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Being a parent

Sometimes it’s messy. Sometimes it’s hard. Sometimes it’s tricky and you question every decision you make but I can safely say that parenting is the greatest gift I have ever received. Now, I appreciate that this post is not specifically fibromyalgia related and is more geared towards parenting but bear with me here. This post came about thanks to a prompt that appeared on WordPress a few days ago, which really stuck out to me. I was thinking at first about material things, gifts that my husband has bought me or things I’ve received over the years and then it hit me. The greatest thing in my life is my boy and being a mummy to this precious, little bundle! Being his parent and parenting him is the most wonderful thing in the world. Here are some of the reasons why:

Mummy and her baby

Why I love being a mummy

You discover yourself

From the moment you take that pregnancy test that confirms you are indeed pregnant, your whole life changes! You now have this tiny person growing inside of you, relying on you for nutrients and love. Your whole purpose is now to grow a tiny human! You really discover who you truly are during that moment. You start to research the type of parent you want to be and your personality changes for the better. You become kinder in moments when all you want to do is cry, you battle through sleep deprivation to be there for your child and you are constantly learning all the time. Through illness, fibromyalgia flares and other health issues you are first and foremost a parent. Being a parent and parenting has actually made me a better person; more resilient to cope with set backs, more enthusiastic and positive and more confident to put myself out there and make friends.

My baby boy

You get to watch them grow, learn and develop

It is truly magical when your child repeats something back to you that you know you have taught them! From the first word they utter, to the first time they count to 10, to the first time they recite the alphabet you gaze in wonder as they grow, learn and develop daily. It’s so nice to know that you helped them with this and that you are helping them to be a well rounded, confident and kind adults in later life.

Charlie reading

The sense of pride you feel

People are always coming up to me saying how amazing my little boy is, how kind he is, how great his manners are, how funny he is, how kind he is, how well behaved he is! The rush of pride I get every time this happens is so lovely. He is amazing!

My boy smiling

The hugs, kisses and the love

I love nothing better than giving my boy hugs, kisses and love but just recently he’s really learnt how to reciprocate it back. He’s always loved hugs but now he actually gives me kisses and tells me that he loves me! Nothing can be greater than that!

Mummy and her baby

Being a parent truly is the gift that keeps on giving!

Mummy the Fibro Warrior Top Tip:

  1. Find something to be grateful for every day! Whether that’s your child, your spouse, your pet, your friend. Find your greatest gift and shower it with love.

If there is one takeaway I’d like you all to remember today is that parenting is and can be so difficult at times, especially when we are battling illnesses like we are doing, but it is so rewarding and truly is the gift that keeps on giving. I need you to know you are doing the best you can, your child/children love you just as you are and you are Mummy the Fibro Warrior!

Until next time,


p.s. What is the greatest gift you have ever received? I’d love to know in the comments below!

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