MY MOTHER’S Day weekend couldn’t have been more perfect. There were moments of laughter (yes, OK, so you expect that from the O’Briens) and plenty of happy tears.

Ella wearing the matching tiara and earrings she bought me

Here’s how it played out:

HAPPY TEARS: I was given the best Mother’s Day present ever the night before when Baby Holly, whose five-hour stretches of sleep in the past seven months could be counted on one hand, delivered an incredible seven-hour stretch of sleep. Yes, I got up once, Just once. Bliss. Sure, it was followed by then being awake for 1.5 hours from 3am, but I am so not complaining. A full report of how this was achieved is coming in the Sleep Challenge on Thursday.

LAUGHTER: Saturday night was spent trying to get out of three-year-old Ella what she had bought me for Mother’s Day. Here’s the script:
Mum: “So, what did you buy me?’’
Ella (in a hushed voice): “Shh, I can’t tell you. It’s a secret.’’
Mum: “How many presents did you buy me?’’
Ella: “Lots. But shhh, I can’t tell you. It’s a secret.’’
Mum: “What was your favourite present?’’
Ella: “I can’t tell you. It’s a secret.’’
Mum: “Hmm, which one did you wrap first?’’
Ella: “No Mum. I can’t tell you. It’s a secret.’’
Mum: “Did you get me a book?’’
Ella: “Yes! Ah, no, it’s a secret.’’

LAUGHTER: As a follow on from that conversation, that night Baby Holly and I went into Ella’s room to give her a kiss goodnight. At the same time, her Dad was trying to decide with her what books, picked up at the library that day, to read. Ella caught sight of one of the books and yelled out: “NO DAD! It’s meant to be a surprise. Remember?’’ Apparently, one of the books they’d bought for Mother’s Day looked remarkably similar to one of her library books. Busted, again!

LAUGHTER: Mother’s Day morning, Julian and Ella donned their Masterchef aprons and made me a bowl of cereal, a cup of tea and a platter of fruit with “drizzled’’ chocolate. Unfortunately, it just looked like poo on a plate. Even more unfortunate was that a chocolate Easter bunny died to make my breakfast.

HAPPY TEARS: Last night I gave Ella a big hug and kiss and thanked her for a wonderful Mother’s Day. She stroked my face, smiled at me and said: “You’re welcome.’’

What was the highlight of your Mother’s Day?

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10 Responses to FEATURE: Shh, it’s a secret

  1. Barb says:

    That is so adorable! Yes it looks a bit poo-like….and a cute fluffy creature was killed in the process, but it is so worth it!!

    Yipee for a 7 hour stretch of sleep….pure bliss, lets hope she continues to bless mummy with more of the same!

    My Mother’s Day was lovely and relaxing. Sleep in till 9am, pancakes and coffee in bed, Ellie bought some cute little things at the school’s Mother’s Day stall, including a very wearable pair of earrings! The old boy did his bit too…lucky! But the highlight by far was the poem that Ellie composed in the toilet the day before and wrote down as follows,

    “You are the happyist Mum I have ever sorne, intill morning dust and dorn. I love you so much Mum”

    Gush, gush….who needs more than that?

    • Kel says:

      A sleep-in ’til 9am. Oh, I can’t even remember those days. They’re all but a blur!!! LOL!
      Sounds like you scored well with the earrings. Nice!
      And I’m laughing out loud at that poem. That is definitely one to frame and keep! Classic! I’d even put an inscription on it to say “composed in the dunny”. Maybe it could be one of those poems you hang on the toilet door! 🙂

  2. Elisha Squire says:

    I cant wait for the sleep challenge post! How wonderful !! I can imagine how happy you were – its amazing what that small amount of sleep can do for us! So after reading all this – I never did find out what the book was? Im sure other readers are wondering too!! haha…..

    p.s the poo on the plate is just gorgeous! x

    • Kel says:

      LOL! The book was called I Love My Mum. I know… there’s about 100 of them out there!! It’s been well read since Mother’s Day though!
      Yes, Sleep Challenge post has now been written and all scheduled ready for Thursday! We haven’t had another seven-hour sleep since that one, but they haven’t been too bad! 🙂

  3. Carly Webber says:

    Oh my your family are just too beautiful! What an amazing Mothers Day you had… and an amazing sleep is one great mummy gift; Kisses and cuddles are the best.
    Giggled myself silly over the chocolate pooh and bunny sacrifice!

    • Kel says:

      LOL! Thanks Carly. Yes, it was a super day! I’m very blessed.
      The sleep was by far the greatest gift of all though. Let’s hope it continues… 🙂

  4. YAY! For sleep! I still find it strange that you can have so little sleep and still get up and function.

    I’m glad you had a nice mothers day 😀

    • Kel says:

      I always feel twice as worse after a decent sleep. Or an afternoon nap…. Sometimes I think I’m better off just permanently staying awake!! hehe!! 🙂

  5. Glowless says:

    Nawww super cute, Kellie!!! And you did eat the poo on the plate, right?

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