With Mother’s Day just around the corner, I’m excited to be celebrating my first one as a Mama! Whilst it’s lovely treating my mum for the day (just like every other day, right mum?!), I’m ridiculously excited and far too emotional about the fact that this year, I’ll be getting a card too… yay! It’s not the first Mother’s Day card I’ve received. Last year for Mothering Sunday I was heavily preggo and was lucky enough to get a ‘mum-to-be’ card from my bump. How clever of my baby to hand-pick, write and get Daddy to deliver a card on it’s behalf from inside the womb?! I’d expect nothing less. But this year, I know that that bump is now a boy… my boy, full of personality and completely in love with ME. A feeling that’s reciprocated ten million fold.
Talking of Mother’s Day, I’ve been asked by Truprint to put together my top Mum Moments so far and, since he turned ten months old this week, I’ve picked a top ten. A feat which was far harder than it sounded, just don’t ask me to put them in any order!
Before We Met
There’s a Savage Garden song that says ‘I knew I loved you before I met you, I think I dreamed you into life’ and there’s nothing truer than that. From the moment that test turned positive, I was pretty taken with motherhood but those first scans were incredible. I couldn’t believe a baby was really in there. And so full of beans as well, he never stayed still!
Our First Night
Ten days late but worth every moment. Our labour was fast and furious, he was here before we’d had a chance to get the bags out of the car. That first moment he was put in my arms was terrifying, overwhelming and awe-inducing; I didn’t know what to think. I sat there and stared at him for hours that night whilst the rest of the world slept. Right then, I knew I’d do anything for my child.
My 30th Birthday
I turned 30 six weeks after our son was born. We stayed in a hotel the night before and I woke in a puddle of baby wee to learn that Brexit was happening. To top it off our two hour drive to the New Forest for lunch and a weekend away turned in to a five hour scream-fest but… lunch was delicious and I opened my first ‘Happy Birthday Mummy’ card to see this little monkey posing on the inside. Everything else was forgotten. I thought I’d find my thirtieth a stressful experience but I look back and laugh at what a memorable weekend we had!
Our First Festival
We booked it pre-baby and in the run up to going we convinced ourselves we were crazy but taking a baby to a festival really was a memorable experience. We were adamant that having a child wouldn’t stop us doing things and this was a perfect example of that in action when we took him to CarFest at 3.5 months old. The place was set up for families and, with the help of a great carrier and a wonderful all-terrain buggy, we had a lovely time showing him the lights, the cars and all of the people. Ear defenders got us through the loud music and even let him sleep in the evenings whilst we had a sneaky dance… Seeing him take in all the action is one of my favourite mum moments.
Some Mother Son Time
Maternity leave seemed to fly by, especially now I look back on it with rose-tinted glasses. Some of my favourite moments were spent lazing around with this one, soaking in the time we had together and taking photos to send to my husband… lucky guy! I’ve got a mountain of selfies of me and my boy but this one is one of the few where we both looking at the camera.
Our First Holiday
Four months in and we decided to go away for the week to Crete. It was a week filled with moments like this, indulging completely in family time and enjoying our baby in the moment. No jobs, no housework, just family time. I panicked so much about flying with a baby (not that stressful in retrospect) and what to pack that by the time we got there I was desperate for a holiday! Plus look at the face on him… hilarious! Definitely a mum moment right there!
I’ve shared my love of Stourhead previously but taking our new family there is up with one of my favourite family days. It was just at the point where he was starting to get more personality and I love this photo my husband snapped without me fully appreciating what was happening. It feels like he captured my happiness in that moment…
Our First Christmas
Obviously this is going to make the cut. I love Christmas anyway but adding a child to it made it a whole different ball game. Even though he was too young to understand we threw ourselves into Christmas in a big way, even making sure Father Christmas ate half of his mince pie and drank his milk… even if the dog did hoover up the leftovers a few moments later! We spent the day with family but still managed to get some time in as a family of three, even if this is the only photo we managed to get of us all.
Eating Out Together
I’ve never felt as much pride as the moment we sat in a restaurant and all ate together. We struggled for a long time to get our son to eat properly but finally baby led weaning started to pay off. Since that first time, we’ve been able to enjoy multiple meals out together; one of our favourite things to do of a weekend. It’s a great chance for catching up on our week and spending some time together without distractions, plus anything that combines food and my favourite people is a winner in my book.
Lazy Weekends Walking
Our family isn’t just us three, we’ve also got the dog to consider. Each weekend we head out on a long family walk to make up for the fact that during the week, walks are short and functional. All of us love the fresh air and, living just down the road from a woods means we have plenty of beautiful places to explore. Dressed in my favourite motherhood comfy sweater, pushing the buggy around whilst the dog goes crazy has given me some of my favourite day to day memories. I love this photo so much! Every time we take a day out it reminds me that we’re a family now and I’m a mum… me!
There we have it, some of my favourite #MumMoments summed up in photo form! Looking back at them now, I can’t believe how much we’ve achieved in the last ten months and how quickly my baby’s growing up – why did no-one warn me of that?! I feel like I’m forgetting it as quickly as it happens. As a family, we’re guilty of taking a million photos and never printing them down to display so I’ve been dropping some hints about these photo canvas prints at Truprint – just incase someone’s looking for some Mother’s Day inspo. Oh and here’s a little more help for the Dads out there… doesn’t that spa idea sound lovely? Hint hint.
What are your favourite mum moments? Are you better than me at printing them and displaying them at home?