As Mother's Day approaches we'll have the same debate in our house that we've always had ever since I gave birth to Daniel. My partner Chris doesn't buy me a card because he says 'You're not my mother'!
Of course he's right, however I'm the mother of his children, so I'd like a card! I do get flowers, and sometimes even a little gift, but never a card. I wonder, do your husbands/partners get you a card, and should I let it bother me? Probably not, after all it's only a piece of paper!
My best ever Mother's Day was the first one I experienced as a mum. I always knew I wanted children because I love them, even tiny babies that don't seem to do much except eat and sleep! I'd made a conscious decision to delay having children until I was out of my twenties and was very fortunate to fall pregnant and give birth just six months into my thirties.
The night that Daniel was born I just lay awake looking at him in awe. I understood what all-consuming love was for the first time. I can honestly say that I love being a mother and I hope that maybe I've been able to help and guide Daniel and Sophie through the good times and the bad with love and understanding. Even though they're grown up now, I'm still there for them and I always will be.
In the photo above Daniel was five month's old and it was taken just after my 'first' Mother's Day. When I was looking for the photo I came across a stash of cards I've kept from both him and Sophie over the years. Amid all the tears – they always get the tissues ready when I'm opening their cards – I read this verse and wanted to share it with you:
Because of your love Mum I've always felt sure
I'm important in somebody's eyes
You've always been there to encourage and care
Accepting, supportive and wise
Because of the confidence you have in me
I believe that my dreams can come true
And I can't find the words that will really express
All the love in my heart Mum for you
I love this verse because it's so true of the way I feel about my own Mum, and my late Dad, too, and I'm so pleased that she'll be able to come and stay with me this weekend. Maybe we'll even go through some old photos together.
This other photo is my favourite one of Daniel and Sophie that I keep on my desk at home – aren't they cute?!
So before I dissolve into tears again, can I just wish all the new Mums a very special day on Sunday, and that of course includes our very own Sara G and lovely Keeley from Elemis – who I'll have the immense pleasure of working with from next Saturday (20th March) on the Elemis mini series. Don't forget to put in your diary!
Lots of love and Happy Mother's Day,