What does Motherhood mean to you?

What does Motherhood mean to you?

Somebody asked me this last week, a fellow blogger during a questions and answer post. And put on the spot, in the spur of the moment, I couldn’t even think of how to put it into words. There are too many to even contemplate, too many things, too many moments, too many emotions. And I thought about my answer afterwards, about all of the things that I could have said, that I should have said, had I stopped to think it through.

I would have said that motherhood means waiting. It’s the agonising wait, praying for those two, elusive, faint lines to appear on a pregnancy test, after all of those months of disappointment. It’s the indescribable feeling of pure joy, and terror, at how, in nine months from now, your whole life is about to change. It’s the huge sigh of relief when you hear the heart beat for the first time, when you see that grainy imagine on a scan and allow yourself to imagine what he or she will be like, what your life will be like with them in it. It’s about making choices, about names, birth plans, pain relief, feeding methods. It’s the feeling of panic when you realise that after nine long months, you’re actually in labour, that the agonising ordeal of giving birth is finally here. It’s puffing on the gas and air as though your life depends on it, pushing away your partners hands when he insists on rubbing your back, resisting the urge to throttle him for putting you in this predicament in the first place, screaming at the midwife, “I can’t do this!”, “Give me an epidural!!”, when you feel like giving up. And then there they are, all tiny and pink, all new and perfect, laying on your chest, and it’s all about that moment, when you take their little hand in yours and you know, without a shadow of a doubt, that they were worth it all, that you will never love anyone so strongly, so fiercely, as you do right there and then.

Motherhood is about surprise. It’s the moment when you take them home and realise that you might as well throw the baby manual out of the window, that your baby has individual wants and needs and the only person who can figure that out is you. It’s about a baby, who screams and cries, and somehow you must find a way to differentiate between a hungry cry, a tired cry, a dirty nappy cry, a cry simply for the sake of crying. It’s the shock of those nappies, more nappies than you could have ever imagined, the explosive diarrhea, right up to their neck, poo under your fingernails, streams of wee hitting you full pelt in the face. It’s about the vomit, full on projectile vomit, on every clean item of clothing you will ever wear, on your beautiful carpets, your walls, your once pristine car. It’s about feeding, two, three, four, five in the morning, when you look, and feel, like a zombie, rocking their basket back and forth, with your foot outstretched from the covers, praying to God that they will sleep, even just for ten minutes.

Motherhood is about pride. The first time that they roll, sit, crawl, take their first wobbly steps towards your open arms. It’s the moment when they  utter their first word, when they shout for you, Mama, when they give you the biggest, drooliest, open mouthed kiss and you don’t even flinch. It’s the laughter, the giggles, the look on their beautiful little face when their eyes light up at the sound of your voice, when no matter how tired you are, how stressed out you feel, you know that you are the most important person in their whole life, that they depend on you, whole heartedly. It’s the moment when you catch a glimpse of them from a distance, the way that their hair falls in soft curls against their neck, the flush of their cheeks, the twinkle in their eye, the way in which their beauty takes your breath away, when you ask yourself for the thousandth time, how did I ever create something as so very beautiful as you?

Motherhood is about worry. It’s the nights spent sleeping on their bedroom floor when they’re poorly, lying awake just to check that they are still breathing, sitting bolt upright with every cough, every sneeze, every whimper. It’s the nights where you drive like a maniac to the emergency doctor, spiking a temperature you just can’t bring down, the days sat by their bedside on a busy children’s ward, watching their little chest rise and fall. It’s wiping snotty noses, bloody knees, kissing bumps and bruises better, stroking their little faces, administering calpol, antibiotics, wishing you could just switch places and take their pain away.

Motherhood is about patience. It’s biting your tongue when they stumble over finding the right words, when they take an hour just to eat a few mouthfuls, insisting on using their own knife and fork, however messy that may be. It’s silently counting to ten when it takes them forever to put on their shoes, button up their coats, reminding yourself that it’s not the end of the world to be late, for the fourth time running that week. It’s giving in and watching Cbeebies, even when the sight of Mr Tumble makes you want to gouge your own eyes out, when you fail to see the attraction of watching Daddy Pig and his big fat tummy for the nineteenth time that day. It’s watching Frozen on repeat, humouring them by singing your part during the Anna and Elsa duet, it’s playing Hungry Hippos for the five millionth time since Christmas, and still always letting them win. It’s stepping on Lego, drinking pretend cups of tea, blowing out  candles on a make believe birthday cake whilst opening a Mega Blocks mash up, wrapped in a tea towel.

Motherhood is about letting go. It’s taking them to their first day at pre-school, to primary school, waving them goodbye and feeling as though your heart may break. It’s the silent tears as you walk away, the desperate sobs on the drive home, the harsh realisation that your baby is growing up, that time is passing by so fast. It’s being half an hour early to pick them up that night, craning through the window to catch a glimpse of your baby, praying that they will have been okay. It’s that feeling of relief when they rush into your arms at the end of the day, smelling of play-dough and raspberry rock buns,  telling you how much they have missed you, presenting you with a splodgy, soggy, wet, painting and placing their little hand in yours.

Motherhood is about love. The kind of love that is unexplainable, unconditional, immeasurable. It’s the cuddles, the kisses, the moments that make your heart beat out of your chest. It’s a hand made Mothers Day Card, a wilted bunch of daisies in a grubby hand, a tired little face kissing you goodnight, the moments when they turn to you and tell you, “Mummy, I will love you forever!”.

Motherhood is about being a Mummy, a carer, a cleaner, a chef. It’s being a nurse, a teacher, a referee, a taxi driver. It’s being the Tooth Fairy, Father Christmas, the Easter Bunny, a hundred different roles, a thousand different things. It’s juggling all of your balls in the air at the same time, tearing yourself in two, making sacrifices, doubting your abilities, your strength, your sanity. It’s the laughter, the cries, the relentless screams, the moments when you look at yourself and wonder, when did I turn into my own Mother? It’s a lifetime of moments, a million different emotions and the biggest, craziest, wildest rollercoaster that you will ever be a part of.

But it’s this, all of this, that makes Motherhood the most amazing, rewarding, unique experience that it is. To use one of my favourite quotes of all time, “Nobody said it would be easy, they just promised it would be worth it.”

And if you are wondering what my answer was, when asked “What does Motherhood mean to you?, I had simply replied, “Everything.”

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144 Comments

  1. May 9, 2016 / 12:24 am

    Cheers to that! So eloquently written. Motherhood is definitely all that. I would know, I’m a dad 🙂

    • May 9, 2016 / 7:14 am

      Thank you, and Fatherhood the same too, only you guys escape the pain of childbirth and WOW do we remind you of that often enough!!! Xx

      • May 9, 2016 / 11:55 am

        LOL Yeah. Childbirth would probably kill us so we should be reminded frequently that women have essentially saved our lives 🙂

        • May 9, 2016 / 5:32 pm

          Yes, yes it would!!! We ARE the superior species! Hehe. xx

          • May 9, 2016 / 7:06 pm

            I won’t argue with you on that one! 😀

  2. May 9, 2016 / 5:22 am

    Such a lovely post and you have captured everything about motherhood. The quote at the end sums it up perfectly…I really enjoyed reading this xx

    • May 9, 2016 / 7:11 am

      Thank you!! I love that quote, it has got me through some really tough times!! Xx

  3. Fi Ni Neachtain
    May 9, 2016 / 7:33 am

    Such a lovely post and I agree, motherhood is everything. A mix of learning to be patient, loving unconditionally and worrying endlessly x

    • May 9, 2016 / 7:49 am

      Thank you, it really is! I don’t know how we manage it!!! Xx

  4. The Parenting Trials (@sarahnblogger)
    May 9, 2016 / 9:04 am

    Aww such a heartwarming and well written post hun, I agree it is 100% worth it in spite of the more challenging times. Xx

    • May 9, 2016 / 9:48 am

      Thank you. Some days are far less rewarding not than others (I’ve just spent the last hour cleaning up paint from my carpets!) but in the end, it’s always worth it!! Xx

  5. May 9, 2016 / 10:03 am

    Another beautiful post! It’s so true, it absolutely does mean everything. Is there anything more amazing than knowing you are the one who can soothe them, make them happy, feed them and keep them safe? It’s so special. Who knew you could love someone so much, even before they are born?! #bigpinklink

  6. Becky, Cuddle Fairy
    May 9, 2016 / 10:18 am

    What a beautiful post! I agree – motherhood means everything! And all of those points you listed out – definitely patience, lots of patience & lots of love too! The love & worry is something you can’t imagine until you have children of your own. #MG

    • May 9, 2016 / 5:33 pm

      Thank you. Gosh yes, the worry is endless, I cant see that it will ever end!! xx

  7. sizzlesue15
    May 9, 2016 / 10:32 am

    Motherhood means all of those things to me and as a grandmother I have to add the joy that my grandson brings me. Motherhood also means realising that your children will become adults (although we still think of them as children).

    • May 9, 2016 / 5:33 pm

      Oh yes, I am in complete denial about that some days! My eldest is twelve and I know that he is no longer my baby. I am looking forward to the grandchildren, in MANY years from now, I hope that they bring me as much joy as yours do! xx

  8. May 9, 2016 / 11:04 am

    As someone who is not a mother, I really enjoyed reading this, I hope one day to be able to share my own thoughts x

    • May 9, 2016 / 5:32 pm

      Aww I hope that for you too. xx

  9. May 9, 2016 / 12:06 pm

    Love this, written so well and exactly how I feel. I would of answered everything too. x

  10. Kat
    May 9, 2016 / 12:15 pm

    Such a beautiful post with some lovely motherhood photos to share too. #kcacols

  11. May 9, 2016 / 1:16 pm

    What a lovely post, and perfect in every sense, you have summed up motherhood pretty well x

  12. May 9, 2016 / 3:22 pm

    lovely post – letting things go has been hard for me but I often find myself singing “let it go, let it go” when I’m not feeling it haha! #MarvMondays

    • May 9, 2016 / 5:30 pm

      Haha and me too!! My eldest went to high school this year and my daughter starts school in September. I’m hugely emotional about it but I know that she is ready. Just whether I am is a different matter!! xx

  13. May 9, 2016 / 3:26 pm

    Such a hard question to answer in one sentence, let alone one word! I think you have it spot on though! I think I’d say motherhood is a part of me I didn’t know was missing #marvmondays

    • May 9, 2016 / 5:30 pm

      Aww that’s such a beautiful way of looking at it!! xx

  14. A Mother of All Trades
    May 9, 2016 / 3:41 pm

    This is so beautiful! I can relate to all of this as I am also a mama to 5 special kids! I am truly glad I stumbled on your blog at #MMBC. Thanks for sharing!

    • May 9, 2016 / 5:29 pm

      Thank you! I looked at your blog earlier and it was so lovely, I hope to read more of your posts! xx

      • A Mother of All Trades
        May 10, 2016 / 2:48 pm

        xo

  15. May 9, 2016 / 6:47 pm

    I adore reading your posts, they’re just so honest and relatable and true! Everything you’ve written is how I feel so clearly as a Mother. Beautiful post. Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays. Kaye xo

    • May 9, 2016 / 9:54 pm

      Thank you so much, that’s so lovely of you to say. Thank you for reading and hosting each week. Xx

  16. May 9, 2016 / 6:50 pm

    This is so beautiful. I don’t think I’ve ever read a blog post that captures motherhood as well as this one does. It’s the best/hardest/most rewarding/most tiring experience that I’ve ever had – and I wouldn’t change it for anything. #fartglitter

    • May 9, 2016 / 9:53 pm

      Aww thank you so much. Nor me, even those explosive nappies!!!!! Xx

  17. May 9, 2016 / 8:29 pm

    What a lovely post. Motherhood means so many different things to so many different types of mums. Thanks for linking up to the #BinkyLinky

    • May 9, 2016 / 9:53 pm

      Thank you. Yep it’s totally unique to everyone, that’s why it’s so hard to put into words!! Xx

  18. May 9, 2016 / 8:39 pm

    So brilliantly put. Yes to all of this, that love you feel and the worry is just overwhelming. But it really is everything to me X #MarvMondays

    • May 9, 2016 / 9:52 pm

      Isn’t it just? But so, SO worth it, even the bad parts!!! Xx

  19. min1980
    May 9, 2016 / 9:21 pm

    Beautifully written. Definitely sums up what motherhood is, although I don’t feel like I’m much of an expert! #bigpinklink

    • May 9, 2016 / 9:52 pm

      Nor me to be honest, I feel as though I am constantly still learning!! Xx

  20. May 10, 2016 / 4:05 am

    Yes, yes, and yes!! 🙂 I’ve raised 4 children and now I have these little ones turned amazing friends…the reward of motherhood! I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

    • May 10, 2016 / 3:36 pm

      That’s so lovely, I hope to reap the reward as they grow, sometimes this toddler bit feels a bit one sided!! xx

    • May 10, 2016 / 3:35 pm

      Thanks Grant! There is so much more as they grow, with my eldest now 12 I am fast learning that the worry never stops!!! xx

  21. May 10, 2016 / 6:43 am

    This is just absolutely amazing!! So beautiful, and so true!! You’ve captured everything encapsulated by the word ‘everything’ in one, heartwarming yet heartbreaking post… So much worry, so much fear, so much tiredness, but so much love!! Sometimes I’m sure my heart will burst in my chest when I think about how much I love my children. I absolutely loved this!! Thanks so much for sharing with #bigpinklink

  22. May 10, 2016 / 6:49 am

    Amazing post Amazing writer – you hit the nail on the head with every point here xx #bigpinklink

  23. May 10, 2016 / 8:38 am

    This is absolutely gorgeous and so beautifully and eloquently written – I was literally nodding my head the entire way through the post – loved every word, clung to every word … it should be the official document for what motherhood means! #KCACOL

    • May 10, 2016 / 3:34 pm

      Thank you! It’s crazy isn’t it just how much it means, all of the things that it involves and the emotions we feel. I don’t think any of us could ever have prepared for it, but WOW what a ride!! xx

  24. May 10, 2016 / 9:01 am

    I think you have captured motherhood perfectly. It is a role I have played for 23 years and although its had its ups and downs I have loved every minute

    • May 10, 2016 / 3:34 pm

      Wow 23 years, well done you!! I’ve only been a Mummy for 12 years and I can barely remember a time before it! xx

  25. May 10, 2016 / 9:09 am

    Great post that sums it all up, especially that brilliant final quote – might have to put that up somewhere. Thank you for some beautiful writing. #TwinklyTuesday

    • May 10, 2016 / 3:33 pm

      It’s one of my favourites, very important to keep in mind! xx

  26. May 10, 2016 / 10:16 am

    Hi Laura, what do you mean about being Father Christmas, the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny? Is it really you?… Don’t worry your secret is safe with me…

    I think you’ve summed up what being a Mum is all about. It is about the good, the bad and everything in between. Can you imagine how boring it would be to have it any other way?

    xx

    • May 10, 2016 / 3:31 pm

      Hahaha oops, did I spoil the magic for you? And I cant imagine motherhood EVER being boring, not with my four that’s for sure!!! Thanks for reading Debs. xx

  27. May 10, 2016 / 10:35 am

    Lovely post – you’ve managed to capture it beautifully. Motherhood is so many things rolled into one isn’t it and you weren’t wrong at all when you answered “everything” xx #PickNMix

  28. May 10, 2016 / 11:02 am

    Beautiful! You’re right, motherhood is hard work, tiring, relentless but rewarding, funny and inspiring all at once. You’ve summed it up brilliantly. Love those photos too! #KCACOLS

    • May 10, 2016 / 3:29 pm

      Thank you, it’s the hardest job in the whole world, I don’t think we can ever prepare for it can we? xx

  29. May 10, 2016 / 12:44 pm

    I think your original answer “everything” was perfect! But this post is very well written and it also brilliantly describes the enormous responsibility and weight of feeling being a mother brings…

    • May 10, 2016 / 3:29 pm

      Thank you. It really is everything, there will never be enough words! xx

  30. May 10, 2016 / 7:51 pm

    Beautifully written Laura.
    I totally agree with every word.
    Motherhood is just the best 🙂

    Thank you so much for joining in with #MMBC xx

    • May 12, 2016 / 8:51 pm

      Thank you, it is isn’t it? We are so lucky, even on those bad days! xx

  31. May 10, 2016 / 8:33 pm

    This is a beautiful post. You have captured all of motherhood with all of its emotions #mg xx

  32. May 10, 2016 / 9:02 pm

    Beautiful post 🙂 You’re right, motherhood means everything.

  33. May 10, 2016 / 9:38 pm

    Such a lovely post, no wonder us Mums are so multi-talented, so many things to get to grips with. I love all your family photos, such a lovely looking bunch of kids. #TwinklyTuesday

  34. May 11, 2016 / 1:11 am

    This is so beautiful, motherhood is so much and I couldn’t have put it any better!xx

  35. May 11, 2016 / 5:32 am

    Yes, it’s a hard one to quantify but I think you nailed it. Thank heavens for love. Imagine having someone else’s poop under your finger nails without love.

    #fartglitter

    • May 12, 2016 / 8:49 pm

      Hahah exactly!! Thanks for hosting! xx

  36. May 11, 2016 / 9:00 am

    What a lovely post. I think you’ve captured the essence of Motherhood perfectly here.

  37. May 11, 2016 / 3:12 pm

    Thank you for such a brilliantly written post, I couldn’t have expressed it better! We put off having kids for far too long and now they are here I soooo wish we’d started sooner so I could have already knowing them for longer. I remember seeing my friends giving snotty kisses to their kids and being a bit grossed out. I now know you don’t even notice those things as you’re too focused on the pure love in your child’s eye at that precise moment in time. xx

    • May 12, 2016 / 8:46 pm

      Aww that’s so true! I’m still not great with other peoples kids, it’s amazing what you will put up with when it’s your own! xx

  38. Nige
    May 11, 2016 / 5:07 pm

    Brilliant post got motherhood just right thanks for sharing Laura #bestandworst

  39. May 11, 2016 / 5:44 pm

    Great post! I truly loved it! #bigpinklink

  40. May 11, 2016 / 5:45 pm

    I couldn’t have said it better myself. Beautiful, absolutely beautiful. I’ve got tears streaming down my face as I hold this little teething baby who has brought me to the brink of insanity. Motherhood is so incredibly wonderful. And ‘everything’ really sums it up. Because as much as you’ve written, I’m sure you could’ve gone on and one and on <3 #KCACOLS

    • May 12, 2016 / 8:44 pm

      Aww thank you! Bless you, some days are hard aren’t they, and being a Mum was never going to be easy, but it is worth it, I promise you!! xxx

  41. May 11, 2016 / 7:31 pm

    This is so eloquent and beautiful, I simply can’t say any more. Makes me want number 4 (don’t tell my husband!). I wonder what you will add to it as your young children become teenagers and adults? Xx #ABrandNewDay

    • May 12, 2016 / 8:43 pm

      Aww how lovely! Go for number four, the more the merrier I say! My eldest is twelve now and I have to say that the worry increases by the day!!! xx

  42. May 11, 2016 / 8:16 pm

    What a lovely post, I agree with all of it! Pride and worry are definitely 2 of the big ones for me 🙂 #ShareWithMe

    • May 12, 2016 / 8:43 pm

      Oh and me too!! Worry, every time!!! xx

  43. mummyfever
    May 11, 2016 / 8:29 pm

    How beautiful – what a stunning post. I wrote something similar a while back now. It’s lovely to sit and think exactly what it means because it is so many different things and varies from person to person. Thanks for linking to #sharewithme hope to see another gorgeous post next week x

    • May 12, 2016 / 8:42 pm

      Oh I will have to take a look! It’s very hard to put into words isn’t it? Thanks for reading! xx

  44. mumzilla
    May 11, 2016 / 8:56 pm

    This is a brilliant post. Love it. Thank you for linking it up to #puddinglove

    • May 12, 2016 / 8:42 pm

      Thank you for reading! xx

  45. May 12, 2016 / 5:24 am

    Stunning post. Beautiful. Well done for putting into words so eloquently what so many of us are feeling. #PuddingLove

  46. May 12, 2016 / 7:42 am

    This is a beautiful post, I love your collection of photographs. Thanks for sharing #FabFridayPost

    • May 12, 2016 / 8:41 pm

      Thank you! And thanks for reading! xx

  47. reimerandruby
    May 12, 2016 / 11:38 am

    What a lovely post! You’re absolutely right, Motherhood is everything and yes, it’s not easy but it’s all worth it. Beautiful collage of photos too! #TheBabyFormula

    • May 12, 2016 / 8:41 pm

      Thank you! Very hard some days, but always worth it! xx

  48. May 12, 2016 / 12:37 pm

    Oh thanks for this – it reminds me how bloody brilliant being a Mum is 🙂 Everything sums it up beautifully. #fortheloveofBLOG

    • May 12, 2016 / 8:41 pm

      Thank you for reading, it’s the best job in the world right? xx

  49. May 12, 2016 / 1:57 pm

    Such a lovely and honest post! I completely agree that motherhood is ‘everything’. Some days it’s great and some not so much, it’s about the little things, the mundane, the love, the teaching, the learning ….. I could go on!

    #abrandnewday

    • May 12, 2016 / 8:40 pm

      Yes! I think I could have wrote an entire book on it, everything is pretty much right isn’t it?! xx

  50. May 12, 2016 / 7:57 pm

    This is such a lovely post. “Everything” is so so true. We does “Everything”. Sometimes – it is exhausting but it is so worth everything. Thank you so much Laura for linking up yet another of your wonderful post with us on #FabFridayPost xx

    • May 12, 2016 / 8:38 pm

      Thank you, everything is a mammoth task some days isn’t it? But yes, always absolutely worth it. Thank you for hosting, see you tomorrow! xx

  51. May 12, 2016 / 9:51 pm

    What a beautiful post and equally gorgeous photographs. You had my eyes watering with the wishing you could take it away part… there isn’t a day that goes past that I don’t wish I could take my eldest’s Type 1 Diabetes away for him and I spend a lot of nights sat on his bed waiting for his blood glucose levels to stabilise.

    I agree with the simple ‘Everything’ as well though 😉 Thanks for linking up to #PicknMix

    Stevie x

    • May 13, 2016 / 10:30 am

      Aww I can only imagine, it must be so hard for you. One of my best friends has a son with diabetes so I have seen first hand what she goes through, I honestly don’t know how you Mums do it. Megan was very poorly for the first year of her life and it destroyed me having to watch her in and out of hospital, to think of that being forever is unbearable. So much admiration for you, lots of love. xx

  52. agentspitback
    May 13, 2016 / 12:10 pm

    LOVED this post! You have described Motherhood so beautifully. The ups, the downs, the ins and the outs, the bumps and the rides….Motherhood is simply a continuation of your journey on what you call your life. Thanks for sharing with #PasstheSauce

    • May 13, 2016 / 2:31 pm

      Thank you, that’s a lovely way of summing it up. What a journey it is! X

  53. May 13, 2016 / 12:25 pm

    Love this post! Motherhood really does mean all those things and, well, everything! x #KCACOLS

  54. randommusings29
    May 13, 2016 / 1:02 pm

    This is a beautiful post. It must have been very difficult to put all of that emotion into an interview answer, although I think everything summed it up well
    Thanks for linking up to #BloggerClubUK 🙂
    Debbie

    • May 13, 2016 / 2:30 pm

      Thanks Debbie. I could have wrote and wrote about it, very hard to sum it up!! Xx

  55. twotinyhands
    May 13, 2016 / 3:49 pm

    Everything pretty much covers it! A brilliantly beautiful post as always. 115 comments and counting, I think we all agree with you. Thanks for linking up to #abrandnewday. I’m glad I got to read this as I’ve so much more to come and look forward to

    • May 13, 2016 / 7:24 pm

      Ahh thank you so much, and yes! So much more to come, I am still finding out along the way!! xx

  56. Mums diary blog
    May 13, 2016 / 6:32 pm

    Lovely post. Motherhood is everything,it is challenging sometimes but we (women’s ) are the strongest in the world so we can manage. Love to all mums. 😘😘😘

    • May 13, 2016 / 7:19 pm

      Thank you. We are amazing aren’t we? I’m pretty sure we deserve a medal at the very least!! xx

  57. May 13, 2016 / 9:23 pm

    What a beautiful post. It really got me thinking and I agreed with all of them and I think you have captured practically everything – the only thing I would add for me is: “Motherhood is about keeping them safe, being the face they look to for re-assurance, the place they run back to when scared, providing the cuddles to comfort them, and the soothing words to give them back their confidence”. #bestandworst

    • May 16, 2016 / 8:35 am

      Aww yes, absolutely. We had a real scare yesterday when my son was at Old Trafford with his dad and the bomb scare was announced on the TV. All I could think was, I’m not there to keep him safe. It was terrifying, and even when I knew he was safe and it was all just a false alarm, I couldn’t relax until he was home in my arms. xx

  58. mackenzieglanville
    May 14, 2016 / 2:47 am

    you write it so well, it is all those things. I have always found it the most scariest thing ever along with the best thing ever! Just so beautifully written as always lovely lady! Thank you so much for linking this up with #mg

    • May 16, 2016 / 8:33 am

      Thank you! And yes!! Scary is definitely a good way to describe it, I will never forget having my first and I was absolutely terrified that he was my responsibility and what if I got it wrong?! It never stops being scary though, no matter how big they grow. xx

  59. May 14, 2016 / 11:52 pm

    aww this is so lovely! I always enjoy reading your posts. I love your photos. You really have a beautiful family. Thanks so much for sharing this at #KCACOLS. I’m so sorry for my late comment but I have a hectic week. Hope to see you tomorrow, 🙂 x

    • May 16, 2016 / 7:18 am

      Thank you! I missed yesterday, we were out with the children, but will link up later on of course! Xx

  60. May 15, 2016 / 7:45 pm

    Beautifully written and perfectly summed up 🙂 I couldn’t agree with you more. Thanks for linking up #bestandworst

  61. May 17, 2016 / 7:01 pm

    A beautiful quote to finish a beautiful post – everything you said rang so true for me and I think you have described motherhood to perfection. Thank you so much for sharing this lovely post with #PuddingLove x

    • May 17, 2016 / 7:09 pm

      Thank you! It’s a lovely quote isn’t it? Thank you for reading! xx

  62. May 24, 2016 / 2:42 am

    I always love to read your writing. You write with your whole heart and with such honesty and so much that we mothers can relate to. Motherhood is everything and more. It’s not easy but at times so simple. And the love is amazing! Thank you for sharing with #momsterslink and I must apologize for my delay in commenting as I’ve been so busy with “real” life these days! Hope to be back this Thursday though!

    • May 24, 2016 / 7:05 am

      Thank you so much. Motherhood is so hard but yes, absolutely worth it. Don’t apologise for your absence, I’ve had a break this week with so much going on in “real” life too, I think we all have times when something has to give! Hopefully see you Thursday! Xx

  63. May 25, 2016 / 6:26 pm

    oh this is SO true! you have captured everything motherhood means, in one beautiful post and summed it up in one word “everything” Love this post!

  64. May 31, 2016 / 5:40 pm

    What a beautifully written post. Us mums do so much that is really is hard to capture what motherhood means but I think you’ve got it all! #twinklytuesday

  65. June 23, 2016 / 7:46 pm

    Came across yuor post from Eric, All in a Dad’s Work. What a lovely post you have and I cannot agree with you more that motherhood while isn;t an easy one, it is everything! 🙂

  66. August 6, 2016 / 9:27 pm

    The days are long but the years are short! It all passes SOOO quickly but when we are in the muck of the poo or tantrums and spilled milk then it just can’t pass soon enough. I think one of the biggest thing that motherhood teaches me is to slow down and remember my priorities. Family first. Each little phase they go through lasts only so long! I can never seem to capture enough of it!

    • August 7, 2016 / 12:30 pm

      That’s so true, I think we are constantly waiting for the next stage, thinking each stage will be easier and you’re right, we almost wish it away and before you know it they are grown. I try and enjoy every single stage these days, even the difficult ones, because I know that one day I would give just about anything to go back in time and remember when they were young. xx

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