What it means to be a mother


This is my first Mother’s Day, so I thought I’d take some time to reflect on what being a mother means to me.

Being a mother means:

  1. That someone else comes first. Always. No matter what.
  2. Being able to do pretty much anything with one hand. Cook dinner. Answer emails. Put on earrings. Make the bed. Feed the a**hole cat.
  3. Mastering the fine art of balancing a baby on your lap while you pee.
  4. Not sleeping in. Not sleeping enough. Not sleeping with your partner, but sleeping in the baby’s room with her, your head pressed up against the crib slats so she can pull your hair.
  5. A high tolerance for grossness. Vomit. Pee. Snot. Poop. Drool. Bits of food that your baby has put in her mouth and then spit out into her high chair.
  6. Singing lots of children’s songs and secretly loving them. (Especially The Grand Old Duke of York, which is a proper cracking tune.)
  7.  That a baby cuddle can make even the sh**tiest day awesome.
  8. That you’re willing to spend most of your day bent over like a hunchback because your baby is learning how to walk and she needs your support.
  9. Referring to you and your baby as a single entity, ie “We just did a pee in the bathtub, didn’t we?”
  10. That no matter how many times you try to tidy up, your living room always looks like Babies R Us has vomited all over it.
  11. Staying in instead of going out – which is fine, because what could be better than wine, cheese and a box set of The Wire? (NOTHING. THESE ARE ALL OF THE BEST THINGS.)
  12. That what you look like isn’t really that important anymore, so you’re pretty much always a hot mess with a mum bun.
  13. Your main form of exercise is pushing a buggy around for hours, usually in the pouring rain, while your baby naps. You burn so many calories that you need to eat ALL THE CAKE to keep up your energy. Fact.
  14. Letting your baby lick you on the face and then thanking her for the kisses.
  15. You never say “No,” but rather, “Nonononono,” as in “Nonononono, we don’t eat out of the recycling bin.”
  16. Using baby wipes to clean pretty much everything, including yourself.
  17. When you see the look on your baby’s face when they see bubbles, you can’t help but feel that all is right with the world.

26 Replies to “What it means to be a mother”

  1. Haha, this is great and you are right cuddles from your little ones can make even the worst days great 🙂 #KCACOLS

  2. Oh this is so true – the high tolerance for grossness is so so true!! xx #KCACOLS

  3. Feed the a**ehole cat made me chuckle. Thats my cat. Hates us, hates life and definitely hates our toddler. #KCACOLS

  4. Yep, cake consumption has definitely gone up tenfold since having a child! Love the pic by the way-so cute and you two look so alike! #KCACOLS

  5. Ah agree with all of these but especially the last point. Bubbles = happiness 🙂 Claire X #KCACOLS

  6. Haha- nailed it! X

    1. Oops #fartglitter

  7. So very true! 🙂 This really made me smile, thank you 🙂

    1. back from #bestandworst

  8. Jodie Allen at Makeup to Motherhood says: Reply

    Lovely post 🙂 I love reading things like this. It’s amazing how we adapt once our little ones arrive. I too use baby wipes for everything. I don’t know what I am going to do when Lexie gets older and I don’t need them anymore! #TwinklyTuesday

    1. Me neither! They’re really very handy.

  9. aww so lovely!! I love the Mum bun and the endless walking to get them to snooze! You are knackered and worn but those cuddles are lovely. Thanks for sharing with #bestandworst x

    1. I feel like those long buggy walks are the only thing keeping me fit these days, as my cake consumption has gone through the roof!

  10. It IS amazing just how many uses there are for baby wipes! Hope you had a great first Mother’s Day! #twinklytuesday

  11. So true! Lovely post – bring a mummy is the best isn’t it!! #bestandworst xx

  12. h ah brilliant – I still use baby wipes and mine aren’t babies! great post and we wouldn’t change anything for the world would we?! #coolmumclub

  13. Morgan Prince says: Reply

    Brilliant post. Yes, totally agree. Of course most of these things are a distant memory for me, you soon forget them when you have a tween in the house! haha. But really though, being a mum is awesome. x

  14. This is lovely and so true! Wondering if you’d like to submit it for my #beingamother project series? Drop me an email if so. Thanks for linking to #coolmumclub lovely x

    1. Sure, would love to! I’ll send you an email.

  15. Ah, love this!! Gorgeous. Baby cuddles and laughs are just the best things ever. #coolmumclub

  16. Haha so true! Especially 2, 3, 12 and 15! #KCACOLS

  17. This is great!! I agree with all especially the cuddle with your little ones. Also 1, 10, 11 and 16!! Thanks so much for sharing this at #KCACOLS. I’m happy to have you for the first time. I hope that you like it. I would love to see you again on Sunday! 🙂 x

    1. Thanks – I’ll be there!

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  19. Being a mother also means you’re child waking up and asking “mummy where are you” *as soon as* you’ve locked yourself in the toilet! Pls do share at the Practical Mondays Link Up!

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