About a month ago (Yes – I’m a bad blogger!) I was tagged by my lovely #DreamTeam fellow co-host – Bridget at Bridie By The Sea, to share 10 reasons why I am rocking this motherhood gig. This idea originated from a post by Pat at White Camellias. She wanted to take the time to “focus on the positives for a moment and be proud for all the little things we do right day after day”. I absolutely applaud her for this, as I think that we tend to very easily fixate on the bits we aren’t so great at. We give ourselves so little credit for all the things that we are, quite frankly, kicking ass at!
It has taken me a while to write this as there haven’t been an abundance of things that I’m rocking at jumping into my head. You will probably have noticed by now that this is also not a rhyming post. Let’s face it – I’m fishing in a fairly small pond to find 10 things. I don’t need to narrow it down further by restricting it to items that rhyme with “Jammie Dodger”.
So, #RockingMotherhood in 10:
1. I do baking. OK so I don’t have the greatest repertoire, but butterfly buns and shortbread I am all over! I have even advanced to the stage where I am now comfortable (I mean this in the loosest sense of the term) with standing back and letting the tots do the actual stirring and making of the things. This here is our latest attempt which I have fondly named “Shortbread meets The Walking Dead.”
2. I speak child. No I don’t mean that I can understand what my two rattle-boxes are jabbering on about. (Mostly Jammie Dodgers FYI). I mean that I can literally speak child. The BFG was one of my favourite books as a child, and as such I is fluent in Frobscottle, whizzpoppers, and all sort of wibbly words that normal Human Beans is not speaking much of. It amuses the small people greatly. I do however have to be careful at work as I can get a bit excitable and forget that I work in Financial Services and as such it is not acceptable to speak child to one’s manager. (Yes. I have accidentally done that.)
3. This also makes me quite good at reading stories. We read a story every single day without fail and I do all of the voices and everything. I can recite the whole of The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s child off by heart and with all of the accents (true to the animated films).
4. We do ducks. I am good at ducks. I even buy proper duck food. (We try not to mention the time that The Boy took out a duck with a small bread/loaf missile). We have a lot of well fed ducks in our area and I’m pretty sure that we are responsible for that.
5. Organised. I am this. Irritatingly so. The upside of being obsessively organised is that there is never a World Book Day or a “Bring some stuff into nursery” day that I have missed. I am on it. I am all over it. In fact I am possibly suffocating it, but that’s fine! Don’t worry kids. I have a diary (or 6) for that!
6. I’m actually quite handy with a set of googly eyes and a pipecleaner. I have also learned to control my eye twitch at the moment that my kitchen becomes instantly turned into a crafting bombsite. *puffs chest out with pride*.
7. We do a lot of adventures. Adventuring is what I like to do best. Luckily Daddy Pig is even more of an adventure seeker than I am, and so the tots are very rarely bored. Last weekend there was some snow somewhere in the Northern Hemisphere. As such the hubby made it his mission to find it with his trusty weather app. It was raining at our house, and we got a few odd looks packing up the car with a shovel and a sledge, but within an hour we were doing this:
Well Miss Tot and Daddy Pig were. Mstr Tot was mostly doing this:
But you know, the thought was there!
8. Like most mums I have to say that I am very good at cuddles. (Or as The Boy calls them: “Duddles”.) I have a full selection which I carry with me for all occasions. I find that they are particularly effective in healing bumped heads and bereft small people that have had their favourite toy forcibly removed from their grasp by their slightly possessive big sister.
9. I also specialize in The Monster Cuddle. This involves a certain amount of growling and chasing small people on your knees so that you can eventually catch them and generally give them a good monstering. It tends to make them giggle a lot and can cause friction burns to the monster’s knees, but it is a favourite in our house, and I am the best at it in the world. Apparently? The Boy cannot say “Monster Cuddle” and so instead he comes up to me and “RAAAAH”s in my face. Often in public. I speak child though as detailed previously so it’s fine.
10. Sometimes, well most of the times actually. As a mum I tend to run about with my head up my own bottom. I’m generally trying to keep all of the things wiped and all of the offspring provided with whatever their current unreasonable demand of choice may be. I can however always be counted on to throw an impromptu dance party for the tiny people (and me). We have a number of favourite tracks to throw shapes and jiggle to. We have very much enjoyed this one as recommended by Alana at Burnished Chaos. Although for now we are all about this…
(You are welcome!)
So that is why I am #RockingMotherhood. Over to you now:
Gemma – Colleys Wobbles
Charlie – Mess and Merlot
Lucy – Lucy at Home
Wendy – Naptime Natter
… and not forgetting this new and exciting linky which is all about the #bloglove by Lucy and Wendy as detailed above!