Growing up… Sucks, really sucks!

27 Jan


Driving the kids to school in the mornings can go one of two ways. The first and most common is frantic, shouty, extremely stressful and late.

The other is a car journey filled with odd questions.

“Mama, do dinosaurs live in Swansea?”

“Mama, can I have sparkly underpants?”

“Mama, is it the weekend yet?” This is generally asked on a Tuesday.

And todays corker came from Ozzy, “Mama, what is school for?”

It got me thinking… so what is school for?

Of course it’s about learning, Mmmm you know my thoughts on that one, socialising and developing, but today, for some reason, all I feel school is for, is to take my babies away from me.

As I stood at the school gates watching the morning chaos of rushed parents and hyper kids I felt a little sad and reflective over where the time has gone.

I’ve been standing at those gates for seven years. Those gates have snaffled up my babies.

Now don’t get me wrong, most Monday mornings I am flinging them in through the gates slightly shaken and with a MASSIVE sigh of relief.

But not today. Today I just wanted to run in and shout, “Hold the hell up, I want my babies back!”

Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife

I want to be cuddling them in my arms, breastfeeding them, blowing raspberries on their fat bellies, and smelling their sweet milky scent. Instead I struggle daily with homework, fighting, non-washed willies, questions about aborigines, and shouts of “I hate you, stupid head!”.

Our children grow up, fast, really bloody fast and today it freaked me the hell out.

baby quote

So to those of you still immersed in the baby years, do me a favour today, give your baby an extra cuddle for me, try not to wish the time away, savour it.

Because before you know it your 10 year old child will be prancing around the house wearing your bra, your 8 year old will be more interested in Mario Bros than having raspberries blown on his belly, and your 4 year old will be running into school shouting, “Mama is a poop head!” and you’ll be stood there feeling a bit like me.


Sarah x

14 Responses to “Growing up… Sucks, really sucks!”

  1. Tania Jones January 28, 2014 at 12:12 pm #

    Too true, it’s scary. Love Tracey’s comment made me laugh! Xxx

  2. Have a laugh on me January 28, 2014 at 6:42 am #

    I’m SO grateful my 2 year old is so cuddly and cute and I take advantage of this EVERY DAY! The other two are tending towards being little turd burgers already. I feel for you lovely – hang in there xxx

    • losingmylemons January 29, 2014 at 2:16 pm #

      Oh there’s nothing like a good cuddle! Axel is aged 4 and still sleeping with us and I have to admit it’s more because I can’ bear to let him go rather than him needing his Mama at night.

      Those turd burgers are cute too tho eh! xxx

  3. mascara & mud January 27, 2014 at 2:58 pm #

    i keep pushing the top of my bois bach’s heads shouting “STOP GROWING NOW PLEASE!”. i hear ya, i bloody hear ya! xx

    • losingmylemons January 27, 2014 at 3:01 pm #

      Yup me too, I threaten them with no dinner if they don’t stop growing. That’s it STOP, be babies forever please! x

  4. Tracey Wright January 27, 2014 at 2:22 pm #

    I also felt like you sis, but how things change. For those of you who don’t know me my babies are 21 and 22 I now ask them when are you going to leave, I run them round, take them to work pick them up , they eat me out of house and home. Hollie phones me every day to see wot I’m doing, where I’m going and how long will I be, But tell you wot I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love them to bits, they are my life xx

    • losingmylemons January 27, 2014 at 3:00 pm #

      Ahhh so this is the future eh! I guess it really doesn’t matter how old they get they’ll still be our babies, they’ll just smell a bit different!

      Although I bet you can’t lay Curtis over your lap and blow raspberries over him tummy any more can you! lol xxx

  5. Ros January 27, 2014 at 12:26 pm #

    Elin is 15 on Wednesday and Alex is 18 just 6 weeks later. In 7 short months he will leave for university but in truth he’s gone already. Multiply the above by 100 and that’s how I feel most days. Just sad.

    • losingmylemons January 27, 2014 at 12:35 pm #

      Oh Ros I just can’t imagine… we spend so much time wanting them to be more helpful, more independent and then before you know it they’re gone. It literally feels like yesterday that I was lying in the hospital bed staring in wonder and Victorias perfect little face, now she’s almost as tall as me and has bigger feet.

      Sending you big, big hugs sweetie xxx

  6. nance January 27, 2014 at 12:20 pm #

    Sarah, Ive been feeling the exact same, Ive read your blog and its brought a tear to my eyes too, my gosh I have always been a sentimental person but for some reason being a mum has brought me to being a complete emotional, over caring, over worrying and complete protected mother who never ever wants to let her baby grow up…

    I too, stand at the gate (allot earlier than you may I add, lololol) and feel the same…Now I understand why my mother used to come in to my school, into my class and say to my teacher “Oh sorry I forgot to tell you but Nancy has a dentist appointment” I used to look at her and say, “eeerrrr what no I haven’t (as being the girl I was… I loved School loll) and we use to go out shopping and have a fun day together”…

    These precious days while growing up are priceless….and every parent should be reminded of this as for some people its too late….thank fully we are the lucky ones xx

    OMG pass the hanky……deep breath xxxx

    Love ya xx

    • losingmylemons January 27, 2014 at 12:39 pm #

      Oh Nancy… sob, sob! I LOVE the story about what your Mum used to do when you were little, soooooooo sweet! And it was obviously the right thing to do, as it’s created a lasting and special memory for you.
      Can you believe Victoria is soon to be 11? I just can’t bear it😦

      Love you x
      P.S. Bit cheeky with the standing at school gate comment! lol cheeky but sooooooo true x

      • nance January 27, 2014 at 12:53 pm #

        couldnt resist…but of course…u have 3 and I only have 1 so there is a bit of difference xx


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