Rediscovering the 'Me' in 'Mumeeeeeee'

'I have always thought that there is no more fruitful source of family discontent than a housewife’s badly-cooked dinners and untidy ways'. (Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management, 1861)

February 15, 2010

Surreal, but true.

'Choose your 10 most surreal mummy moments' is the challenge offered by Carly at Wives and Daughters. Hmmm, just 10? That's tough. I could fill pages with surreal mummy moments! Anyway, after much deliberation, I've finally selected my top 10. So here you go!

1. Seeing my first positive pregnancy test. This has to be one of the most surreal moments for any parent.

2. Being taken down to the ward after having my first baby. He'd had to be taken to the ICU. I was the only mum on the ward without her new baby by her side. It was an awful, awful and very surreal feeling.

3. Changing a particularly disastrous nappy on a pew at the back of the church of my brother-in-law's wedding in Spain, with the Spanish photographers's assistant trying to help me.

4. Walking off a plane covered from the waist down in my child's vomit.

5. Waking up one morning to find my two-and-a-half year old in bed beside me and my husband asleep in the two-and-a-half-year-old's bed. Nobody had any recollection of this bed swap taking place.

6. My 7 month old throwing the car keys behind a radiator in a restaurant in France. The radiator was so tight against the wall we could see no easy way of getting them out. He then proceeded to projectile vomit all over me, the floor, the table and very nearly the next table. We couldn't make a hasty retreat because of the car keys. We left some time later with our heads held very, very low.

7. My first day at home alone with our new baby. I think I just sat and stared at him for about an hour.

8. Seeing my two-year-old son in my high heels, his nappy and vest and waving a fairy wand.

9. Climbing up a bouncy castle slide to rescue my son who had panicked at the top. Sliding back down with several toddlers in front of all the other parents was surreal but great fun!

10. Hearing my four-year-old saying from the back seat of the car last week , "Mummy, can you please turn the music down. I am trying to read."



  1. Good surreal moments those. I also had to rescue my son from the top of a blow up bouncy slide.

  2. I'm finding most things about my life pretty surreal at the moment. I liked your last one in particular. I think I managed to embarrass even the baby while grooving in the car the other day.

  3. Ha ha. Number 10 just made me laugh out loud!

  4. Ah, feeling a wave of understanding here at the projectile vomiting, been there. Lol at the last one, that told you!! Jen.

  5. haha brilliant! Number 10 tops it off :) x

  6. excellent sureal moments, #8 was my favourite!

  7. Particularly love #3, the 'nappy in the church' moment! Which mother hasn't had to sort out an unspeakable situation somewhere bizarre?!

  8. Yes, done the vomit/plane thing. Lovely.

  9. Vomit plays a big part in our lives - and it goes on once they get to be teenagers and go out drinking!!! x

  10. Vomit and poop are always good times in my book. Loved this post!! You are hilarious.

  11. Been there for 1, 4 7 and 9. Would love to add my own list but too tired now...

  12. I feel the urge to say 'excellent!', but somehow that doesn't quite seem right. But I hope you know what I mean.

    Reading this makes the surreal moments I have had seem okay because I know I'm not alone, although when these things happen I often feel I am!!


  13. Hilarious... This is the second copycat post you have inspired me to one day eventually write. And as soon as I work out how to do it I shall be nominating you for an award :-) Love your blob x


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