Sunday, June 23, 2024

My toddler Florence turns 18 months previous


Florence is eighteen months previous right now (full-on toddler territory right here we come) and this vital milestone (to our household) has coincided with me feeling 100% myself once more mentally and bodily so please don’t lose hope mums and dads when you’re presently drowning within the trenches of parenthood as a result of I see you, I used to be you and there’s mild on the finish of the tunnel.

I really feel like this present turning level in my Matrescence journey (and there have been others from 10 months on prior to now the place I started therapeutic from an anxious being pregnant post-miscarriage, and a traumatic time across the finish of my third trimester and Florence’s start) has arisen from a fruits of extra constant sleep, settled hormones (good day progesterone) and discovering my stride as a mum of three (spanning a teen, tween and a toddler) with the assistance of my people, elevating my life from ‘survival mode’ to ‘beginning to thrive once more mode’. I work on evenings, shoot campaigns on weekends and have discovered a solution to work flexibly, well and with out lacking out on time with my child (and her brothers).

…Regardless of the sleep deprivation, wild hormones, battle with the parenting/ work juggle, the previous 18 months haven’t at all times been laborious and two feelings/ experiences might be exist on the similar time: you’ll be able to really feel utterly overwhelmed with accountability but in addition deeply in love with, and grateful in your child. I discovered myself laughing one minute, and crying the subsequent. Motherhood is a wild experience like no different. Deeply painful, heartwarmingly life-affirming and wondrous however tumultuous at instances too.

We’re unsurprisingly besotted with our longed-for, much-manifested, dream come true, Florence, who has taught us a lot in such a short while. Classes from Flo span: marvelling at sheep everytime you see them (which is loads now we’re up North), to sing and dance when the music strikes you, to share and concurrently steal meals when the chance arises, particularly smoked salmon (her fave). To kiss and hug these you like (I’ve by no means met a extra affectionate baby) and to ‘kick, kick, kick’ a soccer each single day!

Oh and gobble that dairy-free choc with abandon (her milk and egg allergy means it’s vegan choc all the best way).

Florence is brilliantly daring (she undoubtedly possesses Fundamental Character Vitality, waving at her child friends like a Royal baby, on the courses we attend, and at all times speeding to the primary stage in each Church Corridor we discover ourselves in!). Florence just isn’t a wallflower!

She’s additionally totally fearless (sliding down the larger slide within the park on her tummy face-down no much less, just lately) and seeing her innate confidence shine by means of that we’re all born with however life can put on down, makes me that bit braver to boot-and as protecting as ever to not let life tamper with Florence’s joie de vivre.

Motherhood makes even probably the most laid again amongst us (which wasn’t me to begin with) right into a overthinking worrier, it’s half and parcel of maintaining your children secure, a primitive response to giving life I suppose however I don’t wish to grownup from a spot of worry, I wish to be extra fearless. Extra Florence. So I might be.

Thanks Florence for lighting up our lives.

I do know you know the way liked you might be, I can see it in your completely happy eyes and beaming smile, within the love you unfold (the bear hugs you give), in the best way you dance and sing your means by means of life. You’re a moonbeam, a ray of sunshine, a delight.


Photographs taken on the lovely Coach Home and Stables at a current gifted keep.

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