I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect Mothers Day.
It began at 7.00am when Emma hopped into our bed for a cuddle which quickly turned into family cuddles when Andrew went to fetch Chloe who was still fast asleep.
Emma got up to help Andrew make me breakfast in bed and when it was served, Emma shoved herself under the breakfast tray with me and insisted that she too eat breakfast in bed. By the end of it, the sheets were covered in crumbs.
I was very spoilt this year receiving a beautiful pendant on a chain and some gifts made by Emma at Kindy. After a few hiccups of not being able to find said Kindy gifts, I watched Emma’s sweet face light up with pride as she handed over the lovely card, bookmark and photo that she had made.
Later that day, we had a beautiful roast lunch with my parents. We don’t often catch up for a meal so it was nice to see them and to toast each other for Mothers Day. My parents have done so much for me – especially over the past year and they will never truly know how grateful I am for everything. It was nice to be able to show some gratitude and spend the day with them.
Lunch was followed by dessert and a few rounds of the card game “Fish”. Then, while Andrew and my Dad did the dishes and Chloe had an afternoon sleep, Emma pretended that she had been lost in a cave for 30 weeks. Mum and I rescued her and provided her with the required medical treatment using her Fisher Price Doctor kit. I don’t often have time to play these sorts of games with Emma (or with my mum for that matter!) so it was nice for both of us. After the third rescue though, my mum and I had enough and tried desperately to distract her with something else.
After my parents left, we sat down and ate chocolate and popcorn and watched a movie. We hardly ever spend our days like this. There are always so many chores to get through and even though watching a movie is nothing overly exciting, it was nice to stop and sit together as a family – so relaxing and surprisingly centring.
With my focus on Mothers Day and being a mum to my girls, I was able to pay close attention to Emma. I took note of the girl she is today and reflected on everything that makes her who she is right now. When I think about Emma growing up, my heart aches and soars all at the same time. The baby I once held in my arms is no more and I am sad that precious time went as fast as it did. But each day, I can’t help but feel proud and excited as I watch her learn and grow into such an amazing little person.
Being a mum has rewarded me with so many unexpected things. Saying it’s tough sometimes is an understatement, but having these two precious beings who love me so unconditionally makes it more than worthwhile. I am so in love with my girls. This is my family. This is what I live for. Those precious smiles, being the centre of their world – there is nothing more amazing I could have ever hoped for. My girls will always be the greatest achievement of my life and I am so proud that they are mine. I am also thankful and feel so lucky that I get to share them with my wonderful husband. Without Andrew, I wouldn’t be able to stand as tall as I do. Coming from a person who is 5 foot and maybe just a few millimetres, this statement probably doesn’t have the impact that it should. Let me put it this way, Andrew holds me up when I need it and pushes me forward when I don’t. We make a great team.
This has been the best Mothers Day ever so far. I am truly lucky. xoxo