Forget what you thought about motherhood…

Did you have a certain style you thought you’d follow before your little bundle of joy came along? So did we. Here are the five mama plans you’ll always tear up…

 

You thought you’d only buy hand-painted wooden toys…

Here’s the truth: if it’s plastic, makes a cacophony of random beeping noises and doesn’t go with your décor, you baby will love it. And if you think you can keep such toys out of your house, dream on. Your friends will buy them for your new arrival, he or she will become obsessed with them – and you’ll end up buying more. One year on and your house will look like it’s been invaded by aliens from the planet Bad Taste. But your baby will be happy, so who cares?

 

You thought you’d only give your baby home-made food…

When you start weaning, you’ll probably buy lots of gorgeous locally-produced fruit and vegetables, blend them with loving care and freeze them in ice-cube trays. Give it a fortnight, and once you’ve spent around four hours in total scraping leek and aubergine puree off your soft furnishings (and seeing the rest spat out unceremoniously onto the highchair tray), you’ll be down the baby food aisle buying organic puree pouches before you can say liquidiser. It’s fine.

 

You thought you’d only use ‘real’ nappies instead of disposables…

It’s been a long day. Your baby has a tummy upset. And you’ve just tripped over the bucket of terry towelling nappies soaking in the kitchen. So you pick up your mobile, and text your other half who’s on the way home: “GET ME SOME PAMPERS”. And he does. And that’s OK, because you are human.

 

You thought you’d never want to be apart from your baby…

It’s been six weeks. And it feels like you’ve only had six hours sleep. Your mum/aunt/sister/best friend calls, and says she’s on her way over. She’s a mama. She wordlessly takes your baby and puts him or her in the buggy. She ushers you into your bedroom, points to the bed, and she is gone, bottle of breastmilk in hand, knowing look on her face. And you sleep. And you love her.

 

You thought you wouldn’t manage…

But you do. It might not be straight away; it might not even be for the first few weeks, or months. But something in you rises to the occasion. It’s what makes you a mama. It’s what makes you YOU.

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