Today marks my 2nd Mother’s Day (well, 3rd if you count the UAE Mother’s Day we celebrated in April). We’re not planning to do anything special today and I don’t need any fancy presents. What I do have though, is a practical and inexpensive wish list. If the forces of the universe align, and my child proves to be unusually cooperative, then perhaps my wishes will be fulfilled 😉
Peace and Quiet
I don’t need this all the time. In fact, this is very suspicious during the day as it invariably means that my child is probably up to no good at all. Just some peace till a decent time in the morning without yells of “Mummy! Mummy! …. Mummy, come and get me!!!” Also, some quiet when I’m trying to Skype or talk to people on the phone. And privacy when I need to use the bathroom (No, I really don’t need encouragement to use the potty) or when taking a shower.
They say toddlers are like drunk adults. Well, they sure share the same convoluted logic! These days, TT orders us around and demands that we do things. When she throws a tantrum, which is everyday, we try to explain things to her instead of just saying no. However, it’s very hard to reason with a dictator, no matter how tiny she is. It doesn’t help that her vocabulary has suddenly grown tremendously and she can argue with us in grammatically-perfect sentences (which I sometimes marvel at and reward her by giving in). She already acts like an adult, couldn’t she also have the rationale of one??
Less Germs, Please
Ok, this is one I really need. The germs in TT’s nursery spread like wildfire! Then she picks them up and lovingly gives them to Mummy… not so much to Daddy. I’ve spent half of the past two months sick, and I cannot function and look after a family when I need to curl up in bed and sleep for 12 hours. So little friends of TT, keep your germs to yourself and save her Mummy from another visit to the doctor. A healthy Mummy is an extremely happy Mummy!
There’s no doubt that everyday is a tough day for parents. Especially with toddlers, everyday is marked with tears and tantrums. Some days are so difficult that I even have my own! I often wonder how other mothers with more than one kid can get through the day when I have my hands full with just one little creature. I struggle sometimes – on some days I need a cry, on others I think I did a good job. It’s never a walk in the park; I sigh constantly, I yell at times, I try to stand my ground, I give in a lot… It will constantly be a struggle, even when our kids grow older. I doubt it will ever get easier but no one said Parenthood would be easy. I have so much love to give my child, but I need more patience, more grace, more fortitude. May I have the strength to deal with my daily struggles; may I be strong enough to never give up, may I be strong enough to ask for help and accept it; may I share my strength with other mums who need it to get through their own days.
Do you have a wish list of your own? I hope you’ve had a wonderful day, although all you fearless mothers should be celebrated everyday! Happy Mother’s Day!
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