5 Things I Love About Being A Mother

5 Things I Love About Being A Mother…

1. Elfie’s Laugh. It is better than any music I’ve ever heard, a tinkly little noise. It makes me so happy.

2. Watching her grow. it’s amazing to step back every so often and think, I made this person.

3. Baby clothes. It’s almost as much fun shopping for Elfie as it is shopping for myself. Almost.

4. Cuddles. She’s never been a particularly cuddly baby so every time I get a hug from her it feels so special. Nothing smells better than the top of her head.

5. Being her Mama. It’s the best feeling in the world.


…And 5 Things I Don’t

1. Pregnancy. It’s a beautiful, wonderful gift of nature… after you’ve given birth. When you’re in the midst of pregnancy it’s all swollen feet, heartburn, piles, veiny boobs and hormones.

2. Temper tantrums. This is a new part of toddlerhood that we’ve been gifted with recently. It’s not fun.

3. Watching her grow. Looking back on photographs of her makes me realise how fast time is going; she isn’t a baby anymore and very soon she will be a little girl. SOB.

4. The relentlessness of it all. Cooking, cleaning, working, cooking, cleaning, cooking, cleaning, cleaning. It’s a never-ending domestic carousel. And sometimes it would be nice to get off for a while.

5. The sleep issue. I need way more sleep but I can’t get it. Ironically, when I’m away from Elfie and able to have a lie-in I wake early in the morning desperate to get back to her. The only time I can lie in is if she’s with her Daddy in the next room.


Would I recommend motherhood? Absolutely.

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  1. Aimee wrote:

    Aw, I love this! I’m scared at how quick my baby’s going to grow up & they’re not even here yet, haha.

    Elfie looks adorable, particularly in the second photos!
    Ah, I keep seeing cute babies EVERYWHERE!


    Posted 9.26.11 Reply
    • alice wrote:

      Being pregnant is the worst thing ever – I spent the whole time willing Elfie to get here QUICKER but then now she’s growing up I just want to stop that happening!! xx

      Posted 9.29.11 Reply
  2. Toffeeapple wrote:

    It does get better, I promise you Alice. I just had a visit from my baby girl only now she is 38 and we both survived the early years. It is worth very minute of your time together, even the Terrible Twos.

    Posted 9.26.11 Reply
    • alice wrote:

      I think i will be still calling E my baby girl when she is 38, too :)

      Posted 9.29.11 Reply
  3. Haha, funny that Toffeeapple mentioned the Terrible Twos. We are in the midst of it and I am NOT enjoying every second of it. She’s a mini Queenager!!
    Can’t believe how gorgeous Elfie looks. Shopping for her is bound to be fun.

    Posted 9.27.11 Reply
    • alice wrote:

      Queenager – I like it! We have definitely had some of our own Queenager moments recently….

      Posted 9.30.11 Reply
  4. Sarah Lynch wrote:

    Oh Elfie is adorable!

    Shopping for your children is guilt free shopping, I absolutely love it!

    I have to agree with you on the smell thing, I regularly sniff, quite ferociously during times of stress, the tops of my children’s heads, it’s the sweetest smell in the world, I adore it.

    Although my sister assures me it doesn’t last long and soon they’ll simply smell of sweat and Impulse, so make the most of it Alice… I am!

    Posted 9.27.11 Reply
    • alice wrote:


      Someone should bottle the smell of baby’s heads. Instant fortune!

      Posted 9.30.11 Reply
  5. Rose wrote:

    She’s so beautiful. This is a lovely (honest) and sweet post. xx

    Posted 10.3.11 Reply
    • alice wrote:

      Thank you Rose! x

      Posted 10.4.11 Reply
  6. debbie wrote:

    Gorgeous photos!

    Posted 10.5.11 Reply
  7. Abi wrote:

    I have no children and I must stop reading your blog RIGHT NOW, lest I cave to my broodiness and make it happen ASAP.

    Posted 1.25.12 Reply