Yes, Mother's Day, like all other days dreamt up by Hallmark, can be a bit ridiculous. Do you really need to take your Mum to brunch and present her with a card and a box of chocolates to show that you care? No, probably not. But you should. This year will be my first mother's day and after a year of growing, pushing out and nurturing a baby, I am ready to be celebrated. If you've got a new mum in your life, here are a few things that they might also want for Mother's Day this year...
1. Something Which Proclaims Your Mum Status
I spend 95% of my time in comfy clothes these days; although that will soon end when I go back to work and need to look presentable, but on my 'mum days' I'm still going to be reaching for practical clothes. Crawling around on the floor and getting covered in flying baby porridge means jumpers and jeans are pretty much the main order of the day. I'm fully in the mum club, and it turns out the mum club has merch - like this awesome Selfish Mother sweatshirt and this 'Mother Like No Other' one and as a new mum, the novelty has not yet worn off. I also love this Mama Bird t-shirt as a summer alternative.
2. A Bunch of Flowers
Yep, it's cliche, but is there anyone who would refuse a beautiful bunch of flowers? When you spend most of your time in the house, you also get to enjoy them even more than usual - so maternity leave is actually the best time to fill your rooms with blooms. Of course, Bloom & Wild are the ultimate in Instagrammable floral arrangements but really any big & beautiful bouquet will do.
3. An Offer for Babysitting (But Not for Too Long)
As a new mum, you are constantly caught between wanting to spend every second glued to your baby's side and wanting desperately to get away and have some time on your own. So, offers of babysitting are great gifts (and always gratefully received) but it doesn't have to be a full weekend - a couple of hours is more than sufficient so we don't go crazy missing our baby and/or feel too guilty for saddling you with the responsibility.
4. Confirmation That Your Baby *Is* The Cutest Baby Ever
Yep. We're all out here thinking our baby is the cutest baby, but objectively speaking I think we can agree that *my* baby is the cutest. If you could all just confirm that for me so we can move on with our lives, that would be a great Mother's Day present (and would stop me from having to hide my smugness about the adorableness of Benjamin).
5. A Day Off From All The Chores
A lot of being a parent isn't actually looking after a baby - it's all of the associated chores. Preparing food, tidying up afterwards, cleaning bottles, doing laundry, tidying toys... and that's just the beginning. Whilst it'd be nice to have some time away from the baby, it would actually be even nicer to have time *with* the baby that didn't involve all the extra work. We can only dream...
6. No One Asking When You're Having Your Next Baby...
As soon as you have a baby, people want to know when you're having another one (l mean this literally - the midwife who took me the shower after I had Ben told me it would be 'easier next time'...). The greatest gift would be to keep this question to yourself and let your new mum pals enjoy the baby they've *just* given birth to for a while, before you start demanding more squishy newborns to cuddle.
7. Some Oversized Sunglasses
A pair of big sunnies are perfect for looking like a stylish yummy mummy whilst you're out pushing the pram, as well as hiding any evidence of sleepless nights. I'm currently coveting these ones and I'd never say no to some classic Raybans.
Need I say more? Obviously a bottle of wine will go down a treat, but if you want to try something more interesting, I've been enjoying Whitley Neill's Rhubarb & Ginger Gin recently - it's deliciously smooth and the purple bottle is an added bonus.