S absolutely loves stickers. When I was potty training, I used a sticker chart which really worked for us. His teacher at nursery inspired the idea because it was something they were doing there and I thought I’d carry it on at home. The other day he handed me a sticker and said “Mama, a sticker for your hard work.” I smiled and took it and the more I thought about it, I realised, we mama’s, we totally deserve it! And I don’t believe mothers give themselves enough credit for what they do and how hard they work.
So to all my mama’s out there, here’s a sticker for YOU, for everything.
For carrying and loving a baby for 9 months, giving birth, feeding, the emotions, the hormones, the sleepless nights.
For the shushing and patting, the rocking and the swaying. For their tears and ours!
For the colic and the gas. For walking our babies around in pushchairs to fall asleep, for driving our babies around to fall asleep. For the singing and humming, the lullaby’s and the nursery rhymes.
For the burping, the spit up and the pooing. Hell I’ve had poo all down my pyjamas, I think I deserve a sticker.
For the weaning, the steaming, picking pasta off their hair, picking pasta off the floor.
For the mess and the pureeing, for the bad backs bent over bath tubs, nights spent worrying about fevers and days spent worrying about naps.
For the classes and the songs. Because you know every nursery rhyme back to front.
For the Lego you have bought and the towers you have built. For the books that you read every night and the gadgets that you buy to make life that little bit easier.
For the ouchies that you’ve kissed better, for the tears you’ve wiped away.
For every time you woke in the night and every time you were woken before day break.
For the tantrums and the whining, the indecisiveness and the mind changing.
YOU, my fellow mama, deserve a sticker…for all your hard work! Because even though you don’t realise it, YOU ARE DOING A GREAT JOB!!
We do it for the love, the kisses, the cuddles, the “I love you mama’s” and the hugs (oh the hugs are the best!) but it doesn’t mean it’s easy. It just means it’s totally worth it!