Thursday, 1 October 2015

Sh*t Just Got Real

We are now in week three of my gorgeous girl starting school. She is so happy. She is doing amazingly well. Runs into school. Skips out smiling. It's amazing and I couldn't be more pleased. But I have come to the realisation. That sh*t just got real. I'm not just a lady who has small children and pootles around doing whatever I want (which is generally moaning a bit squashed in between times of loving the pair of them to death). Now? I am a 'Mum'.

I AM A MUM! Like someone who has to actually be responsible and sh*t. Someone who is a role model. Who has to remember stuff and has to think about such important things as: how much does one donate to the harvest festival, are beans an appropriate harvest festival item, has child at school got pe kit/bag/homework/letter about being allowed facepaints/all of the above. There is a hell of a lot to remember. And then there's the extra things...


Like parties. My girl officially has a far better social life than me. She has already been invited to three parties. And I always thought ah it's OK I can just cobble together a cheap card and gift. But no. I am starting to worry that the gifts aren't good enough. That a card from poundland will not suffice. The card MUST have a number on. The gift MUST be given in a nice bag. There are politics around who is invited and who to invite. And whilst my daughter's birthday is not until December. I am already thinking about the contents of party bags.

Whilst technically speaking I should have more time on my hands. I feel like my mind is full of #firstworldmumprobs such as "why is my daughter wearing another child's jumper?". Getting to school early this morning for a joint school photo with my son resulted in a pair of terrified children gurning at their sweaty manic Mother who was screaming "SMILE FOR MUMMY" like a loon.


I'm hoping it's an adjustment. I'm hoping my 'Mum' calendar in the kitchen will one day make me smile rather than shaking my head and thinking "jeez Mum calendars suck ass". That I will get into the swing in things. That this time next year ALL of her school clothes will be labelled and I will make homemade bread for the harvest festival (this will never happen). But for now I am just accepting that I'm a little bit crap and my weekends now revolve around praying that there's food for the adults at a variety of five year old birthday parties. Rock N Roll.

11 comments:

  1. Yep, this is how it is now! My girl's had 2 parties already this term, her own this weekend and another booked in for the following weekend - the party life is endless, and keeping up with the gift buying is madness! I need my planner now more than ever! x

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    1. Thank god for our planners eh lovely!! x

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  2. Welcome to the life of school mum. I forgot forest school clothes today, so I'm officially a rubbish mother. Also, get yourself some one of those stamptastic Name stamps, sod sewing and ironing labels, pro school mums stamp :-)

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    1. YES! I have got some sticker ones!!! x

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  3. My school mum life is usually made up of my reminding N to bring home 2 coats, outdoor shoes, 2 jumpers because nursery do pick up to take him to after school club so I'm not there to remind him and check. Oh and tomorrow afternoon on the day I do pick up, we have to spend time a) looking for his second welly which he's left somewhere and b) asking the teacher to watch out for the child who N says is kicking and hitting him for no reason...and other children too. Was hoping bullying wouldn't have happened 4 weeks in!

    The only party invite so far was a mysterious one from a child at his old nursery whom he didn't really know, never played with and who was a school year younger. He's not going!

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    1. Oh no the bullying!!! That's awful!!! Hope it's OK! x

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  4. I've been a school-run Mum for five years now, it gradually gets easier, except when they start getting homework that you don't understand! Seriously - the maths - arghhhh!! Three birthday parties last Sunday, one per child, all starting at 1pm, I spend no more than £5 per present (go to The Works) a bit of fancy wrapping with tissue paper and cards from Card Factory. I am SO happy that it is Friday, school runs for me consist of walking 5 miles a day back and forwards from school and pre-school. Love your blog posts x

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    1. The Works is great for gifts! FAB idea!!! Thanks for the compliment! x

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  5. 10 years in now and it gets harder and harder... I wake up panicking about the most stupid things. I have three kids at three different schools and I'm juggling so many letters, cheques, sports kits and after school clubs that it makes my head hurt. My eldest suddenly appeared home a 2.45 the other day. Lucky I was in - I'd totally forgotten about the early finish for open evening.

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  6. Hahaha!!! If we could JUST banish the party pressure!
    We had no card at home for the last two... I took a permanent pen and wrote on the wrapping!! ...Mr M didn't think that would cut it for a Swedish party ...I get away with so much here saying it's 'typical British' ...hmm. Maybe not!

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