May We Sing and Dance Forever More

As I pen the final entry for 2013 on New Year’s Eve, the not-so-little one naps by my side. Her chest rises and falls with every breath, her silky, fine hair tangled in a sweaty mess at the nape of her neck, and her long limbs stretched in peaceful slumber. How she has grown.

How I have grown.

This time last year, I was an excited, frazzled and tired new mother. Today, I am tired, still, as a mother to an active toddler but I am happier, more calm, collected and composed than I have ever been in my life.

2013 was a year of change.

Sure, there were losses. Freedom, friends who are allergic to kids, couple time, me-time. I have lamented over these more than I should over the past year and have come to realise that it is normal to weather these changes once one becomes a parent. The little one needs me; yet, we try to balance ourselves on that high beam, whilst juggling a dizzying myriad of multi-coloured balls, and at times, we dodge Bludgers whilst doing so. It’s not easy, but the beauty of this is how I have been challenged to sieve out what’s important, and hold that dear to my heart.

Like old friends who stay by my side even though we can’t hang out as often as before. Like new friends who bring good tidings and wish nothing but the best for me, who invite me into their lives and share their stories with me, even though I am a stranger. Like my family, who has loved me unconditionally and given selflessly, as always. Like my husband, who loves me and believes in me so very much, and whom I love more everyday, even through the fights and doubts that are such commonplace in newfound parenthood. Like my daughter, whom I do everything and nothing with, who kicks my sorry ass with tantrums and 4am wakings, who surprises me everyday with a new word, and lately, with new songs that she bursts into whenever she feels like it, who strokes me gently when I am down, and kisses and hugs me just because.

I cannot ask for more. And I wouldn’t change the world for what I have been given, good and bad. It has been a stunning year full of joy and tears.

As I watch my daughter stir from her sleep, knowing what is to come in a matter of minutes when she wakes, that she would tug at my hands for us to play…I wish for one thing. That we may sing and dance together forever more.

I wish this for you, and you, too.

Blessed 2014, my friends.

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3 Responses to “May We Sing and Dance Forever More”


  1. 1 Mag December 31, 2013 at 8:55 am

    Beautiful post :)

    Likewise, 2014 was a roller-coaster ride of a year but I’m glad to have grown from it.

    Wishing you and your family health and happiness in 2014! x

  2. 2 Jolene McLean January 1, 2014 at 7:47 am

    Beautiful. Over the year I have seen you grew more confident as a mum as each day passes, never did I doubt you during those early months of parenthood as I knew this day would come for you. Just look at you now, succeeded in so many ways and aspect in your life. What a difference a year make! All the best with your new ventures my dear friend! I wish you all the best in the world for you and your family in 2014 xxx

    • 3 The Pleasure Monger January 12, 2014 at 12:12 pm

      Jolene: Thank you for believing in me and seeing what I couldn’t see! That really means a lot to me. And I want to thank you for your friendship too, you have been nothing short of amazing (wish we were in the same country!!!)!


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