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.
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).
– There will be one winner
– I will pass the winners details along to the company in order for them to send out the prize.