Despite the fact that body language says more than words, despite the fact that you can clearly understand your child without words and despite the fact that there is not need for a philosophical discussion at 18 months, all parents want their children to start talking as soon as possible. I was the same and maybe I still am, but am I prepared for it? When the twins will start talking they will feel so grown up. Will I feel sad rather than glad?
Why am I thinking about it tonight? Well, after 17 months and 29 days, finally T called me “mamma” for the first time.
It was a bittersweet moment. On one hand I was exploding with joy and all I wanted to do was hug him and kiss him, on the other hand I looked at my little baby and saw a toddler, a child, a teenager, an adult… I panicked! He talks, he is so old. I could see him about to go to his first interview and use his brilliant communication skills to land his dream job!
Ok, maybe I am exaggerating a little bit, but it is really strange when you are used to random sounds to finally hear a real word. If that word is MUM it’s even stranger. One thing is certain, I am now asking “who am I?” to T every 3 minutes… I wouldn’t want him to forget, would I?
The twins are almost a year old, but I can still remember my life before babies. These are 10 things which I would have never done 12 months ago, but I do regularly now!
1 – Eating fish fingers for dinner. When you don’t want to cook two different dinners, they always work!
2 – Talking about poo… no further comments needed.
3 – Sit in a ball pit. Although I have to admit that it tends to overflow when I sit in it!
4 – Going around with a teething gel in my pocket. It used to be paracetamol or something useful against headaches, but now I don’t have time to have a headache anymore.
5 – Having a cardboard castle in my living room!
6 – Singing Old McDonald’s Farm. Out loud. In a public place. In front of strangers. With a smile on my face!
7 – Having a cup of tea when you have time for it, not because you want one. Not sure you can really understand the tragedy of this, unless you’re English or live in the UK.
8 – Being late for everything. Despite all my strength and all of my organisational skills, I can’t seem to be on time anymore. What’s make it worse for me, it is that my previous life I used to be always early. So I guess that in a way things haven’t changed much: I never did and I never will arrive at the right time.
9 – Knowing how to tell the time depending on the cartoon on the kids channel, not by using a watch.
10 – Writing a blog. I guess that despite everything, my life wasn’t that interesting up to 12 months ago then.
1- You don’t buy wipes at the supermarket like everyone else, you have an Amazon monthly standing order.
2- Nappies are bought in bulk of at least 150. The 25 nappies pack is the equivalent of a shot on a pub crawl.
3- Your pushchair weighs 30 kg… without any babies on it.
4- You obviously have two of everything: toys, spoons, car seats, coats, bath toys, except for the mum… There is only one!
5- Even after they start sleeping through the night, the bags under your eyes still touch the floor.