Talking of friends is a subject which can make me get very soppy (so apologies for that) but I really do have the most amazing support network of friends. Some are friends who I’ve known since my wilder drinking social hand grenade days some are new and got to know me as Arthur’s mum but all have helped me survive, enjoy and love the first year as a mother.
So this is me saying thank you! To the people who got me through the first few really tough months, that supported my breastfeeding journey when it was looking doubtful to continue….to the late/all night Facebook messages, the hugs and of course the cabbage and lanolin deliveries!
To the people who made the baby groups so fun, to not judging my singing (at least not to my face) and helped me with all the signs….”say hello…..”
To the people who’s names I never knew, but who’s little acts of kindness have stayed with me. The sympathetic look when he was having a baby meltdown in the shop, or helping me with doing the buckle on the baby carrier to name only a couple. You reminded me that the little things do matter and can brighten someone’s day when they’ve had enough!
The far away friends who have given so much love from wherever they are. Sometimes text was the easiest way to ask for help and I was so lucky in having so many people who were always there at the other end. Although I am now the far away friend to everyone, I hope I can be there for you all as much as you were there for me.
And of course my tea drinking/cake eating/wine popping friends. Thank you for laughing with me, crying with me, and being the most amazing support network.
Motherhood is definitely not a one woman job, you have all helped and supported me in being the mother I wanted to be and have helped me raise the most amazing little boy. His achievements are thanks to you all as well, so on Saturday when I celebrate his first birthday I will be raising a toast to you all