This Mother’s Day, in collaboration with notonthehighstreet, we’re celebrating all those who mum. I want to emphasise that gifting shouldn’t be purely for a biological mother, but for mothers in every sense. For that one woman who has stood out for you, carved the imprint of yourself on the world, and who has raised you or impacted your life in place of a traditional mother/child relationship. My mum is very much that person for me, as is my mother in law for my husband.
These were a little gift from me to myself and Edith, chosen with the help of notonthehighstreet and I am loving the symbolism of them. For me, these silly matching pjs are symbolic of that special mother/daughter bond. We put so much focus on Mother’s day about the traditional Mother to daughter gift, and I’ve written before about how I’m not keen on the idea of incorporating Grandma’s into gifts from my own children – I waited long enough to have my kids and I adore them, so when Mother’s day rolls around I want to be the one they celebrate it with… however… that isn’t the case for a lot of people is it? Sometimes, it isn’t our mothers who raise us and fulfil that motherly role. It’s an Aunt, a close family friend, a sibling or a grandma.
I’ve always had a special bond with Edith, in the same way that I have special bonds with the boys, a unique part of the relationship that is *just* between you and that child. For Edie and I, it is very much that she is a mini me. I really don’t think it’s because she is a girl, gender doesn’t have anything to do with it, Toby is very similar to me in a lot of ways, it’s more the way that her personality is. She likes similar things to me, enjoys spa days and treatments, loves make up and hair, loves her own way a bit too much, likes to keep going constantly – all very me things (even the demanding her own way bit!)
One of the things that I am starting to LOVE doing with Edith is twinning!! Yes, twinning. I follow a few accounts on Instagram and the American moms that I follow seem to LOVE a good twin – I’m always blown away that they manage to find clothes that match ALL the time. I can’t ever find them! What I have found (and love) are these pjs. You know that over Christmas we had family pjs, because duh – insta, but now that Edith is a bit bigger and I’ve started to look for more twin style clothes I have found these adorable pjs via notonthehighstreet and I must confess that I am rather obsessed with them.
Not only are they super soft and luxurious, well designed and sweet BUT had I known about them sooner I could have had all of my minis donning the same range, from super sweet romper to pjs you see now. The sizes are fabulous and roomy (seriously, we’re nearly up to 4 stone heavier than I was before I fell pregnant with Edith… 4 flipping stone people!) so I don’t feel uncomfortable or like a sausage stuffed into its skin. As for the children’s sizes, I would probably dial down a size (unless you have a big kiddo like Reuben) because they are reeeeeally generous. As if that wasn’t enough, the trousers for grown ups have pockets – a Mother’s best friend in my humble!
With that said, Mother’s day can be HARD when you don’t have the traditional mother/child relationship. Most gifts are pitched at “Mum” or “Mom” and that isn’t going to suit everyone. One of the things I loved about notonthehighstreet and this gift to celebrate mine and Edith’s connection is the range they had that would suit any mother figure. Any one. Old, young, for yourself or for your loved one. The range allows motherhood and the passing down of that feminine mantel to transcend tradition and I love that.