The unplanned mum – The young mum – The unmarried mum – The bottle feeding mum – The PND mum – The attachment parenting mum – The co-sleeping mum – The married mum – The pregnant again mum – The breastfeeding mum – The mum of two under two – The sleep deprived mum – The working mum – The pumping mum – The mum who forgets what day it is – The wife and mum – The dependant pass mum – The stay at home mum – The home schooling mum – The blogging mum
I am, and have been, all of these versions of the word m-u-m
But I’m never just mum. A mum. The mum. None of us are. My kids don’t even call me mum. To them I am either mama, maaaaamaaaaa or MUMMY! I am their mother biologically and their everything for anything else. I wipe bottoms, make food, wash and rewash favourite outfits in super quick time. I hold enough random facts and information about my offspring to write an encyclopedia all about them. And I am aware that everything I know of them today might change tomorrow. But when I wake up in the morning, when a little hand tugs at my arm to get up, to sort the tv out, to clean up sleepy accidents or to make bwekfast, I do so (for the most part) willingly.
I say willingly because, let’s face it, there’s no wake up quite like the hollering of a four year old with an unspecified but toilet related incident that needs attending to. At 6am.
So whether you are a Mama, Mum, Mummy, or Muvva, here are five of my favourite Friday picks to celebrate you getting up, getting on with it, and getting through each day like a wonder woman.
(all images are clickable, with international delivery available, and leaving plenty of time for Christmas shopping…. this is NOT a sponsored post)
From online store The Bee And The Fox comes this gorgeous tshirt. You can also get teeny weeny versions with “baby bird” as the caption. So. Many. Ahhh’s. In case you get excited and don’t read the small print, this style comes up v.small so order up one size for a fitted look, and two sizes up for some room.
There are actually so many tshirts to choose from, it took me a while to settle on this one. The “Mama Bear” comes a (very) close second. Baby bears also available.
Ovaries can’t cope with the overload of cuteness though.
Image Source: The Bee And The Fox
Ok so technically this is a mother-child gift set. You can just buy the mother version. Or the child version. But the pairing is just so lovely. In fact, Clara and I got a set for her birthday this year, because let’s face it, her coming into the world was kiiiind of thanks to me.
Just like The Bee And The Fox, Lennebelle Petites does an amazing variety of mother-child related gifts (jewellery though). And again, it’s tricky settling on just one style.
Also, just have to say, the packaging of these bracelets will melt you. I mean, seriously, it is STUNNING. I don’t want to spoil the surprise for you, but I will anyway. They come in two little test tubes (sounds weird but looks gorgeous), in a box with the two next to each other, all wrapped in pretty tissue paper. And the captions in the box…well, I’ll leave that as a surprise. But I love everything about this brand.
Image Source: Lennebelle Petites
Not technically a Mum top (but another top, sorry!). Winging It could refer to many aspects of life. None more so than parenting, if we’re being honest though. The FMLY Store do a pretty exhaustive collection of parenting and non-parenting stuff. I have a mother slub already. Next on my list is either this “winging it” tshirt or the dusky pink “human” slub.
Karl, take note.
Also, cannot mention The FMLY Store without talking about all the good they do. Check out their #GoodTees campaign which has donated over £313,000 to charities as of December 2016. And all you and I have to do is purchase some quality threads (literally they wash and tumble over and over and over).
Image Source: The FMLY Store
When Anna Whitehouse of Mother Pukka writes a book about parenting, you know it’s going to be absolute gem. I don’t really know what else to say about this other than if you don’t already follow Anna on Instagram (@mother_pukka) then it may not make ALOT of sense at first. But get to know Anna and her husband Matt (and of course Mae and baby Eve aka Stevie), and this book is kind of essential, funny, 5 minutes peace reading.
If you’re not familiar with Anna, she’s a legit force to be reckoned with. One of the “Instamums” recently discussed on a certain Mumsnet thread, but also ballsy enough to wade into the discussion and talk it out with the hordes. Of course this is nothing surprising given that right now she’s got bigger things to deal with. Namely the UK Government, fighting for flexible working rights for everyone (not just parents), and arguing it all out in a way that makes total logical sense in amongst the normally bamboozling political world of middle aged white blokes who don’t give a stuff.
Also has a very cool Mother herself (also on Instagram under the guise of @grandmother_pukka) who dishes out GREAT life advice. Usually involving having a cup of tea and a biscuit.
Image Source: Amazon
I wouldn’t normally get all hyped about a slack jym on a Friday night. Doesn’t exactly sound appealing. But then THESE slack jym’s have mum’s night off written all over them. Not literally. But you can up the ante by buying mini matching versions for the mini matching people in your life. Even teeny little baby gro’s. Sleepover goals. With or without aforementioned mini people.
Again. Ovaries are struggling to cope. Cuteness levels have peaked. Send help.
The Bright Company have a brilliant online store that focuses on the most elusive of parenting goals…SLEEP. From snazzy jammies to bedroom decorations and blankets, TBC have you covered. All organic and super soft they are the ultimate in going matchy matchy family. If there was an official uniform for Friday nights in front of a movie with a big bowl of popcorn, and a little person or two falling asleep on your lap, The Bright Company would have you covered.
Image Source: The Bright Company