I learnt from the best…My Mum

I learnt from the best…My Mum

I know it’s sounds like a cliche to say that my mum is my best friend, like I am saying it because isn’t that what a lot of people say when talking about their mum? Well, some do, but it’s exactly how I feel about my mum…

I kept my mum waiting for me before I even arrived and I like to think I was worth the wait. The daughter that she longed for and waited to hold in her arms. Finally arriving to make her a mummy to two, giving my brother a little sister.

When I look back to my childhood, my mum is always in the pictures in my mind, every memory my mum has a part in it. In our early years, she stayed at home to look after us. My parents worked hard to make sure we never went without, we had a family holiday every year, the bikes that we wanted for our birthday, new clothes and shoes and we got our mummy home with us every day.

There was nothing my mum wouldn’t do for us…

When I started school I was really scared, did my mum just leave me with the teacher? No, she offered her skills to the school, so that she could be there for me. She taught the children how to sew, many of my friends still remember my mum teaching them to sew. Yes, she wasn’t there by my side, but that wouldn’t really have helped me to settle in. But knowing that my mum was at the school and sometimes catching a glance of her was enough for me to feel secure.

When I was young I didn’t seem to need a lot of sleep. I would often wake up about 9.30pm and I would sit at the top of the stairs waiting for the kitchen light to go on. Because every night before the news my mum would go and make a cup of coffee and I would sneak down to see her.

Was she cross? Did she march me back up the stairs to bed? No, she let me go and snuggle up with her while she had her coffee and then tucked me up in bed. I think she secretly loved the snuggles…

She was the mum that did baking with us, the mum that made salt dough for us to decorate, the mum that never said ‘no’ to us doing painting. In the summer we would go blackberry picking, picnics and trips out.

My mum can’t swim and doesn’t like water, she was determined we would not be like her. She would take us swimming herself, take us for swimming lessons and always made sure when we went on holiday there was a pool. My brother and I both love the water and can confidently swim, this is all because of my mum.

As we have got older, yes the role of my mum in my life has changed, but what hasn’t changed and never will is of course the love she has for me and my brother. But, it’s more than that, I know that she worries about us constantly, especially when there are big things going on in our lives. She still has sleepless nights over us…Yes, I am sorry parents who are reading this the sleepless nights are here to stay, just for different reasons!

I know that she would do anything for us and she still puts us first in her life.

When I became a mummy for the first time, I remember so many times thinking ‘oh, that’s why my mum did that’. I totally got it.

When I look at how I am with my girls, the things that I love to do with them…it’s like looking back to my childhood, I am mirroring the way my mum was with me, maybe with my own little twist on things, but I learnt from the best.


Now, I get to see my mum as nan to my girls and it is the most special relationship. My girls totally adore their nan, they see their house as their second home, they talk about her constantly and want to see her all the time.

Some of my favourite pictures are of my mum holding my girls for the first time, the love is there for everyone to see.

My mum has taken to the role of nan perfectly, she is there for me when I need her, but she never oversteps the mark handing out advice that I don’t need to hear. She guides me when I need her to and sometimes she just agrees that its tough sometimes, which is all I need to hear.


In a weird way my girls have jumped the queue, they are now the most important people in my mum’s life, along with my niece. There is nothing my mum wouldn’t do for her granddaughters.

My brother and I are no longer at the top of pedestal, we have slipped down to second place, but that’s where I want to be. I want her granddaughters to have that place, because there is no greater feeling than to know someone loves your children as much as you do.

I don’t very often get the chance to tell my mum what she means to me, in fact I probably never tell my mum what she means to me, because life gets in the way. But, really there are no words, every time I go to write what she means to me, the words don’t seem enough…

I am lucky that my mum is my best friend and I hope that one day when my girls are older I have the same relationship with them that I have with my mum.


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  1. 04/03/2016 / 08:04

    Beautiful! It sounds like you have a really special relationship with your Mum. I totally understand what you mean about being bumped down in the pecking order now that you have children – my parents love when we come to visit, but they’re really more excited to see their grandson now, than they are to see me, haha! This is a lovely tribute to your Mum, I bet she’ll never forget these words you’ve shared with the whole world about how brilliant she is 🙂

    • 04/03/2016 / 11:03

      Thank you 🙂 Yes, definitely my parents are the same, but I wouldn’t want it any other way x

  2. 04/03/2016 / 09:38

    Such a beautiful tribute to pay to your mum and you are so lucky to have a mum that you can also call your best friend. Lovely photos too.

    • 04/03/2016 / 11:02

      Thank you. I am very lucky and it’s good to take the time to stop and appreciate her x

  3. Dean of Little Steps
    04/03/2016 / 09:43

    Your mum definitely has mummy magic! I’m close to my mum too and like most people, appreciate my mother more now that I’m also a mum. I think becoming a mother myself has even made me closer to her. Happy Mother’s Day to you and your lovely mother 🙂 x

    • 04/03/2016 / 11:01

      She does have the magic 🙂 I agree, I appreciate my mum a lot since I became a mum. Have a lovely mothers day x

  4. 04/03/2016 / 09:59

    Laura that bought tears to my eyes!!
    (Crying into my honey nut cornflakes… )

    I’m like this with my mum and what you wrote resonates so much with me. We are so lucky to have parents that are still here, happy, healthy and amazing grandparents to our children.

    Have a wonderful Mother’s Day – you and your mum.xx

    • 04/03/2016 / 11:00

      Ah I’m sorry about that 🙂 Thank you, a lovely comment. We are lucky to have great mums, I know I appreciate mine. Have a great mothers day too x

  5. Shelagh
    04/03/2016 / 10:35

    Awwwww your mum will be do touched at this

  6. 04/03/2016 / 12:29

    What a lovely post! I know that my relationship with my mum changed a lot when I became a mum myself – I gained a better understanding and appreciation of everything she’s done for me. I love watching her as a Grandma – it’s funny, I remember her as quite a strict mum, but as a Grandma she’s the biggest softy! Have a wonderful mother’s day – both you and your mum!

    • 08/03/2016 / 13:07

      Thank you 🙂 I agree, you definitely understand a lot more. Ha Ha my mum is exactly the same. Thank you, I hope you had a lovely day too x

  7. 04/03/2016 / 12:39

    Oh my gosh, this is just so beautiful. I love that you’ve posted this, you clearly think so highly of your Mum. I wish so much that my Mum and I were close like this. My Mum is in my memories of childhood a lot, in a great way, but she doesn’t really want to be that close to me anymore, which makes me sad. She’s not really the ‘mumsy’ type. You’re so lucky to have such a kind, caring Mum! xx

    • 04/03/2016 / 13:48

      Thank you so much for your kind words. I’m sorry to hear that about your mum, that is sad. Unfortunately a lot of people don’t have a great relationship with their mum’s and I think it makes me appreciate mine even more. You clearly don’t follow after your mum, as reading your blog and looking at your photos you most definitely are the mumsy type and have a great relationship with your boys.xx

  8. 05/03/2016 / 14:45

    Beautiful piece, holding back the tears just reading it. Hope one day your girls write something as beautiful about you!

    • 05/03/2016 / 18:59

      Sorry, to make you cry 🙂 Thank you. I can only wish to be as great as my mum and for my girls to think the same x

  9. 05/03/2016 / 15:14

    This is such a lovely post and the awesome thing is it sounds just like my mum too… We are both so so lucky! What a wonderful lady and glad you can share your children with her!

  10. 06/03/2016 / 20:20

    Aww this is such a lovely post 🙂 and ideal for Mothers Day. Funnily enough Monkey brought my mum a coaster which says that the best mums get promoted to Nanny. So true. I am sure you will have the same sort of relationship with yours girls x

    • 06/03/2016 / 21:31

      Thank you 🙂 I love those saying. I hope that my girls will think the same about me x

  11. 06/03/2016 / 23:34

    This is so beautiful to witness, even in the photos I can see how much you mean to each other. She has been there for you from day one and she will continue to do the same x

  12. 07/03/2016 / 10:54

    ah thats beautiful.. you mum will be chuffed with such a touching tribute x x and your own daughters will only watch and learn x x

  13. 08/03/2016 / 10:08

    What a beautiful post! Such a special relationship 🙂

    Thanks for linking up to #Picknmix
    Stevie x

  14. 08/03/2016 / 21:40

    What a lovely post, I hope your Mum reads this as it is beautiful. I feel the same about mine too- I owe a lot to her, she is amazing. xx

    • 08/03/2016 / 22:09

      Thank you lovely. Yes, she read it with a box of tissues to hand. Aren’t we lucky to have great mum’s? xx

  15. 12/03/2016 / 20:37

    Such a lovely post and I really hope your mum got to read it 🙂 Unfortunately I dont have as strong and close a relationship with my mum and I really wish I had. I would love for my little lady to feel like this about our relationship when she grows up and really hope she does 🙂 Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays. Emily

  16. 30/04/2016 / 16:55

    This is such a lovely post, I’m so glad you have such a good relationship with your mum 🙂