5 Unexpected Joys of Motherhood



STYLING PROJECT When I was a girl my mum got me a doll, actually it was just disembodied head with a vacant stare and a head of beautiful, golden hair. I loved her. I immediately set about giving her a very up to the minute eighties mullet and then sadly my fun was over. Now I have a doll with hair that grows back! And feet that need shoes! And tiny ears that need covering with comedy hats. Life is good. 

BECOMING A MORNING PERSON I've always wanted to be someone that starts the day, well, at the start of the day. No matter how many techniques I used I couldn't get up with that darn lark. Genuine things I have missed because I was snoozing: a minibreak, an earthquake and an eclipse of the sun. Now I'm responsible for a human alarm clock I get up first thing nearly every day! I feel so productive! Or I would if I wasn't so flippin' tired. 

INSTANT ACHIEVEMENT I've never been one for competitions or challenges, seriously I just crack under the pressure. I've failed four driving tests, basically because the word test instantly reduces me to rice pudding. As a consequence my trophy drawer is pretty empty. The wonderful thing about becoming a mother is that you get tons of back pats for minimal effort. The whole baby growing thing was really passive and as for child rearing, trust me my son runs the show. 

PART OF THE CLUB There is something beautiful about recognition from someone in your tribe. With an increasingly mobile society it can be tough to foster that cosy, everyone knows everyone's business sense of community. When I became a mother it didn't take me long to realise that other mothers could see me, I mean really see me - recognise the madness behind my exhausted eyes. I love that wry smile we throw each other as we wrestle the buggy down the high street, it's like when Mini drivers honk at each other but maybe less cool. 

PERMA EXCUSE When you have a kid, you don't have to do ANYTHING. It's awsome. Don't wanna go to your wedding? My kid can't travel. Don't wanna take your call? The baby won't sleep. You don't even have to lay it on thick, just mention 'my kid' and everyone backs away with their hands in the air. Your child free friends won't question you and the ones that have children must know you're lying but if they admit it, what excuse will they use? 

If mothering ever gets tough, I remember these five facts and it keeps me going 'til bathtime. What unexpected joys did you find in parenting? 

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    1. Thank you! This was Roscoe's first haircut, whilst we were on holiday in Goa

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  2. Haha! All excellent points! #bigfatlinky

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  3. I love the permanent excuse. so true. Part of the club is great also. This was mentioned to me by other mothers when I interviewed them for my book. Motherhood can help us connect through different generations, with people we don't know and across cultures. There is a shared experience and understanding that it brings. Great post #bigfatlinky

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    1. That is true, I have found it to be a great leveller. Thanks for stopping by.

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  4. The perma excuse is brilliant! and you're right, no-one would ever dare question it!! #weekendbloghop

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    1. They could try but I would probably pretend to cry ;)

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  5. Brilliant. If only the big one would still let me style him and the little one kept any clothes on at all! Thanks for linking up to #FridayFrolics

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  6. Oh, I love this list! The "instant achievement" thing is especially great - the number of times people said "well done" to me when S was born, and I was like, er, there was a baby inside of me and only one way out - I didn't have a lot of choice by that point! Now they congratulate me on other stuff and I pretend like I was totally planning it this way and it's not a complete fluke when she says "thank you" in the right space or smiles at the right person!
    Thanks for joining in with the Weekend Blog Hop!

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    1. Ha ha! I love 'only one way out'. Shhh don't tell anyone, I want them to keep telling me I'm great :)

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  7. The club thing is cool. You've always got something in common with another mum. Lovely photo too. Have a great weekend.

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  8. Thank you! Whilst I've never really been in a club before, it rocks. I do want a badge though.

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  9. You missed those things? How? Thanks for linking up #bigftalinky

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  10. So beautiful!!! I want extensions to add volume to my sad, thin, lifeless hair!It's so hard finding the right stylist,

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