When I first started out Chat with Mums in January of last year, I wasn’t really sure if I was going to wing it. I started the feature a bit uncertain whether I was going to be able to sustain it. So I began featuring friends first – women who really knew me, and then slowly started featuring lovely bloggers whom I’ve been following even before I’ve approached them about Chat with Mums.
The response from the bloggers were all very positive, so that made me decide to join in the Dads too, after all, we all love Dads too right? So Chat with Mums and Dads is now a year old. Wohoo! To celebrate this, I’ve compiled a few of my favourite quotes from all the wonderful and inspiring mums and dads who’ve been featured in the past. A big thank you to all of you!
Do take some time out to read each interview (just click on the link on their names), especially if you’re a new parent. Some of you may be able to relate to them, or be inspired by these words of wisdom coming from mums and dads who are just like you and me, scared shitless, but in spite the whinging and the melt-downs, we are all loving every single minute of being a parent.
“The whole giving-birth and taking-care-of-a-newborn experience was tough, but all new mothers out there, however sleep-deprived and clueless, manage to wing it – with or without extra help from family or friends”
“Motherhood has changed me for the better. I know what it means to honestly in love and care for someone else regardless of whatever situation I find myself in. It has forced me to slow down and take in life one day at a time, appreciating everything about it. Motherhood has seriously done a number on my spirituality; I witness God and his faithfulness every single day through the lives of my children. I can say that I am a better person because of them”
“Motherhood is a gift and is not a given in life just because you are a woman”
“Getting kissed in all parts of my face before going to sleep. It is my son’s and mine’s nightly ritual—we kiss each other not just in the lips. Our eyelids, nose, both cheeks, chin, ears, and forehead also get one kiss each before we finally say our goodnights and i-love-yous. North is my number 1 fan—in his eyes I am the prettiest woman, the best cook, best baker. My little man is generous with his praises. He was not even two when he first complimented me on a shirt I was wearing for work saying my “shirt is prettyful”
“I love that Loukas and I have our own language that no one will ever crack or know. We know each other so well without even speaking. We can look at each other and start laughing. His love is so unconditional and he is so sensitive and present that I can have a bad day or when I’m frustrated and tired he will give me a pat on my shoulder and a look that says….”you’re alright mama”. And then I am”
“I literally get bowled off my feet with a tide of pure, sticky joy.
It is at these moments that I’m reminded that fatherhood is the most important job in the world.
It is these moments that I want to last forever”
“As long as you are doing the best that you can to keep your child safe, happy and healthy, you are doing all that is necessary. It is way too easy to beat ourselves up too much about every decision and every aspect of parenting, but you can only do what you can do. Love is the most important”
“Remember to always love them, breath before you shout, and finally the time you have together is fleeting, make every minute count”
“Nobody is perfect. We are all just doing our best, and you are the best Mum for your child”
“Always go with your gut instinct. You know those children better than anyone else in the world. You know exactly what is best for them so don’t be afraid to speak up”
“So much. To fully appreciate every opportunity of sleep. That sometimes there is no fathomable reason for them crying. That every involvement you have no matter how insignificant it may seem at the time is priceless. That powdered milk and nappies are bloody expensive”
“I love watching them grow, develop, and discover new things. The precious moments when they laugh uncontrollably at the strangest of things. When we’re playing on the floor and I’m lost in their weird and warped imaginations. And from a selfish point of view when they assume I know everything and then believe whatever gubbins I tell them”
“Can I say everything? As someone who had a baby as a single woman in her 40’s, I am aware everyday that I very easily could have missed the chance to have Spenser. Every day I feel happy to wake up and be with my son. I love the snuggles and the struggles, the discoveries, the funny things he says. I love that he is my main job and I’m good at it. I love that being his mom makes everything else in my life make sense. It really is the thing in my life that’s made me the happiest. Ever”
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