Describe Motherhood in three words
Wondrous, terrifying, emotional
Does your experience differ from your mother’s? How?
I suppose the basics are the same, but there are many little things that are different. Like the variety of baby equipment available now, that she didn’t have then. And, of course, the price of things. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard the story of the Silver Cross Pram that cost £32!
What’s the best thing?
As nuts as Vinay is driving me these days, there’s always (at least) one point in the day when I look at him and think, ‘You are the best thing in the world.’ I love that he can now call me ‘mama’, but shouts ‘naaaanaaaa’ when I’m leaving a room. I love that he holds up his hand and shows five fingers to show ‘so many’ (insert animal or mode of transport here). And I love that he doesn’t know how to say, ‘no’ yet!
How has it changed you?
I’ve become more mushy than I was before. It doesn’t take much to make me cry! I worry constantly. Not just about him, but about everything. I don’t think I did before. Being a mum has made me realise I don’t miss school. I don’t miss the paperwork or the politics of the school environment.
What do you hope for your children?
All I want for him is for him to be happy and healthy. And I hope that he will always know how much we love him.
What do you fear for them?
Oh my God, where do I start?
What makes it all worthwhile?
The cuddles and kisses. The feeling of his arms wrapped around my neck. Watching him walk around like a Sumo wrestler. Watching him laugh and hearing his giggles.