This Girl is My Heart

Me & my little ladyTwo years, seven months and fourteen days. 959 days. 137 weeks. 23,016 hours. 1,380,960 minutes. Three Christmases, two birthdays and now three mothers days with this little girl who captured my heart from the moment she was born. Like any other mother and parent, words can’t even begin to describe just how special she is to me.

There is no rule book for being a mother or being a parent. We are all making it up as we go along. All figuring it out along the way. All learning, every day, every week, every month and every year. Its only when you look back that you realise how far you’ve come, how much you’ve learnt and how much you have grown. Parenting is my biggest life lesson yet. It has taught me patience, it has taught me selflessness and it has taught me who I am as a mother, and that is someone very different to who I was before. It has also shown me what it really means to be happy, to feel alive, to feel pure joy and most importantly, what it feels like to finally be content.

mothers day giggles with the little lady

Mothers day love with the little ladyThe last 959 days have been the happiest, most confusing, most joyful, most overwhelming days of my life but I wouldn’t change them for the world. Parenting isn’t easy. It wasnt meant to be easy. Raising another human being, teaching them the ways of the world, protecting them from the wrongs of the world, teaching them to be a nice person and for some of us making up for the mistakes of your parents and doing it differently was never going to be easy.

But for all the long and sleepless nights, for all the tantrums, the endless demands on your time, energy and sanity there is the pure, unwavering and unquestionable love from a baby or child that doesn’t care whether or not you are getting it right all the time, doing it all, or whether you are what you think is the perfect mummy, and that I have learnt, is the beauty of it. All my daughter wants and needs from me is my attention, my affection and to feel loved, so if I can always make her feel like she has all three then I know I will have done a great job. One of my favourite quotes of all time which I think perfectly sums up parenting is;

The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return

Week 24 Bump PicIn four months time I will be lucky enough to bring another little person into this world and be called mummy all over again. Whilst I know it wont be easy having two little ones, I do know it will be a crazy kind of wonderful full of more love that I can comprehend.

So for all the mummies and mummies to be out there, happy Mothers Day.

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  1. Tammymum
    March 7, 2016 / 8:22 am

    Oh what a really lovely, so well written and so true! Fab read #marvmondays x

    • My Petit Canard
      March 7, 2016 / 11:03 pm

      Thank you lovely, that means a lot πŸ™‚

  2. March 7, 2016 / 9:35 am

    Such a beautiful post and very true. I love the quote. Hope you had a wonderful day with your little lady xx

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  3. March 7, 2016 / 9:35 am

    Such a beautiful post and very true. I love the quote. Hope you had a wonderful day with your little lady xx

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    • My Petit Canard
      March 7, 2016 / 10:57 pm

      Thank you lovely. I had the loveliest day with my little lady. I cant believe this time next year there will be two little people to celebrate it with πŸ™‚

  4. mummyofboygirltwins
    March 7, 2016 / 10:06 am

    Love this! You’re so right – it is hard work but truly amazing and rewarding. Lovely photos too you are looking fab xx

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    • My Petit Canard
      March 7, 2016 / 10:55 pm

      Thank you lovely πŸ™‚ The hardest, most exhausting job in the world, but also the most rewarding and most enjoyable in the world πŸ™‚

  5. The Pramshed
    March 7, 2016 / 10:50 am

    Happy Mothers Day to you too! It is so hard and is such a steep learning curve, but I wouldn’t change it for a thing. Claire x #MarvMondays
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    • My Petit Canard
      March 7, 2016 / 10:50 pm

      Absolutely! The steepest and best curve of them all πŸ™‚ x

    • My Petit Canard
      March 7, 2016 / 10:49 pm

      Thanks lovely, these are definitely my new favourite pics πŸ™‚

  6. Katie
    March 7, 2016 / 11:05 am

    so cute! I could feel the love coming out from between the words

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    • My Petit Canard
      March 7, 2016 / 10:49 pm

      Thanks lovely, so much love from this pregnant woman at the moment πŸ™‚

  7. March 7, 2016 / 2:20 pm

    Oh what a gorgeous post, you both look so beautiful! You are so right too; everybody worries about doing the right things etc but your children just want to know you are there and that they are loved. #MarvMondays

    • My Petit Canard
      March 7, 2016 / 10:48 pm

      Thanks lovely πŸ™‚ I really do think that on the whole, that is all children want and need. We, and society put way too much pressure on ourselves as parents to have it all, do it all and be it all and we too easily lose focus of whats actually important to our little ones.. x

  8. Angela W
    March 7, 2016 / 4:20 pm

    Wonderful post! I think there is so much expectation to carry on ‘as before’ when you have a child but I don’t understand why. Having a baby brings new challenges but also new pleasures so it’s best just to ‘go with it’ and try to enjoy the experience. Or if you can’t manage enjoy then at least muddle through until it becomes enjoyable again!

    • My Petit Canard
      March 7, 2016 / 10:47 pm

      You’re so right. What a pleasure parenting would be for us all if we all looked and thought about it like that πŸ™‚

  9. Unhinged Mummy (aka Janine Woods)
    March 7, 2016 / 6:34 pm

    Such beautiful and true words and absolutely beautiful photos too. I especially love the second one even though it is only slightly different.

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    • My Petit Canard
      March 7, 2016 / 10:30 pm

      Thanks lovely. I almost didnt post all of the pictures becuase two of them were so similar, but they both capture a slightly different moment so I decided to keep both in the end. Glad I did πŸ™‚

  10. Naomi
    March 7, 2016 / 7:59 pm

    This is such a beautiful post. I hope you keep it so that your children can read it when they grow up. I think it’s amazing how much you can love when you become a parent. #MarvMondays

    • My Petit Canard
      March 7, 2016 / 10:29 pm

      Thank you.. It is pretty amazing how your capacity for love just grows and grows once you become a parent πŸ™‚

    • My Petit Canard
      March 7, 2016 / 10:28 pm

      Thanks, nothing like mothers day to make you stop and reflect on being a mummy.. Hope you had a lovely mothers day with your little ones πŸ™‚

    • My Petit Canard
      March 7, 2016 / 10:26 pm

      Oh thank you lovely. Totally and completely, the amount of love is unreal. Being a mummy really is the best thing in the world, even though it is also the hardest job in the world too πŸ™‚

  11. March 7, 2016 / 10:17 pm

    Ah, so perfectly said. I love that quote…is it from Moulin Rouge? Or is that a really unintelligent thing to say (probably some literary classic!)

    • My Petit Canard
      March 7, 2016 / 10:24 pm

      Thank you lovely. It is from Moulin Rouge (love that film!), but originally quoted by Nat King Cole in one of his songs – good spot, impressed πŸ˜‰

    • My Petit Canard
      March 8, 2016 / 7:10 pm

      Aww thank you, such a lovely thing to say πŸ™‚

  12. March 8, 2016 / 2:07 pm

    So lovely and so true πŸ™‚ Beautiful photos too πŸ™‚

    • My Petit Canard
      March 8, 2016 / 7:09 pm

      Thank you and thank you! πŸ™‚

    • My Petit Canard
      March 8, 2016 / 7:13 pm

      Thanks lovely πŸ™‚

  13. Kelly Robinson
    March 8, 2016 / 9:53 pm

    I didn’t realise how overwhelming it would be having two young children. People tell you it will be hard work but you just don’t realise how hard. But even though most days we have some kind of struggle I wouldn’t change any day for the world. My children bring me more happiness than anything else ever has. It is incredible how you can love someone so much! I hope the rest of your pregnancy goes well and I look forward to watching your journey. #MarvMondays

    • My Petit Canard
      March 9, 2016 / 11:18 pm

      I can imagine! I think like most things when it comes to children, its difficult to really comprehend until you actually experience it. Expecting the worst and hoping for the best. Either way I know its going to be a new kind of wonderful πŸ™‚

  14. Silly Mummy
    March 8, 2016 / 11:34 pm

    This is so lovely, and true. I always love that quote as well. #marvmondays

    • My Petit Canard
      March 9, 2016 / 11:19 pm

      Thank you, its a beautiful quote isnt it πŸ™‚

  15. March 9, 2016 / 2:12 pm

    Oh what a lovely post. The photos are beautiful and you are look great, what a lovely bump! Love the quote as well.x #marvmondays
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    • My Petit Canard
      March 9, 2016 / 11:21 pm

      Thank you, I have to take my hat off to the husband who is usually awful at taking my bump pics for me, but pulled it out of the bag on the weekend with a whole series of nice ones for a change πŸ˜‰

  16. March 9, 2016 / 8:43 pm

    This is so lovely and your pictures are beautiful. I adore that quote too. I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day. Thanks so much for linking up with #KCACOLS and I hope you can make it again next week x
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    • My Petit Canard
      March 9, 2016 / 11:23 pm

      Thanks! I had such a lovely mothers day, but I really cant wait to see what next years is like with two little bundles of love πŸ™‚

    • My Petit Canard
      March 12, 2016 / 11:20 pm

      Thanks lovely πŸ™‚

  17. March 12, 2016 / 1:38 am

    Aww what a lovely post Emily. It is very emotional. What a journey we all have been through since we become parents. It is the hardest one but at the same time the most gratifying one!! Your photos are gorgeous and you look amazing. Happy Mother’s Days to you. I hope you had a lovely day! Thanks so much for sharing this at #KCACOLS. I would love to see you again on Sunday! πŸ™‚ x
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    • My Petit Canard
      March 12, 2016 / 11:16 pm

      Thank you Franca, it really is. These pics are now some of my all time favourites, it captures such a lovely moment with my little lady. Mothers day was lovely, simple but perfect. I hope you had a lovely mothers day too πŸ™‚ x

  18. Sara at Handy Herbs
    March 12, 2016 / 11:57 am

    Beautiful post, Emily! We are so lucky to be parents aren’t we? It is the hardest job in the world but definitely the very best one πŸ™‚ You must be so excited now you are nearly the mum of two πŸ™‚ Lovely photos! #KCACOLS
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    • My Petit Canard
      March 12, 2016 / 11:11 pm

      Oh thank you, the love is overwhelming at times. Its hard to imagine being a mummy to two and having enough love to go around, but im sure like the first time around your heart just finds the love enough for them all πŸ™‚

  19. March 13, 2016 / 10:46 pm

    Oh love, this is such a beautiful post and reading it made me very weepy. Everything you describe is exactly how I feel about my Little Miss H. It is so hard to comprehend before you have a baby. But your life changes in the most wonderful ways. It will never be the same again but you don’t care. Because the love from that little person is all you need in the world. I am so excited that we are both going to be having another gorgeous baby to love in four months time. Those months will whizz by. #MarvMondays Hugs Lucy xxxx
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  20. March 20, 2016 / 8:32 am

    Oh this is just so beautiful and wonderful pictures of you both. I agree with you it is the most amazing journey to be on and we learn so much about ourselves as well as our children. Having our second child was just as magical and has brought a whole new dimension to our little family. Thank you for sharing this with us at #sharethejoy

    • March 21, 2016 / 10:21 pm

      Thanks Michelle. I am really looking forward to seeing how our family changes and grows with the new addition. Such an exciting time, I really cant wait to meet this little one now πŸ™‚

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