Finding this made me smile. Sometimes all we need is a little reminder and to put things in perspective. Sometimes being mama means no time for us. Sometimes being mama means total exhaustion and having to carry on. But it’s not the hardest thing out there and it is so rewarding. The big cheesy grin that sprog has inherited from me is all I need to make me glow!
I’m forced awake before 6am everyday for another round of this thing that is life. I’m always woken by screams after a night of perhaps five broken hours of sleep. I tend to the basic necessities of two small human beings – I feed, wash and clothe them. I express my love for them. Over the next couple of hours, I lift one or both of them continuously, I reason with the larger one using negotiating skills that would make my country proud. I settle disputes, I calm anger, I kiss away pain. I make decisions for them, I make choices about the things that matter most in their lives. At the time that most London office workers sit down at their desks for the day, I drink my second cup of cold but strong coffee. No-one ever says thank you.
This is motherhood. It is not the world’s hardest…
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