Happy Mother's Day to all us hard-working (I needn't have said that; being a mother implies you are hard-working!) mums. I know today isn't going to be all that different from yesterday, or the day before, or any day since baby/ies were born; you will still have nappies to change, hungry tummies to feed and tantrums to tolerate. But it's still nice to know there's a day in YOUR name. Acknowledging the one role everyone – including your own kid – takes for granted. And receiving a special gift won't hurt (I've already got mine: a paper-flower and a card Little Man made for me at nursery). BEST GIFT EVER, even though I know he doesn't yet realise why he's made it!
And then there are a few things that ALL mothers would love. Like…
- Uninterrupted sleep. The 8-9 hours at a stretch kind. With no wakings in between, pottering around the kitchen at 3 am heating up milk.
Peace and quiet. No 'why's the grass green?' or 'what's that noise?' or 'who's that man' type of questions every other minute. No screaming toddler who doesn't want to leave the park. And please, for one day, no 'Wheels on the bus'!
A potty-trained, sleep-trained toddler
Respect and appreciation. Mums are taken for granted more often than not because even a two-year-old realises that she will always be there. To eventually comfort/hug/kiss/cuddle. But it would be SO AWESOME if those little brats listened to us the first time around. Or just listened to us.
'She went back to work when her baby was only six months! How could she?'
'She's a stay-at-home-mum. She doesn't need to juggle work and baby'
'She formula-fed her baby'
Motherhood is tough enough, and we're all doing the best we can. We don't need judgements/criticism please.
More hours in a day. 24 hours is just never enough with a baby/toddler. Even though you're awake for 18 of those hours! Case in point: I'm writing this post at 2 am
- A REAL getaway. ALONE. With no husband or kids (he needs to look after the kids, correct?). Books, box-sets and Facebook are allowed. For a week… Nah, we'll miss our li'l munchkins, we emotional hormonal mums! Ok, a day will do fine. A WHOLE day with no frantic 'Where are the band-aids kept?' or 'Where is the red compartment of the toy train?' kind of texts from husband dearest!
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