When I was in my twenties, I was told I had a very slim chance of ever being a mum. This news was utterly devastating to me as all I ever wanted was to have children of my own. I believe it shaped my decision to marry an unsuitable man who already had children from a previous relationship.
Fortunately, I did conceive, and although the doctors told me they didn’t believe I would go full term, my son ended up being two days late. I then went on to have another two children and would have happily added to my brood had that unsuitable man been more…suitable!
Believing that motherhood would never be mine I was totally overwhelmed when I did finally hold my son for the first time. That tiny bundle of happiness will be eighteen this year and that terrifies me more than the thought of giving birth.
So what have I learnt over the years? Here is my top ten: