My Motherhood by supermama Miranda Levine
10 05 2013 • My Motherhood
Having just had my 3rd child I am in the throws of hormones, sleep deprivation and confusion mixed with a healthy dose of euphoria and wonder. My newborn is perfect and much loved already but our house is at times noisy and chaotic as my 2 and my 3 year old battle it out over the moment’s most popular toy. I heard on the radio last night that children teach you many things not least where your boundaries of patience lie and I couldn’t agree more with that.
They test you, they provoke you, they challenge you and they love you with such intensity that it boggles the mind at times. They drive you to despair and they reduce you to tears… and yet… there is nothing on earth that is as wonderful as having children to love and look after. It’s the best kept secret in the world, kept safely hidden from those who weren’t lucky enough to have their own. You see everything in life has a beginning, a middle and an end. Everything peaks and then troughs – think of a party, a relationship or a holiday. When my husband puts his hand on my knee it doesn’t send electric shivers down my spine the way it did in the beginning (despite me loving him dearly).
When I make the mistake of overstaying my welcome at a party and I realise with shock that I am one of the last (wo)men standing I also realise that what was a fantastic event has now turned into a dirty mess with only stragglers left – time to go! What I am saying is that all good things come to an end. The one exception to this, that I know of, is children. Mine are young still but for three years I have been admiring and observing their development with wonder and delight, and increasing love. Their innocence, their blind trust in me, their incredible sense of fun and laughter is infectious and it is wonderful to be around. I feel like I am at the best party in the world and there is no end in sight, only perhaps the occasional challenge to get through.
Miranda Levine lives in London with Ivy Skye, Lucas Zachary and Gabriel Sebastian.
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