The most important person in your life is about to get her annual day of recognition for all the hard work she does. On Mothering Sunday, mums up and down the country will (hopefully) enjoy a lie in, perhaps accompanied by a delicious breakfast in bed before reading their home-made cards and finding a vase for that big bouquet of flowers.
Unfortunately, the clocks going forward on Sunday means losing an hour in bed. And the reality of being a parent is that you will still be woken up early by demands for milk, cuddles or a clean nappy (time to get that blackout blind back up on the children's bedroom window now the sun is up earlier). Not to mention that you'll be tidying up the mess in the kitchen for days afterwards. Unless of course, you manage to convince your partner or offspring to clean up after themselves. I've heard that does happen in some households...
Many of the clichés about parenting are true, and none more so than you don't fully appreciate your parents until you become one yourself. Until I became a mum, I pretty much took my mum for granted. Especially during my hormonal teenage years when I told her that now I was here her job was done (I'm pretty embarrassed to admit that now!). Clearly, her job wasn't and still isn't over.
Becoming a mum is the most amazing yet challenging thing ever. Nothing before it comes close. Before you have children you mock those whose lives changed when they produced a family. It's all they talk about, all they think about. Nappies, teething, first steps, first words. Who cares? And then,if you're lucky, it happens to you and BAM! You realise that your perspective has changed. Your children may not be all you talk about, but they are certainly what you think about most of the time.
My own journey to motherhood has been relatively smooth - the pain of labour aside! I know I'm very lucky to have two healthy and happy wee boys. But I have friends who haven't been so fortunate, who have struggled to conceive or experienced miscarriage or stillbirth. Apparently one in four women lose a baby during pregnancy and birth. It's part of the reason that I support the work of Tommy's charity, which funds research into pregnancy problems and provides information to parents.
Last week was the annual Tommy's Awards in central London and as usual it was both inspiring and emotional. Every year I am overwhelmed by the extraordinary stories of love, courage and hope. I presented the Champion Children awards to two gorgeous boys, Mason Checketts and Warwick Dumighan. Both were born too soon, but have made near-miracle recoveries to be happy, thriving little boys. They were so well behaved, I nearly swapped them for my own. As much as the boys impressed me, it was their parents that I really admired. To Mason's mum Natalie and Warwick's mum Leigh, I wish you both a Happy Mother's Day. They truly deserve celebration and recognition for all their hard work.
One last thing – a big thank you and an immense amount of love to my own Mum for putting up with me all these years!
How will you be celebrating Mother's Day this year? Will you be lucky enough to be treated to a breakfast in bed? Let us know by commenting below...
Kirsty McCabe writes her weekly column here on www.juniormagazine.co.uk. Follow us on Twitter: @juniormagazine and watch out for the hashtag #somethingfortheweekend every Friday to join in with the conversation
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