{The Ordinary Moments} #21 - Mama & Baby Time

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Pregnancy, for me, was a time for dreaming. I didn't know what the future would bring, but I loved to create little images in my head of what our family would be like. I often dreamed about our first proper walk together. It would be cold, and Zach would be bundled up in a blanket so that he was kept nice and warm. We would head out for walk around my favourite park, and I would feel so proud as I pushed my tiny baby around in his beautiful pushchair. It was what I thought about when I was in labour and didn't think I could cope another second. It was my life jacket, and it got me through.

I also dreamed a lot about what maternity leave would be like. What I imagined was a never ending stream of days spent just the two of us. We would go for long walks by the river every day, making friends with the ducks. We would snuggle up on the sofa and read stories and cuddle. We would have our own routines, spending each day blissful in our own pattern.

But now it's reaching the end of my maternity leave, and the reality is somewhat detached from my dreams. Yes, we have gone for walks by the river and snuggled on the sofa, but it's not often we're just us two. We're so lucky that Jono gets to work from home a lot, and the rest of our time is often filled with friends and families. My dreams about maternity leave were tinged with the fear that I would end up feeling lonely, that I wouldn't see my friends. I can't begin to say how relieved I am that this hasn't been the case for me.

It also means that those days where we're a two, just mama and baby, they're far more special. I squeeze him a little tighter when we cuddle, and take an extra moment to breathe in the sweet smell of his hair. I treasure each time he climbs into my lap, knowing that he won't do this forever. I sit with him and play on the floor, singing him nursery rhymes and trying in vain to teach him to clap. They're moments I wouldn't change for the world, and they feel so special because although ordinary, they're not routine.

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Linking up with Katie from Mummy Daddy Me for the Ordinary Moments.

8 comments

  1. Ah Chantal what a lovely post. It's the little moments like those that are just the best aren't they?! I love the picture of you both - it's gorgeous! xx

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    1. Thank you Alex! It's the simple moments that are always the best I find! xx

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  2. Aw this is so sweet Chantal. I love my days where it's just LO and I, and it's the ordinary things we love doing the most- going to the library or for a walk to the park to see the ducks, or to go and get a hot chocolate to share, topped with lots of whipped cream. When you're back at work, these moments will be even more precious xx

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    1. It's so special to be able to share these moments isn't it! I think I'll really enjoy things like walks to the park and trips to the library as Zach get's older! It's nice that although you leave so much behind as they get older there's always so much to look forward to! xx

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  3. I love the days with the children - although I love the time I get with just one of them by themselves that is extra, extra special x

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  4. Ah this is so lovely Chantal and what a gorgeous photo of you both. I can completely empathise with what you are saying. My maternity leave, especially with Mads was so much fuller and busier than I ever expected it to be. We made lots of friends and there was rarely a day where we didn't do something. Which meant that the days where we had PJ days and snuggled on the sofa were just the best ever. xx

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    1. Thank you Katie! It's nice to be so busy, and it definitely makes days at home a lot more special!! xx

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