This Sunday May 8 is MOTHERS DAY.
Maybe you have been a mum for decades, like my mum who is in her seventh decade of being a mother. Or all your children could have left home and the 'mum feeling' possibly only really returns when everyone comes home for lunch - which is likely happening this Sunday. Or you may be in the middle of lots of action with children and teenagers with lots of spontaneity. Or being a mum and marking Mothers Day personally may be a new experience in your foggy, lacking-in-sleep mind as you care for your babies. And of course there's all those first time pregnant mums who absolutely are classed as mums too.
Mums of all ages ~ ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
HAPPY MOTHERS DAY
Here for you to read are 6 comments from women at various phases in their life as a mum.
AS A NEW MUM, WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO ONCE YOUR BABY IS BORN?
"For 8 months I have learnt all about a precious little being growing inside of me, admittedly though at first, I was sure it was an alien taking over my body. Lately though, I've begun to get to know little parts of its personality, such as the way it responds with kicks and rolls when Daddy comes home, the way it gets excited when I eat its favorite food and the way it dances to its favorite music and instantly settles when audio books are played.
It's such an amazing journey to become a Mum.
What I'm looking forward to most about becoming a Mum is firstly, seeing my baby's face on the day it's born and looking into its eyes and seeing it recognize me for the very first time. I can't wait to pick out which parts it gets from me or Andrew. I already know it has it's Daddy's big feet because I feel them wedged under my ribs constantly!
Beyond B'day I can't wait to teach the baby about the value of family and introduce it to all the people who matter most in our lives. I'm so excited to see the baby's face light up with love and excitement when Andrew comes home from work. Andrew is such an amazing teacher and I'm sure I will forever be in awe at what our baby learns from him.
Mostly though, I'm looking forward to lots of laughs and spending time learning and growing together as a family. I'm sure when I look back in years to come I will be amazed at what I have learnt from my children and from becoming a Mum."
From KELLY WHOSE DUE DATE IS JUNE 8 2011.
"I am most looking forward to meeting my baby and watching his/her personality develop. I can't wait to take my baby lots of places. I want her/him to know all about New Zealand and American traditions. And of course, I can't wait to shop for those adorable baby clothes."
From JOY WHOSE DUE DATE IS IN OCTOBER 2011.
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY ABOUT BEING A MUM TO LOTS OF LITTLE CHILDREN?
"7am, two sets of footsteps come running down the hallway. I never quite know who will be in front, Ashton or Hunter. Nevertheless, they come in eager for cuddles and kisses, or a few minutes snuggle in bed. Soon, we hear Cooper summoning one of us to pick him up from his cot. He too joins us in bed for a bit of rough and tumble. At 19 months he delights in rolling around the bed, being pushed over by dad or his older brothers. He takes simple pleasure in turning the lights on and off, then on, then off. Let's not forget Tayla who is either fast asleep in our bed from her early morning feed or simply observing her brothers antics trying to make sense of the madness. Yep, this is our typical morning with our kids - there is no easing into the day, no soft music to wake up to, sleep comes to an abrupt end when my children open their eyes, and soon I have no choice but to surrender. It's morning, no more sleep for me.
However, giving up my morning lie-in is a small price to pay for all the added benefits I get from having 4 precious little ones in my life. I enjoy the endless supply of cuddles and kisses from my kiddies. I love the spontaneous 'I love you' from the mouth of my babes. I enjoy talking to them, learning what is on their mind, in their hearts. They are all unique and so different. The smile that appears when my 4 month old sees me lights up my world. Watching them learn is also a huge perk of the job, to be there when they first roll over, sit, stand, take their first steps. The look of pride on their faces when they accomplish each milestone, no doubt my face would mirror theirs at that same moment. Who could be prouder than mum when her child achieves?
I love that my children turn to me when they are excited, when they are happy, when they are sad or scared, when they just need someone to be with - they think of mum. I love being depended on, being needed and loved. I love that my children have turned my house into a home. You won't see picture perfect in my home, if you catch us on a good day you might get clean and orderly, but most often you get the lived in look, a trail of destruction as the boys work their way around the house, toys scattered behind them. Who knew cushions are not purely decorative, they make great weapons and fantastic huts. Tin openers make great helicopters to a curious being. My children fill the house with noise, with mess, with laughter, with tears, with energy and life. In doing so, they fill my heart with great memories. Memories of times spent together whether it be doing exciting things or doing nothing, going exotic places or staying right at home, being dressed up and fancy or slobbing around all day in our pajamas, having fun laughing at nothing in particular and everything. Doing life together.
What I enjoy most about being a mother is the unconditional love. Unconditional love I receive from my children, and give to my children. My children don't care if the house isn't spotless and the washing up-to-date. They are not particularly fussed if I serve them gourmet dinner or baked beans on toast. They just need to know that no matter what, mummy loves them! As for me, I love that no matter how tough, busy, stressful life gets at times, I always have 4 little ones that are ready to give and forgive, 4 little ones that love me, no matter what."
WHAT ARE THE BEST PARTS OF BEING A MUM TO CHILDREN AND TEENAGERS?
"Being a child and being a teenager are two different stages in life, although at times I find I have the same conversations with both within the same week.
I love each of my kids and one of the great aspects in being a mum to children and teens is to watch the change in them as they move from childhood through the growing up years into teenagers and beyond. Living with children growing into teenagers I have regular opportunities to reassure them that I am proud of them. When they are troubled or confused about who they are and think themselves awkward and odd compared to others, I enjoy being able to tell them they are great individuals and it is normal to feel different at this stage in life.
I get excited at the growing and greater abilities in their thinking as we share in conversation.
I find it amazing to see the shift from doing things because of duty, to doing them by choice - all because they are maturing.
I am moved when I receive a text from one of my kids apologizing for their rudeness that morning.
I feel loved when at the end of the night they find me to give me a 'Good night' hug and kiss, then ask how I am.
I am thankful for each of my children and love discovering more about who they are through these years of growing up ~ they give me great happiness."
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY ABOUT BEING A MUM NOW ALL YOUR CHILDREN HAVE LEFT HOME?
"My greatest pleasure in life was finally carrying a pregnancy to full term as I struggled to carry past three months. My pleasure in holding my children, Jason and Tracy in my arms, can not be equalled. Now my life is full of grandchildren, all a great distance away which saddens me, but writing letters and postcards and facebook, keeps me in touch.
Too go through life without children would have been unbearable. They caused me tears at times as they do, but caused me a lot of laughs, fun and excitement. Being a Mum was my career and enjoyment. Love to my children."
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY ABOUT BEING A MUM AT THIS STAGE IN YOUR LIFE?
"This Mothers Day my four children are in different countries ~ one in Africa, one in Australia, one in America and one in New Zealand. My 18 grandchildren are in Australia, Indonesia, India the UK and New Zealand, and my 11 great grandchildren are with their parents. All of them care for me, I know they really have a strong feeling of affection for me and are interested deeply in me. This gives me true joy. They love me and I love each of them."
From DOROTHY who is 88 years old.
All mums move on to the phases ahead, and it happens faster than we realize, so ~
THISWEEKWITHTHEKIDS - make the most of 'where' you are right now.
HAPPY MOTHERS DAY TO YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!