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THE MUM I WANT TO BE IN 2017

20 January 2017


In my head I always have a clear picture of what kind of Mum I would like to be, there are certain types I just never could be - you know the all singing, baking and dancing ones, yeah that isn't me. I am probably the furthest away from being a pinterest-mum you can get, but I can dream right? I see pictures daily of seriously fantastic things other Mums have done, and although half of the time I'm certain I couldn't pull it off, it did get me thinking of what kind of Mum I want to be this year, the things I want to do more of, the things I want to do less of. Especially as I'm heading back to work half way through this year, I wanted to make myself some little Mummy resolutions that I will try my very best to stick to throughout the year.

It goes without saying that in 2017 I want to be the best Mum I can be, I'm sure every single mother out there feels the same and will strive to do just that. But I want to be realistic, there is no good me sitting here and telling you all I want to do crafts every day with long walks in the woods to follow suite, it wont happen and I'd be kidding both you and myself. I'm more of a lets whack a colouring book out kind of girl, whilst constantly baking the same things with Noah as it's my safe zone. They are two things I do want to change this year. I'm a Nursery Nurse, so I know how to be crafty and creative, it's in my job description (ha!), I want to make sure my boys feel that this year, I'm going to slowly build up our craft supplies, giving it it's own dedicated storage, I'd rather have a box full of 'it's there if we need it' than an excuse of 'we don't have that one so we can't make it'. Pinterest is going to be my new best friend and I'm aiming to do one seriously crafty activity every single week. This will probably have gasps from the creative ladies amongst you, but come on, ease me in gently!

I want to be more spontaneous this year, my good friend Emily, just last month agreed on a trip almost five hours away and within hours they had left the house. I completely admire her for doing such a thing, bare in mind her two are the same age as my boys - I mean what a woman! That kind of thing terrifies me, I really don't know why. I think organisation is key for me in this one, that I need to make sure I have everything on hand, my changing back constantly appropriately stocked, that we can just up and out, as I really do despise spending an hour trying to get out of the house. Slight update on this situation, the same day I wrote this post I got an email offering us a place at that exact same resort. And although the long drive and a week or so away, I have accepted, so incredibly nervous but glad I'm pushing myself out of my comfort zone. Something I began to do towards the end of last year, that I do want to continue into the new year, is solo days with Noah. I didn't really realise how rare it is that me and him spend some quality one on one time, I guess it's natural when a new baby is around as they are attached to your hip and Patrick certainly has mine. But now he's that bit older and comfortable with others, I will happily pop him down to my Nans for the day so me and Noah can spend a day together, no rushing to do activities whilst the baby naps or saying 'Sorry Noah, Mummy is just sorting P out'. No, he will get my complete undivided attention, he really is like my best buddy at the minute and I want to soak up all this time he kind of finds me cool dare I say. Because I'm sure when he hits about 5 or 6 those days will be gone and he'll dread the thought of Mum wanting some quality son time.

Lastly next year I want to continue to do something I feel I've mastered this year, taking a billion photos of my boys. Some people love it, some hate it, I'm with the former. The only thing as nice as enjoying my boys now, is being able to look back fondly on moments we've captured. Even the not so nice moments, we have some corkers of Noah screaming his absolute lungs off in his first few baths, they're so funny to see and remember. As well as videos, so many things change over time you forget, Noahs voice has changed drastically but it's so cute to hear his little baby voice at one saying words all wrong and trying to tell us stories. These are things I'm so thankful I did, and something I really want to push myself in doing this year. Have you set yourself any challenges or have any wishes as a Mum this year?

7 comments:

  1. Awww so lovely. it should be a lovely year. It's funny though because looking at your Instagram you have a whole style which is beautiful and I could never match. You say you aren't crafty, but you are an artist. We all look at things differently.

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  2. I agree with you on spontaneity, i really wish i could do more things on a whim but with 6 children it takes a lot of planning before we even leave the house lol

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  3. What a lovely list. Completely agree with you about needing to build up supplies and be a bit more proactive at these things - I always think, oh we'll do SOMETHING but then we don't have the stuff and you know the drill!! Well done on pushing yourself out of your comfort zone... you'll have a great time!!

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  4. Those are lovely goals to have. I think you already nailed it though with the first thing you mentioned - you're being the best mum you can be, and that's all you can do :)

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  5. Lovely honest post! I tried to be all spontaneous with the bluestone trips but my husband was less receptive ha! This year I want to be in the moment and not miss a single first but that's unlikely to happen as I return to work in August!

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  6. Love the idea of mummy resolutions! Being a bit more arts and crafty is something I want to do better at this year too, in fact, I bought a nice little Ikea box this evening especially for Ellas bits and pieces inspired by your post :-) Being spontaneuous is something that even I need to get better at too. Well, all of us as a family do really. Bluestone was the most spontaneous we've ever been and it worked out just as well as if we'd have planned it so I guess being spontaneous with little ones is possible :-)x

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  7. I would love to be more organised too and spontaneous!

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