8 Things I Never Thought I would Love about Motherhood

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8 Things I never thought I would Love about Motherhood – Before I became a mum, I didn’t have a single maternal bone in my body. The thought of a little sh*tting, screaming, vomiting monster taking over my life scared the crap out of me, and up to the age of 25, I wanted no part in it. I just didn’t feel like I had the nurturing nature or patience to mother a child. Not to mention that ear-piercing scream they all seemed to emit far too often, felt like a lightning strike to my brain.

So, when I finally became a mum, I found myself being quite surprised on many occasions by the things that I actually found strangely enjoyable. Things that now I’ve experienced, I would hate to be without.

So here are 8 things I never thought I would love about motherhood.

1. The sound of heavy breathing over a baby monitor.

I swear for my ovaries (if nothing else) this compares to listening to meditation music or Whale noises or the sound of gentle rain against a window. I love the sound of my child breathing. With some quiet murmuring in their sleep thrown in is just bliss.

2.The smell of your child after a bath.

I mean, the smell of my child, in general, is pretty awesome, I don’t know what it is but even after running around in the sun sweating all day, I could just bury my nose in her neck and take a big old sniff. Except for when she has a sh*tty nappy of course.
When she’s fresh out of a bath and in a clean pair of pyjamas – there is no better smell in the world.


3. Being a security blanket.

Most of the time my child is pushing me away. But when she’s taken a bit of tumble or didn’t like the look of a stranger or just feeling under the weather, there is no better feeling when all she wants is her mummy in those moments.
I can’t even bear to think about something happening to me which meant leaving her with no mummy to run to in moments of being scared or unsure. Honestly, the thought makes me feel sick.


4. Watching her figure things out on her own.

My little monster is nearly two and she’s been doing this for a while. She will sit on her own for 15 minutes (ish) at a time playing with a jigsaw or a shape sorter or even an empty tub she can put things in and put the lid back on (it really is the simple things). All the while I can see the cogs turning in her brain and it’s fascinating to watch. Knowing that everything she is doing is creating more of those all-important synapses (she doesn’t get her brains from me) in her brain is amazing.
Grow brain, Grow! (She will become a brain surgeon)

6. Watching her read.

I love books. I’ve always been a reader so the fact that my child loves books too is awesome. I’m ahead of the game with my little monster. I’ve crammed books down her throat since birth and I’m determined she will love books as much as I do. And, I don’t mean a Kindle, I mean the smell, sound, and feel of a physical book.


7. Naked baby.

The best part of bath time for me is stripping my little monster naked and letting her run wild around the house while I shout, “naked baby!” repeatedly. She finds it hilarious as she’s screaming and running around patting her naked belly in excitement. And there’s nothing better than hearing your child’s excited giggles.
If only we could all get away with running around naked.

8. Knowing she missed me.

When my toddler started nursery one day a week, it took me a while to get used to the ‘drop off’. She cried when dropping her off for a good few weeks. But as she started to get used to it and seemed to enjoy going in, I found I was still struggling and hated handing her over.
But the look on her face when she looks up and sees me standing there ready to take her home at the end of the day is worth it all; the tears and tantrums, the gut-wrenching guilt you get on their first day, your own tears of not wanting to walk away but knowing you have to. There’s no other way to describe that look then just pure unconditional love. 

And it fills my heart to bursting.


(22) Comments

  1. All such wonderful toings that make you feel whole as a parent #KCACOLS

    1. One Clueless Mum says:

      Absolutely, makes all the hard times completely worth it.

  2. It’s funny how those little screaming monsters, quickly wrap you around their little finger. I used to love smelling the girls heads when they were new borns (weird I know) and then when they started to talk and all the cute little words they used to say that were wrong (my youngest used to say pootfrints, instead of footprints). Carry on enjoying all the simple things, mine are teens now, not so cute, but still very entertaining 🙂


    1. One Clueless Mum says:

      They certainly do wrap you around their little fingers, along with their grandparents too 😆
      Thanks for commenting.

  3. The little things about motherhood are so captivating. I love my kids’ hugs, kisses, and little I love yous! Cuddling with them is another biggy in my book. #KCACOLS

    1. One Clueless Mum says:

      Absolutely, my toddler never used to be very cuddly and just got annoyed when we tried. But now she is and I love it. Thanks for commenting.

  4. I loved everything about being a mother so much that when my baby making days were over, I became a registered child minder and became a second mother to some of the children #stayclassymama@_karendennis

    1. One Clueless Mum says:

      Amazing. You must have a very caring and patient nature. 😊

  5. There is something special about the way they smell when little and clean….and not when they’re teens – hehehehe #StayClassyMama

  6. Found this really poignant now I have three teenagers one of whom left home last month to live overseas too to compound things. I hope to see a loving look on his face when we meet again #StayClassyMama

    1. One Clueless Mum says:

      I can’t even think about the day they leave home. You must miss him terribly.

  7. I couldn’t agree more. It’s funny isn’t it how you can be so unmaternal pre-children and then when they arrive it all kicks in! #kcacols

    1. One Clueless Mum says:

      Absolutely, took me by complete surprise.
      Thanks for commenting!😊

  8. Love these! We do the ‘naked baby’ thing too. And yes, I love the way my LO smells. Little things mean a lot. #KCACOLS

    1. One Clueless Mum says:

      ‘Naked Baby’ is so funny. Especially when they get all giddy and run around like lunatics 😂

  9. Oh this is so lovely! My daughter smells of butter and flour and I absolutely love it! x #KCACOLS

    1. One Clueless Mum says:

      Thank you. The smell of your own kids is just the best, isn’t it.

  10. This was such a lovely post to read and just what I needed after a particularly dreadful day with my youngest whinging for 10 hours straight! #stayclassymama

    1. One Clueless Mum says:

      Aww im so glad you enjoyed it. They do like to test us don’t they. I hope you have a better day tomorrow.

  11. Naked baby and toddlers are brill. I love their little bums. Also, I get you on the breathing, it’s very soothing. Thanks for linking up with #kcacols, hope you can come back next time.

    1. One Clueless Mum says:

      Thanks for having me. Great linky! I’m sure you’ll see me next time.

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