By: Faith Valentine On:24 September 2021
Max Valentine suffered a stroke at the tender age of 10 weeks. His mother Faith has allowed us to share his story. Max, now three years old, has just welcomed a new baby sister, Silvie (pictured above with her big brother) into the Valentine family. Faith updated us on her second pregnancy and how Max has been coping post stroke.
“In March of this year, we discovered I was unexpectedly pregnant. I hadn’t planned on having any more children, because Max alone is quite a handful. But, I honestly think everything happens for a reason and already this little girl has healed me in places I never knew were broken. Max now has a little sister, Silvie. We speak about her a lot and he loves helping me get her things ready,” said Faith. On a day-to-day basis, looking after Max as well as her newborn daughter can be quite difficult for Faith. “Things I would never have suspected, like feeding himself he [Max] finds hard and he struggles to maintain focus. He is going through a very ‘challenging’ stage’. We are going swimming a lot because that’s one of the only things I can do where I can keep up with him!” said Faith. Along with the lows come the highs and according to Faith, Max has the kindest of spirits. “We also share some beautiful moments together and I frequently see glimpses of a very sweet, caring little boy. A few days ago, I got home from work completely exhausted, Max told me to lie down, close my eyes and go “nigh nigh”. Then he tucked me into bed, gave me a kiss and left me to sleep. It’s moments like this, where I see that my words really are sinking in and it gives me the strength to keep going,” said Faith.
See Max's first story here