I’m Saxon Burnett (“The Truth Serum Mom”). I live in Leeds, Yorkshire with my cricket-obsessed husband James; our two male cats, Sergei and Rasputin; and our two sons, Henry (2), and Edward (11 months). Yes, that’s right, I am a graduate of the two kids under two club and in my house there is a male to female ratio of 5:1 (if you include the cats)!
I always knew I wanted children, and although my mum used to tell me that children were a blessing, she always emphasised the fact that “they are hard work!” Now, don’t get me wrong, I love my kids more than anything, but I don’t think anyone can really appreciate how hard motherhood can be until they have been there themselves. Safe to say, certain aspects of the job did come as a bit of a shock, but the one thing that I have always found helpful and comforting is talking to other people who have been through the same things and therefore understand how trying it can be sometimes.
Since having my first son back in September of 2017, several of my friends have had children and I have always tried to be truthful about the aspects of motherhood that I have found challenging. Many of my friends said they really appreciated my honesty and I am always sending my friends and family stories of my various mishaps and moments of mayhem in order to try and lighten the mood (let’s face it, sometimes if you didn’t laugh you would cry!). In my limited experience, many people are reluctant to admit that sometimes the job is downright hard, can be isolating, and that there are days when you feel as though you can’t get anything done or do anything right! Not to mention the chronic lack of sleep, which can cause crazy things to happen!
I decided to start this blog so that I could share my stories and experiences with other parents, even if this just means allowing people to have a laugh and realise they are not alone. I am not here to lie to you about how well my kids eat and sleep, how spotless my house is, or to pretend that I am some sort of “supermum.” Motherhood is hard and it is okay to admit that you are struggling sometimes! Now my number one ambition in life is simply to get a good night’s sleep! Welcome to the world of The Truth Serum Mom- the no holds barred, honest truth about my experiences as a mother!
Below is me with my family- this picture was the only half decent one we got after about 10,000 attempts to get everyone looking reasonable and remotely at the camera.