Taylor swift and I finally have something in common. No, surprisingly it’s not a squad of BFFs that includes Selena and Karlie. And neither is it an international DJ boyfriend who has a million pounds in his pocket. We are, in fact, both godparents to cherub faced, delicious smelling, babies.
Taylor took to Instagram last week to show off her godson Leo Thames (Jamie King’s angelic child), and so did I. And while a post of my gorgeous goddaughter got considerably less likes than her picture, it is clear we are both entirely smitten.
You see being a young (ish) godparent is excellent. Being four weeks in, I’m hooked. And while I’m yet to experience the real thing, here's why I’m calling being a godparent the better option (for now)...
1. Your first meeting is very pleasant
There's no trauma involved when you and a godchild first meet. You pop round to your best friend’s house, sit on her comfy on a sofa, are handed a warm little blanketed bundle, and probably even get given a glass of fizz as your reward. What’s not to enjoy?
2. Cuddles are the bomb
In the past hard days were resolved with a screw top bottle of merlot. No more. Now you can go get a cuddle from someone whose cuteness levels beats that of any kitten you can Google on the internet.
3. They are excellent Instagram fodder
When your parent friends fill their feeds with mothering woes and pitiful playground tales – you post Lo-Fi filtered snaps of your godchild in comic poses and inappropriate outfits – the world will repay you in likes.
4. Your sartorial choices can be bolder
While real parents have to be practical – you can be that person who adds colour to a child’s life. Or, if you’re anything like me, be the one to add leopard print. Because looking like Pat Butcher's coat aged 4 weeks old is to be entirely encouraged.
5. They're always going to adore you
While their mum and dad will eventually annoy them after years of ‘brush your teeth’ moans and regular telling-off. You will always be ‘the fun one’ who swoops in with Haribo and £20 note gift.
6. You get to hand them back
As adorable and fabulous as they are – after a few hours of cooing, bouncing and cuddling, you get to hand them back. Especially in times that they cry, are sick and for any nappy changes. Plus you will still enjoy over 10 hours of undisturbed sleep.
And there you have it, Taylor always knows best.