I have been a mother of two children for five months and I’ve learned a lot in that time. So I want to share with you what the latter part of 2014 taught me. Here are some of the things I’ve learned, both as a parent and as a person:
I’ve learned which of my friends are true and kind and loyal, and which of my friends aren’t really my friends and just fake people who only like me when my life goes wrong.
I’ve learned that juggling a toddler who doesn’t nap, and a new baby who has colic means that I can function on a lot less sleep than most.
I am able to travel 200miles, on two trains with a toddler and a baby and two bags without panicking or losing anything (or any child!).
I’ve learned that the NHS is more concerned with money than giving my baby the right prescribed formula. Yes, nutramigen is expensive but if it’s needed why the politics? Isn’t that why we pay taxes?
I’ve learned that a two year old girl can make me more proud than anyone just because she’s learned all her body parts and her name.
I’ve learned that one of the most heart melting moments is when I ask Sophie to do something for me or to get something and she replies “yes mummy” as if helping me is the most important thing in the whole world.
I’ve learned that Madeleine is a tough baby – she prefers being awake to being asleep and that’s exhausting.
I’ve learned that in spite of this, she is the happiest little chicken ever and she always has a sweet smile ready and waiting for me.
I’ve learned that I’ve had no time with my husband, between work and being a full time mother who is awake 24/7.
I’ve learned that we are stronger than I thought, and despite the lack of time together we haven’t changed or grown apart; simply put our time on pause.
I’ve learned that the fact that manners were so important to us paid off, as Sophie is the most polite little girl I could ever have hoped to raise.
I’ve learned that no matter how much I try I cannot bottle the pure scent of my daughters. If I could it would probably be illegal, because that is addictive.
I’ve learned that my mum is resilient and happy to listen to me bawl my eyes out and hear my worries without making me feel stupid. And I love her for this.
I’ve learned who is important to me, who has made me who I am and who I can rely on in times of need.
I’ve learned that I CAN cope and that 2015 will bring so much more joy to my life than any other year.
This is the year that begins with a completed family. It’s for me. No more babies, no more house moves (if I can help it!!) and no more crap. Just a year for us, going on holiday and saving for more holidays next year.
Cheers everyone, Happy New Year