Welcome to the eighth post in the “Cheers!” Series!
Those of you that have popped by my site before will know that I am a tiny bit obsessed with rhyming. “Cheers!” is a series of rhyming guest posts that I am honoured to share, mostly with a parenting theme, from some of the most talented and lovely people in Blogland!
This week I am honoured to share with you a stunning post from the lovely Sarah at Arthurwears. Sarah is a fellow Yorkshire ‘lass after my own heart who shares the adventures of family life with her gorgeous son Arthur, and writes about fashion, health and beauty, EYFS learning through play, parenting and lifestyle, not forgetting that she is also an incredibly talented poet.
This post first featured on Sarah’s site last year, and was written for a friend of hers who was about to start work again following her maternity leave. To help her through this emotional time, which I’m sure that many of us can relate to, Sarah wrote this beautiful poem:
For all the Mummies going back to work – This one’s for you… (Poem)
And so the day has come,
You knew it would,
This maternity leave is done for good,
How can it be that a year has gone by?
It seems like only yesterday you heard that first cry…
The first nappy change, the first journey home,
That first lovely feed, your first day alone,
The cuddles at night when they don’t want to sleep,
Then the visitors come and they don’t make a peep!
Has it really all passed?
Has time really moved on?
Do you now have a child who is soon to be one?
And so nursery will call, and the promise of friends,
You’ll let go of their hand and think, “is this where it ends?”
They might cry for a week, they might cry for a day,
But you know they’ll be fine once you just walk away…
And yes, although it may feel like a loss you must face,
It’s just goodbye to the baby – there’s a child in its place.
So this isn’t the end, there’s still so much to see:
What path will they take? Who will they be?
You’ll still get to play games, get to watch them grow tall,
Hold their hand at the park and be there when they fall…
Perhaps not every day, perhaps not every time,
You won’t sing every song, you won’t know every rhyme,
But the things they will gain from this place they will go,
As their confidence soars and relationships grow,
They’ll learn to take turns, learn to play with their friends,
Learn to say sorry, be kind, make amends.
So remember this, Mummy, and always be sure,
You’re doing great, you’re amazing, you don’t need to do more!
The things you’ve achieved and the child you have raised,
Will love you whatever, be it 3 or 5 days.
So please don’t feel guilty, feel down or feel sad,
It’s time to feel proud – what a year you have had!
You did it! You made it! What a great job you’ve done,
You’ll be a Mummy forever – that job’s just begun. X
Hi, I’m Sarah – Early Years Teacher and Mummy of Arthur from
Arthurwears… (Yes, despite what some may think, Arthurwears is
actually written by a female!) I probably should have thought my blog
name through a bit more, but when I started blogging, it really was
just for the benefit of my family who all live pretty far away, so
that they could keep up to date with Arthur.
These days you can find me writing about the highs and lows of
parenthood, sharing our experiences of issues such as pregnancy,
feeding, sleep deprivation ( I still haven’t had a full night sleep
since Arthur was born!) – plus celebrating all of the amazing things
that being a new mum has to offer too.
I love to share information on health and beauty products that work
for me as a mum with very little spare time and I am incredibly
passionate about Early Years and play based learning – so expect a
fair few posts on activity ideas for babies, toddlers and children!
Although this is the first poem I have published on my blog, I love
poetry and have been writing poems and songs since I was 10 years old
– I wish I’d had the confidence to put some of my work out there when
I was younger – I’m sure what may seem pretty average coming from an
adult would probably have been much more impressive coming from a
child! Maybe i’ll just wait until Arthur is a bit older and pretend he
wrote it – ha!
Thank you so much for sharing your poem Sarah. I’m thrilled to feature it for you as part of the #Cheers series.
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If you would like to feature in the “Cheers!” series, whether you are a seasoned poet or brand new to rhyming and just fancy giving it a go, please get in touch! I’d love to hear from you!
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