"What do you mean?" I hear you cry "A Mummy is a gift beyond imagination, a paragon, a saint!"
Yes quite. Sickening hallmark cards aside, what are we worth? Let's talk Cold. Hard. Cash.
Pregnancy. I literally made another human being. I kept them safe, snug and warm for 9 months (and three days - that's extra) I didn't even drink much!
So, 9 months physical work - feeling sick, having boob pain from hell, lugging around a lead-lined watermelon with a bladder-splatting penchant, what's that worth? It's definitely a 24 hour job, so let's say AT LEAST 2k per month.
And what about labour?! How much would you pay NOT to feel like you're trying to do a World Record Breaking poop with your bottom sewn shut? Quite a bit I reckon. I'd happily pay at least £500 minimum (I'm not rich)
And then there's those blissful early days of being woken up by a small squawking creature whose only aim in life is to gnaw on your poor abused boobs and do extremely violent things in their nappy. You can give me the £15 a week I could have spent on formula (times that by 9 months = (£540) And do you know how much a maternity nurse is? According to here, it's £18 per hour (at all hours) so let's have that for the first three months...right where's my calculator...ok, there are 2190 hours in three months, at £18ph...that's £39,420. Nice.
After that, a full time live-in Nanny is £410 per week - let's have that for the rest of the first year, that'll beeeee....£14,760.
So! How much have we earned just for that first year of being Mummy? According to my mercenary maths, at least £73, 220. Wow! We're rich! I didn't even include any of the heavy lifting.