As we enter the height of the festive season, I decided to spend some time reflecting on why I am thankful for being a Mum.
Writing my blog has given me space to reflect and contemplate many of the difficulties that I, and so many other mum’s, face. However, I often forget to take a minute to be thankful for all of the great gifts that come with motherhood.
1. Hearing my son laugh
I’m thankful for being a mum when I hear my son laugh…
We often hear toddlers described as emotional creatures. Whilst this can bring it’s own set of challenges. My 2 year old has his fair share of tantrums. Often it can feel like a never-ending battle to understand the logic of a toddler. However, the purity of his emotions never fail to amaze me . When my son laughs his whole face lights up and his happiness is completely infectious.
At bedtime he will sit next to me, point at his toes and say ‘piggy’ because he wants me to sing ‘This Little Piggy’ – he loves it when I tickle his feet and his laughter fills the entire bedroom. Even at the end of a really difficult day, it never fails to cheer me up!
As adults we tend to lose that ability to find everything hilarious – to laugh uninhibited as if nothing in the world matters. It’s a real blessing to see the world through my sons’ wide and innocent eyes.
2. Witnessing little man reach a new milestone
‘m thankful for being a mum when my little man reaches a new milestone…
Our son has been later than average with all of his milestones. Often this has been a cause of great stress for us; from regular visits to physiotherapy when he wasn’t walking, to paranoia about when he would start talking.
However, when all of those moments were finally witnessed I’ve never felt so proud. As a family, we’ve worked tirelessly to help little man reach his goals and it felt like a group victory when he took that first step and spoke his first word.
As parents, we all have the opportunity to make a huge impact on our kids ‘development and I think that’s a pretty cool!
4. Watching my little man play with new toys
I’m thankful for being a mum when my little man is excited by his new toys…
Toddlers are often a conundrum when it comes to toys; there will be moments when you spend an exorbitant amount of money on something for them to just want to play with the box. But then there are other times when you realise you struck gold and they never want to put your toy down.
My brother recently gifted him a toy rocket that I’d recommended. On opening the gift Carter shouted the word ‘rocket’ for the first time, and over and over again for the next half hour (an eternity in toddler years). It’s become a firm favourite and I love watching him run around the living room shouting ‘rocket’ and ‘lift off’.
5. Making memories together
I’m thankful for being a mum when I reflect on our memories from the last year…
When I reflect on our year as a family, my son was at his happiest when we were on holiday together. We spent a week in Tenerife and I absolutely loved watching him laugh as he ran round kids club, dancing to ‘Baby Shark’. Or splashing together in the kids pool.
Life is so busy; between work and family commitments the weeks fly by. Having dedicated family time where there is no rush to do anything or be on a set schedule made a real difference to all of us. It gave me and my husband time to really enjoy being parents. By far, our family highlight of 2019!
Happy New Year everyone!
Shelby aka BeingMumandMe