1. Little Faces
You make a little person and then you just stare at them. Endlessly. Stare at that little face that is so familiar and also, the face of someone you are just meeting. You marvel at genetics and how they have manifested themselves in this little person. The more kids you have, the more you marvel. And stare. And ultimately, ignore the vacuuming because of.
2. Little Arms
Thrown around my neck, encircling my waist (with great difficulty lately), I can not get enough of the sensation of my children's arms around me.
3. Little Bums
Is there anything better than a baby's bare bum? Read by the wrong eyes, these words are corruptible but I trust that other mothers know what I mean when I say that cuddling your tiny babe is never better than when they're nude. Holding that little body close, the smell of that glorious skin, cradling that chubby little butt. What's not to love?
4. Other Mothers
Oh, the bonds I have formed (and reformed) with other mums. Finding my way back to old friends through the shared experience of motherhood, instantly connecting with women I would otherwise have little in common. The sisterhood is alive and well.
5. Caramel Slice
The delicious biscuity base, the velvet caramel, the decadent layer of chocolate on top…..wait, what is this list about again?
6. Drawn Out Bedtimes and Banana Smooshed Into The Sofa
Hey! How did you creep in here, Snark? For once, this post isn't about you. Shit, I think I'm losing control of this list….
Okay, back to love. How many awesome kids movies are there? And how awesome is it when your kid makes that pitiful face and pleads with you to snuggle on the couch watching Monsters Inc. just one more time? Alright, sweetie. Because Mumma loves you.
Even the mild photo enthusiast will become a raging addict once they squeeze out a pup or two. Pictures of children are like crack to parents which is why the ludicrous practise of stuffing your baby into a flowerpot and having their photo taken in the middle of a shopping mall is still a gangbusters business. And the only thing more gratifying than nailing the self-taken shot of yourself (totally duck lips free) is nailing the perfect shot of your kid(s). "Look!" you implore all and sundry, "Would you just look at those faces! I made those faces!"
Holy funbags, giving birth gives you knockers from the gods. I mean to say, my tits were a thing of extraordinary beauty. When my firstborn was about 7 months old, we went to the beach and I overheard a middle-aged woman sniping to her husband, "Look at those big, fake boobs." I was very tempted to squirt her with breast milk – and even from a distance, I would have bulls-eyed it.
10. To-Do List Tick
There are many, many dreams a girl might harbour during the course of her life. Some we get to fulfill, some we don't. For me, crossing 'Have kids' off the list has been incredibly satisfying. And a blessing as I understand that it is no easy feat for many women. Fortunately, my path to motherhood has been comparatively smooth and after spending my twenties pursuing acting/performance as a career, it was so nice to finally check off a major dream. I needed it. And if I had to go back and choose between 'Be big time film actress' or 'Have kids,' there is no contest. Every other dream I have wished for would mean zero if I didn't have my kiddos. Little shitheads that they are…
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