1. Little Faces
You make a little person and then you just stare at them. Endlessly. Stare at that little face that is so familiar and also, the face of someone you are just meeting. You marvel at genetics and how they have manifested themselves in this little person. The more kids you have, the more you marvel. And stare. And ultimately, ignore the vacuuming because of.
2. Little Arms
Thrown around my neck, encircling my waist, I can not get enough of the sensation of my children’s arms around me.
3. Little Bums
Is there anything better than a baby’s bare bum? Read by the wrong eyes, these words are corruptible but I trust that other mothers know what I mean when I say that cuddling your tiny babe is never better than when they’re nude. Holding that little body close, the smell of that glorious skin, cradling that chubby little butt. What’s not to love?
4. Other Mothers
Oh, the bonds I have formed (and reformed) with other mums. Finding my way back to old friends through the shared experience of motherhood, instantly connecting with women I would otherwise have little in common. The sisterhood is alive and well.
5. Caramel Slice
The delicious biscuity base, the velvet caramel, the decadent layer of chocolate on top…..wait, what is this list about again?
6. Drawn Out Bedtimes
When they want just one more story or to talk after the story, extra cuddles or what ever it is that draws the bedtime out, I love it all – except if I am going out!
7. Children’s Films
Okay, back to love. How many awesome kids movies are there? And how awesome is it when your kid makes that pitiful face and pleads with you to snuggle on the couch watching some film. just one more time?
Even the mild photo enthusiast will become a raging addict once they have a baby. Pictures of children are like crack to parents which is why the ludicrous practise of stuffing your baby into a flowerpot and having their photo taken in the middle of a shopping centres is still a gangbusters business. And the only thing more gratifying than nailing the self-taken shot of yourself (totally duck lips free) is nailing the perfect shot of your kid(s). “Look!” you implore all and sundry, “Would you just look at those faces! I made those faces!”
9. Watching Them Play
Watching and listening to them play, their imagination alive. It’s all so precious except for any whining that occurs. I love the imagination children have and how they get so excited over such little things. Childhood is precious as is all the memories they make whilst playing.
10. To-Do List Tick
There are many, many dreams a girl might harbour during the course of her life. Some we get to fulfill, some we don’t. For me, crossing ‘Have kids‘ off the list has been incredibly satisfying. And a blessing as I understand that it is no easy feat for many women. Fortunately, my path to motherhood has been comparatively smooth and after spending my twenties pursuing a performance career and travelling. It was so nice to finally have a family. I needed it. And if I had to go back and choose between ‘Be big time film actress‘ or ‘Have kids,’ there is no contest. Every other dream I have wished for would mean zero if I didn’t have my kiddos. Little buggers that they are..