Motherhood is so complex, so challenging, and if we're going to be honest, not exactly easy. There's another human to care for – 24/7 – with minimal sleep and maximum coffee. In time, there are tantrums to deal with and tears to wipe. The laundry basket keeps exploding. There's physical exhaustion and emotional blackmail.
Which got me thinking how different things were/ must have been in the 'olden' days, when women had double-digit kids (yikes!!!), no fancy toys to keep them occupied (but I guess if you got 13 siblings, who has time for toys) and no technology (washing machine, microwave, telly, i-pad – how did they even parent without these?!).
Here are a few things/ inventions I'm so thankful I had / have, as being a modern-day mummy.
A godsend. I'll be ever-grateful to that thick needle that pierced my spine (for even though that sounds sadistic, the immense relief it gave me for the next few hours was WORTH IT!). Seriously, how did women have 12 and 13 kids without it???
This is a big one for me. God bless the soul who invented these expensive (but again so WORTH IT) things. Imagine having to wash pee-dripping and poo-stained undies and clothes EVERY DAY??? I'd probably have potty-trained Little Man before his first birthday!
3. Washing machine
Which leads me to the third invention – the washing machine. Every mum knows the curse of the laundry basket – it's like Mary Poppins' suitcase; it just keeps filling and never gets empty! Now imagine having to do all that washing with your hands!
4. Wet Wipes
Wet wipes are a bloody amazing multi-purpose little creation. Spills, poo-smeared bums, sticky hands, dirty floor, ANYTHING can be wiped clean with a wet wipe. I've even penned an ode to wet wipes, I love them so much!
5. Breast pumps
Another awesome invention. For mums whose babies don't latch on, or who find breastfeeding just too painful. For mums who need a break from cluster feeding and continuous night-wakings. For mums who want to resume work. BUT STILL ALL WANT TO BREASTFEED.
6. Baby food jars
I used so many of those during Little Man's first year. He loved the taste; I loved the convenience, variety and nutritional elements that were in them. Of course I did cook him a LOT of food from scratch too, but these were super convenient for when out-and-about, or when I was just too tired to cook. And I doubt I would've had the energy, time or skill to come up with those amazingly creative combinations!
This is the biggie – the television. I know it's not the most appropriate way to keep your child entertained but as EVERY HONEST MUM would agree, the T.V. is the BEST BABYSITTER ever! How did mums keep their kids entertained 24/7 without a dose of Paw Patrol and a couple episodes of Peppa Pig? Or kinder egg opening youtube videos? How did they keep their children sat at the dinner table without the TV being on? (Hey, don't judge, you do it too!). I confess: I couldn't do without it! (Read more 'Confessions of an Exhausted Mummy' – that's me – if you want to feel better about yourself!!!).
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