Think that matching outfits were trendy
I’m not just talking about having your very own mini-me, matching dad and the boys, but matching your kids as well. Isn’t there just something so damn cute and adorable about twinning? I seriously think every mum secretly wants twins so they can do the whole matchymatchy thing. It not only turns heads, but signals to everyone that you and your kids are close, you are family and this is how you roll. Family who dress together, conquer the world together! Right? Ok, I just made that up, but it sounds way cool.
And since becoming a mum, I don’t just do matching outfits, I go a step further and match headwear, shoes, swimwear, pyjamas, dress-up costumes, bags…the list is endless. Use your imagination, it’s so much fun. Plus, they are only young once and do it now while you can still get away with it!
Go to the toilet with the door open
And I mean W--I--D--E open. Why bother when you know that in as little as 10 seconds from the time your butt touches the toilet seat, your toddler will come running in wanting to be held, a snack, a toy, you name it. Closing the door is not an option, they figure out how to open it really quickly. Locking it you say? Then you can’t do your business in peace because your toddler will proceed to bang on the door, cry, stick their little fingers under the door thinking somehow they can reach you. Yes, it’s best to leave the door open. Let them come in and watch you like you’re an animal at the zoo. You get used to it after a while anyway.
Visit Kmart every single week
Ok maybe twice a week. Why wouldn’t you when it’s the best place to pick up a bargain for your toddler, a birthday party, and your house. Everything is on a budget once you have kids and you don’t want to compromise on quality too much. It’s the perfect place for toddler clothes for running amok at childcare too. Let’s not forget all the life hacks you can find from using Kmart products either.
P.S. I’m not being paid by Kmart to write this blurb. Although wouldn’t mind if they did, I sure spend enough money there that’s for sure!
Stay in PJs the whole day
At first, you don’t realise you are doing it because it happens so easily when your baby is a newborn and you are literally so tired from breastfeeding you don’t notice. Then once you do realise you are doing it, it becomes easier and easier to keep doing. You might brush your hair and teeth that day if you are expecting a visitor, but unless it’s the Majesty the Queen herself, there is no way anyone is prying those PJs off you.
Walk out the door without checking how you look
I never thought this was possible because I used to make sure every strand of hair was in place and my outfit was impeccable from head to toe (shoes included) before I stepped out the door. Since becoming a mother of two……well that has changed…..a lot. There has been so many incidents where I have walked out of the house without checking how I look that I have:
- Spent the day at the shopping centre pushing my newborn to sleep with dry shampoo STILL in my hair. I was wondering why I was getting weird looks the whole day.
- Worn my winter slippers to drop the kids off to childcare. I had parked and plucked the boys out of the car when I realised. Did I mention my winter slippers were baby pink?!?!
- Worn a different shoe on each foot. Thankfully I was going to mother’s group and they all knew the struggle.
- Forgotten to wear a bra. Thankfully I had a dark top on otherwise I would have been high beaming everyone at the local supermarket.
Ok, so being a mum isn't all bad. There are days, and then there are days. You know what I'm talking about. In saying all that, we mothers survive on a great sense of humour, the sheer determination of a newborn looking for her mother's nipple, patience and unconditional love for our little creations.
So with Mother's Day just around the corner, I want to take a minute to salute all the mothers out there for doing all that they do for their family. It's not easy and we sometimes try to wear too many different hats and be too many things to different people. But life doesn't throw at us what we can't handle right? We are tougher than we think. Here's to all the mothers out there - you are incredible! Have an amazing Mother's Day, hopefully with your feet up and having brekkie in bed in peace.....for a whole 15 minutes. :)
Author: Shirley Lau, Co-founder of Rex Headwear