My wonderful younger cousin came to visit me a couple of weeks ago, and she is happily expecting her first baby in a couple of months. Just chatting with her I could feel her excitement, nerves and anticipation, and as a mum of two little ones I felt compelled to share a little bit of well-meaning advice and experience from one mum, to a mum to be.
This got me thinking. If I could go back in time and give myself some advice, what would I tell myself?
I think it would go something like this…
Sleep – Like you’ve not seen a duvet before,
Sleep ’til you’re rested, then sleep a bit more.
Nip – To the shops, or the bank, just go, fast.
“Just nipping” will soon be a thing of your past.
Watch – Kids TV.
Then… (Although I’m a fan).
TURN IT STRAIGHT OFF while the fudge you still can!!
Browse – Take your time as you fritter your cash,
The next fair few trips will be more “Grab and Dash”.
Plan – You can have one. No need to say more.
Just trust that you know what your day has in store.
Eat – without sharing. Just eat it for you.
(At no point should Kit Kats be scoffed in the loo!) *Innocent face*
Drink – And enjoy every hot cup of tea.
“Hot” will be soon just a vague memory.
Chat – On the phone, face to face, with a friend.
Manage a sentence, beginning to end.
Bathe – With a candle, and no background noise.
Soak in a tub with distinct lack of toys.
Gasp – at the end of your ironing pile.
You may not encounter this sight for a while.
Breathe – Whilst your status is still “Nearly Mum”,
It’s highly unlikely you’ll sniff someone’s bum.
Wear – Make-up, shoes, tiny handbag, the lot!
(Just not stretchy pants with obligatory snot).
Cleanse – May your make-up be soothed from your face,
With soft cotton wool (rather than pillow case).
Swear! – Because one day, if things get quite tough,
“Fudge!” “Poop!” and “Bumfluff!” Might not be enough.
Stop!! – Hitting Google with each little kick.
You’ll KNOW when it’s labour and not Braxton Hick.
Rejoice – That you don’t cross your legs when you sneeze.
Be proud – That your nipples are not by your knees.
Love – All your family and those you hold dear.
You’ll realise their worth as you live this next year.
Be brave – This adventure was made just for you.
It might be quite tough but you’ll always pull through.
Smile – At the trivial things in this list.
In truth, you will find that they’ll barely be missed.
Glow… As the best of your days are to come.
And nothing compares to just being a Mum.
To Hannah with love.
I’ll always be here for you.
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