I spend a lot of time talking about the weird things about parenting or the things that I don’t like about parenting. Not because I am a total whiner but because they are the things that are interesting to me. They make me laugh and, most of all, they offered me the most support when I was struggling as a new mum. Those blogs where people actually talked about the crap stuff made me realise I was normal and just like everyone else. That parenting was hard for many, not few.
Posts like that are a dime a dozen though right. Hell, I’ve even done one. Remember the 10 things I wasn’t prepared for as a parent? That’s one of those. So today I thought I’d do something different.
Today, as I packed my cute little monkey off to daycare, dressed as a pirate for book week, I had the biggest smile ever on my face and I truly thought to myself wow there are so many things I love about this gig. So I thought I’d share some of my magic with you.
I look at my kid and dead set believe he is the cutest one going around
Everyone deserves to have someone in their life that thinks they are the bees knees, the best ever, totally amazing. I am that person to my child. There may be other people that are that person to him too but I love it that I am one of his people. I delight in the simplest of things. Simply watching him be happy and hearing him laugh with joy are some of the true pleasures of my life.
I have magic kisses
I love this so hard. Whenever my son hurts himself the first thing I say is “Do you want mummy to kiss it better?” to which he always replies “Yessssssss” in a super sooky voice and holds out the sore hand, foot or head for my magic kisses.
My name is the first name on his lips when he wakes
The first thing he says when he wakes in the morning and wants to get up is mummy. Sometimes, just sometimes, I wish he didn’t but it makes me feel so good that he does. He is my world and I love him and can’t wait to see him. It’s nice that he feels the same way.
I get to hear what I sound like to the rest of the world
There’s nothing like a bit of you coming out of a little person’s mouth to cheer your day.
Apparently my favourite phrases are:
“Oh dear” “Oh nooooooo” (it’s comforting to see that I don’t swear in times of trouble)
“Stop that” (whoops, errrr firm but clear)
“Sit down” (to put shoes on which we seem to be doing constantly).
“Thank you Mummy” (oh yes, the manners are getting through)
Dancing in the loungeroom is cool
That quote “dance like no-one is watching” was made for me and my kid. We do it frequently and with fervour. I have loved dancing around the house for some time now so I am delighted to finally have a partner in crime.
Monkey is not even 2 yet and he begs me to allow him to assist with every little task. His favourite task by far is unloading the dishwasher and he is actually good at it!!! As he pulls out each item he tells me what it is for:
coffee cup = “coffee” – self explanatory I think
tall glasses = “daddy” – as he always drinks out of them when he visits
small glasses = “medicine” – as they are the ones I use for my morning vitamins
I get to watch my child make friends
How good is it when we meet someone who gets us? I swear I have seen that already for Monkey. Seeing him share that sort of bond with someone makes my heart swell with happiness. He and his little friend completely delight in each other’s company every time they catch up. It is a joy to watch them play.
As he went to sleep last night he was so excited about daycare today and seeing all his friends. He was rolling around in his bed listing their names off one after another. It was the cutest thing to hear and I love that already my son has his people.
The run up hug
OMG how good is the run up hug??? You know, it’s like the movie hug. Awesome. Whenever I pick up Monkey from daycare I get one of these. It is accompanied by an excited “Mummmmmmmmmy”.
Best ever. Enough said.
It makes me want to be the best version of me
Since becoming a mother I am forever examining myself and asking how I can be a better person. Now there are no excuses to put things off until tomorrow. I am responsible for someone else’s happiness and well being and the best chance I have of not fucking that up (or him up) is by not being a fuck up myself.
So I work on myself and my parenting every day. I laugh at the shitty things and I change the really shit things and I try to remember to enjoy it.
What are your favourite things about parenting?