MIGHTY KIDS: HENRY

Here at Little & Mighty, we believe that all kids are mighty. We have had the opportunity to meet so many awesome people via Little & Mighty. It's one of the best perks of the job! We love hearing the stories from these awesome parents. These kids are oh so mighty! It's so inspiring!

We want to take some time each month to shine the spotlight on a Mighty Kid. This month we chose one who arrived with a mighty fierce will that grows every day.

Let me introduce to you Lorinda Mamo and her Mighty Kid, Henry.

Tell us a bit about yourself:

I was born and raised in Toronto and moved to the beautiful little island of Malta with my family in my early 20’s. I love design, to write, my husband’s pasta dishes and my son’s cuddles. I enjoy sewing and a good book. I am obsessed with stationery- mostly notebooks and planners. I could eat sushi every day and I am addicted to chia seeds. I will do anything except clear the dishwasher. I drink way too much coffee. I confess to being a hopeless romantic. I am a cancer survivor, and raising a child with Prune Belly Syndrome and chronic kidney disease.

What has surprised you most about becoming a parent?

No matter how much you plan, things never turn out how you expect, and how easy it has been to let go of a once organised life.

What is the best and worst parenting advice you've ever gotten?

Worst ever parenting advice: “Don’t lift your baby so much, they’ll get used to being carried.”

Best parenting advice: “Trust your instinct and do what is best for you and your baby.” I never wanted to be one of those parents that are overly worried about everything, but it turns out that I had no choice but to be extra cautious about any signs in his behaviour or health that were different. So, when I think that something might be wrong, I don’t wait to speak to his doctor.

What is your best advice for a brand new parent?

Give everything time. Things will seem daunting in the beginning and it will take time for things to settle, maybe a short time, maybe a long time. Don’t be hard on yourself when you are doing the best you can in the circumstances you are in. Enjoy every little moment with your little ones, they grow up quickly so make beautiful memories that you will cherish.

When did you first realize how mighty your kid was?

When we came home with Henry after him being in the NICU for 6 weeks, I knew he was pretty mighty.  During those 6 weeks, doctors often told us that they weren’t sure if he’d survive. They worked round the clock to get him stable with medication and treatment, and he went through a lot of tests but he survived and I knew just how much of a fierce will he had.

Describe your Mighty Kid's typical day.

I usually try to get up before Henry does so that I manage to get some work done before he gets up but once he notices that I am not next to him, I will hear his feet pitter patter my way. We have some cuddle time until he is fully awake. While I prepare his breakfast and treatments, he will spend some time playing. After breakfast, we head out to run errands or hospital appointments. I usually like to be home for his afternoon treatment and nap but we also manage when we are out. After nap time he’ll spend time playing or watching his favourite tv show until his next treatment and dinner. After dinner, we like to read and spend time doing flash card activities, or he will assign instruments to us (me and his dad) and we create a band singing and dancing. Then we have bathtime and what he likes to call ‘pajama party time’. He often hankers for more playtime and he says goodnight to his toys while we prepare his last treatment for the day. Then he’ll have his milk and fall asleep in my arms.

Nicknames:

Jellybean

Age:

3

Likes:

Construction vehicles, nachos, music, super heroes, bathtime

Dislikes:

Vegetables, interrupting his space, his injection, blood tests

Tell us about your Mighty Kid's most recent adventure.

My parents live on the sister island. To get there we take the ferry and Henry loves strolling around the deck. Since the weather was quite nice, we took a countryside walk from my parents house and visited a nearby quarry. Henry was in absolute awe of the 3 huge cement mixers parked at the entrance, and the activity of the dumptrucks hauling loads and the driver attaching his flatbed to the trailer. We watched from a distance but he was completely immersed.

What is your kid's mightiest quality currently (mighty napper, mighty funny, mighty tantrums, etc.)?

Currently he is mighty talkative - whether it’s repeating everything we say, memorising the words of his favourite book or stringing his own sentences, he’s a motor mouth.

What does Little & Mighty mean to you? 

No matter how little, children possess an abundance of might. I always thought kids had this tremendous ability to get past what comes their way in comparison to adults, because of sheer innocence. My son has taught me just how resilient a child can be and Little & Mighty is the perfect representation of the bravery children possess, the fierce will to get through tough times, make their mark and stand their ground.

 

All photos courtesy of Lorinda Mamo.


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