This Sunday will be my third Mother’s Day. I feel weird even saying that; do you ever just sit and realize “Wow…. I’m a mom?” Allison’s 2 and a half, and I still get that feeling sometimes. Being a mom has been the hardest yet most rewarding thing I’ve ever experienced. I’ve said things I thought I’d never have to say; I’ve done things I never even imagined I’d have to do. My darling toddler drives me crazy but I love her dearly, and today I want to share different aspects of being a mom. Remember that no matter what’s going on in your life, whether it’s something you’ve said or acted around your kids, you’re a great mom and your children love you whole-heartedly.
- Knowing the first half of your child’s favorite movie by heart, but never seeing the ending.
- Listening to kids’ music all the way to the store before realizing your kids aren’t in the car. And you’re singing along.
- Making an elaborate dinner knowing that your child is only going to eat a slice of bread.
- Eating snacks while driving so you don’t have to share.
- Watching a 2-hour movie in a 3-day time span.
- Being able to simultaneously prep dinner, listen to an audiobook, entertain a toddler, and plan the next week’s meals.
- Waking up before the sun rises so you can get some “me” time before your kids wake up.
- Eating your kid’s leftovers from the night before because she refused to touch it.
- Declining invitations for afternoon events because it means your toddler will miss a nap. (And trust me, you need those sweet naps.)
- Looking at your messy living room and shrug, knowing that if you clean it, it’s just going to get messy again tomorrow.
- Praising your child for pooping in a public restroom.
- Needing your second (or third) cup of coffee before noon.
- Looking at your child and realizing, despite all the rough nights, tantrums, and mountains of laundry, you love her more than anything and can’t remember life before her.
Happy Mother’s Day!