I’ve been reading some of the 10 Most Surreal Mummy Moments entries in the blog carnival run by Wives and Daughters (WADS) blog and it’s got me thinking about my own. There have been so many over four years of motherhood.
Here are 10 that spring to mind:
2. I was deep into labour and, after having my waters artificially broken, the contractions were intense. I’m moaning and my husband asks, ‘What’s the matter?’ Um, hello?! It must have been all that gas and air he was inhaling (that stuff did zero for me).
3. Day three of breastfeeding and my furiously hungry baby literally sucks the colour off my nipples. I thought I had been scarred for life (I was but only mentally). Thank heaven for Lansinoh nipple balm.
4. We were at a wedding reception when Ezra was 6 months. Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira was in the hotel lobby. My hubby went to shake his hand. I lined up too only to turn away in horror realising my boobs had leaked two football size wet patches on my top.
5. Ezra was an early talker. But even I was taken aback when a lady in the library asked me ‘How old’s your little boy?’ and Ezra goes ’18 months!’
6. When Ezra was 22 months, Mr. Babe decided to teach him a naughty phrase (mimicking Courtney Love’s dad from a documentary). It was funny for a minute but soon got out of hand. ‘Hello young man,’ says stranger on plane. ‘I’ll kick your ass,’ says Ezra.
7. Hearing 2-year-old Ezra imitate me on the phone by saying ‘Hello? Hello?’ and then laughing hysterically into thin air. It really hit home that, as my sister always says, I am indeed a ‘laughing jackass’.
8. Having another positive pregnancy test just one month after a loss. I was told my hormones were still high from the miscarriage. It took a blood test and three different doctors scanning before I heard the magic words, ‘There it is, you’re pregnant. Congratulations.’ A heart-in-your-throat moment.
10. Sitting on a pew in Westminster Abbey last year, breastfeeding Jed. I was suddenly in awe of how much history had led to that simple moment of an African mama nursing her child in one of Europe’s most iconic buildings.