A few of our friends have recently been blessed with newborns. Now, before you click away, this is not another post from me regretting the passing of time and the fact that we aren't going that way ourselves. In fact, since simply picking up a tiny 6 1/2lb baby was enough to freak me out at the weekend, I think that I may be on the road to recovery on that front - finally. I don't think the mum noticed how eager I was to hand her gorgeous but oh-so-fragile bundle of joy back - I don't think so...
Anyway, it's not about that. Totally over the baby thing. Totally...
No, this is about one of those ?????????? moments you experience as a mum.
Due to the sudden influx of tiny, mostly breastfed babies (have you worked out where this is going yet?), my sons have seen a little more 'equipment' on display in working order than they have done for some time. And consquently, have been paying rather more attention to mine. All well and good, we're not a prudish family; they ask questions, I answer. Although I do rather take exception to having my nipples called 'tubes'. (Which they most certainly aren't, and do not resemble in any shape or form, I would just like to make that perfectly clear).
So, we've been discussing the fact that babies get milk from their mum's boobs. Not always, obviously. (And not for that long, for various - private - reasons that I won't go into now, for either of my boys). So I don't know why I was surprised by what happened one morning this week. (Come on - you must have worked out where this one is going by now).
6.30am. Boy #2 climbed into bed with me after he woke up (Husband is travelling). It was early - too early - so I told him to lie down, go back to sleep, and that I would get up shortly and fetch him some milk.
As I lay there dozing, he was clearly pondering the milk problem. He wanted some. I wasn't jumping to and fetching it. What to do? Well, he reasoned, why go to the fridge when there was obviously a supply of it lying right next to him?
It's a bit of a shocking way to wake up, I can tell you.