#Blogtober16 Day 22: My Greatest Accomplishment

Before I became a parent, I would have described my biggest accomplishment as buying my first house, or passing my driving test. But now, of course, my greatest accomplishment by far is being a mother to Little M.


I struggled for several weeks after her birth – I still don’t actually think about it as a birth; I didn’t give birth. She was pulled from my womb by a stranger who was chatting to other staff about his timetable for the day. Perhaps this is why I haven’t written about Little M’s birth story.

I always thought I’d write about the excitement of the first surges; my waters breaking; the feeling as she was lifted from the water (because of course I was going to have a water birth) and placed on my chest. There was none of that. Just a sterile room full of people I’d never met before that day (excepting hubby, of course).

Now, I’ve come to terms with it (as much as I can), as I know that Little M won’t care how she came into the world. The years of motherhood to come will be far more significant to her than that morning in late May. It’s not as though she’ll have any recollection of it, after all!


Parenting is the most intense thing I have ever experienced. It is unrelenting. When Little M is having a grizzly day it can feel as though time has suddenly slowed down! Even the good days, when Little M has slept through, it can still be hard work simply because it never stops.

Maybe this is because, despite M sleeping though, I don’t get more than six hours sleep a night due to the fact that I’m still expressing, and my boobs won’t allow me to sleep much beyond that!

I’m really proud of the fact that I’m still exclusively expressing and Little M has only ever consumed my breast milk. Yes, It’s hard work, but it’s totally worth it as she is thriving. I know I’ve said before that I’d like to get to six months, but there are so many health benefits to breast milk that I’d like to keep expressing until Little M is fully weaning. That really would be an accomplishment!

What is your greatest accomplishment?

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  1. October 22, 2016 / 9:11 pm

    My son was born by c section and it’s really been hard for me to come to terms with it as well but he’s nearly 5 now and I don’t dwell. You should be proud of expressing, that’s hard core!

    • Jules
      October 22, 2016 / 9:17 pm

      Haha thank you! I like being described as hardcore!!

      It’s a funny feeling, isn’t it? I suppose we just have to remember that we did the hard work of carrying them and growing them and the same in our arms afterwards x

  2. October 23, 2016 / 4:25 pm

    Yes! This is my biggest accomplishment to date! When I was questioning myself, everyone I’ve spoken to has told me how well I have done as Ben is so chilled and well behaved with a great appetite.
    It is so satisfying knowing you have done an amazing job isn’t it? She is also so darn cute! Xx
    #kcakols

  3. October 23, 2016 / 7:18 pm

    My kids are definitely my greatest accomplishment, they prove that too me everyday.
    #KCACOLS

  4. October 24, 2016 / 12:13 pm

    This is definitely my biggest accomplishment too. And being able to give birth with only gas and air when I thought I would need to be drugged right up haha #KCACOLS

  5. October 24, 2016 / 1:34 pm

    You should definitely be proud, that’s a huge accomplishment! Amazing feeling when you think your baby has been growing for over a year purely from your own body. Definitely my biggest accomplishment too! #kcacols

  6. October 24, 2016 / 8:25 pm

    Like you, I sometimes think about how I wanted my birth experience to be different from how it was. I don’t even remember meeting my children. It makes me sad when I think about it too hard, so I try to concentrate on how lucky I am that they are in my life – regardless of how it happened. And as you said, she will not care about how she got here, just that she got you.
    #KCACOLS

    • Jules
      October 24, 2016 / 9:14 pm

      It is sad, but I suppose there are many things in life that are not ideal, and things could have been a lot worse! So you’re right, we have to focus on the positive xx

  7. October 26, 2016 / 10:00 am

    My greatest accomplishment is also my two boys, of course! I was thinking yesterday, that thanks to them I can never ever regret anything in my life, ’cause anything that happened differently could’ve not led me down the path to meeting them and that’s a pretty powerful thought. Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays. Kaye xo

  8. October 26, 2016 / 8:46 pm

    What a lovely post. Definitely my children. I am quite proud of some of my writing too. Thanks so much for linking with #KCACOLS. We hope you come back next week.

  9. October 27, 2016 / 10:25 am

    My daughter is by far my greatest accomplishment – it’s amazing how everything else just pales into insignificance once you’ve had a child – things that used to annoy me don’t anymore and I’ve become so much more compassionate. Well done on your breastfeeding too – I found it so hard and couldn’t hack it. Lovely post x #KCACOLS

    • Jules
      October 27, 2016 / 10:53 am

      Thank you! I’m really lucky in that when I express, I produce enough to fulfil M’s needs – I think it would have been a very different story if this weren’t the case! You’re right, I have totally different priorities now, too! x

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