When the theme for the Gallery was set as Mother Love this week, three pictures jumped to my mind and although they have probably appeared on my site before I want to show them again because they mean so much to me. This was the very first picture taken of me just after the birth of my beautiful daughter and first child, Little Bean. I have never felt so emotional as I did that day, I have always wanted to be a Mum, its what I was born to do and I’m so grateful to have such amazing children. When I was pregnant with Little Bean we chose not to find out whether we were having a boy or a girl but I really hoped that we were having a girl. Hubby already had a son, Curly, from his first marriage and so I wanted to be able to give him what he didn’t have. I also wanted to be able to share the same love and friendship that I have with my own Mum.
When Little Bean was born, I honestly didn’t know whether I’d had a girl or a boy because Hubby kept catching sight of the umbilical cord between her legs so he declared, “It’s a boy, no wait, a girl, no a boy” until eventually I asked the Doctor who said she was indeed a girl. It wouldn’t have mattered in the slightest whether she was a boy or a girl, I already felt like my heart was bursting with love for this tiny little person laid on my tummy but being a girl, I was ecstatic. There were many tears that day from both me and Hubby, our little princess had arrived.
Rewind a little over 6 months and this was me holding my gorgeous son Beanie Boy for our first photograph and there was that same rush of love bursting its way out of my heart. This time we decided to find out our baby’s sex so that we could be prepared for his arrival and I’m so pleased that I did. I had convinced myself that I was carrying a girl again and so when I was told that I was carrying a boy I felt a little disappointed, I had already started imagining life with two little girls. Finding out at 20 weeks that I was actually carrying a boy was the best thing that we could have done because for the next 20 weeks I totally bonded with the baby growing inside me and by 40 weeks I couldn’t wait to meet him. My little boy makes me smile every day, he is the happiest little boy ever and such a content little fellow. He has the biggest brown eyes which draw you right in and has complemented our family perfectly. Everyone who meets him loves him and can’t help but smile, as I burst with pride.
And my final picture is of my Mum and I. My Mum is an amazing lady who has taught me to be the person that I am today. It is because of my Mum that I have the strength to face whatever life throws at me because she has led by example. My Mum raised me as a single parent, she has always worked hard for us, she has taught me to respect, to not take anything for granted, that family always come first and I can do anything if I put my mind to it because hard work pays off. More than anything, my Mum has been a great role model and taught me to be the best Mum I can be to my children.
My Mum has always been there for me through the good times and the bad. She has supported me at times when perhaps she has felt disappointed in my actions and her love has been unconditional. She has been all to me, my Mum, my Dad, my best friend and now she is a fabulous Nanna to my beautiful children and I am immensely proud of her.
I love you Mum xx