23 July 2013

When Someone You Love Gets Married.




This is Hannah.  I'm never going to be a Mother of the Bride, but this is the next best thing, because she used to call me her 'Brighton Mum.'

She's the niece of someone I grew up with - who is one of my very best friends still, after almost forty years, so I also know her mum too and when Hannah needed somewhere to live, having chosen her University in Brighton, it was only natural that she should be entrusted into my care.

Yikes.  This was several years ago, before actual motherhood had arrived, so, to be honest, it quite perturbed me to be called something that I might technically have (easily) been old enough to be but wasn't really ready for, but she milked this for all it was worth and took the mickey relentlessly.

We got on really well and watched series after series of Sex and the City on DVDs in the afternoons when my first pregnancy really took hold and she was there, at home with us, the day my eldest was born - although I had to kick her out during the throes of labour because she and my ex-husband were stood discussing football while I was groaning on all fours and it really ticked me off - which *might* be an understatement, but she redeemed herself later by bringing home fish and chips and Champagne to celebrate.

Being a Bournemouth Cherries football fanatic is in her blood - truly - and she is really quite knowledgeable.  In that picture above, she's presenting 'our' baby with his first football shirt.  Yikes again.  She'd been with me shopping for maternity clothes and laughed when my knees had given way at the size of the demonstration bump the owner had stuck under a dress I was trying on, so convinced I was that a real one could never, ever, really be that big and she would soothe my nerves with gentle lies encouragement by suggesting I could never be anything other than a 'Yummy Mummy.'

She's getting married on Sunday and she'll be expecting me to be wearing something special.  It's inconceivable to consider anything else.  And although we see her rarely now her studies are over, you never forget someone who brought home a moses basket on a bus with you, calls you any kind of 'Mum,' then helps you when you become a real one.

I know she's a fan of the blog, so Congratulations Hannah and Adam, on your Wedding this week-end!


[Disclosure - I have been compensated for this post, but all words and pics are my own obvs.].

20 comments:

  1. Hooray!! I'm finally famous!! Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday and showing off my manolos to you, for you are the only one who will appreciate them as much as me- my other mother doesn't! Xxx

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    1. Hooray! Am really looking forward to seeing you too, not least because I don't think I've ever seen a pair of Manolos in the flesh! ;) xx

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  2. I hope you have a fabulous time Anya. Mich x

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  3. Hope you have a really brilliant time. It sounds like you have a very lovely relationship!

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    1. Thank you :) You can't watch SATC and have anything other than one!

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  4. Hope you have a great time at the wedding. Sounds like the closeness you share is really special.

    So THAT Is what your eldest looked like when he was little. Bless. I did not know he used to be blonde :-)

    Great post.

    Liska x

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  5. Enjoy, weddings are so much fun.

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    1. Thank you - this is without the boys, so should be able to relax and meet up with lots of her family again :)

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  6. What a lovely thig to look forward to. And it looks as though you'll be blessed with good weather too....on a beach - how exciting (and how brave in this country!). Have a fab time and post some pics of you in your outfit!

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    1. Yes, it is lovely. Crossing everything :)

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  7. Fabulous! And a Cherries fan too! Up The Cherries- In All Departments!! Hope it is a wonderful day! xx

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    1. I think you may be slightly biased? ;) Thank you though :)

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  8. Oh that's just lovely..... I hope you have a wonderful time at the wedding. I just love weddings, always such a fab day! XXX

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  9. Lovely story. I bet you were very much looking forward to this weekend! :o) xx

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    1. Thank you - yes, - such a change, bit emotional really!

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  10. What a beautiful post and glad she redeemed herself with fish and chips and bubbles hehe! Hope it was a beautiful day! x

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  11. Lots of lovely outfits - you'd have enjoyed!

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