As a child I remember Mothers Day as being a time to get my Mum some flowers or to make her sometime to keep. I don’t think I ever really grasped how special being a Mum actually is. I’m sure we’re all a little guilty of taking our parents for granted at times. But with Mum’s recent health scare, I appreciate how lucky I am to have her, more than ever. As you all know, I have a really lovely relationship with my own son. He’s only 7, so we haven’t reached the teenage angst years yet, he’s full of affection and never fails to let a day pass without telling me how much he loves me. Words to treasure. I’ve received some lovely chocolates ahead of Mothers Day, to encourage me to share some Mum moments with Hotel Chocolat.
Nothing really prepares you for the moment you become a Mum, does it? Monkey’s arrival wasn’t the dream delivery we’d hoped for, and I remember being scared, tired and very emotional when he was whisked away pretty much as soon as he was born. My first Mum moment was to come the next day, when I got to hold him in my arms properly for the first time. Even then, holding this tiny little bundle, I had no real idea what motherhood would mean. But the overwhelming love was there, the lioness was awoken inside of me, and I knew I’d do my utmost to protect my son, nurture and care for him for the rest of my life.
There have been so many Mum moments in the last 7 years as I’ve come to know my son, his little ways and watch him grow from that tiny baby in to the young lad he is today. From the first steps, and first words, to first friendships, there have been moments to cherish, as well as a few tears along the way. It’s hard to remember the baby he once was, when I look at the boy he now is.
As you all know, my parents live in Spain, and through the wonders of modern technology Monkey’s been able to see them on Skype every week, even he’s not been able to see them personally as often as he’d like. Monkey adores his grandparents, and playing peek a boo with Gramps when he was little will always stay as a treasured Mum moment for me. There were so many giggles as this game was being played.
Whenever we’re at my parents house now, we all look at this door and how tall Monkey is, the days of him just being able to peer over that bottom pane of glass are long gone!
We roll on to this morning and something rather wonderful, my son has been totally inspired by the topic at school this term. They are learning about the author Cressida Cowell and dragons. Not only did Monkey ask me to buy the books, but we have nearly finished reading book one – How to Train Your Dragon. It may be me doing the reading, but Monkey is riveted, totally transfixed. That has been wonderful to see, but something else has been happening too. My reluctant writer has been writing, he’s been writing How to Train a T-Rex, complete with drawings. You have no idea what a wonderful Mum moment this has been.
I’m sitting here thinking about how wonderful it is that a book has inspired my son so much, that he’s finally beginning to see why I love books so much. He’s always loved me reading to him, but predominantly from picture books. It’s only recently that he’s really started to understand the joy that chapter books can provide. He can explore, and imagine and have his own adventures. I can see exciting times ahead and more wonderful moments to treasure.
I’m deciding which delight I will treat myself to from the Mother’s Day Sleekster selection, enjoying some Mum moments with Hotel Chocolat. I do love their Raspberry Smoothie and Fudge Sundae. I’m sure I’ll be sharing my chocolates with Monkey and his chocoholic Dad. Monkey, I’m almost certain will go for the Peanut Butter – what’s not to love about peanut butter and chocolate! Daddy P will absolutely go for the Going Nuts with hazelnut crunch and praline which has been double sealed with milk chocolate.
I’m thrilled to be able to offer you the chance to share a box of the Mother’s Day Sleekster selection for yourself this Mother’s Day. Just complete the Gleam form below for your chance to win. Good luck!
(Please note that all entries will be checked against comments for validation).
Only the first step of this form is mandatory, all other steps are optional. Only one entry per person is allowed.
This giveaway is for UK residents only.
Once a winner is randomly picked, I will check if the winner has done what was requested and I will contact them, if they do not reply within one week, the prize will be allocated to another person. Delivery before Mother’s Day cannot be guaranteed but will be tried.
The giveaway will close on 14th March 2017 at midnight.
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