In this emotional couple of weeks after giving birth I am feeling very grateful. Grateful to the surgeons who delivered my baby boy safely. Grateful to the midwives and care assistants in the hospital who looked after us so well. Grateful to the friends who have sent us gifts or sent us messages to show they care. Grateful to my husband for quite simply being amazing and doing so much for myself and our little family. But there is one person who is there for me every day through everything and anything- and that is my Mum.
My mum was the first person we messaged once our baby boy was here. She had already messaged my husband about six times to ask him to let her know when we expected to go down to theatre, when we were actually going down to theatre and she made us promise to message her as soon as I was in recovery. Because even though I am a mother myself I will always be her baby. She’s there for me constantly, just in the little things she does, but since our little boy was born, she has stepped up her motherly duties even more. She comes and picks me up because I can’t drive at the moment and she takes us to her house. She cooks us dinner, cuddles her grandson so I can go and have a nice hot shower, she brings my husband cheesecake just cause she knows he likes it. She turns up unannounced to do our cleaning or will take a load of washing back to her house. She quite simply is one in a million.
Therefore when P&G got in touch to see if I wanted to work with them on their new “Thank You, Mum” campaign I of course said yes. Anything that champions Mums is great in my eyes. The campaign celebrates a mother’s strength in helping her children to achieve their dreams and is fronted by gold medal winning heptathlete Jessica Ennis-Hill and her own mother, Alison Powell. It launched yesterday with a star studded event at The Savoy which we would have loved to have attended but I am still far too sore from my c-section. The campaign is rooted in the insight that a mother’s courage and composure in times of adversity is a strength her child draws on throughout their life.
As the Proud Sponsor of Mums, P&G sees how strong mums are in every facet of their lives, and how their children draw on that strength as they grow. Through the “Thank You Mum” campaign for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, they are inviting everyone to join us in saying ‘Thank You’ to mums for the role they play in raising strong children. It builds on previous campaigns, where they thanked mums at the London 2012 Olympic Games for doing the best job in the world, and at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games, where they thanked mums for teaching us that falling only makes us stronger.
I don’t know if I am strong, but I definitely look to my Mum in all aspects of my life. She is my role model when it comes to motherhood- if I can be half the mother she is to my own children then I will be very proud. She is selfless, she is kind, she is wonderful and I absolutely love her to bits. She would put myself and my sister, and now her three little grandchildren before anyone else, and she always has done. I know that I am very similar to her in many ways- I am very affectionate, soppy, loving, I wear my heart on my sleeve and I never get off the phone to any of my family without telling them I love them.
P&G have created a fantastic video “Strong” which explores the simple human truth that the daily courage mums show echoes at critical times throughout their children’s lives. The video follows the Olympic Games journeys of four mums and their children, showing the moments, both large and small, when a mother’s strength makes all the difference, and building to the moment each child summons their own courage on the world’s biggest stage – the Olympic Games. You can watch it here. It’s a true testament to Mums everywhere.
And I would like to #ThankYouMum for always being there to support me.
NB: I am working with P&G on their #ThankYouMum campaign, however all words and opinions are my own.0