Mother’s Day is just around the corner, so Pampers and I thought it would be great to partner up and spoil a new or expecting mom, with some nappies! Considering that in just over a month, my first-born will take on his new role as a big brother, I wanted to write him a letter to share the things that have changed since he made me a mom.
1. I can no longer leave a shop without buying something for you
Before you, I would spend hours walking through stores in search of a new maxi dress, pretty shoes, or a new lipstick. I’d shop for the sake of shopping and not because I really needed anything but just because I wanted something new. These days, I’ve long forgotten what it’s like to shop without my toddler son running through the bra aisle, pulling down things as you go. I don’t really miss the loneliness of shopping, in fact, even when I have a moment to spare and am on the the search for a new pair of pants (because you’ve managed to stain all my others), I end up leaving the store with 3 new dinosaur shirts for you, and most likely, no new pants.
2. I learnt to laugh at farts and burps
I was adamant that we weren’t going to do this, but sometimes, I just have to know when to pick my battles. Farts and burps (farts from your mouth) used to be disgusting and I’d shake my head in disapproval to anyone who’d find fart jokes funny. But now that I have you, (and another little boy on the way) there’s no way to avoid it. I’m not too sure why you find it so funny, but the way your face lights up, as you fall to the ground laughing at the sound of your own fart is really quite something and sort of contagious.
3. I learnt that Hot Wheels, dinosaurs and planes are the best toys ever
My childhood was all about dollies, playing school and dressing up, but with you, I get to relive childhood experiences that I never had. Hot Wheels are easily the coolest cars around, as much as standing on them at 2am hurts, I still love all the ramps, tracks, cars, and hours that we have spent racing them and creating daring scenarios. I never knew the difference between a Tyrannosaurus Rex and Terrodactyl, but you’ve taught me all about the different dinosaurs, what they eat, and why they’re only the coolest creatures to roam the world. Planes and helicopters can lift things 20 times bigger than themselves, well, that’s according to you anyway! I love how even when we don’t have planes to play with, you can turn your hands into a pair of planes who crash, fly past each other and occasionally shoot at one another.
4. I learnt to be okay with a tiny person walking into the bathroom, to have a casual chat
When I took on my new role as your mom, I said goodbye to any sense of privacy. I mean, when you were a newborn I barely had time to go to the loo, but now that you’re older, you’ve quickly learnt that you can just pop in, to say hi, or ask life’s greatest questions. I’ve actually timed it, to see just how long it takes you to realize I’ve left the room, before you start chanting “mom” at the door. (Hint: you only need one hand to count that far!)
5. I learnt to eat a chocolate without the wrapper making any sound
You may not have gotten any of my looks, but you sure did get my love for chocolate. I mean, I can buy you your own, but if you spot that I’ve saved mine for later, I can bet that you’ll be sure to scoff it, too! So, since having you, I’ve mastered a new talent – it took some time but I’m like a pro now! Yep, I’m not ashamed of hiding chocolates in my sleeve or pocket, to sneak a nibble while you’re looking away.
6. I became fierce
Usually one to shy from confrontation, I’ve very quickly taken on the persona of a momma lioness, ready to protect her cubs. Whether in the kiddy’s play room, at a family braai, online, or when I’m inevitably called in at your school because of your hair, you can always count on me to be in your corner.
7. I learnt to celebrate a sale on Pampers nappies
I used to think your granny was mad, filling our car boot with Pampers nappies that she’d found on sale, for your aunt. But thanks to you, I too have been known to drive from store to store, stocking up on the best Pampers deals. Better yet, I’ll even queue for them! That’s not even the craziest nappy story that I have! Your dad and I have celebrated poop nappies by breaking out in song and cheer, we have discussed how many nappies you’ve gone through while having dinner at a restaurant, oh… I also have a morning nappy changing song (don’t worry, I’ll save it for your 21st!) and your dog happens to love chewing open your nappies too. Yep, for the last 3 years, lots has changed but Pampers is pretty much our biggest consistency.
8. I never take sleep for granted anymore
There used to be a time when I’d stay up until the early hours of the morning, just because. These days, just the sign of your eyes starting to droop is enough for me to spring in to my PJs, so I can soak up every minute of your sleeping bliss, by sleeping too.
9. I learnt to make a big deal over the small things
Before you, I had forgotten the excitement over a rainstorm approaching, or how ticklish it is when the wind blows on my neck. I forgot to look up and take it all in, but living through you is like living with HD goggles. You bring so much colour to the world, you celebrate the first sign of a storm, the buzzing of bees, the soft hum of a plane in the distance and I can always count on you to wave hello and good night to the moon. Having you means we celebrate, sing and cheer when you eat all your food, make a big jump, catch a ball or crush the sandcastle that we just spent 3 hours building.
10. I learnt the meaning of unconditional love
There is nothing more pure, more contagious, more infectious than the love that we share. It makes me teary trying to put into words just how much my heart explodes for you. You’ve added so much colour to my kaleidoscope, hope to every moment, and sloppy kisses at the end of each day. No matter how much you challenge me, drive me insane, push my buttons, or steal my chocolate – there’s nothing that can’t be fixed by your cuddles. Thank you for making me a mom, you’re the apple of my eye, the gravity to my world, and the roar to my dinosaur.
Pampers is giving you the chance to win, this Mother’s Day. To enter, all you have to do is follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter below.
(Competition opens on the 8th of May and closes on the 21st May, winner(s) will be contacted via email and will have 48 hours to claim prize.)