THOUGHTS ON MOTHERHOOD
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?