Back in the days when we were a DINK (Dual income, no kids) couple, I had always imagined myself slipping effortlessly into this role of motherhood, as and when that would happen. 6 years into this journey and all I can think of: that was some serious wishful thinking.
As a mother, I have my days (more down than up lately). I start with good intention, and *something* happens along the way. This something could range from PMS, exhaustion, loneliness, household stress to random nothings like the weather and significant others like tantrums. Whatever it is, it ends up with an outburst (which I mostly regret later) and a lot of research on how I could have possibly damaged her brain forever!
So when I came across this refreshing #rockingmotherhood hashtag challenge last week, I decided to take it up. A much-needed exercise that asks women all over the globe to stop, reflect and find the 10 things (big or small) that make them a super awesome mummy. Thank you for the tag Paula (And Then There Were 2); once I’m done I’ll pass on the mantle to 5 moms who I think make pretty awesome mommies themselves!
My top 10.
- I am receptive to the point of being a fortune teller. Be it a heartbreak or an impending illness, I am intuitively tuned into her and tend to know how she’s feeling at most times.
- I’ve worked for as long as I know; formerly as a Banker, more recently as a Freelancer and for the past 6 years of years of my life, as a full-time Mother.
- I have managed to keep my household iPad free till date; which, in this day and age is no mean feat, especially with stats showing that over 40% of kids use them before they can speak!
- I’m a mummy who loves to cook; not necessarily with the LO but most definitely for her.
- I laugh as much as I cry as much as I argue in front of her. You can’t have healthy children unless those children see healthy parents.
- When it comes to food, we subscribe to moderation more than extremism. There are days when she might have more of something and some days, none at all. But a tiny piece of dark chocolate post dinner everyday is a given, for the both of us.
- I still enjoy co-sleeping with her; on weekends or when the AC in her room does not function or when she’s having nightmares or when I’m just too tired myself and could do with a night of warm snuggles.
- I’m not afraid to say I’m sorry, especially since I lose my cool a LOT.
- I’m not a dog person and will probably never be, but here I am spending 80% of my day with Charlie Brown while its primary caregivers are in school and office respectively.
- I’m hopelessly, crazily, ridiculously and madly in love with this species I have created and I make sure she knows this every. single. day.
Phew. Over to you.