My motherhood by Rebecca O’Connor

If I am honest I think I have always wanted to be a mum. I was the youngest of four children and I was always keen for my mum to have another baby so I could help her look after it. But quite rightly she felt four was enough…


My twenties were quite full-on with work and it was only when I met my now husband in 2001 that having children became more important. We married in 2004 and I gave birth to our first son Jamie in 2005. Harrison was born in 2007. I had an ectopic pregnancy in 2004 and I think this has made me feel very appreciative to be a mum and I feel blessed to have such happy, healthy, fun-loving and affectionate boys. I had never really imagined myself with boys (I don’t know why) but I cannot imagine life without constant chatter about fast cars and premier league footballers. I don’t think my knowledge here is brilliant but I am learning every day!


I love watching them play and enjoy sport – they both play football, golf and swim. It is really wonderful to see them grow and develop their confidence and I feel very proud to be their mum.


They bring me joy every single day – Jamie has an amazing memory and can recall quotes from films and do impressions, often at the most unexpected times and my little one, Harrison enjoyed being stroked and massaged and he likes to return this, which I hugely encourage.


Since becoming a mother I am sure my energy levels are lower, my laundry load is huge, my house is never really as tidy or as organised as I would like it to be and I am never quick enough to eat any of the strawberries that I seem to be continually buying – but I wouldn’t have it any other way.



Rebecca O’Connor is mama to Jamie, 8, and Harrison, 5, and founder of Beatitude Products.


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