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The Hobby of Motherhood

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I was recently asked by someone who (in my opinion), should have known better, what my hobbies were. A seemingly innocent question no doubt, but asked by a health professional of a first-time mum it can be, and was by me, interpreted as a loaded question.

The question itself made me cross, rather than cry. As a brand new, and sleep deprived parent, it could have easily gone the other way. I responded, (slightly incredulously), that I didn’t at the current time, have any hobbies. I was then told about a new mum who, after watching Paul Hollywood‘s programme on bread, had started baking her own.

Again, a seemingly innocent anecdote, and I am sure the intended motive behind the question was to see if I was making time for me, and having a life ‘beyond the baby’. The reality is that I’m not.

I am a mother to a three month old and we are getting to know each other more and more each day. Her needs change and my world adapts each time they do. Sometimes I get enough sleep and sometimes I don’t. The important thing is that I feed her, change her, play with her, whenever she needs it.

And if that means I take up abseiling, or basket weaving or playing the saxophone at a later date, or indeed never, then so be it. Besides, Paul talks about gluten far too much for a coeliac like me. Even before my diagnosis and before motherhood, I would never have had the urge to bake my own bread. I’m far too lazy.

So I questioned why I got so cross. I think it is because of the way the question was phrased. With the implication that I should be doing something more than I am, when the reality is that at this stage I am super proud of myself if I get me and my daughter washed and dressed every day and do something radical like, I don’t know…..make it out of the house.

So my life at the moment is all about the baby. I’m ok with that. I just wish people would choose their words more carefully. New parents feel under enough pressure to be the best they have ever been and could possibly be, without feeling judged because they bite the hands off anyone else who, quite literally, offers to feed them.

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10 thoughts on “The Hobby of Motherhood

  1. Dinner next week queen of faff? No judgement, just dinner… Loving the blog x

  2. You’ve got it absolutely right Jen. Very wise. Wish I had realised the same!

  3. Gosh you have a three month old and someone is suggesting you get a hobby? Getting dressed is a hobby when you have a three month old!

  4. I can tell you I certainly wasn’t making my own bread with a 3 mth old! Managing to put a wash on/ have a shower was a daily achievement! Unfortunately the guilt trips don’t end at 3 mths. if its not ‘Why are you working/ not working’ etc.. I had someone suggest that I am ‘permanently on holiday’ recently, despite the fact I have no childcare and am a single Mum 9 mths of the year, grr. X

  5. Children are a full time hobby for the rest of your life!

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