When you’re pregnant, you spend most of the pregnancy preparing for the birth and not for motherhood itself. You wonder whether you’ll have a vaginal birth or a caesarean section. You consider the risks of having an epidural. You pack and repack your hospital bag. All the questions you ask your health professionals are about the pregnancy and the birth, and not about things you need to know for when you get home.
Christmas is nearly upon us and the mania has begun. There’s shopping to do. There are menus to plan. There are cards to write. There are presents to wrap. There are events to go to.
I love Christmas for so many reasons and I’m particularly excited about Christmas this year because it’s my first one as a mum. Having a child though has given me a different perspective of Christmas.
Friday used to be my favourite day of the week because it signaled the weekend. At 5pm on a Friday, I knew I could turn off my work phone and do whatever I wanted until Sunday night. The word ‘weekend’ doesn’t hold the same meaning as it used to though.
I’d say the question Sam and I ask each other the most is ‘can you pass me my phone?’ Most of the time we ask for our phones it’s not because we actually need them. It’s because we’re from the generation that can’t be without them. We want them on us for just in case. We know that others expect us to be available at all times. We want them so that when we get the urge to use them, we can satisfy it immediately.
I'm married to Sam and I'm a mother to Henry.
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