We’ve all got something we’d like the big bearded man from the North to bring us on the 25th, right? This year my Christmas list is depressingly short. I don’t want clothes because the fanciest place I go to is baby group. I don’t want books cause the last time I read a book was during my first pregnancy. Alcohol and chocolates are both out of the equation. And I have far too many socks already.
So I got to thinking, what would I REALLY like as a mother this year? Aside from all that guff about cheer and happiness and world peace. What would make my life about a zillion times better? Here is my by-no-means-exhaustive-at-all-I-just-wrote-this-while-they-napped-SIMULTANEOUSLY-for-once-HURRAH list:
The ability to go for a shower and not have to stop the water at least five times because I can hear imaginary baby cries. Or just to learn that they’re never crying and it IS just my imagination.
To go to the shops without coming back with some sweets that I had to bribe the toddler with and a new outfit for the baby even though he has more clothes than the Kardashians.
To go out and come back with all the baby socks, dummies and sippy cups I left the house with.
A Sunday morning where you look at the clock and say ‘nah, it’s only half nine, I won’t get up just yet’.
Naps to continue until both children go to school.
Delivery drivers to never arrive when either child is sleeping.
The toddler to decide she wants the first thing I suggest for lunch, not the 47th.
A washing up fairy.
Never to have that awful feeling when you lose sight of your kid at soft play, frantically search for them for a minute and then they suddenly appear in a place you’ve already looked five times.
For them to finally make the episode of Bing where Flop finally flips and tells him what an ungrateful, whiny little nause he is.
Failing all that, just no tantrums for a week.
Failing all that, just no tantrums for a day.
Harriet, Alexandra and Max x