You know, all I wanted was to take a cute black and white photo of my baby’s feet. Easy, no? Hell. No.
It was only because I noticed how big her tootsies had gotten lately.
Just as I got my phone out to take a photo, sweetly reminiscing about the time when her little feet nuzzled perfectly between my thumb and forefinger, the toddler decided “Screw you mummy, I won’t have my picture taken”.
Where has my baby gone?
This bubbly little mop of blonde hair had opinions all of a sudden. As I was wrestling the sprog for “one, just one for mummy” photo, I thought to myself how many other parents go through this – you take shit loads of pictures and maybe one turns out ok.
The reality of being a parent is that behind the scenes we are all wrestling with something figuratively – or metaphorically while on the outside all you see is a shiny happy family.
I have written about my perception of motherhood while ago. You can read about it here.
Being kind to one another
A while ago, I was scrolling through Instagram and Al from the Dadnetwork had posted something about being kind to one another as you never know what someone might be going through. We all try and smile on the outside to keep us going, (or keep us from going crazy?), but not many will let on what really is going on underneath.
And for the most part, that’s ok. Trying our best and trying to strive forward. You also come to realise that as parents we are all winging it.
Gosh, if you had asked me 2 years ago how I wanted to wean my kid or what we do for our sleep routine, my answer would have been completely different. It’s not a bad thing, just very idealistic. Not taking into account that the sprog also read all the books and thought “Don’t fancy that, love”.
While I adore being a parent and I love my Lila beans to the moon and back, children demand all your time, love and money. I wouldn’t change it for the world though.
I have a new found sense of being alive
I truly appreciating the choices I make for myself and my new little family. So, that when the curtain opens, even though there are props lying around everywhere and people running around shouting in the background, I know I am ready.
These are some gems from my attempt to take a cute photo of the sprogs tootsies, and some others showing how painful it was to get this one ‘good’ shot and what was really going on behind the scenes.
I would love to hear if you can relate and what time you were winging it? Comment below, or take it to Twitter@fabulousmummy1!
The toddler is clearly super excited