Sunday, 26 March 2017
A letter from this mama
My first ever Mother's Day...
And on this day I've decided to write to you, all the mothers, mums-to-be, the women who want to be a mama one day, the daddy playing at being mummy, anyone and everyone that cares for and loves a little human, big human or chunky human (mine's definitely the latter)
I never knew how hard it was going to be...
I knew it would be hard, the hardest thing I'd ever hope to achieve, but I was still unprepared.
The thing that makes it hard is the constant battle inside yourself. Wanting the very best for them, wanting to do everything you can for them, wanting to protect that little life from all the hurt and pain of the world.
I've never been quite as fulfilled as I am right now, even on the days where I seem to get nothing done. Because bringing up a child is a full time job, but the most rewarding one I've ever had. It's a honour to get to be the role model, the person whom life revolves around, for a little person.
I don't think I'll ever know how to put down into words how it feels, because there is no way to describe it.
I'll never stop loving, caring, worrying, wondering, hoping, educating, learning and adoring everything about motherhood.
It's like a battle ground with all the competition between mums to be the very best, to be doing things "right". But there isn't a right or wrong really, so long as you're safe and happy.
So here's to the mamas...
To the mamas who gave birth naturally, to the mamas who chose a c-section, to the mamas who had no choice, to the mamas who tried....
To the mamas that breastfeed, to the mamas that formula feed, to the mamas that express, to the mamas who have done it all, separately or together
To the mamas who baby led wean, and the mamas who traditionally wean.
To the mamas that co-sleep, to the mamas who sleep alone, to the mamas that stay awake half the night, to the mamas that kip on the nursery floor.
To the mamas who buy endless disposable nappies, and to the mamas who wash cloth nappies every day.
To the mamas still on maternity leave, counting down the days in dread or relief, to the mamas who stay at home and keep the house ticking over, and to the mamas that work part time, full time or just occasionally, fending off mum guilt to keep the house over their heads, or keep their sanity.
To the mamas helping their kids to crawl, to the mamas teaching their kids to roll, the mamas encouraging those first steps.
To the mamas doing homework, to the mamas doing sensory play, to the mamas doing the club run.
To the mamas who go out everyday, to the mamas that stay in and play
To the mamas of babies, toddlers, kids, teens and grown adults and to the mamas-to-be
You're all heroes... you're all great mama's... you're all fighting the same battle... and today is for you.
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