I love a box of chocolates and a toiletry gift set as much as the next girl, but if you're wondering what mums really want for Christmas, look no further. Here are 10 things on my mama wish list...
That means no tiny humans in there with me. And none in the room. And none stood behind the locked door asking every thirty seconds if I'm finished yet.
A hair cut. Some mums keep themselves looking polished regardless, but if you're like me any kind of self maintenance takes a back seat. I've not been to an actual hairdresser since my kids were born (if I'm sat in a chair for more than 10 seconds who's going to stop the kids from killing themselves on something or other) so to have a real life professional person cut, style and maybe even colour my hair (instead of me hacking at it every six months) would be super luxurious
Someone else to cook Christmas dinner. And buy/wrap all the gifts. And sort out sleeping arrangements. Just general events management for the big day - any takers?
A fully organised, printed baby photo album. I have approximately 15 billion photos of my children on around 10 different devices - so if someone could sort through them all and organise them into a coherent photo album that would be great, because it's not gonna happen otherwise.
A full twelve hours of sleep. A dark, silent room for twelve blissful hours - I can't even think of anything more desirable right now. I'd use 9-10 of them to sleep and the other two to just lie there and enjoy the silence.
An all weather coat that doesn't make me look like a complete frump. Pushing a double buggy leaves no hands for an umbrella, so the coat has to do the work. Sadly a coat that is waterproof, warm, hooded enough to keep the blizzard out of my face, and doesn't make me look like Hagrid hasn't materialised yet.
Wine. Gin. Prosecco. Choose your poison but make sure there's lots of it.
A family picture. Because I'm the only one who ever takes any pictures around here so our family album is devoid of me and my children will probably question if I was even around when they're older. But make sure you don't get my four chins in it! And my hair isn't over my face. Make it a good one because let's face it that'll be it for the rest of the year.
A fancy scented candle. To cover up the smell of poop that's still lingering from your last nappy. And the baby sick on my pyjama bottoms.
Happy children. This is the reason for and aim of everything we do as mums, so cut the whining and moaning and tantrums for one day and soak up the magic we've created for you...that's what we really want at Christmas...smiling, excited, happy children.