During my first pregnancy my son was due after Mother’s Day that year and despite not wanting him to be too early, all the will in the world wouldn’t have made him arrive on time. I was thoroughly fed up in the pregnancy by then and feeling a little emotional about the fact I wasn’t a Mum yet but I was so nearly there.
I had seen in the shops you could get ‘new mum to be’ cards and remembered thinking that it was a nice touch and perfect for pregnant Mum’s who are impatiently waiting for the birth of their baby. For all intents and purposes you are a Mum but at the same time you are technically not, a minefield for hormonal women!
My husband surprised me with a lovely card from our son. He had ordered a personalised card and it simply said how grateful he was to me for carrying him for nine months and it was signed off with his name (not shown in the picture). It was simply the loveliest gesture for him to do as I was feeling extremely vulnerable at the time and so desperately wanted to actually be a Mummy by that point. I even got a little stroppy that he has spent an awful lot of money on a bouquet of flowers (mean maybe) when we had lots of expenses ahead of us. I will always treasure the card and it just goes to show that a few sentimental words is all that is needed.
Fast forward three years and I’m in the same situation again, seeing as my next baby is due around the same date as Beastie was born. This time however it’s completely different and I am much more relaxed. This year I will treasure my card and present from Beastie even more than the previous years as it will be the last year that I am Mum to one. Next year I will be spoilt with two cards from two little boys and I will wonder why I ever got upset that first year when I had many more to look forward to.
Being a Mum yourself makes you appreciate your own Mum that little bit more and as much as I have always loved my Mum, I now have a much deeper understanding of a mothers love. I know what she went through carrying me for nine months, I know the immense overwhelming love that you feel towards your child and I know that a mothers love is unconditional and nothing ever changes that.
I have always found it extremely important to get my own Mum a card that has meaning. With Mother’s Day coming up next month I will spend ages trawling through the card shops to find the one card that is filled with the words that are perfect and could have been written for my Mum. I know she loves reading my cards and how much it means to her when I find a card that sums up our relationship to a tee, even more so now that we only see each other a few times a year due to us living in different countries. My Dad lost his Mum over twenty years ago and he still marks the occasion to this day by buying my Mum a present, where he would have bought his own Mum one and I think it’s really touching. Mother’s Day is just another day after all but it has so much meaning to it and to anyone who is a mother or about to be.
Nb. This is a sponsored post but all the content and opinions are entirely my own.