Choose Family

For the days when I’m screaming and it’s not yet 9am. For the days I want to pack a bag and escape. For the days when I realise how different life may have been. For the days I realise how lucky I am. Choose Family.

Choose children
Choose sons
Choose daughters
Choose family

Choose cold coffee
Choose dry shampoo, kicked shins
Stained clothes, jeans and trainers.
Choose Friday nights in

Choose spoon fed
Choose baby led weaning
Food on the floor, walls and ceilings
Choose getting judged for your choices

Choose repetition
Choose competitive parenting
Choose not getting out the house on time
Choose shoes everywhere but on feet

Choose little sleep
Choose beans on toast
Choose changing nappies and getting shit in your nails
Choose screaming

Choose front sleeping
Choose back sleeping
Choose co-sleeping
Choose any fucking sleeping, just sleep

Choose a papoose
Choose a designer buggy
One that costs a fortune and is too wide for the pavement
Choose taking an hour to leave the house

Choose standing on Lego
Choose bogies on walls, muddy floors
Thumb sucking and rows about teeth brushing
Choose constant snacks

Choose walking slowly
Choose petting every dog you walk past and
Pointing out aeroplanes, buses and fire engines
Choose jumping in puddles.

Choose fighting
Choose bickering
Choose sibling rivalry
Choose closing the door and ignoring them

Choose shouting
Choose tears and exhaustion
Choose wondering if you’re doing it right
Choose fear

Choose playground politics and party invites
Choose after school clubs
And taking out a second mortage to pay for swimming lessons
Choose little thanks

Choose overdue haircuts
Choose getting drunk on one drink
And the hangover from hell whilst a toddler jumps on your face
Choose never drinking again

Choose laughing at fart jokes
Choose hugs and enjoying the little things
Those are also the big things
Choose a happy kind of tired.

Choose unconditional love
Choose sons
Choose daughters
Choose family

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39 Comments

  1. Claire
    13th November 2017 / 22:10

    For one Edinburgh mummy to another i loved this. Made me laugh and is absolutley correct lol.

    • EdinMummy
      15th November 2017 / 22:37

      Thanks Claire, glad you liked it. Not always funny at the time, but once they’re asleep it gets a little better πŸ˜‰

    • EdinMummy
      15th November 2017 / 22:37

      Thank you Ed πŸ™‚

  2. 14th November 2017 / 21:42

    This is beautiful… a great reminder of what is important <3

    • EdinMummy
      15th November 2017 / 22:36

      Thank you Monika.

  3. 18th November 2017 / 15:34

    Lovely poem. Very good xx

  4. 18th November 2017 / 17:44

    loved this! I’ve nicked it and added it to my buffer for twitter x

    • EdinMummy
      21st November 2017 / 21:56

      thanks Kate πŸ™‚

  5. 18th November 2017 / 18:22

    Beautiful poem and lovely blog!
    Greetings from Bristol Bx

    • EdinMummy
      21st November 2017 / 22:02

      thanks so much Blanca.

  6. 18th November 2017 / 19:56

    Sometimes we can get so caught up in ourselves that we forget to take a step back and look at the bigger picture. Thanks for the reminder, I’ve had a rough day today and this has cheered me up πŸ™‚

    • EdinMummy
      21st November 2017 / 22:02

      Very true Kim. Wrote it on one of those kinda step back days. Glad it cheered you up. xx

  7. 18th November 2017 / 19:59

    Ha ha this is SPOT ON! Well done xx

    • EdinMummy
      21st November 2017 / 21:59

      thanks so much Emma πŸ™‚

    • EdinMummy
      21st November 2017 / 21:58

      thanks Kate. Glad you enjoyed it. Wrote it on one of those aargrhrrhhhh days!!

  8. 21st November 2017 / 15:37

    hahaha so hilarious! And it is all true, I don’t have kids myself but I see how my sister and relatives struggle with their children and still, they will not change that for anything else in their lives.

    • EdinMummy
      21st November 2017 / 21:58

      maybe there’s some truth to the rumour it really is the hardest job in the world? πŸ™‚

  9. 21st November 2017 / 19:49

    Really like the line “Choose a happy kind of tired.” So so tired….lol

    • EdinMummy
      21st November 2017 / 21:57

      Me too, so so tired. Alwa… Zzzzz

  10. 22nd November 2017 / 02:45

    Well said. In the end, family will always be there. Family is my happy place.

  11. 6th March 2018 / 20:58

    For starters, I love your blog. This was such a sweet little poem. Reminds you of what is always going to come first πŸ™‚ My family is my world <3

  12. 18th March 2018 / 14:04

    Haha….I can relate to this one, made me laugh , thanks for reminding me to Choose Family πŸ™‚

  13. 18th March 2018 / 14:29

    Not a Mom yet, but I love this! Will definitely keep in mind when I have kids πŸ™‚ Its so sweet, and so real.

  14. 18th March 2018 / 16:15

    Not a mom yet, not even close, but I’ve always scared by the idea of the commitment. Nice to see an insider look that seems to make it all worth it

  15. Elisa
    18th March 2018 / 17:13

    I am not a parent yet but I can see my mom in this. She definitely chose family!

  16. 18th March 2018 / 19:15

    Such an emotional roller coaster! Your emotions are so tangible here, I can literally feel them. Great job in finding the importance in every small and big part of our life. Very well done!

  17. Steph
    18th March 2018 / 19:34

    Yes! And this just made me think back to being a teenager with the choose life poster on my wall… how little I knew

  18. 19th March 2018 / 04:07

    I love this!! Everyday we must choose… just wish stepping on legos would go away but my son loves them lol

  19. 24th April 2018 / 13:28

    What a great poem, this was beautiful and right on point πŸ™‚

  20. 24th April 2018 / 16:09

    Aww. I loved this. I sometimes get so caught up as a SAHM in the bad and frustrating things… This was a nice reminder to change my thinking. Very sweet.

  21. Jubilee D Meyer
    24th April 2018 / 16:21

    What a beautiful poem!Family is so important.

  22. 24th April 2018 / 18:51

    I love this. Thanks for sharing. Being a parent is hard but we can choose how we feel about it and were we are going to be.

  23. 24th April 2018 / 19:00

    Parenting is hard as it is. In the end we each have to do what’s best for our unique situation. Great poem, makes you want to take a moment and just breathe. So easy to get wrapped up in just doing you forget why you have a family in the first place.

  24. 25th April 2018 / 05:49

    Beautiful and so true! And I tried to feed my family beans in toast because that’s what I grew up on but they thought I was crazy. Not one bean was eaten. Choose cooking meals that no one appreciates. Choose fighting with the kids to take one bite and then when it actually goes in their mouth they just spit it on the ground!!! Choose loving them anyways. ❀️

  25. Angela Hoyos
    25th April 2018 / 13:34

    hahah so true, love it! This poem really reminded me of my mom and the struggles she had to endure with us rugrats

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