Wednesday, 13 January 2016

5 Things I Love About Being A Mom

In August I wrote a post called 10 Things I miss about life before children. It discussed all of the really important things that I missed about life pre-Jack (This mainly consisted of hot cups of tea!)
Whilst there are moments where if I watch one more Fireman Sam episode I fear I may explode - those are completely outnumbered by unforgettable cherished moments that truly make me feel so lucky to be a mom.

I thought I would share some of those with you today.

1. Unconditional Love

As a first-time parent, I don't think I have ever experienced unconditional love before. Yes, I absolutely adore my family. The love of a child however, is different. I look at him and I (corny as it sounds) feel like my heart is going to melt. From the way he smiles with cute dimples in his cheeks to the way he tests limits and checks to see if I am watching, I love everything about him. Unconditionally. The best thing is - I'm sure he feels the same way about me too.

2. Hugs and Kisses

A hug or a kiss off Jack, is one of the few things that for me can turn around a truly terrible day. His total innocence means he doesn't truly realise how amazing a hug or a kiss from your child is. I do and I try to make sure I get plenty in. I'm lucky he is an affectionate child!

3. Visiting Places I really want to go to ( I now have a legitimate excuse - I have a child!)

I think I am a bit of a child at heart. I love family days out, be it a day at the Sealife Centre or a walk around the park. Now, I have an excuse! I have a child and he needs to experience things and/or be tired out.

In my head I'm making a list of my favourite places because as Jack gets older I plan to visit them. It's a win-win situation! Jack will love it and it will make Mummy happy. Lucky Daddy eh!

4. How much it makes you appreciate any 'me-time' you get

Looking back, I honestly have no idea how I filled those days where I had no plans. Those days where I wasn't at work and could fill them with things that I loved to do. I didn't appreciate that 'me-time' and most of the time, took it completely for granted. That changed when I had a baby and even more so now I have a toddler. That 90 minute window when Jack naps and the evening when he sleeps that now constitute my me-time are greatly appreciated. I can get the housework done, blog and relax in a shorter period of time than I ever thought possible.

5. Having an excuse to watch some of my favourite family movies

I absolutely love watching movies. As a teenager I would while away hours watching some of my favourite films. I'm now lucky if Jack will sit down for more than ten minutes during the day to watch TV, so when he does it is pretty exciting.

I now have an excuse to watch some great movies that are largely aimed at children. These include any Disney Movies available and other titles such as Toy Story and The Borrowers. I think my partner gets a little jealous when I explain how I spent that rare afternoon!

What are your favourite things about being a mom/dad? I'd love to know. Leave me a comment below.



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