I should have written this post in September, when the twins turn six, as that has a much catchier blog post title – but with Mother’s Day looming (i.e. it’s this Sunday) I thought I’d use that chance to reflect on Motherhood, for me, so far.
Most of the time (99.9%), like most Mums, I just ‘get on’ with being a Mama within my busy daily life. I hardly ever step back to praise myself, or remind myself just how lucky I am to have my babies. It’s all too easy to just go about my days and to forget what being a Mum really means.
And I definitely think that I’m such a different Mother right now than the one I was when they were born — or even three years ago. I’m still learning, growing, and developing in my role.
As they get older and change, so am I.
When we were trying for a baby — see more of our fertility story here — I had an idea in my head of what Motherhood was going to look like for me. I’ll be honest, it included many coffee dates, cute stuff like Mum & baby yoga, as well as lots of pottering about doing lovely things at home. And some of this did happen. But it definitely wasn’t all like that (add in the extreme tiredness, days stuck in due to illness, all the washing and two babies who literally never stayed still!).
But now, as a Mum of two primary school children, well, I’m such a different Mum these days. I sigh less, hardly roll my eyes and don’t find myself cursing under my breath as much. Because they’re at school five days a week I find that the time we do have together during the week (plus the precious two days at the weekend) are far more important to me these days. I therefore REALLY value that quality family time now.
At weekends we’re a pretty normal, modern family. We like to do things such as going swimming, playing out on their bikes, going for countryside walks, baking cakes, as well as just sitting in front of the TV eating snacks together. We also have family over some weekends, as well as hanging out with our friends who have children of a similar age.
Having two reception class children still isn’t a breeze though; they are prone to tantrums due to tiredness on a Friday evening, there’s WAY more independence and arguing back these days, and don’t even get me started on the cheekiness! But on the whole, this is a wonderful, brilliant age and I’m crazy happy right now.
So back to this Mother’s Day (it’s my fifth one this year!) and even though you might think I’m all about the diamond earrings and Chanel handbags, what really makes me happy is us just being together. Gift-wise, I don’t care about the size or cost of it, and I prefer receiving something handmade. In fact, my favourite presents that I have received have been the cute things they have made at school! Who can resist a Mother’s Day card with their painted hand-prints on?…*heart melt*.
I think most of my Mum friends would agree with me on this one, i.e. that there is so much importance and power on handmade gifts — we just love them and it’s something that we can treasure forever.
There are so many gorgeous ideas and here at the Handmade at Amazon store if you’re feeling a little stuck and want something a little more special. The store is exclusive to artisans to show off their unique, handcrafted goods. There are more than 1,000 artisans worldwide and each one has a profile page which tells their story and describes how their products are made, giving customers the chance to appreciate the care and attention that goes into making each item. Handmade at Amazon features handcrafted products across 8 categories including Jewellery, Kitchen and Dining, Clothing, Shoes and Accessories, Home Décor, Artwork and Baby. A third of items are available for personalisation too.
So happy Mother’s Day to all the Mama’s out there this weekend, and I hope you really enjoy your day.
Love, Jess x
Please note: post written in collaboration with Handmade at Amazon.