’s so lovely of you to say so. It’s such a positive for me to be able to help others in this way, I find it hugely therapeutic! xxx

  40. October 21, 2016 / 12:40 pm

    Congratulations! Very well deserved and I know what you mean about asking for votes I would feel the same way too! Such a beautiful tribute to Joseph too
    Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday

    • Laura Dove
      October 21, 2016 / 4:31 pm

      Thank you Tracey. I struggle to ask for a favour off anyone, even when I need the help, so asking for votes was impossible! xx

    • Laura Dove
      October 21, 2016 / 4:27 pm

      Thank you so much! xx

  41. October 21, 2016 / 6:52 pm

    Congratulations and so well deserved! I hope you win 🙂 #eatsleepblogrt

    • Laura Dove
      October 22, 2016 / 4:05 pm

      Ahh thank you so much! xxx

  42. October 22, 2016 / 9:10 pm

    I’m so delighted for you Laura and what a beautiful tribute for Joseph, who will be so proud of you, as we all are of your wonderful blog. Thank you for linking up to #dreamteam xx

    • Laura Dove
      October 23, 2016 / 8:21 pm

      Thank you so much Bridie. I’m absolutely over the moon, it means such a lot to us. xxx

  43. October 24, 2016 / 9:35 pm

    Ah bless Laura you must be so over the moon. Well deserved. He’ll be proud xx #bloggerclubuk

    • Laura Dove
      October 31, 2016 / 10:42 pm

      Thank you, I am so completely made up!! xx

  44. October 25, 2016 / 6:11 pm

    Well done – very well deserved! #bestandworst

    • Laura Dove
      October 31, 2016 / 10:33 pm

      Thank you so much. xxx

  45. October 25, 2016 / 9:11 pm

    Congratulations! Lovely news – thanks for linking to #sharewithme

    • Laura Dove
      October 31, 2016 / 10:28 pm

      Thank you so much! xx

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