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Things I've Learnt in Two Years of Motherhood

When Arthur turned One I created a post called 'Things I've Learnt in a Year of Motherhood' and it's one I love going back to read time and time again. But when I last went back to it, it got me thinking, I have learnt so much more since then! As a two year old toddler, Arthur brings new wonders and challenges on a daily basis and I thought it'd be fun to share a few more things I've learnt in this crazy, beautiful (and sometimes exhausting) world of motherhood...

I'm not the parent I thought I'd be - & that's perfectly okay because my pre-motherhood expectations were unrealistic and down right naive!

Stopping breastfeeding wasn't as hard as I imagined - though I did it for a lot longer than planned - 22 months instead of the year I thought I'd BF for.

It's okay to have some me time - Didn't think I'd ever be able to go on a date again for leaving Arthur but thanks to my supportive family, I've realised 'me' time is still important.

There's room to love another - Arthur is my greatest love and in the first year of his life, I never thought I'd be able to love anyone else, ever again. But then I met my other half and can hand on heart say, there's room for another great love in both our lives.

Toddler tantrums aren't fun - But they don't last forever, it's not just your child and most parents have 'been there' or are experiencing them too

The 'firsts' continue to amaze you - The 'firsts' don't stop when your baby turns one and they continue to be the most magical thing. From their first question to their first wee on the potty - the firsts are endless and every bit as wonderful as that first tooth and those first steps.

Finding your mum crowd can be hard - I mentioned in a recent post that finding mum friends is something I've found incredibly difficult since moving away but it's comforting knowing I haven't lost my mum friends from where I used to live and they're only a message away.

You still talk about poo way too much - I genuinely feel sorry for my partner who gets poo chat on an almost daily basis. Arthur also seems to be entering the stage where farts are the funniest thing ever.

Your child's imagination is constantly developing - I really didn't expect to hear Arthur making up stories and getting his toys to talk to each other at such an early stage. His imagination amazes me and I love that toddlers can make the most ordinary objects (like a washing basket) something so exciting.

Documenting your child's life isn't as easy - In my last 'things i've learnt in motherhood' post I talked about how lovely it is to document each moment of your child's life and all those wonderful things you can do in the honeymoon period of having a baby that can't move around and destroy things. When you've got a toddler all that goes out the window. I'll probably re-start it when he leaves home years in the future (haha).

The love increases day by day - I can honestly say I fall in love with Arthur a little more every day, even when he's tested and exhausted me. And I still get that 'I can't believe he's mine' feeling all of the time. But what's equally as wonderful is that I've seen his love for me and his family grow too. He becomes more and more affectionate as the days go by and I'll never tire of the hugs that nearly knock me flying, the sloppy kisses and him shouting I LOVE YOU at the top of his voice.

So there we have just a few of the things I've learnt in two years of motherhood. Is there anything that stands out to you as a parent, as something you've learnt in the last year? I'd love to hear it!

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