We’ve all heard this a million times, read it on everything from baby food to nappies, laundry powder to prams. Don’t even get me started on the greeting cards that can still bring me to tears like a kid who’s just dropped her ice cream in the middle of Kmart.
Airline commercials, toilet paper ads and even telco commercials depicting a call home at Christmas and I’m a blubbering mess. All cynical ploys to influence my spending but since my daughter has come into this world I’ve suddenly got no control over my emotions even though I know I’m being played.
I’ve become emotionally incontinent.
Since my daughter has come into this world I see a baby and all of a sudden I’m making that high pitched AWWWW. With no control, completely subconsciously but definitely audibly as evidenced by the smiles of the mothers.
Don’t get me started on kid’s fashion. I can tell you exactly which shop, season and size any little girl is wearing. To go out with my daughter in matching outfits right down to matching nails we both feel like princesses.
Until my daughter was born I had no idea that a love so intense could ever exist, an all-consuming overwhelming mix of fear of the unknown, a sense of such intense pride that it sometimes makes my heart feel like it’s going to explode. I still remember the exact moment my life changed forever for the better, it’s almost as though my life before was of no real consequence or significance just all in preparation. It was 2:16am at Box Hill hospital on the 16/11/2011.
Only a mother’s love.
In just six short years I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard this and it just made me realise when my daughter came into this world.
I can’t tell you how many times in the last four years since Charlie and I have been on our own after the break down of our family unit that I’ve been asked: “How do you manage?”