Finish The Statement…

Commuting long distance for work will teach you a lot about yourself. It’ll test your patience, bring out a taste in music that you never thought you had, and you’ll bounce between furious  driver always angry at the world, to a calm autopilot who has no recollection of how they got to work on an almost daily basis. Maybe that was just me.

Aside from listening to everything from garage to heavy metal just to keep me awake, I stumbled upon podcasts (I was late to the party by about 5 years). I gave a few things a go like ‘My dad wrote a porno’ (highly recommend), some fitness podcasts (they normally made me feel lazy), but the most unlikely for me was Giovanna’s Fletcher’s ‘Happy Mum Happy Baby’. Giovanna is the wife of McFly singer Tom and would invite her celebrity friends and guests on to talk about experiences of being a mum. I had to laugh at the fact that I was stuck in standstill traffic on the M5 listening to two celebrity mum’s discuss the trials and tribulations of motherhood, It was only after 30 minutes I realised I’d been listening intently and was actually enjoying it. It was in someways relatable, very entertaining and it helped with killing the time in the car.

The podcasts always ended with the guest being asked to complete 3 statements, which got me thinking. So I asked Meg what she thought and put our responses together below. Here’s what we got…

Being a parent means… 

It means an endless list of things, but at the top of the list is constantly thinking of somebody else. You care about someone like you never knew you physically could. It also means realising sleep will NEVER (seriously NEVER) be the same again and accepting the fact that you’ll now wear stained clothes in public without a second thought, because these days you don’t really have a choice.

The best part of being a parent is… 

experiencing everything through fresh eyes and getting that big smile first thing in the morning when Ivy wakes up.

I’m happiest when… 

Ivy laughs. I don’t know whether that’s because someone finally finds us funny, but it’s the first real sign of that little personality coming through. You also can’t beat a famous Ivy hug.  Let’s be really honest for a second though, when she goes to sleep without drama and a ‘normal’ sleeping pattern pops into your life for a split second THAT is a very happy moment.

What sort of parent did you think you’d be?

Me: As far as being a parent to a little baby, I always thought I’d be relatively laid back, maybe a bit of a worrier. I’m more confident than I thought I would be, especially from the early days of holding her as if she was going to break! As Ivy morphs into a little human and develops her personality and no doubt cheeky attitude, I imagine I’ll be stern but fair and I’ll probably have to play bad cop as Meg insists she won’t be doing that…

Meg: That’s about right… I always thought I’d be quite chilled out and take things as they come, and make sure I didn’t put too much pressure on myself. That’s how I think I’ve been (side note: she has to be fair). As Ivy gets older, I think I’ll leave Tom to the stern but fair approach and I can be nice mum that laughs in the background (Great, cheers Meg!).

However cheesy or brutally honest, how would you finish the statements above?

 

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