Weaving my way through motherhood whilst trying not to mess up adulthood.

A list of firsts

  Today was Princess' first day of school and with that a list of first's for the day!

  • First moan to nan: The night before I told Princess, it was early to bed and early to rise: The memo was forgotten and she moaned about me to her nan for me waking her up early!
  •  First lost shoe: The shoes have been in the living room for the past few days, yet somehow this morning she couldn't find it....It was in the usual place. She somehow found this funny.
  • First solo shopping trip: I was able to do my grocery shop without a little one asking for random packets of rice or an endless supply of icepops.
  • First yogurt stained uniform: Princess came home with her uniform covered in yogurt. "Mum it dropped all over me!" I'm not sure if she was telling me or blaming me. 
  • First everlasting story: Princess loved telling me about her nursery day, but with it being only half a day, the stories usually consisted of who she did or did not play with. Today, however I got the full story from morning to lunch to home time and back to morning!
  • First day of 'big' school: My princess is at school and I can't belelive it! I was so proud when I saw her all dressed up, book bag in one hand, lunch bag in another.  How has she grown up so fast!
How was your little one's first day at school?

A Letter: To my pre-mum self

Dear Jade,

At twenty you will give birth to  your first baby.

Are you shocked?

Don't be, it's fine, the roller coaster of emotions  you go through does slow down, not stop, but you will at least get to pause for a second and throw up. Morning sickness. It will last right up until the day before you give birth so get used to it.

  • Tip: Your attempts at making yourself eat before you travel because you should, will not end pleasantly, so don't bother.

Your family are supportive and so are your friends, for the next few weeks everyone will ask,
 "What did your mum say," but Mum is fine, and more excited than you will ever be. ( Mum is going to be the best nan.)

In January your princess is born, you don't choose Destiney-Blue or Raiiyn. I know, I know, I know how much you love the name Raiiyn, but you out grow it and instead let your nan choose a name and you will love it straight away.

When Princess arrives, you will have no shortage of gifts and cards and visitors and mum will make sure you write thank you cards, so don't moan, it's the courteous thing to do. You are back in your pre-pregnancy clothes almost straight away...but be careful the foods you didn't like during pregnancy, you are going to be able to eat now and well....things get out of control.

But hey! don't worry because you will have strangers left, right and centre trying to advise you on  what is best for your baby so that will be the least of your worries.

"Are you breastfeeding? Breast is best"
"Give her food at four months not six"
"When Billy was younger..."

Arggggghhh! The list goes on and you will be frustrated, but you know what is best for Princess.

Yes, you do know what is best!

It might sound daunting, and it will be the first few months, but then your motherly instincts will kick in and you will soon know what to do without even having to think twice about it.

Don't go crazy for her first Christmas, it is exciting and there are soooo many girly things but the stacking cups you want to buy are not going to get used and will stay in the box until she turns three when they are then used as 'tea cups' for her kitchen set.  

I'm not saying it's all going to run smoothly, you will shed tears when Princess refuses to transition to bottle or beaker cup and potty training will drive you....potty; but you will live to tell the tale.

And before you know it, it will be coming up to her first day at school and you will be buying uniforms and ironing in name tags, all mature and mumsy and you love it, and you will have a little Princess who loves you.

What does it feel like?


All the best!

Mumma Jade age 24

What would you say to your pre-parent or younger self?

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