Being Aiden`s mother

Happy Mothers Day to all you yummy mummies!!!!

It is my second mothers day and I feel a bit sentimental (it might just be the exhaustion though... who really knows?)! I got the idea for this post from one of my favorite blogs to read... Nat the fat Rat. She wrote about what it meant to be Henry (her son)`s mother, and I thought it was so sweet.

So here goes.

Being Aiden`s mother means knowing when he is grumpy and just wants to chill out in the Ergo until he gets tired enough to go to sleep. It means knowing that process may take hours, and hours and hours!

Being Aiden`s mother means knowing when he will (and won`t) eat baby food. Some days he just prefers to eat what the adults are eating.. or play with what they are eating!

Being Aiden`s mother means knowing that strawberries are his absolute favorite food in the whole world, and anyone who thinks they can finish their own bowl of strawberries with Aiden around is sorely mistaken! It also means watching him carefully because he tends to stick ALL the strawberries in his mouth at once, because they are just too delicious to leave in the bowl!!

Being Aiden`s mother means waiting until he is good and ready to sit in the car seat (or stroller) before he will let anyone strap him in.

Being Aiden`s mother means finding something to distract him during the dreaded diaper change. He does have a favorite `something` to play with when his pants are down, but that can get a bit messy, so real toys are much better!

Being Aiden`s mother means I get to crack up laughing at least 10 times every day. Who knew 1 year olds had such crazy senses of humor!

Being Aiden`s mother means sleeping in my chosen position is a thing of the past. These days I usually have a little head (or hand, or foot!) on my shoulder (or on my chest, or stomach) and that`s just the way it is.

Being Aiden`s mother means knowing (and accepting) we probably won't get to the STTN (sleep through the night) stage anytime in the foreseeable future.

Being Aiden`s mother means that although I am exhausted, stressed, nervous and frazzled most of the time, I wouldn't change it for the world. I am a lucky mummy!


  1. Happy mother's day Fran! I loved readIng this post. I hope you don't mind that I steal this idea as well?

    1. Thanks Nay, you too!! And sure, steal away!!!

  2. Hi Fran
    Happy Mothers Day!
    I found your blog a couple of months ago and have loved reading it ever since.

    I also have a Japanese hubby and a son who'll turn one next month, so I like getting a little preview of what my little guy will be doing in the next months - thanks to you! They seem quite similar in personality, it's very interesting!

    All the best

    1. Thanks for your comment Teebee and thanks for reading! Do you live in Japan?? I hope your son sleeps better than Aiden!! Haha :)

    2. Hi Fran, thanks for your reply. We're living in Bangkok at the moment because of hubby's work - i miss Japan very much! And my boy isn't too bad a sleeper at night, it's the naps that are the challenge over here. He doesn't seem to want to miss any action!, it's just go go go!

  3. you are indeed. He's an adorable boy and you're a fabulous mummy.
    Great post.

    1. Thanks GW. My mothers day didn't involve any presses, flowers or even a card, but Aiden slept for 5 hours during the night... the first time EVER... in 13 months! So I can't complain about anything :)

  4. I have been such a crap blogger an blog commenter lately and am just catching up! This was a lovely post- I can`t believe how big he is getting! Love the first picture of you both!

    Love that Aiden gave you some extra sleep for mother`s day!

  5. This is second time reading your blog and I like very much.
    You tend to forget how great he/she is when you are tired, but you are such a positive mom and I can tell how much you love your son ne.
    Kayla gives me hard time with food. She doesn't eat much and she always plays with it, so I get really frustrated, but reading your blog made me feel it's okay if she wants to play with food and this phase will go away soon and never come back hay....
    Thanks for beautiful blog.


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