This month we're sharing posts by mama-writers as inspiration for our latest creative activity, Book of Mum, (doodling an imaginary book cover for that book you're going to write, one day...).
Our third guest post comes from prolific author Charlie Plunkett, talking about her most recent publication 100 LIttle Words on Parenthood, featuring over 100 contributors sharing just 100 words.
Motherhood has been beyond a doubt the most amazing experience in my life and one that continues to fill me with awe, wonder and at times total bafflement. I write about the milestone moments in my life and have published three books charting my wedding The True Diary of a Bride-to-beMy pregnancy The True Diary of a Mum-to-be a pregnancy companion and my little boy’s first year The True Dairy of Baby’s First Year a mothering companion.
My latest book 100 Little Words on Parenthood has around 100 fabulous contributors all parents and grandparents who have shared in exactly 100 words their experiences of parenthood. They have written anecdotes, poems, words of wit and wisdom on topics including - birth, babies, twins, nappies, sleep, breastfeeding, motherhood, fatherhood, teething, weaning, speech, parenthood, toddlers, toilet training, nursery, behaviour, family, birthdays, Christmas, learning, school, university, teenagers and grandparents.
The idea for 100 Little Words came about shortly after I started using twitter and was struggling to condense my tweets to 140 characters. I pondered if it would be possible to encapsulate the many aspects of parenthood in just 100 words and sent out a tweet for assistance. I was blown away by the amazing response I received and soon my inbox was full of wonderful submissions from parents, grandparents and experts from all over the world.
The finished book is a beautiful collection that will appeal to new parents, experienced parents, grandparents and those considering becoming parents. Each 100 words are interspersed with a famous quote and I wanted to share a few with you.
Here are my 100 words on –
Cole Jayden was born 29th July at home in Brighton weighing 9lbs 5oz to proud parents Charlie and Dave.
I experienced such an intense feeling of release, relief and euphoria as you safely slipped from your home of 9 months into the world. The midwife gently lifted you to my chest and as our eyes met, the outside world melted away and in that moment there was only us - you, me and daddy - surrounded by a bubble of the purest love.
Your birth has been beyond a doubt the greatest moment of my life and the gift of motherhood is a treasure I will strive to never take for granted. Welcome to the world our beautiful angel.
‘Before you were conceived I wanted you. Before you were born I loved you. Before you were here an hour I would give my life for you. This is the miracle of life.’ Maureen Hawkins
Being a Mum
I feel like singing from the rafters ‘I’m a mum and I love it!’ Even on days when sleep eludes me and the washing-up is stacked high in the sink Cole always does something to make me feel blessed to be a mum. If I had known how wonderfully rewarding and awesome being a parent is maybe I wouldn’t have left it to the grand age of 38. But on the flip side I’ve had a career, travelled and been fancy free. Now I’m at a stage in my life where I can truly appreciate the gift that is motherhood.
‘A baby will make love stronger, days shorter, nights longer, bankroll smaller, home happier, clothes shabbier, the past forgotten, and the future worth living for.’ Anonymous
‘What’s that?’ Cole asks
'It's my bra.' I reply
'What's it for?'
'It's my bra.' I reply
'What's it for?'
'Erm, to keep my boobs warm'
'Why doesn't daddy wear a bra?'
'Well daddies don't have boobs that need support'
'It means my bra keeps my boobs in place.'
'Erm, if mummy doesn't wear a bra her boobs will be droopy.'
'What's droopy mean mummy?'
'Droopy means my boobs are hanging down and don't look perky?'
'Mummy I don't have boobs do I?'
'No you don't'
'But I do have nipples'
'That's right, you do.'
I’m dressing in the bathroom tomorrow!
‘A child can ask questions that a wise man cannot answer.’ Author Unknown
You can find out more about Charlie's books at her site.
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Come and imagine your very own book with us - doodle us a book cover for the book you'll write one day. You could win a fabulous prize if you upload it in April! (you might even get one of my very special imaginary book reviews over on facebook...!)