Wednesday, 8 March 2017

My Mum Moments with Hotel Chocolat and win a Mother's Day Sleekster

Hotel Chocolat asked me to do something a bit different, this year, rather than just reviewing one of their products they've asked me to share my 'Mum Moments' with you. They very kindly sent me their Mother's Day Sleekster box, which I will enjoy, as well as asking me to run a giveaway for one of you to win a Sleekster too! If you want to enter the giveaway then you'll find out how later on in the post, I look forward to hearing some of your Mum Moments too. 


When you have two children, and a step child, and have been a Mum for almost 7 years, it can be very hard to narrow down just a few of those moments that sum up motherhood for you. And it's certainly nice to think back over them all.

I think one of the memories that will stick in my mind forever is the first time that Ethan met Oliver. Having been an only child for almost 6 years he had been asking for a little brother or sister for so long. We knew that he wouldn't really understand the implications of having a tiny baby in the house, but he was so excited to have a baby brother (after accepting he wasn't having a sister) that it added to the pregnancy, he had his own excitement whilst we had ours. 

When we had Oliver we knew, roughly, when he was going to be born as I was able to pick a date to start the induction process. This made everything a little easier as it meant we could arrange for Ethan to be in Devon whilst I'd be in hospital which meant he had a nice holiday (it was half term) with his cousins, we didn't need to worry about child care and we could have a couple of days to settle in with the new baby before needing to worry about two children at once. 


When Ethan got home he was so quiet, tiptoeing around the house and talking in the most quiet of tones. He crept in to the room where Oliver was asleep in his moses basket and he just stood there, with his hands over his mouth, as though he were in shock. After a few minutes he went and sat on the arm of the sofa and that's where he stayed for quite some time just staring at his tiny, baby brother. 

It didn't take long before Ethan stopped tiptoing around, he's not the quietest child, and he has to remember to be careful around his brother, but there's no denying their bond. When Ethan comes home from school Oliver gets so excited, when they laugh together there's no stopping them and when Oliver tries to say Ethan's name and comes out with 'EeeeeeeeeYA' it's just proper heart melting stuff. 



Of course I have had so many Mum Moments with both of them individually, I was lucky to have Ethan for almost 6 years before he had to start sharing his time with me and there's been a lifetime of moments such as his discovering Thomas the Tank engine for the first time and being enraptured, the first time he saw a 3D tv and tried to touch the things that were coming towards him in the glasses, when I realised he shared my love of books, when he smiled for the first time and his first words.

And I'm getting to experience all of these things all over again with Oliver, he said the word book, today, and that certainly put a smile on my face, every time he says Mama it's the most beautiful sound and he has the most infectious laugh - The moments really don't stop, even now that Ethan is older, and not always the easiest of children, he comes out with the funniest, and the sweetest things. There's so many elements to being a Mum but experiencing new things with them and seeing them learn about the world is just fantastic.

I know this has been a bit of a soppy post, and I could've told you about some much more amusing Mum moments, or some tear-your-hair out frustrating moments, but anyone with children knows how hard it can be, and I wanted to focus on the good stuff for a bit. That said, I won't lie, an evening with a book and a bit of chocolate is sometimes the perfect end to a hard day and I'm sure you'll agree. 

If you'd like to win the Hotel Chocolate 'Mother's Day Sleekster' to indulge in at the end of a fun, or difficult, day of parenting, or to gift to someone who may need that chocolatey hit, then keep on reading. 


You can be absolutely sure that I won't be waiting until Mother's Day to dig in to my box - The flavours included are: Raspberry Smoothie, Supermilk Caesar, Fudge Sundae, Carrot Cake, Cherry Deluxe, Caramel Cheesecake, The Brownie, Florentine Isabelle, Peanut Butter, Eton Mess, Dizzy Praline, Billionaire's Shortbread, Going Nuts, Mousse Au Chocolat and Champagne. Quite the impressive range, I'm sure you'll agree. 

To enter the giveaway use the Rafflecopter below, for the comment option you'll need to tell me your Mum Moment, it can be silly or soppy or anything you feel like (and of course I won't exclude anyone, if you just want to enjoy some chocolate and are a Dad, a Nan, an Aunt, an Uncle or even a furbaby parent then just share something you've enjoyed. If you really have had no interaction with children at all then tell me what brightened your day this week). 


- You must be 18 or over to enter the giveaway
- The Giveaway is open to the UK only. 
- The winner will be picked, randomly, via Rafflecopter
- There will be one winner
- The winner will have 28 days to respond to my email informing them of the win, if they do not respond another winner will be drawn.
- I will pass the winners details along to the company in order for them to send out the prize. 
- The winner will win the Hotel chocolat Mother's Day Sleekster.  
- The giveaway runs until midnight on 16th March 2017.

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131 comments:

  1. I have the best Mum ever - last Sunday she surprised me by booking a holiday to Spain for all of us - we're so excited and very thankful x

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  2. Becoming a mam for the first time! I gave birth to my first and eldest son naturally and held him in my arms within seconds of his birth – it was magical!

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  3. My mum is incredible and every moment we spend together is a memory I cherish, especially our afternoon teas and chats

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  4. Becoming a Mom myself, when I realised how much just how much love and pride that my Mom must have for me!! Its so precious.

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  5. Always there with great advice, support and love... :)

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  6. my little boy making me smile each and every day

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  7. My moment is mum making me birthday cakes (& still does now)

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  8. my aunt, who has always been like a mother to me always surprises me with ways she shows she cares. two days ago i found a note on my car saying she loves me, she must have popped it there on her way to work x

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  9. Every day has a new challenge - so yesterday I was trying to get my Son to understand empathy and compassion for another boy in his class, no always easy.

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  10. Giving birth at the age of 39, I had almost given up hope of ever having my own baby and that moment was the best ever.

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  11. My mum moment is having my kiddies either side of my while watching a film - my little world :-)

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  12. My favourite mum moment was when I was little my mum created so many happy memories to last a life time! We loved to go out on our bikes and stop for little picnics along the way! I just have too many moments to share

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  13. One of my favourites was when I searched high and low for my little boy's shoes. I found them in the fridge. His feet had been hot!

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  14. The first time my daughter went away with school for a week to seahouses Northumberland I was more nervous than her! She brought me a little toadstool ornament back I still treasure it 30 years later

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  15. My Mum uprooting from her house and town of 40 years to move closer to me to help and support me!

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  16. My mom moment was having our baby boy, ended in a c - section but that moment they passed him to my husband next to me, seeing him hold our baby just melted my heart x

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  17. meeting up with my Mum every friday for coffee and a good catch up

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  18. As a mum, although life can be hard at times, my children do make me proud especially when I hear how hard they work at school.

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  19. I'm not a mum but I love takingout rescue dogs from my local animal shelter for walks each day. It brightens up my week and I feel like I'm a mum to them all

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  20. My mum is amazing she makes the best cheese and tomato sandwiches.

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  21. My mum has just celebrated her 80th birthday and still runs around looking after everyone.

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  22. I gave my son, who has Asperger's, a series of reminders and he said to me "Mum! Stop trying to micro manage me!"

    Coming from someone who can't even pick something to eat off a menu, it was hilarious!

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  23. My Mum moment this week is finding my Mum the perfect Mother's Day present!!! :D

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  24. I have to find a way to stop my regular mum moments of mine getting into strangers cars when they pull up thinking it's her taxi ;)

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  25. catching my son in the bathroom shaving for the first time the other night

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  26. My mum is awesome she is great with my children. She took them to swimming today :) @bexallum on twitter.

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  27. My mum moment. My favourite is a childhood memory when she spent hours probably days patiently teaching me to sew.

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  28. becoming a Grandad has changed my life, I love it! I am so proud of mu Daughter who is a fabulous Mum to our little chap.

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  29. Just a simple smile on a bad day

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  30. After having a very hard few months and not spending any time with my husband due to him having to work lots to pay the bills, My mum is driving 4 hours to pick my boys up for the weekend so my husband and myself can spend the weekend celebrating our anniversary. A angel in disguise as my mum

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  31. I have so many great aunt moments. It was amazing when I became an auntie and then became one an again. Recently a special moment was hearing my 2 year old niece singing to herself, "Kaaatieee, Kaaatieee, I love Kaaatieee". Made my heart melt.

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  32. Last year me and my daughter went on a Spa weekend to celebrate her 16th birthday, we went to Cardiff it was so lovely, we went to Cardiff castle, had a 4 course meal, and lots of laughs , I am so proud of the women she is becoming, I love her so much x

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  33. My mum moment was telling my mum that she was going to be a grandma!

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  34. Being told by my children 'I love you mum'

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  35. Getting big hugs from my children is my mum moment.

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  36. There are so many special mum moments with my daughters, holding them for the first time and being told it's twins in my second pregnancy were amazing

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  37. my mum moment is every time they make me laugh I smile to myself at how proud of them I am!

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  38. I always loved getting a big hug and a kiss from my mom when things went wrong or I got hurt. It was like a wonderful balm that would heal me and make everything better again x :)

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  39. love watching my kids excel in sports

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  40. Those first steps gave me a huge buzz can almost see those huge bewildered eyes they make when walking first time

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  41. Listening to my daughter play the violin makes me very proud

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  42. The moment when my wife gave birth and became a mum, and my own mum was there with us. It was very emotional!

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  43. I'm having a pretty rough week so far, my boy has been sick on & off since Monday evening :(
    When he is well I love to watch him read as he is just learning and I find it amazing.

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  44. For me a favourite mum's moment would be my mum's sense of humour, even though she will be approaching the grand age of 80 this year, she still has a great sense of humour and wit.

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  45. I became a grandmother for the first time this January and last month travelled over to see my beautiful granddaughter for the first time.It really was a magical moment as she is the first girl in my family to be born since i was born!

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  46. Spending time with my mum always cheers me up, she is such a wonderful woman

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  47. When my twins were born 22 years ago this year! but it truly feels like 5 minutes ago!

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  48. Hugging my sons when I towered over them and now being hugged by them when they tower over me.

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  49. My mum teaching me to ride a bike - she made sure I never gave up!

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  50. Some of my favourite Mummy moments are when my children leave me little love notes or inspiring messages - my daughter is particularly thoughtful and often if I'm having a bad day I'll go upstairs later and find that she's left me a little note about how wonderful I am on my pillow.

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  51. my little one picked me a snowdrop this week, it was a very sweet moment

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  52. I'm about to become a mum again in 4 weeks, I'm enjoying some quality time with my boys before my time is taken up with my gorgeous new arrival

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  53. My nan was/is the best ever. She took me to dancing classes three times a week, music lessons, brownies and nothing was ever too much trouble for her. We still have a close relationship to this day and is my best friend!

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  54. family holidays when i was young because the memories always remain

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  55. When I brought home my second child my main hope was that my first child wouldn’t hate her (and me). I also hoped he wouldn’t smother her if I left the room and wouldn’t throw matchbox cars at her head. Never did I imagine that they’d actually like each other! If there is one thing more adorable than the uncontrollable giggle of a small child it is the uncontrollable giggles of two. Especially when they are laughing at each other. He loves nothing more then playing with and watching over his little sister. Makes me so proud.

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  56. Its got to be grandsons jokes they are so crap they are funny

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  57. Listening to my son explain things to others exactly the same as I would - he is such a mini-me!!

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  58. My mum moment has to be when i was living away and had not seen her for a year, when i came through the airport and got to see her beautiful face again and smell her beautiful scent that was my mum moment

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  59. I have so many favourite mum moments, my son broke both wrists this week and my two little girls have been helping me take care of him because they see mummy is tired... they have really helped make things better.

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  60. This week my son emailed me just to say he loves me, now that's a Mum moment!

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  61. Taking my daughter clothes shopping and being able to treat her to a new outfit. Her saying, 'Thanks mum' is priceless :)

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  62. I love being a mum very moment, but one of my proudest moments was finding out my daughter had passed all her GCSEs with fantastic grades.

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  63. Hearing me kids giggles makes me smile.

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  64. Hearing my mum's laughter when we reminisce about the daft things we've done

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  65. my 15 month grand daughter 'signed 'my birthday card,it was a moment!

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  66. My mum visited me when I was living in Minnesota which was a big journey for her and she bravely did it all on her own and didn't panic when the plane broke down on the runway when she was leaving to go home! We were watching from the terminal and we saw a man with a huge crowbar beating one of the engines on the plane. Eventually they got the plane started for its long transatlantic flight and there were no mishaps, thank goodness!!!

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  67. So many special times, difficult to choose just one,but going for walks with the older ones holding onto the buggy with the little one were very special

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  68. One of my favourite mom moments was when my son was 6, half way through his Christmas assembly, he stopped the performances, waving at me with a big smile on his face.

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  69. Baking with my mum makes me smile and laugh! (@PeanutHog)

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  70. Watching my little girl discover things while walking in the woods!

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  71. Getting to watch all the kids cartoons with no shame is a pretty good mum moment!

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  72. Seeing my baby smile when i pretend to sneeze

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  73. Having a Rainbow Dash makeover from my 4 and 6 year olds with facepaints :)

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  74. Having 'picnic teas' on a Sunday afternoon :)

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  75. To be a bit different - my furbaby mum moment! It was a few years ago now, I fell out of bed and couldn't move - I was on my own and couldn't reach a phone or anything. My little Papillon refused to leave my side, curled up beside me and licked me until someone arrived to help.

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  76. I have no children but I am an auntie. My favourite moment with my nephew is making him absolutely giggle with laughter with my 'chocolate dance' (he's obsessed with chocolate - like most people). It really was just shaking his chocolate bar around and pretending to hula hoop! Silly child :'D

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  77. I don't have a mum moment I have a life time of them :) x

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  78. My son is obsessed with gymnastics so when he was picked to join the boy squad and win his first medal he was over the moon and I was so proud of him

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  79. i just love to see my children enjoying playing together and helping each other

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  80. Having a brief but pleasurabe visit from my mum to help with the lambing.

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  81. When my boy won a prize at school, I was just so proud of him.

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  82. My special mam moment is the first time I met the little boy who we went on to adopt. I walked in the room and said hello. He screamed, jumped on his foster mothers knee and hid his face. After a while he started giggling, then ran and jumped on my knee. He give me a kiss and cuddled me then asked if I was his forever mummy. I could feel the tears welling up, but had been prewarned not to cry because he would think that I did not like him.

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  83. when my son's were singing in the nativity play x such a proud moment x

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  84. The simple things in life the smile you get when you pick them up from school, the thank you mam i love you when you tuck them in at night, the silly things they say and do that makes you laugh.

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  85. Our trip to Brighton. Great little memories made together.

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  86. Having a spa day with mum . Being pampered for the whole day

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  87. My Mum moments are when she makes me laugh. Like when she thought the Pied Piper ended the Plage by leading all the rats out of London!

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  88. My best ever Mum moment was when I was 19 and became a Mum to my now 20 year old daughter.
    I fell in love with her as soon as I saw her and she makes me smile everyday.
    My daughter is my one in a million and my best friend!

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  89. My mum supporting me through my current dance competition

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  90. When I visit for a weekend and mum cooks all of my favourite meals :)

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  91. every summer school hols me and my mum take my children to a caravan holiday just us i enjoy mum time and also watching kids with there nan making lots of happy memories for there future

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  92. ive been cheered up this week when I went to my childrens parents evening and was told that they are achieving above average. made me so proud

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  93. I love cuddling with my littles. They're my favourite Mum moments.

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  94. I am not a mum but I love my mum so much. I will never forget all the fun we had on snow days when we would go sledging and build a snow man. Happy times.x

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  95. My son was in verbal for a long time, nothing will compare to how I felt

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  96. we have a new baby daughter and I was so proud when her big brother and sister met her for the first time, so amazing how in love and protective they instantly became, an absolutely priceless moment

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  97. Realising that only I can change my life has brightened my week

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  98. Lying next to my newborn thinking "I am responsible for you for the rest of my life" wonderful but daunting!

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  99. Being available to drop everything when one of my three grown up daughters need me. All left home and have partners but sometimes 'Only mum will do' I feel bless everyday xx

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  100. Our cuddles and chats before bedtime :)

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  101. Not a mum yet but I have the best role model. My mum and I have had mum and me days since I was little. A day doing something nice just the two of us. I think it's one of the reasons we are so close xx

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  102. My new baby grandson arrived this week, a whopping 9lb 9oz!

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  103. A big hug and a kiss always brightens my day :)

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  104. Watching my two boys play, there are times they really don't get on but when they play together nicely it warms my heart!

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  105. My youngest won a prize for being the best reader in his year, that made me proud :)

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  106. Watching my kids play with my mum in her garden! ��

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  107. Talking about the times when I was a terraway teenager !!

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  108. the extra big hugs before bedtime

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  109. I remember my mum trying to make my favourite icecream, pistachio nut flavour because they stopped selling it in the shops.

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  110. Had a fab week, no problems, for a change!

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  111. I got a big hug from my niece :)

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  112. No one believes me but it's true, when my daughter was born she was held up to me and looked me straight in the eye. My husband even got a photo, it was incredible. It made the pain all worth it!!
    @fionaseaeagle

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  113. Watching my boys every day as the play and explore.

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  114. My daughter wrote me a letter telling me how much she loved me this week 🎶

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  115. Cuddles at night night time

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  116. having a heart to heart with my mum over coffee + hopefully munching yummy chocolates

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  117. I took my mum to NY that was amazing and being able to give back to her was fantastic

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  118. My Mums been through such a lot in these last few years. But even during some of her harder times, she's always been there to support me through my own highs and lows.

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  119. My Mum moment is when my (three) daughters all ring me at the same time, from different parts of the country. happens all the time! We call it a 'Chick Fest'! :)

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  120. Going to an 80's pop music concert at a local park with my mum. Our taste in music brings us together.

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  121. Seeing my daughter on stage for the first time, it was so heart warming xx

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  122. My mum moment is when my mum helped me through a difficult time while she was dying, I'll never forget it. I never got to say goodbye and it kills me everyday. My sons help me through it and I'm glad she got to meet at least one of them before she passed

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  123. lynsey Buchanan16 March 2017 at 23:47

    My Mum Moment was when my daughter was born and I seen her face for the first time and the feeling of overpowering love that washed over me.

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  124. Cuddle time is always a special moment! :)

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