- Sitting with a dead arm for hours because your baby has fallen asleep on you and they are sooooo comfortable you can’t bear to wake them
- Not eating the last of the chocolate buttons from the easter egg because you know someone small will come looking for them someday soon
- Getting back out of bed and getting dressed so you can drive to the shop and get milk before the morning
- Wiping up endless amounts of liquid and semi-solid substances from floors
- Touching an alarmingly large python to show your child that they are not scary
- Retrieving a beloved teddy from your sleeping child, washing it, drying it and tucking it back under their little arm before you go to bed
- Forgiving your child, endlessly
- Running upstairs to check on the baby the minute the baby-sitter leaves
- Being the only person in the room who understood what your toddler just said
- Waking up at 5am on Christmas morning with butterflies because you can’t wait to see your children’s faces
- Not swearing out loud in front of the children, ever, despite harbouring massive amounts of outrage
- Gluing a teeny tiny piece of plastic onto another teeny tiny piece of plastic and holding them together for an age because you promised to fix the broken Scoop toy
- Listening to your child singing a nursery rhyme, which you have sung to them since they were a baby
- Not eating the last two fancy cupcakes you shared with your girl friends because you know how excited your children will be when you produce them after tea the next day
- Trawling around the shops on a rainy day looking for stick on goggly eyes because you promised your little boy he could make the thing he saw on CBeebies
- Trying to write a blog post about your wonderful children whilst running up and down the stairs 11 times (I counted) to re-settle them, fetch more milk, find lost teddies etc etc.
This post was originally written in 2009.
Happy Valentine's Day.