Hey all and a very happy weekend to you.
As you know I have two boys, Nate and Leo, 6 and 4. There is only 17 months between them thanks to a happy accident so you would think that they would both be very similar however you would be wrong.
Some days I really struggle just being a mum, I often feel like I’m no good at it and that it comes naturally to so many other amazing mums and yet I’m like an alien trying to understand how these little people work. Some days I’m quite sure this is because they are so different.
Nate is me, he looks like I did when I was little and he has my ways, massively creative, sensitive and kind. He also has some of my negative sides, moaney, short tempered and away with the fairies a lot of the time! Nate loves to sing, he lives spending time with nature and he seems to want to please and this shows by his glowing school reports and praise from teachers.
Leo however is his fathers son, Karl and I went to primary school together so I can say with authority that Karl was full of confidence, bulshey and very practically clever. Leo is like a whirlwind, he has the memory of an elephant, the problem solving skills of a much older mind than he has and can talk his way out of anything. Don’t get me wrong he is an absolute love and totally gorgeous to boot but he is one of those children that just has something about him. Almost a disregard for how others think of him, he is totally okay with who he is. Just like I remember his father being.
Together then they can be a very interesting mix, Nate with the flair and explosive moods of Van Gogh (before he cut off his ear) and Leo with the ability to wind his brother up with one word which then causes mayhem and pandemonium. Often Nate the older boy ends up being harassed by his brother because he patiently wants to get things done and Leo wants to move on to the next. I imagine Leo one day being a Steve Jobs type character, terribly brilliant and passionate and massively clever.
I love both of my boys dearly and I absolutely cannot wait to see how they grow and who they grow into. I never expected they would both be so different and therefore present such challenges to parent.
I wonder how many other mums are feeling the same way as I am about their incredibly different children.
Variety is the spice of life.
Big love xx