Anna, Nerys and Gethyn

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Name: Anna

Children: Nerys, 5, and Gethyn, 3

Location: Manchester

Expectations of Motherhood: I thought there would be a lot more baking. I expected to be tired, I expected to be busy, but I also expected to be calm. I thought my approach to a laid back life would translate into mother hood.

I was really looking forward to post card family times. I was looking forward to days out and conversations about why the world was like it was.

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Reality of Motherhood: Yikes. The tiredness. That first baby is a shock, but the second isn’t. Gethyn sort of had to fit in to the routine Nerys and I had figured out.

The mundane becomes incredible the incredible can be dull. It’s never the same and often repetitive.

Taking your children home for the first time: I was poorly with Nerys. We had a ropey/ scary/ near-death start so to be home was incredible.

Our warm home, away from drips, away from blood pressure monitors, away from strangers and just us in our bubble. I was also tired… don’t forget that… tired.

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The best/worst advice: Nerys was a small weight – The best advice I was given was ‘Enjoy your baby – she will only get bigger’. An obvious comment, but needed at the time.

The worst advice was ‘try not worry’. So to all mums and preggos out there – you wanna panic? Go worry! Go panic! You aren’t stupid. You know your body, you know your baby and you know you bump. You want to get checked? Get checked.

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The hardest parts of being a mother: I have an invisible bag of guilt that I put things in when I think I haven’t done something brilliantly. Sometimes it’s a disrupted routine, sometimes it’s the second biscuit, sometimes it’s the rushed kiss goodbye as I go to work.

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The best parts of being a mother: Days out – my family have nailed it.

We love packing the flask and a Polaroid and off we go. My Instagram is littered with children having days out at the beach, MOSI, Art Galleries, Eureka and woodland paths.

Has becoming a mother changed you: I feel brave, like I have just made some humans, but paradoxically scared – I have just made some humans.

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I have less time for metaphorical shit and more exposure to actual shit.

Hopes for your family: More time for holidays together. Not the big annual one. I want to do more weekends away camping, now they are a bit bigger I am hoping it’s easier to manage.

The bigger picture – I just want us to all like and love each other more and more.

I like our little team, I want us to remain a team even when Nerys and Gethyn are grown ups and I’ve lost my teeth.

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What advice would you offer to new and expectant mums:

Trust yourself. You got this.

Extra Info: Anna is an artist and specialises in Lino prints. Have a look here: https://www.facebook.com/printmiscuous

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