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Motherhood. It means something different to all of us. We all do it differently,  yet we all do it the same – with love and the need for our children to kept safe. The need to nurture and teach them, and to protect them from harms way.

I never really thought about what it would be like to be a mum before I had children. I always knew I wanted children, a family to call my own. Sure I assumed there would be dirty nappies, sleepless nights and the occasionally baby vomit. I never really thought beyond that. But its the other little things that take your breath away, the little things that no one can prepare you for that really makes motherhood one the the best things about life.

The random “I love you’s”  Mr 5 throws me a random “I love you mum” about 5 times a week. For no particular reason. I might be cooking dinner or driving somewhere and he will just tell me he loves me. The emotion and tone when he says it shows he really means it. If I am lucky enough, I also get a kiss and cuddle.

Being moved to tears unexpectedly There are the times where tears are expected – first day of school, first day of day care – first birthday. But its the time where I find myself tearing up unexpectedly that I cherish. Like the time Mr 5 walked into his first school mass. He teacher had made the boys tuck in their shirts and it was obvious most of them hadn’t done it before – half tucked in, half not topped off with some harry high pants – and his little hands in prayer. That gave me a lump in my throat that I wasn’t expecting. Those are the moments I love.

Watching them learn new skills  I’ll never forget the moment Mr 5 kicked his first goal in soccer last year. He was that damn proud of himself, he ran over to me yelling “I kicked a goal! I kicked a goal! Did you see it mum?” – you couldn’t wipe the smile off his face. Those smiles are priceless.

♡ Enjoying the holidays Before I had kids I didn’t give much thought to Easter and Christmas. I sort of felt like it was just another day with a whole lot of extra work. Having children changes all of that. We do Santa photos, Santa Letters, the tree, go see the lights – all of the fun things. Creating memories is what we are doing, creating family traditions that belong to the four of us. That is what life and family is all about.

♡ Listening to their games Their imaginations are just so vivid. Miss 3 loves to pretend and will often get her brother to play along with whatever game she makes up. Their favourite at the moment is playing Mr Jones. Mr Jones is Mr 5’s school principle. So Mr 5 will dress up in his uniform and pretend to be the principle while Miss 3 is the teacher. It is adorable.

Winetime There is no greater pleasure somedays than that first sip of wine at the end of  “one of those days”. Wine has never tasted so good.

What do you love about being a mum? Do you find yourself cherishing the unexpected things about motherhood?

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23 Comments

  1. Karin

    May 5, 2015 at 5:27 am

    I’m a cryer too and all those little things get me. Also those days when you just can’t wait until bedtime then as soon as they are finally asleep I just want to get a big cuddle. Crazy Mumma!
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    1. Fleur - Our Urban Box

      May 5, 2015 at 8:37 pm

      Oh Karin, not me! When they are in bed I am rejoicing!! x
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  2. Jenni from Styling Curvy

    May 5, 2015 at 7:30 am

    I love it all!
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    1. Fleur - Our Urban Box

      May 5, 2015 at 8:37 pm

      Me too Jenni! So much to love about being a mother x
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  3. Mumma McD

    May 5, 2015 at 8:28 am

    Ah yes, all of these 🙂 My Mr 21 months had me in tears last night when he said (for the first time)
    ” night night mumma, wuv you”. Argh, too much!!!
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    1. Fleur - Our Urban Box

      May 5, 2015 at 8:35 pm

      Too cute!!
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  4. Monique@The Urban Mum

    May 5, 2015 at 9:34 am

    Morning cuddles, ‘I love you Mum’ – from the gruff tweenager, the secret whispers going on at the moment about Mothers Day, the piles of sports gear and washing (okay I don’t love that, but my Mother in Law tells me I will even miss that when they are grown up and gone, jury out on that…) – those are a few of my favourite things….x
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    1. Fleur - Our Urban Box

      May 5, 2015 at 8:39 pm

      The secret whispers about mothers day and birthdays are the best! Mr 5 has taken mothers day stall at school this year very seriously! I can’t imagine ever wishing there was more washing to do!
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  5. Ellen

    May 5, 2015 at 10:32 am

    Gorgeous Fleur! I love the imaginative games too and that my boys are now old enough to play those games together. It’s so special and I think it helps to build a lovely lifelong friendship – at least that’s what I’m hoping! x
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    1. Fleur - Our Urban Box

      May 5, 2015 at 8:40 pm

      Heres hoping! Although the way my two argue sometimes I really don’t see that happening!
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  6. JodiGibson (@JFGibsonWriter)

    May 5, 2015 at 11:49 am

    So many things and so many unexpected things. The one thing I’ve learned through motherhood is that it’s different for everyone. And you can never explain what to expect to anyone. x
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    1. Fleur - Our Urban Box

      May 5, 2015 at 8:40 pm

      So very true!
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  7. Renee Wilson

    May 5, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    I love all of those things above too. My two year old was pretending to be a cat tonight. She came up and licked me unexpectedly. It made me laugh. She’s so bloody cute!
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    1. Fleur - Our Urban Box

      May 5, 2015 at 8:41 pm

      Haha! A cat! My 3 year old went through a stage of licking – it was gross lol x
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  8. Renee Wilson

    May 5, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    I love all of the things you’ve mentioned above and more. My two year old was pretending to be a cat tonight. She came up to me unexpectedly and licked me. It made me laugh. She’s so bloody cute.
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  9. Malinda @mybrownpaperpackages

    May 5, 2015 at 8:14 pm

    This is gorgeous. There are so many special little moments to enjoy and love about motherhood. The most precious to me are the unexpected, seemingly insignificant, ones.
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    1. Fleur - Our Urban Box

      May 5, 2015 at 8:42 pm

      There is joy everyday isn’t there? Some days you really have to look for it though when they are being little turds!
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  10. EssentiallyJess

    May 5, 2015 at 9:10 pm

    The random declarations of love get me all the time too. Today my littlest looked at me and said, ‘mum you’re so pretty.’ It was just so lovely.
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  11. Rhianna

    May 5, 2015 at 11:13 pm

    At the moment I am loving the independence in my children. Which is a strange feeling because many moons ago I loved that there were so dependent on me. A novelty which has clearly worn off a little over the years.

    Leaving some fairy wishes and butterfly kisses from #teamIBOT
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  12. Erika @ Ever-changing Life of a Mum

    May 6, 2015 at 10:11 am

    Oh yes, I tear up at things I never thought I would since becoming a mum. It’s the little things I love the most, like when Miss 5 tells me I’m beautiful or when she asks if I’m ok after hurting myself or bumping into something. I also love it when I walk into their rooms and they are so engrossed in what they are doing, like quietly reading a book, drawing or playing with their toys, that they don’t even realise I am watching. To be able to stand their and soak them in at the moment is so lovely.

  13. michelle

    May 6, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    I love our nightly bedtime ritual of stories and then the kids begging me to sing them a song or two. I know soon that they will stop asking me. I love handing down a skill to my children and watching their personalities develop.
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  14. Sonia Life Love Hiccups

    May 7, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    And absolute beautiful thoughts at that hun. xx

  15. Jess - A Little Part of the World

    May 11, 2015 at 11:15 pm

    So gorgeous babe. My thoughts exactly. It’s the little things and the big things all at once. I find myself emotional all the time. Seeing them so proud is a proud moment for me. I love the I love yous and can’t get enough of them. Loved this hard. Jx
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