New clinic set to make IVF easier for mamas-to-be in south Essex

Bourn Hall, Wickford, Essex, #whatkatydidUK

Opening soon: Bourn Hall’s new purpose-built IVF clinic in Wickford

Sonny Jim was conceived thanks to in vitro fertilisation (IVF) at Barts Hospital, in London.

We were living in Leigh-on-Sea (in Essex) while undergoing the process. And while I think I would have travelled to Scotland three times a week, if it meant the treatment would be a success, there is no doubt the commute to the clinic did take a bit of a toll.

Juggling a job on a regional newspaper, with the newsroom based in Basildon, but travelling into London to undergo internal scans (always a joy!) and blood tests and egg collection and embryo implantation was not exactly easy. A lot of the appointments were mere minutes long… but the round trip meant it was at least a 3-hour plus process. Which was not simple to slip in before work. It meant I had to tell my boss I was having IVF – and while he was very understanding and good about helping me work shifts around it, I would still have rather not have had to tell him. Continue reading

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Let’s talk about last night… at Southend’s Big Bingo Bash

Katy Pearson, Big Bingo Bash, Southend

Big Bingo Bash: Mama *attempting* a night off

Okay, here’s a confession. I *did* go to Mecca’s first ever Big Bingo Bash (held in Southend) last night.

But I didn’t, sadly, stay that long. Sonny Jim is literally FULL of cold and the poorly little pickle’s can’t-sleep-coughing-too-much kinda of scuppered my mama’s night off plans.

HOWEVER. What I was there for, was tremendous. I drank Prosecco, scoffed a mini platter of naughty nibbles, bopped along in my seat to the band and dancers, laughed along with host Steve Walls and even played a bit of bingo too (though I didn’t win any prizes. Damn it. I’m not at all jealous of that person who won the 7-day sunshine holiday for two.) Continue reading

Ooo a big night out did you say?

Sponsored, Big Bingo Bash, Katy Pearson Before falling pregnant with Sonny Jim, I was a big fan of a proper night out with the girls.

But, aside from one night about seven years ago at a holiday camp in Devon, bingo has not ever been on my night out agenda.

But that could all be about to change.

Big Bingo Bash is coming to Mecca Bingo Southend on Saturday, March 4. It’s set to be an exciting evening which will integrate bingo with other fun concepts, including the chance to win a holiday (a 7-day sunshine holiday for two.) Continue reading

Today I’m loving… taking the baby to work!

Gary Pearson and Sonny Pearson

Those reporters seem to be getting younger all the time…

Me and the husband first met in the newsroom. The year was 2003. He was a chief reporter at the Echo newspaper and I was a first year uni student there on work experience.

It was another three years until we started dating. By then I had graduated and was a reporter at News of the World and he was steadily working his way up the rungs in Essex.

Years passed. We married. And eventually we ended up both working in the Echo newsroom again.

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Today I’m loving… this Darlings of Chelsea sofa

Sponsored postSofas are undoubtedly one of the items for a home it really is worth spending a little bit of cash on.

Because, let’s face it, you’re probably going to spend a fair bit of time curled up on them over the years (and yes, if it’s a good ‘un, it really will last years. Ours was custom-made for my husband’s grandad about 25 years ago and it’s still going strong in our lounge…)

Galloway Corner Sofa

Oh hi Galloway!

And this Galloway corner sofa is the stuff couch dreams are made of!

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