Keeping two small people alive on very little sleep, knowing instinctively when one of them is about to leap off something high and soothing cries with magic kisses.
There are many superpowers I have acquired since becoming a mum. Noone can really tell you what being a parent is like until you have experienced it. Noone can explain the unadulterated love and adoration you have for your children. And noone can explain the relentlessness of caring for them.
When I had J four years ago my life became a whirlwind of all night feeds, babywearing and sleep deprivation. I would look at him and cry tears of joy and disbelief that we had finally made this tiny little person after two long years of trying.
But then the hard times began. The cyring. The eczema. The constant wakings. The weightloss. And we were soon thrown into another portion of parenting – the helplessness and desperation of trying to help your sick child.
Luckily, after a lot of sleeplessness nights, doctors’ visits and persistence, we eventually got a diagnosis of multiple food allergies and could begin to move forward and find a new normal. He is now a lively and inquisitive little boy who loves to puddle jump, play trains and ask a million questions.
His little sister, Miss A, is a one year old whirlwind and also has multiple allergies. My parenting superpower of ‘mother’s instinct’ was strong when she was born and I knew we were heading down the same road. Together they like to keep us on our toes!
Here is where our superpowers come into play the most. We have to keep them safe, protect them from life threatening allergic reactions, while still letting them play, explore and live a full life. We have to encourage them to enjoy food, bake and get messy, even though they can’t eat many regular ingredients. We have to put our own anxiety aside so they learn to manage and understand their allergies and see them as part of their unique make up, rather than a limitation.
Nobody said parenting was easy and parenting children with allergies definitely isn’t but we all know it’s worth it. I want my children to know that they too have superpowers, and they can soar.
What is your parenting superpower?
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